The draw for the 2014 NSW Cup competition has been released today, confirming the return of the Penrith Panthers and that Centrebet Stadium will host three games on NRL match days where possible next season.
The Panthers had previously fielded a NSW Cup team via the Windsor Wolves.
Over 40 per cent of matches set down in the draw for the 2014 season will be played in conjunction with NRL and Holden Cup at NRL venues across New South Wales giving Club members and fans a greater opportunity to watch all of their favourite players at the one venue.
“The VB NSW Cup Competition has improved considerably and whilst we have an extremely successful relationship with the Windsor Wolves Club we thought playing the VB NSW Cup side under the Panthers branding was the right step forward,” said Panthers boss Phil Gould.
“The draws have been aligned to allow Centrebet Stadium to play host to three grades on a number of occasions in 2014.
“Both of our VB NSW Cup and Holden Cup teams are extremely important to the ongoing success of the Penrith Panthers and we are looking forward to season 2014.”
PANTHERS NSW CUP SCHEDULE
Round 1 v Newcastle, Centrebet Stadium, 2.15pm March 8
Round 2: v Wyong, Morry Breen Oval, 3.00pm March 16
Round 3: v Canterbury, Centrebet Stadium, 2.15pm March 22
Round 4: v Wentworthville, Pirtek Stadium, 3.15pm March 29
Round 5: v Mounties, Centrebet Stadium, 3.15pm April 5
Round 6: v Wests Tigers, Centrebet Stadium, 3.00pm April 12
Round 7: BYE
Round 8: v Sharks, Remondis Stadium. 12.45pm April 26
Round 8b: v Warriors, Centrebet Stadium, 1.00pm, May 3
Round 9: v Newcastle, Cessnock Sports Ground, 3.00pm May 10
Round 10: v Bulldogs, Belmore Oval, 3.00pm May 17
Round 11: v Sea Eagles, Brookvale Oval, 3.00pm May 24
Round 12: v Illawarra, WIN Stadium, 1.00pm May 31
Round 13: v Wyong, Centrebet Stadium, 3.00pm June 7
Round 14: v Illawarra, Centrebet Stadium, 3.15pm June 14
Round 15: v Bears, North Sydney Oval, 3.00pm June 21
Round 16: v Warriors, Mt Smart Stadium, 9.45am June 29
Round 17: v Tigers, Leichhardt Oval, 11.00am July 6
Round 18: v Jets, Centrebet Stadium, 3.00pm July 12
Round 19: v Jets, Centrebet Stadium, 12.45pm July 19
Round 20: v Sharks, Centrebet Stadium, 12.45pm July 26
Round 21: v Sea Eagles, Centrebet Stadium
Round 22: v Bears, Centrebet Stadium
Round 23: v BYE
Round 24: v Mounties, Aubrey Keech Reserve
Round 25: v Wentworthville, Centrebet Stadium
Grand Final: September 28
National Championship: October 5