Got our tickets this morning - about 15mins to get thru on website. Already was showing limited allocation or single tickets only in most categories.
So I chose ‘best available’ and got our 3 tickets in Bay 33. Now have the tickets and see they are in eels supporters section
Hope we go well…
I tried to get a family ticket with a mate. By the time either of us could get on it was down to single seats. I ended up in my regular bay, 2 rows back, at the opposite end. My mate & his kids have been left with GA tickets. There really should have been an option for season ticket holders to buy their own seats before anyone else got a go at it. There is a risk that we could be outnumbered by Parra supporters at our “home final”. Ridiculous!!!
How is this event going to be a home ground advantage? There is nothing to give preference to Penrith fans. That would only work if the other team came from a long way away, and hence their supporters would be disinclined to travel. In contrast, there couldn’t be a closer opponent than Parra, especially as many of their fans are spread west of Parramatta and throughout Penrith territory. I expect the Parra fans to dominate the crowd and the cheering. The only advantage to Penrith would be in the nature of the playing surface, the local wind and the climate. None of those three apply to this game.
I’ve suggested in a couple of Facebook posts that we should start hammering the NRL about the ticket allocation for this game. Probably won’t do any good, but if we don’t voice our disapproval we surrender & allow them to do it again.
Here is what I wrote to the NRL. Feel free to copy & edit.
I am writing to express my disgust with the way finals tickets have been allocated for the Panthers “home final”.
I have been a season ticket holder with Panthers for over 20 years. I have been part of a group of about 10 who have been sitting together for most or all of this time.
In the past we have had the option to purchase our seats before they go on sale to anyone else. This year we were not given that option. As a result we have been split up & moved to different areas around the stadium. For some of us, we have had to purchase single seats, due to there being no other options left by the time we could log in to Ticketek to purchase tickets.
Not only have we had to compete with other Panthers fans, some buying more tickets than usual, we have also had to compete with opposition fans for the same seats.
We are looking at a very real possibility that there could be more opposition fans at our “home final” because we were not given first shot at securing our seats.
Every Panthers fan I have spoken to today is equally disgusted with this situation, and we do not wish to see this happen again.
Home season ticket holders should be given priority for supporting their team. We are the ones who outlay hundreds of dollars every year to see our team play at home. People who aren’t prepared to make that commitment & people who support the opposition teams should not have equal opportunity to purchase tickets for these games. They can take whatever is left when we are rewarded for our loyalty.
I’ve heard it voiced in the past, particularly when Parra is in disarray (on and off the field), that when Parra is going well, so is the game. It’s clearly in the NRL’s perceived interest to have them beat us on Friday. The last thing that I want is to be sitting amongst a mob of cheering Eels supporters.
Also, I tried to purchase a ticket as soon as the 10:00 am opening on Monday. The system crashed me part way through the process, so I had to start again. Then I found out that I had been given two seats, and charged twice, with no way of reversing that mistake in any way. I have lodged an online request for a refund (no reply yet). It is impossible to talk to a person at Ticketek. So, depending on their response, I might have a ticket for sale in East / Block 4 / B9, if anyone here (or a friend/relative) wants it.
After last weeks effort surprised Eddie Blacker didnt at least get named as a reserve…I think he has plenty of potential to be a strike weapon off the bench next season. His effort in Townsville was great to watch. Just on Townsville was anyone else in bay 222 surrounded by Cowboys fans…we brought our tickets thinking it was the away supporters area but had cows in front, beside and behind us. Great stadium though. Good luck to all Panthers grades in the upcoming finals games. Go Panthers.
I wouldn’t have another forward on the bench. I think the idea of having two utilities on the bench is the right strategy. In that case we are covered across the field. Kenny can slot into Hooker and the Second Row and Salmon can cover the halves and centre positions.
That lineup leaves us with the best flexibility for the finals. I also think Salmon has done enough this year to earn his spot on the bench.
This is the sort of game that we should win, unless we beat ourselves (dropped balls, ill discipline, sloppy dummy half carelessness), not to mention factors out of our control (refereeing, bounce-of-the-ball). Also, depending on when tomorrow’s predicted wet weather clears, it could be a wet,slippery surface.
I wonder if it might have been better if May had sat out the next 2 games. I don’t see that him being out changes whether the Panthers win or lose. But the Panthers haters will continue to winge and carry on that letting him play gave the Panthers the game.
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