1998 Melbourne Storm season

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1998 Melbourne Storm season
NRL 3rd
Play-off result Semi Final Loss
1998 record Wins: 17; Draws: 1; Losses: 6
Points scored For: 546; Against: 372
Team information
CEO John Ribot
Coach Chris Anderson
Captain
Stadium Olympic Park Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Scott Hill & Marcus Bai (14)
Goals Craig Smith (51)
Points Craig Smith (110)
< None List of seasons 1999 >

The 1998 Melbourne Storm season was the first in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's inaugural Telstra Premierhsip and by Round 15 had climbed to the top of the 20-team ladder. They finished the regular season in 3rd place but were knocked out in the preliminary final by eventual premiers, the Brisbane Broncos.

The Melbourne Storm's first-up performance across season 1998 was a major surprise to many, with new team reaching the top of the ladder in Round 15 and finishing the regular season in 3rd place, only one win behind minor premiers Brisbane. Adopting coach Anderson's new "flat-line" attack, the big Storm forwards laid a platform for their young halves Scott Hill and Brett Kimmorley to wreak havoc on opposing teams. Melbourne's front-rowers Glenn Lazarus, Robbie Kearns and Rodney Howe were all selected to play for New South Wales in the 1998 State of Origin series. A late season injury to captain Lazarus combined with a lack of Finals experience saw the Storm knocked out in the play-offs. The club though had proven they were to be taken seriously, and they had easily produced the best debut season of any new team in the game's history.[1]

Draw and Results[edit]

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Round Opponent Result Mel. Opp. Date Venue
1 Illawarra Steelers Win 14 12 14 Mar WIN Stadium
2 Western Suburbs Magpies Win 26 16 22 Mar Campbelltown Stadium
3 Cronulla Sharks Win 26 18 28 Mar Toyota Park
4 North Sydney Bears Win 24 16 3 Apr Olympic Park
5 Auckland Warriors Loss 12 16 10 Apr Mt Smart Stadium
6 Parramatta Eels Win 32 22 19 Apr Parramatta Stadium
7 Penrith Panthers Win 22 14 25 Apr Olympic Park
8 Western Suburbs Magpies Win 54 16 1 May Olympic Park
9 St. George Dragons Loss 14 18 8 May Olympic Park
10 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 14 6 15 May Sydney Football Stadium
11 Illawarra Steelers Draw 14 14 24 May Olympic Park
12 Gold Coast Chargers Win 62 6 31 May Olympic Park
13 Balmain Tigers Win 25 16 7 Jun Leichhardt Oval
14 Adelaide Rams Win 24 4 13 Jun Olympic Park
15 North Queensland Cowboys Win 10 8 20 Jun Dairy Farmers Stadium
16 Auckland Warriors Loss 21 24 27 Jun Olympic Park
17 Brisbane Broncos Loss 16 34 3 Jul QE2 Stadium
18 Manly Sea Eagles Win 22 12 10 Jul Olympic Park
19 North Sydney Bears Loss 10 34 17 Jul North Sydney Oval
20 Newcastle Knights Win 32 16 24 Jul Olympic Park
21 Sydney City Roosters Win 32 20 2 Aug Sydney Football Stadium
22 Cronulla Sharks Win 20 10 7 Aug Olympic Park
23 Canterbury Bulldogs Loss 4 8 15 Aug Belmore Oval
24 Canberra Raiders Win 16 12 21 Aug Olympic Park
Qualifying Final Sydney City Roosters Loss 12 26 30 Aug Olympic Park
Semi Final Canberra Raiders Win 24 10 5 Sep Olympic Park
Preliminary Final Brisbane Broncos Loss 6 30 13 Sep Sydney Football Stadium

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 18 1 5 688 310 +378 37
2 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 18 1 5 562 381 +181 37
3 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 17 1 6 546 372 +174 35
4 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 17 1 6 468 349 +119 35
5 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 24 17 0 7 663 367 +296 34
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney City 24 16 0 8 680 383 +297 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 15 0 9 564 429 +135 30
8 St. George colours.svg St. George 24 13 1 10 486 490 -4 27
9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 24 13 0 11 489 411 +78 26
10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 13 0 11 503 473 +30 26
11 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 12 1 11 438 387 +51 25
12 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra 24 11 1 12 476 539 -63 23
13 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 24 9 1 14 381 463 -82 19
14 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 8 2 14 525 580 -55 18
15 Auckland colours.svg Auckland 24 9 0 15 417 518 -101 18
16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 9 0 15 361 556 -195 18
17 Adelaide colours.svg Adelaide 24 7 0 17 393 615 -222 14
18 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 5 0 19 339 560 -221 10
19 Gold Coast Chargers colours.svg Gold Coast 24 4 0 20 289 654 -365 8
20 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 24 4 0 20 371 802 -431 8

Ladder progression[edit]

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 10.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  • Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished in last place on the ladder in that round
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 2 4 6 8 10 10 12 14 14 14 16 16 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 29 31 33 35 37
2 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 2 4 6 8 10 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 24 26 27 29 31 31 31 33 35 37
3 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 2 4 6 8 8 10 12 14 14 16 17 19 21 23 25 25 25 27 27 29 31 33 33 35
4 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 2 4 4 6 8 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 24 24 26 28 28 30 32 34 35
5 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears 0 2 4 4 6 8 8 10 12 12 14 14 16 18 18 20 22 22 24 26 28 30 32 34
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney City Roosters 2 2 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 16 16 18 20 20 22 24 24 26 26 26 28 30 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 0 0 2 2 4 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 16 16 18 18 20 20 22 24 26 28 30 30
8 St. George colours.svg St. George Dragons 2 2 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 20 22 22 22 22 24 24 26 26 26 26 27
9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs 2 2 2 2 2 4 6 8 10 10 10 12 12 12 14 14 16 18 18 18 20 22 24 26
10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 0 2 2 2 2 4 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 10 12 14 14 16 18 20 22 24 26
11 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 0 2 2 2 4 4 6 8 10 10 12 14 14 14 16 18 18 18 19 21 23 23 23 25
12 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra Steelers 0 2 2 2 2 4 6 6 8 8 9 11 13 13 15 17 19 19 19 19 21 21 23 23
13 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers 2 2 4 6 8 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 14 16 16 16 18 18 19 19 19 19 19
14 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 0 2 2 4 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 11 12 14 14 14 16 18
15 Auckland colours.svg Auckland Warriors 0 0 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 10 12 14 14 14 16 16 18 18 18 18
16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 2 4 6 8 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 14 14 14 14 16 16 18 18 18 18 18 18
17 Adelaide colours.svg Adelaide Rams 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 10 12 12 14 14 14 14 14
18 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 8 8 10 10 10
19 Gold Coast Chargers colours.svg Gold Coast Chargers 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
20 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8


Finals series[edit]

Melbourne surprised everybody by finishing 3rd after the regular season in their first ever year, only to be knocked out by the Brisbane Broncos in the Semi Final.

Major Prelim Semi Final
30 August 1998
Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg 12 - 26
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Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney City Roosters
Tries: Bai
Marquet
Goals: Smith 2/3
Tries: Barnett
Elsegood
Fittler
Gourley
Goals: Cleary 5/6
Olympic Park Stadium
Attendance: 18,247
Referee/s: Paul McBlane

Minor Semi Final
5 September 1998
Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg 24 - 10
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Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
Tries: Martin (2)
Bai
Geyer
Hill
Goals: Kimmorley 2/6
Tries: Mullins
Stuart
Goals: Furner 1/1
McNamara 0/1
Olympic Park Stadium
Attendance: 12,592
Referee/s: Steve Clark

Elimination Preliminary Final
13 September 1998
Brisbane Broncos Brisbane colours.svg 30 - 6
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Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Tries: Renouf (2)
Campion
Carroll
Lee
Lockyer
Goals: Lockyer 3/6
Tries: Geyer
Goals: Kimmorley 1/2
Sydney Football Stadium
Attendance: 20,354
Referee/s: Bill Harrigan

Players[edit]

1998 Squad[edit]

No. Position Player
Australia FB Robbie Ross
Australia FB Tristan Brady-Smith
Australia WG Craig Smith
Papua New Guinea WG Marcus Bai
Australia WG Matt Geyer
Papua New Guinea WG John Wilshere
Australia CE Aaron Moule
Australia CE Paul Bell
Australia CE John Carlaw
Australia CE Tony Martin
Australia FE Scott Hill
Australia FE Ben Anderson
Australia HB Brett Kimmorley
No. Position Player
Australia PR Rodney Howe
Australia PR Robbie Kearns
Australia PR Glenn Lazarus (C)
Australia PR Wade Fenton
Australia PR Anthony Bonus
Australia HK Danny Williams
Australia HK Richard Swain
Australia SR Paul Marquet
Australia SR Ben Roarty
Australia SR Russell Bawden
Australia SR Wayne Evans
New Zealand SR Matt Rua
New Zealand LK Tawera Nikau
Australia LK Daniel Frame

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Awards and honours[edit]

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