SEASONS | 2011

24 matches: 9 wins, 15 losses

Top point scorer: Michael Gordon – 66 [4 tries, 25 goals]

Top try scorer: Lachlan Coote and David Simmons – 12

Merv Cartwright Medal: Luke Walsh


A poor start to the season saw Penrith rooted in the bottom 4 of the table by Round 10, however, a steady stream of wins saw the Panthers hover around the bottom of the top 8 by Round 20. However, another fade out resulted in another season not playing finals football.

In May, former captain and premiership winning coach Phil Gould returned to the club, appointed in the powerful role of general manager of football operations.

In June, Matt Elliott quit as coach after 111 matches at the helm. Assistant coach Steve Georgallis was appointed as caretaker, and as is custom, registered his first match in charge with a win. However, it was to be a short lived stint, with Ivan Cleary appointed for 3 years from 2012.

One of the biggest highlights of the season was the victory of the Eels in Round 19. Down by 6 with only seconds to go, Penrith manufactured a miracle try which was then subsequently converted to lock the scores. A Luke Walsh field goal then sunk them in golden point.

In the lower grades, both the reserve grade (Windsor Wolves) team and Under 20s teams did not qualify for the finals.


PLAYERS | Malakai Watene-Zelezniak


Panther 570

5 matches [2017; 2019]

0 points


St. Clair junior who was a member of the Panthers Under 20s squad from 2009 to 2011. After a stint in rugby union, he returned to Penrith in 2015 and played in the NSW Cup team.

After being a squad member in the 2017 Auckland Nines squad, he made his NRL debut against South Sydney at Pepper Stadium, starting in the centres and playing alongside his younger brother Dallin. However, soon after his debut he was released by the club and signed with the Wests Tigers.

After 25 NRL appearances across one and a half seasons with the Tigers, he returned to Penrith for the 2019 season.

He made four starting appearances on the wing in the opening two months of the premiership before being dropped to the NSW Cup and to date has yet to make a return to the NRL team in 2019.

PLAYERS | Michael Oldfield


Panther 569

1 match [2017]

4 points [1 try]


Manly junior who made his NRL debut with the Sea Eagles in 2010. After stints with the Sydney Roosters, Catalan Dragons in the English Super League and South Sydney, he signed with the Panthers in the 2017.

The utility back started the season in the NSW Cup and made his club debut for the Panthers against the Rabbitohs in April, scoring a try in their narrow loss.

However, it would be his solitary NRL appearance for the Panthers, soon after being granted an early release and joining Canberra.

PLAYERS | Viliame Kikau


Panther 567

49* matches [2017-2019]

48 points [12 tries]


As of 17 August 2019

Fijian born forward who played Under 20s with North Queensland before being signed by the Panthers.

Joining Penrith in 2016, he spent the entire season in the NSW Cup before moving up to the NRL squad in 2017. He made his NRL debut against the Wests Tigers in Round 2, coming off the bench and within minutes pulling off a big hit in defence and crossing for a try. After nine appearances in his first season in the NRL, he was named in the Fijian World Cup squad and his performances saw him named in the Team of the Tournament.

In 2018, he became a regular starter in the second row, playing 25 matches. Kikau emerged as one of the NRL’s most destructive forwards, breaking the line regularly on the left edge and setting up a number of tries for the backline.

His 2019 season has been interrupted by both injury and suspension but has been able to maintain his role as an enforcer in the Panthers forward pack and has become a raging fan favourite and is on the verge of 50 NRL appearances.

WINS | [2004] Round 26: Penrith 46 Brisbane 20

Friday 3rd September at Penrith Stadium

Penrith 18: Gower (2), Lewis (2), Rooney (2), Roberts (1), Waterhouse (1); Goals: Girdler (7) | Brisbane 20


Penrith opened the scoring when Amos Roberts scored the first try after 8 minutes after some lead up work from Luke Priddis and Trent Waterhouse, and 5 minutes later a penalty conversion was slotted by Ryan Girdler to lead 8-0.

Brisbane struck back with a converted try to reduce the home team’s lead to 2, but three tries in nine minutes saw the Panthers lead 26-6 after 28 minutes. The first try was to Waterhouse when he brushed aside a tackle at close range, followed by Craig Gower collecting his own kick to score and then Luke Lewis avoiding the touchline through some deft footwork.

The Broncos second try just before half time made it 26-14 at halftime.

Lewis’ second try nine minutes after the restart pushed it out to 36-14, and two more tries, the first to Luke Rooney and the second being a double for Gower saw the Panthers lead 42-14 with eight minutes remaining.

A late consolation try to the Broncos made it 42-20 but the Panthers had the final say in the contest with a second try to Rooney on the stroke of full time.

WINS | [1989] Round 16: Penrith 18 Brisbane 8

Sunday 16th July at Penrith Park

Penrith 18: Carter (1), McIndoe (1), McNeill (1), Mortimer (1); Goals: Baker (1) | Brisbane 8


The visitors took an early 2-0 lead before Chris Mortimer crossed for a try in the 12th minute for the home team to lead 4-2.

Nine minutes later this was extended to 10-2 when Alan McIndoe ran 50 metres to score the Panthers second try.

A converted try to Brisbane after 34 minutes reduced it to a 2 point lead heading into half time.

Penrith pushed further ahead eight minutes after the resumption when Rod McNeill caught a rebound off the uprights from a bomb and scored.

About 15 minutes later, Steve Carter scored a try on the blindside after a line break from Colin Van Der Voort to lead 18-8, which completed the scoring for the match.

PLAYERS | Tim Browne


Panther 566

17 matches [2017]

0 points


Penrith born Newcastle junior who made his NRL debut for Canterbury in 2010. After 84 appearances across seven seasons at the Bulldogs, he signed with the Panthers for the 2017 season.

Browne would make his NRL debut for the Panthers in the opening round of the 2017 season. He would make 19 appearances that season, mostly off the bench but would make a number of starts in the front row in the second half of the season.

Whilst in the NRL squad in 2018, he would start the season in the NSW Cup. In March, he suffered a horrific bowel injury after being tackled. The following month, he announced his retirement from rugby league. He has stayed with the club working in the media department.

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