2009 Brisbane Broncos season

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Broncos coach Ivan Henjak at a press conference in 2009.

The 2009 Brisbane Broncos season was the 22nd in the club's history and their first without foundation coach Wayne Bennett. They competed in the NRL's 2009 Telstra Premiership and by the 12th round were leading the competition, but then suffered one of their worst post-State of Origin form slumps ever and spent rounds 16 to 22 outside the top eight. The team managed to finish the regular season 6th (out of 16), qualifying for the finals for the 18th consecutive year. The Broncos then came within one match of the grand final but were knocked out for the 3rd season in a row by eventual premiers the Melbourne Storm (who months later were found to have been cheating the salary cap over the previous four seasons and had all honours achieved during the period nullified by the NRL).

Results[edit]

The new post-Bennett Broncos era got off to a thrilling start when they defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 19-18 in round 1 at Suncorp Stadium in the first game under coach Ivan Henjak. Star signing Israel Folau scored his first try in Broncos colours and the first try of the season for the club in the 6th minute, followed by NRL debutantes Antonio Winterstein and Jharal Yow Yeh who also crossed. In round 2 the Broncos defeated the Melbourne Storm for the first time since the 2006 NRL Grand Final. Israel Folau was up against his old club for the first time and scored a try in the 11th minute and second for the year for the Broncos.

For the second year in a row, The Broncos won the opening three rounds of the season when they defeated the New Zealand Warriors 26-10 at Mt Smart Stadium. In the following days Shane Webcke, who had been appointed assistant coach for Brisbane at the start of the season quit his post in the wake of controversy surrounding the release of his new book in which he was critical of some Broncos personnel. Later that week Wayne Bennett returned to Brisbane with the St. George Illawarra Dragons for round 4, coaching against his old club for the first time. Brisbane conceded their first loss of the season in what was also Darius Boyd's first match against his old club and the Dragons' 8th straight win against the Broncos.

The following week, the Broncos continued their 7-year winning streak in the good friday match against the Roosters, surviving a strong 2nd-half comeback by the Sydneysiders. In round 7, Darren Lockyer answered his critics as he helped the Broncos to a 40–8 win over the Parramatta Eels at Suncorp Stadium. Lockyer had a hand in most of the Broncos seven tries with Karmichael Hunt scoring three of the seven tries himself. Darren Lockyer's 300th game did not go as planned when they faced the Newcastle Knights in torrential rain at EnergyAustralia Stadium and lost, the match punctuated by a 35-minute half-time break. In round 10, Israel Folau equalled the club record for most tries in a match when he scored 4 tries against the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium.

The following week, the Broncos survived a strong Wests Tigers side who were playing their 10th year anniversary match, hanging on to win 20–18 at Campbelltown Stadium. In round 13, the Broncos suffered one of their worst defeats in the clubs history when they lost 48–4 against the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park. The loss is also equalled second in the Broncos worst defeats. In round 21, the Broncos were handed their worst ever defeat by the Canberra Raiders 56-0 at Canberra Stadium.

The following week, the Broncos bounced back to keep their finals hopes alive with a 30–10 win over the Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium. In round 24, The Broncos won their first match against the St. George Illawarra Dragons since round 6, 2005, when they beat the Dragons 12-2 at WIN Stadium. In round 25, the Broncos secured their 18th straight finals appearance when they beat Queensland rivals North Queensland Cowboys 16-10 at Dairy Farmers Stadium. The Broncos were the first opponent for the Gold Coast Titans competing in their first ever finals series. The Broncos survived a late comeback from the Titans holding on to a 40–32 win at Skilled Stadium. The Broncos made it consecutive wins against the St. George Illawarra Dragons for the first time since 2004 and their first win against the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium since 2004 with a 24–10 win against the Dragons in the semi-final at Suncorp Stadium. Source:[1] Their chances against Melbourne in the grand final qualifier suffered a major blow when in form halfback Peter Wallace broke his ankle toward the end of that win against the Dragons. The Broncos 2009 season came to an end in the Preliminary Final going down 40–10 to eventual premiers, the Melbourne Storm at Etihad Stadium.

Round Opponent Result Bris. Opp. Venue Date Crowd Position
Trial Gold Coast Titans Win 24 18 Kougari Oval, Wynnum 14 February 3,500
Trial Canberra Raiders Win 30 16 Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe 21 February 10,500
Trial Melbourne Storm Loss 6 20 Quad Park, Kawana 28 February 8,178[2]
1 North Queensland Cowboys Win 19 18 Suncorp Stadium 13 March 45,022 8/16
2 Melbourne Storm Win 16 14 Suncorp Stadium 20 March 36,647 3/16
3 New Zealand Warriors home jersey 2009.svg New Zealand Warriors Win 26 10 Mt Smart Stadium 28 March 24,350 1/16
4 St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Loss 12 25 Suncorp Stadium 3 April 42,435 4/16
5 Sydney Roosters Win 28 24 Sydney Football Stadium 10 April 18,464 3/16
6 Penrith Panthers home jersey 2007.svg Penrith Panthers Win 38 18 CUA Stadium 17 April 14,332 2/16
7 Parramatta Eels Win 40 8 Suncorp Stadium 24 April 30,887 1/16
8 Newcastle Knights home jersey 2008.svg Newcastle Knights Loss 12 28 EnergyAustralia Stadium 2 May 18,154 3/16
9 Manly Sea Eagles Loss 20 22 Suncorp Stadium 10 May 27,527 3/16
10 Gold Coast Titans Win 32 18 Suncorp Stadium 15 May 43,079 4/16
11 Wests Tigers commemorative jersey 2009.svg Wests Tigers Win 20 18 Campbelltown Stadium 22 May 9,675 3/16
12 Bye 2/16
13 Melbourne Storm Loss 4 48 Olympic Park 5 June 15,316 2/16
14 Canterbury Bulldogs away jersey 1997.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Loss 22 44 Suncorp Stadium 12 June 26,353 5/16
15 Cronulla Sharks Loss 12 46 Toyota Park 22 June 8,117 7/16
16 Parramatta Eels Loss 14 21 Parramatta Stadium 26–29 June 10,030 9/16
17 New Zealand Warriors away jersey 2009.svg New Zealand Warriors Win 28 14 Suncorp Stadium 3–6 July 32,456 9/16
18 Bye 10–13 July /16
19 South Sydney Rabbitohs Loss 12 44 Suncorp Stadium 17 July 50,109 /16
20 Gold Coast Titans Loss 18 34 Skilled Park 24 July 26,336 /16
21 Canberra Raiders Loss 0 56 Canberra Stadium 1 August 10,200 /16
22 Cronulla Sharks Win 30 10 Suncorp Stadium 10 August 20,114 10/16
23 Penrith Panthers Win 58 24 Suncorp Stadium 16 August 25,305 8/16
24 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 12 2 WIN Stadium 21 August 17,044 7/16
25 North Queensland Cowboys Win 16 10 Dairy Farmers Stadium 28 August 24,332 /16
26 Canberra Raiders Win 22 10 Suncorp Stadium 6 September 35,112 6/16
QF Gold Coast Titans Win 40 32 Skilled Park 12 September 27,227
SF St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 24 10 Suncorp Stadium 19 September 50,225
PF Melbourne Storm Loss 10 40 Etihad Stadium 26 September 27,687

Scorers[edit]

Player Tries Goals Field Goals Points
Corey Parker 5 75 0 170
Israel Folau 17 0 0 68
Antonio Winterstein 14 0 0 56
Karmichael Hunt 11 0 0 44
Jharal Yow Yeh 9 0 0 36
Steve Michaels 8 0 0 32
Alex Glenn 6 0 0 24
Peter Wallace 2 6\8 1 21
David Taylor 5 0 0 20
Ben Te'o 4 0 0 16
Darren Lockyer 4 0 0 16
Justin Hodges 3 0 0 12
Sam Thaiday 3 0 0 12
Lagi Setu 3 0 0 12
Joel Clinton 2 0 0 8
Josh McGuire 2 0 0 8
Ashton Sims 2 0 0 8
Andrew McCullough 2 0 0 8
Nick Kenny 1 0 0 4
TOTAL 103 81 1 585

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 24 17 0 7 2 548 329 +219 38
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 18 0 6 2 575 428 +147 38*
3 Norths Devils colours.svg Gold Coast 24 16 0 8 2 514 467 +47 36
4 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 14 1 9 2 505 348 +157 33
5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 14 0 10 2 549 439 +90 32
6 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 14 0 10 2 511 566 −55 32
7 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 13 0 11 2 508 491 +17 30
8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 12 1 11 2 476 473 +3 29
9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 12 0 12 2 558 483 +75 28
10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 11 1 12 2 566 549 +17 27
11 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 11 1 12 2 515 589 −74 27
12 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 11 0 13 2 558 474 +84 26
13 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 9 0 15 2 489 510 −31 22
14 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 7 2 15 2 377 545 −188 20
15 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 5 0 19 2 359 568 −209 14
16 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 5 0 19 2 382 681 −299 14

* Bulldogs stripped of 2 competition points after an interchange breach in round 2


Squad[edit]

Bold Players have played International or State any year

Fullbacks


Wingers


Centres


Halves


Front Rowers


Hookers


Back Rowers

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Coaching Role
Ivan Henjak Head Coach
Allan Langer Assistant Coach
Paul Green Assistant Coach
Peter Ryan Assistant Coach
Dean Benton Performance Director
Andrew Croll Athletic Performance Coach
Dan Baker Strength Coach
Tim Gabbett Sports Scientist

Shane Webcke was an Assistant Coach up until 6 April 2009, after resign from his role due to the controversy surrounding his auto-biography "Hard Road".[3] In addition, international cricketer and long-time Broncos fan Andrew Symonds was adopted by the club in an unpaid role assisting the coaching staff following his exile from cricket.

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

  • Nil

Club[edit]

Player movements[edit]

Gains[edit]

Name Club Coming From Details
Israel Folau Melbourne Storm Until 2010
Ben Te'o Wests Tigers Until 2009
Lagi Setu St George Illawarra Dragons Until 2009
Aaron Gorrell Catalans Dragons Until 2009
Michael De Vere Retirement Until 2009

Losses[edit]

Name Club Going To Details
Denan Kemp New Zealand Warriors Until 2010
Ben Hannant Canterbury Bulldogs Until 2011
Michael Ennis Canterbury Bulldogs Until 2011
Joel Moon New Zealand Warriors Until 2011
Shane Perry Catalans Dragons – ESL Until 2009
Darius Boyd St George Illawarra Dragons Until 2011
Greg Eastwood Canterbury Bulldogs Until 2011
Tonie Carroll Retired
Nick Emmett St George Illawarra Dragons Unknown
David Stagg Canterbury Bulldogs Until 2010
Wayne Bennett (Coach) St George Illawarra Dragons Until 2011

Re-signings & Signings[edit]

Name Contract details
Alex Glenn Contract ends 2012
Nick Kenny Contract ends 2012
Darren Lockyer Contract ends 2011
Sam Thaiday Contract ends 2011
Denan Kemp Contract ends 2010
Tim Natusch Contract ends 2010
Scott Anderson Contract ends 2011

Off contract at end of 2009[edit]

Name Contract details
Karmichael Hunt Signed with the French Rugby Union
David Taylor Signed with the South Sydney Rabbitohs
Lagi Setu Contract ends 2009
Aaron Gorrell Contract ends 2009

Off contract at end of 2010[edit]

Name Contract details
Joel Clinton Contract ends 2010
Ashton Sims Contract ends 2010
Steve Michaels Contract ends 2010
PJ Marsh Contract ends 2010
Josh Hoffman Contract ends 2010
Josh McGuire Contract ends 2010
Andrew McCullough Contract ends 2010
Gerard Beale Contract ends 2010
Ben Te'o Contract ends 2010
Ivan Henjak (Coach) Contract ends 2010

Off contract at end of 2011[edit]

Name Contract details
Kurt Baptiste Contract ends 2011
Dale Copley Contract ends 2011
Dane Gagai Contract ends 2011
David Hala Contract ends 2011
Justin Hodges Contract ends 2011
Ben Hunt Contract ends 2011
Kurtis Lingwoodcock Contract ends 2011
Darren Lockyer Contract ends 2011
Dunamis Lui Contract ends 2011
Corey Parker Contract ends 2011
Sam Thaiday Contract ends 2011

Off contract at end of 2012[edit]

Name Contract details
Israel Folau Contract ends 2012
Alex Glenn Contract ends 2012
Nick Kenny Contract ends 2012
Peter Wallace Contract ends 2012
Jharal Yow Yeh Contract ends 2012

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°27′53″S 153°0′34″E / 27.46472°S 153.00944°E / -27.46472; 153.00944 (Suncorp Stadium)