2006 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles season

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The 2006 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles season was the 60th in the club's history. Coached by Des Hasler and captained by Ben Kennedy, competed in the National Rugby League's 2006 Telstra Premiership. The Sea Eagles finished the regular season 5th (out of 15), reaching the finals where they were knocked out in the second week by the St. George Illawarra Dragons.

Season 2006, its 60th season in the competition, saw an average season in which the Manly side again advanced to the finals, finishing fifth. For this season only, a commemorative 60th anniversary logo was used on the player jerseys. Despite losing their first two matches of the season (both by small margins) the Sea Eagles built on their 2005 season to once again advance to the play-offs. Highlights in the season included wins over the Roosters in round 4, the Bulldogs in round 7, the Storm in round 11 and a last-minute win over the defending premiers Wests Tigers in round 14 in which Brett Stewart scored a spectacular try in the last five minutes.

In an away final against the Newcastle Knights, the Sea Eagles led at halftime only to see their lead run down in a controversial second half. Although they did advance a week further, the Sea Eagles' season ended with a 28–0 shutout at the hands of the St. George Illawarra Dragons. That match also marked Ben Kennedy's final game after two years in Manly colours.

At the 2006 Dally M Awards Manly's Ben Kennedy, who will retire at the end of the season, was named lock and captain of the year.[1]

Team Pld W D L B F A PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 20 0 4 2 605 404 +201 44
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 16 0 8 2 608 468 +140 36
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 14 0 10 2 497 392 +105 32
4 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 14 0 10 2 608 538 +70 32
5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 14 0 10 2 534 493 +41 32
6 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 14 0 10 2 519 481 +38 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 13 0 11 2 525 573 -48 30
8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 12 0 12 2 506 483 +23 28
9 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 11 0 13 2 450 463 -13 26
10 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 12 0 12 2 552 463 +89 241
11 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 10 0 14 2 490 565 -75 24
12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 10 0 14 2 510 587 -77 24
13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 9 0 15 2 515 544 -29 22
14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 8 0 16 2 528 650 -122 20
15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 3 0 21 2 429 772 -343 10

1The New Zealand Warriors were deducted 4 competition points due to gross salary cap breaches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jackson, Glenn (6 September 2006). "Smith and mates Storm awards". The Age. Retrieved 20 February 2014.