2008 Northern Pride RLFC season

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NORTHERN PRIDE
Club information
Full name Northern Pride Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) The Pride
Website northernpride.com.au
Colours Northern Pride colours.png Teal, Gold
Founded 2007
Current details
Ground(s)
CEO(s) Chris Sheppard
Coach(s) Jason Demetriou
Captain(s) Ty Williams
Competition Intrust Super Cup
2008 3rd
Home jersey
Home colours
Away jersey
Away colours
Rugby football current event.png Current season
Records
Premierships 1 (2010)
Runners-up 1 (2009)
Minor premiership 1 (2013)

2008 was the first competitive season for the Cairns based CRGT Northern Pride Rugby League Football Club. They competed in the QRL state competition, which in 2008 was called the Wizard Queensland Cup. 11 Clubs played 20 matches (10 home and 10 away) over 26 weeks.

The Pride finished 3rd, just losing the Preliminary Final in golden point extra-time to the Souths Logan Magpies, who went on to win the 2008 Grand Final. Foundation coach was Andrew Dunemann, who had played for the Canberra Raiders, Leeds Rhinos, Halifax RLFC and South Sydney Rabbitohs, and had been Under-20s coach for the Canberra Raiders. Assistant coach was David Maiden. Foundation captain was Chris Sheppard, who had played for the North Queensland Cowboys and St. George Illawarra Dragons.

Main article: Northern Pride RLFC

2008 Season - Northern Pride colours.png CRGT Northern Pride[edit]

Staff[edit]

2008 Player awards[edit]

Friday 26 September 2008, Pride Leagues Club, Irene Street, Mooroobool

  • Yalumba Wines Most Improved Player – Hezron Murgha
  • EK Kitchens Best Back – Chey Bird
  • Skytrans Airlines Best Forward – Mark Cantoni
  • CRGT Player of the Year – Chris Sheppard
  • John O’Brien Perpetual Club Person of the Year – Pride Manager, Rob White

Player gains[edit]

This was the first season for the Northern Pride, so all players were new signings.

In Round 10 the following players were signed to the Pride:

In Round 12 the following players was signed to the Pride:

In Round 16 the following players was signed to the Pride:

At the start of the season attempts were made to sign players from Papua New Guinea, but problems with visas prevented them playing for the Pride:


2008 Season Launch[edit]

  • Team Launch - 14 December 2007
  • Season Launch - 7 March 2008 at 11.00am, Stockland Cairns. (Originally scheduled as part of the Esplanade Lagoon's 5 year celebrations but moved to Stockland Cairns because of wet season flooding in Cairns.)

Pre-Season Boot Camp[edit]

  • Croco Dylus Village Camp, Daintree River - 19–20 January 2008

2008 Jerseys[edit]


Trial Matches[edit]

Pre-season Trial 1
Saturday 2 February 2008, 5.10pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 50-22 Cairns Select Squad
Tries:
?
Goals:
?
Tries:
?
Goals:
?
Venue:
Jilara Oval, Yarrabah
Team:
Interchange:
Unavailable:
Notes:

Pre-season Trial 2
Saturday 16 February 2008, 4.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 26-20 North Queensland colours.svg NYC North Queensland Cowboys Under 20s
Tries:
Hezron Murgha 2
Chey Bird
Ben Laity
Eric Warria
Drew Campbell
Goals:
Stephen Sheppard
Tries:
Brady Payne
Ricky Griffiths 2
Brandon Boor


Goals:
Chris Riesen 2
Venue:
Mann Street Field, Westcourt, Cairns
Team:
Interchange:
Unavailable:
Notes: The original trial match against the Mackay Cutters at Darryl Bourke Oval, Moranbah was cancelled due to wet conditions.
Noel Underwood was placed on report for a dangerous tackle.
Ryan Bartlett ended his season with a ACL tear.

Pre-season Trial 3
Saturday 23 February 2008, 5.30pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 22-16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys selection
Tries:
Greg Byrnes
Chey Bird
Mark Cantoni
Gordon Rattler
Goals:
Chey Bird 3
Tries:
John Williams 2
R Thompson


Goals:
John Williams 2
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Gordon Rattler, 3. Brett Anderson, 4. Josh Vaughan, 5. Hezron Murgha, 6. Stephen Sheppard, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 8. Ben Laity, 9. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 10. Greg Byrnes, 11. Alex Starmer, 12. Joel Riethmuller, 13. Mark Cantoni
Interchange: 14. Warren Jensen, 15. Ritchie Marsters, 16. Jason Roos, 17. Noel Underwood, 18. Drew Campbell, 19. Adam Mills
Unavailable: Ryan Bartlett (ACL)
Notes:

Pre-season Trial 4
Saturday 1 March 2008, 7.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 12-26 Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets
Tries:
Mark Cantoni 2
Goals:
?
Tries:
?
Goals:
?
Venue:
Mossman Showgrounds, Mossman
Team: 1. Josh Vaughan, 2. Drew Campbell, 3. Brett Anderson, 4. Hezron Murgha, 5. Noel Underwood, 6. Steve Sheppard, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 8. Ben Laity, 9. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 10. Alex Starmer, 11. Joel Riethmuller, 12. Warren Jensen, 13. Mark Cantoni
Interchange: 14. Ritchie Marsters, 15. Gordon Rattler, 16. Ben Kerr, 17. Adam Mills, 18. Shaun Cribb
Unavailable: Ryan Bartlett (ACL)
Notes: Stephen Sheppard sin-bin

Wizard Queensland Cup matches[edit]

Round 1
Saturday 15 March 2008, 6.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 44-16 Mackay Cutters colours.svg Mackay Cutters
Tries:
Brett Anderson 4
Chey Bird
Stephen Sheppard
Warren Jensen
Greg Byrnes
Goals:
Chey Bird 6
Match Report 1
Match Report 2
Tries:
Anthony Watts
Kerrod Toby
Sam Faust


Goals:
Chris Giumelli
Daniel Abraham
Venue:
Barlow Park, Cairns
Referee/s: Justin Davis
Touch Judges: Darryl Bell and Josh Kersevani
Interchange Official: Daniel Caamano
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Gordon Rattler, 3. Brett Anderson, 4. Jackson Nicolau, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Stephen Sheppard, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 8. Ben Laity, 9. Jason Roos, 10. Ben Vaeau, 11. Matthew Bartlett, 12. Joel Riethmuller, 13. Mark Cantoni
Interchange: 14. Warren Jensen, 15. Noel Underwood, 16. Alex Starmer, 17. Greg Byrnes
Unavailable: Ryan Bartlett (ACL)
Notes: Three North Queensland Cowboys played in the first Northern Pride match - Ben Vaeau (prop), Jackson Nicolau (centre) and Matthew Bartlett (back row), while the Cutters fielded eight Cowboys
The match was played on a rain-drenched Barlow Park field in Cairns which coach Andrew Dunemann described as a "mud pit". Pride officials tried to have the game called off due to the conditions but the QRL insisted the game proceed.
Chris Sheppard was placed on report for a high tackle.
Position Round 1 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
1 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 1 1 0 0 0 44 16 +28 2

Round 2
Sunday 23 March 2008, 2.00pm
Redcliffe Dolphins Redcliffe colours.svg 18-32 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
Tries:
Liam Georgetown
Mitchell Rivett
Craig Priestley
Ryan Cullen


Goals:
Liam Georgetown
Match Report Tries:
Gordon Rattler
Mark Cantoni
Matthew Bartlett
Warren Jensen
Josh Vaughan
Ty Williams
Goals:
Chey Bird 4
Venue:
Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe
Referee/s: Robert Gallacher
Touch Judges: Clayton Sharpe and Peter Jones
Interchange Official: Chris Butler
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Gordon Rattler, 3. Brett Anderson, 4. Jackson Nicolau, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Stephen Sheppard, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Mark Cantoni, 12. Joel Riethmuller, 11. Matthew Bartlett, 10. Steve Southern, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Vaeau
Interchange: 14. Warren Jensen, 15. Ben Laity, 16. Greg Byrnes, 17. Scott Bolton, 18. Ty Williams
Unavailable: Ryan Bartlett (ACL)
Notes: Six North Queensland Cowboys played in the second Northern Pride match - Steve Southern, Scott Bolton, Ben Vaeau, Matthew Bartlett, Jackson Nicolau, Ty Williams
Position Round 2 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
1 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 2 2 0 0 0 76 34 +42 4

Round 3
Saturday 29 March 2008, 6.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 46-12 Norths Devils colours.svg Norths Devils
Tries:
Brett Anderson
Chris Sheppard (c)
Mark Cantoni
Joel Riethmuller
Matthew Bartlett
Jason Roos
Ben Vaeau
Ben Laity
Goals:
Chey Bird 7 from 8
Match Report Tries:
Luke Samoa 2







Goals:
Patrick Fray
Haisley Robson
Venue:
Barlow Park, Cairns
Referee/s: Justin Davis
Touch Judges: Michael Inman and Darryl Bell
Interchange Official: Daniel Caamano
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Gordon Rattler, 3. Brett Anderson, 4. Josh Vaughan, 5. John Williams, 6. Jackson Nicolau, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Mark Cantoni, 12. Joel Riethmuller, 11. Matthew Bartlett, 10. Steve Southern, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Vaeau
Interchange: 14. Warren Jensen, 15. Ben Laity, 16. Greg Byrnes, 17. Scott Bolton
Unavailable: Ryan Bartlett (ACL), Steven Sheppard (sternum)
Notes: Six North Queensland Cowboys played in the third Northern Pride match - Ben Vaeau (prop), Steve Southern (Prop), Jackson Nicolau (Five-eighth), Matthew Bartlett (back row), John Williams (wing), Scott Bolton (Interchange).
Position Round 3 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
1 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 3 3 0 0 0 122 46 +76 6

Round 4
Saturday 5 April 2008, 6.30pm
Burleigh Bears Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg 8-18 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
Tries:
Adam Fielder 2


Goals:
-
Match Report Tries:
Jackson Nicolau
Ben Laity
David Faiumu
Goals:
Chey Bird 3
Venue:
Pizzey Park, Miami, Gold Coast
Referee/s: Clayton Sharpe
Touch Judges: Peter Anderson and Robert Grogan
Interchange Official: David Shaw
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Gordon Rattler, 3. Brett Anderson, 4. Josh Vaughan, 5. Drew Campbell, 6. Jackson Nicolau, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Mark Cantoni, 12. Joel Riethmuller, 11. Matthew Bartlett, 10. Ben Laity, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Vaeau
Interchange: 14. Warren Jensen, 15. Alex Starmer, 16. Greg Byrnes, 17. Scott Bolton
Unavailable: Ryan Bartlett (ACL)
Notes: Five North Queensland Cowboys played in the fourth Northern Pride match - Jackson Nicolau, Ben Vaeau, David Faiumu, Matthew Bartlett, Scott Bolton
Position Round 4 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
1 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 4 4 0 0 0 140 54 +86 8

Round 5
Saturday 12 April 2008, 2.00pm
Souths Logan Magpies Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg 24-34 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
Tries:
Quentin Laulu Togagae 3
Lewis Balcomb




Goals:
Michael Dobson 4
Tries:
Chey Bird
Brett Anderson
Josh Vaughan
Chris Shepard
Joel Riethmuller
Greg Byrnes
Goals:
Chey Bird 5
Venue:
Meakin Park, Logan
Broadcast live on ABC 1 TV
Referee/s: Michael Wise
Touch Judges: Justin Davis and Chris Butler
Interchange Official: Robert Grogan
Video Referee: Tony Maksoud
Man of the Match: Greg Byrnes
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Gordon Rattler, 3. Brett Anderson, 4. Hezron Murgha, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Stephen Sheppard, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Mark Cantoni, 12. Joel Riethmuller, 11. Warren Jensen, 10. Ben Laity, 9. David Faiumu, 8. Scott Bolton
Interchange: 14. Jason Roos, 15. Alex Starmer, 16. Greg Byrnes, 17. Noel Underwood
Unavailable: Ryan Bartlett (ACL)
Notes: Broadcast live on ABC 1 TV with ABC Sport’s Gerry Collins, Warren Boland and David Wright.
Only two North Queensland Cowboys played in the fifth Northern Pride match - Scott Bolton (interchange), David Faiumu (hooker).
This was Brett Anderson last game before leaving to play for Melbourne Storm - he returned to the Pride in 2010.
The Pride were down 6-24 at half-time. They scored 28 unanswered points in the second half for a dramatic come-from-behind win.
Position Round 5 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
2 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 5 5 0 0 0 174 78 +96 10

Round 6
Saturday 19 April 2008, 6.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 30-28 Balmain colours.svg Easts Tigers
Tries:
Jason Roos 2
Gordon Rattler
Jackson Nicolau
Josh Vaughan
Adam Mills
Goals:
Chey Bird 3
Match Report Tries:
Tangi Ropati 2
Kev Stephensen
Marcus Jensen
Trent Young

Goals:
Matt Lockyer 3
Isaac Kaufmann
Venue:
Barlow Park, Cairns
Referee/s: Nick Kalpakidis
Touch Judges: Darryl Bell and Greg Watt
Interchange Official: Daniel Caamano
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Gordon Rattler, 3. Jackson Nicolau, 4. Hezron Murgha, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Stephen Sheppard, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Mark Cantoni, 12. Joel Riethmuller, 11. Scott Bolton, 10. Ben Laity, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Vaeau
Interchange: 14. Adam Mills, 15. Warren Jensen, 16. Greg Byrnes, 17. Alex Starmer
Unavailable: Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia (ribs), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm), Ryan Bartlett (ACL)
Notes: Stephen Sheppard was sent from the field in the second half and Joel Riethmuller suffered a season ending knee injury.
Position Round 6 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
2 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 6 6 0 0 0 204 106 +98 12

Round 7
Saturday 26 April 2008, 6.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 40-10 Central Comets colours.svg Central Comets
Tries:
Drew Campbell 2
Greg Byrnes 2
Hezron Murgha
Josh Vaughan
Jackson Nicolau
Goals:
Chey Bird 6
Match Report Tries:
Nat Bowman
Wayne Barnett



Goals:
Jimmy Radloff
Venue:
Barlow Park, Cairns
Referee/s: Gavin Morris
Touch Judges: Darryl Bell and Daniel Caamano
Interchange Official: Mark Leigh
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Drew Campbell, 3. Ty Williams, 4. Hezron Murgha, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Jackson Nicolau, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Warren Jensen, 12. Mark Cantoni, 11. Alex Starmer, 10. Ben Vaeau, 9. David Faiumu, 8. Greg Byrnes
Interchange: 14. Jason Roos, 15. Adam Mills, 16. Noel Underwood, 17. Ben Laity
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm), Stephen Sheppard (sternum), Ryan Bartlett (ACL)
Notes: Four North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Ty Williams, Jackson Nicolau, Ben Vaeau, David Faiumu
This was the Pride's seventh game and their seventh win.
Position Round 7 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
1 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 7 7 0 0 0 244 116 +128 14

Round 8
Saturday 3 May 2008, 2.00pm
Tweed Heads Seagulls Western Suburbs colours.svg 34-4 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
Tries:
Selasi Berdie 2
Dennis Gordon
Luke Dumas
Shane Joyce
Brad Davis
Goals:
Brad Davis 5
Match Report Tries:
Hezron Murgha




Goals:
-
Venue:
Cudgen Park, Cudgen
Broadcast live on ABC 1 TV
Referee/s: Clayton Sharpe
Touch Judges: Rod Spain and David Shaw
Interchange Official: Daniel Gigliotti
Video Referee: Rex Little
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Drew Campbell, 3. Jackson Nicolau, 4. Hezron Murgha, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Stephen Sheppard, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Mark Cantoni, 12. David Faiumu, 11. Alex Starmer, 10. Scott Bolton, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Greg Byrnes
Interchange: 14. Warren Jensen, 15. Adam Mills, 16. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 17. Ben Laity
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm), Ryan Bartlett (ACL)
Notes: Broadcast live on ABC 1 TV with ABC Sport’s Gerry Collins, Warren Boland and David Wright.
Three North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Scott Bolton, David Faiumu, Jackson Nicolau
This was the Pride's first defeat after eight rounds of the competition.
Position Round 8 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
2 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 8 7 0 1 0 248 150 +98 14

Round 9
10–11 May 2008
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png BYE BYE
Team:
Interchange:
Position Round 9 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
2 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 8 7 0 1 1 248 150 +98 16

Round 10
Saturday 17 May 2008, 6.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 16-26 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum Manly Seagulls
Tries:
Drew Campbell
Hezron Murgha
Stephen Sheppard

Goals:
Chey Bird 2
Match Report 1
match Report 2
Tries:
Jason Moon
Dallas McIlwain
Luke Dalziel Don
Chris Muckert
Goals:
Matt Seamark 5
Venue:
Barlow Park, Cairns
Referee/s: Michael Wise
Touch Judges: Michael Inman and Greg Watt
Interchange Official: Daniel Caamano
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Drew Campbell, 3. Adam Mills, 4. Hezron Murgha, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Ben Kerr, 12. Mark Cantoni, 11. Matthew Bartlett, 10. Scott Bolton, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity
Interchange: 14. Richie Marsters, 15. Warren Jensen, 16. Noel Underwood, 17. Greg Byrnes
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm, Ryan Bartlett (ACL), Quincy To’oto’o-ulugia (knee), Alex Starmer (shoulder)
Chris Afamasaga from the Gold Coast Titans and Jamie Frizzo from the North Queensland Cowboys signed to the Pride this week.
Notes: Two North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Scott Bolton, Matthew Bartlett
Position Round 10 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
3 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 9 7 0 2 1 264 176 +88 16

Round 11
Saturday 24 May 2008, 2.00pm
Ipswich Jets Ipswich Colours.svg 16-30 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
Tries:
Brendan Marshall
Ian Lacey
Aaron Sweeney

Goals:
Josh Lewis 2
Match Report 1
Match Report 2
Match Report 3
Tries:
Chey Bird 2
Matthew Bartlett
Scott Bolton
Ben Vaeau
Goals:
Chey Bird 5
Venue:
Briggs Road Sporting Complex, Ipswich
Broadcast live on ABC 1 TV
Referee/s: Gavin Morris
Touch Judges: Rod Spain and Chris Butler
Interchange Official: Daniel Griffin
Video Referee: Tony Maksoud
Man of the Match: Chey Bird
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Drew Campbell, 3. Jamie Frizzo, 4. Hezron Murgha, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Jackson Nicolau, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Mark Cantoni, 12. Adam Mills, 11. Scott Bolton, 10. Ben Laity, 9. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 8. Ben Vaeau
Interchange: 14. Stephen Sheppard, 15. Alex Starmer, 16. Warren Jensen, 17. Greg Byrnes
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm, Ryan Bartlett (ACL)
Notes: Broadcast live on ABC 1 TV with ABC Sport’s Gerry Collins, Warren Boland and David Wright.
Three North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Jackson Nicolau, Scott Bolton, Ben Vaeau
Position Round 11 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
2 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 10 8 0 2 1 294 192 +102 18

Round 12
Saturday 7 June 2008, 7.00pm
Mackay Cutters Northern Pride colours.png 12-18 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
Tries:
Dean Tass
George Gatis
Goals:
Todd Seymour 2
Match Report Tries:
Jackson Nicolau 2
Greg Byrnes
Goals:
Chey Bird 3
Venue:
Mackay Junior Fields, Mackay
Referee/s: Nick Kalpakidis
Touch Judges: Clinton Begg and Chris Anderson
Interchange Official: Zane Wright
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Drew Campbell, 3. Jamie Frizzo, 4. Hezron Murgha, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Jackson Nicolau, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Mark Cantoni, 12. Greg Byrnes, 11. Matthew Bartlett, 10. Ben Vaeau, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity
Interchange: 14. Warren Jensen, 15. Alex Starmer, 16. Ben Kerr, 17. Chris Afamasaga
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm, Ryan Bartlett (ACL)
Notes: Rod Griffin signed with the Pride this week
Three North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Jackson Nicolau, Ty Williams, Ben Vaeau
Position Round 12 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
2 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 11 9 0 2 1 312 204 +108 20

Round 13
Saturday 14 June 2008, 6.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 0-26 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins
Tries:
-



Goals:
-
Match Report Tries:
Nick Emett 2
Ryan Cullen
Liam Georgetown
Chris Fox
Goals:
Marty Turner 3
Venue:
Barlow Park, Cairns
Referee/s: Justin Davis
Touch Judges: Greg Watt and Daniel Caamano
Interchange Official: Michael Inman
Team: 1. Chey Bird (c), 2. Drew Campbell, 3. Ty Williams, 4. Hezron Murgha, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Jackson Nicolau, 7. Stephen Sheppard, 8. Ben Laity, 9. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 10. Ben Vaeau, 11. Adam Mills, 12. Greg Byrnes, 13. Mark Cantoni
Interchange: 14. Warren Jensen, 15. Alex Starmer, 16. Scott Bolton, 17. Chris Afamasaga
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm, Ryan Bartlett (ACL), Chris Sheppard (representative duties)
Notes: Five North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Ty Williams, Jackson Nicolau, Ben Vaeau, Matthew Bartlett, Scott Bolton
UIn the second half Mark Cantoni was taken to hospital with a broken arm.
Position Round 13 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
3 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 12 9 0 3 1 312 230 +82 20

Round 14
Sunday 22 June 2008, 2.00pm
Norths Devils Norths Devils colours.svg 24-40 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
Tries:
Rodney Davies 2
George Kepa 2
Reece Robinson


Goals:
Luke Samoa 2
Match Report 1
Match Report 2
Tries:
Drew Campbell 2
Josh Vaughan 2
Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia
Ben Vaeau
Jason Roos
Goals:
Chey Bird 5
Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia
Venue:
Bishop Park, Nundah
Referee/s: Clayton Sharpe
Touch Judges: Nick Kalpakidis and David Shaw
Interchange Official: Nick Morel
Team: 1. Chey Bird (c), 2. Drew Campbell, 3. Ty Williams, 4. Jamie Frizzo, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Jackson Nicolau, 7. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 13. Adam Mills, 12. Greg Byrnes, 11. Alex Starmer, 10. Ben Vaeau, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity
Interchange: 14. Hezron Murgha, 15. Rod Griffin, 16. Warren Jensen, 17. Chris Afamasaga
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm, Ryan Bartlett (ACL), Chris Sheppard (representative duties), Greg Byrnes (representative duties), Mark Cantoni (broken arm)
Notes: Three North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Ty Williams, Jackson Nicolau, Ben Vaeau
Position Round 14 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
3 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 13 10 0 3 1 352 254 +98 22

Round 15
Saturday 28 June 2008, 6.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 28-12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears
Tries:
Drew Campbell
Jamie Frizzo
Rod Griffin
Jason Roos
Chris Afamasaga
Goals:
Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia 4
Match Report Tries:
Adam Hutchison
Martin Griese



Goals:
Nick Parfitt 2
Venue:
Barlow Park, Cairns
Referee/s: Gavin Morris
Touch Judges: Greg Watt and Daniel Caamano
Interchange Official: Darryl Bell
Team: 1. Ty Williams, 2. Drew Campbell, 3. Hezron Murgha, 4. Jamie Frizzo, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Jackson Nicolau, 7. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 13. Adam Mills, 12. Rod Griffin, 11. Matthew Bartlett, 10. Alex Starmer, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity (c)
Interchange: 14. Gordon Rattler, 15. Noel Underwood, 16. Ben Kerr, 17. Chris Afamasaga
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm, Ryan Bartlett (ACL), Mark Cantoni (broken arm), Chey Bird (sternum)
Notes: Three North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Ty Williams, Jackson Nicolau, Matthew Bartlett
Position Round 15 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
3 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 14 11 0 4 1 380 266 +114 22

Round 16
Saturday 5 July 2008, 6.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 16-12 Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg Souths Logan Magpies
Tries:
Ty Williams
Drew Campbell
Rod Griffin
Goals:
Chris Sheppard 2
Match Report Tries:
Brad Cross
Tom Learoyd Lahrs

Goals:
Marc Herbert 2
Venue:
Barlow Park, Cairns
Referee/s: Justin Eastwood
Touch Judges: Michael Inman and Greg Watt
Interchange Official: Darryl Bell
Team: 1. Ty Williams, 2. Drew Campbell, 3. Hezron Murgha, 4. Jamie Frizzo, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Jackson Nicolau, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Adam Mills, 12. Rod Griffin, 11. Luke Harlen, 10. Greg Byrnes, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity
Interchange: 14. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 15. Noel Underwood, 16. Alex Starmer, 17. Chris Afamasaga
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm, Ryan Bartlett (ACL), Mark Cantoni (broken arm), Chey Bird (sternum)
Notes: Luke Harlen signed with the Pride this week after being released from Wests Tigers
Two North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Ty Williams, Jackson Nicolau
The Dawsons Engineering FNQ Cyclones side played the opening game as part of the ARL Masters National Carnival
Position Round 16 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
3 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 15 2 0 3 1 396 278 +118 26

Round 17
Saturday 12 July 2008, 2.00pm
Easts Tigers Balmain colours.svg 10-26 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
Tries:
Liam Campbell
Marcus Jensen


Goals:
Matt Lockyer
Tries:
Jamie Frizzo 2
Drew Campbell
Josh Vaughan
Matthew Bartlett
Goals:
Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia 3
Venue:
Langlands Park, Stones Corner, Brisbane
Broadcast live on ABC 1 TV
Referee/s: Gavin Morris
Touch Judges: Justin DAVIS and Michael Inman
Interchange Official: Jon Kennedy
Video Referee: Tony Maksoud
Team: 1. Ty Williams, 2. Drew Campbell, 3. Hezron Murgha, 4. Jamie Frizzo, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Jackson Nicolau, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Adam Mills, 12. Rod Griffin, 11. Matthew Bartlett, 10. Luke Harlen, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity
Interchange: 14. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 15. Noel Underwood, 16. Alex Starmer, 17. Chris Afamasaga
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm, Ryan Bartlett (ACL), Mark Cantoni (broken arm), Chey Bird (sternum)
Notes: Broadcast live on ABC 1 TV with ABC Sport’s Gerry Collins, Warren Boland and David Wright.
Three North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Ty Williams, Jackson Nicolau, Matthew Bartlett
Position Round 17 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
1 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 16 13 0 3 1 422 288 +134 28

Round 18
Saturday 19 July 2008, 7.30pm
Central Comets Central Comets colours.svg 28-16 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
Tries:
Marty Hatfield 2
Guy Williams
Nat Bowman
Andrew Dale
Goals:
Nat Bowman 4
Match Report 1
Match Report 2
Tries:
Hezron Murgha
Gordon Rattler
Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia

Goals:
Chris Sheppard 2
Venue:
Browne Park, Rockhampton
Referee/s: Justin Eastwood
Touch Judges: Steve Kanowski and Jason McManus
Interchange Official: Aaron Geddes
Team: 1. Josh Vaughan, 2. Drew Campbell, 3. Hezron Murgha, 4. Jamie Frizzo, 5. Gordon Rattler, 6. Jackson Nicolau, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Adam Mills, 12. Rod Griffin, 11. Noel Underwood, 10. Greg Byrnes, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity
Interchange: 14. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 15. Ben Kerr, 16. Alex Starmer, 17. Chris Afamasaga
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm, Ryan Bartlett (ACL), Mark Cantoni (broken arm), Chey Bird (sternum)
Notes: Only one North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Jackson Nicolau
Position Round 18 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
2 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 17 13 0 4 1 438 316 +122 28

Round 19
Saturday 26 July 2008, 6.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 20-34 Western Suburbs colours.svg Tweed Heads Seagulls
Tries:
Josh Vaughan 2
Luke Millwood
Warren Jensen


Goals:
Chey Bird 2
Match Report Tries:
Ben Jeffery 2
Shayne Joyce
James Wood
Matthew Pow
Matt King
Goals:
Ben Jeffery 4, Daniel Evans
Venue:
Barlow Park, Cairns
Referee/s: Clayton Sharpe
Touch Judges: Michael Inman and Daniel Caamano
Interchange Official: Darryl Bell
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Gordon Rattler, 3. Hezron Murgha, 4. Jamie Frizzo, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Chris Sheppard (c), 7. Luke Millwood, 13. Adam Mills, 12. Rod Griffin, 11. Greg Byrnes, 10. Alex Starmer, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity
Interchange: 14. Warren Jensen, 15. Noel Underwood, 16. Scott Bolton, 17. Eric Warria
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm, Ryan Bartlett (ACL), Mark Cantoni (broken arm), Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia (knee), Drew Campbell (knee), Chris Afamasaga (sternum)
Notes: Only one North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Scott Bolton
The Pride had two new players, halfback Luke Millwood and outside back Eric Warria
Pride players wore yellow armbands as part of the Cancer Council's National "Call To Arms" campaign. The Pride also contribute $1 from every ticket sold and game day sponsor Skytrans gave a bonus of $100 for every try scored and $50 for every goal converted.
Position Round 19 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
3 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 18 13 0 5 1 458 350 +108 28

Round 20
2–3 August 2008
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png BYE BYE
Team:
Interchange:
Position Round 20 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
2 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 18 13 0 5 2 458 350 +108 30

Round 21
Sunday 10 August 2008, 2.00pm
Wynnum Manly Seagulls Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg 36-16 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
Tries:
Jason Moon
Chris McQueen
Chris Currie
Simon Phillips
Adam Brideson
Darren Bain
Aoterangi Herangi
Goals:
Chris Birch 3
Matt Seamark
Match Report Tries:
Jackson Nicolau
Josh Vaughan
Mark Cantoni




Goals:
Chey Bird 2
Venue:
BMD Kougari Oval, Wynnum
Referee/s: Justin Davis
Touch Judges: Michael Wise and Andrew Wareham
Interchange Official: Jon Kennedy
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Adam Mills, 3. Hezron Murgha, 4. Jackson Nicolau, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Chris Sheppard (c), 7. Luke Millwood, 13. Jamie Frizzo, 12. Mark Cantoni, 11. Matthew Bartlett, 10. Greg Byrnes, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity
Interchange: 14. Rod Griffin, 15. Noel Underwood, 16. Scott Bolton, 17. Alex Starmer
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm, Ryan Bartlett (ACL), Chris Afamasaga (resigned)
Notes: Three North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Matthew Bartlett, Jackson Nicolau, Scott Bolton
Position Round 21 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
3 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 19 13 0 6 2 474 386 +88 30

Round 22
Saturday 16 August 2008, 6.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 20-30 Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets
Tries:
Josh Vaughan
Stephen Sheppard
Luke Millwood
Greg Byrnes

Goals:
Chey Bird 2
Match Report Tries:
Smith Samau 2
Donald Malone
Isaak Ah Mau
Aaron Sweeney
Adam Boettcher
Goals:
Donald Malone 3
Venue:
Barlow Park, Cairns
Referee/s: Clayton Sharpe
Touch Judges: Michael Inman and Darryl Bell
Interchange Official: Daniel Caamano
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Hezron Murgha, 3. Jackson Nicolau, 4. Jamie Frizzo, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Stephen Sheppard, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 12. Mark Cantoni, 11. Rod Griffin, 10. Scott Bolton, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity
Interchange: 14. Luke Millwood, 15. Alex Starmer, 16. Greg Byrnes, 17. Noel Underwood
Unavailable: Joel Riethmuller (knee), Brett Anderson (transferred to the Melbourne Storm, Ryan Bartlett (ACL), Mark Cantoni (broken arm), Chris Afamasaga (resigned), Adam Mills (ankle)
Notes: Two North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Jackson Nicolau, Scott Bolton
Position Round 22 - 2008 P W D L B For Against Diff Points
3 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 20 13 0 7 2 494 416 +78 30

2008 Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets 20 16 0 4 2 656 329 327 36
2 Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg Souths Logan Magpies 20 14 0 6 2 592 378 214 32
3 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride 20 13 0 7 2 494 416 78 30
4 Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum Manly Seagulls 20 11 2 7 2 526 514 12 28
5 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins 20 11 1 8 2 498 418 80 27
6 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears 20 11 0 9 2 528 506 22 26
7 Balmain colours.svg Easts Tigers 20 8 1 11 2 454 462 -8 21
8 Western Suburbs colours.svg Tweed Heads Seagulls 20 7 1 12 2 507 535 -28 19
9 Mackay Cutters colours.svg Mackay Cutters 20 7 1 12 2 416 488 -72 19
10 Central Comets colours.svg Central Comets 20 7 0 13 2 404 595 -191 18
11 Norths Devils colours.svg Norths Devils 20 2 0 18 2 288 722 -434 8

Finals Series[edit]

Finals Week 1 - Qualifying Semi-Final (Team 2 v Team 3)
Sunday 24 August 2008, 2.00pm
Souths Logan Magpies Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg 16-40 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
Tries:
Nigel Plum 2
Quentin Laulu Togagae




Goals:
Tim Cannard 2
Match Report Tries:
Chey Bird
Hezron Murgha
Jamie Frizzo
Josh Vaughan
Mark Cantoni
Luke Harlen
Goals:
Chey Bird 8
Venue:
Davies Park, West End, Brisbane
Referee/s:
Touch Judges:
Interchange Officials:
Video Referee:
Team: 1. Chey Bird, 2. Hezron Murgha, 3. Jackson Nicolau, 4. Jamie Frizzo, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Stephen Sheppard, 7. Chris Sheppard (c), 13. Rod Griffin, 12. Mark Cantoni, 11. Luke Harlen, 10. Scott Bolton, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity
Interchange: 14. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 15. Warren Jensen, 16. Greg Byrnes, 17. Noel Underwood
Unavailable: Alex Starmer (knee)
Notes: Two North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Jackson Nicolau, Scott Bolton

Finals Week 2 - Qualifying Final
Saturday 30 August 2008, 2.00pm
Ipswich Jets Ipswich Colours.svg 34-16 Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
Tries:
Scott Ireland 2
Donald Malone
Josh Lewis
Kurtis Lingwoodock
Leigh Coghill
Goals:
Josh Lewis 5
Match Report Tries:
Hezron Murgha
Josh Vaughan
Jamie Frizzo


Goals:
Chey Bird 2
Venue:
Briggs Road Sporting Complex, Ipswich
Broadcast live on ABC 1 TV
Referee/s: Justin Davis
Touch Judges: Clayton Sharpe and Rod Spain
Interchange Officials: Daniel Gicliotti
Video Referee:
Team: 1. Chey Bird (c), 2. Hezron Murgha, 3. Josh Vaughan, 4. Jamie Frizzo, 5. Adam Mills, 6. Jackson Nicolau, 7. Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia, 13. Rod Griffin, 12. Mark Cantoni, 11. Luke Harlen, 10. Scott Bolton, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity
Interchange: 14. Stephen Sheppard, 15. Alex Starmer, 16. Greg Byrnes, 17. Noel Underwood
Unavailable: Chris Sheppard (foot)
Notes: Broadcast live on ABC 1 TV with ABC Sport’s Gerry Collins, Warren Boland and David Wright.<br /Two North Queensland Cowboys played in this match - Jackson Nicolau, Scott Bolton

Finals Week 3 - Preliminary Final
Saturday 6 September 2008, 2.00pm
Northern Pride Northern Pride colours.png 12-16 Souths-Logan Magpies Colours.svg Souths Logan Magpies
Tries:
Hezron Murgha
Jackson Nicolau
Luke Harlen
Goals:
-
GOLDEN POINT GAME
Match Report
Tries:
Kyle Lodge 2
Quentin Laulu Togagae

Goals:
Josh White
Tim Cannard
Venue:
Langlands Park, Stones Corner, Brisbane
Broadcast live on ABC 1 TV
Referee/s: Gavin Morris
Touch Judges: David Shaw and Peter Jones
Interchange Officials: Peter Anderson
Video Referee:
Team: 1. Chey Bird (c), 2. Hezron Murgha, 3. Jackson Nicolau, 4. Jamie Frizzo, 5. Josh Vaughan, 6. Stephen Sheppard, 7. Luke Millwood, 13. Mark Cantoni, 12. Noel Underwood, 11. Luke Harlen, 10. Greg Byrnes, 9. Jason Roos, 8. Ben Laity
Interchange: 14. Callan Myles, 15. Alex Starmer, 16. Adam Mills, 17. Warren Jensen
Unavailable: Chris Sheppard (foot), Rod Griffin (concussion), Quincy To’oto’o-ulugia
Notes: It was 12-12 at full time, and Souths Logan Magpies scored after 8 minutes of extra time.
Broadcast live on ABC 1 TV with ABC Sport’s Gerry Collins, Warren Boland and David Wright.
The Pride used 34 different players this season. Ben Laity and Josh Vaughan played all 23 games this season.

2008 Northern Pride players[edit]

Pride players 2008 Appearances 2008 Tries 2008 Goals 2008 Field Goals 2008 Points scored
Northern Pride colours.png Adam Mills 15 1 0 0 4
Northern Pride colours.png Alex Starmer 19 0 0 0 0
Northern Pride colours.png Ben Kerr 4 0 0 0 0
Northern Pride colours.png Ben Laity 23 2 0 0 8
Northern Pride colours.png Brett Anderson 5 6 0 0 24
Northern Pride colours.png Callan Myles 1 0 0 0 0
Northern Pride colours.png Chey Bird 19 5 65 0 150
Northern Pride colours.png Chris Afamasaga 7 1 0 0 4
Northern Pride colours.png Chris Sheppard 18 2 4 0 16
Northern Pride colours.png Drew Campbell 12 8 0 0 32
Northern Pride colours.png Eric Warria 1 0 0 0 0
Northern Pride colours.png Gordon Rattler 9 3 0 0 12
Northern Pride colours.png Hezron Murgha 19 7 0 0 28
Northern Pride colours.png Jamie Frizzo 13 5 0 0 20
Northern Pride colours.png Jason Roos 21 5 0 0 20
Northern Pride colours.png Joel Riethmuller 6 2 0 0 8
Northern Pride colours.png Josh Vaughan 23 13 0 0 52
Northern Pride colours.png Luke Harlen 5 2 0 0 8
Northern Pride colours.png Luke Millwood 4 2 0 0 8
Northern Pride colours.png Mark Cantoni 17 4 0 0 16
Northern Pride colours.png Noel Underwood 14 0 0 0 0
Northern Pride colours.png Quincy To'oto'o-ulugia 12 2 8 0 24
Northern Pride colours.png Richie Marsters 1 0 0 0 0
Northern Pride colours.png Rod Griffin 10 2 0 0 8
Northern Pride colours.png Stephen Sheppard 11 3 0 0 12
Northern Pride colours.png Warren Jensen 16 3 0 0 12
Ryan Bartlett Trial Game 0 0 0 0
Shaun Cribb Trial Game 0 0 0 0

North Queensland Cowboys who played for the Northern Pride in 2008[edit]

Cowboys players 2008 Appearances 2008 Tries 2008 Goals 2008 Field Goals 2008 Points scored
North Queensland colours.svg Ben Vaeau 10 0 0 0 0
North Queensland colours.svg David Faiumu 3 1 0 0 4
North Queensland colours.svg Greg Byrnes 21 0 0 0 0
North Queensland colours.svg Jackson Nicolau 20 0 0 0 0
North Queensland colours.svg John Williams 1 0 0 0 0
North Queensland colours.svg Matthew Bartlett 9 4 0 0 16
North Queensland colours.svg Scott Bolton 14 1 0 0 4
North Queensland colours.svg Steve Southern 2 0 0 0 0
North Queensland colours.svg Ty Williams 7 2 0 0 8

2008 Televised Games[edit]

In 2008 games were televised by ABC TV and shown live across Queensland through the ABC1 channel at 2.00pm (AEST) on Saturday afternoons. The commentary team was Gerry Collins, Warren Boland and David Wright.

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