HE’S BACK: Wests Josh Tanner kicks for conversion.
HE’S BACK: Wests Josh Tanner kicks for conversion. Scottie Simmonds BUNFOO

Panthers on prowl

WESTS Panthers will bare its claws in a tough clash against southern rivals Hervey Bay Seagulls in the main event of an action-packed triple header at Salter Oval tonight.

The revitalised Panthers outfit hopes to continue the good form it showed in its conclusive 50-10 defeat of Isis Devils in the season opener.

In other fixtures to be played today, reigning premiers Brothers will clash with Isis and Easts Magpies will take on Maryborough Wallaroos.

Wests Panthers captain coach Brent Kuskey said his team would be out to make an impression when it clashes with the Seagulls.

"Everyone's keen, we got off to a good start in the first round and we want to continue on from that," he said.

The perennial battler's fortunes have taken a turn for the better in 2013 with the return of some of its star players from other football competitions and work commitments.

In today's clash, Kuskey's older brother Aaron is expected to feature strongly after earning last week's Man of the Match honours with cracked ribs.

Also expected to impress is five-eighth Nathan Broadhurst who has returned from a stint with the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles in the Q-Cup, former Q-Cup Capras campaigner halfback Josh Tanner and forward Michael Morris.

"We've got a keen, talented team at the moment," he said.

"Morris is a very no-nonsense aggressive player - he's got skills and he'll shorten a few blokes up, that's for sure."

Kuskey said his team would not know its strength until it faced the might of his old teammates, reigning premiers Brothers.

"We're going to be competitive but we won't know where we're at until we play them," he said.

"They're the benchmark and we want to get as close to them as we can."

Kuskey said there was a positive atmosphere down at the Western Suburbs Leagues Club after the return of some familiar old faces.

"Things are improving around here and some of the old players are settling back in to the club," he said.

Games will start at Salter Oval from 3.10pm.



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