Manly halfback and Kangaroos World Cup hopeful Daly Cherry-Evans admits he was OVERWHELMED with fear during the infamous Battle of Brookvale in 2011 and pretended to be involved in the blue
- Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans was NRL rookie with Manly Sea Eagles back in 2011
- Told Andy Raymond’s Unfiltered Podcast the ‘Battle of Brookvale’ was terrifying
- Cherry-Evans, 33, didn’t want to take a backward step, but he detests fighting
- He pretended to be involved, but kept a safe distance from the chaotic scenes
- Melee saw multiple suspensions, both Storm and Sea Eagles also fined $50,000
Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans has recalled how he was overwhelmed with fear during the infamous ‘Battle of Brookvale’ against the Storm in 2011.
Speaking on Andy Raymond’s Unfiltered Podcast, the Kangaroos World Cup hopeful, 33, revealed he was ‘frightened as he hates confrontation’ and took the unusual step of pretending to be involved in the wild scenes.
‘So when I could see it bubbling over, I thought ‘oh no, I can’t get away from this quick enough’, the Queensland Origin skipper said.
‘I hate fighting, I genuinely hate fighting so that was a really daunting moment for me.’
Raymond then asked Cherry-Evans – who in 2011 was in his first season in the NRL and later won a premiership – if he threw a punch during the chaotic scenes which followed.
Sea Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans has recalled how he was overwhelmed with fear during the infamous ‘Battle of Brookvale’ against the Storm in 2011 when he was a rookie
In chaotic scenes, players from Melbourne and Manly were involved in a brawl later dubbed the ‘Battle of Brookvale’ in 2011
‘No way, no,’ he said.
‘(But) if you stood too far away you were identified. ‘That was the tricky part for me, don’t get too far away or you’re going to look like an absolute loser.’
Cherry-Evans added it was a ‘balancing act’ and ever since that moment he has loved playing Melbourne as they are always a ‘good side, so well coached, and very physical.’
He acknowledged the two clubs have an intense rivalry and ‘whether it’s a physical fight, golden point thrillers, it’s just always entertaining.’
The fallout from the ‘Battle of Brookie’ over a decade ago – which started after Manly’s Darcy Lussick reacted to some niggle from Storm lock Ryan Hinchcliffe – was severe.
Ten players and two officials from both clubs were later charged by the NRL judiciary for their roles in the brawl, with both Glenn Stewart and Adam Blair – who were sent off by referee Shayne Hayne – referred straight to the judiciary.
Referee Shayne Hayne sent Melbourne Storm forward Adam Blair off for fighting
Glenn Stewart was also given his marching orders – but returned for the grand final and was man of the match versus the Warriors
The fiery match versus the Storm was also marred by a serious neck injury to Sea Eagles winger David Williams
Each club was fined $50,000 by the NRL.
‘The sight of so many players from both teams fighting, of people running in and leaving the bench area, was a horrendous look for the game,’ then NRL CEO David Gallop said at the time.
For their primary roles in the melee, Stewart and Blair were banned for three and five matches respectively.
The fiery match was also marred by a serious neck injury to Sea Eagles winger David Williams.
Stewart returned for the 2011 grand final versus the Warriors – and was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal after a man of the match performance in the 24-10 win.