Are the Penrith Panthers the real deal?
Sydney’s westernmost NRL club slipped into the bottom half of the eight last season, so a lot of people are expecting to see significant improvement in 2020.
How far will Penrith’s emerging stars take them? Let’s see how the NRL outright betting markets are shaping up at the bookies.
About the Penrith Panthers
|Home ground:||Panthers Stadium|
|Premierships:||Two – 1991, 2003|
|2019 ladder finish:||10th (11-13)|
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Updated Penrith Panthers futures odds
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Dally M Odds|
Best Penrith Panthers bets for NRL 2020
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for Penrith, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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- A horror start to the 2019 season killed off any hopes the Panthers had of pushing for a premiership. After a significant turnover of the playing list, who knows where they stand this year? A flag seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
- This time last year, Penrith were classed as contenders for the top four and the flag. Now, there is no certainty they will even make the top eight. The finals are within reach, but the Panthers will have to show a lot more backbone than they did in 2019.
- Nathan Cleary is Penrith’s best bet for the Dally M Medal. With the possible exception of James Fisher-Harris, it is hard to think of another Panthers player who would come close.
Panthers players to watch in 2020
Not even the most jaded of football fans could accuse Panthers coach Ivan Cleary of favouritism when it comes to his superstar son. That said, the 22-year-old halfback will need to start the season strong if he wishes to retain his State of Origin spot for NSW.
What a find. Naden had to wait a long time for his crack at the big time, but he took the opportunity with both hands and finished his maiden NRL season with eight tries from 12 appearances. Can he back it up in 2020?
Edwards was one of the casualties that resulted from Penrith’s awful start to 2019. The young fullback won back the coach’s trust as the season wore on, but it remains to be seen whether he holds onto the no.1 jersey this year.
Penrith Panthers records and stats
- Most games: 244 – Steve Carter (1988-2001)
Most career points: 1,572 – Ryan Girdler (1993-2004)
Most points in a match: 30 – Michael Gordon (2010)
- Most consecutive wins: Eight (2003)
Most consecutive losses: 10 (1972)
Biggest winning margin: 72-12 (vs. Sea Eagles, 2004)
Biggest losing margin: 7-70 (vs. Sea Eagles, 1973)
Biggest comeback win: 8-31 to 32-31 (vs. Tigers, 2000)
- The Penrith Panthers were one of three teams vying for admission to the New South Wales Rugby League in 1967. The others were the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Wentworthville Magpies. Maybe it was only because Western Suburbs already had ownership of the black and white, but the Panthers and the Sharks got the nod.
Penrith’s outer-west location proved problematic in the early years. The league’s best players preferred to stay and play in the inner city and beachside suburbs, so the Panthers had little choice but to develop their own talent at grassroots level. Those efforts began to pay dividends in 1985 when the likes of Greg Alexander and Royce Simmons helped the club to its first-ever finals campaign.
The best was yet to come. Sustained improvement in the late ’80s allowed Penrith to attract star talents such as Brad Fittler, Mark Geyer and John Cartwright. A maiden NRL Grand Final appearance arrived in 1990, but it was the Canberra Raiders who emerged victorious on that occasion. The mourning period was a short one, however, and in 1991 the Panthers broke their duck and reaped revenge all at once with a 19-12 win over the Raiders.
Penrith have endured plenty of ups and downs since then. The likes of Fittler and Geyer left the club soon after the ’91 flag, while coach Phil Gould only lasted until ’94. A second premiership arrived in 2003 – the Panthers’ last appearance in the big dance.