It’s a happy 100th game for Rose

WHEN George Rose first pulled on a Manly Sea Eagles jumper and stepped onto the field for the NRL club in 2006, the barnstorming prop was not able to mark the occasion with a win.
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However, his 100th game for the defending premiers on Sunday was a different story.

With a bus load of his relatives and supporters making the trip from Bathurst to Brookvale Oval cheer him on, Rose helped the Sea Eagles to a 40-24 win over Parramatta.

There were some nervous moments as the Eels launched a second half comeback, but when the final siren sounded the former Bathurst junior was delighted.

“Was so good to have 16000+ screaming fans supporting us today at Brookvale Oval,” Rose tweeted.

“The best feeling. Love playing at our home ground.

“An ugly but effective win today. We had some negatives but some awesome positives too.”

After coming through the ranks at Bathurst and making a foray into higher level rugby league as part of Penrith feeder club St Marys Cougars, Rose got his real break with the Sydney Roosters.

He made his first grade debut with the Bondi club against Newcastle at Hunter Stadium in 2004, but it has been since switching to Manly that Rose has gained a cult following.

Rose’s first NRL game with the Sea Eagles six years ago resulted in a 40-14 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs.

His time since in the maroon and white has seen enjoy arguably the biggest moment of his career thus far and well as one of the biggest setbacks.

In 2007 he broke his leg in a match against Melbourne, the extent of the injury meaning it took Rose until 2009 to force his way back into Manly’s NRL side.

He went on to make his return season a good one – being named the Sea Eagles Player of the Year – but it was being a member of last year’s grand final winning side that stands as his highlight.

On Sunday as Rose prepared to mark his 100th game for the club, his Twitter account was flooded with congratulatory messages and best wishes while he had 58 relatives make the trip to Brookvale.

Sea Eagles head conditioner Donny Singe was one who paid tribute to him on the club’s website, saying the 113 kilogram prop knows how to use his size well.

“Lucky for us George, even though he worked two or three times harder than the next person, has always embraced that [his size],” Singe said.

“Despite the focus that falls on his size, the overriding factor is that he’s a tremendous player and a tremendously skillful footballer.”

Off the bench against the Eels Rose played 41 minutes – his second longest involvement of the season thus far – and during that time he made 12 tackles and 89 metres.

“Manly is a big part of who I am now. I’m doing what I love and I think I’ve learned a lot from the players and people here,” Rose said.

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HAPPY 100th: Former Bathurst junior George Rose carts the ball up on Sunday in what was his 100th game for the Manly Sea Eagles. He celebrated the milestone with a win over the Eels. Photo: GETTY IMAGES 070912georgey

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