Player Eliesa Katoa

Johnson

U20's Player
Apr 28, 2021
9
Hope no skullduggery since we play you in a couple of weeks again.
We got lucky last time in round five, was a sloppy game. Enjoyed the banter with the emblem bet was very good.

I like watching the warriors games, Payton had the team going very well last season under tough circumstances.

Katoa was going great guns, was hard to handle for defences, hopefully see him back in the 17 soon, though Curran can ball play from what I have seen last two games.

Good luck this week against the Cowboys, will be a good game.
 

Gizzyfan

Warriors 1st Grader
Jan 2, 2013
4,824
We got lucky last time in round five, was a sloppy game. Enjoyed the banter with the emblem bet was very good.

I like watching the warriors games, Payton had the team going very well last season under tough circumstances.

Katoa was going great guns, was hard to handle for defences, hopefully see him back in the 17 soon, though Curran can ball play from what I have seen last two games.

Good luck this week against the Cowboys, will be a good game.

Welcome to the forum Mate. Katoa will be back, he has been sent back to work on a couple of things, also has a toe injury I believe. We are fortunate to have a lot of depth at 2nd Row, especially as Curren has come good, which has surprised a lot of us.

Heard some online gossip that there is a split in the Manly squad, any truth to it to your knowledge?
 

Johnson

U20's Player
Apr 28, 2021
9
Welcome to the forum Mate. Katoa will be back, he has been sent back to work on a couple of things, also has a toe injury I believe. We are fortunate to have a lot of depth at 2nd Row, especially as Curren has come good, which has surprised a lot of us.

Heard some online gossip that there is a split in the Manly squad, any truth to it to your knowledge?
There was lots of talk of a player split the first few weeks where we were getting smashed.

Having Turbo back seems to have the team spirit back, any player split would be in the senior playing group, the club told Marty they could not offer him the contract dollars he is on for 2023, if he could find something out there the club would release him early. Our front office is a shambles..

You guys have some good edge forwards, Katoa looks like he could be anything with a quality halve on the left edge.

What’s your take on Turner, I was surprised the club would release him, looks a good player.
 
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wizards rage

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 18, 2016
3,376
Tauranga
Hi All, I am a manly fan and have just recently joined your forum.

I like Katoa he looked really good last season, will he get back into the 17 this season? There are many options with edge forwards now that Curran has also been given a chance.
Katoa slimmed down this off season and has lost impact. I suspect his conditioning was off. He is only very young (21) and had only played a handful of games prior to joining the Warriors from union. He was thrust into the spotlight last season possibly before he was ready and performed beyond expectations. He was fortunate to build a strong stable combination, with the those around him which utilised his strengths. I don’t think he had that so much this year and he wasn’t used as well.

He will be back bigger and better later in the season. At his peak he is a beast. He has a lot of maturity, vision and ‘footy IQ’ that is beyond his young years.

There is a lot of competition for spots and we are in the fortunate position in the forwards where we dont have to play him. But with injuries, he will definitely get more opportunities.
 

bangbros18

1st Grade Fringe
May 20, 2019
1,730
Hi All, I am a manly fan and have just recently joined your forum.

I like Katoa he looked really good last season, will he get back into the 17 this season? There are many options with edge forwards now that Curran has also been given a chance.
He just needed a spell in reserve grade bro. Welcome silvertail! You must be happy to have your turbo boost back?
 
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Worried2Death

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 6, 2016
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There was lots of talk of a player split the first few weeks where we were getting smashed.

Having Turbo back seems to have the team spirit back, any player split would be in the senior playing group, the club told Marty they could not offer him the contract dollars he is on for 2023, if he could find something out there the club would release him early. Our front office is a shambles..

You guys have some good edge forwards, Katoa looks like he could be anything with a quality halve on the left edge.

What’s your take on Turner, I was surprised the club would release him, looks a good player.
Has Des got his eyes on our boy Krakatoa? He better not be after Fusitua, just between us he's our most valuable player.
 

Johnson

U20's Player
Apr 28, 2021
9
Has Des got his eyes on our boy Krakatoa? He better not be after Fusitua, just between us he's our most valuable player.
The Fusitua, many have been on silvertails trying to give him away, good athlete, I hope we chase Pompey.

Katoa makes nearly every 17 in the comp from last season’s form, I like seeing him play, hopefully he fixes the things he has been asked to work on. You have him locked up for a while and hopefully he gets to pay the faith the club have given him.
 

Gizzyfan

Warriors 1st Grader
Jan 2, 2013
4,824
There was lots of talk of a player split the first few weeks where we were getting smashed.

Having Turbo back seems to have the team spirit back, any player split would be in the senior playing group, the club told Marty they could not offer him the contract dollars he is on for 2023, if he could find something out there the club would release him early. Our front office is a shambles..

You guys have some good edge forwards, Katoa looks like he could be anything with a quality halve on the left edge.

What’s your take on Turner, I was surprised the club would release him, looks a good player.

Turner is still there with long term injury as far as I know, they released Hayze Perham to the Eels. Turner is a typical Kiwi Half, physically very capable but under done in the skills area. Gutsy kid though.
 

ramps

1st Grade Fringe
May 2, 2013
867
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Turner is still there with long term injury as far as I know, they released Hayze Perham to the Eels. Turner is a typical Kiwi Half, physically very capable but under done in the skills area. Gutsy kid though.
Agree, Talented young kid. I think he does have the skills just not the 'Footy IQ' to utilize his skills effectively. Off the cuff star but when your'e in a grinding game, won't be the right man to make the right decisions.

Katoa Running off Walsh could be a lethal combination. Although if Walsh is playing fullback, he would most likely be the one wrapping around Katoa and looking for an offload rather than distributing to him. Would be good for Pompey/Aitken/Hiku and wings though.
 

Sup42

Warriors 1st Grader
May 7, 2012
19,146
We got lucky last time in round five, was a sloppy game. Enjoyed the banter with the emblem bet was very good.

I like watching the warriors games, Payton had the team going very well last season under tough circumstances.

Katoa was going great guns, was hard to handle for defences, hopefully see him back in the 17 soon, though Curran can ball play from what I have seen last two games.

Good luck this week against the Cowboys, will be a good game.
Humble statement about getting lucky.

I thought Manly earned it, they wanted it more and that has been the missing ingredient.

Sure they are a different side with Turbo, but I think playing and winning without him set them up for the sky high confidence they have now.

Manly will place well in a finals if that super bloke stays fit, they look like the real deal again.

Katoa will be back, they are just looking after his long term career, he is very young and inexperienced.

Pairing him next to Nikorima again would help. CHT and SOS never really got their forwards where we would like them to be, especially CHT.
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,674
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
If Katoa has any brains he will ask for a release and go develop elsewhere under a competent coach. To see his raw natural skill being reigned in is depressing. Any other team would have continued harnessing it or trying to unleash it to its full potential.

His talent is one you build a whole edge around. Everytime he touches the ball he should have support runners off each shoulder. His decoy value alone would open up opportunities for players inside and outside him.

His debut season was better than Ali Lauiti'iti debut year or even better than Ali's first two seasons.

Let that sink in.

He has the potential to be the best offloader we have ever had and we have two of the very best in the recent game...
 

AlexM

1st Grade Fringe
Feb 19, 2017
1,863
If Katoa has any brains he will ask for a release and go develop elsewhere under a competent coach. To see his raw natural skill being reigned in is depressing. Any other team would have continued harnessing it or trying to unleash it to its full potential.

His talent is one you build a whole edge around. Everytime he touches the ball he should have support runners off each shoulder. His decoy value alone would open up opportunities for players inside and outside him.

His debut season was better than Ali Lauiti'iti debut year or even better than Ali's first two seasons.

Let that sink in.

He has the potential to be the best offloader we have ever had and we have two of the very best in the recent game...
I think brownie just wants him to work on his D.
We've seen how impressive curran has been with that side of the game , probably why he's holding that spot for now.
 

TheCool

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 18, 2013
1,453
If Katoa has any brains he will ask for a release and go develop elsewhere under a competent coach. To see his raw natural skill being reigned in is depressing. Any other team would have continued harnessing it or trying to unleash it to its full potential.

His talent is one you build a whole edge around. Everytime he touches the ball he should have support runners off each shoulder. His decoy value alone would open up opportunities for players inside and outside him.

His debut season was better than Ali Lauiti'iti debut year or even better than Ali's first two seasons.

Let that sink in.

He has the potential to be the best offloader we have ever had and we have two of the very best in the recent game...
I agree, he should be used like Viliami Kikau is for Penrith. Not too sure it’s a coaching thing tho. I just don’t think our halves know how to get him in the right spots. I think there’s a disconnect there and he’s suffering the most from Kodi’s lack of form. Would love to see him running lines next to Walsh. But he could defo use some defensive work as all young players do, especially under fatigue.

I don’t buy the “slimmed down body” people are claiming either. Looks as big as he did last year. Especially noticeable in the Redcliffe game. Absolute giant.
 

BeastMode

Warriors 1st Grader
Mar 7, 2015
7,550
Put more mass and let the kid bang FFS

He was doing it beautifully last year

Fuck knows what’s happened since. His natural instincts has been tapped up. They better not do that to Reecy.
 

defensivebomb

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 29, 2018
547
He’ll definitely be back. I think he’s just a bit down on confidence. He’s a naturally instinctive footballer, you could see it last year when he picked up league at first grade level with little / no experience. You don’t forget instinct. Hopefully he uses his time in the ressies to come back better than before.
 
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