The Panthers would like to advise members and fans as to why there was no post-match press conference with Ivan Cleary and Kevin Kingston after tonight’s loss to the Storm.
As per the NRL’s requirements, Ivan and Kevin made themselves available to the media in the conference room within 15 minutes of full time. As there were no journalists present to ask questions, the conference did not go ahead.
Before the media conference was due to commence, an ABC Grandstand reporter approached the Panthers Sports Media Executive for an interview with Ivan, to which he obliged.
Sometime after the NRL’s 15 minute window and once Ivan and Kevin had walked back into the change room to finish post-match recovery, several other journalists approached club staff outside asking if the Coach would be doing his post-match press conference, to which we advised he had already attended the media room, but as no one was there it did not take place.
There were no other interview requests for the Coach or Panthers players at the ground tonight.