Posts Tagged ‘Juniors’

There’s no fuss about him

No arrogance or drama,

He speaks with authority, directs with control.

There’s no ranting, raving, or berating.

Calm, supportive.

He’s likeable, encourages harmony, teamwork.

My first football coach.

Merv Keane, my favourite coach.

… Damn! Don’t know if that spelling is right!

But can spell – winner!

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My first team – J-grade**,

Our jerseys: blue – royal blue,

3 horizontal white stripes – thin, thick, thin.

Club*** badge sewn to left chest:

Naive black panther leaping through red P
Encased by a football – blue & white,
All bounded by a blue circle,
“Penrith Panthers” in red, ┬ácircular.

Remains my favourite sporting symbol.


* Naive – because of its simplicity. It is almost childlike.

** I think it was J-grade but may have been H-grade when I made my footy debut – I can’t recall playing in an I-grade.

*** We were the Penrith Panthers until 1967 when, we changed to Penrith Waratahs. At least that is my memory – fallible as it is. One thing for sure, I played under this symbol.

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