The Penrith Rugby League Club, known by most as the Penrith Panthers, are located in Penrith New South Wales at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Originally forming the NSWRL (New South Wales Rugby League – predecessor to the ARL), the Panthers have been in action since their establishment in 1967.
The Panthers have an interesting record of winning the Premiership and Minor Premiership double twice, in 1991 and 2003, although have been unable to make a mark on the NRL in recent years.
Penrith Panthers Information
Home Ground: CUA Stadium
Colours: Teal & Black
Number of Premierships Won: 2 (1991, 1993)
Number of Minor Premierships Won: 2 (1991, 1993)
With several sides representing Penrith between 1912 and 1966 in the Western Suburbs RLFC, and after Parramatta was accepted into the NSWRL in 1947, the Penrith Panthers were born in 1964. Having won the 1966 Second Division title, the Panthers were admitted to the NSWRL alongside Cronulla-Sutherland and ahead of the Wentworthville Magpies, and have been a recognised team ever since.
Struggling in their first few seasons, and unable to draw players with any valuable experience, it took the Panthers 20 years to make a mark on the league, cementing a place in the finals in 1985. Appearing in the Grand Final for the first time in 1990 with a solid side, they lost to the Canberra Raiders 18-14, but in the following season which provided a rematch in the Grand Final, finally got their revenge ,winning their maiden Premiership.
Since the establishment of the NRL, the Panthers first made an appearance in the finals in 2000, but in 2001 managed to claim the unfavourable title of wooden spoon winners – a true low in the club’s history. Just two years later, and with the appointment of John Lang as coach, the Panthers opened the 2003 Season with three early season losses to go on to win the Minor Premiership and follow through to beat the Sydney Roosters to win their second and most recent title.
Emblem, Colours & Jerseys
In 1964, with the initial movement of establishing a Penrith team, a local competition was held to produce the Penrith emblem. It was won by a graphic artist called Deidre Copeland from Emu Plains, with a panther in mid-leap, surrounded by a teal, yellow, red and black circle and was kept up until the mid 1990s. Since 2000 it has been changed to a head-on image of a panther snarling, with the words ‘Penrith Panthers’ written above.
The colours of the Panthers have changed over the years, originally being brown and white, then changing in the 1990s to black with white, red, green and yellow. These colours have consistently been reflected in the design of the jerseys, which are currently black when played at home, and teal with white shorts when away.
Known as the CUA Stadium, the home ground for the Penrith Panthers doubles up as their training ground, and is also known as the Penrith Stadium. Located in Penrith itself, the ground can seat up to 21,000 spectators, and saw a record of 22, 304 people attend a Penrith Vs Parramatta fixture in 2003. Sponsored by the Credit Union Australia, the name of the stadium has changed to CUA Stadium, and it can always be found full to the brim with avid Panthers fans cheering their side to glory.
Loyal fans of the team can really get in amongst all the Panthers action by signing up to become a member. Benefits range from getting some of the best seats in the Panthers’ lair, so you can purr them onto success from the sidelines to discounts on various pieces of merchandise. With almost 5,000 dedicated members of the club, there are lots of options available, so if you miss out on the membership packages at the beginning of the season – do not worry, as there are mid season options available too!
Tryton is the Penrith Panthers’ mascot. The 220kg lock is feared for his tackles, and if not spotted down at the CUA Stadium, can be found camping and climbing in the Blue Mountains.
Best Bet To Make
When it comes to betting on the Penrith Panthers, regular season wagers are often profitable when backing them to win at home as they know how to pounce on opponents from the safety of their lair. When at the CUA Stadium, the Panthers can be relied upon to score high, with the market of the number of points scored being lucrative. Often quite shaky, in recent years the Panthers have struggled towards the tail end of the season, claiming most of their wins early on – so make sure to back them in the opening few rounds with SportsBet!