Smoke Blowing....

Man alive the rubbish that nrl reporters present as news is unbelieveable!!! Makes you sick…

To state these Penrith players are in the same vein as the Man United guys…ridiculous and I’m not even a united supporter…

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/panthers/nrl-2020-how-the-panthers-are-mirroring-the-success-of-greatest-manchester-united-side/news-story/1ef9601a4dab82add5b48e4e6f9008b5

Can’t read the article, but what a headline… embarrassing.

Nathan Cleary is walking the same path as a young David Beckham.

In cheaper shoes, maybe.

Yet still in lockstep.

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Which is why his Penrith Panthers are, right now, such an NRL premiership threat.

Chasing history?

No, these youngsters from western Sydney are looking to repeat it.

Not that any of them know.

Or didn’t until only a few months back, when the entire Panthers squad was called into a meeting to discuss, of all things, a famous British sports documentary — The Class of ‘92.

Released in 2013, the popular UK film examines the incredible rise of six young Manchester United players who – led by Beckham – went from an FA Youth Cup title to Champions League triumph.

Did it in seven years, too.

Apart from Becks, the group of youngsters also included future superstars like Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes.

Together, forming the most dominant side anywhere in English Premier League.

Brent Naden and Cameron Ciraldo after winning the 2015 Holden Cup grand fina.
Brent Naden and Cameron Ciraldo after winning the 2015 Holden Cup grand fina.
“Which is a story I knew nothing about,” Cleary concedes.

“But now, we talk about it all the time.”

Again, because history is repeating.

In scenes eerily similar to what occurred among those Manchester mates, the current Panthers side boasts seven players who, together, have risen up from its 2015 NYC premiership team.

A roll call which includes not only Cleary, but Dylan Edwards, Brent Naden, Jarome Luai, Tyrone May, Moses Leota and James Fisher-Harris.

“Which I’d never considered special,” Cleary continues.

“All us boys playing together, it’s all we’ve ever known.

“But then, once we started talking about that film, you realise how lucky we are.

“I know personally, I’ve never felt a bond like I do in this team.”

Moses Leota was a member of the Panthers class of 2015.
Moses Leota was a member of the Panthers class of 2015.
While Cleary may have given little thought to what’s happening out west, retired Wallabies prop Ben Darwin can quantify it all with one acronym – TWI, or the Teamwork Index.

Now working as a data analyst, Darwin has produced several papers explaining how his Teamwork Index can predict the success of a sporting franchise by measuring the “cohesion” among players — created by shared experiences over time.

Or put another way, the 2020 Panthers.

A team whose bond, Cleary reveals, was first born as a whisper.

“Back when I was 14,” he says. “Before a junior game against St Marys.

“It was my first year in the local competition and, one afternoon at training, all the boys started talking about this gun in the opposition.

“Skinny kid, they said. But a freak.

“Awesome footwork.

“They were all saying how we would get pumped.”

Jarome Luai and Nathan Cleary were part of the Penrith Holden Cup team five years ago.
Jarome Luai and Nathan Cleary were part of the Penrith Holden Cup team five years ago.
So what happened?

“We got pumped,” Cleary laughs. “And Jarome Luai played like a gun.”

Which is how these NRL halves partners first meet.

Within months, not only playing together in Harold Matthews, but part of a Panthers Playmaker Academy that also involved a youngster named Tyrone May.

“Although T-May wouldn’t talk to me,” Cleary laughs of the Panthers utility.

“Apparently because dad was in charge of first grade, he’d told people he wasn’t hanging out with the coach’s son.

“But now, we’re best mates. Live together.

“It’s funny how things work out.”

Again, Class of ‘92.

Becks (second left bottom row) and Scholesy (second right) were part of the famed 92 class.
Becks (second left bottom row) and Scholesy (second right) were part of the famed 92 class.
Which is why, only this week, one of Darwin’s papers was circulated among Penrith staff.

With Panthers GM Matt Cameron confirming how this current side — which hasn’t been pieced together by accident — is now taking a keen interest in not only Beckham, or Darwin’s TWI, but harnessing that value in those six closest of mates.

“Which is interesting,” Cameron says.

“And definitely, we think, part of what is going on here.

“Currently in first grade, we’ve assembled a group of players who have grown up together, played with and against each another, even lived in houses close together.

“So there’s a lot of love there.

“A connection.

“And that’s something (coach) Ivan Cleary is focusing on this year.

Becks became a football superstar.
Becks became a football superstar.
“We want our players connected to one another.

“Because in sport, you know how easy it is for a playing group to become disconnected, and then disconnected from staff simultaneously.”

Which is why from his large office window at Panthers HQ, Cameron not only watches out over team field sessions, but also how long it takes players to leave afterwards.

“Because you can almost sense the group’s mood by how long it takes them to walk off,” he says. “And this year, I’ve seen them still there after 45 minutes.

“Just sitting around in the sun, talking, laughing, maybe throwing an NFL football around.

“The cohesion within our group is through the roof.”

Which isn’t the only upside, either.

“For a lot of our young guys, they’ve come through programs where winning is the norm,” Cameron continues.

“Which brings with it a swagger, and confidence.

Becks and Alex Ferguson foregd a successful long-term partnership.
Becks and Alex Ferguson foregd a successful long-term partnership.
“You talk to our younger guys about having now won 10 in a row and they’ll just go ‘yeah?’. They’re used to it.”

But still, the real work is coming.

Especially when you understand how the knock on Penrith has always been them staying forever young.

The result, undeniably, of having so many incredible kids coming through.

Almost like before one gets settles, another is pushing him out again.

“So that’s now the focus for this lot,” Cameron says.

“Having grown up together, they now have to grow old together, too.”

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They are desperate for a new story into the finals and see the panthers as it.

No qld teams, Parra, Newcastle falling in a heap, Means Souths and panthers will need to go deep into the finals for any decent ratings.

Could be a bloodbath for the NRL ratings wise

The NRL media in general needs to be pulled into line it’s absolutely disgraceful the crap they pull with their fabricated writing.

Lol

Nobody outside of NSW and some parts of QLD would even know who they are

@the_third said in Smoke Blowing....:

They are desperate for a new story into the finals and see the panthers as it.

No qld teams, Parra, Newcastle falling in a heap, Means Souths and panthers will need to go deep into the finals for any decent ratings.

Could be a bloodbath for the NRL ratings wise

Oh! no - the Refs will fix that - highly unlikely the wrong team will end up in the GF.

Will Nathan be releasing his own line of cologne “ramjet”

Insert up the clacker 😂

@hobbo1 said in Smoke Blowing....:

Will Nathan be releasing his own line of cologne “ramjet”

Insert up the clacker 😂

and he can release his own erectile dysfunction medication that gives you the strength of twenty atom bombs for a period of twenty seconds…

guy will make a mint

@OzLuke said in Smoke Blowing....:

@hobbo1 said in Smoke Blowing....:

Will Nathan be releasing his own line of cologne “ramjet”

Insert up the clacker 😂

and he can release his own erectile dysfunction medication that gives you the strength of twenty atom bombs for a period of twenty seconds…

guy will make a mint

He can advertise it on tiktok

@hobbo1 said in Smoke Blowing....:

Will Nathan be releasing his own line of cologne “ramjet”

Insert up the clacker 😂

Imagine the huge chin shaped bottle.

@Speed2burn said in Smoke Blowing....:

Lol

Nobody outside of NSW and some parts of QLD would even know who they are

And those that do couldn’t care less.

@diedpretty said in Smoke Blowing....:

@Speed2burn said in Smoke Blowing....:

Lol

Nobody outside of NSW and some parts of QLD would even know who they are

And those that do couldn’t care less.

Exactly right! Outside the bubbles of NRL & Penrith LGA they are unknowns without relevance !

Losers!

Comparing them to Man U of the 90s is not only laughable its also embarrassing. They forgot to mention that Man U at the time was coached/managed by the greatest of all time in Sir Alex Ferguson not some halfwit like Ivan.

For a club in a contact sport to be compared to a club from a non-contact sport like sokkah is embarrassing.

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