WINS | [2013] Round 23: Penrith 28 New Zealand Warriors 24

Sunday 18th August at Mount Smart Stadium

Penrith 28 – Tries: Mansour (2), Simmons (2), Manu (1); Goals: Walsh (4) | New Zealand Warriors 24


The Warriors raced to a 12-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes, however the Panthers soon struck back when Josh Mansour powered his way down the left flank to plant the ball just beside the corner post. Luke Walsh’s conversion from the sideline cut it back to a 6 point margin.

Just after the 30 minute mark, the visitors reduced it to a 2 point margin when a Dean Whare flick pass hit winger David Simmons on the chest and managed to evade the Warriors cover defence to plant the ball just inside the in goal area.

Just before the half time siren the Panthers had erased the deficit and hit the lead when Simmons crossed for his second, once again with a try assist from Whare, but scored slightly further in the field of play and charged his way over the line. Walsh’s conversion gave Penrith a 16-12 lead at the break.

The Panthers were first to score in the second half when Mansour bagged a double in spectacular fashion, leaping up in the air to ground a high bouncing ball just before it travelled over the dead ball line, with Walsh’s conversion making it 22-12.

However, the Warriors would strike back with a converted try to pair the lead back to 4, but once again the Panthers stretched the lead when Sika Manu jinked his way from 20 metres out to score, with the conversion making it 28-18 with just over 10 minutes remaining.

The Warriors once again cut the lead back to 4 soon after, and had a chance to potentially lock it up in the dying seconds but desperate try line defence from the Panthers snuffed out any opportunity, and the Panthers broke a four match losing streak in the process.

PLAYERS | Peter Tunks


Panther 289

12 matches [1990]

0 points 


South Sydney junior who made his first-grade debut with the Rabbitohs in 1978, and in 1984 joined Canterbury. After six seasons at the Bulldogs, including being the premiership winning captain in 1988 (and also 9 appearances for NSW and 10 Tests for Australia), he followed coach Phil Gould to Penrith in 1990.

He made his club debut for the Panthers in the opening round of the 1990 season, starting in the front row. After 12 appearances, including two as a replacement, injuries and form saw him relegated to reserve grade for the remainder of the season.

At the end of the year he left Penrith, heading to England to play out his career, including a stint as captain-coach at Oldham before returning to Australia.

WINS | [2014] Round 5: Penrith 12 Canberra 6

Saturday 5th April at Sportingbet Stadium

Penrith 12 – Tries: Watene-Zelezniak (2), Mansour (1) | Canberra 6


In wet conditions, the home team opened the scoring in 16th minute when debutant Dallin Watene-Zelezniak scored in the corner, but it would remain unconverted with the Panthers leading 4-0.

With less than a minute to half time, a cut out pass hit an unmarked Josh Mansour on the opposite wing and crossed over in the corner. Once again it remained unconverted and Penrith led 8-0 at half time.

A converted try to the Raiders in the 54th minute reduced it to a 2 point margin.

With less than 9 minutes remaining, a pin point cross field kick from Peter Wallace found an unmarked Dallin Watene-Zelezniak who was standing in the in goal and simply had to catch and ground the ball for a try. The third unsuccessful conversion attempt, once again from the sideline left it at a 6 point margin, however the Panthers managed to hold out the visitors for the remainder to record a victory.

WINS | [2014] Round 10: Penrith 26 Canberra 20

Sunday 18th May at GIO Stadium

Penrith 26 – Tries: Simmons (2), Mansour (1), Moylan (1), Segeyaro (1); Goals: Soward (3) | Canberra 20


The Raiders scored in the opening set of the match to lead 6-0 but only minutes later the Panthers also registered points on the scoreboard when David Simmons was on the end of a chain of passes to the right edge to cross in the corner. However the sideline conversion was not successful so Canberra retained a 2 point lead.

The visitors gained the lead in the 15th minute when a Jamie Soward cross field kick found an unmarked Josh Mansour on the left wing only metres from the line, and ran further towards the uprights to improve the position – it allowed Soward to successfully convert the try with the Panthers leading 10-6.

The lead was extended to 14-10 soon after when an angled run by Matt Moylan sliced the line and crossed for a four pointer.

But two quick fire tries to Canberra saw them wrest back the lead and were ahead 16-14 at half time.

Five minutes after the resumption, Penrith regained the lead when James Segeyaro burrowed over from dummy half, and soon after David Simmons was over for a double to lead 26-16.

A Canberra try with 10 minutes to go reduced Penrith’s lead to 6 but the Panthers were able to hold on for victory.

PLAYERS | Lee Hookey


Panther 450

17 matches [2006]

32 points [8 tries]


South Sydney junior who debuted with the Rabbitohs in 1999, and upon their expulsion for the 2000 season signed with St. George Illawarra in 2000 before returning to South Sydney in 2003 for a second stint. After 128 matches across six seasons at both the Rabbitohs and Dragons, he signed a one year contract with the Panthers after the end of the 2005 season.

Hookey made his club debut for Penrith in the opening round of the season, starting on the wing and scoring a try in their two point win over the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium. He would cross for six tries in his first five matches, including a hat trick against Melbourne at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide. Midway through the season, he switched to the centres. In total he made 17 appearances for the Panthers throughout the 2006 season.

He would retire from playing in 2007.

PLAYERS | Tony Butterfield


Panther 239

6 matches [1984-1987]

0 points 


Colyton junior who made his first grade debut for Penrith in 1984, coming on as a replacement in their victory over Western Suburbs at Penrith Park.

Opportunities would be limited over the next few seasons, stringing together just a total of six first grade appearances over four seasons, with three of those as a starter in either the back or front row. His final match for the Panthers was the victorious 1987 reserve grade grand final.

He signed with newcomers Newcastle for the 1988 season – across 13 seasons he would make 229 appearances, retiring at the end of the 2000 season with at the time the most number of matches played for the Knights, and emerged as a major advocate for players rights when he became president of the Rugby League Players Association.

WINS | [2015] Round 6: Penrith 22 Manly 12

Saturday 11th April at Pepper Stadium

Penrith 22 – Tries: Mansour (2), Blake (1), Koroisau (1); Goals: Moylan (3) | Manly 12


Josh Mansour opened the scoring only minutes into the contest when he took a cut out pass from Matt Moylan and despite a covering tackle from his opposing player managed to ground the ball in the corner before being bundled into the touch in goal.

Manly equalised with a converted try after the 20 minute mark and a penalty conversion on the stroke of half time had the visitors leading 8-6 at the break.

After 53 minutes, Mansour had a double when he finished a slick back line movement, however Moylan was unable to convert but the Panthers had regained the lead.

Minutes later Penrith further extended their lead when Waqa Blake took a short ball and split a small gap to break the line and cross for his first NRL try. Moylan’s extras made it 16-8.

In the 64th minute the lead was further extended when a ball movement that started swinging to the right flank swung back to the middle and Sika Manu found Api Koroisau on the inside, splitting the scattered defensive line to cross adjacent to the right upright.

A Manly try with 10 minutes remaining reduced it to a 10 point lead however the Panthers held them out.

WINS | [2015] Round 10: Penrith 11 Manly 10

Monday 18th May at Brookvale Oval

Penrith 11 – Tries: Simmons (1), Watene-Zelezniak (1); Goals: Moylan (1); Field goals: Moylan (1) | Manly 10


Manly were the first to post points to lead 6-0 inside the first five minutes but Penrith struck back in the 17th minute when a backline move found David Simmons on the edge benefited from a two on one to stroll over in the corner. The conversion was unsuccessful and the home team held a 2 point lead.

Another Manly try saw them push forward to a 10-4 lead at half time.

In the 54th minute Jamie Soward ran at the line and found Sika Manu to his right who then spotted an unmarked Dallin Watene-Zelezniak literally on the line and simply only had to ground it for the try. Matt Moylan was once again unable to successfully convert it and the Sea Eagles once again led by only 2.

The Panthers locked it up with just less than 8 minutes remaining with a penalty conversion, and then on the next set from the restart Moylan kicked a field goal from just under 40 metres out to see Penrith lead for the first time.

Manly had a number of opportunities to either force it to golden point or win it outright but the Panthers held on for a win by the barest of margins.

PLAYERS | Garrett Crossman


Panther 446

24 matches [2004-2005]

0 points 


Orange born forward who was recruited by the Panthers and played lower grades, including for the St. Mary’s-Penrith Cougars in the Premier League in 2003 before being promoted to the NRL squad in 2004.

He made his NRL debut in Round 23, coming off the bench. In total he made six appearances, all off the bench and included the two finals matches.

In 2005 he would make 18 appearances (with one as a starter in the front row) before getting injured – it would be his final time in Panthers colours as he soon signed with Melbourne for the 2006 season.

After two seasons, he went to England in 2008 but returned to Australia, linking up with South Sydney, playing for two seasons. Post NRL he returned to Orange playing out his career.

WINS | [2014] Round 13: Penrith 36 Gold Coast Titans 14

Saturday 6th June at CBUS Super Stadium

Penrith 36 – Tries: Brown (1), Moylan (1), Peachey (1), Segeyaro (1), Soward (1), Yeo (1); Goals: Soward (6) | Gold Coast Titans 14


James Segeyaro broke the line from dummy half 35 metres out to open the scoring inside the first six minutes, with Jamie Soward’s conversion making it 6-0.

The Titans soon equalised through a try, and a penalty conversion had them hold an 8-6 lead.

After 29 minutes, a well timed pass saw Tyrone Peachey hit a gap and a chain of passes to the right found an unmarked Lewis Brown on the edge to score under the posts. A Soward penalty conversion on the stoke of half time had the visitors lead 14-8 at the break.

Soon after the resumption, a loose pass from the Titans was scooped up by Isaah Yeo, who managed to bust the line and ran 20 metres to cross for the first points of the second half to make it 18-8.

Penrith’s lead was pushed further out when Peachey picked up a ricocheted kick from the Titans and ran 85 metres untouched to score in the left corner, with Soward’s sideline conversion making it 24-8 after 66 minutes.

A converted try to the Titans reduced the advantage to 10 points, however in the dying minutes Soward found a yawning gap in the defence on the halfway line and streaked 50 metres untouched to plant it under the uprights, and another long range try to Matt Moylan on the stroke of full time blew out the final score to 36-14.

Penrith Panthers – from chocolate soldiers to black magic