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The Week: September 23

Troy Dodds and Nathan Taylor present a special edition of The Week, as they review the 2017 NRL season for the Penrith Panthers https://soundcloud.com/westernweekenderpenrith/the-week-september-23

Panthers didn’t want it enough

Any real estate agent will tell you that kitchens sell houses. The backyard can be a beauty, the bathroom can be freshly renovated, the family...

Panthers hunt glory in ISP NSW

Penrith Intrust Super Premiership NSW captain Darren Nicholls has vowed to work on his goalkicking after his four missed conversions last Sunday almost cost...

Year of highs and lows in Pantherland

Troy Dodds looks back on a roller coaster season at the foot of the Mountains... MARCH: A SHOCK START The Panthers open their much anticipated 2017...

Penrith’s season over following 13-6 loss to Brisbane

Penrith's Premiership dream is over after they fell to Brisbane 13-6 at Suncorp Stadium, ending their season. The Panthers had their chances throughout the match...

Unthinkable Grand Final would give Edwards mixed emotions

For gun Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards nothing would be more thrilling or perhaps awkward than if Penrith played arch-rivals Parramatta in this year’s NRL...

Stint in reserve grade a blessing, says Whare

Most players of Dean Whare’s experience kick stones when they are relegated to reserve grade due to poor form but not the former Kiwi...

Young Panthers look to rise again as trip to Suncorp looms

The real Penrith Panthers have finally stood up – and what a time to do it. All year we’ve seen glimpses of the Panthers we...

Coaches need to grow up and stop promoting national sport of ref bashing

It is extraordinary that a spectacular weekend of NRL Finals matches has been overshadowed by discussion about referees. No sport in the world tears itself...

Soward: Why the Panthers can bounce back and win this weekend

In 2009, when I was playing for the Dragons, we dominated the competition that year and ended up playing a red-hot Parramatta side in...

Panthers captain Matt Moylan to seek help for personal issues

Despite rumours he was on the brink of leaving his home town club, Penrith skipper Matt Moylan is understood to be “100 per cent...

Moylan’s future at Penrith to be decided at Monday morning crisis meeting

Penrith captain Matt Moylan's future at the club is in serious doubt with a meeting to be held tomorrow morning that could result in...

Panthers book Finals spot the hard way

Penrith have qualified for back to back Finals campaigns for the first time since 2003-04 - but they gave fans an almighty scare against...

Everything on the line as Finals arrive a week early

We’ve all heard about the different scenarios and equations that could play out this weekend, but let’s focus purely on Penrith’s clash with Manly...

Panthers to take back naming rights of stadium

Pepper will end its sponsorship of Penrith Stadium at the end of this season. The club confirmed this morning it would take back the stadium's...

Penrith to play Finals roulette after losing to Dragons

The NRL's top eight won't be decided until the final round after the Dragons upset Penrith 16-14 in wet and windy conditions at Pepper...

Soward: Humbling experience I’ll never forget

This week I wanted to tell Weekender readers about my past month working with the U17 Minchinbury Jets Junior Rugby League side, who this...

In-form Panthers look to put Dragons out of their misery

For me, the key moment in Penrith’s gritty 26-22 win over Canberra at GIO Stadium last Sunday came in the 54th minute. Jack Wighton took...

Round one loss still hurts, says Merrin

While a spot in the 2017 NRL Finals looks all but secured for the Penrith Panthers, lock Trent Merrin is determined to keep the...

Penrith set to create history with Finals berth

The Panthers of 2017 are emerging as history makers with the side set to make the Finals after a gritty 26-22 win over Canberra...

Panthers dare to dream of top four finish

It is the rugby league storyline nobody thought possible two months ago. Believe it or not, the Penrith Panthers are within striking distance of...

Mansour: Finals loss still hurts

Popular Panthers winger Josh Mansour admits Penrith’s semi final loss to Canberra last year still stings and he’s eager to get some sweet revenge...

Yeo: Panthers need to step up

After scraping through the past month with some unconvincing wins, Penrith will need to be at their very best this weekend and for the...

Moylan to return as Panthers set sail for September

The legendary US football coach Vince Lombardi once said: “They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them, you...

Panthers move into NRL top eight

It's taken 22 rounds but the Panthers have finally moved into the NRL top eight - and at the right time of the season. Penrith...

Soward: Daley must walk away from Blues

The time has come for Laurie Daley to walk away from coaching the NSW Blues. After winning just one series from five attempts, I think...

Tedesco the danger man as Panthers aim for fifth straight win

The top eight is calling, but will Penrith answer? The Panthers’ victory over Canterbury last Thursday night combined with the Dragons and Sea Eagles both...

May and Cleary a natural fit thanks to Holden Cup success

If you ever watch a Nathan Cleary highlights tape on YouTube, you’ll notice Panthers rookie Tyrone May a fair bit also. The talented pair combined...

Unconvincing Panthers inflict more pain on Bulldogs

It was far from convincing, but Penrith's September dream remains well and truly alive after a 16-8 victory over the Bulldogs at Pepper Stadium...

Tamou predicts Campbell-Gillard will make Origin debut in 2018

Reagan Campbell-Gillard has arguably been Penrith’s best forward all year, and now teammate and fellow big man James Tamou believes the 24-year-old has the...

Beware the wounded Bulldog

It’s so close, yet so far away. Eighth place on the competition ladder is more within reach than ever, yet it could slip through Penrith’s...

Watene-Zelezniak in the clear over junior league incident

Penrith have cleared winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of any wrongdoing following an incident at a junior league match over the weekend. Penrith District Junior Rugby League...

Watene-Zelezniak attacked in violent junior league incident

The Panthers have confirmed they're aware of an incident involving winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak at a junior rugby league fixture in St Clair yesterday. It is...

Silencing their critics

A fortnight ago I wrote about the frightening prospect that Penrith’s Finals hopes could evaporate in the space of eight days, with clashes against...

Latu denies exit rumours

He's been the subject of rumours for the last few weeks, but Panthers interchange forward Leilani Latu has denied he wants out of the...

Merrin to miss at least six weeks

Penrith's finals hopes have been dealt a blow with Trent Merrin to be out until just before the Finals. Merrin suffered a high grade medial collateral...

Cleary bags a hat trick as Panthers score important win over Warriors

Nathan Cleary has steered Penrith to an impressive 34-22 victory over the Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium. On a night of high emotion with the...

Soward: Five players who hold key to Penrith’s premiership chances

At the start of the season, Penrith were the bookies’ favourites to be NRL Premiers in 2017 and, while they haven’t quite lived up...

Panthers ready for cross-Tasman showdown

Postpone the holiday plans! The Panthers revived their Finals hopes last weekend with an unconvincing but important win over the high flying Manly Sea Eagles,...

Soward: Blues MUST win Origin decider

This Wednesday night’s State of Origin decider in Brisbane is the most important game in NSW Blues history. For so long we’ve spoken about Queensland’s...