WINS | [1976] Round 9: Penrith 17 Canterbury 0

Sunday 16th May at Penrith Park

Penrith 17 – Tries: King (1), Klein (1), Quinn (1); Goals: Wilson (4) | Canterbury 0

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After a scoreless opening 25 minutes, hooker Mike Stephenson made a break, with front rower Terry Geary then putting second rower John King in adjacent to the posts. Ken Wilson successfully converted to make it 5-0 heading in to half time.

Two penalty conversions in the first 12 minutes of the second half further extended the lead to 9-0.

Tries to halfback John Klein and winger Terry Quinn in the final 15 minutes had pushed the home team’s lead to 17-0, and capped a defensive effort by not conceding a point. It was a landmark victory as it was the first time that the Panthers had kept a team scoreless in their first grade history.

PLAYERS | Rod Wright

Panther 193

44 matches [1981-1983]

47 points [15 tries]

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Nyngan junior who made his first grade debut in Round 14 of the 1981 season, starting on the wing versus North Sydney at North Sydney Oval. In total, he made nine appearances in his debut season, alternating between wing and centre and crossing for six tries which included a double in the victor over Canterbury at Belmore Sports Ground.

He became a regular over the next two seasons, making 21 appearances in 1982 and then 14 in 1983 – these were mostly at centre, however on a number of occasions also started on the wing.

PLAYERS | Geoff Waldie

Panther 12

16 matches [1967]

3 points [1 try]

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Front row forward who had debuted at Eastern Suburbs in 1962, and after five seasons signed with newcomers Penrith for the 1967 season.

He was selected at front row in Penrith’s first ever premiership match versus Canterbury at Belmore Oval. In total, he would make 16 appearances in the 1967 season, and scoring one try.

In 1968, he left Penrith and signed with Western Suburbs in the Newcastle competition.

WINS | [1995] Round 11: Penrith 48 Gold Coast Seagulls 24

Sunday 28th May at Penrith Stadium

Penrith 48 – Tries: Gall (2), Girdler (2), M. Adamson (1), P. Adamson (1), Edwards (1), Pethybridge (1); Goals: Girdler (8) | Gold Coast Seagulls 24

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The Seagulls posted the first points to lead 6-0 before the Panthers responded when Steve Carter ran the ball down the blind side on the fifth tackle, and found Scott Pethybridge in support on the right wing, jinking back inside and managing to ground the ball over the line. Ryan Girdler nailed the conversion from near the sideline to lock it up at 6-all.

The visitors regained the lead soon after with a converted try to make it 12-6.

A penalty conversion from Girdler narrowed it to a four point deficit.

On the stroke of half time, Phil Adamson charged on to a pass from Brett Boyd at close range to touch down under the uprights, with Girdler’s conversion giving the Panthers a 14-12 lead at the break.

The Panthers were first to score in the second half when a Gary Freeman bomb from 20 metres out was not cleaned up by the Seagulls, with Girdler pouncing on the loose ball and crossing over adjacent to the left upright.

Up 20-12, the home team pushed further ahead when Jody Gall ran through a gap at close range to score, with Girdler’s fifth conversion from as many attempts making it 26-12.

However, the Gold Coast would score the next two tries to make it 26-20.

The Panthers would push the lead further out again when Gall stepped his way through some feeble defence 25 metres out and evaded the cover defence to score in the corner.

Soon after, Freeman ran the ball on the last, putting Pethybridge into a gap and then found Morvin Edwards in support on his inside through a well timed pass to send him away for a try to make it 36-20.

When Matt Adamson finished off an 80 metre run with a try, Penrith hit 40 points.

Whilst the Gold Coast posted the next try to make it 42-24, the Panthers had the final say when Girdler crossed for his second late in the contest, with his eighth conversion giving him a personal tally of 24 points in their 48-24 victory.

WINS | [1990] Round 11: Penrith 26 Gold Coast Seagulls 4

Saturday 9th June at Seagulls Stadium

Penrith 26 – Tries: McIndoe (2), G. Alexander (1), Bradley (1); Goals: G. Alexander (5) | Gold Coast Seagulls 4

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The visitors posted the first points with a penalty conversion off the boot of Greg Alexander.

Penrith were in the first try [soon after] when they shifted the ball to the right and centre Graeme Bradley touched down near the corner.

Two penalty conversions to the Seagulls saw the home team reduce it to 6-4.

The Panthers were next to score when Alexander threw a cut out pass to an unmarked Alan McIndoe on the right flank to touch down. Alexander’s sideline conversion had just enough distance, and further extended the lead to 12-4.

Leading by 8 at half time, Penrith further pushed ahead when another penalty conversion from Alexander made it 14-4.

The first try of the second half followed soon after, starting deep in the Panthers half, with Bradley making a break down the right edge and chipping back in field over the cover defence, with the ball then picked up by McIndoe around 10 metres out and whilst he slowed down to take the right bounce, still had time to gather it and then touch down under the black dot.

A third penalty conversion from Alexander made it 22-4, and the Panthers finished the scoring when Brad Fittler stepped his way around the defence and passed back inside to Alexander in support and touched down.

WINS | [1992] Round 8: Penrith 23 Canterbury 10

Saturday 23rd May at Belmore Sports Ground

Penrith 23 – Tries: Bentley (1), Cartwright (1), Liddiard (1), Walker (1) (1); Goals: Campbell (2) | South Sydney 16

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Canterbury led 8-0 after 13 minutes.

A great run from Brad Fittler allowed him to set a try up for his centres partner Col Bentley to make it 8-4 26th minute, with Andrew Leeds’s conversion reducing the deficit to 2.

However, a try to the Bulldogs on the stoke of half time made it 12-6 at the break.

Four minutes after the resumption, second rower John Cartwright rampaged his way through the Canterbury defence to touch down under the black dot, with Leeds’ conversion from in front making it 12-all.

Canterbury regained the lead again with two penalty conversions to lead 16-12.

A chain of passes to the right found an unmarked Barry Walker who successfully evaded the cover defence to touch down in the right corner to tie it up at 16-all, however Leeds was not able to land the conversion from the sideline.

Four minutes later, Penrith led for the first time when Glen Liddiard picked up a loose ball that was jolted forward by an alleged high shot from Col Van Der Voort that was not peanlised, with Liddiard running 50 metres to touch down under the posts.

Ben Alexander nailed a field goal from a wide angle and about 20 metres out to increase the buffer to 7 points, which was retained until the full time siren.

WINS | [2006] Round 18: Penrith 24 Canberra 12

Saturday 8th July at Credit Union Australia Stadium

Penrith 24 – Tries: Gordon (2), Campbell (1), Wesser (1); Goals: Gordon (3), Campbell (1) | Canberra 12

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In the 12th minute Rhys Wesser ran through and grounded a Craig Gower grubber kick, with Preston Campbell’s conversion making it 6-0.

With a minute remaining, Michael Gordon scored to make it 10-0 at half time.

Whilst the Raiders were first to score in the second half to make it 10-6, the Panthers were next to score, with a try to Campbell which was converted by Gordon to make it 16-6 with just over 20 minutes remaining.

A penalty conversion from Gordon was quickly by a converted try also from the winger to lead 24-6 and secure the victory with five minutes remaining.

A second Canberra try with two minutes remaining only reduced Penrith’s winning margin.

WINS | [2009] Round 8: Penrith 18 Canberra 10

Saturday 2nd May at Canberra Stadium

Penrith 18 – Tries: Daniela (2), Jennings (1); Goals: Sammut (3) | Canberra 10

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Canberra led 6-0 after 10 minutes, however eight minutes later it was level when Michael Jennings scored off a set scrum play, with Jarrod Sammut adding the extras.

In the 26th minute, the visitors pulled further ahead when Trent Waterhouse busted the line wide open, and found Geoff Daniela in support to sprint away and touch down, with Sammut’s conversion making it 12-6 leading into half time.

After a scoreless period for most of the second half, the Raiders were next to score to make it 12-10 with only six minutes remaining, however it remained unconverted to retain the two point lead.

The Panthers secured the two competition points on the Panthers first set after the restart when Daniela was over for a second, latching on to a Luke Walsh kick to score, with Sammut’s conversion providing a greater than a converted try buffer.

WINS | [1985] Round 5: Penrith 38 Canberra 8

Sunday 14th April at Seiffert Oval

Penrith 38 – Tries: Gonzales (3), Trudgett (1), B. Izzard (1), (1); Goals: Campbell (2) | South Sydney 16

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The Raiders posted the first points through a penalty conversion to lead 2-0.,

However, the Panthers led 6-2 after 8 minutes when Greg Alexander hoisted a bomb about 20 minutes out, and was taken by Brad Izzard on the try line, and simply had to just dive over to score. Alexander added the extras.

Canberra soon after resumed the lead with a converted try, but with six minutes remaining in the half when Tony Trudgett ran an angle and dissected through a defensive gap 10 metres out to touch down under the posts, with the try converted to give Penrith a 12-8 lead at half time.

13 minutes after the resumption, Trudgett bagged a double when Steve Robinson busted through a tackle after a chain of passes, and was looming up inside in support and crossed over adjacent to the left uprights.

Winger Ben Gonzales scored the next three tries to get a hat-trick in the space of 17 minutes – his second try was a 50 metre solo effort after picking up a loose pass on the halfway line – to have the visitors up 32-8 with just over 5 minutes remaining.

In the shadows of full time, the Panthers completed the rout when Robinson finished yet another long range effort which was started when Gary Howell ran off a well timed Royce Simmons pass on the halfway line.

WINS | [1982] Round 25: Penrith 42 Canberra 8

Sunday 15th August at Penrith Park

Penrith 42 – Tries: Fenton (2), Marshall (2), Walden (2), Hicks (1), Pobjie (1); Goals: Marshall (9) | Canberra 8

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Canberra led 5-0 after as many minutes with a converted try.

Penrith got on to the scoreboard with a penalty conversion to winger Shane Marshall in the eighth minute.

In the 11th minute, the Panthers took the lead with a converted try to lock forward Warren Fenton. The hosts pulled further ahead after the 20 minute mark with tries to centre Brian Walden all well as Marshall, with a penalty conversion also from Marshall seeing the Panthers lead 17-5 at half time.

Two tries in the opening five minutes, firstly to Fenton and then Walden pushed the score out to 27-5.

Whilst Canberra scored a try in the 65th minute to make it 27-8, Penrith posted three tries in the last 13 minutes – Marshall in the 67th minute, replacement Kevin Pobjie in the 77th and five-eighth Marvin Hicks in the 79th, as well as a penalty conversion from Marshall.

Shane Marshall’s conversion of the Pobjie try was his ninth of the match, and along with his two tries gave him a personal tally of 24 points for the match – setting a new club record.

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