SEASONS | 2014

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26 matches: 16 wins, 10 losses

Top point scorer: Jamie Soward – 155 [7 tries, 63 goals, 1 field goal]

Top try scorer: Josh Mansour – 15

Merv Cartwright Medal: Matt Moylan

Stats: http://mightypanthers.webs.com/season2014.htm


2014 started with the inaugural Auckland Nines tournament in early February. The Panthers would advance from the group stage but lose to eventual champions North Queensland in the quarter finals.

In Round 20, the Panthers played a home match to the regional western NSW city of Bathurst, the first in a five-season deal with the local Council.

Penrith built on a promising 2013 by quickly establishing themselves as one of the premiership front runners. In early June, the Panthers became competition leaders for the first time since 2004. Whilst the stay at the top was only for a few weeks, they were able to maintain a position in the all important top 4, finishing fourth at the end of the regular season, and qualifying for its tenth finals series. This was made all the more remarkable with a mounting injury toll in the second half of the season.

The Panthers sprung a boilover in week 1, defeating minor premiers Sydney Roosters in an epic encounter at Allianz Stadium, with a Soward field goal with 15 seconds left securing a 19-18 win. That saw Penrith earn a passage through to the preliminary final two weeks later against Canterbury – the Panthers went down 18-12.

In the lower grades, there was the return of the Panthers in the NSW Cup, and led by Kevin Kingston were crowned premiers, defeating Newcastle in the grand final at Allianz Stadium. The following week, they played in the inaugural National State Championship match – Penrith would go down to Queensland Cup premiers Northern Pride. In the Under 20s, the 2013 premiers failed to qualify for the finals, missing out on eighth spot with a final round loss to the New Zealand Warriors.

In the lower grades, there was the return of the Panthers in the NSW Cup, and led by Kevin Kingston were crowned premiers, defeating Newcastle in the grand final at Allianz Stadium. The following week, they played in the inaugural National State Championship match – Penrith would go down to Queensland Cup premiers Northern Pride. In the Under 20s, the 2013 premiers failed to qualify for the finals, missing out on eighth spot with a final round loss to the New Zealand Warriors.

On the representative scene, Josh Mansour became the 17th Panther to play for Australia, playing all four matches in the end of season Four Nations tournament. Matt Moylan was also in the squad, however, did not play a match.

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