A beautiful night for footy at Brookie and around 3 to 4 thousand fans turned up. First half saw the 2nd stringers from both sides take the field and David Williams was the only regular for Manly.Â After a strong start Wolfman was the first to cross the line in 2011 after he gathered a grubber kick from Terrence Seu Seu - rookie fullback Scott Blanch converted from out wide to open the scoring. The Eagles then dominated possession and field position and only some poor handling kept the Sharks in the contest.Â Finally Michael Oldfield hung onto a spectacular high flying grab to score in the corner, Blanch duly converted from the sideline. Players to impress in the first period were Kyle Lodge who put on some big hits and James Cunningham and Ray Majouli ran stronly when on the field - half time 12 to NIL. The second half saw more NRL players take the field and Manly was under pressure in the opening stanza due to some dropped ball and penalities - the defence held and Manly then went onto dominate the final 15 to 20 minutes. Wolfman grabbed a double after some fine attacking play on the Sharks 20 metre zone. Terrence SEu Seu was probably our best, while Kite and Trex ran stronly at times.Â Bruhrer, Gulavou and Robbo tried hard all night when on the field but the defence was the standout for mine although it was hard to judge as the Sharks were dreadful - Albert Kelly was their only player to impress for mine. Some solid performance for the new boys in Harrision and Robinson while we have a bit of a smokey in Majouli who could be a handy backup/ bench player this year.Â Cunningham is a future NRL star while Oldfield has filled out of the off season and could be one to watch in 2011. As for Cherry Evans it was a quiet start although he did some nice things close to the line, Liam Foran was solid - his kicking impressed at times.Â Choc made his usual few mistakes and Hoppa split the pill as well at important times. Manly were without many stars including Ballin, Matai, the Stewarts, Lyon, King, Rodney, Rose and K Foran so there is plenty of room for improvement.Â Final score Manly 18 Sharks 0 - a winning start to 2011.