Panthers Greatest Grand Final Team - Fullback

Who do you consider to be our best Grand Final Fullback?

  • David Greene
  • Greg Barwick
  • Rhys Wesser
  • Dylan Edwards

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DAVID GREENE

A junior from St Gregory’s, Campbelltown. Graded with Wests Magpies, making his debut in 1982. In 25 appearances for the Magpies he scored 6 tries & kicked 26 goals.

In 1984 he moved to the Easts, where he made 24 appearances, scoring 4 tries & kicking 15 goals.

In 1986, he joined Penrith, where he would make 79 appearances, scoring 29 tries. After playing fullback in the 1990 Grand Final, he only made 3 further appearances in first grade, retiring at the end of the 1992 season.

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GREG BARWICK

A Milperra Colts junior, in the Canterbury-Bankstown junior league, He was graded by the Bulldogs & made his debut in 1988, where he was part of their premiership winning squad, but did not play in the Grand Final. He played just 6 first grade games for the Bulldogs, kicking 10 goals.

In 1990, he followed coach Phil Gould to the Panthers, where he would play 24 games in 2 seasons, including playing fullback in the 1991 Premiership winning team. He would score 10 tries & kick 22 goals for Penrith.

In 1992 he moved to Norths, scoring 4 tries in 25 games over 3 seasons.

In 1995 he joined the Sydney Tigers for one year, making 17 appearances & kicking 37 goals.

He finished his career with the London Broncos, making 50 appearances in 1996-7.

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RHYS WESSER

A Rockhampton Brothers junior, he was recruited into the Penrith junior system aged 16, eventually working his way into first grade in 1998.

He would go on to make 178 appearances over 11 seasons for the Panthers, including playing fullback in the 2003 premiership team. He would score 113 tries for the Panthers & also kick 1 goal.

In 2009 he moved to Souths, where he would play 41 games over 3 seasons, scoring 16 tries.

A Queensland State of Origin representative on 4 occasions, he was unable to cross the line.

He also made 1 appearance for the Indigenous Allstars in 2008, scoring twice.

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DYLAN EDWARDS

A Bellingen-Dorrigo Magpies junior, was recruited to the Penrith junior system in 2013. He made his first grade debut in 2016, and has made 59 appearances so far, including playing fullback in the 2020 Grand Final. He has crossed for 16 tries in his career so far.

To be honest, I don’t remember a great deal about David Greene, so I have to base my opinion on his 1990 Grand Final performance, which I consider to be solid.

Rhys Wesser is arguably our best attacking fullback, although his defence was never the greatest.

I consider Greg Barwick & Dylan Edwards to be very similar types of players. They are both capable defenders, with the ability to create something in attack, and have plenty of football smarts about them. I see Edwards as a slightly better attacking player, but Barwick as a slightly better defensive player.

That’s an easy one, Wesser had the explosive off the mark speed that could turn a game. I expect with the forwards we pick, Rhys is a must !

yeah Wesser is a hard one to overlook, but I reckon edwards is almost a better ‘allround’ footballer.

Puss, Agree but in the context of the header, we are picking a team for the biggest game, not 26 rounds.

Looks like I am not allowed to vote???

Anyway, I would have to go for Rhys, even though he took a few years off all our lives at times.
Greene & Barwick were journeyman players who did a job, but Rhys was excitment plus.

I think Edwards may end up our best ever GF fullback, with his 1st GF coming very early in his career.

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Not sure why it closed the poll, but it’s open again Mr Walker.

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Rhys. With Dylan Edwards a close second.

I remember both Greene & Barwick. They were both good players but, in the 1990 GF, Ricky Stuart kicked Greene to death & won the game for the Raiders. I don’t think Greene did much after that game.

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To be fair Bryan, Ricky kicked alot of people to death with the Steedens they used back then !

Nothing better than hitting those balls sweetly and getting the perfect torpedo spiral.

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He sure did, Kev. I wasn’t having a go at Greene, just remember tearing my hair out watching the game - which explains my hairline now!

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All of the fullbacks named were good, but only Wesser could create a try from nothing. Edwards definitely next best - very under rated and getting better with experience.

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