The Penrith Panthers have taken out the 2021 NRL grand final beating the South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-12 on Sunday in Brisbane.
The Panthers got their redemption after falling short of the NRL victory in 2020.
FULL-TIME. 1991. 2003. 2021.
— Penrith Panthers 🏆 (@PenrithPanthers) October 3, 2021
The Sydney teams played in front of 39,322 fans sitting at 75 per-cent capacity after narrowly avoiding a postponement due the recent COVID outbreak in Queensland.
The biggest blunder of the night was pre-match when NRL Legend Johnathon Thurston delivered an Acknowledgment of Country which was cut-off by the National Anthem.
the national anthem cutting off the acknowledgment of country is an ironic ode to our history. 😂
— Senator Briggs (@Briggs) October 3, 2021
Social media raged at JT being interrupted.
However, when headlines landed saying he did a Welcome to Country, mob were checking if the media knew the difference.
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Most of the NRL prestigious medals have been handed out for the year with a couple of the leagues Indigenous players being highlighted.
Porter-Gallen Medal – Will Kennedy
Tommy Bishop Player’s Player: Will Kennedy
Member’s Player of the Year: Will Kennedy
Gold Coast Titans:
Rookie of the Year: Jayden Campbell
Coaches’ Award: Corey Thompson
“The Preston”: Jamal Fogarty
Players’ Player of the Year: Connor Watson
Rabbitohs star Alex Johnston has taken out the Ken Irvine Medal once again after finishing the season as the leading try scorer.
By Teisha Cloos