World news – Panthers fighting the violence that drives children out of their feet


Panthers Juniors tackle the violence and bad behavior that has infiltrated the Junior Rugby League in western Sydney.

More than 1,200 local players and coaches will attend a conference hosted by the Penrith District Junior Rugby League in March to eradicate violence that has forced children out of the game.

« There have been many, if not gang wars, social issues related to violence and what we call bad school behavior. People are bullied, if not threatened, on the street, in Westfield or in train stations, and it comes back to rugby league » said Panthers Juniors GM Nathan Mairleitner.

« It is perceived as going to court if it happens on the street. But if it happens on the rugby league field we could get a two-week suspension and come back and do it again. »

« We have seen lately that when we talk about Panther Trophy tournaments or the NRL’s All School Carnivals, right now we are constantly being canceled due to behaviors occurring in Westfield and train stations being brought to the field. »

Mairleitner recognized the influence of gangs in the area and stressed that the district will not tolerate bad behavior in 2021.

« As the rugby league fraternity we have to do something about it, » he said. « If no one does this, this trend is going to continue since we are in west Sydney with some of these big gangs like the OneFours.

« If you want to play rugby, these are the standards and behaviors. If you don’t meet the standards, it’s a case that there may be another sport from another district that you can choose to play. » Let this behavior continue. But it will not be tolerated here in Penrith.  »

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« He’s the type of player who has to double-check to see if he’s trained, but the amount of work he does is exceptional, » said Joey Grima, Elite Pathways and Coaching Director of Eels.

« He was one of our better players against North Sydney and he was our best against Manly. »

Parker’s consistency has been key for Parramatta this season and the coaches expect the youngster to play a major role in tomorrow’s clash against the Illawarra Steelers.

After using last week’s goodbye to recover and condition, Grima said the eels are feeling strong on Round 4.

« Illawarra have shown some good performances, they can be a dangerous team but hopefully we can hold the ball and be disciplined, that is the focus this week, » said Grima.

On the grounds, the SG Ball Bunnies will host the Knights in the Redfern Oval. The south is strengthened with the return of Davvy Moale and Newcastle will be confident after Noah Nailagoliva and Travis Petersen punished the Panthers last week.

Penrith’s team, Harold Matthews, will try to continue their dominance – in just three games the youngsters have made a whopping 18 attempts and conceded only two goals.

Roosters’ Sydney and Central Coast Harold Matthews teams will clash, and development manager John Strange is helping Coastal Haydan Ritchie, Ethan Strange and Benaiah Ioelu to prevail.

« They are a small team, but I think they are the most skilled Harold Matts team in the competition, » said Strange

« We just got Benaiah from New Zealand. He’s a very exciting player who works very well with the halves. »

Strange heads the Central Coast Academy and believes the club has made serious progress in the area.

« Before I started here, the better kids on the Central Coast went to the Knights. We’d lose ten or twelve every year, » Strange said.

« Now Newcastle are still knocking on their doors, but because we have them in development programs, they actually want to stay here and play with their friends. »


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