Brett Stewart (right) and Steve Matai are being honoured by Manly.
Brett Stewart (right) and Steve Matai are being honoured by Manly. COLIN WHELAN

Former Manly trio given lap of honour

MANLY has afforded club legends Brett Stewart, Steve Matai, and Matt Ballin an official farewell in front of fans at Brookvale.

Stewart and Matai had their respective careers ended by injury before the 2017 season began, while Ballin played one game for Wests Tigers but has also been forced into retirement by a knee injury.

The unceremonious ending to each of their decorated careers means they haven't yet been able to officially say goodbye to the Sea Eagles and their fans.

The three have been invited to do a lap of honour at Lottoland when the club takes on Penrith on Saturday.

Matai's attendance is yet to be confirmed as he's moved away from Sydney, but if he can't make it the club will organise a video tribute to say farewell.

The three legends played a collective 680 in total for the club over a decade, and won premierships in 2008 and 2011 with the Sea Eagles.

Matt Ballin.
Matt Ballin. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Ballin moved to the Tigers two years ago but only managed three games for the rival NRL club, as knee injuries plagued his time at Concord.



Animals, plants queue up for bushfire recovery grants

Premium Content Animals, plants queue up for bushfire recovery grants

More money to save native species a year on from devastating bushfires

Will the Coffs/Clarence get its ‘Indiana Jones experience’?

Premium Content Will the Coffs/Clarence get its ‘Indiana Jones experience’?

Quest to open ‘one heck of a community asset’ to the public gathers steam

Citizen scientists helping turtles back from the brink

Premium Content Citizen scientists helping turtles back from the brink

Squad of volunteers looking for support to save the endangered Bellinger River...