Posts Tagged "Ivan Cleary"

With the season just a few sleeps away, it is time to put in your premiership tips. I’m going past all of the heavyweight teams who have either won or at least contested grand finals in recent years and tipping Penrith to win the premiership.

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On the back of the biggest recruitment drive of all clubs, the Penrith Panthers were expected to improve on their 2013 10th position finish and make the finals for the first time since 2010.

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With the preliminary finals approaching us and 12 teams out of action, it’s time to look back at the season 2014.

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Penrith coach Ivan Cleary believes the season-ending knee injury to Peter Wallace has spurred his halves partner Jamie Soward onto the NRL heights he has scaled his season.

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I’m siding with Bulldogs coach Des Hasler – it’s hard to believe the Penrith Panthers are not favourites in the lead-up to Saturday’s preliminary final at ANZ Stadium.

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Saturday’s NRL preliminary final between Canterbury and Penrith continues a battle of the minds between two of the game’s best coaches in Des Hasler and Ivan Cleary.

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Two-time recipient John Lang says Ivan Cleary must be rewarded for transforming Penrith from also-rans to premiership contenders with the NRL’s coach of the year award.

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Penrith coach Ivan Cleary bemoaned another short turnaround ahead of next Saturday’s NRL finals clash with the Sydney Roosters, but was full of praise for his players after securing a top-four finish.

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From Jamisontown to St Marys and everywhere in between, delusions were soaring for a top-four finish for the mighty Panthers coming in to 2014.

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Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has turned to rookie NRL playmaker Will Smith to help solve the Panthers’ halves injury crisis and arrest their late season form slump.

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No one expected Penrith to be top of the table 10 weeks out from the NRL finals, but coach Ivan Cleary doesn’t believe his team are over-achieving.

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Darryl Brohman and Phil Gould returned to play with Penrith in the 1980s and it wasn’t great. Neither were playing well, with Brohman having a particularly bad time.

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I think it’s time we gave Ivan Cleary a pat on the back. True, we are only halfway through the season, but I think we’ve seen enough from Ivan’s Penrith side to safely assume they will be in the finals mix come September.

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The Penrith Panthers are leading the NRL at the halfway point of a season for the first time since they won the minor premiership and title in 2003.

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His name is a commentator’s nightmare but Penrith coach Ivan Cleary says Dallin Watene Zelezniak has the talent to give NRL opponents sleepless nights.

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Coach Ivan Cleary says Penrith’s extensive recruiting campaign of the past two NRL seasons has ended with the key signing of Jamal Idris and the Panthers will now focus on fostering local talent.

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The result was largely inconsequential, but Penrith coach Ivan Cleary claims the Panthers got what they deserved in 2014 after an epic last round 38-26 defeat of Manly at Brookvale Oval.

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Penrith have extended the contract of coach Ivan Cleary until the end of the 2016 NRL season.

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Picked by some at the beginning of 2013 to finish at the bottom of the National Rugby League table, the resurgent Penrith Panthers sit one spot out of the top eight after 16 rounds.

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Fix it now. That’s the message from Penrith coach Ivan Cleary after yet another controversial obstruction ruling, which he claims is encouraging NRL players to dive in the vain of their soccer counterparts.

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