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Penrith Panthers 2018

Post by gergreg » June 9, 2018, 9:14 am

There doesn't appear to be a dedicated thread for the Panthers this year. They deserve a thread as they seem a real contender.
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Post by gergreg » June 9, 2018, 9:17 am

Rocks and diamonds Maloney the perfect fit for the Fittler mentality

James Maloney is a drink which makes you laugh and cry. NSW’s State of Origin five-eighth is a cold beer on a hot day followed by the warm white wine you wish you hadn’t ordered.

On Wednesday night at the MCG he had a hand in three tries and gifted Queensland two. He kicked three goals but missed two. He celebrates his successes but appears oblivious to his errors.

Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/rocks- ... 4zjzy.html

'I'd love to do this for 10 years': Cleary eyes long Origin career

Nathan Cleary wants to wear the NSW No.7 jersey for the next decade and few will argue with the ambitions of the baby-faced playmaker after his debut in a winning Blues team.

Cleary received a pre-game pep talk from some of the greatest players to have pulled on the NSW jersey - Brad Fittler, Andrew Johns, Danny Buderus and Greg Alexander - and did not disappoint in the middle of the MCG.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/i-d-lo ... 4zk0g.html
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Post by gergreg » June 14, 2018, 11:13 am

Who needs an ACL? Wallace as tough as they come

Peter Wallace, one of the toughest NRL players in the modern era, says it will be sad not to be on the field but no less satisfying should the Panthers go on to win the NRL title without him.

The Penrith captain was forced to retire on Tuesday due to injury, announcing the end of a career that included 240 NRL games for the Panthers and Brisbane and four State of Origin appearances for NSW.

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Post by gergreg » June 14, 2018, 11:34 am

'Like Face/Off': Mansour reveals radical alternate plan to put his face back together

Josh Mansour sat in his surgeon's office days after his horrific round-six head injury and was presented with two courses of action to repair his shattered face.

Option one involved making four small incisions through which the surgeon could gain access to what resembled a "jigsaw puzzle" of splintered bone beneath the skin.

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Post by greeneyed » August 7, 2018, 11:00 pm

I will keep all these abusive Tweets on file. When the truth finally comes out, we shall see who deserves the apology. Thank you and goodnight to you all.

https://twitter.com/PhilGould15/status/ ... 4631933952

Phil Gould promises to keep abusive tweets from fans on file, after Panthers seek to sign Cleary.
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Post by zim » August 7, 2018, 11:03 pm

Are they abusing him for getting rid of Hook?

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Post by greeneyed » August 7, 2018, 11:10 pm

I haven't looked at them really... but I think it is more because he steadfastly denied the review was out of the ordinary, nothing was happening, it was all standard, he has his full support etc.

According to NRL 360 tonight, the Panthers called in Ivan Cleary, and he thought it was a meeting about his son... and they asked if he'd like to come back once his contract was completed. And then he said he'd come next year.

The Panthers are doing everything possible to keep Nathan. That's why Hook is hooked. That's why they're targeting Ivan. Incredibly he's more than considering it, given how Gould sacked him.

But Gould is understandably being called out... for targeting a coach under contract for the next two years... and stridently denying everything for months.
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Post by zim » August 7, 2018, 11:13 pm

Seems strange he thinks there's some "truth" that will vindicate him. On face value, laughable even.

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Post by greeneyed » August 7, 2018, 11:13 pm

It is a bit rich for someone to say he's keeping critical comments "on file" in the circumstances. I don't know if there are more than "critical" comments though. I certainly wouldn't support any comments that were abusive.
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Post by zim » August 7, 2018, 11:15 pm

Come now GE. I'm sure the twitterverse is a civil place ;)

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Post by gergreg » August 8, 2018, 11:33 am

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/if-cle ... 4zw2s.html

Forty-eight hours. When Penrith coach Anthony Griffin was sacked on Monday, the word out of the club was Ivan Cleary could be named as his replacement within 48 hours.

That’s how hopeful the Panthers were and remain about landing the Wests Tigers coach despite him being under contract until the end of 2020 and despite sacking him at the end of the 2015 season.
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Post by gergreg » August 8, 2018, 11:43 am

This issue has the potential to destabilise the Panthers finals campaign and IMO completely destroys any chance the Tigers had of making the finals. I haven't seen anything in the media from the Tigers about appointing a caretaker coach but they have to stand down Cleary until this is sorted out. They simply cannot continue with him. I don't blame them for holding firm for a payout of some sort but his position is untenable.

But if he does stay the second half this weekend could well be epic. Which coach will deliver the worse half time speech to the players?
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Post by gergreg » August 8, 2018, 11:51 am

Probably makes sense to put it here.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/we-won ... 4zw2i.html

A fired-up Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe has declared he will fight "tooth and nail" to stop coach Ivan Cleary from joining Penrith.

And Pascoe went one step further by issuing a warning to the Tigers' bigger and more cashed-up NRL rivals, declaring: "We won't be picked on. The Wests Tigers are not pushovers."
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Post by greeneyed » August 8, 2018, 7:24 pm

Great interview with Anthony Griffin on NRL 360. Just confirms what I've always suspected about Phil Gould.
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Post by Dr Zaius » August 8, 2018, 7:27 pm

greeneyed wrote:Great interview with Anthony Griffin on NRL 360. Just confirms what I've always suspected about Phil Gould.
That he's a top bloke?
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Post by greeneyed » August 8, 2018, 7:31 pm

The only thing I was disappointed with re the interview is they didn't ask the obvious question:

"Do you think you were sacked, so the Panthers could bring back Ivan Cleary, so that they would not lose Nathan?"

I'm sure they could have asked it more politely. But isn't it the obvious question to ask?
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Post by greeneyed » August 8, 2018, 7:36 pm

The other thing... if anyone listened to Gould's podcast today, giving his account... he actually claims he has "no idea" what the current state of negotiations are between the Panthers chair and Ivan Cleary, what offers have been made, knows nothing about the conversations. And nothing that happened is "planned". Let's just say, I'm surprised by this claim.
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Post by Finite » August 9, 2018, 4:35 pm

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August 8, 2018, 7:36 pm
The other thing... if anyone listened to Gould's podcast today, giving his account... he actually claims he has "no idea" what the current state of negotiations are between the Panthers chair and Ivan Cleary, what offers have been made, knows nothing about the conversations. And nothing that happened is "planned". Let's just say, I'm surprised by this claim.
Listened to it this morning on my way to work and nearly choked on my hash brown when he said that.

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Post by Dr Zaius » August 9, 2018, 10:29 pm

Gould's interview on The Footy Show paints a very different view of events. Ben Hannant was scathing of Griffin
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Post by greeneyed » August 9, 2018, 10:32 pm

I've heard what Gould said yesterday. He's got something new, now?
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Post by Dr Zaius » August 9, 2018, 10:33 pm

greeneyed wrote:I've heard what Gould said yesterday. He's got something new, now?
Dunno. I hadn't heard what he had to say previously.
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Post by greeneyed » August 9, 2018, 10:38 pm

Dr Zaius wrote:
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greeneyed wrote:I've heard what Gould said yesterday. He's got something new, now?
Dunno. I hadn't heard what he had to say previously.
Well given Gould told us "everything" yesterday, I'm expecting it is more, more, more spin.
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Post by gergreg » August 9, 2018, 10:38 pm

Who knows what to believe with Gus???

Despite all this petty bickering (which I can see only escalating) the fact remains Griffin is a **** coach.

Hannant was on 100% footy and said much the same stuff that he did tonight. He picked some specific examples where he thought Griffin wasn't up to NRL standard. It's worth watching along with the week before with Siebold.
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Post by greeneyed » August 9, 2018, 10:42 pm

Hannant... have no idea why that bloke is on TV.
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Post by Dr Zaius » August 10, 2018, 6:06 am

greeneyed wrote:Hannant... have no idea why that bloke is on TV.
He's a great QUEENSLANDER!!! GE.

You seemed to have made up your mind on this based on personality. I'm not sure that this saga simply boils down to Gould being a ****.
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Post by gangrenous » August 10, 2018, 7:57 am

You’re probably right Doc. Probably boils down to Gould and Griffin both being asterisks.

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Post by greeneyed » August 10, 2018, 9:36 am

For those who missed The Footy Show...

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-pr ... nt=control


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Post by edwahu » August 11, 2018, 4:51 pm

greeneyed wrote:
August 10, 2018, 9:36 am
For those who missed The Footy Show...

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-pr ... nt=control


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Gus is kidding to criticise Griffin for breaking his silence when Gus was going on record about him in the media all week.

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