Penrith Panthers have been honored as the top sporting team in Australasia for 2023. The prestigious title was awarded to them by Platinum Asset Management and GAIN LINE Analytics. The Panthers secured their third consecutive NRL premiership with a memorable Grand Final victory over Brisbane, establishing themselves as the cream of the crop in the region.
The success of the Panthers has been attributed to their exceptional talent development and retention programs, reflecting their dedication and achievements at the elite level. Panthers Rugby League CEO Matt Cameron expressed his pride and credited head coach Ivan Cleary’s exceptional leadership for leading the team to success. The club’s commitment to meticulous planning, robust development strategies, and patience from senior administrators has been highlighted as crucial elements in their triumph.
In recognition of their achievement, the club chose Panthers on the Prowl, their charitable program, to receive a $10,000 grant from Platinum. The program focuses on providing education and development opportunities for at-risk students in the Penrith area.
Other notable teams in the analysis included Melbourne City (A-League Men’s premiers) and the Crusaders (Super Rugby champions). The UNSW Wests Magpies men’s water polo team and the Adelaide Crows AFLW team were also recognized for their exceptional performances.
The award, known as the Australasia’s Best Sporting Team (ABST), is awarded annually over rolling five-year periods, with teams from a wide range of Australasian sporting competitions considered for the analysis. The award aims to recognize sporting excellence while supporting noteworthy causes.
Overall, the title of the best sporting team in Australasia for 2023 went to the Penrith Panthers, solidifying their status as a powerhouse in the region.