2010 Melbourne Storm season

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2010 Melbourne Storm season
NRL 16th (Wooden Spoon)
2010 record Wins: 14; Draws: 0; Losses: 10
Points scored For: 489; Against: 363
Team information
CEO Brian Waldron
Matt Hanson
Frank Stanton (acting)
Ron Gauci
Coach Craig Bellamy
Captain
Stadium AAMI Park – 30,050
Top scorers
Tries Greg Inglis (11)
Goals Cameron Smith (54)
Points Cameron Smith (116)
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The 2010 Melbourne Storm season was the 13th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2010 Telstra Premiership, however following the much-publicised ousting of the administration's salary cap rorting early in the season, were unable to accumulate any competition points and ended the season as wooden spooners. The Storm started the season as reigning NRL premiers, having defeated the Parramatta Eels in the 2009 NRL Grand Final. However this title was later stripped, along with their 2007 premiership title and the 2006, 2007 and 2008 minor premiership titles.

Season summary[edit]

The Storm began 2010 by travelling to England to play in the 2010 World Club Challenge. This involved a warm up game against Harlequins RL followed by the World Club Challenge a week later against Leeds Rhinos. The Storm won both games.

The regular season commenced with the Storm defeating Cronulla away in what was the first of three consecutive away games to begin the season. The Storm played their first home game at Etihad Stadium against St George Illawarra in front of a crowd of 25,480 which is a record home crowd, excluding finals games. They won the game which made them the only undefeated side in the League after Round 4.

Salary cap scandal[edit]

On 22 April 2010, the Melbourne Storm were stripped of their titles of 2007 and 2009 premierships and their 2006, 2007 and 2008 minor premierships following an alleged insider tip-off to the NRL auditing body that the club had been rorting the NRL salary cap. The club had a long-term system of keeping two sets of books, one set displaying players incomes' complying with the NRL salary cap and another hidden set in a separate room disclosing the true player payments. Following evidence of salary cap breaches, Melbourne were also fined a record $1,689,000, deducted all eight premiership points received in the season and barred from receiving any further premiership points for the rest of the season, guaranteeing them zero points and the wooden spoon for 2010.[1]

On 24 April coach Craig Bellamy publicly announced that he vowed to rebuild the shattered club, and welcomed the NRL's investigation into the salary cap rorting before a training session with the team which was watched by thousands of cheering supporters.[2]

Players were still allowed to play Test and/or State of Origin matches and for some of those players it did not affect Queensland's bid for a fifth straight Origin series victory. Later in the season the Storm were also stripped of the 2010 World Club Challenge title. The team's under-20s team was not affected.

The Storm defeated the New Zealand Warriors 40-6 in the first match since the scandal was revealed. This was followed up with a 34-6 win over the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville the week after.

Melbourne Storm 2010 season crowd averages[edit]

Total Crowd Total Games Crowd Average
Home 176,041 12 14,670
Away 168,109 12 14,009
All Games 344,150 24 14,340

Fixtures[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

21 February 2010
14:00 GMT
Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 10–34 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Ben Jones-Bishop, Will Sharp
Goals: Danny Orr
(Report) Tries: Anthony Quinn, Kevin Proctor, Dane Nielsen (2), Hep Cahill, Rory Kostjaysn
Goals: Gareth Widdop (5)
The Stoop
Attendance: 3,612

  • World Club Challenge 2010
28 February 2010
18:30 GMT
Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 10–18 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Danny Maguire
Goals: Kevin Sinfield, Rob Burrow (2)
(Report) Tries: Luke MacDougall, Anthony Quinn
Goals: Cameron Smith (5)
Elland Road
Attendance: 27,697
Referee/s: Richard Silverwood (England)
Man of the Match: Cameron Smith

Regular season - Rounds 1 to 12[edit]

During the regular season, the Storm will play their first three home games at Etihad Stadium before moving to their new purpose built and permanent home AAMI Park.

Round 1
13 March 2010
7:30pm Local
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 10 - 14 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Douglas
Goals: Covell 2/2 Porter 1/1
Field Goal
Tries: Inglis, MacDougall
Goals: Smith 3/3
Field Goal
Toyota Stadium, Cronulla
Attendance: 11,820
Referee/s: Ben Cummins, Brett Suttor (Report)

Round 2
20 March 2010
7:30pm Local
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 14 - 20 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: MacDougall, Uate
Goals:Naiqama 3/3
Field Goal
Tries: MacDougall, Quinn, Nielson
Goals: Smith 4/5
Field Goal
Energy Australia Stadium, Newcastle
Attendance: 16,242
Referee/s: Steve Lyons, Alan Shortall (Report)

Round 3
27 March 2010
5:30pm Local
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 10 - 16 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Coote, McKendry
Goals: Gordon 1/2
Field Goal
Tries: Finch, Slater, MacDougall
Goals: Smith 2/3
Field Goal
CUA Stadium, Penrith
Attendance: 11,024
Referee/s: Gavin Badger, Phil Haines (Report)

Round 4
2 April 2010
2:10pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 17 - 4 St George Illawarra Dragons St. George colours.svg
Tries: Nielson, Quinn, Slater
Goals: Smith 2/5
Field Goal: Cronk
Tries: Nightingale
Goals:Soward 0/1
Field Goal:
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 25,480
Referee/s: Jared Maxwell, Gerard Sutton (Report)

Round 5
9 April 2010
7:35pm Local
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 20 - 16 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Tomane, Harrison, Bird
Goals: Rogers 4/5
Field Goal
Tries: Quinn (3)
Goals: Smith 2/3
Field Goal
Skilled Park, Robina
Attendance: 20,083
Referee/s: Ben Cummins, Jared Maxwell (Report)

Round 6
19 April 2010
7:00pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 16 - 18 Manly Sea Eagles Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Tries: Cronk (2), Norrie
Goals: Smith 2/3
Field Goal
Tries: Robertson (2), Stewart
Goals: Lyon 3/4
Field Goal
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 14,171
Referee/s: Tony Archer, Alan Shortall (Report)

Round 7
25 April 2010
6:00pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 40 - 6 New Zealand Warriors New Zealand colours.svg
Tries: Duffie (2), Smith, Blair, Tandy, Isa, Slater
Goals: Smith 6/7
Field Goal
Tries: Ta'ai
Goals: Maloney 1/1
Field Goal
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 23,906
Referee/s: Gavin Badger, Brett Suttor (Report)

Round 8
1 May 2010
7:30pm Local
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 6 - 34 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Bolton
Goals: Graham 1/1
Field Goal
Tries: Norrie, Duffie, Inglis, Finch, Nielson, Quinn, Lima
Goals: Smith 3/6 Inglis 0/1
Field Goal
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Attendance: 19,853
Referee/s: Gavin Badger, Gerard Sutton (Report)

Round 9
9 May 2010
3:00pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 14 - 36 Brisbane Broncos Brisbane colours.svg
Tries: Duffe (2), Quinn
Goals:Inglis 1/2 Cronk 0/1
Field Goal
Tries:Folau (2), Beale, Yoh Yeh, Norman, Te'o
Goals: Parker 6/6
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 20,042
Referee/s: Tony Archer, Steve Lyons (Report)

Round 10
15 May 2010
7:30pm Local
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 6 - 17 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Vidot
Goals: Campese 1/1
Field Goal:
Tries: Inglis (3)
Goals: Inglis 2/2 Cronk 0/1
Field Goal: Finch 1/1
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 12,165
Referee/s: Ben Cummins, Chris James (Report)

Round 11
. Bye .

Round 12
30 May 2010
2:00pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 23 - 12 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg
Tries: Nielsen, Stanley, MacDougall, Widdop
Goals: Widdop 3/4
Field Goal Finch 1/1
Tries: Ryan, Kimmorley
Goals: Goodwin 2/2
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 12,420
Referee/s: Shane Hayne, Ashley Klein (Report)

Regular season - Rounds 13 - 26[edit]


Round 13
4 June 2010
7:35pm Local
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 - 10 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Reddy (2), Keating, Inu
Goals: Burt 4/5
Field Goal
Tries: Slater, Inglis
Goals: Smith 1/2
Field Goal
Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta
Attendance: 7,572
Referee/s: Tony Archer, Gerard Sutton (Report)

Round 14
14 June 2010
7:00pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 6 - 38 Sydney Roosters Eastern Suburbs colours.svg
Tries: Kostjasyn
Goals: Stanley 1/1
Field Goal
Tries: Graham (2), Masoe, Linnett, Minichiello, Nuuausala, Perrett
Goals: Carney 5/7
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 10,449
Referee/s: Ashley Klein, Bernard Sutton (Report)

Round 15
19 June 2010
5:30pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 58 - 12 North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg
Tries: O'Neill (3), Duffie (2), Slater (2), Inglis, Lima, Cronk
Goals: Smith 5/6, Inglis 3/3, Finch 1/1
Field Goal
Tries: Tamou, Gallant
Goals: Thurston 2/2
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 10,661
Referee/s: Ben Cummins, Bernard Sutton (report)

Round 16
26 June 2010
7:30pm Local
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 - 14 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Talanoa (2), Sandow
Goals: Luke 2/3
Field Goal
Tries: O'Neill (2), Inglis
Goals: Smith 1/3
Field Goal
Members Equity Stadium, Perth
Attendance: 13,164
Referee/s: Ashley Klein, Matt Cecchin (Report)

Round 17
. Bye .

Round 18
10 July 2010
7:00pm Local
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 20 - 18 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Goodwin, Idris, Neumann
Goals: Goodwin 4/4
Field Goal
Tries: Finch, Slater, Manu
Goals: Smith 2/2, Inglis 1/1
Field Goal
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Attendance: 10,350
Referee/s: Matt Cecchin, Tony De Las Heras (Report)

Round 19
17 July 2010
7:30pm Local
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 13 - 6 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Vatuvei, Ropati
Goals: Maloney 2/3
Field Goal: Maloney 1
Tries: Slater
Goals: Smith 1/1
Field Goal
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 13,118
Referee/s: Steve Lyon, Gerrard Sutton (Report)

Round 20
24 July 2010
7:30pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 18 - 10 Penrith Panthers Panthers colours.svg
Tries: Nielson, O'Neill, Duffie
Goals: Smith 3/3
Field Goal:
Tries: Purtell, Jennings
Goals: Gordon 1/2
Field Goal:
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 11,212
Referee/s: Jason Robinson, Brett Suttor (Report)

Round 21
1 August 2010
2:00pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 36 - 12 Canberra Raiders Canberra colours.svg
Tries: Neilson (2), O'Neill (2), Inglis, Slater, Lowrie
Goals: Smith 4/6, Inglis 0/1
Field Goal
Tries: Low, Croker
Goals: Croker 2/3
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 9,112
Referee/s: Ben Cummins, Phil Haines (Report)

Round 22
7 August 2010
5:30pm Local
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles 26 - 6 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Lyon (2), Williams, Matai
Goals: Lyon 5/5
Field Goal
Tries: Hoffman
Goals: Smith 1/1
Field Goal
Brookvale Oval, Manly
Attendance: 12,550
Referee/s: Matt Cecchin, Brett Suttor (Report)

Round 23
15 August 2010
2:00pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 18 - 16 South Sydney Rabbitohs South Sydney colours.svg
Tries: Hinchcliffe (2), Slater
Goals: Smith 3/3
Field Goal
Tries: Merritt (2), Capewell
Goals: Sandow 2/3
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 9,172
Referee/s: Steve Lyons, Chris James (Report)

Round 24
21 August 2010
7:30pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 - 4 Cronulla Sharks Cronulla colours.svg
Tries: Smith, Nielsen, Manu, Hinchcliffe
Goals: Smith 4/4
Field Goal
Tries: Covell
Goals: Covell 0/1
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 8,902
Referee/s: Ashley Klein, Luke Phillips (Report)

Round 25
29 August 2010
2:00pm Local
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 26 - 14 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Marshall (3), Fifita, Farrah
Goals: Marshall 3/5
Field Goal
Tries: O'Neill, Isa, Hoffman
Goals: Smith 1/3
Field Goal
Leichhardt Oval, Balmain
Attendance: 20,168
Referee/s: Gavin Badger, Alan Shortall (Report)

Round 26
5 September 2010
2:00pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 34 - 4 Newcastle Knights Newcastle colours.svg
Tries: Inglis (2), Hinchcliffe, Hoffman, White, Tolman
Goals: Smith 4/4, Lima 1/1, Hoffman 0/1
Field Goal
Tries: Taia
Goals:
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 20,514
Referee/s: Ashley klein, Gavin Morris (report)

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 17 0 7 2 518 299 +219 38
2 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 15 0 9 2 645 489 +156 34
3 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 15 0 9 2 537 503 +34 34
4 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 15 0 9 2 520 498 +22 34
5 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 14 0 10 2 539 486 +53 32
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 14 0 10 2 559 510 +49 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 13 0 11 2 499 493 +6 30
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 12 0 12 2 545 510 +35 28
9 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 11 0 13 2 584 567 +17 26
10 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 11 0 13 2 508 535 −27 26
11 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 10 0 14 2 499 569 −70 24
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 10 0 14 2 413 491 −78 24
13 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 9 0 15 2 494 539 −45 22
14 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 7 0 17 2 354 609 −255 18
15 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 5 0 19 2 425 667 −242 14
16 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 14 0 10 2 489 363 +126 01

1 Melbourne were deducted eight premiership points and barred from receiving premiership points for the rest of the season due to gross long-term salary cap breaches.[3]


2010 squad[edit]

Although other players may play for the Melbourne Storm during the year, all NRL clubs are required to select a top 25 First Grade squad at the beginning of the season. Also the players are listed below in alphabetical order as jersey numbers can change throughout the season these have not been shown.

No. Position Player
New Zealand SR Adam Blair
New Zealand PR Jesse Bromwich
Australia FE Andrew Brown
New Zealand LK Hep Cahill
Australia HB Cooper Cronk
New Zealand WG Matt Duffie
Australia FE Brett Finch
Australia HK Ryan Hinchcliffe
Australia SR Ryan Hoffman
Australia CE Greg Inglis
Samoa CE William Isa
Tonga PR Sinbad Kali
Australia HB Luke Kelly
Australia PR John Kite
No. Position Player
New Zealand PR Jeff Lima
Australia LK Todd Lowrie
Australia WG Luke MacDougall
New Zealand SR Sika Manu
Australia WG Dane Nielsen
Vanuatu CE Justin O'Neill
New Zealand SR Kevin Proctor
Australia WG Anthony Quinn
Australia FB Billy Slater
Australia HK Cameron Smith (C)
Republic of Ireland PR Ryan Tandy
Australia PR Aiden Tolman
Tonga SR Atelea Vea
Australia PR Brett White
England FB Gareth Widdop

Awards and honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Storm stripped of 2 NRL premierships". Television New Zealand. 22 April 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  2. ^ AAP (24 April 2010). "Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy vows to stay". theaustralian.com.au (Australia: News Limited). Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Stuart Honeysett and Brent Read (23 April 2010) Shocking end to the Melbourne Storm era The Australian
  4. ^ "NRL Honour Board". melbournestorm.com.au. Melbourne Storm. Retrieved 10 February 2014.