Album: Rd 14 - Pamfers vs Warriors Preview!
Panthers vs Warriors<br /> Centrebet stadium<br /> June 11th, 5:30pm<br /> <br /> Goodbye Gallop, Hello Ivan! We’re up against the Pamfers in probably the least anticipated of Monday Night Football clashes in recent times. The Warriors travel to the foot of the mountains to take on their old mentor and his flavoured milk powered club. It’s 9th vs 14th, yet only 2 competition points separate the teams. Make no mistake, this will be the definition of mediocrity.<br /> <br /> Recent Form: The Pamfers are coming off a win and a bye, surprising a few people with their 22-4 win over the Sea Eagles in round 12. It was never going to be an easy task, but Ivan seems to be making inroads at Penrith – aided (or hindered?) by a disease-ridden Gus Gould. Either way, you’ve got to admire Ivan’s insatiable desire to take on lost causes, I wish him well.<br /> <br /> As for the Warriors, it’s halfway through the season and I give us a solid ‘C’ so far. What can I say about the Storm game? Surprisingly, we were the quicker of the 2 teams out of the blocks to take a 12-0 lead early on. From there, it was one way traffic. The clinical Melbourne side simply hung onto the ball and ran us down. I suppose we didn’t get beaten by as much as I thought we would, but the 2nd half was simply woeful. ‘Directionless’ is the word that sprung to mind, and I’m going to level some criticism at the coach.<br /> <br /> Ivan toiled for years to turn our flash-in-the-pan style of football into a team that played with structure combined with a natural flair. So far this season we so often look like a directionless rabble. For mine, Johnson and Mateo seem the most out-of-sorts, neither look quite sure of the style of football the team is after. The emphasis on defence that had been the flavour of seasons gone by seems to be well and truly priority #2. While I like Bluey, listening to him talk I sometimes wonder whether he has the mental capacity to understand when a change in tactic/emphasis is needed (and yes I mean more than just swapping Manu to the opposit