The Penrith Panthers are an Australian professional rugby league football team based in the western Sydney suburb of Penrith. The team is based 55 km west of the centre of Sydney and at the foot of the Blue Mountains.The Panthers were admitted to the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition in 1967. Penrith struggled for almost twenty years before finally reaching their first finals series. The club achieved its first Grand Final appearance in 1990 but were beaten by the Canberra Raiders 18-14. The following year the Panthers met the Raiders again in the 1991 Grand Final, this time winning the game 19-12.Penrith's most recent premiership achievement was over the Sydney Roosters in the 2003 Grand Final where Penrith were considered underdogs but came out on top with an 18-6 victory.Anthony Griffin was appointed head coach in October 2015. For the 2016 NRL season , Matt Moylan is the captain. Sports media personality Phil Gould is the club's manager of football operations. OAK Milk has been their major sponsor since 2012.

History


Varied Penrith teams had played for many years between 1912 and 1966 in the Western Districts League under the control of the Western Suburbs RLFC. In the Parramatta competition after Parramatta was admitted to the NSWRL in 1947, and also in a second-tier Sydney competition introduced by the NSWRL in 1962. By this time a single top level rugby league team had emerged in the Penrith area and in 1964 they became known as the Penrith Panthers. The Panther had been chosen as the Penrith emblem after a public competition won by a graphic artist from Emu Plains named Deidre Copeland.In 1966 word was out that the New South Wales Rugby League in 1967 would introduce two new teams to the Sydney premiership. There were three teams vying for the two proposed slots, Penrith, Cronulla-Sutherland, and the Wentworthville Magpies . Cronulla-Sutherland had been assured of one place, leaving Penrith and Wentworthville to fight it out for the other place. The NSWRL eventually settled on Penrith due to their location and a win in the 1966 Second Division title.After admission to the competition in 1967, they promptly came second last on the competition ladder. Hopes were raised in 1968 under new Captain-Coach Bob Boland when they won the pre-season competition and finished 8th, but this improvement proved to be short lived.Penrith had trouble attracting the sort of experienced players they knew they needed, and although they always had good junior talent coming through, they did not get the on-field leadership they needed. Penrith needed to wait until they could develop their own 'stars'. They consequently struggled for almost 20 years before finally reaching their first finals series in 1985 with a team boasting new local star Greg Alexander and captained by Royce Simmons .Penrith developed a strong team in the late 80's and started to build momentum. They made their first Grand Final appearance in 1990 with a team boasting notable players the likes of Greg Alexander , John Cartwright, Brad Fittler and Mark Geyer only to be beaten by the Canberra Raiders 18-14. The next year the Panthers met the Raiders again in the Grand Final, this time winning 19 to 12, including two tries by Royce Simmons the former team captain in his last game. They went on to play Wigan in England for the 1991 World Club Challenge but were beaten by the British champions 21-4.Their reign was short lived as in 1992 tragedy struck the club when the younger brother of Captain Greg Alexander , Ben, died in a car accident. Greg and close family friends Mark Geyer and Brad Fittler left the club soon after (Fittler left after the 1995 season as Penrith had signed with Super League) as well as coach Phil Gould left mid-way through the 1994 season.The Panthers were coached by former player and club captain Royce Simmons starting with the last six games in 1994 until the end of 2001.They made the finals during the 1997 Super League season and then again in 2000 in the re-united NRL competition.In the year 2001, they came last on the competition ladder. 2001 was Royce Simmons' last season as coach for the Panthers, and he was replaced by John Lang from Cronulla in 2002, where they finished 12th. Their last game of 2002 showed hope as they proceeded to thrash the Northern Eagles , knocking them out of the final eight.This showed the promise that was to come the next year. With the signing of Preston Campbell and Joe Galuvao , their side fired in 2003. Coming off 3 early season losses, they proceeded to lose only 3 other games for the rest of the competition with the local hero, Rhys Wesser scoring a new club record 25 tries. Penrith finished as Minor Premiers after convincingly accounting for the Parramatta Eels in the last round of competition. In the Finals series Penrith beat the Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors to reach the 2003 NRL Grand Final against the Sydney Roosters . Entering the match as underdogs, Penrith defeated the Roosters 18-6, with winger Luke Rooney scoring two tries. Hooker Luke Priddis received the Clive Churchill Medal . The game is also remembered for a spectacular tackle by Scott Sattler in the 2nd Half, where he ran down and tackled Roosters winger Todd Byrne, who was sprinting down the left wing for an almost certain try. Penrith lost the 2004 World Club Challenge in the following pre-season, with the Bradford Bulls defeating them 22-4 in sub-zero temperatures. The Panthers did however rally after that loss and once again qualified for the NRL semi-final series by finishing fourth and defeating St George Illawarra in the first week of the semi-finals before being knocked out by the Bulldogs in the Grand Final qualifier two weeks later.The Panthers then just failed to qualify for the Top 8 in 2005 finishing two points out and in 10th spot on percentages. They endured another below-par season in 2006 this time falling well short of the finals finishing the year in 12th position. The 2007 season turned out to be a poor one for the Panthers, they won only eight games, finished last and "won" the wooden-spoon for the second time in six years after losing to the New Zealand Warriors in the last round of the regular season competition.In 2008 the Panthers improved four spots on their 2007 performance by finishing in 12th spot out of 16 teams in the NRL competition with 10 wins, one draw and 13 losses. In 2009 they finished the season in 11th spot out of 16 teams in the NRL competition with 11 wins, one draw and 12 losses.Citation needed|date=August 2010In 2010 the Panthers had an excellent season, finishing in 2nd place in the ladder out of the 16 teams, with 16 wins and 9 losses. However, in the first round of the Finals series, they lost 22:24 at home to the Canberra Raiders and were knocked out in the second round when they lost 34:12 to the Sydney Roosters .Michael Gordon played very well in that year, setting two new club records. In round 24, against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, he set a new club record for most points scored in one game: 30. By the end of the final game of the regular season, game 24, round 26, he had also set a new club record for the most points scored in one season at 270.In 2011, following a terrible start to the season, the Panthers board decided to sever ties with coach Matthew Elliot at season's end. On 20 June 2011 he stepped down as coach and that same day Steve Georgallis was appointed caretaker coach for the remainder of the season. On 29 June Ivan Cleary was announced as coach for the next 3 seasons, with Georgallis staying as assistant coach for the remainder of the season.After a 2010 season where the club went above and beyond expectations, they were looking to starting the new season on a high. It wasn't to be, however, when they were thumped by Newcastle at the newly named Centrebet Stadium, 42-8. While Round 2 went a lot better for the team, beating rivals the Eels at Parramatta Stadium 20-6, the year was marked by inconsistency as they finished 12th on the ladder.2012 was again a disappointing year for the Panthers, finishing second last with an 8-16 record. However, the club discovered some new talent in the form of winger Josh Mansour, a candidate for Rookie of the Year, as well as fullback Lachlan Coote's successful move to five-eighth.2013 began poorly for the Panthers; after a first up win against the Raiders, they went on to lose their next five games. However, a more inspired performance against the Parramatta Eels in Round 7, where they won 44-12, was a trigger for a strong run; four wins from five games to see Penrith move into the top eight of the competition. The four wins included a 12-10 victory over the reigning premiers, Melbourne Storm , and a 64-6 thrashing of the New Zealand Warriors . However, after a year with mixed results, Penrith finished in tenth position, one win out of the top eight. At the end of the season, the likes of Luke Walsh , Lachlan Coote , Mose Masoe , Brad Tighe and Clint Newton departed.A playing roster overhaul saw the arrival of big name players such as Jamie Soward , Peter Wallace , Jamal Idris , Tyrone Peachey and Elijah Taylor at Penrith, while Matt Moylan took the vacant fullback role left by the departed Lachlan Coote .The Penrith Panthers will celebrate their 50th year in the NRL Competition in 2016

Current Standings


#PWDLGoalsPts
1Brisbane Broncos10802276:11716
2Melbourne Storm10802223:12416
3North Queensland Cowboys10703279:14014
4Cronulla Sharks9702219:15814
5Parramatta Eels10604184:14112
6Canterbury Bulldogs9504173:15210
7Penrith Panthers10505198:19710
8St. George Illawarra Dragons10505105:19810
9Canberra Raiders10415229:2159
10South Sydney Rabbitohs10406204:2198
11Manly Sea Eagles10406178:2268
12New Zealand Warriors10406208:2628
13Gold Coast Titans9306170:2116
14Wests Tigers9306184:2396
15Sydney Roosters9207167:2074
16Newcastle Knights9117102:2933

Recent Matches


Penrith Panthers Last 5 Results
DateHomeScoreAwayNotesDetails
30 Apr 2016Penrith Panthers19 - 18Canberra Raiders   Details
27 Mar 2016St. George Illawarra Dragons14 - 12Penrith Panthers   Details
24 Apr 2016Cronulla Sharks20 - 18Penrith Panthers   Details
22 May 2016Penrith Panthers24 - 28Gold Coast Titans   Details
19 Mar 2016Penrith Panthers23 - 22Brisbane Broncos   Details


Penrith Panthers Next 5 Matches
DateHomevsAwayNotesDetails
01 Sep 2016Penrith PanthersvsManly Sea Eagles   Details
02 Jul 2016Wests TigersvsPenrith Panthers   Details
04 Aug 2016Penrith PanthersvsSydney Roosters   Details
10 Jul 2016Penrith PanthersvsCronulla Sharks   Details
11 Aug 2016Newcastle KnightsvsPenrith Panthers   Details

Sponsorship


Over their forty six years, the Panthers have gone through eight major sponsors (These sponsors appear on the chest of the jersey).
  • FEENEY (1977)* Alpha Micro (1984-85)
  • Radio 2KA (1986-87)* Penrith City (1988)
  • Calphos (1989)* Dahdah Uniforms (1990-1993)
  • Prospect Electricity (1994-1995)* Classifieds (1996)
  • Sanyo (2000-2012)*OAK Milk (2012-present)

    Name and colours


    leagueicon|Penrith Panthers|align=left|size=100 Penrith's uniform colours in the 1966 NSWRL Second Division and earlier years were blue and white but due to the Cronulla-Sutherland side registering a predominantly blue jersey design first, and with Newtown, Canterbury, Eastern Suburbs and Parramatta also displaying various shades of blue, Penrith went in search of an alternative. A decision was made to change their colours to Brown with a white V. This decision subsequently earned them the affectionate name of the "Chocolate Soldiers" thanks to radio commentator Frank Hyde who wrote in the Penrith Club journal "these chocolate soldiers from out west - they don't melt!".The team had been referred to as the 'Panthers' as early as 1970.In 1974 Penrith changed their strip to a jerseys with brown and white vertical bars and again in 1991 they changed the colours to Black with White, Red, Yellow and Green stripes (drawing another confectionery-related nickname, The Liquorice Allsorts ) until 1997 when Super League had all new jerseys made by Nike. The yellow was all but removed from the jersey at this stage. Then in 2000 they changed the colours once more to Black, Rust red, Teal green and White.In 2004 the design of the jersey changed once more to its current design. On Thursday, 23 November 2006 the club launched a new 'alternate/away' jersey predominately white in colour as a stark contrast to its main design.leagueicon|old Penrith|align=right|size=100 Just before Christmas 2007 the Panthers launched a new 'home' jersey which is predominately black with light grey claw marks on either side at the front and back. For Season 2010, the Panthers have launched a new predominantly teal away jersey, this teal jersey connect with the away jersey from their 03 and 04 season's. With their official colours still Black, Teal green and rust red the alternate jersey was chosen to represent their secondary colour. The inception of Teal into the colour palet of Panthers links directly back to the unique colour their 2nd division jerseys had before brown and white. In late October, 2010, the Panthers announced that rust would no longer be a secondary colour for the club. A not a typo|new jersey was also launched, black with grey claw marks on either side. The club's teal jersey was also scratched in Round 4, 2011, when a new white jersey with grey claw marks and teal and black stripes was announced the club's new alternate jersey.For the current 2014 season the Panthers have a redesigned black home jersey while the white away jersey prominently displays the new club logo. The Pink Jersey was also retained as a 3rd alternate strip, and used for Women in League and Breast Cancer Awareness rounds, or when both strips would clash with the opposing side. There is also a special Indigenous Jersey, worn in round 23 for the Indigenous Awareness round.

    Primary jerseys

    Alternate jerseys

    Special jerseys

    Penrith Panthers Leagues Club


    -The Penrith Panthers Rugby League Football Club is the major financier the Penrith Panthers Leagues Club (of the Panthers Entertainment Group).The Panthers Entertainment Group has 6 licensed club sites in NSW - Penrith, Port Macquarie, Bathurst, North Richmond, Glenbrook and Wallacia. The clubs cater for a wide range of activities for members, their families and guests.

    Players


    2016 squad

    Penrith Panthers current squad

    2014 signings/transfers

    Gains
    Player Previous club Years signed Until the end of
    Peter Wallace Brisbane Broncos 3 years 2016
    Jamie Soward London Broncos 4 years 2017
    Elijah Taylor New Zealand Warriors 3 years 2016
    Brent Kite Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 2 years 2015
    Kevin Naiqama Newcastle Knights 2 years 2015
    Tyrone Peachey Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 2 years 2015
    Shaun Spence Wests Tigers 2 years 2015
    Will Smith Newcastle Knights 2 years 2015
    Leilani Latu Canterbury Bulldogs 2 years 2015
    Luke Capewell Brisbane Broncos 1 year 2014
    Wellington Albert Lae Tigers 3 years 2016
    Jamal Idris Gold Coast Titans 3 years 2016
    Losses
    Losses
    Player Signed for
    Lachlan Coote North Queensland Cowboys
    Luke Walsh St Helens RLFC
    Mose Masoe St Helens RLFC
    Clint Newton Newcastle Knights
    Danny Galea Widnes Vikings
    Travis Robinson Melbourne Storm
    Blake Austin Wests Tigers
    Cameron Ciraldo Retirement
    Toby Evans Parramatta Eels
    Mosese Pangai Canberra Raiders
    Dayne Weston Melbourne Storm
    Kyle O'Donnell Canberra Raiders
    Brad Tighe Gold Coast Titans
    James Roberts Gold Coast Titans

    Representative players

    Panthers Team of Legends

    On 4 October 2006 a 40 Year Panthers Legends Team was named.Rugby league squad startRugby league squad player|no=399|nat=AUS|pos=FB|name= Rhys Wesser Rugby league squad player|no=7|nat=AUS|pos=WG|name= Bob Landers Rugby league squad player|no=14|nat=AUS|pos=CE|name= Grahame Moran Rugby league squad player|no=337|nat=AUS|pos=CE|name= Ryan Girdler Rugby league squad player|no=280|nat=AUS|pos=WG|name= Alan McIndoe Rugby league squad player|no=286|nat=AUS|pos=FE|name= Brad Fittler Rugby league squad player|no=228|nat=AUS|pos=HB|name= Greg Alexander Rugby league squad player|no=50|nat=AUS|pos=PR|name= Terry Geary Rugby league squad player|no=181|nat=AUS|pos=HK|name= Royce Simmons Rugby league squad midRugby league squad player|no=62|nat=AUS|pos=PR|name= Tim Sheens Rugby league squad player|no=248|nat=AUS|pos=SR|name=John CartwrightRugby league squad player|no=100|nat=GB|pos=SR|name= Bill Ashurst Rugby league squad player|no=260|nat=AUS|pos=LK|name= Colin van der Voort Rugby league squad player|no=383|nat=AUS|pos=RE|name= Craig Gower Rugby league squad player|no=196|nat=AUS|pos=RE|name= Brad Izzard Rugby league squad player|no=262|nat=AUS|pos=RE|name= Mark Geyer Rugby league squad player|no=393|nat=NZL|pos=RE|name= Tony Puletua Rugby league squad end

    Coaches


  • Leo Trevena : 1967, 1973* Bob Boland : 1968-1972
  • Jack Clare : 1974*Mick Stephenson: 1975
  • Barry Harris: 1975-1976* Don Parish : 1977-1978
  • Len Stacker : 1979-1981* John Peard : 1982-1983
  • Tim Sheens : 1984-1987* Ron Willey : 1988-1989
  • Phil Gould : 1990-1994* Royce Simmons : 1994-2001
  • John Lang: 2002-2006*Matthew Elliott: 2007-2011
  • Steve Georgallis 2011 (Caretaker)* Ivan Cleary : 2012-2015
  • Anthony Griffin: 2016-

    Records


  • Most points in a match: 30 by Michael Gordon in Round 24, 2010 NRL season .*Largest win: 72-12 against Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles , August 7, 2004

    Supporters


    Notable fans
  • Kurt Fearnley , Paralympic wheelchair racer* Mick Fanning , professional surfer
  • Matthew Nielsen , Olympic basketball player* James Courtney , V8 supercar driver
  • Leonardo Zappavigna , Australian professional boxer

    Season statistics


    SeasonPosPldWDLBFA+/-PtsTop TryscorerTop PointscorerCrowd*
    196711th 2252150203352−14912 Bob Landers (6)
    David Applebee (6)
    Bob Landers (88)7,505
    19688th 22110110298352−5422 Bob Mara (9) Bob Landers (90)10,628
    196910th 2261150311398−8713 Mal McMartin (7) Bob Landers (158)4,974
    197010th 2271140292406−11415 Reg Hatton (11) Bob Landers (92)7,180
    19718th 221001202833728920 Grahame Moran (8) Bruce Ward (85)6,404
    197211th 225116027849021211 Noel Sing (7) Norm Gilligan (43)4,959
    197312th 225017027252525310 Ron Lynch (7) Bruce Ward (39)5,020
    19749th 229013035346511218 Glenn West (14) Reg Walton (136)7,594
    197511th 227114031245214015 Gary Allsopp (8) Bill Ashurst (91)9,087
    19769th 2281130352333+1917 John King (10)Ken Wilson (130)9,429
    197710th 22611503194088913 Kevin Dann (9)Ken Wilson (97)7,400
    197810th 224216020646325710 Ross Gigg (7) Phil Gould (77)6,143
    197910th 226214031147316214 Steve Martin (13) Kevin Dann (61)8,540
    198012th 22211902945562625 Marvin Hicks (12) Peter Schofield (81)7,674
    198111th 22801403053504516 Kevin Dann (9) Kevin Dann (89)8,876
    198212th 26711803754416615 Brad Izzard (9) Kevin Dann (66)7,263
    198311th 269017047664717118 Chris Houghton (10)Mark Levy (74)4,959
    19847th 26121112409401829 Brad Izzard (11)Mark Levy (142)8,564
    19855th 24131102460379+8131 Greg Alexander (13) Greg Alexander (192)7,520
    19868th 24111122446394+5227 Greg Alexander (11) Greg Alexander (183)7,520
    198712th 246117227439912517 Mark Robinson (7) Greg Alexander (57)6,922
    19885th 2215070394258+13630 David Greene (12) Neil Baker (141)9,079
    19892nd 2216060438241+19732 Greg Alexander (15) Neil Baker (131)8,935
    19902nd 2215160415286+12931 Alan McIndoe (14) Greg Alexander (170)10,025
    19911st 2217140483250+23335 Graham Mackay (16) Greg Alexander (139)11,844
    19929th 221101102743093522 Brad Fittler (6) Andrew Leeds (94)10,967
    199312th 227015031442811418 Ryan Girdler (8) Greg Alexander (88)9,463
    19948th 221021004044484422 Graham Mackay (15) Graham Mackay (108)11,021
    199514th 2290130481484318 Robbie Beckett (10)
    Ryan Girdler (10)
    Ryan Girdler (150)8,022
    199615th 217160363464+10115 Robbie Beckett (9) Ryan Girdler (162)5,351
    19975th 1890904314623118 Ryan Girdler (11) Ryan Girdler (197)7,673
    199814th 24821405255805518 Robbie Beckett (12) Ryan Girdler (134)9,272
    199910th 24111122492428+6427 Ryan Girdler (18) Ryan Girdler (229)12,495
    20005th 26150110573562+1130 Ryan Girdler (13) Ryan Girdler (210)14,305
    200114th 267019052184732614 Chris Hicks (13) Ryan Girdler (124)14,353
    200212th 247017254665410818 Rhys Wesser (19) Ryan Girdler (100)11,008
    20031st 2418062659527+13240 Rhys Wesser (25) Preston Campbell (164)17,771
    20044th 2415092672567+10534 Amos Roberts (23) Amos Roberts (156)17,587
    200510th 24110132554554026 Rhys Wesser (14) Preston Campbell (190)15,576
    200612th 241001425105877724 Rhys Wesser (19) Preston Campbell (163)11,579
    200716th 24801615396076818 Michael Jennings (15)Michael Gordon (150)12,035
    200812th 2410113250461110725 Michael Jennings (12)Michael Gordon (120)10,899
    200911th 241111225155897427 Michael Jennings (17)Michael Gordon (126)13,719
    20102nd 2415092645489+15634 Lachlan Coote (17)Michael Gordon (270)13,056
    201112th 24901524305178722 Lachlan Coote (12)
    David Simmons (12)
    Michael Gordon (66)12,299
    201215th 248016240957516620 Michael Jennings (10) Luke Walsh (40)10,858
    201310th 241101324955545926 David Simmons (19) Luke Walsh (159)10,337
    20144th 2415092506426 +8034 Josh Mansour (15) Jamie Soward (155)11,462
    201511th 2490152399477 -7822 David Simmons (9) Matt Moylan (50)11,544
    * Average home crowd

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