Just two months ago, Tony Satini was playing in the Ron Massey Cup – now he’s an Intrust Super State Champion.
He was a solid cog in the St Marys machine which would eventually run all the way to the preliminary final, but earned a deserved call-up to the Intrust Super Premiership NSW on the eve of the finals. Fast forward to NRL Grand Final Day and he’s the four-try hero earning the Penrith Panthers national glory.
“First of all thanks to the big man upstairs for looking over us, without him I couldn’t do any of this,” Satini tells NSWRL.com.au. “It’s always good to beat a team you haven’t beaten before, to bag some tries too makes it really special.”
Satini, a one-time NRL player for Manly, proved a masterful selection from coach Garth Brennan, scoring eight tries in the four finals the Panthers played. With calls from many fans for Satini to be given another opportunity in the top grade, it could prove a monumental rise for the 24-year-old.