2001 Melbourne Storm season

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2001 Melbourne Storm season
NRL 9th
2001 record Wins: 11; Draws: 1; Losses: 14
Points scored For: 704; Against: 725
Team information
Coach Chris Anderson
Mark Murray
Captain
Stadium Docklands Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Matt Orford (15)
Aaron Moule (15)
Goals Matt Orford (78)
Points Matt Orford (216)
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The 2001 Melbourne Storm season was the 4th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2001 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season in 9th place. [1]

The 2001 season was the least successful in the Storm's history, missing the play-offs for the first time. After making a decision to move base from Olympic Park to the larger Colonial Stadium, the club seemed to lack the support, atmosphere and composure they had built up. It reflected in the team's on field performances, losing four of their first six homes games and 7 from their opening 10 overall. Amidst this time the Storm was rocked when coach Anderson quit the club after the 42-18 loss to Parramatta in Round 7.

Along with Richard Swain and Matt Orford, replacement coach Mark Murray lifted the Storm from their bad beginning. Melbourne won seven of their next ten games to reach 6th place on the ladder.

But the bad start had taken its toll, and with the 2001 finals in sight they won only two more games. A last round loss to Canberra saw the Storm finish outside the Top 8.

The 2001 season continued to mark the endurability of Kiwi Test hooker Richard Swain. He was on the field for every minute of the Storm's season and had yet to miss a game for Melbourne in the club's history. [2]

Draw and Results[edit]

[3]

Round Opponent Result Mel. Opp. Date Venue
1 Bulldogs RLFC Loss 10 14 Feb 18 Docklands Stadium
2 North Queensland Cowboys Loss 28 32 Feb 24 Docklands Stadium
3 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 20 16 Mar 3 WIN Jubilee Oval
4 Cronulla Sharks Win 34 24 Mar 11 Docklands Stadium
5 Wests Tigers Loss 10 40 Mar 18 Leichhardt Oval
6 Newcastle Knights Loss 28 36 Mar 25 Docklands Stadium
7 Parramatta Eels Loss 18 42 Mar 31 Parramatta Oval
8 Brisbane Broncos Loss 16 18 Apr 8 QE2 Stadium
9 Northern Eagles Win 52 18 Apr 13 Docklands Stadium
10 Sydney Roosters Loss 22 23 Apr 22 Docklands Stadium
11 Penrith Panthers Win 58 14 Apr 29 Penrith Stadium
12 New Zealand Warriors Win 40 20 May 12 Mt. Smart Stadium
13 Canberra Raiders Win 32 28 May 19 Docklands Stadium
14 Bulldogs RLFC Loss 26 28 May 27 Sydney Showground Stadium
15 North Queensland Cowboys Win 38 24 Jun 2 Dairy Farmers Stadium
16 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 34 28 Jun 17 Docklands Stadium
17 Cronulla Sharks Loss 18 40 Jun 23 Toyota Park
18 Wests Tigers Win 64 0 Jul 5 Docklands Stadium
19 Newcastle Knights Loss 16 48 Jul 15 Hunter Stadium
20 Parramatta Eels Loss 10 54 Jul 20 Docklands Stadium
21 Brisbane Broncos Win 32 28 Jul 29 Docklands Stadium
22 Northern Eagles Loss 12 20 Aug 4 Bluetongue Stadium
23 Sydney Roosters Loss 28 50 Aug 12 Sydney Football Stadium
24 Penrith Panthers Win 28 24 Aug 20 Docklands Stadium
25 New Zealand Warriors Draw 24 24 Aug 27 Docklands Stadium
26 Canberra Raiders Loss 6 32 Sep 1 Bruce Stadium

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 26 20 2 4 839 406 +433 42
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 26 17 3 6 617 538 +79 37
3 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 26 16 1 9 782 639 +143 33
4 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 26 15 2 9 594 513 +81 32
5 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 26 14 1 11 696 511 +185 29
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 26 13 1 12 647 589 +58 27
7 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 26 12 2 12 661 573 +88 26
8 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 26 12 2 12 638 629 +9 26
9 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 26 11 1 14 704 725 -21 23
10 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles 26 11 1 14 603 750 -149 23
11 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 26 9 1 16 600 623 -23 19
12 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 26 9 1 16 474 746 -272 19
13 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 26 6 2 18 514 771 -257 14
14 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 26 7 0 19 521 847 -326 14

Awards and honours[edit]

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