1997 Brisbane Broncos season

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The 1997 Brisbane Broncos season was the tenth in the club's history. This season was unique in that they participated in the Australian Super League's 1997 Telstra Cup premiership and 1997 World Club Championship, winning both competitions.

Season summary[edit]

The Broncos again won their first 7 matches, before finally losing to the Penrith Panthers in round 8. Brisbane won their final three regular season games to capture their second minor premiership. In the Major Semi-Final against Cronulla the Broncos thrashed the sharks to move into their first home Grand Final. The Sharks recovered to make the big one, but they were no match for the Broncos. Despite being without key forward Glenn Lazarus and hampered by a troublesome groin injury, Allan Langer led his side to victory 26-8 for their third premiership in front of almost 60,000 home fans. Steve Renouf scored a hat-trick in the match.[1]

Following the premiership win, the Broncos also won the 1997 World Club Championship which involved clubs from the European Super League as well.

Match results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Bro. Opp. Date Venue Crowd Position
1 Auckland Warriors Win 14 2 1 Mar ANZ Stadium 42,361 2/10
2 Adelaide Rams Win 28 12 9 Mar ANZ Stadium 16,279 1/10
3 Perth Reds Win 26 16 16 Mar WACA Ground 11,109 2/10
4 Canberra Raiders Win 24 8 24 Mar ANZ Stadium 26,103 2/10
5 Cronulla Sharks Win 14 12 31 Mar ANZ Stadium 17,294 1/10
6 North Queensland Cowboys Win 42 16 5 Apr Stockland Stadium 30,122 1/10
7[2] Adelaide Rams Win 20 10 13 Apr Adelaide Oval 17,633 1/10
8 Penrith Panthers Loss 26 27 21 Apr Penrith Football Stadium 12,648 1/10
9[3] Canterbury Bulldogs Win 34 16 28 Apr ANZ Stadium 17,921 1/10
10 Auckland Warriors Win 34 18 4 May Mt Smart Stadium 16,471 1/10
11[4] North Queensland Cowboys Draw 20 20 25 May ANZ Stadium 14,167 1/10
12 Hunter Mariners Loss 6 24 30 May Topper Stadium 7,124 1/10
13 Cronulla Sharks Loss 4 32 30 Jun Endeavour Field 12,240 1/10
14 Perth Reds Win 50 14 6 Jul ANZ Stadium 11,806 1/10
15 Canberra Raiders Win 19 4 14 Jul Bruce Stadium 13,067 1/10
16 Penrith Panthers Win 54 12 10 Aug ANZ Stadium 13,921 1/10
17 Hunter Mariners Win 34 16 18 Aug ANZ Stadium 13,830 1/10
18 Canterbury Bulldogs Win 32 24 25 Aug Belmore Oval 9,781 1/10
Semi Final Cronulla Sharks Win 34 2 6 Sep Stockland Stadium 26,256
GRAND FINAL Cronulla Sharks Win 26 8 20 Sep ANZ Stadium 58,912

World Club Challenges Match results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Bro. Opp. Date Venue Crowd
WCC 1 London Broncos Win 42 22 6 Jun ANZ Stadium 18,193
WCC 2 Wigan Warriors Win 34 0 16 Jun ANZ Stadium 14,833
WCC 3 Halifax Blue Sox Win 76 0 24 Jun ANZ Stadium 11,358
WCC 4 Wigan Warriors Win 30 4 20 Jul Central Park 12,816
WCC 5 London Broncos Win 34 16 27 Jul The Stoop 9,846
WCC 6 Halifax Blue Sox Win 54 10 4 Aug Thrum Hall 3,255
WCC Quarter Final St Helens Win 66 12 4 Oct ANZ Stadium 6,438
WCC Semi Final Auckland Warriors Win 22 16 10 Oct ANZ Stadium 9,686
WCC Final Hunter Mariners Win 36 12 17 Oct Mt Smart Stadium 12,000

Ladders[edit]

Telstra Cup Premiership Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 18 14 1 3 481 283 +198 29
2 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 18 12 0 6 403 230 +173 24
3 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 18 11 0 7 436 337 +99 22
4 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 18 10 0 8 453 447 +6 20
5 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 18 9 0 9 431 462 -31 18
6 Hunter colours.svg Hunter 18 7 0 11 350 363 -13 14
7 Auckland colours.svg Auckland 18 7 0 11 332 406 -74 14
8 Western Reds colours.svg Perth 18 7 0 11 321 356 -135 14
9 Adelaide colours.svg Adelaide 18 6 1 11 303 402 -99 13
10 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 18 5 2 11 328 452 -124 12

World Club Challenge Australasia Pool A[edit]

Team Pld W L D PF PA PD Pts
1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 6 6 0 0 270 52 +218 12
2 Auckland colours.svg Auckland 6 6 0 0 268 82 +186 12
3 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 6 6 0 0 230 54 +176 12
4 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 6 6 0 0 256 120 +136 12
5 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 6 5 1 0 302 108 +194 10
6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 6 4 2 0 218 121 +97 8

Scorers[edit]

Player Tries Goals FG Points
Darren Lockyer 7 70/109 0 168
Wendell Sailor 15 0 0 60
Steve Renouf 14 0 0 56
Michael De Vere 7 2/2 0 32
Darren Smith 8 0 0 32
Kevin Walters 8 0 0 32
Tonie Carroll 6 0 0 24
Peter Ryan 6 0 0 24
Brett Le Man 4 0 0 16
Allan Langer 5 0 1 21
Michael Hancock 5 0 0 20
Brad Thorn 4 0 0 16
Anthony Mundine 3 0 0 12
John Plath 3 0 0 12
Gorden Tallis 3 0 0 12
Shane Webcke 3 0 0 12
Andrew Gee 1 0 0 4
Phillip Lee 1 0 0 4

Grand final[edit]

Player Position Player
Darren Lockyer Fullback David Peachey
Michael De Vere Wing Mat Rogers
Steve Renouf Centre Andrew Ettingshausen (C)
Anthony Mundine Centre Russell Richardson
Wendell Sailor Wing Geoff Bell
Kevin Walters Five-eighth Mitch Healey
Allan Langer (C) Halfback Paul Green
Brad Thorn Prop Danny Lee
Andrew Gee Hooker Dean Triester
Shane Webcke Prop Jason Stevens
Gorden Tallis Second Row Craig Greenhill
Peter Ryan Second Row Chris McKenna
Darren Smith Lock Tawera Nikau
Tonie Carroll Interchange Adam Dykes
John Plath Interchange Sean Ryan
Michael Hancock Interchange Les Davidson
Ben Walker Interchange Nathan Long
Wayne Bennett COACH John Lang

20 September

Brisbane 26 (TRIES: Renouf 3, Hancock; GOALS: Lockyer 5/6)

defeated

Cronulla 8 (TRIES: Richardson; GOALS: Rogers 2/2)

Halftime: Brisbane 10-2

Referee: Bill Harrigan

Stadium: ANZ Stadium, (Brisbane)

Crowd: 58, 912

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

  • Nil

Club[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grand final simply super". Illawarra Mercury (Fairfax Digital). 1997-09-21. p. 26. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  2. ^ This match was played after a Tri-series match between Queensland and New South Wales on 11 April.
  3. ^ This match was played after the ANZAC Test between Super League Australia and New Zealand on 25 April.
  4. ^ This match was played after Tri-series matches between Queensland and New Zealand on 9 May, and Queensland and New South Wales on 19 May.
  5. ^ "Honour Board". broncos.com.au. Brisbane Broncos. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°33′30″S 153°03′44″E / 27.558333°S 153.062222°E / -27.558333; 153.062222 (ANZ Stadium)