@Tiger Come Lately:
There are some names in there! For me it’s hard to say, the game has changed so much through those years. The team they played in also had a great deal to do with their success or lack of.
But for me the stand out for us is Benji, like joey he changed the way the game is played, the same can be said of Thurston and smith.
These boys are good with teddy in there and woods with the right pack they can do anything so at the risk of getting splinters I’m going to sit on the fence and say time will tell, but I’m glad they are with us.
That’s a good point, for alot of the halves we have had, they have been at times where our team/s have not had the same level of talent across the park, which would generally assist a halves’ performance, so it is difficult to compare apples with apples.
That said you look at someone like Field, he often struck me as player that could stand out in a poor team (Like at the Tigers / Souths), but struggled at a successful team like Manly… He was probably even more frustrating to watch than Benji at times, will never forget that game he played at Penrith Park where we lost 32-31… Don’t think i have ever seen more rocks and diamonds from a player.
Guess one point i will make about halves in general, as good as some of them are at times in their careers, like Benji, it is rare that they are at the top of their game for large parts of their career…
As you say it is early days, Moses certainty looks like a player that barring injuries, could be at the top of his game for a long period of time. His tenacity in defence and flamboyance in attack reminds me of Thurston early days, but that is what makes Thurston the player he is, he has been doing it for years.
Brooks on the other hand, as much as he has been overshadowed by Moses this year, he still has moments of brilliance that are still reasonably frequent, as he has done since being in first grade… If he continues to be the attacking player we have seen, but improves his defence, then for me has the potential to be one of our best halfbacks…