Jamal Idris: “I Need A Break”

Canterbury - Jamal Idris

By STEVE MASCORD PENRITH centre Jamal Idris has declared his return to Sydney a qualified success but admits he needs a break to decompress and prevent himself going ‘walkabout’ in games. Idris joined Penrith from Gold Coast nine games ago and although his form has started to nudge in the direction of the year he […]



By STEVE MASCORD EARL GREY OVER DANK NEWS EXILED footballer Sandor Earl was not best pleased to read on the Sun-Herald that controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank has a job with the women’s Indian Premier League Twenty20 Cricket Competition. “Unbelieveable – I can’t even play park footy. Flanno (suspended Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan) can’t watch […]


The Big Issue

By STEVE MASCORD HOW quickly they forget. By the time you read this, the campaigns of eight NRL teams is are already fading memories. It’s worth pondering how arbitrary and brutal an industry rugby league, and professional sport in general, is. You train like a dog all summer, you get locked into a weekly grind […]

Simmons Says Roosters Are The Best Penrith Have Played

Penrith - David Simmons

By STEVE MASCORD HE says he was unfairly denied a try on Friday but Penrith winger David Simmons has no doubt he came up against the best opposition of the year when the Panthers were heavily beaten by Sydney Roosters. Simmons thought he had posted his 17th touchdown of the year when he chased centre […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 18

The Joy Of Six

1. OVER THEIR HEADS THE only way players and coaches are going to get satisfaction over Origin scheduling is to go over the NRL’s heads and approach broadcasters directly. When you are given $1.025 billion, taking a month’s worth of club football off Fox Sports and a huge chunk of the Origin audience from Nine […]

Luke Walsh’s St Helens Getout Clause

Penrith - Luke Walsh

By STEVE MASCORD DEPARTING Penrith star Luke Walsh has revealed he has a getout clause allowing him to return to the NRL at any time in his two-year contract at St Helens. While coach Ivan Cleary insists it’s still a rebuilding year at the foot of the mountains, the Panthers were briefly in the top […]

James Roberts Has Famous Uncle Amos To Thank For His Rebirth

Penrith - James Roberts

By STEVE MASCORD REBORN Panther James Roberts has revealed how his famous Uncle Amos helped steer him towards Penrith when he was just about to sign with Cronulla last summer. Roberts, sacked by last year by South Sydney for disciplinary breaches, enjoyed a career high on Saturday night with a hat-trick in the 40-18 win […]

THE JOY OF SIX: Round 17

The Joy Of Six

1. MAKING A BIRD OF IT FOR cynics who believe State of Origin players are tempted to sacrifice the interests of their clubs for the sake of the glory of interstate football – and the $30,000 match payments – Gold Coast’s Greg Bird provided a salutary lesson on Saturday night. Bird rolled his ankle with […]

NRL round 17: PENRITH 40 GOLD COAST 18 at TIO Stadium, Darwin

Penrith - James Roberts

By STEVE MASCORD CONTROVERSIAL winger James Roberts made good on the second chance offered him by Penrith with a hat-trick as the Panthers continued to make a mockery of claims 2013 is a “rebuilding year”. Sacked by South Sydney for disciplinary reason, Roberts scored three second half tries before 8050 fans at Darwin’s TIO Stadium […]


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