2009 North Queensland Cowboys season

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The 2009 North Queensland Cowboys season was the 15th season in the club's history. Coached by Neill Henry and captained by Johnathan Thurston, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2009 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season 12th (out of 16), failing to reach the play-offs for the second consecutive year. Forward Luke O'Donnell was named the club's player of the year.[1]

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


Players[edit]

Squad[edit]

Although other players may play for the North Queensland Cowboys during the year, all NRL clubs are required to select a top 25 First Grade squad at the beginning of the season.

No. Position Player
Australia SR Mitchell Achurch
Australia HK Clint Amos
Australia SR Matthew Bartlett
Australia SR Scott Bolton
Australia FE Travis Burns
Australia CE Brandon Boor
Australia FB Matthew Bowen
Australia FE Travis Burns
Australia WG Ben Farrar
Australia CE Ashley Graham
Australia CE Ben Harris
Australia WG Shannon Hegarty
Tonga SR Antonio Kaufusi
Australia WG Donald Malone
Tonga FE Manase Manuokafoa
Tonga FB David Pangai
No. Position Player
Australia HK Aaron Payne (vc)
Australia WG Anthony Perkins
New Zealand SR Steve Rapira
Australia HB Grant Rovelli
Australia PR Matthew Scott
Australia LK Nick Slyney
Australia SR Steve Southern
New Zealand SR James Tamou
Australia HB Johnathan Thurston (c)
Australia SR Willie Tonga
Australia PR Shane Tronc
Australia HK Anthony Watts
Australia SR Carl Webb
Australia PR Dayne Weston
Australia CE John Williams
Australia CE Ty Williams

Player Movement[edit]

Squad changes from 2008 season.

Gains[edit]

Name From Details
Mitchell Achurch Wests Tigers 2009–2010
Sepuloni 'Ron' Alovili Gold Coast Titans 2009–2011
Clint Amos Gold Coast Titans 2009–2010
Shannon Hegarty South Sydney Rabbitohs 2009 - 2009
Billy Johnstone Gold Coast Titans (Strength & Conditioning Coach) 2009–2011
Antonio Kaufusi Melbourne Storm 2009–2011
Donald Malone Ipswich Jets 2009–2011
Manase Manuokafoa South Sydney Rabbitohs 2009–2011
Steve Rapira New Zealand Warriors U20 2009–2010
Grant Rovelli New Zealand Warriors 2009–2010
James Tamou Sydney Roosters 2009–2010
Willie Tonga Bulldogs Rugby League Football Club 2009–2012

Losses[edit]

Name Club Going To Details
Ray Cashmere Salford City Reds 2009
Mark Henry Salford City Reds
Jacob Lillyman New Zealand Warriors 2009–2010
Sione Faumuina Castleford Tigers
Justin Smith Retired
Jackson Nicolau Gold Coast Titans
John Frith Released
Sam Faust Released
Ben Vaeau Released
Daniel Backo Released
Keiron Lander Released

Fixtures & Results[edit]

Trial matches[edit]

Trial Match
14 February 2009
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg Cancelled No image.svg Mackay Cutters
Leprechaun Park, Mackay, Queensland
Trial Match
21 February 2009
New Zealand Warriors New Zealand colours.svg 32 - 28 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Trial Match
28 February 2009
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 18 - 18 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers
Barlow Park, Cairns, Queensland

Telstra Premiership[edit]

Round 1
13 March 2009
Brisbane Broncos Brisbane colours.svg 19 - 18 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Folau (1)
Parker (1)
Winterstein (1)
Yow Yeh (1)
Goals
Parker (1/4)
Field Goals
Wallace (1)
Tries:
Tonga (1)
Webb (1)
Bowen (1)
Goals
Thurston (3/3)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland
Attendance: 45,000
Man of the Match: Sam Thaiday


Round 2
21 March 2009
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 42 - 14 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
Tries:
Bowen (1)
Burns (1)
Kaufusi (1)
Payne (1)
Webb (1)
J. Williams (1)
T. Williams (1)
Goals:
Thurston (7/7)
Tries:
Moltzen (1)
Morris (1)
Tuiaki (1)
Goals:
Marshall (1/3)
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville, Queensland
Attendance: 19,879
Referee/s: Jason Robinson, Phil Haines


Round 3
28 March 2009
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 12 - 26 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Tries:
Bolton (1)
J. Williams (1)
Goals:
Thurston (2/2)
Tries:
Inglis (1)
Cronk (1)
Quinn (1)
Turner (1)
Goals:
Smith (4/4)
Penalty Goals
Smith (1)


Round 4
6 April 2009
Canberra Raiders Canberra colours.svg 23 - 18 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Plum (1)
Croker (1)
Purtell (1)
Picker (1)
Goals:
Campese (2/4)
Penalty Goals:
Campese (1)
Field Goals:
Campese (1)
Tries:
Burns (1)
J. Williams (1)
Farrar (1)
Goals:
Thurston (3/3)


Round 5
11 April 2009
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 10 - 14 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Tries:
Hegarty (1)
Thurston (1)
Goals:
Thurston (1/2)
Tries:
Walker (1)
Friend (1)
Goals:
Prince (2/2)
Penalty Goals:
Prince (1)


Round 6
19 April 2009
Cronulla Sharks Cronulla colours.svg 10 - 34 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Wright (1)
Tupou (1)
Goals:
Covell (1/2)
Tries:
Hegarty (1)
O'Donnell (1)
Tonga (1)
Farrar (1)
Bowen (1)
Tronc (1)
Goals:
Thurston (5/6)


Round 7
25 April 2009
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 26 - 12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles
Tries:
Farrar (1)
Bolton (1)
Bowen (2)
Goals:
Thurston (4/4)
Penalty Goals:
Thurston (1)
Tries:
Hall (1)
Bailey (1)
Goals:
Lyon (2/2)


Round 8
1 May 2009
Parramatta Eels Parramatta colours.svg 28 - 18 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Burt (1)
Galuvao (1)
Hauraki (1)
Hayne (1)
M. Keating
Goals:
K. Keating (3/3)
Burt (1/3)
Tries:
Farrar (1)
Southern (1)
Tamou (1)
Goals:
Thurston (3/3)


Round 9
9 May 2009
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 24 - 20 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons
Tries:
Thurston (3)
Tamou (1)
Goals:
Thurston (4/5)
Tries:
Morris (4)
Goals:
Soward (2/4)


Round 10
17 May 2009
New Zealand Warriors New Zealand colours.svg 12 - 34 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Fien (1)
Kemp (1)
Goals:
Kemp (2/3)
Tries:
Bowen (1)
Farrar (1)
Graham (1)
O'Donnell (1)
Thurston (1)
Tonga (1)
Goals:
Thurston (5/6)


Round 11
25 May 2009
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 36 - 10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
Tries:
Burns (1)
Kaufusi (1)
O'Donnell (1)
Southern (1)
Thurston (1)
J. Williams (1)
Goals:
Thurston (6/7)
Tries:
Houston (1)
Uate (1)
Goals:
Gidley (1)


Round 12
BYE
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Round 13
6 June 2009
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 46 - 12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
Tries:
J. Williams (2)
Graham (2)
Payne (1)
Bolton (1)
Bowen (1)
T. Williams (1)
Scott (1)
Goals:
Thurston (5/9)
Tries:
Champion (1)
Wing (1)
Goals:
Sandow (2/2)
Round 14
14 June 2009
St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 32 - 18 North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg
Tries:
Cooper (2)
Morris (1)
Creagh (1)
Soward (1)
Goals:
Soward (6/6)
Tries:
Williams (1)
O'Donnell (1)
Tonga (1)
Goals:
Thurston (3/3)

Statistics[edit]

Updated: 6 June 2009 (prior to Round 13)

Name P T G FG Pts
Clint Amos 4 (4) 1 0 0 0
Scott Bolton 11 (3) 2 0 0 8
Matt Bowen 11 (0) 6 0 0 24
Travis Burns 11 (0) 3 0 0 12
Ben Farrar 10 (0) 5 0 0 20
Ashley Graham 9 (0) 1 0 0 4
Ben Harris 6 (2) 0 0 0 0
Shannon Hegarty 5 (0) 2 0 0 0
Antonio Kaufusi 11 (3) 2 0 0 8
Manase Manuokafoa 3 (2) 0 0 0 0
Luke O'Donnell 10 (0) 3 0 0 12
Aaron Payne 11 (0) 1 0 0 4
Steve Rapira 4 (4) 0 0 0 0
Grant Rovelli 4 (3) 1 0 0 0
Matthew Scott 11 (8) 0 0 0 0
James Tamou 4 (4) 2 0 0 8
Johnathan Thurston 11 (0) 6 44/49 0 112
Willie Tonga 7 (0) 3 0 0 12
Shane Tronc 11 (1) 1 0 0 4
Carl Webb 10 (2) 2 0 0 8
Dayne Weston 1 (1) 0 0 0 0
John Williams 8 (0) 4 0 0 16
Ty Williams 4 (0) 1 0 0 4
Total 272
  • Appearances in brackets () denote games off interchange/repl bench
  • Key: P = Played, T = Tries, G = Goals, FG = Field Goals, Pts = Points

References[edit]

  1. ^ Honours at cowboys.com.au

External links[edit]

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