Panthers bankrolling Wests Tigers' historic first



  • The Daily Telegraph has this headline today 26/3 but it won’t let me read the story , does anybody know what the story says?



  • Wests Tigers on top of NRL ladder for first time in club history

    March 25, 2019 9:06pm

    Paul CrawleyThe Daily Telegraph

    Wests Tigers are top of the league for the first time in the joint-venture club’s history, and it’s partly funded by western Sydney rivals Penrith.

    It is understood as part of the agreement to release Ivan Cleary to return to the foot of the mountains, Penrith also handed over a settlement payment, believed to be around $400,000, which has gone straight towards Michael Maguire’s salary in 2019.

    Fox Sports Lab says that since Wests Tigers kicked off in 2000 they have gone 494 rounds of football without being in first place.

    In that time, 223 players have pulled on a Tigers jersey, and there have been eight coaches, including Wayne Pearce, Terry Lamb, Tim Sheens, Mick Potter, Jason Taylor, Andrew Webster, Cleary and now Maguire.

    Told of the milestone, foundation coach Pearce couldn’t believe it.

    “That is great. It is great to see them start so well,” he said.

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    Benji Marshall and Wests Tigers are flying high.

    But while acknowledging the wonderful work of the players, led by Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall, who are turning back the clock, Pearce said much of the praise needed to go to Maguire for the personal values he brought with him.

    In many ways, Pearce said, what we are seeing is a throwback to the old days of Balmain and Western Suburbs.

    “You go back to Wests and you go back to Balmain, they were both very much blue-collar-type clubs,” he said.

    “They were always built around spirit. And having a little bit of an understanding about how Madge works, he is very much anchored in tradition and spirit and pride in the jersey.

    “So that accounts for a lot when you are talking about rugby league. Nowadays, the NRL is super professional and a super slick sport.

    “But you can’t put a value on what spirit and camaraderie will do for a team.”

    Which is exactly what Maguire has done. The biggest knock on Maguire when he came to the club was that he worked his players too hard and that he was relentless in his pursuit of winning.

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    Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire is off to a flying start at his new club. Picture: Getty Images

    But it helped him win an English Super League title with Wigan and a premiership with South Sydney.

    On paper, the Tigers hardly have the flashiest squad but what they have shown is that they don’t lack self-belief.

    Marshall has made no secret of the fact this pre-season was the hardest he had trained in his career.

    Farah just seems to be loving his football and the chance to finish his career back at the club where it all started.

    This Sunday the Tigers have a great chance to maintain their position on the ladder when they head to Campbelltown to take on the winless Bulldogs.

    It’s also worth remembering it was this week two years ago that former Canterbury Leagues Club chairman George Peponis took a pot shot at his rivals.

    When there was talk in 2017 that Des Hasler’s future could destabilise the Bulldogs, Peponis said: “We’re not the Wests Tigers.”

    The comment was in reference to the Tigers’ coaching merry-go-round.



  • Thanks Penrith!



  • I wonder what Ivans thoughts are on the tigers at the moment. We have a better preseason thus far with less off field dramas, first on the ladder , and a terrific for and against . Panthers sit 11th with a+ points deficit of _ 6. Way to go Ivan.



  • @Wounded_magpie:

    It’s also worth remembering it was this week two years ago that former Canterbury Leagues Club chairman George Peponis took a pot shot at his rivals.

    When there was talk in 2017 that Des Hasler’s future could destabilise the Bulldogs, Peponis said: “We’re not the Wests Tigers.”

    This needs to be front and centre and reminded to our boys before the game!
    No one should ever take us for chumps ever again!



  • Thanks Wounded Magpie for posting it, much appreciated.



  • @1eyedmel:

    I wonder what Ivans thoughts are on the tigers at the moment. We have a better preseason thus far with less off field dramas, first on the ladder , and a terrific for and against . Panthers sit 11th with a+ points deficit of _ 6. Way to go Ivan

    Off field dramas we have had plenty, Musgrove, MCK, Pascoe being banned, salary cap fines and penalties, it is a miracle we are on top of the heap after round 2.
    Lets hope we give it the dogs this week for Peponis, and give it to the pennies the week after for Ivan and Gus, lets get the karma bus going.



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    @tiger_one:

    This needs to be front and centre and reminded to our boys before the game!
    No one should ever take us for chumps ever again!

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  • I could have sworn we were on top of the table when we had Lamb as our coach, i can still vividly remember a full back page spread photo of him with his feet up on the desk with his hands behind his head.



  • @The_Doc:

    I could have sworn we were on top of the table when we had Lamb as our coach, i can still vividly remember a full back page spread photo of him with his feet up on the desk with his hands behind his head.

    we started 2001 with 2 wins in a row and then that article was written. A couple of weeks later stink finger hit!



  • Thanks Penrith, the award u will get is the wooden spoon



  • ahh yes your right we obviously were not on top due to F/A, the good old days eh…



  • @cochise:

    we started 2001 with 2 wins in a row and then that article was written. A couple of weeks later stink finger hit!

    Being pedantic, but that was 2002.



  • @Masterton:

    Being pedantic, but that was 2002.

    I was sure I typed 2002, stupid fat thumbs and typing on phone.


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