WINS | [2014] round 7: Penrith 14 Gold Coast Titans 12

Monday 21st April at Spoortingbet Stadium

Penrith 14 – Tries: Moylan (1), Whare (1); Goals: Soward (3) | Gold Coast Titans 12


Dean Whare opened the scoring in the sixth minute for the Panthers when he split a gap created by the sliding defensive line and evaded the cover defence to cross over near the far-right corner. Jamie Soward’s conversion made it 6-0.

In the 29th minute, Penrith’s lead was further extended when the Titans attempt to diffuse a Soward grubber in the in goal was misdirected, and travelled perpendicular to the dead ball line and was grounded by Matt Moylan.

A try to the visitors with minutes remaining in the half made it 12-6 at the break.

A penalty conversion 10 minutes after the resumption pushed Penrith’s lead to 14-6.

A converted Titans try in the 76th minute set up an exciting finish, however the Panthers were able to hold out to record a two point victory.

PLAYERS | Gordon Falcon

Panther 381

22 matches [1996-1998]

4 points [1 try]


After seven season playing for Hawkes Bay in the New Zealand rugby union national championship, he switched to rugby league in 1996 and signed with Penrith.

Signed as a forward, he made his first grade debut coming off the bench versus the Western Reds, and made a total of six appearances in his first season.

He would make 16 more appearances over the next two seasons, primarily off the bench but also as a starting forward in both the front and back rows.

In 1999, he returned back to rugby union, signing with the ACT Brumbies in the Super Rugby before one final season for the Wellington Hurricanes in 2000 before injury ended his playing career.

PLAYERS | Fred Petersen

Panther 386

15 matches [1996-1998; 2000-2001]

4 points [1 try]


Born in Western Samoa, the Colyton junior was graded at the Panthers in 1995, making his first grade debut as an 18 year old in 1996, coming off the bench versus the Bears at North Sydney Oval. He made his run on debut the following week on the wing in their upset victory over high flying Manly.

Over the next six seasons, he would be in and around the first grade squad, but opportunities would be limited due to a run of injuries, making only 11 appearances.

In 2000, he was in the Samoan World Cup squad, but played only one match after suffering a concussion injury.

At the end of 2002, he signed with defending premiers Sydney Roosters, making 2 appearances during the 2003 season.

In 2004, he signed with Parramatta but played out the entire season in the NSW Cup.

WINS | [2009] Round 10: Penrith 26 Cronulla 22

Saturday 16th May at Credit Union Australia Stadium

Penrith 26 – Tries: Aiton (1), Daniela (1), Lewis (1), Pritchard (1); Goals: Sammut (5) | Cronulla 22


The Panthers drew first blood when Geoff Daniela crossed over in the 24th minute, with Jarrad Sammut’s conversion making it 6-0.

The lead was soon doubled when Paul Aiton scored, but the Sharks hit back with only five minutes remaining in the half to reduce the home team’s lead to 6.

A converted try to Frank Pritchard and a penalty conversion had pushed the Panthers out to 20-6 after 53 minutes.

However, two quick tries to Cronulla had reduced Penrith’s lead to just two heading into the final ten minutes, before a leaping try to Luke Lewis gave them a bit more of a comfortable buffer with only minutes remaining.

A late consolation try to the Sharks on the full time siren was not enough to bridge the eight point deficit.

WINS | [2010] Round 10: Penrith 34 Cronulla 14

Sunday 16th May at Toyota Stadium

Penrith 34 – Tries: Jennings (3), Elford (2), Iosefa (1); Goals: Gordon (5) | Cronulla 14


The home team opened the scoring with a penalty conversion.

In the seventh minute, Shane Elford picked up a loose pass from the Sharks and ran 75 metres to score under the posts, with Michael Gordon’s conversion making it 6-2.

Whilst Cronulla would soon after hit the lead with a converted try, but the visitors regained the lead on 21 minutes when Michael Jennings won the race to a well weighted Lachlan Coote grubber kick.

Two more quick fire tries to secure doubles for both Elford and Jennings ensured that the Panthers held a commanding 22-8 lead at half time.

Soon after the resumption, Penrith further extended their lead to 28-8 when Jennings crossed for a hat trick.

Whilst the Sharks struck back with a converted try to reduce it to a 14 point deficit, the Panthers always had full control of the contest and a final minute try to Masada Iosefa, where he dived over from close range, put a full stop on proceedings.

PLAYERS | David Elvy

Panther 401

17 matches [1998-1999]

0 points


Parkes junior who led the Panthers to the Under 19s Super League title in 1997.

He would be elevated to the first grade squad in 1998, and made his NRL debut coming off the bench in the Round 15 loss to Manly.

He would make a total of 17 NRL appearances over two seasons to the end of 1999, primarily as a replacement forward but made 7 starting appearances at both lock and five-eighth. Whilst he was in the NRL squad in both 2000 and 2001, he would not add to his appearances and played out both seasons for the NSWRL First Division side.

In 2002, he moved to the Bathurst Panthers in the Group 10 competition, and as captain coach led the Panthers to back to back premierships in 2006 and 2007, before moving into full time coaching with the NSW Country Firsts and Western Division.

WINS | [2009] Round 3: Penrith 12 Manly 10

Monday 30th March at Brookvale Oval

Penrith 12 – Tries: Coote (1), Iosefa (1); Goals: Gordon (2) | Manly 10


The home team scored the only try in the first 40 minutes to hold a 6-0 lead at half time.

In the 57th minute, a Wade Graham cut out pass placed Frank Pritchard into a gap, who then offloaded to Lachlan Coote to post the visitors belated response, with Michael Gordon’s conversion tying it up at 6-all.

Twelve minutes later, the Panthers hit the lead when Masada Iosefa burrowed over from dummy half, with the successful conversion making it 12-6.

The defending premiers set up a potential grandstand finish with a second try to make it 12-10, and the Panthers gutsy defensive effort in the closing minutes earnt them their first win of the season.

WINS | [2010] Round 16: Penrith 40 Manly 22

Friday 25th June at Credit Union Australia Stadium

Penrith 40 – Tries: Jennings (3), Cooper (1), Gordon (1), Tighe (1), Waterhouse (1); Goals: Gordon (6) | Manly 22


An unmarked Brad Tighe leapt up to pick up a high pass and crossed over in the fourth minute to open the scoring.

Manly hit back soon after to lead 6-4 before three quick tries to the home team had them leading 24-6 at half time – the first saw Trent Waterhouse run through a gap close to the line, the second to Michael Jennings when he broke the line and fooled the defending fullback to sprint his way over, and the third, scored by Michael Gordon, started with a chain of passes inside their defensive zone, with Luke Lewis chipping a kick back in field, which was picked up by Kevin Kingston in support, who then passed it to Gordon only metres from the line and planted it adjacent to the right upright.

Soon after the resumption, the Panthers made it 30-6 when Gavin Cooper plucked a high bomb from Luke Walsh to cross near the far left corner.

Manly would be the next to score to make it 30-10, however, Penrith’s lead pushed out again when Michael Jennings plucked an intercept and crossed over untouched.

At 36-10, once again Manly would continue its aim to at the very least retain some respectability by scoring two of the last three tries of the contest, but was countered by the second try in the sequence when Jennings made it a hat trick when he finished an attacking raid down the left hand side.

WINS | [1967] Round 14: Penrith 10 Manly 8

Sunday 25th June at Penrith Park

Penrith 10 – Tries: G. Piper (1), Raper (1); Goals: Moran (2) | Manly 8


Penrith opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Maurie Raper crossed near the posts from the play the ball. The conversion was unsuccessful with the home team leading 3-0.

Manly soon scored an unconverted try themselves to tie it up at 3-all.

A field goal to Wayne Peckham gave the Panthers a 5-3 lead and was further extended when George Piper barged his way over after 26 minutes to lead 8-3.

The Panthers were able to maintain the buffer for 25 minutes of the second half before a Manly converted try locked it up at 8-all.

Penrith would edge ahead with a Bob Landers long range penalty conversion with three minutes remaining and were able to hold on for victory.

PLAYERS | Nigel Gaffey

Panther 403

24 matches [1999-2000]

4 points [1 try]


Canberra junior who debuted at the Raiders in 1989, and after two stints with the Roosters and also a season at South Queensland, the experienced forward joined Penrith in 1999.

He made his club debut in the opening round versus the Storm in the second row, and later moved to lock. In total he made 16 appearances in 1999.

He played the first eight matches of the 2000 injury before suffering injury, and did not make a return to the NRL that season, and retired in August.

Penrith Panthers – from chocolate soldiers to black magic