Eastern Suburbs junior who debuted with the Roosters in 1989. After five seasons and 40 matches with Easts, he was released in mid-1993, immediately joining the Panthers.
He made his club debut in Round 11, coming off the bench in their 30-18 victory over the Gold Coast Seagulls. In total, he would make 7 appearances that season, with five of those as a starting lock, and crossing for a try in the 30-26 victory over Souths.
In 1994, he was part of the first-grade squad but however would only make 7 appearances in the first half of the season, once again mostly as a starting lock.
He departed Penrith at seasons end, joining the Gold Coast before returning to Sydney and playing out his first-grade career at South Sydney in 1997. Post career, he has been a successful coach in the Eastern Suburbs junior league.
Penrith led 4-0 after 11 minutes through two penalty conversions to Ken Wilson but was countered by two penalty conversions to Newtown to level it up at 4-all at half time.
Seven minutes after the half time, John King went over when he took a pass from hooker Frank Marino to touch down adjacent to the posts, with Wilson’s conversion making it 9-5.
Newtown hit back with a converted try to make it 9-all after 55 minutes.
With eight minutes remaining, the Panthers hit the front with a second try to King and converted by Bill Ashurst. A penalty conversion to Ashurst with only two minutes remaining closed out a 16-9 victory.
A converted try to Peter Langmack in the 11th minute countered an earlier Newtown converted try to have it level at 5-all.
In the 16th minute, a penalty conversion to Gary Harvey had Penrith inched ahead to lead 7-5, before a double to Phil Capper in the space of 12 minutes, both converted by Harvey had the visitors lead 17-5 at half time.
However, the home team came out firing in the second half and led 21-17 heading into the final 10 minutes of the match.
In the dying minutes, John Klein swooped on a loose ball to sprint 30 metres to touch down, with Harvey’s conversion edging them ahead by one and held on to win by the barest of margins.
Newtown scored the first points to lead 3-0 after just two minutes.
However, two penalty conversions in the 15th and then 22nd minutes to Reg Walton had the Panthers edge ahead 4-3, before Newtown edged ahead again on the 30-minute mark with a penalty conversion to lead 5-4.
A try to John Klein with four minutes left in the first half and converted by Walton gave the hosts a 9-5 lead heading to the half time break.
In a scoreless second half, the Panthers defence remained resolute as they held on for victory.
Neil Baker booted a penalty conversion in the seventh minute which was later countered by a penalty to Norths.
But soon after, Chris Mortimer stepped through the line and found Doug Delaney in support to cross over for a try, with Baker’s conversion making it 8-2. Another penalty conversion to Baker with just four minutes remaining in the half gave them a 10-2 lead at the half time break.
Ten minutes after the resumption, the Panthers edged their lead ahead by 1 with a field goal to Baker.
A converted try to the Bears on the hour mark reduced it to 11-8, and a penalty conversion bookended by two more field goals to Baker had moved the score from 11-8 in the 64th minute to 15-8 in the 73rd minute.
With points obviously hard to come by, the visitors opted to take a penalty conversion with five minutes remaining but could not further bridge the gap as Penrith held on and grafted out a 15-10 win.
Norths posted the first points with a penalty conversion, but soon after quick hands trough a backline movement finished with Eddie Flahey scoring near the corner.
Whilst a second Bears penalty reduced it to 5-4, two tries in eight minutes, the first to Brad Izzard scored under the posts and then Lew Zivanovic scored to make it 13-4.
However, the visitors once again drew back Penrith’s lead to make it 13-11 at half time.
A second try to Zivanovic 10 minutes after the resumption, which was converted by Kevin Dann made it 18-11.
The team scoring sequence continued with Norths posting a converted try to make it 18-16 heading into the final quarter of the match, but the contest was sealed with just over five minutes remaining when a Tim Sheens bust resulted in a try to replacement winger Kevin Pobjie.
Norm Gilligan scooped up a loose pass in just the second minute for Penrith to lead 3-0.
However, Norths would score three tries over a 12-minute period to lead 13-3.
A try to David Irvine after 26 minutes clawed back the deficit, and a penalty conversion plus a try to Tim Sheens had reduced the Bears lead to just 2 at the half time break.
A second try to Gilligan soon after the resumption to have the Panthers regain the lead 16-13. Whilst a penalty conversion to Norths reduced it to a 1-point margin, a converted try to Peter Archibald stretched the home team’s lead to 21-15.
Whilst Norths scored a converted try in the last minute, it was not enough to bridge the gap as Penrith clung on to victory by just the solitary point.
Rod Elliott scored the opening try in just the third minute to have Penrith lead 3-0.
A penalty conversion to Ian McKechnie at the 20-minute mark followed by a try to Ralph Michaels extended the lead to 8-0.
A converted try to Norths reduced the margin to three, and although McKechnie kicked a second penalty conversion, the Bears had it all tied up at 10-all heading into half time.
Soon after the resumption, the Panthers third try, scored by winger Reg Hatton and converted by McKechnie saw them regain the lead 15-10.
Whilst Norths reduced it again to just two with another try, a third penalty conversion to McKechnie with 10 minutes remaining was the last of the scoring for the match, and the visitors left North Sydney Oval with a tight four-point win.
Forward Ron Clothier crossed in the fifth minute, with Ian McKechnie’s conversion making it 5-0.
Norths through a penalty conversion then a try had it all levelled up at 5-all at half time.
A penalty conversion to McKechnie six minutes into the second half gave the hosts a slender 2 point lead, and whilst the visitors had a number of opportunities in attack, it was a try to captain Grahame Moran that sealed in the last minute, when he pounced on a loose ball in the in goal.
An overlap on the left edge was utilised to full effect by the Panthers after seven minutes, with David Simmons crossing over in the corner, with Michael Gordon’s conversion making it 6-0.
Just after the 30 minute mark, the Panther further extended their lead when Luke Walsh double pumped, creating a gap in the Eels defence and passed short to a running Lachlan Coote who split the gap and despite attention from the cover defence managed to still get the ball down.
Holding a 10-0 advantage at half time, Penrith further extended their lead early on when Gordon picked up a loose pass and ran 55 metres on the counterattack to score at the other end. Converting his own try, a penalty conversion soon after pushed it to 20-0.
Parramatta finally made it on the scoreboard with just under 10 minutes remaining, but it was nothing more than a consolation try as Penrith bounced back from their heavy opening round loss with a confidence building victory.
Penrith Panthers – from chocolate soldiers to black magic