PLAYERS | Brian To’o

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Panther 585

15 matches [2019]

36 points [9 tries] 

Stats: https://mightypanthers.webs.com/players_too-brian.htm


St. Mary’s junior who started with the SG Ball team and moved up through the grades with the Under 20s in 2017 and NSW Cup in 2018 before being named as a development player in the 30 man NRL squad in 2019.

He made his NRL debut against the Warriors in Round 9 starting on the wing. His hard running and acrobatic finishes saw him fast become a fan favourite at Penrith, scoring nine tries. He capped off his first NRL season by winning the Ben Alexander award for rookie of the year and was selected for Samoa in the inaugural World Nines tournament in October.

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PLAYERS | Liam Martin

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Panther 584

16 matches [2019]

8 points [2 tries] 

Stats: https://mightypanthers.webs.com/players_martin-liam.htm


Temora junior who started at the Panthers with the Under 18s SG Ball team in 2015 before progressing through the grades, being part of the premiership winning NSW Cup team in 2017.

In 2018 he elevated to the NRL squad, being named in a number of extended squads throughout the season but missing the cut before match day.

He made his NRL debut versus the Storm at Bathurst in Round 3, 2019, coming off the bench. In only his sixth match he turned in a man of the match performance in their win against Manly. By the end of the 2019 season he had established himself as a hard running, no nonsense second rower and a key member of the Panthers forward pack, finishing his debut season with 16 appearances.

PLAYERS | Frank Winterstein

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Panther 583

12 matches [2019]

4 points [1 try] 

Stats: https://mightypanthers.webs.com/players_winterstein-frank.htm


Canterbury junior who debuted with the Bulldogs in 2008. After a stint in England with a number of clubs and representing Australia in Rugby Union Sevens, he returned to the NRL with Manly in 2016. After three seasons with the Sea Eagles, he was released and signed with the Panthers.

Starting the season in the NSW Cup, he earned a call up to the NRL making his club debut in the second round versus the Knights in Newcastle, coming off the bench and scoring a try in their two-point win.

Winterstein would start as a second rower in eleven more matches before being dropped to the NSW Cup in August. He was not been able to make a return to the top 17 in the closing rounds and was released at the end of the season.

PLAYERS | Tyrell Fuimaono

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Panther 582

7 matches [2019]

0 points 

Stats: https://mightypanthers.webs.com/players_fuimaono-tyrell.htm


St. Mary’s junior who played lower grades at Parramatta before making his NRL debut with South Sydney in 2017. After 20 appearances across two seasons with the Rabbitohs, he was released and signed with the Panthers for the 2019 season.

He made his club debut for the Panthers in the opening round of the 2019 season, coming off the bench. A centre / second rower, he made seven appearances across the opening three months, mostly as a bench player before being dropped back to the NSW Cup team. He was not been able to make a return to the top 17 and was released at the end of the season.

PLAYERS | Hame Sele

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Panther 581

5 matches [2019]

0 points 

Stats: https://mightypanthers.webs.com/players_sele-hame.htm


St. George junior who made his NRL debut for the Dragons in 2017. After 18 appearances across two seasons, the forward signed with the Panthers for the 2019 season.

Sele made his club debut for the Panthers in the opening round versus Parramatta, starting in the second row. Despite suffering an arm injury, he would play on into the first five matches of the season, also at lock and coming off the bench. He would then be dropped back to the NSW Cup. Despite being named in a number of extended squads later in the season, he was not been able to make a return to the top 17 and was released at the end of the season.

WINS | [2019] Round 25: Penrith 54 Newcastle 10

Sunday 8th September at Panthers Stadium

Penrith 54: Tries: Cleary (4), Burns (12), Egan (1), Leota (1), To’o (1); Goals: Cleary (9) | Newcastle 10

More: http://mightypanthers.webs.com/match1255.htm


After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the Knights would be first to score through an intercept try to lead 4-0.

However, the Panthers soon struck back when Nathan Cleary ran at the line and dummied, slicing and then jinking his way through the defensive line to cross over. His own conversion gave the Panthers a 6-4 lead.

After 31 minutes, Brian To’o stepped back inside from his spot on the right wing and a combination of dazzling footwork and sheer power saw him barge over.

A second try to Nathan Cleary, once again running at the line and slicing through the defence at close range had Penrith hold an 18-4 lead at half time.

Three minutes a questionable try awarded to the Knights reduced the lead to 8 points.

Just before the 50 minute mark, a Cleary bomb was taken by Billy Burns and had a clear run to the line and Cleary’s fourth conversion gave Penrith a 24-10 lead.

Having been given six more tackles after a charge down on the set immediately afterwards, a Burns line break started a spectacular team try which included a deft flick pass from Viliame Kikau as he was trying to stay in field and was finished by Wayde Egan.

With Newcastle down to 12 men, Penrith soon took advantage with Moses Leota simply running a line at close range and planted the ball under the uprights.

Three more tries would complete a 6 try burst in just under 17 minutes – Burns would score his second with Cleary then completing a hat-trick and soon after a rare four try haul with back to back tries.

Cleary’s fourth try also saw the Panthers hit 50 for the first time since 2013. It also saw him overtake Michael Gordon’s record set in 2010 for most points scored for the Panthers in a single match, with his ninth conversion giving him a haul of 34 points.

Neither the Panthers or Knights registered any more points in the final 12 minutes, with Penrith finishing a disappointing season on a high.

 

WINS | [2019] Round 21: Penrith 26 Cronulla 20

Friday 9th August at Panthers Stadium

Penrith 26: Tries: Edwards (2), Cleary (1), Naden (1); Goals: Cleary (5) | Cronulla 20

More: http://mightypanthers.webs.com/match1250.htm


A Nathan Cleary penalty conversion after nine minutes had the Panthers hold a 2-0 lead.

After 14 minutes debutant Matt Burton placed a perfectly weighted and timed grubber kick and Brent Naden was the beneficiary when he grounded the ball. Nathan Cleary’s conversion gave the home team an 8-0 lead.

Ten minutes later a Nathan Cleary line break finished with a Dylan Edwards try for Penrith to hold a 14-0 lead.

The Sharks fought back with an unconverted try however on the stroke of halftime Cleary ran at the line at close range and crashed over inside the right uprights. His conversion saw Penrith hold a 20-4 lead at the break.

Three minutes after the resumption Edwards scored his second try with the conversion making it 26-4.

But three tries in a 14 minute period saw Cronulla reduce it to a 6 point margin heading inside the final five minutes.

With a minute and a half remaining, the Sharks performed a raid close to the line with yet another debutant Stephen Crichton diffusing the bomb. With that, the Panthers were able to hold on and record their first win over the Sharks since 2015.

Penrith Panthers – from chocolate soldiers to black magic