Bulldogs lose as they farewell Noddy and The General

The Penrith Panthers have won a thrilling encounter against the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, scoring a try after the final siren to win the game 24-18.

The Panthers win was soured by the first send-off of the season to Petero Civoniceva following a swinging arm on Bulldogs prop Gary Warburton.

Civoniceva was given his marching orders with 10 minutes remaining in the game, and he faces a possible 4 game ban, thus ending his season for 2010.

The one saving grace for Petero however, is that he might still get off or get a lighter sentence given his good record as he hasn’t been charged by the NRL Match Review Committee since 2006.

“I am not going to articulate my thoughts at the moment and we will go through the processes we have to,” Elliott said.

“I guess I am concerned but I am shooting off the hip here, I haven’t had a close look at the circumstances around it and we will deal with it.

“Petero’s record is pretty good and I think his credibility in the game runs before him as well … I don’t think he has had an issue for some time.

In another major blow for the Panthers, halfback Luke Walsh limped off when the Panthers were trailing 16-0 with a suspected ankle injury. Scans today will reveal the extent of the injury.

“The medical staff will look at him and those medical machines that go ‘bing’ and stand around with masks and green coats and we will know more tomorrow,” Elliott said.

“Hopefully it is not too serious, but we will know then.”

A Michael Jennings try six seconds from time sealed the thrilling win for the Panthers, after an attempted field goal from retiring legend Brett Kimmorley was charged down by make-shift halfback Travis Burns.

Kimmorley was at his scintillating best, as both he and Luke Patten farewell the club, with Patten heading to ESL club Salford.

“I thought the script was there for Noddy to score the field goal, but maybe we didn’t get it to him quick enough, it’s probably the story of our season,” said coach Kevin Moore.

Kimmorley added: “When I turned around at saw it go the other way it was obviously very disappointing … it could have been a fairy tale, but I have learnt from a long football career you don’t always get the send off you deserve.

“It would have been nice to have a picture of the ball sailing over, but it wasn’t to be.

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