Panthers take action west of the mountains

 Isaah Yeo  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
Isaah Yeo (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

DUBBO product Isaah Yeo had the closest thing to home ground advantage when the Panthers took on Cronulla in Bathurst on Saturday.

"There are a lot of Yeos in Dubbo and a few made the two-hour trip to Bathurst," Yeo said.

"There was a lot of car pooling which is a positive for me and, on a bigger note, a positive for the Bathurst community."

Yeo has been one of the Panthers' biggest finds in 2014.

Since making his NRL debut in the first round he has impressed everyone with size and strength.

The 19-year-old is part of generation next at the foot of the mountains.

A fortnight ago Panthers fans got a glimpse of what is to come with Yeo, Bryce Cartwright and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak lining up in an NRL game for the first time.

"It was really special to play my first game with Bryce and Dallin; I have played with them since I got here in S.G. Ball, under-20s and NSW Cup and hopefully we can do it a lot more," Yeo said.

"So far it has been a big year for me. I expected to play a lot of under-20s and NSW Cup this year so to be able to play first grade, not once but eight times, it's a positive for myself and I'm looking to add something every time I play."

Yeo and the Panthers couldn't get the job done in Bathurst, losing 18-16 to the Sharks.

After consecutive losses their spot in the top four is in jeopardy, with games against the Bulldogs, Dragons and the Cowboys in the next three weeks.

The Panthers promoted the game heavily in Bathurst with several school visits and junior league clinics.

Stand-in Sharks skipper Wade Graham, a former Panther, congratulated Penrith for bringing their game out to Bathurst.

"I reckon it was a great initiative from Panthers," Graham said.

"It was unreal to see the hill. You couldn't see a patch of grass on the hill.

"It was a great atmosphere . . . it felt like we [wound] back the clock to when we were playing at 16 or 17."

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