The Manly Sea Eagles (also known as the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles) is an NRL team located near the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Their roots date all the way back to 1932, though the current club officially entered the NSWRL in the mid 1940s.
Manly Sea Eagles Information
Home Ground: Brookvale Oval
Colours: Maroon and White
Number of Premierships Won: 7 (1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1987, 1996, 2008)
Number of Minor Premierships Won: 9 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1983, 1987, 1995, 1996, 1997)
The Sea Eagles played their debut game against the Western Suburbs in 1946. They lost 15-13. In fact, the newly inducted Manly Sea Eagles would struggle in their initial years in the new league, continually finishing at the bottom of the ladder from 1948 to 1950. 1951 marked the team’s first successful season as they won 11 of their games, finished second on the ladder, and made it to their first finals.
1968 saw the Manly Sea Eagles come into their own and strongly compete with the league’s leading teams for the first time in the club’s history. Thanks to the hard work of coach Wally O’Connell, the development of Ken Arthurson’s administrative skills, and future Immortal Bob Fulton, the team made four Grand Final appearances, two of which they won. This marked the beginning of a very successful time for the team that never really stopped. Besides some brief rough patches in the early 1980s and late 1990s/early 2000s the team has continued to perform consistently well.
Over the course of the Manly Sea Eagles’ history they have appeared in 17 Grand Finals, won seven Premierships, and taken nine Minor Premierships. They have also developed fierce rivalries with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Cronulla Sharks, and Newcastle Knights.
Emblem, Colours & Jerseys
The team’s emblem is a sea eagle in flight in the centre of a circle. The team’s official colours are maroon and white. The jerseys of the Manly Sea Eagles are maroon with white sleeves with accenting stripes of the opposite colour both around the sleeves and around the mid-section. The shorts are white. The away jerseys are white with two maroon stripes across the shoulders and down the sleeves. The shorts are maroon.
The Sea Eagles play all of their home fixtures at Brookvale Oval located in Brookvale, New South Wales, and their training facilities are based at the New South Wales Academy of Sport in Narrabeen. The 23,000 capacity stadium has undergone a few renovations to meet the growing needs of the team, including the most recent changes made in 1990 that saw the addition of the Ken Arthurson Stand. This new stand connected the two grandstands added ten years earlier. Like all NRL teams, you can become a member of the Manly Sea Eagles, which will give you access to several different types of benefits. As a fan of the Sea Eagles you have the option of getting part or full season membership packages.
Egor the Sea Eagle is the mascot for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. He’s known to heckle the opposition, which is where he can be found if he’s not grooving to Eagle Rock along the sidelines.
Best Bet to Make
The Manly Sea Eagles have consistently finished in the Top 8, making them a safe choice for Top 8 betting. Recent trends show them tending to finish somewhere in the middle of the upper ladder, but with nine Minor Premierships under their belts they’re more than capable of finishing in the top position. If they’re somewhere in the top three positions, a Minor Premiership could pay off. Check out all of the available odds on Manly throughout the 2010 NRL Draw at Ladbrokes.com.au.