The Penrith Panthers are an Australian professional rugby league football team based in the western Sydney suburb of Penrith. For the 2012 NRL season they will be coached by Ivan Cleary and captained by Kevin Kingston. Sports media personality Phil Gould is the club's manager of football operations. Their major shirt sponsor in 2012 is OAK.
Based 55 km west of the centre of Sydney and at the foot of the Blue Mountains, the Panthers were admitted to the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition in 1967. Penrith struggled for almost twenty years before finally reaching their first finals series. The club achieved its first Grand Final appearance in 1990 but were beaten by the Canberra Raiders 18–14. The following year the Panthers met the Raiders again in the 1991 Grand Final, this time winning the game 19–12. Penrith's most recent premiership achievement was over the Sydney Roosters in the 2003 Grand Final where Penrith were considered underdogs but came out on top with a 18–6 victory.