2007 NRL season

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2007 National Rugby League
National Rugby League 2007.png
Teams 16
Premiers Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm[1]
Minor premiers Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Matches played 201
Points scored 8539 (total)
42.483 (per match)
Attendance 3,332,114 (total)
16,578 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) Canterbury colours.svg Hazem El Masri (210)
Top try scorer(s) North Queensland colours.svg Matthew Bowen (22)

The 2007 NRL season was the one hundredth season of professional rugby league football club competition in Australia, and the tenth run by the National Rugby League. Sixteen teams contested the NRL's 2007 Telstra Premiership, and with the inclusion of a new team, the Gold Coast Titans, the competition was the largest run since the 1999 NRL season.

The Melbourne Storm were the Minor Premiers in 2007, six points clear of second-placed Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. The Storm eventually ran out 34-8 winners in the 2007 NRL Grand Final to claim the premiership. However they were subsequently stripped of both their Minor Premiership and Premiership titles on 22 April 2010, after they were found to be guilty of breaching the league's salary cap.[2][3]

Season summary[edit]

Pre-season, 2006 Premiers the Brisbane Broncos travelled to England to play the Super League champions in the 2007 World Club Challenge.

The 2007 NRL Season kicked off on Friday 16 March 2007 with eight games to be played in each round. The 2007 season saw the return of Monday Night Football, which helped the NRL to set new first round aggregate attendance record of 174,475.[4] The opening round also saw two matches at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, one featured reigning champions Brisbane playing fellow Queensland side the Cowboys, while the second match introduced the newest club to be admitted to the competition, the Gold Coast Titans.

The North Queensland Cowboys' Jason Smith was the NRL's oldest player in 2007 at 35 years and 186 days.[5]

Teams had fewer byes in 2007 than in the 2006 competition. With an odd number of teams contesting between 2002 and 2006, the draw meant that at least one team would have to have a bye each weekend. With the inclusion of the 16th team for the 2007 season, the National Rugby League had the option of reverting to the system used between 2000 and 2001 in which every team played in each round, however this option was not chosen. In 2007, teams had just a single bye during the year, grouped in periods that will assist clubs around representative fixtures.

The top eight was not settled until the final round as the Brisbane Broncos and Wests Tigers were both on 24 points in 8th and 9th position respectively, with the Broncos ahead on points differential. Both teams lost their final regular season match and as a result of this, the South Sydney Rabbitohs made the top eight for the first time since 1989. The New Zealand Warriors secured a home final: the second match in the history of the National Rugby League Finals played outside of Australia. The first was the Warriors' victory over the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium while on their way to the 2002 Grand Final.

On the other end of the ladder, the Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers were both in contention for the Wooden Spoon - the traditional label for last place. The Knights performed well in their last match and denied the Wests Tigers a spot in the top eight, winning by two points, whereas the Panthers were defeated by the New Zealand Warriors, seeing them finish last.

2007 saw a total of over 3 million spectators attend regular season matches for only the second time in history.[6]

Records set[edit]

Advertising[edit]

The National Rugby League kept use of the Hoodoo Gurus' "That's My Team" for a fifth consecutive season, with their advertising agency MJW Hakuhodo reworking the track "What's My Scene" and the "That's My Dream" slogan. With a design change for the Telstra Premiership logo (after months of off-season deliberation on whether Telstra would sponsor the code again), the commercial was a fast-paced action clip, with key players from all teams superimposed to appear as if they are playing in front the famous landmarks of their team's area. They are as follows:

As with previous seasons, all team captains featured prominently in the ads, holding aloft the premiership trophy as the advertisement closes, replicating the 2006 equivalent. Ironically only weeks after it was put to air, Newcastle Knights captain Andrew Johns' career was ended by a neck injury.

Sponsorship[edit]

Telecommunications giant Telstra once again hold the naming rights to the premiership season and for the seventh season the competition will be known as the "Telstra Premiership". For the second time however, a change has been made to the Telstra Premiership Logo, to coincide with the tel-co's own new logo. The logo is now much more similar to the original NRL logo in style.

Spirit producers Bundaberg Rum are sponsoring Monday night football - to be known as Bundaberg Monday Night Football. Electronics wholesaler Harvey Norman is expected to continue their support of the State of Origin Series, as is AAMI and their association with City vs Country Origin.

Teams[edit]

For the first time since 2001, the number of teams in the NRL competition changed, increasing to sixteen teams. 2007 was the first season for the new Gold Coast Titans club, the NRL's first expansion team since the Melbourne Storm who entered the League in 1998.

The sixteen teams participated in the competition over the regular season, making it the largest it had been since 1999 when there were seventeen. Of the sixteen clubs, ten were from New South Wales (nine from Sydney's metropolitan area), three from Queensland and one from each of Victoria, the ACT and New Zealand.

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Melbourne colours.svg
North Queensland colours.svg
Newcastle colours.svg
Brisbane colours.svg
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg
New Zealand colours.svg
Canberra colours.svg
St. George colours.svg
St. George colours.svg
Canterbury colours.svg
Cronulla colours.svg
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Parramatta colours.svg
Penrith colours.svg
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg
South Sydney colours.svg
Wests Tigers colours.svg
Wests Tigers colours.svg
Asterisk.svg
(Sydney - see left)

Just two foundation clubs from New South Wales Rugby League season 1908 played in this, the 100th season of the competition: the Sydney Roosters (formerly known as Eastern Suburbs) and the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Of these two clubs, only the Sydney Roosters played their 100th full season, as the South Sydney Rabbitohs were in recess during 2000 and 2001. It should also be noted that two foundation clubs, the Balmain Tigers and the Western Suburbs Magpies, had played in every year since 1908, but the two sides merged to create the Wests Tigers who competed every year since the merger in 2000.

Brisbane Broncos
20th season
Ground: Suncorp Stadium
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Captain: Darren Lockyer
Canterbury Bulldogs home jersey 1997.svg
Bulldogs RLFC
73rd season
Ground: Telstra Stadium
Coach: Steve Folkes
Captain: Andrew Ryan
Canberra Raiders
26th season
Ground: Canberra Stadium
Coach: Neil Henry
Captain: Alan Tongue
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
41st season
Ground: Toyota Stadium
Coach: Ricky Stuart
Captain: Brett Kimmorley
Gold Coast Titans
1st season
Ground: Carrara Stadium
Coach: John Cartwright
Captain: Scott Prince & Luke Bailey
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
58th season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Des Hasler
Captain: Matt Orford
Melbourne Storm
10th season
Ground Olympic Park Stadium
Coach: Craig Bellamy
Captain: Cameron Smith
Newcastle Knights home jersey 2005.svg
Newcastle Knights
20th season
Ground: EnergyAustralia Stadium
Coach: Brian Smith
Captain: Andrew JohnsDanny Buderus
New Zealand home jersey 2006.svg
New Zealand Warriors
13th season
Ground: Mt Smart Stadium
Coach: Ivan Cleary
Captain: Steve Price
North Queensland Cowboys
13th season
Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Coach: Graham Murray
Captain: Johnathan Thurston
Parramatta Eels
61st season
Ground: Parramatta Stadium
Coach: Michael Hagan
Captain: Nathan Cayless
Penrith Panthers home jersey 2004.svg
Penrith Panthers
41st season
Ground: CUA Stadium
Coach: Matthew Elliott
Captain: Tony Puletua
South Sydney Rabbitohs
98th season
Ground: Telstra Stadium
Coach: Jason Taylor
Captain: David Kidwell & Roy Asotasi
Sydney Roosters
100th season
Ground: Sydney Football Stadium
Coach: Chris AndersonBrad Fittler
Captain: Craig Fitzgibbon
St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999.svg
St. George Illawarra Dragons
9th season
Ground: OKI Jubilee Stadium & WIN Stadium
Coach: Nathan Brown
Captain: Mark Gasnier
Wests Tigers
8th season
Ground: Campbelltown Stadium & Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Brett Hodgson

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 21 0 3 1 627 277 +350 44
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 18 0 6 1 597 377 +220 38
3 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 15 0 9 1 547 618 -71 32
4 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 13 1 10 1 593 434 +159 29
5 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 13 0 11 1 573 481 +92 28
6 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 12 0 12 1 575 528 +47 26
7 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 12 0 12 1 408 399 +9 26
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 11 0 13 1 511 476 +35 24
9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 1 541 561 -20 24
10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 10 1 13 1 445 610 -165 23
11 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 10 0 14 1 463 403 +60 22
12 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 10 0 14 1 409 559 -150 22
13 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 9 0 15 1 431 509 -78 20
14 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 9 0 15 1 522 650 -128 20
15 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 9 0 15 1 418 708 -290 20
16 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 8 0 16 1 539 607 -68 18

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
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 16 18 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 34 36 38 40 42 44
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 2 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 20 22 24 24 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 36 36 38
3 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 2 4 6 8 8 8 10 12 12 12 14 16 16 16 18 20 22 22 22 22 24 26 28 30 32
4 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 2 4 4 4 6 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 14 16 16 18 20 22 23 25 25 27 29
5 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 0 0 2 4 6 6 6 8 8 10 12 14 14 16 18 20 20 22 24 24 26 26 26 26 28
6 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 0 0 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 8 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 18 20 22 22 24 26 26 28
7 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 2 4 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 10 10 10 12 12 14 16 16 16 18 20 20 22 24 26 26
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 20 22 22 22 22 24 24
9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 16 16 16 18 20 20 20 22 22 22 24 24 24
10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 12 12 12 12 14 16 18 19 21 21 21 23
11 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 10 12 12 12 14 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 18 18 20 22
12 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 0 2 2 4 6 6 8 8 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 18 18 18 18 18 20 20 22 22 22
13 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 10 10 12 14 14 16 16 18 18 18 20 20
14 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 0 0 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 10 12 12 14 14 14 14 14 16 16 18 18 18 20 20 20
15 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 2 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 12 12 14 14 16 16 16 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 20
16 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 0 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 14 14 16 18 18


Finals series[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2007 NRL season results § Finals series.

To decide the grand finalists from the top eight finishing teams, the NRL adopts the McIntyre Final Eight System. The finals series was contested over a period of four weeks, culminating with the NRL Grand Final being held on Sunday 30 September 2007. For the first time, the week 2 and week 3 final matches were played in the cities of previous week winners rather than Sydney only.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Qualifying Finals
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 10 – 12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 7 September 2007 8:30pm Mt Smart Stadium Tony Archer 28,745
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 20 – 18 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 8 September 2007 6:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Paul Simpkins 24,004
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 30 – 6 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 September 2007 8:30pm Brookvale Oval Shayne Hayne 19,875
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 40 – 0 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 9 September 2007 4:00pm Olympic Park Stadium Steve Clark 15,522
Semi Finals
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 25 – 6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 15 September 2007 7:45pm Telstra Stadium Shayne Hayne 50,621
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 49 – 12 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 16 September 2007 4:00pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Tony Archer 21,847
Preliminary Finals
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles 28 – 6 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 22 September 2007 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Paul Simpkins 32,611
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 26 – 10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 23 September 2007 4:00pm Telstra Dome Tony Archer 33,427

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 2007 NRL grand final
Sunday, 30 September
19:15
Melbourne Storm 34-8 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Tries:
Greg Inglis (2), Anthony Quinn (2), Michael Crocker, Matt King, Clint Newton
Goals:
Cameron Smith (3/8)
Report Tries:
Chris Hicks, Steve Matai
Goals:
Matt Orford (0/2)
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 81,392[8]
Referee/s: Tony Archer
Man of the Match: Greg Inglis

Dally M Awards[edit]

Main article: 2007 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 and many other awards. 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. The top try-scorer and top point-scorer tallies are made at the end of the last round of the regular season and hence may be different to the overall top-scorers by the end of the finals.

Award Player Club
Dally M Medal Johnathan Thurston North Queensland Cowboys
Provan-Summons Medal Nathan Hindmarsh Parramatta Eels
Rookie of the Year Israel Folau Melbourne Storm
Captain of the Year Steve Price New Zealand Warriors
Rep Player of the Year Cameron Smith Melbourne Storm
Coach of the Year Craig Bellamy Melbourne Storm
Top Tryscorer of the Year Israel Folau
Matt Bowen
Melbourne Storm
North Queensland Cowboys
Top Pointscorer of the Year Hazem El Masri Bulldogs

Team of the Year

Award Player Club
Best Fullback Matthew Bowen North Queensland Cowboys
Best Winger Jarryd Hayne Parramatta Eels
Best Centre Justin Hodges Brisbane Broncos
Best Five-Eighth Darren Lockyer Brisbane Broncos
Best Halfback Johnathan Thurston North Queensland Cowboys
Best Lock Dallas Johnson Melbourne Storm
Best Second-Rower Anthony Watmough Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Best Prop Steve Price New Zealand Warriors
Best Hooker Robbie Farah Wests Tigers

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Stuart Honeysett and Brent Read (23 April 2010) Shocking end to the Melbourne Storm era The Australian
  2. ^ "Melbourne Storm breach NRL Salary Cap". National Rugby League. 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  3. ^ McDonald, Margie (22 April 2010). "Melbourne Storm stripped of two rugby league titles over salary cap fraud". The Australian. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Paul, Crawley (15 March 2011). "Record-breaking week for NRL". The Daily Telegraph (Australia: Herald and Weekly Times). Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Toohey, Barry (2 February 2011). "Still some bite in old Mad Dog". The Daily Telegraph (Australia: News Limited). Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Gallop, David (2007). "Australian Rugby Football League Annual Report 2007" (pdf). Australian Rugby League Limited. p. 5. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  7. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (6 May 2012). "Gallen set to smash record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  8. ^ D'Souza, Miguel. "Grand Final History". wwos.ninemsn.com.au. AAP. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 

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