2006 NRL season

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2006 National Rugby League
Teams 15
Premiers Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane (5th title)
Minor premiers Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne[1]
Matches played 189
Points scored 8201 (total)
43.392 (per match)
Attendance 3,115,700 (total)
16,485 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) Canterbury colours.svg Hazem El Masri (296)
Top try scorer(s) South Sydney colours.svg Nathan Merritt (22)

The 2006 NRL season was the 99th season of professional rugby league football in Australia and the ninth run by the National Rugby League. The lineup of teams remained unchanged from the previous year, with fifteen clubs competing for the 2006 Telstra Premiership. Throughout the 26 rounds of the regular season ten teams from New South Wales (9 of them from the Sydney basin), two from Queensland and one each from Victoria, the ACT and New Zealand competed for the minor premiership. Eight of these teams qualified for the four-week finals series, with the Brisbane Broncos eventual victors over the Melbourne Storm in the grand final.[2]

Pre season[edit]

  • Newcastle Knights coach Michael Hagan signed a three-year deal to coach the Parramatta Eels, beginning in 2007. Hagan replaced Brian Smith, who had coached the Eels since 1997 whilst Smith replaced Hagan at Newcastle in an unprecedented coach-swap. In other coaching moves, Matthew Elliott was confirmed as the coach of the Penrith Panthers, beginning in 2007.
  • Penrith Panthers halfback Craig Gower was fired as captain, suspended for four games and fined $100,000 ($90,000 to be paid to an NRL programme encouraging the responsible use of alcohol by league players and $10,000 to replace a destroyed golf cart) after a string of alcohol-fueled incidents at a charity golf function.
  • The Charity Shield heralded the unofficial start of the season, with the South Sydney Rabbitohs defeating St George Illawarra 14-12 in their first home game at Telstra Stadium on February 18. All NRL clubs engaged in a series of trials during the month of February.
  • Wests Tigers premiership-winning captain Scott Prince announced on March 3 he had signed a four-year deal with expansion team Gold Coast Titans, beginning in 2007. Prince relinquished the captaincy of the Tigers for the 2006 season.

New Zealand Warriors salary cap breach[edit]

The salary cap for the 2006 season was A$3.366 million per club for their 25 highest-paid players.[3] The New Zealand Warriors were investigated by the National Rugby League over alleged salary cap breaches committed by the team's previous administrators. The club admitted to inflating its salary cap to the tune of nearly $1 million during the 2005 season. The National Rugby League fined the Warriors $430,000 and ordered the team to start the season with a four premiership point deficit. It was the first time in 99 years of rugby league in Australia that a team has started a season on less than zero premiership points.

The Warriors appealed the decision by the NRL to deduct the four competition points but accepted the financial penalty. Prior to the beginning of the season, the National Rugby League confirmed that the points penalty would stand. The penalty would prove the decisive factor in the Warriors missing the finals for the third year in succession.

Teams[edit]

Brisbane Broncos
19th season
Ground: Suncorp Stadium
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Captain: Darren Lockyer
Canterbury Bulldogs home jersey 1997.svg
Bulldogs RLFC
72nd season
Ground: Telstra Stadium
Coach: Steve Folkes
Captain: Andrew Ryan
Canberra Raiders
25th season
Ground: Canberra Stadium
Coach: Matthew Elliott
Captain: Clinton Schifcofske
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
40th season
Ground: Toyota Stadium
Coach: Stuart Raper
Captain: Brett Kimmorley
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
57th season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Des Hasler
Captain: Ben Kennedy
Melbourne Storm
9th season
Ground Olympic Park Stadium
Coach: Craig Bellamy
Captain: various
Newcastle Knights home jersey 2005.svg
Newcastle Knights
19th season
Ground: EnergyAustralia Stadium
Coach: Michael Hagan
Captain: Andrew Johns
New Zealand home jersey 2006.svg
New Zealand Warriors
12th season
Ground: Mt Smart Stadium
Coach: Ivan Cleary
Captain: Steve Price
North Queensland Cowboys
12th season
Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Coach: Graham Murray
Captain: Travis Norton
Parramatta Eels
60th season
Ground: Parramatta Stadium
Coach: Brian SmithJason Taylor
Captain: Nathan Cayless
Penrith Panthers home jersey 2004.svg
Penrith Panthers
40th season
Ground: CUA Stadium
Coach: John Lang
Captain: Tony Puletua
South Sydney Rabbitohs
97th season
Ground: Telstra Stadium
Coach: Shaun McRae
Captain: Peter Cusack
Sydney Roosters
99th season
Ground: Aussie Stadium
Coach: Ricky StuartChris Anderson
Captain: Craig Fitzgibbon
St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999.svg
St. George Illawarra Dragons
8th season
Ground: OKI Jubilee Stadium & WIN Stadium
Coach: Nathan Brown
Captain: Trent Barrett
Wests Tigers
7th season
Ground: Campbelltown Stadium & Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Brett Hodgson

Season summary[edit]

The season began on March 10 with a match between defending premiers Wests Tigers and the St George Illawarra Dragons, played at Telstra Stadium. The Melbourne Storm won 20 out of 24 regular season matches to win the minor premiership eight points clear of the Bulldogs.[4] However in April 2010, the Storm were retroactively stripped of their minor premiership as a result of salaray cap breaches occurring over the course of the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.[5][6]

Venues[edit]

Sixteen stadiums regularly hosted National Rugby league matches, with a further six hosting at least one match in season 2006.

Stadium name [7] City Host club(s) Capacity [8]
Suncorp Stadium Milton, Brisbane, Qld Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 52,500
Canberra Stadium Bruce, Canberra, ACT Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 25,000
Olympic Park Stadium Melbourne, Vic Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 18,500
EnergyAustralia Stadium Newcastle, NSW Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 26,200
Aussie Stadium Moore Park, Sydney, NSW Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 41,159
Brookvale Oval Brookvale, Sydney, NSW Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 22,000
Campbelltown Stadium Campbelltown, Sydney, NSW Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 20,000
Leichhardt Oval Leichhardt, Sydney, NSW Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 20,000
Oki Jubilee Stadium Kogarah, Sydney, NSW St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 20,541
Parramatta Stadium Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 20,500
CUA Stadium Penrith, Sydney, NSW Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 21,000
Telstra Stadium Homebush, Sydney, NSW Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
83,500
Toyota Park Cronulla, Sydney, NSW Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 21,500
Dairy Farmers Stadium Kirwan, Townsville, Qld North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 25,000
Mt Smart Stadium Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 25,000
WIN Stadium Wollongong, NSW St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 20,000
Hindmarsh Stadium Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA 15,500
Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium Gosford, Central Coast, NSW 20,059
Jade Stadium Christchurch, New Zealand 36,500
Carrara Stadium Carrara, Gold Coast, Qld 22,000
Waikato Stadium Hamilton, New Zealand 26,350
Sydney Cricket Ground Moore Park, Sydney, NSW 43,562

Advertising[edit]

In 2006 the NRL and their advertising agency MJW Hakuhodo stayed with the Hoodoo Gurus' "That's My Team" soundtrack for a fourth year, producing a treatment aimed to appeal to the fundamental hope of all players and fans: that it would be ‘their team’ who would win the Grand Final.

Capitalising on the enthusiasm generated by the Wests Tigers triumph of 2005 in only their sixth season, the campaign line and song chorus was changed to ‘That’s My Dream’.

All fifteen NRL club captains featured heavily in the television and outdoor ads holding aloft the Telstra trophy. Eight young real life fans also featured in the TV commercial reflecting the origins of the game from backyard football scenes to Sydney beaches. Each was a fan of one of eight clubs who had not till then won the Telstra Premiership trophy and four different broadcast versions of the ad told the stories of their love of the game and each's dream of their own team's victory.

Dally M Awards[edit]

Main article: 2006 Dally M Awards

The Dally M Awards were introduced in 1980 by News Limited. The most prestigious of these awards is the Dally M Medal which is awarded to the Player Of The Year. The other prestigious award is the Provans Summons Medal which is the seasons best player as voted by the public. As well as honouring the player of the year the awards night also recognises the premier player in each position, the best coach, the best captain, representative player of the year and the most outstanding rookie of the season. The awards night and Player of the Year medal are named in honour of former Australian rugby league great Herbert Henry "Dally" Messenger.

Position Award Player Club
Player of the Year Cameron Smith Melbourne Storm
Provans Summons Medal Nathan Hindmarsh Parramatta Eels
Rookie of the Year Jarryd Hayne Parramatta Eels
Captain of the Year Ben Kennedy Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Rep Player of the Year Darren Lockyer Brisbane Broncos
Coach of the Year Craig Bellamy Melbourne Storm

Team of the Year

Position Award Player Club
Best Fullback Clinton Schifcofske Canberra Raiders
Best Winger Brian Carney Newcastle Knights
Best Centre Mark Gasnier St George Illawarra Dragons
Best Five-Eighth Darren Lockyer Brisbane Broncos
Best Halfback Cooper Cronk Melbourne Storm
Best Lock Ben Kennedy Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Best Second-Rower Nathan Hindmarsh Parramatta Eels
Best Prop Roy Asotasi Bulldogs
Best Hooker Cameron Smith Melbourne Storm

Statistics and Records[edit]

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B F A PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 20 0 4 2 605 404 +201 44
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 16 0 8 2 608 468 +140 36
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 14 0 10 2 497 392 +105 32
4 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 14 0 10 2 608 538 +70 32
5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah 24 14 0 10 2 534 493 +41 32
6 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 24 14 0 10 2 519 481 +38 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 13 0 11 2 525 573 -48 30
8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 12 0 12 2 506 483 +23 28
9 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 11 0 13 2 450 463 -13 26
10 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 12 0 12 2 552 463 +89 241
11 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 10 0 14 2 490 565 -75 24
12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 10 0 14 2 510 587 -77 24
13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 9 0 15 2 515 544 -29 22
14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 8 0 16 2 528 650 -122 20
15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 3 0 21 2 429 772 -343 10

1The New Zealand Warriors were deducted 4 competition points due to gross salary cap breaches.

Ladder progression[edit]

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 8.
  • 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
  • Underlined numbers indicate that the team had a bye during 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 25 26
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 2 4 4 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 40 42 44
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 0 2 2 4 6 8 8 10 12 14 16 16 18 18 20 20 24 24 26 28 30 32 34 34 34 36
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 0 2 4 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 20 20 22 22 24 26 26 26 26 26 28 30 32
4 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 2 4 6 6 8 8 8 10 12 14 16 16 16 18 18 18 20 20 20 22 24 26 26 28 30 32
5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 0 0 2 4 6 6 8 10 10 10 12 14 16 18 18 18 18 20 22 24 24 26 28 30 32 32
6 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 0 0 2 4 4 6 8 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 26 26 26 26 26 28 30 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 2 2 2 4 4 6 8 8 10 10 10 12 14 16 16 18 18 18 20 22 22 24 26 28 28 30
8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 0 2 2 2 2 4 6 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 28 28
9 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 2 4 6 8 10 12 12 12 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 18 20 20 22 22 22 22 22 24 26
10 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand -4 -4 -2 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 10 12 14 14 14 16 16 18 20 22 24 24
11 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 10 10 10 12 14 14 16 16 16 18 18 18 20 20 20 20 22 24
12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 2 4 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 10 12 12 12 12 14 16 16 18 20 20 22 22 22 24 24 24
13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22
14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 2 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 8 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 14 14 16 16 18 18 20 20 20 20
15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 8 10 10 10 10


Finals series[edit]

The Melbourne Storm went into the finals for the first time as Minor Premiers. They had a week off after their first finals win against the Parramatta Eels 12-6 to prepare for a Preliminary Final encounter, again the St. George Illawarra Dragons which was won by the Storm 24-10, earning them a spot in the Grand Final against the Brisbane Broncos. The Broncos had surprised everyone in the previous two months. After a slight hiccup in the Qualifying Final, going down against St. George Illawarra Dragons 20-4, they came back in the next two weeks, beating the Newcastle Knights 50-6 in the Semi Final and coming from 20-6 down at halftime to win 37-20 against the Bulldogs in the Preliminary Final.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Qualifying Finals
Newcastle Knights Newcastle colours.svg 25–18 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 8 September 2006 8:00pm Energy Australia Stadium Sean Hampstead 23,752
Brisbane Broncos Brisbane colours.svg 4–20 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 9 September 2006 6:30pm Suncorp Stadium Paul Simpkins 50,387
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 30–12 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 9 September 2006 8:30pm Telstra Stadium Shayne Hayne 14,628
Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg 12–6 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 10 September 2006 4:00pm Olympic Park Steve Clark 15,690
Semi Finals
St George Illawarra Dragons St. George colours.svg 28–0 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 15 September 2006 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Paul Simpkins 30,907
Newcastle Knights Newcastle colours.svg 6–50 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 16 September 2006 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Steve Clark 22,081
Preliminary Finals
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 20–37 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 22 September 2006 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Paul Simpkins 29,511
Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg 24–10 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 23 September 2006 7:45pm Telstra Stadium Steve Clark 40,901

Grand Final[edit]

Main article: 2006 NRL Grand Final
Sunday, 1 October
19:00
Brisbane Broncos 15 – 8 Melbourne Storm
Tries:
Justin Hodges
Brent Tate
Goals:
Darren Lockyer (2/2)
Corey Parker (1/2)
Field goals:
Darren Lockyer (1/1)
Report Tries:
Matt King
Steve Turner
Goals:
Cameron Smith (0/1)
Matt Geyer (0/1)
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 79,609[11]
Referee/s: Paul Simpkins
Man of the Match: Shaun Berrigan

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Stuart Honeysett and Brent Read (23 April 2010) Shocking end to the Melbourne Storm era The Australian
  2. ^ Bernard, Grantley (2006-10-02). "Storm laments lost opportunity". Fox Sports (Premier Media Group Pty Ltd.). Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  3. ^ Budge, Dale (2006-02-22). "NRL salary cap guide". tvnz.co.nz (Television New Zealand Limited). Retrieved 2009-12-17. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Broncos claim premiership". Television New Zealand Limited. Australian Associated Press. 2 October 2001. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Melbourne Storm breach NRL Salary Cap". National Rugby League. 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  6. ^ McDonald, Margie (22 April 2010). "Melbourne Storm stripped of two rugby league titles over salary cap fraud". The Australian. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  7. ^ During the 2006 season, many of the stadiums were known by different names to their traditional ones, as some were sponsored by various organisations. For example, Aussie Stadium was also formerly known as the "Sydney Football Stadium", likewise, Mt Smart Stadium was known as 'Ericsson Stadium' for the majority of the season, until the naming rights expired.
  8. ^ This includes both seated and standing spots.
  9. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (6 May 2012). "Gallen set to smash record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Champions in poor teams, Sydney Morning Herald, September 2006
  11. ^ D'Souza, Miguel. "Grand Final History". wwos.ninemsn.com.au. AAP. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 

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