[2022] GF Panthers v Eels - Game Day Thread

GF Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels
NSC Penrith Panthers v Norths Devils

Game Day Information

:rugby_football: Match Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels
:stadium: Venue Accor Stadium, Homebush NSW
:clock10: Time Sunday 2nd October 2022 7:30pm
:tickets: Tickets Tickets via Ticketek SOLD OUT
:rugby_football: Other Matches NSC Penrith Panthers v Norths Devils 2/10 1:15pm1
:sun_behind_rain_cloud: Weather :sun_behind_large_cloud: Partly Cloudy 15°C (:cloud_with_rain: Chance of Rain: 12% / :wind_face: Wind: NE 10km/h)
:tv: Broadcast :tv: Channel Nine (FTA) [LIVE]
:tv: Fox League (Channel 502) [DELAYED]
:desktop_computer: NRL Live Pass [LIVE]
:kayo: Kayo Sports [DELAYED]
:radio: ABC Sydney 702AM [LIVE]
:radio: 2GB Sydney 873AM [LIVE]
:radio: MMM Sydney 104.9FM [LIVE]

1. NRL State Championship is played between the premiers of the NSW Cup and QLD Cup Competitions.

:rugby_football: NRL State Championship | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 44 Tries J’maine Hopgood (2), Soni Luke, Eddie Blacker, John Faiumu, Robert Jennings, Luke Sommerton, Sunia Turuva.
Goals Kurt Falls (5/7), John Faiumu (1/1)
Norths Devils 10 Tries Tony Tumusa, Rashaun Denny.
Goals Connor Broadhurst (1/2)

:rugby_football: Telstra Premiership Grand Final | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 28 Tries Brian To’o (2), Stephen Crichton, Scott Sorensen, Charlie Staines.
Goals Nathan Cleary (4/6)
Parramatta Eels 12 Tries Clinton Gutherson, Jake Arthur.
Goals Mitchell Moses (2/2)

:rugby_football: NRL State Championship | Full Time

Penrith Panthers 44 Tries J’maine Hopgood (2), Soni Luke, Eddie Blacker, John Faiumu, Robert Jennings, Luke Sommerton, Sunia Turuva.
Goals Kurt Falls (5/7), John Faiumu (1/1)
Norths Devils 10 Tries Tony Tumusa, Rashaun Denny.
Goals Connor Broadhurst (1/2)

Postgame Media






Penrith Panthers Parramatta Eels
Dylan Edwards 1 Fullback 1 Clint Gutherson
Charlie Staines 2 Wing 2 Maika Sivo
Izack Tago 3 Centre 3 Will Penisini
Stephen Crichton 4 Centre 4 Bailey Simonsson
Brian To’o 5 Wing 5 Waqa Blake
Jarome Luai 6 Five-Eight 6 Dylan Brown
Nathan Cleary © 7 Halfback 7 Mitchell Moses
Moses Leota 8 Forward 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
Apisai Koroisau 9 Hooker 9 Reed Mahoney
James Fisher-Harris 10 Forward 10 Junior Paulo
Viliame Kikau 11 Second Row 11 Shaun Lane
Liam Martin 12 Second Row 12 Isaiah Papali’i
Isaah Yeo © 13 Lock 13 Ryan Metterson
Mitch Kenny 14 Interchange 14 Nathan Brown
Scott Sorensen 15 Interchange 15 Jake Arthur
Spencer Leniu 16 Interchange 16 Oregon Kaufusi
Jaeman Salmon 17 Interchange 17 Marata Niukore
Sean O’Sullivan 18 Reserve 18 Bryce Cartwright
Matt Eisenhuth 19 Reserve 19 Makahesa Makatoa
J’Maine Hopgood 20 Reserve 20 Tom Opacic
Sunia Turuva 21 Reserve 21 Ofahiki Ogden
Chris Smith 22 Reserve 22 Ky Rodwell
Ivan Cleary HC Coach HC Brad Arthur
Cameron Ciraldo AC Coach AC Ryan Carr
Andrew Webster AC Coach AC

Match Officials

2022 NRL Grand Final
Referee Ashley Klein
Sideline Official Phil Henderson
Drew Oultram
Video Referee Grant Atkins

Referee Success Rate

Referee Active Since 2021 Overall Pen. For Pen. Against Ratio
Ashley Klein 2009 (5/5) 100% (18/43) 41.86% 177.5 174 1.02

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Good Luck getting tickets.

Just got through on Ticketek and there is virtually nothing left. Single Seats mostly. We were looking for 3 seats and there was just nothing.

We resorted to paying inflated prices and bought tickets from third party ticket merchants. We used The Ticket Merchant and go some for a reasonable price on the South West corner price.

But if you are not a member and can’t get a code, I’d say your chances of snaring a ticket on Ticketek is close to zero.

Sorry to hear that Steve, we got tickets in bay 141 row 22.

Anyone yet to get tickets - it’s worth trying again at 1pm, 4pm and tomorrow. I am pretty sure Ticketek have held tickets back.

Luckily I go every year with a mate, so we get our tickets in the first sale earlier in the year.

I’m in Bay 146, which from memory is the south eastern corner.

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Got thru quickly this morning - got tickets in Bay141. Would have liked better seats, but it is Ticketek.

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Funny, especially as usual people who live in the east have no idea about geography! (Penrith is further west from Parramatta than Parramatta is to the City).

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Tell me about it. I drive around Bondi. People around there think Balmain is a long way out west!!!


Of all the teams we could have played in the GF, personally i am thrilled we are playing the Eels

I believe the Eels are just so predictable and as we showed in the first final, you shut down Paulo and RCG you shut down the Eels.

so much of what they do comes from their forward momentum

Cowboys would have been harder as they are somewhat more unpredictable

That being said we do have to do the job of RCG and Paulo, their fallback is the offloads and move the ball towards Lane so he can master an offload.
Tactically we will kick to Blake which will pull Gutherson over to either take the kick for him or to be defence if he knocks on. Pulling Gutherson over to a wing opens up some plays on the other side or at least makes him work harder.

Panthers should win this and could be an absolute blow out score, we just have to start hard and early because i suspect they will put everything into the first 20 similar to the Storm effort agains us in our first GF.
Eels will need to get out to a large early lead.

doubt they will!!!


Geez I hope your right SBF…This is my worst nightmare, dealing with the “out of the woodwork tossers” is not my forte :man_facepalming:

Just back from training session and the boys looked great. Tiny didn’t participate in the main session, doing some separate training with a trainer and some work with a couple of Cup players. I expect he will not play on Sunday, which is bad luck for him.

The crowd was estimated as 6,500 & it looked as if many of the players were literally told to leave the field by staff as they interacted with the fans after the session. If a stop wasn’t put to it, the players would have been there until dark :slight_smile:

Game officials announced as:
Referee: Ashley Klein

Review Official: Grant Atkins

Touch Judges: Phil Henderson and Drew Oultram

Standby Referee: Gerard Sutton

Standby Touch Judge: David Munro

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Grand Final Week Events

Event Location Day Date Time
Open Training Session Bluebet Stadium Tuesday 27th October 10:30am
NRL Fan Fest Matin Place Thursday 29th September 12:30pm
Grand Final Luncheon Evan Theatre Friday 30th September 12:00pm :tickets:
Grand Final Brunch The Backyard (Panthers) Sunday 2nd October 10:00am :tickets:
Gand Final Live in the Backyard The Backyard (Panthers) Sunday 2nd October 1:00pm :tickets: