Penrith Panthers: top ten players

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    The Penrith Panthers entered the NSWRL competition in 1967, and over the 50 years since have made three grand finals, winning two of them.

    Making back-to-back grand finals in 1990 and 1991, they took on Canberra two years in a row, winning the second in one of the best grand final rematches in history. Their third grand final, also a winning effort came in 2003.

    With that, here are their ten top players.

    10. Scott Sattler
    Sattler came to the Panthers in 1999, playing four years at the club. His last year in 2003 was his best, playing his one and only game of State of Origin for Queensland. But it was the grand final, try-saving tackle, rated one of the best in NRL history on Todd Byrne that he would be remembered for.

    It’s very rare that I would allow one moment to be good enough to warrant a mention, but this is one of them.

    9. Micheal Jennings
    Jennings is the only player on this list who didn’t win a premiership, but that didn’t stop him from achieving great things.

    Debuting in 2007, he played 177 games in Panthers’ colours, starting his representative while at the foot of the mountains, playing for NSW, Australia, the Prime Ministers XIII and Tonga.

    While on debut for Australia he became only the fourth man to score a hat-trick of tries in a single game.
    He is currently signed to the Parramatta Eels.

    8. Steve Carter
    Debuting in 1988, Carter played 13 years at Penrith and despite poor form and a horror run of injuries, broke the all-time games record for the club in 2001. He was a member of the 1991 grand final team and captained the club for several years in the 1990’s. He played one game for NSW in the 1992 Origin Series.

    7. Mark Geyer
    Geyer had two stints at the club with his first being the most successful. He played in both of the clubs 1990’s grand finals and if not sin-binned in the 1991 grand final his performance was worthy of the Clive Churchill Medal.

    Geyer most memorable moment was when he almost came to blows with Wally Lewis at halftime of game two of the 1991 State of Origin series. In total, he played 135 games for the club and represented New South Wales and Australia three times each.

    6. Rhys Wesser
    A Rockhampton junior and a favourite of mine, Wesser was picked up by Penrith in 1998 and played 177 games for the club.

    In 2002, he scored a Penrith club record of 19 tries, including three hat-tricks, and was dubbed “Rhys-Lightning”, becoming a crowd favourite with his acceleration and line-breaking ability. The following season Wesser bettered his own record by scoring 25 times, earning the title of the most prolific try-scoring fullback for a season in the history of Australian rugby league.

    He played in the 2003 grand final and made four appearances for Queensland

    5. Luke Priddis
    Priddis came to the Panthers in 2001 after departing for the premiership-winning Broncos. In the 2003 grand final, he became the only Panthers player to win the Clive Churchill Medal as he scored a try and set up two more.

    Adding to this, he was the first hooker to win the award. He played three games for NSW and one Test for Australia

    4. Royce Simmons
    In 1980, Simmons made his debut for Penrith and went on to play 238 games, the second highest in Panthers history. In the 1991 grand final, he scored two tries and have a huge part of the Panthers winning their maiden grand final. A legend of the club, he represented NSW and Australia ten times each.

    3. Ryan Girdler
    Gilder began his Panthers’ career in 1993 and went on to become the highest points-scorer for the club with 1572, consisting of 101 tries and 581 goals. He played in the 2003 grand final and he represented NSW eight times, also playing ten Tests for Australia.

    2. Craig Gower
    Gower is equal second with Royce Simmons, playing 238 games for the club. He is one of only two players to lead the club to premiership glory (2003) and is the only man on this list to captain Australia while at the Panthers. He represented NSW six times and made 18 appearances for Australia.

    1. Greg Alexander
    This pick was a great matter of debate between Alexander, Gower and even Brad Filter (Freddie will be on the Roosters list). But after review, there is little doubt ‘Brandy’ is number one.

    He was the first player to lead the club to premiership glory and scoring 101 tries, as well as kicking 388 goals for the club is a great feat in any language. A true legend of the club and one of its greats. He represented NSW and Australia six times each.

    Honour mentions to Martin Lang, John Cartwright, Tim Sheens, Bob Landers and Grahame Moran.

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    • June 16th 2017 @ 3:16am
      jeff dustby said | June 16th 2017 @ 3:16am | ! Report

      Carty ahead of Sattler. And Lewis is much more of a panther than a shark

    • Roar Guru

      June 16th 2017 @ 4:40am
      BigJ said | June 16th 2017 @ 4:40am | ! Report

      Lewis got the Churchill Medal at t he Sharks so the only man in the history of club for the Sharkies has to get a mention.

      • Roar Guru

        June 16th 2017 @ 1:25pm
        peeeko said | June 16th 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

        we both know it should have been Fafita.

        • Roar Guru

          June 16th 2017 @ 1:31pm
          BigJ said | June 16th 2017 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

          yeah but it wasnt, such is lfe.

    • June 16th 2017 @ 6:00am
      bigbaz said | June 16th 2017 @ 6:00am | ! Report

      How about some from the early years, like Mike Stephenson and bobby Boland , I realise they were often known as the chocolate soldiers but they made it before Cronulla.

    • June 16th 2017 @ 7:02am
      Gurudoright said | June 16th 2017 @ 7:02am | ! Report

      I know most won’t agree by if not for injuries Colin Van Der Voort should be close to making that list. When fit he was epic

      • Roar Guru

        June 16th 2017 @ 8:39am
        The Barry said | June 16th 2017 @ 8:39am | ! Report

        He was a cracking player. Played so hard that he was often injured.

        If he was playing these days he’d be CVDV. Brilliant!

        Nobby Clarke and Graeme ‘Penguin’ Bradley are not as good but Panthers players I had s soft spot for…

      • June 16th 2017 @ 2:47pm
        matth said | June 16th 2017 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

        He was the one I was thinking of, along with Cartwright and Izzard

    • June 16th 2017 @ 8:03am
      Oingo Boingo said | June 16th 2017 @ 8:03am | ! Report

      Brandy ” the old flog “.

    • June 16th 2017 @ 8:22am
      jamesb said | June 16th 2017 @ 8:22am | ! Report

      Freddie should be on the list. He played over a 100 games for the club and won a premiership with them in 1991.

      I think players can be on two lists, especially if they are influential in both clubs. Ron Coote is another player that should be on both Souths and Roosters lists.

      • Roar Guru

        June 16th 2017 @ 8:32am
        The Barry said | June 16th 2017 @ 8:32am | ! Report

        Don’t question the rules…?

        • Roar Guru

          June 16th 2017 @ 9:52am
          BigJ said | June 16th 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

          Thats damn right dont question the rules!!!

          • Roar Guru

            June 16th 2017 @ 11:03am
            The Barry said | June 16th 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

            Yep – rules are rules, even if they’re arbitrary, nonsensical and made up on the spot…

            • Roar Guru

              June 16th 2017 @ 11:27am
              BigJ said | June 16th 2017 @ 11:27am | ! Report

              Whatever makes u sleep at night barry

              • Roar Guru

                June 16th 2017 @ 12:05pm
                Con Scortis said | June 16th 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

                Stop fighting you two! I hate it when you fight. I’m going to my room to listen to Nirvana.

            • Roar Guru

              June 16th 2017 @ 1:26pm
              peeeko said | June 16th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

              like luke lewis not a panfffer

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