2015 Grand Final Day Exhibition Game
As with all the games from the last half of the season, the game started hard and fast from the first whistle with both sides attacking.
Panthers young gun and developing player James Kalms was first to get on the scoreboard after braking several tackles to dart free and cross the line.
Knights Zach Doidge showed great strength and vision finding Daniel Fisher who gained valuable ground and set-up Brenton Hodge to score.
After some more end to end play with hits that spectators could feel and line brakes that had everyone up and cheering, Panthers came only metres short of their try line with the Knights defence forcing a Panthers knock-on.
Quick ball movement saw Knights Doidge muscle his way through the Panthers defence and score from an 80 metre sprint.
This effort from the Knights woke the Panthers from their try scoring slumber, with big man Jayden Gascoyne finding the line in the 13th minute. But the Knights retaliated through quick playmaker Tom Dolan who stepped his way through the Panthers defence for a 50 metre try on the halftime siren.
The halftime score 16-10 Knights way, had both teams feeling the physicality of the first half with multiple players nursing minor injuries and the Panthers losing one player to a concussion.
From the second half kick-off, the Knights attacked through a combination of Zach Doidge and Daniel Fisher who burst through the Panthers defensive line and scored from a 50 metre sprint.
Panthers continued attacking but were unable to penetrate the Knights defensive line which seemed to step up a level in the second half. Knights next set of six saw Doidge again muscle his way out of tackles and pass out wide to Fisher who once again found space and ran half the field to score only minutes after his previous try.
Knights Doidge and Fisher teamed up again in an almost identical play that included another no look pass which put Fisher over the line in the 11th minute. Doidge also crossed for a try in the 14th minute after Panther Sean McMaughan took a heavy knock to the head and was forced to leave the field. Panther McMaughan’s injury rallied his side who lifted both their defensive and attacking game.
In the final minutes, Panthers James Kalms burst through the Knights defence and looked certain to score, but was spoiled by Knights Tom Doolan. The final score saw Knights win by 28 points.