WINS | [2013] Round 9: Penrith 12 Melbourne 10

Sunday 12th May at Centrebet Stadium

Penrith 12 – Tries: Simmons (2), T. Robinson (1) | Melbourne 10


In the 10th minute, a Melbourne attacking raid inside the Penrith’s defensive 20 metre area was snuffed out when David Simmons intercepted a pass and ran 85 metres untouched to plant the ball adjacent to the right upright, however it remained unconverted with the home team leading 4-0.

Eight minutes later, a cross field kick found Travis Robinson on the full and managed to ground part of the ball on the try line. Once again the conversion was unsuccessful

On 23 minutes, the Panthers were in for their third try when a chain of backline passes finished in the hands of Simmons, making a beeline for the corner and managed to ground the ball despite being shoulder charged by the Melbourne fullback at the same time. Luke Walsh was having an unhappy night with the boot, once again failing to land the conversion, and the Panthers led 12-0 at half time.

By the 60th minute the Panthers lead had been reduced to two with two tries to the visitors, and despite not scoring a point in the second half their defence in the final 20 minutes remained resolute and were able to hold on to snap an 11 match losing streak stretching back to 2006 against the Storm.

PLAYERS | Brett Howland


Panther 433

30 matches [2003-2005]

32 points [8 tries]


Cronulla junior who debuted for the Sharks in 1997 and after four seasons moved to the Bulldogs in 2001. After not playing any first grade in 2002, he signed with the Panthers in 2003.

Nicknamed ‘Whippet’ due to his quick pace, Howland made his NRL debut for the Panthers was in the second round against Melbourne at Olympic Park, and would make a total of 13 appearances that season, all on the wing. He would not be part of the regular 17 that played through the finals that culminated in grand final glory, however he was a part of the St. Mary’s-Penrith Cougars outfit that also made the grand final.

As somewhat of a consolation, he travelled to England in early 2004, playing on the wing in their World Club Challenge loss to Bradford. After playing in the opening round match versus Newcastle, he would not be selected for the NRL team again until mid-season, playing another six matches, including one off the bench and one as the starting fullback.

In 2005, just like the previous two seasons, he was once again viewed as a squad player, filling in the top grade when needed either on the wing or at fullback and doing a job.

He would play one final season at Penrith in 2006 but whilst part of the NRL squad he spent the entire season playing for the Cougars and retired at the end of the season.

PLAYERS | Steve Turner


Panther 430

2 matches [2002-2003]

0 points


Cambridge Park junior who made his NRL debut for the Panthers late in the 2002 season as the starting fullback against Melbourne in Olympic Park.

In 2003 he was a member of the NRL squad however would once again make just the one appearance, once again as the starting fullback in their golden point victory over North Queensland. He would spend the majority of the season playing for the St. Marys-Penrith Cougars which included a grand final appearance.

It was the lack of opportunities in the top grade that saw him sign with Melbourne in 2004 and soon established himself as a backline star for the Storm, representing New South Wales in 2008. In 2010 he returned to Sydney, signing with Canterbury. He would retire at the end of the 2013 season after 161 NRL appearances (including the 2 at Penrith) and post-retirement has become involved in the rugby league media.

PLAYERS | Neville Glover


Panther 209

13 matches [1982-1983]

16 points [4 tries]


Australian Test winger who debuted for Parramatta in 1975 and after seven seasons at the Eels, he signed with the Panthers for the 1982 season.

Glover made his first-grade club debut for Penrith in the Round 20 match versus South Sydney at Redfern Oval, coming on a replacement player and would make one more appearance, once again off the bench in the final round match versus North Sydney.

In 1983 he made his first starting appearance on the wing against Canberra, and across that season made 11 appearances, all as a starting winger and crossing for four tries. At the end of the 1983 season he retired from playing.

PLAYERS | Chad Halliday


Panther 425

11 matches [2002]

0 points


Debuted for the Sydney City Roosters in 1997 before moving to North Queensland in 1999.

After 16 matches across two seasons at the Cowboys, he joined Parramatta in 2001 but played no NRL that season.

In 2002 he was one of a large number of new signings that arrived at the Panthers.

He made his club debut in the Round 8 match versus Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium as a starting centre. Across the season, Halliday made 11 NRL appearances, alternating between starting centre and coming off the bench.

Although part of the NRL squad for 2003, he was not able to add to his NRL appearances, playing for the St. Mary’s-Penrith Cougars in the Premier League before being released mid-season returning to the Eels but stayed in the lower grades before retiring at the end of that season.

WINS | [2013] Round 18: Penrith 17 Parramatta 10

Saturday 13th July at Pirtek Stadium

Penrith 17 – Tries: Simmons (2), Kingston (1); Goals: Walsh (2); Field goals: Walsh (1) | Parramatta 10


The Panthers opened the scoring in the sixth minute when they gained field position off a 40/20 kick, and from the ensuing scrum swung the ball across the backline with Dean Whare drawing a 2 on 1 and flicking it to his wing partner David Simmons to cross in the corner. Luke Walsh was able to convert from the sideline to give the visitors a 6-0 lead.

In the 22nd minute the lead was further extended when Kevin Kingston from a standing start evaded a number of defenders from 15 metres out to barge his way over adjacent to the left upright.

The Eels responded with the next two tries, including one on the stroke of half time to reduce the Panthers lead to 12-10 at the break.

Eight minutes after the resumption, a pinpoint cross field kick from Walsh landed in the lap of David Simmons who had a clear path to the line, crossing for his second try, although Walsh was unsuccessful with the conversion and it remained 16-10.

Penrith’s defence remained resolute throughout the second half but were themselves not able to add to their 6 point lead. With less than three minutes remaining, Walsh slotted a field goal from 25 metres out to give them a more than one converted try buffer and ultimately sealed the victory.

WINS | [2014] Round 12: Penrith 38 Parramatta 12

Friday 30th May at Sportingbet Stadium

Penrith 38 – Tries: Mansour (2), Peachey (2), Segeyaro (1), Soward (1), Yeo (1); Goals: Soward (5) | Parramatta 12


Josh Mansour posted the first points when he was able to pull in a Jamie Soward grubber kick before it went dead and grounded it inside the dead ball line, with Soward’s conversion giving the home team a 6-0 lead inside the opening five minutes.

In the 23rd minute James Segeyaro dummied close to the line and burrowed over with the conversion doubling Penrith’s lead.

A penalty conversion further pushed it out to 14-0 and just after the half hour mark Peter Wallace put through a mid field chip kick that was spilt by Parramatta and picked up by Elijah Taylor – a chain of passes found Tyrone Peachey who went on a 25 metre angled run to cross in the corner. Soward was unable to land the conversion with the Panthers holding an 18-0 half time lead.

Nine minutes into the second half, Peachey busted a tackle on the halfway line and threaded through the Eels, stepping around the winger and bagging a double.

When Isaah Yeo soon after powered his way over the line at close range, the home team were up 30-0 with just a tick under 20 minutes remaining.

Parramatta scored two quick fire converted tries to make it 30-12, however, Penrith would have the final say in the contest, firstly with a second try to Mansour when he caught a bomb and simply fell over the line with five minutes remaining and with 90 seconds remaining Soward sliced through the line 30 metres out and scored on almost the same blade of grass to post a comprehensive 26 point victory in the local derby.

PLAYERS | Nathan Barnes


Panther 323

12 matches [1992-1993]

8 points [2 tries]


Cambridge Park junior who holds a club record of being the youngest ever player to appear in first grade at Penrith – at 17 years and 32 days, he made his first grade debut for the Panthers, starting on the wing in the Round 21 1992 match versus Cronulla at Penrith Stadium. He retained his spot on the wing in the final round loss to the Gold Coast.

In 1993, he was in and around the first grade team, playing in 10 of the 22 matches, and would alternate between starting winger and centre as well as five of those appearances being off the bench. In the Round 13 win versus Newcastle, he crossed for a double, which remained his only two tries in first grade.

In 1994 he joined Newcastle, where he played two seasons before returning to Sydney and signing with Parramatta in 1996 and after being released at the end of 1999 had one last season at Canberra before retiring at just age 25 at the end of the 2000 season. However, he would come out of retirement in 2002 as captain coach of the Windsor Wolves in the third-tier Jim Beam Cup before retiring again at the end of 2005.

PLAYERS | Nick Geiger


Panther 157

5 matches [1979]

0 points


Queensland born hooker who played for Brisbane Norths and during this time represented both Queensland and Australia.

In 1979 he was lured down to Sydney, signing with Penrith. He made his Sydney first grade debut in Round 1 against Canterbury at Belmore Sports Ground. After starting in the first five matches, he was dropped to reserve grade in favour of local junior Steve Martin, where he would play out the season before returning to Brisbane in 1980.

PLAYERS | Geoff Bell


Panther 423

13 matches [2002-2003]

20 points [5 tries]


Queensland born centre who debuted at Cronulla in 1994 and later moved to North Queensland in 1999 before being one of a host of new faces that arrived at the Panthers for the 2002 season, having played 111 first grade matches across seven seasons at his previous two clubs.

His NRL debut for Penrith was in Round 5, starting in the centres and playing 11 matches in 2002, crossing for 5 tries.

In 2003, he was limited to just 2 appearances within the first month of the season, playing the majority of the season for the St. Mary’s-Penrith Cougars in the Premier League. His final appearance was in their grand final loss to Canberra before retiring.

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