2009 Melbourne Storm season

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2009 Melbourne Storm season
NRL 4th
Play-off result Grand Final Winners
2009 record Wins: 14; Draws: 1; Losses: 9
Points scored For: 505; Against: 348
Team information
CEO Brian Waldron
Coach Craig Bellamy
Captain
Stadium Olympic Park Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Billy Slater (18)
Goals Cameron Smith (65)
Points Cameron Smith (142)
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The 2009 Melbourne Storm season was the 12th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2009 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season 4th (out of 16). They then progressed to their fourth consecutive grand final, this time to be played against the Parramatta Eels and won, claiming their second premiership in three seasons. Melbourne were later stripped of this title after being found guilty of salary cap breaches at the time.

Season summary[edit]

Early in the season, Matthew Johns, who was working as one of the Melbourne Storm's assistant coaches was stood down following the revelation of his involvement in a sex scandal.[1] The Storm after are coming off a great season in 2008 where they won their 3rd straight minor premiership but they could not win the grand final going down to Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40–0. But in 2009 picked themselves back up and won the 3rd premiership in the 11 year history, beating the Parramatta Eels 23–16 in the final at ANZ Stadium in front of crown of about 82,500. Approximately 1,000 fans turned out at Visy Park to greet the Storm players when they returned from Sydney with the NRL trophy,[2] although it should be considered that unlike New South Wales, Victoria does not have a public holiday on this day.

Fixtures[edit]

During the regular season, the Storm will play all home games at Olympic Park Stadium and it will be their final season playing at Olympic Park before moving to the new Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in 2010, also the storm will have an away against south sydney in round 14 at Members Equity Stadium in Western Australia.

Round 1
14 March 2009
7:30pm Local
Melbourne Storm 17–16 St. George Illawarra Dragons
Tries: Cronk, Inglis, Slater
Goals: Smith 2/3
Field Goals: Inglis
Tries: Cooper, Hornby
Goals: Soward 2/2
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 14,780
Referee/s: Shayne Hayne, Gavin Badger

Round 2
21 March 2009
7:30pm Local
Brisbane Broncos 16–14 Melbourne Storm
Tries: Folau, Michaels, Wallace
Goals: Parker 3/3
Tries: Slater, Proctor
Goals: Smith 2/2
Penalties: Smith 1/1
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 36,647
Referee/s: Ben Cummins, Tony De Las Heras

Round 3
27 March 2009
7:35pm Local
North Queensland Cowboys 12–26 Melbourne Storm
Tries: Bolton, Williams
Goals: Thurston 2/2
Tries: Cronk, Inglis, Quinn, Turner
Goals: Smith 4/4
Penalties Smith 1/1
Skilled Park, Townsville
Attendance: 21,489
Referee/s: Shayne Hayne, Gerard Sutton

Round 4
4 April 2009
2:00pm Local
Melbourne Storm 6–18 Gold Coast Titans
Tries: Tomane
Goals: Smith 1/1
Tries: Bailey, Walker
Goals: Rogers 2/2
Penalties Rogers 3/3
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 11,698
Referee/s: Ashley Klein, Brett Suttor

Round 5
13 April 2009
7:00pm Local
Melbourne Storm 16–14 Penrith Panthers
Tries: Slater, Quinn
Goals: Smith 2/2,
Penalties Smith 2/2
Tries: Tighe, Lewis
Goals: Gordon 2/2
Penalties Gordon 1/1
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 10,110
Referee/s: Chris James, Tony Archer

Round 6
20 April 2009
7:00pm Local
Wests Tigers 16–6 Melbourne Storm
Tries: Lawrence 2, Moltzen
Goals: Marshall 2/2
Tries: Hoffman
Goals: Smith 1/1
Leichhardt Oval, Leichhardt
Attendance: 12,646
Referee/s: Tony Archer, Shayne Hayne

Round 7
25 April 2009
5:30pm Local
Melbourne Storm 14–14 New Zealand Warriors
Tries: Chambers, Slater, Turner
Goals: Smith 1/3
Tries: Vatuvei 2, Ah Van,
Penalties: Kemp 1/3
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 15,200
Referee/s: Archer, Cecchin

Round 8
1 May 2009
7:00pm Local
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 8–22 Melbourne Storm
Tries: Williams, Robertson Tries: Cross, Turner, Slater, Inglis
Goals: Smith 3/4
Penalties: Smith 1/1
Brookvale Oval, Manly
Attendance: 10,752
Referee/s: Hayne, De Las Heras

Round 9
11 May 2009
7:00pm Local
Sydney Roosters 12–28 Melbourne Storm
Tries: Perrett, Sa
Goals: Fitzgibbon 2/2
Tries: White, Turner, Lima, Finch, Hoffman
Goals: Tomane 4/5
Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford
Attendance: 8,412
Referee/s: De Las Heras, James

Round 10
18 May 2009
7:00pm Local
Melbourne Storm 46–6 Canberra Raiders
Tries: Slater 2, Turner, Hoffman, Lima, Cross, Inglis, Blair
Goals: Smith 5/6 Tomane 1/1
Tries: Monaghan
Goals: Campese 1/1
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 10,112
Referee/s: Archer, Sutton

Round 11
11 May 2009
7:00pm Local
Canterbury Bulldogs 26–12 Melbourne Storm
Tries: Ryan, Goodwin, Millard, Warburton
Goals: El Masri 4/4
Penalties: El Masri 1/1
Tries: Chambers 2
Goals: Smith 1/2
Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford
Attendance: 10,923
Referee/s: Sutton, Hayne

Round 12
5 June 2009
. Bye .

Round 13
5 June 2009
7:00pm Local
Melbourne Storm 48–4 Brisbane Broncos
Tries: Tomane 3, Cronk 2, Slater , Inglis, Tolman
Goals: Tomane 6/9
Tries: Folau
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 15,318
Referee/s: Cummins, Badger

Round 14
13 June 2009
7:30pm Local
South Sydney Rabbitohs 22–28 Melbourne Storm
Tries: Simpson 2, Fa'alogo, Merritt
Goals: Sandow 1/1, Luke 2/3
Tries: Inglis, Turner, Hoffman, Tomane, Cronk, Koopu
Goals: Smith 2/6
Members Equity Stadium, Perth
Attendance: 15,197
Referee/s: James, Klein

Round 15
21 June 2009
7:30pm Local
Melbourne Storm 14–12 Wests Tigers
Tries: Cronk, Cross
Goals: Tomane 2/2
Penalties: Tomane 1/1
Tries: Ayshford, Moltzen
Goals: Marshall 2/2
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 10,417
Referee/s: Lyons, Klein

Round 16
17 August 2009
19:00pm Local
Canberra Raiders 26–16 Melbourne Storm
Tries: Carney 2, Monaghan 2, Harrison
Goals: Campese 3/5
Tries: Smith, Inglis, Chambers
Goals: Smith 2/3
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 9,551
Referee/s: Bagder, Suttor

Round 17
4 July 2009
19:30pm Local
Melbourne Storm 18–14 Newcastle Knights
Tries: Inglis, Slater, Chambers
Goals: Smith 3/3
Tries: Naiqama, Uate
Goals: Gidley 2/2
Penalties: Gidley 1/1
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 9,551
Referee/s: Lyons, Klein

Round 18
10 July 2009
. Bye .

Round 19
20 July 2009
19:00pm Local
Parramatta Eels 18–16 Melbourne Storm
Tries: Lowrie, Moimoi, Robson
Goals: Burt 2/3
Penalties: Burt 1/1
Tries: Tomane, Hoffman, Nielsen
Goals: Tomane 2/3
Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta
Attendance: 10,804
Referee/s: Sutton, Klein

Round 20
25 July 2009
19:30pm Local
Melbourne Storm 30–10 Cronulla Sharks
Tries: Anderson 2, Tomane, Hinchcliffe, Chambers, Smith
Goals: Smith 1/3, Tomane 1/3
Penalties: Smith 1/1
Tries: Covell, Ferguson
Goals: Covell 1/2
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 10,553
Referee/s: Suttor, Cummins

Round 21
31 July 2009
19:35pm Local
St. George Illawarra Dragons 26–12 Melbourne Storm
Tries: Sailor 2, Morris, Green, Scott
Goals: Soward 3/5
Tries: Inglis, Finch
Goals: Smith 1/2
Penalties: Smith 1/1
Jubilee Oval, Kogarah
Attendance: 16,474
Referee/s: Cecchin, Maxwell

Round 22
7 August 2009
19:35pm Local
Melbourne Storm 20–8 North Queensland Cowboys
Tries: Turner, Finch, Cronk, Tomane
Goals: Smith 2/4
Tries: Tonga 2
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 10,510
Referee/s: Sutton, Archer

Round 23
17 August 2009
19:00pm Local
Newcastle Knights 26–14 Melbourne Storm
Tries: Mullen, Taufua, Hilder, Vuna
Goals: Gidley 4/4
Penalties: Gidley 1/1
Tries: Cronk, Turner, Anderson
Goals: Smith 1/3
EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle
Attendance: 13,580
Referee/s: Robinson, Haines

Round 24
23 August 2009
15:00pm Local
Melbourne Storm 16–20 Manly Sea Eagles
Tries: Tomane 2, Chambers
Goals: Smith 2/3
Tries: Williams, Foran, Lyon
Goals: Orford 3/3
Penalties: Orford 1/1
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 12,601
Referee/s: Archer, Hayne

Round 25
23 August 2009
15:00pm Local
Melbourne Storm 38–4 Sydney Roosters
Tries: Inglis 2, Turner 2, Chambers, Slater, Tolman
Goals: Smith 5/7
Tries: Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 13,332
Referee/s: Maxwell, Suttor

Round 26
5 September 2009
19:30pm Local
New Zealand Warriors 0–30 Melbourne Storm
Tries:
Goals:
Tries: Chambers 2, Hinchcliffe, Inglis, Nielsen, Slater
Goals: Smith 3/6
Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 14,734
Referee/s: Klein, Shortall

Qualifying Final
11 September 2009
19:45pm Local
Melbourne Storm 40–12 Manly Sea Eagles
Tries: Slater 4, Nielsen, Smith, Tolman
Goals: Smith 5/6, Turner 1/1
Tries: Foran, Matai
Goals: Orford 2/2
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 21,155
Referee/s: Badger, Hayne

Preliminary Final
26 September 2009
19:45pm Local
Melbourne Storm 40–10 Brisbane Broncos
Tries: Inglis 3, Slater 2, Chambers, Johnson
Goals: Smith 6/7
Tries: Folau, Glenn
Goals: Parker 1/2
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 27,687
Referee/s: Hayne, Maxwell

Grand Final
4 October 2009
17:00pm Local
Melbourne Storm 23–16 Parramatta Eels
Tries: Blair, Hoffman, Inglis, Slater
Goals: Smith 3/4
Field Goals: Inglis
Tries: Grothe, Reddy, Moi Moi
Goals: Burt 2/3
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 82,528
Referee/s: Tony Archer, Shayne Hayne

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

Storm have secured a home finals berth

Squad[edit]

No. Position Player
9 Australia HK Cameron Smith (c)
13 Australia LK Dallas Johnson
1 Australia FB Billy Slater
12 Australia SR Ryan Hoffman
2 Australia WG Steve Turner
7 Australia HB Cooper Cronk
17 Australia PR Brett White
4 Australia CE Greg Inglis
8 New Zealand PR Jeff Lima
10 New Zealand PR Adam Blair
5 Australia WG Anthony Quinn
3 Australia CE Will Chambers
11 New Zealand SR Sika Manu
18 Australia PR Scott Anderson
16 Australia PR Aiden Tolman
Australia WG Brett Anderson
14 Australia HK Ryan Hinchcliffe
19 New Zealand SR Wairangi Koopu
Samoa CE William Isa
15 Australia PR Matthew Cross
6 Australia HB Brett Finch
19 Australia CE Joe Tomane

Awards and honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vaughan, Robert (13 May 2009). "Melbourne Storm and Johns part ways". ninemsn.com. Archived from the original on 21 May 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Munro, Ian (6 October 2009). "Stormy Monday welcome for team in league of its own". LeagueHQ. Fairfax Digital. Archived from the original on 8 October 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "NRL Honour Board". melbournestorm.com.au. Melbourne Storm. Retrieved 10 February 2014.