2000 Melbourne Storm season

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2000 Melbourne Storm season
NRL 6th
Play-off result Qualifying Final Loss
2000 record Wins: 14; Draws: 1; Losses: 11
Points scored For: 672; Against: 529
Team information
CEO John Ribot
Coach Chris Anderson
Captain
Stadium Olympic Park Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Matt Geyer (14)
Goals Tasesa Lavea (81)
Points Tasesa Lavea (190)
1999 List of seasons 2001 >

The 2000 Melbourne Storm season was the 3rd in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2000 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season in 6th place, being eliminated in the first week of the finals. [1]

The Storm began 2000 with an easy win over St. Helens in the World Club Challenge was a great start for Melbourne, but overall the 2000 season was a disappointment. Major injuries to Marcus Bai and Robbie Ross, along with a lengthy suspension to Stephen Kearney, seriously disrupted the season.

It was made worse when the club was forced to negotiate its way through the trials and tribulations of twelve players coming off contract by the end of the year. Most distracting was the saga of Kimmorley as he travelled between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in search of his future (much to the bewilderment of the Victorian public who were not used to rugby league's mid-season mayhem).

With respectable home crowds averaging over 14,000 the Storm finished the 2000 season in 6th place, earning themselves a semi-final against the Knights in Newcastle. However, the defending premiers exited with a 30-16 loss on a wet and miserable afternoon. The season's undoubted highlight was the Grand Final rematch against the Dragons at the MCG where the Storm won by an incredible scoreline of 70-10.

Tony Martin (to London) and Brett Kimmorley (to Northern Eagles) were key losses for the club in the lead up to 2001 which were slightly off-set by the arrival of half-back Matt Orford and winger Junior Langi. [2]

Draw and Results[edit]

[3]

Round Opponent Result Mel. Opp. Date Venue
1 Auckland Warriors Loss 6 14 6 Feb Mt Smart Stadium
2 Newcastle Knights Loss 6 38 12 Feb Hunter Stadium
3 Canberra Raiders Loss 12 16 19 Feb Bruce Stadium
4 Penrith Panthers Loss 22 30 27 Feb Penrith Stadium
5 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 70 10 3 Mar Melbourne Cricket Ground
6 Sydney Roosters Win 42 10 10 Mar Olympic Park
7 Parramatta Eels Win 16 12 18 Mar Olympic Park
8 Cronulla Sharks Loss 14 26 25 Mar Endeavour Field
9 North Queensland Cowboys Win 28 6 1 Apr Olympic Park
10 Brisbane Broncos Draw 18 18 7 Apr QE2 Stadium
11 Northern Eagles Win 44 18 15 Apr Olympic Park
12 Bulldogs RLFC Win 44 22 25 Apr Stadium Australia
13 Newcastle Knights Win 40 4 30 Apr Olympic Park
14 Parramatta Eels Loss 8 18 5 May Parramatta Stadium
15 Wests Tigers Win 40 10 12 May Olympic Park
16 Brisbane Broncos Win 16 12 21 May Olympic Park
17 Penrith Panthers Loss 20 23 27 May Olympic Park
18 St. George Illawarra Dragons Loss 4 50 4 Jun WIN Jubilee Oval
19 Sydney Roosters Loss 6 41 11 Jun Sydney Football Stadium
20 Auckland Warriors Win 56 10 18 Jun Olympic Park
21 Cronulla Sharks Win 22 16 24 Jun Melbourne Cricket Ground
22 North Queensland Cowboys Win 26 22 1 Jul Dairy Farmers Stadium
23 Bulldogs RLFC Loss 22 31 8 Jul Olympic Park
24 Northern Eagles Win 38 26 15 Jul Bluetongue Stadium
25 Canberra Raiders Loss 16 20 21 Jul Olympic Park
26 Wests Tigers Win 36 26 29 Jul Campbelltown Stadium
Qualifying Final Newcastle Knights Loss 16 30 Aug 5 Hunter Stadium

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 26 18 2 6 696 388 +308 38
2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 26 16 0 10 601 520 +81 32
3 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 26 15 1 10 686 532 +154 31
4 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 26 15 0 11 506 479 +27 30
5 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 26 15 0 11 573 562 +11 30
6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 26 14 1 11 672 529 +143 29
7 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 26 14 1 11 476 456 +20 29
8 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 26 13 0 13 570 463 +107 26
9 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 26 12 0 14 576 656 -80 24
10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 26 11 2 13 519 642 -123 24
11 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 26 10 1 15 469 553 -84 21
12 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles 26 9 0 17 476 628 -152 18
13 Auckland colours.svg Auckland 26 8 2 16 426 662 -236 18
14 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 26 7 0 19 436 612 -176 12

Awards and honours[edit]

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