Phil's 19 years of hard
experience counts for anything as a front rower
Manly's strapping 23 year old giant Phil Daley had to
be a success. For Daley is in his 19th consecutive
year in the position!
From under-fives at
Harbord through his teenage days at St Augustines in
the Manly district, Daley has been, as he laughingly
calls it, "up with the Blockheads". But
this likeable policeman from Dee Why is anything but
He is a likeable
young man who knew where he was going in life from
his early days as a toddler peeking over the fence at
Brookvale Oval. Daley had no real choice but to
become a Sea Eagle - his dad Doug is a former long
time player, treasurer and now secretary of the club.
Having a father as
a high ranking official could be seen by many as
having a guaranteed short cut to the top. "A lot
of people suggest you have the inside mail on a lot
of things but really dad and I rarely discuss
anything political in football. "If anything
happens at Manly I usually read about it in the
newspapers," Daley said.
The Manly club
didn't have to be convinced by a proud father of the
ability of their now grand final and Australian prop.
For Phil Daley is a schoolboy star who has come right
through the junior representative ranks.
He played for the
State Schoolboys, Sydney, NSW and Australia in
Under-18s before going straight into grade. Coach Bob
Fulton had watched Daley's progress and immediately
sent his young charge to his close friend and
physical expert George Daldry.
supervised a special training program for Daley and
the result is the "Milton the Monster" of
today - a fitness fanatic who relishes the tough
going. In the major semi final against Easts the
lessons learnt under Daldry hit home to Daley when he
made a comeback after suffering a fractured jaw in
the State-of-Origin match in Los Angeles.
played for five weeks and I didn't relish the
criticism that I would be the weak link in the
side," Daley said. "I had trained hard
every day during my layoff as a preparation and I've
got those days with George Daldry to thank for my
belief in hard work at training," he said.
For someone so calm
and polite off the field Daley admits to liking
explosive players as his favourites. His early days
at Brookvale were spent watching his idols - not the
dazzlers in maroon and white - but the tough men like
Terry Randall and Les Boyd.
For Phil Daley the
grand final is perhaps the ultimate for one so
steeped in club tradition - he has lived all his life
and played football only on the peninsula. And he
says he has no real bargaining power when it comes to
"I go straight
to the committee - it isn't fair on Doug if I sat
down and haggled with him. "Besides I'm a Manly
man and no amount of money could get me to change.
"It's in my blood," he says fiercely.