2010 North Queensland Cowboys season

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The 2010 North Queensland Cowboys season is the 16th season in the club's history. Coached by Neil Henry and captained by Johnathan Thurston, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2010 Telstra Premiership, finishing 15th (out of 16) and failing to make the finals for the 3rd consecutive year. Matthew Scott was named the club's player of the year.[1]

Season summary[edit]

Prior to the kick-off of the Telstra Premiership, the media's attention surrounded the Cowboys' signing of ex-Kangaroo forward, Willie Mason on a one-year deal. He left the club at season's end.

2010 resulted in a very poor season for the Cowboys who recorded just five wins from a possible 24 matches (although four of those were against teams who participated in the finals during the year) and, had the Melbourne Storm not been deducted premiership points for their salary cap breach earlier this year, would have received the wooden spoon. The Cowboys finished 15th of 16. Highlights during the season though included a near-comeback against the Brisbane Broncos in the first round coupled with a 32-18 win against the Gold Coast Titans at home (their first ever) and Matt Bowen's comeback from a long injury lay-off.

The Cowboys' season of unrelenting disappointment only got worse when captain Johnathan Thurston was arrested in Brisbane for drunk, disorderly behaviour during the off-season. His captaincy role at the Cowboys was under review, but no further action was taken. Furthermore, CEO Peter Parr was punted from his role and relegated to football operations manager.

North Queensland have been bolstered for the 2011 season by signing Queensland players Dallas Johnson and Brent Tate as well as Brisbane Broncos pair Antonio Winterstein and Ashton Sims. The Cowboys have however lost Steve Southern to the Newcastle Knights.

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.[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
New Zealand PR Isaak Ah Mau
New Zealand PR Leeson Ah Mau
Australia HK Clint Amos
Papua New Guinea WG Michael Bani
Australia SR Scott Bolton
Australia CE Brandon Boor
Australia FB Matthew Bowen
Australia FB Shannon Gallant
Australia WG Obe Geia
Australia WG Ashley Graham
Australia CE Ben Harris
Australia LF Dane Hogan
Tonga SR Antonio Kaufusi'*'
Australia WG Donald Malone
Tonga FE Manase Manuokafoa'*'
No. Position Player
Australia PR Willie Mason
Australia LK Luke O'Donnell
Australia HK Aaron Payne (vc)
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 WG Will Tupou
Australia HK Anthony Watts
Australia SR Carl Webb
Australia CE John Williams
Australia CE Ty Williams

Players who have also played this season who weren't in the squad named at the start of the year.

  • Note '*': Have left the club since then.

Player Movement[edit]

Squad changes from 2009 season.

Gains[edit]

Name From Details
Shannon Gallant Wests Tigers 2010–2011
Leeson Ah Mau New Zealand Warriors 2010–2011
Isaak Ah Mau Easts Tigers 2010 - 2010
Will Tupou Brisbane Broncos 2010 - 2010
Willie Mason Sydney Roosters 2010 - 2010

Losses[edit]

Name Club Going To Details
Shane Tronc Brisbane Broncos 2010–2011
Travis Burns Penrith Panthers 2010–2011
Matthew Bartlett Released
Shannon Hegarty Retried
Anthony Perkins Released
Dayne Weston Released

Shane Tronc originally signed with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Mid Season Transfers[edit]

Gains[edit]

Name From Details
Arana Taumata Wests Tigers Rest of 2010 - 2011

Losses[edit]

Name Club Going To Details
Antonio Kaufusi Newcastle Knights Rest of 2010 - 2012
Manase Manuokafoa Parramatta Eels Rest of 2010 - 2011

Fixtures & Results[edit]

Trial matches[edit]

Trial Match
12 February 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 4-28 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
Tries:
Manuokafoa (1)
Report Tries:
Flanagan (2)
Mullaney (1)
Moors (1)
Davis (1)
Goals:
Mullaney (4/5)
West Tigers Park, Walkerston
Attendance: Approx 5000
Trial Match
20 February 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 6 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors
Tries:
Geia (1)
Goals
J.Williams (1/1)
Tries:
Hohaia (2)
Heremaia (1)
Ah Van (1)
Tupou (1)
Goals:
Seymour (1/1)
Locke (1/1)
Packer (1/1)
Johnson (1/2)
Barlow Park, Cairns
Attendance: Approx 8000
Trial Match
27 February 2009
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 22-4 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Tries:
O'Donnell (2)
Bani (1)
J.Williams (1)
Goals:J.Williams (2)
Thurston (1)
Report Tries:
Gordon
Richardson Park, Darwin
Attendance: 9879

Telstra Premiership[edit]

Round 1
12 March 2010
Brisbane Broncos Brisbane colours.svg 30-24 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Folau
Lockyer
Gillett
Glenn
Kemp
Goals:
Parker (5/5)
Report Tries:
T.Williams
Graham
Tonga
Thurston
Goals:
Thurston (4/4)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland
Attendance: 48516
Referee/s: Jared Maxwell & Gerard Sutton
Man of the Match: Corey Norman


Round 2
20 March 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 28-20 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers
Tries:
Bolton (2)
Tonga
Bani
Goals:
Thurston (6/6)
Report Tries:
Lewis
Walsh
Coote
Goals:
Gordon (4/4)


Round 3
26 March 2010
St. George Illawarra Dragons St. George colours.svg 33-8 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Morris (2)
Nightingale (2)
Cooper
Ben Creagh
Goals:
Soward (4/7)
Field Goals:
Soward
Tries:
Graham
Goals:
Thurston (2/2)
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Attendance: 13,267 referee= Jared Maxwell & Gerard Sutton
Man of the Match: Ben Creagh


Round 4
3 April 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 32-18 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Tries:
Tonga (3)
O'Donnell
Thurston
Goals:
Thurston (6/6)
Report Tries:
Minichiello (2)
Tagataese
Goals:
Rogers (3/3)
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Attendance: 16,551
Referee/s: Steve Lyons & Alan Shortall


Round 5
10 April 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 16-23 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
Tries:
Bolton
Tonga
Watts
Goals:
Thurston (1/1)
J. Williams (1/3)
Report Tries:
Lawrence (2)
Tuqiri
Heighington
Goals:
Marshall (3/5)
Field Goals:
Marshall


Round 6
17 April 2010
Newcastle Knights Newcastle colours.svg 36-18 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Vuna (3)
Ciraldo
Lulia
Paterson
De Gois
Goals:
Gidley (4/7)
Report Tries:
Gallant
J. Williams
Graham
Goals:
J. Williams (3/3)


Round 7
23 April 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 18-24 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
Tries:
Bolton
Graham
Tonga
Goals:
Thurston (3/3)
Report Tries:
Tahu (2)
B. Smith
Inu
Goals:
Burt (4/4)
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Attendance: 11,335
Referee/s: Jason Robinson & Tony De Las Heras
Man of the Match: Fui Fui Moi Moi


Round 8
1 May 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 6-34 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Tries:
Bolton
Goals:
Graham (1/1)
Report Tries:
Norrie
Duffie
Inglis
Quinn
Lima
Finch
Neilson
Goals:
C. Smith (3/6)
Inglis (0/1)


Round 9
10 May 2010
Sydney Roosters Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 14-32 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Kouparitsas
Carney
Graham
Goals:
Carney (1/3)
Report Tries:
Bani (2)
Bowen
J. Williams
Tonga
Watts
Goals:
J. Williams (3/5)
Graham (1/1)


Round 10
14 May 2010
New Zealand Warriors New Zealand colours.svg 24-12 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Ta'ai
Brown
Henderson
Locke
Goals:
Maloney (4/5)
Report Tries:
Bolton
Bani
Goals:
Thurston (2/2)


Round 11
BYE
v


Round 12
29 May 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 20-24 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Tries:
Graham (2)
Tupou
O'Donnell
Goals:
Thurston (2/4)
Report Tries:
Whare (3)
Robertson
Goals:
Lyon (4/4)


Round 13
7 June 2010
South Sydney Rabbitohs South Sydney colours.svg 32-4 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Champion (2)
Merritt (2)
Taylor
Talanoa
Luke
Goals:
Luke (1/6)
Sandow (1/1)
Report Tries:
Ashley Graham
Goals:
Thurston (0/1)
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 9,688
Referee/s: Steve Lyons & Matt Cecchin
Round 14
12 June 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 16-8 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
Tries:
Morgan (2)
Goals:
J. Williams (4/4)
Report Tries:
Vidot
McCrone
Goals:
Campese (0/2)
Round 15
19 June 2010
Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg 58-12 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
O'Neill (3)
Duffie (2)
Slater (2)
Inglis
Lima
Cronk
Goals:
Smith (5/6)
Inglis (3/3)
Finch (1/1)
Report Tries:
Tamou
Gallant
Goals:
Thurston (2/2)
Round 16
26 June 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 19-20 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Tries:
Mason
Scott
Webb
Goals:
Thurston (3/4)
Field Goals:
Thurston
Report Tries:
Pomeroy
Gordon
Gardner
Aiton
Goals:
Gardner (1/4)
Field Goals:
Morris
Barrett
Round 17
BYE
v
Round 18
12 July 2010
Parramatta Eels Parramatta colours.svg 36-24 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Hayne (3)
Robson
Inu
Reddy
Goals:
Burt (6/6)
Report Tries:
Tonga (2)
Taumata
Tupou
Goals:
Thurston (4/4)
Parramatta Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 11,177
Referee/s: Jared Maxwell & Ashley Klein
Round 19
19 July 2010
Wests Tigers Wests Tigers colours.svg 26-16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Tuqiri (2)
Brown
Ayshford
Fulton
Marshall
Goals:
Marshall (1/6)
Report Tries:
Graham
Harris
Taumata
Goals:
Thurston (2/3)
Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
Attendance: 11,364
Referee/s: Shayne Hayne & Matt Cecchin
Round 20
24 July 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 28-24 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
Tries:
O'Donnell (2)
Watts
Tonga
Tupou
Goals:
Thurston (4/5)
Report Tries:
Uate (2)
Rogers
Vuna
Goals:
Gidley (4/5)
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Attendance: 12,146
Referee/s: Steve Lyons & Chris James
Round 21
30 July 2010
Penrith Panthers Penrith colours.svg 24-16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Gordon (2)
Tighe
Kingston
Goals:
Michael Gordon (4/5)
Tries:
Graham (2)
Tonga
Tupou
Goals:
Thurston (2/3)
CUA Stadium, Penrith
Attendance: 7,080
Referee/s: Steve Lyons&Tony De Las Heras
Man of the Match: Kevin Kingston
Round 22
6 August 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 26-34 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Tries:
T. Williams
Bolton
L. Ah Mau
Hogan
Goals:
Ashley Graham (5/5)
Report Tries:
Gillett (2)
Folau (2)
Lockyer
Yow Yeh
Goals:
Corey Parker (5/6)
Wallace (0/1)
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Attendance: 20,148
Referee/s: Ben Cummins & Gerard Sutton
Man of the Match: Matt Gillett
Round 23
14 August 2010
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg
Gold Coast Titans
37-18 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Michaels (2)
Prince
Friend
Bailey
Minichiello
Goals:
Prince (6/6)
Field Goals:
Prince
Report Tries:
T. Williams (2)
Watts
Goals:
J. Williams (3/3)
Skilled Park, Gold Coast
Attendance: 14,032
Referee/s: Jason Robinson & Ashley Klein
Round 24
21 August 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 20-22 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Tries:
T. Williams (2)
J. Williams
Rovelli
Goals:
J. Williams (2/4)
Report Tries:
Idris
Ennis
Turner
Morris
Goals:
Goodwin (3/4)
Round 25
28 August 2010
Canberra Raiders Canberra colours.svg 48-4 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries:
Robinson (4)
Dugan (2)
Buttriss
McCrone
Shillington
Goals: Croker (6/9)
Report Tries:
Bani
Goals:
Williams (0/1)
Round 26
4 September 2010
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 8-18 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Tries:
Bowen
T. Williams
Goals:
J. Williams (0/1)
Graham
Report Tries:
Kenny-Dowall (2)
Pearce
Goals:
Carney

Statistics[edit]

Updated: 9 September 2010

Name P T G FG Pts
Isaak Ah Mau 0 (4) 0 0 0 0
Leeson Ah Mau 13 (5) 1 0 0 4
Clint Amos 2 (3) 0 0 0 0
Michael Bani 9 (0) 5 0 0 20
Scott Bolton 24 (0) 7 0 0 28
Matthew Bowen 16 (0) 2 0 0 8
Shannon Gallant 9 (0) 2 0 0 8
Ashley Graham 24 (0) 9 7/8 0 50
Ben Harris 6 (3) 1 0 0 4
Dane Hogan 2 (8) 1 0 0 4
Antonio Kaufusi 10 (1) 0 0 0 0
Manase Manuokafoa 0 (4) 0 0 0 0
Willie Mason 14 (10) 1 0 0 4
Michael Morgan 4 (0) 2 0 0 8
Luke O'Donnell 13 (0) 4 0 0 16
Aaron Payne 21 (0) 0 0 0 0
Steve Rapira 8 (2) 0 0 0 0
Grant Rovelli 12 (1) 1 0 0 4
Nick Slyney 0 (3) 0 0 0 0
Matthew Scott 22 (1) 1 0 0 4
Steve Southern 1 (4) 0 0 0 0
James Tamou 2 (17) 1 0 0 4
Jason Taumalolo 0 (1) 0 0 0 0
Arana Taumata 6 (1) 2 0 0 8
Ray Thompson 4 (0) 0 0 0 0
Johnathan Thurston 17 (0) 2 42/47 1 93
Willie Tonga 21 (0) 12 0 0 48
Will Tupou 12 (0) 4 0 0 16
Anthony Watts 3 (18) 4 0 0 16
Carl Webb 9 (9) 1 0 0 4
John Williams 17 (0) 3 16/23 0 44
Ty Williams 11 (0) 7 0 0 28
Total 312 (96) 74 66/82 1 425
  • Appearances in brackets () denote games off interchange/repl bench
  • Key: P = Played, T = Tries, G = Goals, FG = Field Goals, Pts = Points

Representative Honours[edit]

The following players have played a representative match during the 2010 NRL Season.

NRL All Stars

Indigenous All Stars

City Origin

Country Origin

Queensland Origin

New South Wales Origin

Australia train-on Squad

Prime Minister's XIII

New Zealand Maori

Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Honours at cowboys.com.au
  2. ^ Stuart Honeysett and Brent Read (23 April 2010) Shocking end to the Melbourne Storm era The Australian

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 19°18′58″S 146°42′43″E / 19.31611°S 146.71194°E / -19.31611; 146.71194 (Willow Sports Complex)