PLAYERS | Tim Sheens

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Panther 62

166 matches [1970-1982]

33 points [11 tries]

Stats: themightypanthers.com/players_sheens-tim.htm

Part of a famous footballing family from the Penrith area, Sheens made his first grade debut in 1970.

In 1974, he was awarded the club’s player of the year. A noted skilled ball player, Sheens initially started as a second rower, and would occasionally fill in other positions in the forwards before making a shift to the front row later in his career.

At the end of the 1982 season, he retired with a then club record of 166 first grade appearances across 13 seasons after not being able to come to terms with the club.

After a brief stint as captain-coach for Campbelltown in 1983, he was lured back to the Panthers in 1984 as the first grade coach. The appointment would mark a change in the club’s fortunes, as they would break through for their maiden finals appearance in 1985. He would coach 98 matches for Penrith, before moving on at end of 1987 for a successful stint at Canberra, and a series of other clubs afterwards, including a period as Kangaroos coach.

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