Posts Tagged "Ivan Cleary"

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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The Penrith Panthers were never in the hunt for a finals berth last season, let alone a premiership, and face tough times ahead unless they produce a drastic turnaround in form.

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Ivan Cleary is absolutely correct in saying Michael Jennings is not worth $650,000. Simply put, no centre is worth that much.

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Penrith coach Ivan Cleary insists he’ll continue to make the tough calls at the Panthers but doesn’t foresee the need to drop another bombshell like last week’s parting of the ways with club legend Luke Lewis.

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If an often spruiked reality television show has taught me anything, it’s that rebuilding a dilapidated old house is really hard work. But, eventually through good management, perseverance and that affable Scott Cam, it can be done.

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Patience seems foreign in modern day sport. Everything is instant and the reality of a situation can be distorted in the week to week dissection of results.

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Considering Phil Gould was meant to bring some stability and composure to the Panthers, it’s ironic that the current Michael Jennings situation is nothing but a confusing mess.

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Luke Lewis has labelled Ivan Cleary’s decision to strip him of the Penrith captaincy as a “kick in the guts” and called on the NRL club to clarify Michael Jennings’ future.

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Far from being a NSW State of Origin certainty, Penrith coach Ivan Cleary insists Michael Jennings’ recent form has not even been up to NRL standard.

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Has the NRL gone boring this year? Seven rounds into the season it has become a talking point. In the first 56 matches this season, 17 have featured a winning score of 18 or less.

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Penrith coach Ivan Cleary labelled the Parramatta Stadium surface for Friday night’s NRL local derby “disgraceful”, suggesting it may have played a role in Nathan Smith’s suspected broken ankle.

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