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Skinny_Ravs82

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Well, most of you get this often and things, but for some of us who don't ;) I thought I'd post this week's one for you guys to read. Enjoy!!

Mannering - The try scoring machine
Vodafone Warriors centre Simon Mannering is fast making a name for himself as a prolific try-scorer in the NRL.

The 19-year-old, who made his debut for the Warriors against the Broncos in 2005, has broken through into the first-grade side this year and has now gained a stronghold on the No.4 jumper.

Standing almost two-metres tall and weighing in at close to 100 kilograms, Mannering has plagued many opposition defences in recent weeks.

The centre has scored four tries in his last four matches and has a total of seven to his name from his 11 appearances this season.

However, Mannering modestly attributes his point-scoring success to the rest of the Warriors' back-line.

"I think my only decent try has been the one against Penrith. The rest have all been about five metres out so I guess it's been more luck really," he joked.

"The guys inside me have played really well during the season and I think they have put a few of those tries on a platter for me."

The Warriors have won four of their last six games but, despite being one of the in-form clubs in the NRL at the moment, they still sit well off the pace at 14th place on the competition ladder.

The side's recent success stems from the fact that head coach Ivan Cleary has stuck largely with the same 17-man squad over the last six weeks.

"There has been plenty of consistency there in our performances and there's definitely a lot of confidence there that we can roll the bigger teams," he said.

With the gut-wrenching 12-20 loss to the Parramatta Eels all but writing off the Auckland-based side's chance of making the top eight this year, Mannering says the team is now focused on taking each game as it comes.

"We don't really look at the table too much because it doesn't look good for us being down towards the bottom of it," says Mannering.

"We just take each game as it comes and if we get the two points then it obviously gives us a better chance of making the eight."

The Warriors have a bye in round 20 before heading to Sydney to square off against the Penrith Panthers in a fortnight's time.

Awen - League legend and family man
Growing up in Whangarei aged four, Awen Guttenbeil would run around picking more mushrooms out of the grass than chasing a ball. But after watching his father and uncles play during his childhood, it was the beginning of a passion for rugby league which has taken him to the heights of the game.

Memories of playing as a youth on cold, dewy mornings with freezing bare feet are as precious to Guttenbeil as the point when he realised that playing rugby league professionally was what he wanted to do.

"I remember when I was about 15, development squads started up as there were talks to form a New Zealand club to compete in the NRL. It was then that I could really see a pathway towards becoming a professional player, before then the opportunities didn’t really exist."

Moving through development squads for a few years, Awen was selected for the Vodafone Warriors and has spent 11 years with the club. His departure to the UK next year to play for English Super League club, Castleford holds some amazing opportunities and challenges.

When he’s not making the big hits or diving over the try line, Guttenbeil is very much a family man, with wife Tash and daughter Mila taking priority. Spending time apart while Awen travels isn’t easy for the young family, but keeping in touch with video calling has made a huge difference.

"While I was away for 6 weeks on the Tri Nations tour last year, we loved using video calling to keep in touch. Mila was only 4 months old when I left so it really made a big difference for me to be able to actually see her grow during that time. We video called about twice a week and it was great!"

Now that Awen's career with the Vodafone Warriors is closing he reflects back on his years with the club.

"Once you're playing NRL, it’s important to appreciate every time you run out onto the field. Now that my own games with the Warriors are counting down, I am cherishing the games and my time with the guys even more."

Vodafone One Tribe fans have also made their mark on Awen.

"The fans are awesome – we get so many amazing letters and I want to thank Vodafone One Tribe for their support of the team this season – it’s been incredible."

Inside info
This month we caught up with Grant Rovelli for a chat.

VOT: If a movie was made about your life, which actor would you choose to play you?

GR: Colin Farrell.

VOT: Who is the best team mate to sit next to on a flight and why?

GR: Micheal Luck, because he sleeps.

VOT: What is your earliest memory of playing rugby league?

GR: It’s not so much playing rugby league, it’s watching it. I clearly remember watching my Dad play in Mackay when I was seven.

VOT: What would be your ultimate holiday destination and why?

GR: I’d love to go to South America. It sounds like a decent place to go to me. Why there? Girls for a start.

VOT: What’s your mobile ringtone?

GR: Mylo – In my arms.

VOT: What is your favourite board game or video game and how would you rate your skills?

GR: NFL 2006 and I’m awesome at it. I’d give myself 10 out of 10!

VOT: Do you have any superstitions? For example, do you have a lucky pair of undies?

GR: I bring the same towel to every game. It’s a towel with a tiger on it.

VOT: What would you do if you weren’t playing rugby league professionally?

GR: I’d be holding the stop/go sign at Walkerston in North Queensland.
 

Jesbass_old

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
VOT: Who is the best team mate to sit next to on a flight and why?

GR: Micheal Luck, because he sleeps.

...

VOT: What would you do if you weren’t playing rugby league professionally?

GR: I’d be holding the stop/go sign at Walkerston in North Queensland.

There's a couple of pearls in there. :D :lol:
 

Ronnie_7_old

Guest
Anyone got the ones from like the rest of the year? I didn't check my email for like a month or more and all of it got deleted!Cherrs big ears.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

Guest
Jesbass said:
VOT: What would you do if you weren’t playing rugby league professionally?

GR: I’d be holding the stop/go sign at Walkerston in North Queensland.

LOL yeah too funny this one.
 

Jesbass_old

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Ronnie_7 said:
Anyone got the ones from like the rest of the year? I didn't check my email for like a month or more and all of it got deleted!Cherrs big ears.

As far as I know, Ronnie, this is only the second or third one for the entire season. :shock:
 

warriors4life_old

Guest
They've got a good deal on there, the Warriors DVD 25% off for $22.45 and $2 p&p.
 

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