Scott Sattler was chargeable for one of the crucial well-known moments in NRL grand remaining historical past when he made a ”sort out” to save lots of a strive in 2003. However did you notice that the previous Panthers ahead, son of Rabbitohs nice John Sattler, was additionally an enormous Oamaru fan?
Sports activities editor Hayden Meikle catches up with Sattler for a chat forward of this weekend’s NRL preliminary remaining.How’s it going Scott?
Yeah, not unhealthy, mate. It is not unhealthy in any respect.
Are you in Sydney lately?
No, I am on the gold coast. It is 27°C and never a cloud within the sky. We stay close to the Broadwater the place it meets the Pacific Ocean and it is like glass. It is simply blue and delightful.
Heading to the NRL Preliminary Ultimate this weekend?
I name Cowboys Parramatta. However truly Saturday evening is my daughter’s twenty first, so I will have the Panthers-Rabbitohs TV on within the background.
You performed 188 video games for Penrith and gained a grand remaining in 2003. Right here we go once more – the Panthers gained all of it final yr and are two video games away from getting again collectively. How did they handle to construct this nice group?
I feel it goes again to means earlier than this group acquired collectively till Phil Gould rejoined the membership seven or eight years in the past. Financially, the membership heading for some fairly bleak occasions till they acquired a mortgage from James Packer. Gus then revived the event and trails program that had all the time been so profitable for Penrith.
As a consequence of their decline many golf equipment left and stole their actually good juniors. So by rebuilding them, they have been in a position to preserve all these actually good younger gamers and mainly carry them in.
Impulsively you get a primary grader like Isaah Yeo after which one other group comes together with Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai and Brian To’o. So they simply went by means of these very gifted younger gamers and stayed collectively for a very long time.
Who do you actually like on this present Penrith squad?
I am a giant fan of Isaac Yeo. Most likely sentimental causes as a result of I wore the identical jersey quantity. I like the best way he performs and he is an incredible human being off the sphere. He’s from a big nation city in New South Wales referred to as Dubbo. I am additionally shortly turning into a giant fan of James Fisher-Harris within the first place. You’ve got acquired Cleary and Luai who’re so thrilling in all the things they do, however Fisher-Harris is the one which opposition groups control.
You could have a little bit of either side – you performed for the Panthers however your father John was a Rabbitohs legend. So who do you vote for?
I select Penrith. Simply due to their connectivity and fluidity in all the things they do. Everybody is aware of their position and they’re all the time there for one another. That they had per week off and are firing on all cylinders. I feel Souths are limping together with just a few accidents. They are going to want their key gamers to seek out that further one thing.
And the opposite recreation? Eels or cowboys?
I am going for the Cowboys. They’ve per week off once more. And the circumstances will swimsuit them higher. The Eels will go to Townsville and hit 89% humidity and a packed stadium and will probably be actually robust for them. All these huge Cowboys gamers are brimming with confidence.
So the tip is a Panthers-Cowboys grand remaining. who will win it?
I feel the Cowboys are the one group that may actually break the shackles of the Panthers defensively. They’re a rather well coached facet. However I feel the Panthers have that particular one thing about them. Within the grand remaining, you want the X issue.
For us in 2003, it was guys like Preston Campbell and Tony Puletua and Rhys Wesser and Luke Priddis. As soon as once more, the Panthers acquired all of those particular gamers throughout the sphere. They could have two or three nights off and others could take off. So Penrith win it and Isaah Yeo is the Clive Churchill Medallist.
Let’s discuss warriors as an alternative. Can New Zealand followers have a glimmer of hope that subsequent yr will probably be their yr?
I feel the Warriors will come again simply nice. They’re lastly dwelling sleeping in their very own beds and their kids are going to their colleges. Their high quality of life will probably be a lot better and when issues are going properly off the sphere, your rugby league follows. So I count on the Warriors to enhance. They made some good signings. I feel Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad will probably be good.
An inexperienced coach in Andrew Webster however has the power to construct a group with attacking expertise and the Warriors play finest once you allow them to play that unbridled fashion of rugby league. I look again at individuals like Clinton Toopi and Ali Lauiti’iti and Stacey Jones.
Subsequent yr marks 20 years since your Panthers beat the Roosters within the NRL grand remaining. Are you continue to chasing it?
We even have a reunion each grand remaining week. The final two did not occur due to Covid. However we are going to meet once more this Saturday. We all the time select a distinct venue, by no means in Penrith. Out of 25 gamers plus employees we often get 16 or 17. Some by no means come. Preston Campbell by no means comes – he is arduous sufficient to catch at the perfect of occasions. And Marty Lang is mainly learning full-time to turn into a physician.
And the ”sort out” – the wonderful second you introduced down Roosters winger Todd Byrne to save lots of a strive. How usually do you ask your self that?
At present you’re the third individual, ha ha.
Not unhealthy, 19 years.
I suppose it all the time comes up extra right now of yr and Penrith are enjoying too. So it rears its head once more and little doubt scares me out of the stands that he tripped. I hear the identical previous sledgehammer yearly, ha ha.
And you are still closely concerned with the league by means of TV and radio and stuff?
Sure, I’m. I’m not connected to any specific membership however I get calls from totally different golf equipment about totally different abilities. I wish to name video games. I do a little bit of minor league soccer, Queensland Cup, and name the NRL with SEN. It is a great way to look at the sport. I am not rooted in a single membership the place a lot is at stake.
Your dad, John, was a Souths nice – 197 caps, 4 premierships, performed with a damaged jaw within the 1970 grand remaining. You spoke about his battle with dementia final yr. how is he?
He was 80 years previous this yr. He is a shell of himself, to the individuals who knew him and the way alive he was and what a giant, robust, match man he was. He made everybody really feel like a very powerful individual within the room. He’s far more reclusive now, struggling the results of a fairly troublesome rugby league profession and the automotive accident he had in 1979 that in all probability ought to have killed him. However he tries to remain as constructive as potential.
The problem of head impacts and mind security in touch sports activities has turn into an enormous subject lately. Have you considered it far more now?
Sure, we see many codes all around the world which are concerned in creating variations on their sport. And issues like HIA. I feel we’ll see larger benches in rugby league – possibly six. And possibly no contact observe for possibly 4 weeks main into the season and no contact observe in any respect for your complete season.
There was an incredible story final evening about Mario Fenech that was fairly spectacular and fairly confrontational. I feel we’re taking the proper steps. You are not going to eradicate all contact as a result of it is a gladiatorial sport. However we must always be capable to reduce the variety of individuals affected by dementia or Parkinson’s illness or no matter.
Inform me if it is true – inform me you have got some reference to the massive metropolis of Oamaru.
I might transfer to Oamaru tomorrow.
Similar to all of us. It is an incredible place, is not it?
I like it. So I met a lady from New Zealand in 2008 however we did not formally get collectively till 2009. We went again to Oamaru that yr for the massive remaining weekend. We had my now mother-in-law’s sixtieth birthday at a venue that was on the harbour, Portside. We’ve got been married for 11-12 years now. We return to Oamaru as usually as we will. We will probably be again there on Christmas Day.
What’s your spouse’s title?
Rebecca Elliott, now Rebecca Sattler. She went to Waitaki Ladies’. My in-laws are Don and Shirley Elliott. They used to personal a servo in Oamaru. Don is a mechanic and had a carpet cleansing enterprise. He’s simply retired. We like going dwelling.
And every time we fly out and in of Dunedin, we get fed alongside the best way. I like my meatballs. New potatoes – greens are merely higher within the South Island. And a blue code.