2009 St. George Illawarra Dragons season

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2009 St. George Illawarra Dragons
League 1st NRL
2009 record 26-17-9
Home record 13-10-3
Away record 13-7-6
Points for 570
Points against 378
Team information
CEO Australia Peter Doust
Coach Australia Wayne Bennett
Captain Australia Ben Hornby
Ground

WIN Jubilee Oval

WIN Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Brett Morris (25)
Goals Jamie Soward (90)
Points Jamie Soward (234)
 < 2008 2010

The 2009 St. George Illawarra Dragons season was 11th in the joint venture Rugby League club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2009 Telstra Premiership under new coach Wayne Bennett and finished the season as minor premiers. However a series of losses late in the season saw them become the first minor premiers to bow out of the McIntyre System with two consecutive losses in the finals.

Season Summary[edit]

Coming off a 2008 Qualifying Final loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and with a new Coach in the office being Wayne Bennett, the Dragons signed a number of new players but lost just as many. The Dragons were hoping to improve the previous years Qualifying Final loss, by making it even further this year. Five Toyota Cup players of 2008 have been promoted to the First Grade squad with more talented juniors rising through the ranks within the club.

St. George led the competition in defence in 2009 and finished the season with the minor premiership, the club's first. Their strong performance also led to new records for home match attendances at WIN Jubilee Oval.

St George exited the finals series in the second week of the finals.


Pre Season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Attendance Report
14 February Trial Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Members Equity Stadium, Perth 54 – 6 9,832 [1]
21 February Mercury Challenge Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs WIN Stadium, Wollongong 24 – 12 7,628 [2]
28 February Charity Shield South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium, Sydney 6 – 18 25,871 [3]
Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw

Regular Season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Attendance Report
13 March 1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne 16 – 17 14,870 [4]
21 March 2 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans WIN Stadium, Wollongong 16 – 10 13,329 [5]
29 March 3 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 10 – 6 20,847 [6]
3 April 4 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 25 – 12 42,435 [7]
10 April 5 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta 22 – 8 19,017 [8]
18 April 6 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 18 – 24 14,477 [9]
25 April 7 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney 29 – 0 28,926 [10]
3 May 8 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors WIN Stadium, Wollongong 12 – 11 14,562 [11]
9 May 9 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville 20 – 24 16,031 [12]
15 May 10 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 20 – 18 18,415 [13]
23 May 11 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Toyota Stadium, Cronulla 26 – 4 15,201 [14]
29 May 12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers WIN Stadium, Wollongong 38 – 10 10,623 [15]
8 June 13 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Skilled Park, Gold Coast 24 – 28 20,416 [16]
14 June 14 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys WIN Stadium, Wollongong 32 – 18 11,374 [17]
15
26 June 16 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney 21 – 10 15,211 [18]
3 July 17 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 34 – 12 12,472 [19]
12 July 18 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles WIN Stadium, Wollongong 48 – 18 16,792 [20]
19
26 July 20 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland 29 – 4 13,507 [21]
31 July 21 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 26 – 12 16,474 [22]
7 August 22 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Penrith Stadium, Penrith 25 – 6 19,987 [23]
15 August 23 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium, Canberra 12 – 24 17,044 [24]
21 August 24 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos WIN Stadium, Wollongong 2 – 12 14,740 [25]
29 August 25 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium, Sydney 6 – 41 19,218 [26]
4 September 26 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 37 – 0 17,974 [27]
Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw       Bye

Finals[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Attendance Report
13 September Qualifying Final Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah 12 – 25 18,174 [28]
19 September Semi Final Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 10 – 24 50,225 [29]
Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw

2009 NRL 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]

No. Position Player
Australia FB Darius Boyd
Australia CE Matt Cooper
Papua New Guinea SR Neville Costigan
Australia SR Ben Creagh
Australia CE Nick Emmett
Cook Islands HK Daniel Fepuleai
Australia PR Jon Green
Australia HB Mathew Head
Australia HB Ben Hornby
Australia PR Dan Hunt
Australia WG Michael Lett
Australia WG Brett Morris
New Zealand WG Jason Nightingale
Tonga SR Mickey Paea
No. Position Player
Australia PR Justin Poore
Australia HK Luke Priddis
Australia PR Matt Prior
Italy HK Alex Ranieri
South Africa SR Jarrod Saffy
Australia WG Wendell Sailor
Australia PR Beau Scott
New Zealand SR Jeremy Smith
Australia FE Jamie Soward
New Zealand CE Chase Stanley
New Zealand PR Ricky Thorby
Australia PR Michael Weyman
Australia LK Dean Young
New Zealand HK Nathan Fien

Transfers[edit]

Gains

Player Gained From
Darius Boyd Brisbane Broncos
Neville Costigan Canberra Raiders
Nick Emmett Brisbane Broncos
Nathan Fien New Zealand Warriors
Mathew Head Wests Tigers
Mickey Paea Sydney Roosters
Luke Priddis Penrith Panthers
Jeremy Smith Melbourne Storm
Michael Weyman Canberra Raiders

Losses

Player Lost To
Rangi Chase Castleford Tigers
Mark Gasnier Stade Français
Josh Morris Canterbury Bulldogs
Kirk Reynoldson Retirement
Ben Rogers Newcastle Knights
Jason Ryles Catalans Dragons
Lagi Setu Brisbane Broncos
Simon Woolford Retirement

References[edit]