2011 Melbourne Storm season

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2011 Melbourne Storm season
NRL 1st (Minor Premier)
Play-off result Preliminary Final Loss
2011 record Wins: 19; Draws: 0; Losses: 5
Points scored For: 521; Against: 308
Team information
CEO Ron Gauci
Coach Craig Bellamy
Captain
Stadium AAMI Park – 30,050
Top scorers
Tries Billy Slater (12)
Cooper Cronk (12)
Matt Duffie (12)
Goals Cameron Smith (78)
Points Cameron Smith (164)
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The 2011 Melbourne Storm season was the 14th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2011 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season in first place, taking out the minor premiership. They then came within one match of the grand final but were knocked out by the New Zealand Warriors at AAMI Park before a ground record crowd.

Jersey and Sponsors[edit]

In 2011 the Storm jerseys were made by Kooga. They retained their predominantly purple home jersey from 2010 and also their predoninantly white away jersey from 2010.

Special Jerseys[edit]

  • For the NRL Heritage round, (Round 5), the Storm wore a replica of their original 1998 jersey.
  • In Round 20 the Storm wore a special "Platinum" jersey against the Brisbane Broncos.[1]

On 4 February 2011 Crown Casino was named the naming rights sponsor of the Storm in 2011[2] and chest sponsor on the jersey. Suzuki is also continuing as major sponsors as well with their name appearing on the sleeves. There is no sponsorship on the back of the jersey.[3] Makita also announced a continuation of their sponsorship and their name will continue to appear on the shorts.[4]

Season summary[edit]

  • The Storm played 9 of their first 13 games at AAMI Park.
  • The Storm's 2011 season and revival commenced with their Round 1 clash with bitter rivals, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, and Melbourne won 18-6.
  • In Round 5 the Storm played the Parramatta Eels where their original 1998 jersey was worn by the players. This match had extra significance because it was the first time that coaches Craig Bellamy and Stephen Kearney faced off since Kearney departed the Storm as assistant at the end of 2010, to take on the Eels senior position. The Storm won convincingly, 38-0, for their first win over Parramatta since the 2009 Grand Final.
  • The Anzac Day clash saw one of the Storm's largest home crowds with just over 22,000 attending the match, but the match was lost to the New Zealand Warriors by a narrow scoreline of 18-14.
  • In Round 12 the Storm hosted the Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Park, in what was Cameron Smith's 200th NRL Game. The storm won 14-8 after a scoreless first half.
  • In Round 19 the Storm travelled to Canberra Stadium to take on the Raiders. The Storm won 26-0; the scoreline was significant because it marked the first time in the Raiders history that they had been held scoreless on their own home ground.[2]
  • In Round 20 the Storm hosted the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park almost 23,000 spectators attended the match which the Storm won 26 - 6. Cameron Smith notched up his 500th goal during this match, also the team wore a special jersey which was mostly Navy blue with a large grey and white V on the front, it also had the word "Melbourne" printed across the upper back. This jersey was to symbolise Victoria following the City of Melbourne's sponsorship of the match.
  • Round 21 saw the Storm stage a remarkable win away at Parramatta Stadium by coming back from 18 - 0 down at the 54 minute mark to win 22 - 18.
  • In Round 24 the Storm broke their winning streak record defeating the St George Illawarra Dragons 8-6 to win their 12th consecutive match. They also had their highest home crowd of the season and their 4th highest home crowd of all time, with 24,081 watching the match. Billy Slater also played his 200th game.
  • The Melbourne Storm completed the regular season in first place winning the minor premiership.
  • Billy Slater was crowned Dally M Player of the Year at the Dally M Awards on 6 September 2011. Craig Bellamy also won coach of the year and Cameron Smith won the Representative player of the year award.
  • The Storm qualified for the 2011 NRL finals series and played the Newcastle Knights in Week 1, winning 18-8. This win gave them a one week break and a home Preliminary Final against the New Zealand Warriors. The Storm lost this final 20-12 ending their season.

Melbourne Storm 2011 season crowd averages[edit]

[5]

Total Crowd Total Games Crowd Average
Home 170,932 12 14,244
Away 172,966 12 14,414
All regular season games 343,898 24 14,329
Finals 43,415 2 21,707
All Games 387,313 26 14,897

Fixtures[edit]

Regular season - Rounds 1 to 12[edit]

Round 1
12 March 2011
7:30pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 18 - 6 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Tries: Stanley, Duffie, Nielson
Goals: Smith 2/2
Field Goal
Tries: Robertson
Goals: Lyon
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 14,631
Referee/s: Matt Cecchin, Gavin Reynolds Report:[6]

Round 2
19 March 2011
5:30pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 40 - 12 Gold Coast Titans Gold Coast Titans colours.svg
Tries:Slater (2), Quinn, Manu, Smith, O'Neill, Cronk
Goals: Smith 6/7
Field Goal
Tries: Capewell, Zillman
Goals: Prince 2/2
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 12,391
Referee/s: Adam Devcich, Ashley Klein Report:[7]

Round 3
28 March 2011
6:00pm Local
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 34 - 6 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Graham (2), Bowen (2), Sims, Tupou
Goals: Thurston 5/6
Field Goal
Tries: Widdop
Goals: Smith
Field Goal
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Attendance: 9,554
Referee/s: Tony Archer, Alan Shortall Report:[8]

Round 4
4 April 2011
7:00pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 30 - 16 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg
Tries: Duffie (2), Proctor, Neilsen, Bromwich
Goals: Smith 5/6
Field Goal
Tries: Turner, Ryan, Keating
Goals: Goodwin 2/3
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 11,592
Referee/s: Shayne Hayne, Gerard Sutton Report:[9]

Round 5
(Heritage Round)
10 April 2011
2:00pm local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 38 - 0 Parramatta Eels Parramatta colours.svg
Tries: Champion (2), Cronk, Slater, Blair, Quinn, Duffie
Goals: Smith 4/6, Widdop 1/1
Field Goal
Tries:
Goals:
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 11,805
Referee/s: Tony Archer , Alan Shortall Report:[10]

Round 6
17 April 2011
3:00pm local
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 10 - 25 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Earl, Tahu
Goals: Gordon 1/2
Field Goal:
Tries: Cronk, Norrie, Slater, Duffie
Goals: Smith 4/5
Field Goal: Cronk 1/1
Centrebet Stadium, Penrith
Attendance: 11,137
Referee/s: Ben Cummins , Chris James Report:[11]

Round 7
(ANZAC Day/Easter)
25 April 2011
7:00pm local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 14 - 18 New Zealand Warriors New Zealand colours.svg
Tries: Champion, Cronk
Goals: Smith 3/3
Field Goal
Tries: Inu, Lillyman, Luck
Goals: Maloney 3/4
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 22,694
Referee/s: Shayne Hayne, Gavin Morris Report:[12]

Round 8
30 April 2011
7:30pm local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 42 - 12 Newcastle Knights Newcastle colours.svg
Tries: Champion, Duffie, Lowrie, Nielson, Norrie, Slater, Quinn
Goals: Smith 7/7
Field Goal
Tries: Hilder, Uate
Goals: Gidley 2/2
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 9,460
Referee/s: Jason Robinson, Chris James Report:[13]

Round 9
7 May 2011
7:30pm local
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 22 - 29 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Beale (2), Gagai, Reed
Goals: Parker 3/4
Field Goal:
Tries: Cronk, Hinchcliffe, Nielsen, Quinn, Waqa
Goals: Smith 4/5
Field Goal: Cronk 1/2
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 34,175
Referee/s: Shayne Hayne, Tony De Las Heras Report:[14]

Round 10
14 May 2011
5:30pm local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 12 - 20 Canberra Raiders Canberra colours.svg
Tries: Duffie, Proctor
Goals: Smith 2/2
Field Goal:
Tries: Robinson, McCrone, Ferguson
Goals: Croker 4/4
Field Goal:
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 9,628
Referee/s: Gerard Sutton, Chris James Report:[15]

Round 11
. Bye .

Round 12
29 May 2011
2:00pm local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 14 - 8 Cronulla Sharks Cronulla colours.svg
Tries: Nielsen, Waqa
Goals: Smith 3/3
Field Goal
Tries: Gordon
Goals: Porter 2/2
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 9733
Referee/s: Steve Lyons, Phil Haines Report:[16]

Regular season - Rounds 13 to 26[edit]

Round 13
5 June 2011
3:00pm Local
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 - 16 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Taylor
Goals: Sandow 1/1
Field Goal:
Tries: Blair, Bromwich, Smith
Goals: Smith 1/2, Widdop 1/1
Field Goal:
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 11,528
Referee/s: Ben Cummins, Chris James Report:[17]

Round 14
13 June 2011
7:00pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 21 - 4 Sydney Roosters Eastern Suburbs colours.svg
Tries: O'Neill (2), Champion
Goals: Widdop 4/5
Field Goal: Widdop 1/1
Tries: Leilua
Goals: Anasta 0/1
Field Goal:
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 9843
Referee/s: Gavin Badger, Tony De Las Heras Report:[18]

Round 15
19 June 2011
3:00pm Local
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 4 - 12 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Ryan
Goals: Marshall 0/1
Field Goal
Tries: Hinchcliffe, Proctor
Goals: Duffie 1/1, Smith 1/1
Field Goal
Leichhardt Oval, Balmain, New South Wales
Attendance: 20,486
Referee/s: Adam Devcich, Ashley Klein Report:[19]

Round 16
26 June 2011
2:00pm Local
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 8 - 16 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Hohaia
Goals: Maloney 2/2
Field Goal:
Tries: Slater (2), Widdop
Goals: Smith 2/3
Field Goal
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 13,362
Referee/s: Tony Archer, Brett Suttor Report:[20]

Round 17
. Bye .

Round 18
9 July 2011
7:30pm Local
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18 - 28 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Barba, Stagg, Turner
Goals: Turner 3/3
Field Goal
Tries: Cronk (2), Bromwich, Waqa, Duffie
Goals: Widdop 1/1, Smith 3/4
Field Goal
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Attendance: 9,963
Referee/s: Chris James, Steve Lyons Report:[21]

Round 19
17 July 2011
2:00pm Local
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 0 - 26 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries:
Goals:
Field Goal
Tries: Duffie (2), Bromwich, Cronk, Hinchcliffe
Goals: Widdop 0/1, Smith 3/4
Field Goal
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 11,853
Referee/s: Matt Cecchin, Adam Devcich Report:[2]

Round 20
22 July 2011
7:35pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 26 - 6 Brisbane Broncos Brisbane colours.svg
Tries: M Blair (2), C Cronk, J O'Neill
Goals: Smith 5/5
Field Goal
Tries: Yow Yeh
Goals: Parker 1/1
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 22,912
Referee/s: Tony Archer, Ashley Klein Report:[22]

Round 21
1 August 2011
7:00pm Local
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 18 - 22 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Maitua, Lasalo
Goals: Burt 5/5
Field Goal
Tries: Waqa, Slater, O'Neill, Nielsen
Goals: Smith 3/4
Field Goal
Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta
Attendance: 10,078
Referee/s: Tony De Las Heras, Steve Lyons Report:[23]

Round 22
6 August 2011
5:30pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 26 - 6 Penrith Panthers Panthers colours.svg
Tries: Hinchcliffe, Manu, Slater, Proctor
Goals: Smith 5/5
Field Goal
Tries: Purtell
Goals: Walsh
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 12,162
Referee/s: Ben Cummins, Phil Haines Report:[24]

Round 23
13 August 2011
7:30pm Local
Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 16 - 40 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Michaels, Thompson, Mead
Goals: Campbell 2/4
Field Goal
Tries: Cronk (3), Slater (2), Quinn, Manu
Goals: Smith 6/7
Field Goal
Skilled Park, Gold Coast
Attendance: 11,663
Referee/s: Alan Shortall, Jason Robinson Report:[25]

Round 24
19 August 2011
7:35pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 8 - 6 St. George Illawarra Dragons St. George colours.svg
Tries: Quinn
Goals: Smith 2/2
Field Goal
Tries: Stanley
Goals: Soward 1/1
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 24,081
Referee/s: Tony Archer, Matt Cecchin Report:[26]

Round 25
26 August 2011
7:35pm Local
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 18 - 4 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Williams (2), Foran
Goals: Lyon 3/4
Field Goal Cherry-Evans 0/1
Tries: Slater
Goals: Widdop 0/1
Field Goal
Brookvale Oval, Manly
Attendance: 20,414
Referee/s: Gavin Badger, Shayne Hayne Report:[27]

Round 26
4 September 2011
7:00pm Local
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 40 - 8 Melbourne Storm Melbourne colours.svg
Tries: Leilua (3), Carney, Guerra, Minichiello, Pearce
Goals: Anasta 6/7
Field Goal
Tries: Champion, Duffie
Goals: Widdop 0/1, Cronk 0/1
Field Goal
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 8,753
Referee/s: Alan Shortall, Jason Robinson Report:[28]

Finals[edit]

Qualifying Final - Week 1
11 September 2011
4:00pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 18 - 8 Newcastle Knights Newcastle colours.svg
Tries: Duffie, Champion, Manu
Goals: Smith 3/4
Field Goal
Tries: Gidley, Uate
Goals: Gidley 0/2
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 14,845
Referee/s: Ashley Klein & Adam Devcich Report:[29]

Preliminary Final - Week 3
24 September 2011
7:45pm Local
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 12 - 20 New Zealand Warriors New Zealand colours.svg
Tries: Champion, Manu
Goals: Smith 2/2
Field Goal
Tries: Brown, Maloney, Tupou
Goals: Maloney 4/4
Field Goal
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 28,580
Referee/s: Tony Archer, Matt Cecchin Report:[30]

Ladders[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 19 - 5 2 521 308 213 42
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 18 - 6 2 539 331 208 40
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 18 - 6 2 511 372 139 40
4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 15 - 9 2 519 430 89 34
5 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 24 14 1 9 2 483 341 142 33
6 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 14 - 10 2 504 393 111 32
7 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 14 - 10 2 532 480 52 32
8 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 12 - 12 2 478 443 35 28
9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 12 - 12 2 449 489 -40 28
10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 11 - 13 2 531 562 -31 26
11 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 10 - 14 2 417 500 -83 24
12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 9 - 15 2 430 517 -87 22
13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 7 - 17 2 428 557 -129 18
14 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 6 1 17 2 385 538 -153 17
15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 6 - 18 2 423 623 -200 16
16 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 6 - 18 2 363 629 -266 16
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 19 1 4 2 851 494 +357 43
2 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 17 0 7 2 758 509 +249 38
3 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 16 1 7 2 707 600 +107 37
4 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 16 0 8 2 678 517 +161 36
5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 15 1 8 2 639 523 +116 35
6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 24 14 0 10 2 659 458 +201 32
7 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests 24 12 2 10 2 607 529 +78 30
8 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 12 1 11 2 638 660 -22 29
9 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 11 2 11 2 752 551 +201 28
10 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 12 0 12 2 558 709 -151 28
11 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 24 10 2 12 2 562 594 -32 26
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 10 1 13 2 547 556 -9 25
13 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 8 1 15 2 683 749 -66 21
14 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 24 5 1 18 2 467 779 -312 15
15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 4 1 19 2 454 881 -427 13
16 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 4 0 20 2 432 843 -411 12


2011 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.

No. Position Player
1 New Zealand SR Adam Blair
2 New Zealand PR Jesse Bromwich
3 France FE Dane Chisholm
4 Australia HB Cooper Cronk
5 New Zealand WG Matt Duffie
6 Australia HB Jake Hawkins
7 Australia HK Ryan Hinchcliffe
8 Australia HB Luke Kelly
9 Australia PR John Kite
10 Australia HK Rory Kostjasyn
11 Australia LK Todd Lowrie
12 New Zealand SR Sika Manu
No. Position Player
13 Australia WG Dane Nielsen
14 Australia PR Bryan Norrie
15 Vanuatu CE Justin O'Neill
16 New Zealand SR Kevin Proctor
17 Australia WG Anthony Quinn
18 Australia SR Robert Rochow
19 Australia FB Billy Slater
20 Australia HK Cameron Smith (C)
21 New Zealand CE Chase Stanley
22 Tonga SR Atelea Vea
23 England FB Gareth Widdop

Source: Storm 2011 Squad

Awards and honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Bai Stand - View topic - 'Platinum' Melbourne Storm Jersey v Broncos (22 July 2011)
  2. ^ a b c Storm announce major sponsorship with Crown - Melbourne Storm
  3. ^ Suzuki drives forward with Storm - Melbourne Storm
  4. ^ Makita drills in their support for Storm - Melbourne Storm
  5. ^ Rugby League Tables / Season 2011
  6. ^ 2011 Match Centre - NRL.com
  7. ^ Ruthless Storm spoil Preston's party - NRL.com
  8. ^ 2011 Match Centre - NRL.com
  9. ^ Angry Dogs lick their wounds after being set upon by rejuvenated Storm pack
  10. ^ Storm hits peak with ominous look for rivals
  11. ^ Melbourne Storm too good for Penrith Panthers | Herald Sun
  12. ^ Bellamy accuses players of a half-hearted effort on day reserved for warriors
  13. ^ Cronk in Test mix as Gids damages shoulder
  14. ^ Brave Broncos fall short | Courier Mail
  15. ^ Canberra Raiders upset Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park | Herald Sun
  16. ^ Cronulla gallant but season now on line | Courier Mail
  17. ^ Rugby League | NRL | South Sydney Rabbitohs | Melbourne Storm
  18. ^ Melbourne Storm bt Sydney Roosters | NRL Rugby League | Photos
  19. ^ Rugby League | Wests Tigers | Melbourne Storm
  20. ^ Rugby League | New Zealand Warriors | Melbourne Storm
  21. ^ NRL Game Report | Live Scores and Breakdowns | thetelegraph.com.au
  22. ^ Broncos get reality check | Courier Mail
  23. ^ Melbourne Storm pull off amazing comeback to down Parramatta Eels 22-18 | thetelegraph.com.au
  24. ^ Melbourne Storm blow away Panthers | Herald Sun
  25. ^ Cooper's triple treat in Storm cakewalk | Herald Sun
  26. ^ Storm beat Dragons in tight tussle | Herald Sun
  27. ^ Manly maintain unbeaten home record with gutsy win over Melbourne | Herald Sun
  28. ^ Craig Bellamy says freshened Melbourne Storm will be fine for finals | Herald Sun
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  31. ^ "NRL Honour Board". melbournestorm.com.au. Melbourne Storm. Retrieved 10 February 2014.