SEASONS | 1994

1994

22 matches: 10 wins, 13 losses

Top point scorer: Graham Mackay – 104 [15 tries, 24 goals]

Top try scorer: Graham Mackay – 15

Player of the year: Carl Macnamara

Stats: http://mightypanthers.webs.com/season1994.htm


In the pre-season, the Panthers had a modest result in the World Sevens being a semi finalist in the trophy division of the tournament whilst later in the pre-season Toohey’s Challenge did not proceed past the preliminary rounds.

The premiership season started with a draw at home versus the Gold Coast, but soon were able to quickly erase the disappointment of the 1993 by sitting second by the end of March, which included an all too rare victory at Kogarah Oval versus St. George.

At the midway point they were clinging on to a spot in the top 5 but a string of losses would see them slide down to as low as tenth.

After 16 rounds, 1991 premiership winning coach Phil Gould suddenly resigned (and would later sign with the Roosters for the 1995 season) – former Panthers captain Royce Simmons was appointed caretaker coach for the remaining six matches. At that time, they were sitting just three points outside the top 5 but three wins in that time (including a big upset against the defending premiers Brisbane) was not enough to bridge the gap and ultimately finished eighth.

At season’s end, premiership winning captain Greg Alexander would depart the club, bound for expansion club Auckland for the 1995 season.

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