PLAYERS | Brett Gillard

Panther 343

16 matches [1993-1994]

4 points [1 try]


Eastern Suburbs junior who debuted with the Roosters in 1989. After five seasons and 40 matches with Easts, he was released in mid-1993, immediately joining the Panthers.

He made his club debut in Round 11, coming off the bench in their 30-18 victory over the Gold Coast Seagulls. In total, he would make 7 appearances that season, with five of those as a starting lock, and crossing for a try in the 30-26 victory over Souths.

In 1994, he was part of the first-grade squad but however would only make 7 appearances in the first half of the season, once again mostly as a starting lock.

He departed Penrith at seasons end, joining the Gold Coast before returning to Sydney and playing out his first-grade career at South Sydney in 1997. Post career, he has been a successful coach in the Eastern Suburbs junior league.

WINS | [1976] Round 16: Penrith 16 Newtown 9

Sunday 4th July at Henson Park

Penrith 16 – Tries: King (2); Goals: Wilson (3), Ashurst (2) | Newtown 9


Penrith led 4-0 after 11 minutes through two penalty conversions to Ken Wilson but was countered by two penalty conversions to Newtown to level it up at 4-all at half time.

Seven minutes after the half time, John King went over when he took a pass from hooker Frank Marino to touch down adjacent to the posts, with Wilson’s conversion making it 9-5.

Newtown hit back with a converted try to make it 9-all after 55 minutes.

With eight minutes remaining, the Panthers hit the front with a second try to King and converted by Bill Ashurst. A penalty conversion to Ashurst with only two minutes remaining closed out a 16-9 victory.

WINS | [1974] Round 22: Penrith 22 Newtown 21

Sunday 25th August at Henson Park

Penrith 22 – Tries: Capper (2), Klein (1), Langmack (1); Goals: Harvey (5) | Newtown 21


A converted try to Peter Langmack in the 11th minute countered an earlier Newtown converted try to have it level at 5-all.

In the 16th minute, a penalty conversion to Gary Harvey had Penrith inched ahead to lead 7-5, before a double to Phil Capper in the space of 12 minutes, both converted by Harvey had the visitors lead 17-5 at half time.

However, the home team came out firing in the second half and led 21-17 heading into the final 10 minutes of the match.

In the dying minutes, John Klein swooped on a loose ball to sprint 30 metres to touch down, with Harvey’s conversion edging them ahead by one and held on to win by the barest of margins.

WINS | [1974] Round 11: Penrith 9 Newtown 5

Sunday 9th June at Penrith Park

Penrith 9 – Tries: Klein (1); Goals: Walton (3) | Newtown 5


Newtown scored the first points to lead 3-0 after just two minutes.

However, two penalty conversions in the 15th and then 22nd minutes to Reg Walton had the Panthers edge ahead 4-3, before Newtown edged ahead again on the 30-minute mark with a penalty conversion to lead 5-4.

A try to John Klein with four minutes left in the first half and converted by Walton gave the hosts a 9-5 lead heading to the half time break.

In a scoreless second half, the Panthers defence remained resolute as they held on for victory.

WINS | [1988] Round 18: Penrith 15 North Sydney 10

Sunday 17th July at Penrith Park

Penrith 15 – Tries: Delaney (1); Goals: Baker (4); Field goals: Baker (3) | North Sydney 10


Neil Baker booted a penalty conversion in the seventh minute which was later countered by a penalty to Norths.

But soon after, Chris Mortimer stepped through the line and found Doug Delaney in support to cross over for a try, with Baker’s conversion making it 8-2. Another penalty conversion to Baker with just four minutes remaining in the half gave them a 10-2 lead at the half time break.

Ten minutes after the resumption, the Panthers edged their lead ahead by 1 with a field goal to Baker.

A converted try to the Bears on the hour mark reduced it to 11-8, and a penalty conversion bookended by two more field goals to Baker had moved the score from 11-8 in the 64th minute to 15-8 in the 73rd minute.

With points obviously hard to come by, the visitors opted to take a penalty conversion with five minutes remaining but could not further bridge the gap as Penrith held on and grafted out a 15-10 win.

WINS | [1982] Round 8: Penrith 23 North Sydney 16

Sunday 18th April at Penrith Park

Penrith 23 – Tries: Zivanovic (2), Flahey (1), Izzard (1), Pobjie (1); Goals: Dann (4) | North Sydney 16


Norths posted the first points with a penalty conversion, but soon after quick hands trough a backline movement finished with Eddie Flahey scoring near the corner.

Whilst a second Bears penalty reduced it to 5-4, two tries in eight minutes, the first to Brad Izzard scored under the posts and then Lew Zivanovic scored to make it 13-4.

However, the visitors once again drew back Penrith’s lead to make it 13-11 at half time.

A second try to Zivanovic 10 minutes after the resumption, which was converted by Kevin Dann made it 18-11.

The team scoring sequence continued with Norths posting a converted try to make it 18-16 heading into the final quarter of the match, but the contest was sealed with just over five minutes remaining when a Tim Sheens bust resulted in a try to replacement winger Kevin Pobjie.

WINS | [1973] Round 17: Penrith 21 North Sydney 20

Sunday 15th July at Penrith Park

Penrith 21 – Tries: Gilligan (2), Archibald (1), Irvine (1), Sheens (1); Goals: Walton (3) | North Sydney 20


Norm Gilligan scooped up a loose pass in just the second minute for Penrith to lead 3-0.

However, Norths would score three tries over a 12-minute period to lead 13-3.

A try to David Irvine after 26 minutes clawed back the deficit, and a penalty conversion plus a try to Tim Sheens had reduced the Bears lead to just 2 at the half time break.

A second try to Gilligan soon after the resumption to have the Panthers regain the lead 16-13. Whilst a penalty conversion to Norths reduced it to a 1-point margin, a converted try to Peter Archibald stretched the home team’s lead to 21-15.

Whilst Norths scored a converted try in the last minute, it was not enough to bridge the gap as Penrith clung on to victory by just the solitary point.

WINS | [1971] Round 17: Penrith 17 North Sydney 13

Sunday 17th July 1971 at North Sydney Oval

Penrith 17 – Tries: Elliott (1), Hatton (1), Michaels (1); Goals: McKechnie (4) | North Sydney 13


Rod Elliott scored the opening try in just the third minute to have Penrith lead 3-0.

A penalty conversion to Ian McKechnie at the 20-minute mark followed by a try to Ralph Michaels extended the lead to 8-0.

A converted try to Norths reduced the margin to three, and although McKechnie kicked a second penalty conversion, the Bears had it all tied up at 10-all heading into half time.

Soon after the resumption, the Panthers third try, scored by winger Reg Hatton and converted by McKechnie saw them regain the lead 15-10.

Whilst Norths reduced it again to just two with another try, a third penalty conversion to McKechnie with 10 minutes remaining was the last of the scoring for the match, and the visitors left North Sydney Oval with a tight four-point win.

WINS | [1971] Round 6: Penrith 10 North Sydney 5

Sunday 2nd May 1971 at Penrith Park

Penrith 10 – Tries: Clothier (1), J. Moran (1); Goals: McKechnie (2) | North Sydney 5


Forward Ron Clothier crossed in the fifth minute, with Ian McKechnie’s conversion making it 5-0.

Norths through a penalty conversion then a try had it all levelled up at 5-all at half time.

A penalty conversion to McKechnie six minutes into the second half gave the hosts a slender 2 point lead, and whilst the visitors had a number of opportunities in attack, it was a try to captain Grahame Moran that sealed in the last minute, when he pounced on a loose ball in the in goal.

WINS | [2011] Round 2: Penrith 20 Parramatta 6

Friday 18th March at Parramatta Stadium

Penrith 20 – Tries: Coote (1), Gordon (1), Simmons (1); Goals: Gordon (4) | Parramatta 6


An overlap on the left edge was utilised to full effect by the Panthers after seven minutes, with David Simmons crossing over in the corner, with Michael Gordon’s conversion making it 6-0.

Just after the 30 minute mark, the Panther further extended their lead when Luke Walsh double pumped, creating a gap in the Eels defence and passed short to a running Lachlan Coote who split the gap and despite attention from the cover defence managed to still get the ball down.

Holding a 10-0 advantage at half time, Penrith further extended their lead early on when Gordon picked up a loose pass and ran 55 metres on the counterattack to score at the other end. Converting his own try, a penalty conversion soon after pushed it to 20-0.

Parramatta finally made it on the scoreboard with just under 10 minutes remaining, but it was nothing more than a consolation try as Penrith bounced back from their heavy opening round loss with a confidence building victory.

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