Panthers members and fans will have plenty to look forward to this season at Panthers Stadium after the 2018 NRL Draw was released. With eleven games being played at our home ground and one at Carrington Park in Bathurst, Panthers fans will be treated to numerous highly anticipated contests.
Round 1: Panthers v Eels
Sunday 11 March – 4:10pm
The season starts with a bang as the Eels travel down the M4 and cross enemy lines for the Battle of the West. The biggest rivalry in Western Sydney takes centre stage on Sunday afternoon in a blockbuster opening to the 2018 campaign.
The Eels will be looking to prove they’re the real deal after finishing the 2017 regular season in the top four but bundling out in straight sets during their NRL Finals campaign.
Meanwhile, the Panthers will be hoping to get their season started on a high note and build on the momentum they created at the back end of last season when they advanced to the second round of the Finals.
Round 2: Panthers v Rabbitohs
Saturday 17 March – 5:30pm
Panthers fans will be treated to back-to-back home games to start the 2018 season.
A new-look Rabbitohs outfit, led by a rejuvenated Greg Inglis and new coach Anthony Seibold, are second-up at Panthers Stadium and will be looking inflict another devastating blow after doing the double over the Panthers last season.
The Panthers will be striving to avoid the lacklustre start that hampered their 2017 season by putting on a show in front of a passionate home crowd.
Round 8: Panthers v Bulldogs
Friday 27 April – 7:50pm
Another instalment of a blossoming rivalry against the Bulldogs comes to town when the Dean Pay-led outfit visit in Round 8 for Friday Night Football.
Their new coach will be hoping to turn their fortunes around against the Panthers who ended their 2016 campaign in the NRL Finals, before striking the telling blow late in the 2017 season to knock them out of the Finals race.
Round 11: Panthers v Wests Tigers
Thursday 17 May – 7:50pm
The most talked about game of 2017 returns to Panthers Stadium when Cleary takes on Cleary in the Thursday night timeslot.
Son, Nathan, will be out to repeat his antics from when the two sides met last season and put on another dazzling performance to lead his team to victory against his dad and former Panthers coach Ivan.
The family affair continues on the field as brothers Dallin and Malakai line-up on opposite sides in a tantalising backline battle.
Round 16: Panthers v Sea Eagles
Saturday 30 June – 3:00pm
A fierce rivalry resumes in Round 16 with the Sea Eagles seeking revenge for their unceremonious dumping at the hands of the Panthers in a scrappy Qualifying Final.
Dylan Walker and his loud-mouthed antics led to a fiery contest which ultimately saw the Sea Eagles sent packing and their cheerleaders left in the wake of the Pantherettes as the Panthers marched on to a Semi-Final in Brisbane.