Penrith sons star in latest Cartwright win

The famous Cartwright clan has claimed another premiership at Penrith, with youngster Jed starring in the club’s NSW Cup grand final win over Wyong on Sunday.

The son of former Gold Coast NRL coach and current Manly assistant John Cartwright, Jed scored one try and had a hand in another for the Panthers in their 20-12 win over minor premiers Wyong on Sunday.

It continued a proud heritage of the Cartwright name at Penrith, after John was a part of the club’s maiden first grade premiership in 1991 and John’s nephew Bryce starred in their 2013 under-20s title.

John openly wept on the field as he embraced Jed after fulltime on Leichhardt Oval.

“He shed a few tears. He’s very proud of this club, and he’s very proud that we won the premiership – he’s turned into a big softy in his old age.

“He was more nervous than I was today. He just loves this club and I think that he was just happy to see me succeed at it.”

The Cartwright name has been intrinsically linked with Penrith since the club’s inception in 1967.

Grandfather Merv was the club’s founding father and first secretary when they entered the NSW Rugby League competition, while David, Michael and Cliff Cartwright all played first grade for the Panthers along with brother John.

“It’s my family’s history and I’m ecstatic to have that,” Jed Cartwright said.

“Not many people can say they do. I just try and do it the best I can. You’ve got to embrace it..”

“Today’s a proud day for my family.”

Cartwright was instrumental in Penrith’s win in the not-so-familiar position of right centre.

Usually playing in the second row, he chased hard on an attempted 40-20 from halfback Darren Nicholls early in the second, putting opposition fullback Luke Sharpe under immense pressure to keep possession.

Sharpe batted the ball back to Roos teammate Chris Centrone, before Cartwright jammed in on him to almost force him into touch and force the ball free.

It was then gleefully scooped up and capitalised on by eventual Panthers try-scorer Corey Waddell, the son of former Penrith player Steve, who tragically died from a heart attack, aged just 45 in 2012.

“His dad any my dad were best mates,” Cartwright said.

“I’m sure his dad is looking down on him very happy at the moment.”

The win means Penrith will face the Papua New Guinea Hunters, who won the Queensland Cup on Sunday, in next weekend’s national state championship match.

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