And to be part of history last night at Suncorp Stadium was simply amazing!
We have to go back to 2003 for the last time that Penrith beat Brisbane twice in a season although we did lose one of our three matches that year against them.
However in 1990 where we played the Broncos four times and won on every occasion (18-10, 26-18, SF 18-2, Final 26-16).
This was our biggest win at Suncorp Stadium eclipsing the 24-10 victory back in 1992 that saw Ben Alexander, Greg Alexander, Col Bentley and Col Van Der Voort get over the line. A game that Alan Cann spear tackled Brad Fittler into the Lang Park turf, a tackle that escaped suspension.
Last night it was Waqa Blake, James Fisher-Harris, Zak Hardaker, Matty Moylan and 150-gamer Trent Merrin making history.
The game was won when captain Matty broke the Broncos defensive line and scored with fourteen minutes to go.
As history repeats, some controversy with Josh McGuire’s swinging arm on Josh Mansour. Let’s hope 24 years later this cheap shot doesn’t go unnoticed by the Match Review Committee.
Penrith moved up to equal second (21) with Canterbury Bulldogs as the teams with most victories over the Brisbane Broncos. Melbourne top the list with 26.
This is why we support our team.
Through thick and thin and adversity we still support them week after week.
No one gave us a chance of beating the Broncos on their home turf.
The boys lifted because Panthers fans around the stadium cheered loud and hard for eighty minutes.
We proved just about everyone wrong.
As the Broncos fans filed out ten minutes before full-time, Panther fans stayed well after the final siren to savour victory.
So happy the boys wanted to celebrate this special moment with the fans.
And ironic that one Panthers legend Brad Fittler was talking to a future Panthers legend in front of a chanting Panthers away supporters bay.
A fantastic end to a memorable night.
But the night wasn’t only about the on-field effort and results. It was socially getting together as a Queensland Panthers community with a dash of fans heading up from Sydney for the game.
Friendships rekindled and friendships made.
Over the last ten years or so hundreds of Panthers supporters in Queensland have been brought together through functions and QLD ticketed membership with Penrith Panthers to grow an army.
I believe there’s many more out there, so spreading the word is so vital.
We are in great hands at the club. New CEO Corey Payne is switched on. And he’s set to become one of the most influential administrators in the game, shown last week by the showdown about hosting a World Cup match in 2017 and led to the event’s chief quitting after bullying allegations surfaced.
To Corey, Nathan Russell and former Panther champions Petero Civoniceva and Scott Sattler – thank you for making the pre-match one of the most successful in the last decade.
A big thanks to Ramone for organising the night.
See you in round 25 for what could decide who makes the top 8 at CBUS Super Stadium against the Gold Coast Titans.