Parkes look to top off strong year with AFL premiership

GOOD LUCK BOYS: The Parkes Panthers senior men's side head to Bathurst this Saturday for the Tier 2 grand final in the Central West AFL competition. Photo: Submitted
GOOD LUCK BOYS: The Parkes Panthers senior men's side head to Bathurst this Saturday for the Tier 2 grand final in the Central West AFL competition. Photo: Submitted

The Parkes Panthers will take on the Cowra Blues in the senior men's Tier 2 grand final in the Central West AFL competition this weekend.

It all takes place at George Park 2 in Bathurst, with the first bounce commencing at 10.45am.

Parkes has shown improvement and growth this season, with a number of new players which has brought a wealth of experience to the club.

This has also lifted the club culture compared to previous years.

With so many new players, the boys have worked hard and have finally started to put some good games together at the right end of the season.

They hope to carry that through to Saturday.

Cowra go into the game as favourites with a great season under their belt and Parkes look forward to the challenge come Saturday.

This season already feels like a successful one for the club with a mix of new and old players returning for the club, which has lifted morale.

A win on the weekend will top it off a great year.

PLAYER PROFILES

Travis Carte #1

Second year player that has taken to the game well and has lots of potential. Also known to take out a gazebo or two.

Jarryd Harrison #2

Speedy midfielder with great skills. Has added some great experience to the side. Is a menace off the field.

Riley Pike #3 (Butters)

Crafty inside player and takes any role head-on. Aims to take at least one mark a game.

Oliver Stubberfield #4

Up and coming backman that has a hard edge and makes any opponent earn their possession.

Peter Webb #5 (captain)

Our most consistent player and runs the show from down back. Has a great kick and never wastes it.

Mitchell Stubberfield #6 (coach)

Runs through the midfield. Loves the in-and-under footy.

Braeden Snow #7

Quick small forward, that also runs through guts. Menacing on and off the field.

Damian Byrne #8

The old boy of the old boys. Still capable of best-on-ground in any position. Great experience to have in the side.

Jesse McPhail #10

Key backman running at centre half back. Takes key intercept marks. Also loves a sneaky goal opportunity.

Malcolm Bruce #11

Second year player that has trained well all year and is improving with every game.

Clark Melbourne #12

Second year player with speed to burn. Takes the game head on and is picking the game up well.

Matthew Vizard #13

First year of footy at the Panthers and has fitted into the team nicely.

Scott Newhouse #14

Our anchor down back. Gives any full forward a working over, reads the play well, takes a lot of key marks.

Joshua Avis #15

Key midfielder that reads the play better than most. One of our most experienced players in the group.

Stuart Robbins #16

Mr utility. Is able to take on any role and excel. Brings a good competitive vibe to the group and will be itching to play this weekend.

Isaac Bunge #17

Mr BOG. Controls the stoppages with his ruck work, feeding the footy to our midfielders and backs up with his goal kick ability.

Nicholas Strudwick #18

A young up and coming player that is starting to show more consistency in his games and training.

Branden Clinton #20

Another key midfielder that feeds our outside players. Puts his head where you shouldn't put feet.

Steven Krakouer #22

Another player that embraces any role and you know he won't let the team down.

Peter Larkins #23

The most experienced player on our list. Provided a great deal of knowledge to the younger, less experienced players.

Adam Hall #24

A mid season inclusion that has picked up the game better than most. Has a bomb of a boot and a great clubman to have around the boys.

Alex Rogers #25

Liam is another of our second year players. Loves a 'holding the ball' call and has really enjoyed his footy this year.

Brett Ward #27

Key centre half forward with a great set of hands. Always leads hard and gives second efforts.

Chris Hinchley #32

The energiser bunny. Will run all day and goes hard at the footy. Also brings a wealth of experience to the club.

Jonathan Morell #36

Another second year player who has picked up the game quickly and is getting himself into dangerous positions. Unfortunately, he is giving up footy to focus on his modelling career with Calvin Klein.

Jason Symons #37

Handy pocket/midfielder not afraid to put his head over the footy when needed and backs it up with his defensive efforts.

Justin Kelly #38

Our big target down forward. Loves to kick a bag and also provides another rucking option.

Jayden Pusterla #93

Quick as lighting winger with great skills. A star junior that has really proved himself in his first year of senior footy.