Gold Coast Titans Review

An Introduction to the Gold Coast Titans

Today we have a look at the new kid on the block in 2007; the The ‘Jetstar’ Gold Coast Titans.

The new side will play their home games out of Carrara Oval on the Gold Coast and have done well to recruit high profile NRL players such as: Luke Bailey, Anthony Laffranchi, Brad Myers, Scott Prince, Preston Campbell, Matt Rogers and will be coached by John Cartwright.

From the looks of their management and infrastucture; the Titans should realistically be a force in their first year. Smart planning and recruitment by Searle and a strong suburban base to build a large fan following. I have personally put $500 down; on the Titans making the final 8 in 2007.

The Titans will kick off against St George Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday March 18th at 3pm.
We wish the Titans all the best; a strong showing early will ensure a strong fan base for life.
What are your thoughts on the Titans and how will they go in 2007?

TEAM REVIEW: Penrith Panthers

Today we have a quick look at the Penrith Panthers for Season 2007.

Matthew Elliott is head coach for this season and roster for first grade reads as follows:Paul Aiton, Matt Bell, Joel Clinton, Matt Cross, Geoff Daniela, Brett Firman, Michael Gordon, Craig Gower, Michael Jennings, Luke Lewis, Mark Meredith, Peewee Moke, Bryan Norrie, Mark O’Halloran, Luke Priddis, Frank Pritchard, Frank Puletua, Tony Puletua, Shane Rodney, Luke Rooney, Peter Wallace, Trent Waterhouse, Rhys Wesser, Brendan Worth, Nick Youngquest.

Matt Elliott saw the opportunity at the Panthers; and said it was “Too Good To Miss” – With a glowing roster of talent and the recent history of strong results made it an easy choice for the former Canberra head coach.

Penrith wasn’t extremely active in the player market for this year; partly due to the fact that there wasn’t a whole lot of atrractive talent on the market – but also due to the fact that they have a strong existing player base and “small adjustments” accordingly to Elliott can bring Penrith into contention for the trophy this year.In assessing the depth of player talent; Elliott feels players from on the fringe of first grade include: Michael Jennings, Junior Moors and some future first graders in years to come include Tim Grant and Geoff Daniella from SG Ball.

Certainly depth is no problem out at the foot of the mountains.Elliott also makes mention of the strong coaching team around him at Penrith; staff that include – Wayne Collins, Matt Adamson and Steve Georgallis.Training for the Panthers resumes on the 6th of November – good luck for 2007.

Prediction for 2007: The ultimate test for the Panthers will be the coach; Elliott showed strong signs he is a top coach by getting a bunch of no names into the top 8 at Canberra. Can he take a decent side such as Penrith to the top? Time will tell.We feel that in 2007; they will fall just short of the top 8. Possibly with a year under his belt; 2008 might be a year they have a tilt at the top prize.

Be sure and get your Panthers Supporter Gear, Memorabilia and Game Tickets for 2007!

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