The A-List: Josh Mansour (Penrith, Lebanon & Australia)

By STEVE MASCORD IT works like this: never open with your best question. To some people, the journalistic practice of softening up an interview subject with some ‘Dorothy Dixers’ is just plain sneaky. Lull the person into a false sense of security, wait until their guard is down, then hit them with a curly one. […]

JOY OF SIX: round one 2015

By STEVE MASCORD SEEING RED OVER MOSES WHAT if Dallas Donnelly pulled up outside an NRL ground in his time travelling Delorian and went inside for a gander? What would he make of a competition where you are sent to the sin bin for punching someone but stay on the field for a deadset coat-hanger? […]

Jamal Idris: “I Need A Break”

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 […]


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

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

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

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

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 […]