Yes agreed, went from not expected to be back until Rnd 17 to playing in Rnd 6 - great news.
Pretty much as good a line-up as we can put out there, with little scope for changes if it goes south. Those pre-season hopes have taken an early battering, and things need to come good pretty quickly. It’s all up to the boys now.
Final bad news - the esteemed, and renowned Panthers-hater, Mr Ben Cummins is on the whistle
Possibly off topic but when did that ever stop anybody. Regarding the kick off time of 7:50 pm; I would struggle to stay awake in front of the TV at home for the duration of the game (assuming frustration has not already got the better of me).
Now, I have not been to live sport for more years than I care to mention, nor have I any plans to do so in future but I ask this question. Does the kick off time preclude many supporters, particularly young kids, from attending these matches?
on the subject of kick off times…i absolutely believe it precludes many from attending for all sorts of reasons but kick off time just adds to the decision making process, there are others
1…cost to attend ie ground ticket/public transport/parking
2…food costs especially if taking a family or group of kids
Assume a family of 4 go from Penrith to Cronulla tonight and go by car…tolls plus fuel, would have to be at the ground say circa 7PM which would mean leaving Penrith around 5.30PM
Then the treck home…say they leave when game concludes…arrive back in Penrith around midnight
That is not adding any factors like if it rains, traffic accidents etc.
Then you add all the other costs at the game it would be a minimum $200 night for the family
And to add insult the TV folk including free to air and foxtel wouldn’t care if no-one ever attended a game…its the TV audience which drives the agenda with the NRL
100% the kick off time affects it. The only benefit of tonight’s time slot is tomorrow is a public holiday, if this was a standard weekend their would be 5000 people attend shark park and that would be maybe 100 panther supporters like Mutley who live there.
It’s ridiculous for fans who like going to the game.
That HURT. That was worse than last week’s loss. We had them the whole game then got lazy and complacent and handed them the game with three tries in sixteen minutes. I am furious.
Biggest positive to come from tonight - I thought Wayne Egan was excellent. A negative to go with it though - we were much worse when he came off and Katoa went on, and Ivan seems to be persisting with Katoa.
Had to work, so I haven’t seen the game yet. Caught a few minutes on the radio & updates through the game.
Only thing that struck me so far is that we seem to struggle to win from in front, and I’m not just talking about this year. Casting my mind back over the last few years, we always seemed to do better chasing than leading.
Maybe Ivan needs to tell the boys to let in a couple of soft ones early
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