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Monday, 2 March 2015
Page: 1785

Ms SCOTT (Lindsay) (16:13): It may well be the Year of the Goat in 2015, but I would like to challenge that theory with: the 'Year of the Panther'. With the start this week of the 2015 NRL season upon us, Sunday will see an amazing game between the Penrith Panthers and the Canterbury Bulldogs at home at Penrith Park.

I was talking at the Panthers' launch on Friday night with Troy Dodds, Penrith's own oracle—

An honourable member: Who's he?

Ms SCOTT: Glad you should ask. Troy is the editor of the Western Weekender. Troy was telling me a really interesting statistic: 1967, the year Panthers joined the NRL—do you know what? It was the Year of the Goat. In 1991, Panthers won their first grand final—yet again, Year of the Goat. In 2003, Panthers also won the grand final—again, Year of the Goat.

It is again Year of the Goat in 2015, so I am putting it out there that this year will be 'Year of the Panther' again. With our first game upon us, I would like to wish Phil Gould, the entire team, coach Ivan Cleary and the whole board of Panthers all the best as we are looking forward to an incredible 2015, which will most definitely be 'Year of the Panther.' Go the Panthers.