General Warriors fun draft from 1995 onwards

Aaron Hermaia too

Big fan of Syd Eru's days in the jumper. I think he raised the bar from Mann. We did have alot of running hookers, who made the most of the big Warrior packs; Gatis, Heremaia, Death, Henderson, Mears. While there is a big emphasis on hooker as part of the spine, it is a position with alot of depth traditionally, where perhaps the standard between the 4-5th best and 14-15th is that great.
 
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My last choice is a prop. If we are judging the teams mainly based on overall career form and not Warriors form then I am going to choose Andy Platt. This guy was a titan of the game. Played a ton of games for St Helens, Wigan and Great Britain. Came to the Warriors well past his prime so we didn't get to see the best of him but he was quality and tough.

Was going to choose him a little earlier on but most people had already selected props so I delayed his pick.

1. Ivan Cleary (gk)
2. Henry Fa'afili
3. Peta Hiku
4. Jerome Ropati
5. Krisnan Inu
6. Chad Townsend
7. Kieran Foran
8. Ruben Wiki (c)
9. PJ Marsh
10. Andy Platt
11. Joe Galuvao
12. Awen Guttenbeil
13. Ben Henry

I've never liked the idea of having a player/coach so Cleary will not be my choice. I am going to go with John Monie who has the best overall coaching record out of all the options. Coached Paramatta to a premiership in the 80's. Also won 4 Championships and Challenge Cups in a row as Wigan coach which had never been achieved before or since.

He also actually had a 55% win ratio as coach of the Warriors. This is better than Ivan Cleary who had a 49% win ratio.

As we are judging it across his whole coaching career he is the obvious choice for me.

Coach: John Monie
 
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Syd Eru or duane mann don't make any team, we have had a lot of pretty good hookers

Quite amazing really.
Mann being at the end of his career when he came here clearly counted against him- shocked eru missed out.
Couldn’t be too critical of the players picked tho.
 
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Sorry guys just finishing up at work will make my pick after that, have no idea what coach im going for......Cleary and Ando gone.....may as well throw a dart...
 
That Weno team looks pretty complete.
Got that real Warrior ball flavour to it.

It's funny you guys say that. I was thinking my team looks the most complete 😆

Jokes aside I really like how my team ended up. But there's a few of us with really good teams. I guess we can pass judgement when all teams have been selected.
 
It's funny you guys say that. I was thinking my team looks the most complete 😆

Jokes aside I really like how my team ended up. But there's a few of us with really good teams. I guess we can pass judgement when all teams have been selected.
All great teams. The pool was quite limited and we all knew our stuff so the distribution of talent became fairly even.

It will all come down to the strategy that underpinned the selections so the explanation at the end will be influential.
 
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No worries. Cleary's not gone Boats. I chose Monie so Cleary is available.

Sweet. That makes it easy....i get your reasoning reasoning for Monie....but Cleary for coach for me works just fine! (sux to be choosing after me!)

Now my last position to pick at lock is a guy who's career here has probably been largely overlooked and unfairly judged by one moment of madness where he didnt pass a ball.....u guys know who im talking about - Logan Swann.

He's our 5th most capped player - 195 games, involved in 5 of our 7 play off campaigns, may not have been the flashiest but one of our more steadier players with not much difference between best and worst games.....good workrate on D he locks up the middle of the field quite nicely in my line up.

So full team for Boats n Hoes Bandits

1. Brent Webb (gk)
2. Francis Meli
3. Clinton Toopi
4. Lewis Brown
5. Manu Vatuvei
6. Sam Tomkins
7. Nathan Fien
8. Jerry Seuseu (c)
9. Motu Tony
10. Mark Tookey
11. Ali Lauiti'iti
12. Ben Matulino
13. Logan Swann

Ivan Cleary - Coach

Now thats a team to make your loins tingle!
 
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Changed my team around more times than i have my undies.

So changing up again.

John Carlaw who was rated the fastest in our 2002-03 squads shifts to the remaining wing spot to help finish off Konnies destruction and sure up his D.

Sonny Fai comes back to the number 4 jersey to add power and skill with the hard working speedster Skinny.

Because of his service I didn't want this man missing out so I re juggled AGAIN!
He adds solidity in a similar mould to Awen Guttenbiel.

Mr Consistency.

1- Phil Blake
2- John Carlaw
3- Konrad Hurrell
4- Son Fai
5- Todd Byrne
6- Greg Alexander(GK)
7- Shaun Berrigan
8- Sam Rapira(C) 6 ft 108kg
9- Robbie Mears 5 ft 9 89kg
10- Iaefeta paleaaesina 6 ft 1 110kg
11- Wairangi Koopu 6 ft 1 101kg
12- Sione Famauina 6 ft 2 101kg
13- Jason Death N/A nuggety.

Just love looking at this squad,right across the pitch.
Has that mix.

Lead by hardman Sam Rapira

Beast,Madness,Guts,Speed,Skill,Elusiveness, Tenacity,Warrior Unpredictability .

Coach: Cappy 45% win ratio,not good but one of the better records after Cleary.

Love all your teams to Warriors.

Been a pleasure to be in your company again.

Thank you for having me Wrighty.
 
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Changed my team around more times than i have my undies.

So changing up again.

John Carlaw who was rated the fastest in our 2002-03 squads shifts to the remaining wing spot to help finish off Konnies destruction and sure up his D.

Sonny Fai comes back to the number 4 jersey to add power and skill with the hard working speedster Skinny.

Because of his service I didn't want this man missing out so I re juggled AGAIN!
He adds solidity in a similar mould to Awen Guttenbiel.

Mr Consistency.

1- Phil Blake
2- John Carlaw
3- Konrad Hurrell
4- Son Fai
5- Todd Byrne
6- Greg Alexander(GK)
7- Shaun Berrigan
8- Sam Rapira(C) 6 ft 108kg
9- Robbie Mears 5 ft 9 89kg
10- Iaefeta paleaaesina 6 ft 1 110kg
11- Wairangi Koopu 6 ft 1 101kg
12- Sione Famauina 6 ft 2 101kg
13- Jason Death N/A nuggety.

Just love looking at this squad,right across the pitch.
Has that mix of

Lead by hardman Sam Rapira

Beast,Madness,Guts,Speed,Skill,Elusiveness, Tenacity,Warrior Unpredictability .

Coach: Cappy 45% win ratio,not good but one of the better records after Cleary.

Love all your teams to Warriors.

Been a pleasure to be in your company again.

Thank you for having me Wrighty.

Thing about cappys record is we had a lot of injuries in his time and to key players too.
I rate him as a coach- bit unlucky I reckon.
 
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Thing about cappys record is we had a lot of injuries in his time and to key players too.
I rate him as a coach- bit unlucky I reckon.
Even more important than win record is the team you inherit and the team you leave. Cappy inherited a lot of problems with culture and had to make a lot of big calls. When he left in 2018 we were top 8 and were on the up. carried on performing at the Raiders.

Hugely under rated and one of the better coaches we have had.
 
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Changed my team around more times than i have my undies.

So changing up again.

John Carlaw who was rated the fastest in our 2002-03 squads shifts to the remaining wing spot to help finish off Konnies destruction and sure up his D.

Sonny Fai comes back to the number 4 jersey to add power and skill with the hard working speedster Skinny.

Because of his service I didn't want this man missing out so I re juggled AGAIN!
He adds solidity in a similar mould to Awen Guttenbiel.

Mr Consistency.

1- Phil Blake
2- John Carlaw
3- Konrad Hurrell
4- Son Fai
5- Todd Byrne
6- Greg Alexander(GK)
7- Shaun Berrigan
8- Sam Rapira(C) 6 ft 108kg
9- Robbie Mears 5 ft 9 89kg
10- Iaefeta paleaaesina 6 ft 1 110kg
11- Wairangi Koopu 6 ft 1 101kg
12- Sione Famauina 6 ft 2 101kg
13- Jason Death N/A nuggety.

Just love looking at this squad,right across the pitch.
Has that mix of

Lead by hardman Sam Rapira

Beast,Madness,Guts,Speed,Skill,Elusiveness, Tenacity,Warrior Unpredictability .

Coach: Cappy 45% win ratio,not good but one of the better records after Cleary.

Love all your teams to Warriors.

Been a pleasure to be in your company again.

Thank you for having me Wrighty.

I was wondering when someone was going to select Koopu!

Nice team Weno.
 
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Hooker: Monty Betham - Betham was known for his aggressive style of play. He was once voted the player that the opposition players least want to pick a fight with in an NRL players' poll. Perfectly suits the intimidation factor I’m looking for in my forward pack.

Pongia, Betham, Blair, Luck, Kearney, Campion - is there a more aggressive pack; does this lead the teams in career suspensions, fights and dirty play. You will know you have been to war when you leave the field. This is a pack to be feared. 💪

Coach: 2 options really and one suits the more aggressive style I’m looking at. You all know who it’s going to be: Daniel Anderson

1 - Ridge
2 - Maumalo
3 - N. Vagana
4 - T. Ropati
5 - Fisiiahi
6 - Ngamu
7 - Witt (Gk)
8 - Pongia
9 - Betham
10 - Blair
11 - Luck
12 - Kearney
13 - Campion (c)

Coach: Anderson

If im looking at the strength of that team it's obviously that pack of mongrels. Id imagine they'd be a bit like recent Cronulla sides that'd take your down to their level and play some gutter ball where they would thrive. Good luck gettin them all on the park at the same time tho, suspensions could potentially ravage that side....Ridge included in that.
 
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My last choice is a prop. If we are judging the teams mainly based on overall career form and not Warriors form then I am going to choose Andy Platt. This guy was a titan of the game. Played a ton of games for St Helens, Wigan and Great Britain. Came to the Warriors well past his prime so we didn't get to see the best of him but he was quality and tough.

Was going to choose him a little earlier on but most people had already selected props so I delayed his pick.

1. Ivan Cleary (gk)
2. Henry Fa'afili
3. Peta Hiku
4. Jerome Ropati
5. Krisnan Inu
6. Chad Townsend
7. Kieran Foran
8. Ruben Wiki (c)
9. PJ Marsh
10. Andy Platt
11. Joe Galuvao
12. Awen Guttenbeil
13. Ben Henry

I've never liked the idea of having a player/coach so Cleary will not be my choice. I am going to go with John Monie who has the best overall coaching record out of all the options. Coached Paramatta to a premiership in the 80's. Also won 4 Championships and Challenge Cups in a row as Wigan coach which had never been achieved before or since.

He also actually had a 55% win ratio as coach of the Warriors. This is better than Ivan Cleary who had a 49% win ratio.

As we are judging it across his whole coaching career he is the obvious choice for me.

Coach: John Monie

While maybe lacking a few of the big names this team looks like a defensive beast. One of those sides you think a more fancied team should be beating but will just stay in the contest and before you know it pull their pants down at the end of a game through Cleary's boot or a PJ dart....i like it man.
 
If im looking at the strength of that team it's obviously that pack of mongrels. Id imagine they'd be a bit like recent Cronulla sides that'd take your down to their level and play some gutter ball where they would thrive. Good luck gettin them all on the park at the same time tho, suspensions could potentially ravage that side....Ridge included in that.
I should get you doing my team write up. A few of these teams are trying to emulate the Warrior ball style. Cronulla was the perfect game model for how I want them to play!
 
Its kind of depressing looking at these teams, Of all the ones I have seen so far I see some great players then a batch of players in each team that make me think 'that teams not winning anything with those guys in it'
 
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Changed my team around more times than i have my undies.

So changing up again.

John Carlaw who was rated the fastest in our 2002-03 squads shifts to the remaining wing spot to help finish off Konnies destruction and sure up his D.

Sonny Fai comes back to the number 4 jersey to add power and skill with the hard working speedster Skinny.

Because of his service I didn't want this man missing out so I re juggled AGAIN!
He adds solidity in a similar mould to Awen Guttenbiel.

Mr Consistency.

1- Phil Blake
2- John Carlaw
3- Konrad Hurrell
4- Son Fai
5- Todd Byrne
6- Greg Alexander(GK)
7- Shaun Berrigan
8- Sam Rapira(C) 6 ft 108kg
9- Robbie Mears 5 ft 9 89kg
10- Iaefeta paleaaesina 6 ft 1 110kg
11- Wairangi Koopu 6 ft 1 101kg
12- Sione Famauina 6 ft 2 101kg
13- Jason Death N/A nuggety.

Just love looking at this squad,right across the pitch.
Has that mix.

Lead by hardman Sam Rapira

Beast,Madness,Guts,Speed,Skill,Elusiveness, Tenacity,Warrior Unpredictability .

Coach: Cappy 45% win ratio,not good but one of the better records after Cleary.

Love all your teams to Warriors.

Been a pleasure to be in your company again.

Thank you for having me Wrighty.

Lovin that front row.

Feka provides the raw power and impact, Rapira will just keep working his arse off.....while in Mears you have someone who can take advantage of the inevitable fast play these guys will get.
Personally i wouldve kept Sonny in the 2nd row, gives that pack a different dimension.
Alexander at his best was a world class playmaker, so u have that base covered.
Maybe a bit light on the wings but with the explosive centres u have all u need them to do is finish which their more than capable off. Solid team man.
 
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