2003 Melbourne Storm season

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2003 Melbourne Storm season
NRL 5th
Play-off result Semi Final Loss
2003 record Wins: 15; Draws: 0; Losses: 9
Points scored For: 564; Against: 486
Team information
CEO John Ribot
Coach Craig Bellamy
Captain
Stadium Olympic Park Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Billy Slater (19)
Goals Matt Orford (74)
Points Matt Orford (180)
2002 List of seasons 2004 >

The 2003 Melbourne Storm season was the 6th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2003 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season 5th (of 15) before reaching the semi-final where they were knocked out by eventual premiers, Bulldogs RLFC. It was Craig Bellamy's first season as head coach of the club. [1]

Under new coach Craig Bellamy, the 2003 season for the Storm was one of regaining premiership credibility. Melbourne reached the finals for the first time since 2000 with evergreen Robbie Kearns and a confident Matt Orford showing the way.

A disappointing exit two weeks before the Grand Final was tempered by the rise of young Queenslanders Billy Slater and Cameron Smith. Unheard of at the start of 2003, the steady hooker and dummy-half Smith gave splendid service to Orford and his forwards. He was rewarded with a place in the Maroons Origin side and was unlucky to miss the Kangaroos train-on squad.

The silky - and pacy - moves of Slater in the centres and at fullback were attention getters for fans and keen judges of football talent alike. His debut season for the Storm realised a record 19 tries and talk of a big future in the game. [2]

Draw and Results[edit]

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Round Opponent Result Mel. Opp. Date Venue
1 Cronulla Sharks Win 36 32 Mar 16 Toyota Park
2 Penrith Panthers Win 42 16 Mar 22 Olympic Park
3 BYE
4 Newcastle Knights Loss 28 44 Apr 5 Hunter Stadium
5 Cronulla Sharks Win 18 12 Apr 12 Olympic Park
6 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Loss 14 20 Apr 20 Brookvale Oval
7 North Queensland Cowboys Loss 12 32 Apr 26 Dairy Farmers Stadium
8 Newcastle Knights Win 46 6 May 3 Olympic Park
9 Canberra Raiders Win 30 10 May 10 Olympic Park
10 Brisbane Broncos Loss 16 36 May 18 QE2 Stadium
11 Parramatta Eels Win 12 10 May 24 Parramatta Stadium
12 Sydney Roosters Loss 20 27 Jun 1 Olympic Park
13 South Sydney Rabbitohs Loss 14 41 Jun 8 Sydney Football Stadium
14 Penrith Panthers Win 32 12 Jun 14 Penrith Stadium
15 Bulldogs RLFC Loss 12 26 Jun 22 Olympic Park
16 Wests Tigers Win 16 8 Jun 28 Olympic Park
17 Canberra Raiders Win 18 8 Jul 6 Bruce Stadium
18 North Queensland Cowboys Win 22 16 Jul 12 Olympic Park
19 Brisbane Broncos Loss 22 26 Jul 20 Olympic Park
20 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 24 6 Jul 26 Olympic Park
21 New Zealand Warriors Win 14 12 Aug 2 Mt. Smart Stadium
22 Bulldogs RLFC Loss 4 50 Aug 10 Sydney Showground Stadium
23 Parramatta Eels Win 50 12 Aug 17 Olympic Park
24 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 22 14 Aug 22 WIN Stadium
25 BYE
26 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Win 40 10 Sep 6 Olympic Park
Qualifying Final Canberra Raiders Win 30 18 Sep 12 Bruce Stadium
Semi Final Bulldogs RLFC Loss 0 30 Sep 21 SFS

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 24 18 0 6 2 659 527 +132 40
2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 17 0 7 2 680 445 +235 38
3 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 16 0 8 2 702 419 +283 36
4 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 16 0 8 2 620 463 +157 36
5 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 15 0 9 2 564 486 +78 34
6 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 15 0 9 2 545 510 +35 34
7 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 14 0 10 2 632 635 -3 32
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 12 0 12 2 497 464 +33 28
9 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 11 0 13 2 570 582 -12 26
10 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 24 11 0 13 2 548 593 -45 26
11 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 10 0 14 2 606 629 -23 24
12 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 8 0 16 2 497 704 -207 20
13 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 7 0 17 2 470 598 -128 18
14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 7 0 17 2 470 791 -321 18
15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 3 0 21 2 457 758 -301 10

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