Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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Manly coach Des Hasler has named the same 18 which beat Canberra 38-16 last weekend for Sunday's semi final clash with minor premiers Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium.
Winger Chris Hicks is the big injury worry but is working overtime to get his sprained ankle right for the big match.
Hicks missed training before a huge electornic media audience today but will be expected to run by Friday.
The Sea Eagles will have a day off from training tomorrow and resume preparation on Thursday for the club's first semi final appearance since 1998.
Manly were in a bouyant mood at training today and are admamant they will give the Eels areal battle.
"It's a semi final - it's a new competition and we are looking forward to it.
"There is nothing scaring us,I can teel you that much,"champion forward Ben Kennedy told the media.
The Manly side is:
Brett Stewart,Paul Stephenson,Terry Hill,Steve Matai,Chris Hicks,Steve Menzies,Michael Monaghan (c),Jason King,Shayne Dunley,Daniel Heckenberg,Luke Williamson,Anthony Watmough,Ben Kennedy.Replacements:Kylie Leuluai,Chad Randall,Mark Bryant,Brent Kite,Sam Harris (one to be omitted).
The Manly Premier League side to play St.George Illawarra at Brookvale Oval on Saturday at 11.30 a.m. is
:Mark Lennon,Mitch Creary,Jye Mullane,Ashley Alberts,Jared Taylor,Michael Witt,Travis Burns,jim Curtis,Matt Ballin,Phil Moorwood,Nathan Tutt,Kane Cleal,J.P.Cherry (c).Replacements: Nathan Hollingsworth,Karl Johnson,Mailangi Styles,Adam Cuthbertson,Darren Peachey,Aaron Trinder,Jeff Robson.