Harness the pain!
Griffin wastes no time inspiring Panthers to new heights in 2017
ANTHONY GRIFFIN STOOD in the centre of the away dressing room and looked at each of his shattered players. And with three words he might’ve just fuelled their 2017 title charge.
“Hook just said to us, ‘Remember this feeling’,” reveals Jeremy Latimore, after the Panthers were eliminated 22-12 by Canberra last Saturday night.
Considering the upheaval at Penrith this season, Griffin would’ve been well within his rights to give his troops a handshake and tell them they exceeded expectations. Instead, he told them to bottle their emotions so they can be used later.
Latimore, who tasted defeat in the Panthers’ 2014 preliminary final loss to the Bulldogs, says Griffin’s advice was exactly what they needed to hear.
“As soon as the game was done I had that same feeling from the prelim final in 2014 – you don’t know what it feels like until you’ve been through it,” he tells
“You wish you could have that feeling before the game to remind yourself of what it’s like, because it’s bloody shallow.
“For 10 or 12 of the boys it’s their first finals campaign, so if they remember this feeling, how hard it is to take, then it will be invaluable for us next year.”
Latimore expects the playing group to see 2016 as a success, once the hurt subsides.
“It’s hard to take when you’ve put everything into the year and get so close,” he says. “It’s still raw but when we get time to really look back over 2016 we’ll see that it was pretty successful and a lot of boys will look back on it fondly and proudly.”
KEEP YOUR HEAD UP! Josh Mansour comforts a dejected Leilani Latu.