Hopes for home game

THE Penrith Panthers senior men's team and senior women's team open their home season this Saturday night at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre, Cambridge Park.

Amazingly, all four teams in action on the day are still to record a win this season.

The Penrith and Bankstown men's teams have both lost their opening two games of the season, while the Bankstown women have lost their only game (in round one).

Penrith's women are still champing at the bit to get into the action, having endured two byes in the opening two rounds of action.

While all of the above sets the scene for an enthralling day's action, there is the added highlight of watching Sydney Flames WNBL superstar Rohanee Cox suit up for the Panthers women, in what will be her debut game in the WCL competition.

Last Sunday's loss to the Central Coast Crusaders was a cruel blow for the Penrith men, who looked likely winners at some stages of the game but eventually fell four points short (71-67).

Josh Morehead almost got the Panthers back in the game in the final seconds but the two referees ignored a foul on the talented point guard to effectively let the Crusaders off the hook.

Central Coast Crusaders 71 (Jason Taylor 27 points, 10 boards; Callum Jenkins 19 points, 16 boards) defeated Penrith Panthers 67 (Ben Kearins 18 points, 8 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals; Sean Albert 12 points).

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