2000 North Queensland Cowboys season

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2000 North Queensland Cowboys season
NRL Rank 14th
Play-off result Missed finals
2000 record Wins: 7; Draws: 0; Losses: 19
Points scored For: 436; Against: 612
Team information
Coach Tim Sheens
Captain
Stadium Dairy Farmers Stadium
Avg. Attend. 15,511
High. Attend. 27,643 (vs. Brisbane Broncos, Round 6)
Top scorers
Tries Paul Bowman (8)
Goals Julian O'Neill (66)
Points Julian O'Neill (144)
1999 2001 >

The 2000 North Queensland Cowboys season was the 6th in the club's history. Coached by Tim Sheens and captained by new signing Tim Brasher, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2000 Telstra Premiership, finishing in last place.

Season summary[edit]

The Cowboys entered the new millennium with a renewed sense of hope, adding veterans Tim Brasher and Julian O'Neill from the South Sydney Rabbitohs, with Brasher becoming the club's fifth captain.

The competition started a month earlier due to the Sydney Olympics being held later that year. Because of this, the side played their first month away from home. It was a disastrous away trip, with the club losing their first three games. They managed a win on their final away game against Parramatta but were later stripped of the two competition points after fielding a fourteenth player for three minutes.

After two straight losses, back-to-back wins followed, which included the club's biggest ever victory at the time, a 50-10 win over the Northern Eagles. It was the first time the club had scored 50 points in a game. Five rounds later they recorded 50 points again, breaking their biggest winning margin record with a 50-4 victory over St George Illawarra. It would be one of the last bright spots of the season, as the club managed just two wins from the final 13 rounds and ended the season in last place.

Paul Green represented Queensland in State of Origin once again, and was joined by O'Neill and Paul Bowman, who made his first appearance for the Maroons. Brasher was selected for New South Wales, becoming the club's first Blues' representative.

Despite playing State of Origin, Green was sacked halfway through the season for allegedly negotiating with other clubs while still under contract. He would subsequently win an out-of-court settlement against the club. In a further blow to the club, homegrown halfback Scott Prince, who made his debut at 18 and played 53 games for the side, departed at the end of the season for rivals, the Brisbane Broncos.

Milestones[edit]

Squad List[edit]

North Queensland Cowboys NRL Squad 2000
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coach


Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


Squad Movement[edit]

2000 Gains[edit]

Player Signed From
Graham Appo Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Tim Brasher South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
Des Clark Saintscolours.svg St Helens
Shane Kenward Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Jamie McDonald Adelaide colours.svg Adelaide Rams
Bruce Mamando Adelaide colours.svg Adelaide Rams
Glenn Morrison North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears
Jason Nicol South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
Julian O'Neill South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
Robert Relf Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs
Jeremy Schloss South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs

2000 Losses[edit]

Player Signed To
Scott Asimus Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles
Jody Gall Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers
John Lomax Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Glen Murphy Retired
Noa Nadruku Retired
Kris Tassell Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane (P) 26 18 2 6 696 388 +308 38
2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 26 16 0 10 601 520 +81 32
3 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 26 15 1 10 686 532 +154 31
4 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 26 15 0 11 506 479 +27 30
5 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 26 15 0 11 573 562 +11 30
6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 26 14 1 11 672 529 +143 29
7 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 26 14 1 11 476 456 +20 29
8 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 26 13 0 13 570 463 +107 26
9 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 26 12 0 14 576 656 -80 24
10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 26 11 2 13 519 642 -123 24
11 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 26 10 1 15 469 553 -84 21
12 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles 26 9 0 17 476 628 -152 18
13 Auckland colours.svg Auckland 26 8 2 16 426 662 -236 18
14 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 26 7 0 19 436 612 -176 12
  • North Queensland were stripped of 2 competition points due to a breach of the interchange rule in one game.

Fixtures[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
7 February Round 1 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers Penrith Stadium 6 – 19 Brasher O'Neill (1/3) 10,623
12 February Round 2 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons WIN Stadium 6 – 12 Bowman O'Neill (1/1) 6,024
19 February Round 3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters SFS 12 – 32 Bowman, Relf O'Neill (2/2) 5,820
28 February Round 4 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium 26 – 18 Warren (2), Bell, Smith O'Neill (5/6) 10,110
4 March Round 5 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Dairy Farmers Stadium 12 – 26 Appo, Valentine O'Neill (2/2) 15,890
11 March Round 6 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Dairy Farmers Stadium 8 – 50 Warren Appo (1/1), O'Neill (1/1) 27,643
19 March Round 7 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Stadium Australia 18 – 8 Brasher (2), Bowman O'Neill (3/3) 6,572
25 March Round 8 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles Dairy Farmers Stadium 50 – 10 Bell (2), Appo, Bowman, Boyd, Green, O'Neill, Smith O'Neill (9/10) 13,164
1 April Round 9 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Olympic Park 6 – 28 Doyle O'Neill (1/2) 13,697
9 April Round 10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Marathon Stadium 6 – 28 Appo Appo (1/1) 19,210
15 April Round 11 Auckland colours.svg Auckland Warriors Dairy Farmers Stadium 12 – 18 Smith O'Neill (4/4) 13,557
22 April Round 12 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Leichhardt Oval 18 – 8 Bell, Green, O'Neill O'Neill (3/5) 7,517
29 April Round 13 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons Dairy Farmers Stadium 50 – 4 Connelly (2), Bowman, Brasher, Green, McWilliams, Relf, Schloss O'Neill (9/10) 13,768
6 May Round 14 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Dairy Farmers Stadium 12 – 32 Connelly, Donald O'Neill (2/4) 15,597
13 May Round 15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Bruce Stadium 10 – 17 Prince O'Neill (3/4) 7,110
21 May Round 16 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Dairy Farmers Stadium 10 – 18 Appo, Prince Appo (1/3) 15,738
27 May Round 17 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Dairy Farmers Stadium 6 – 20 Bowman O'Neill (1/2) 12,657
3 June Round 18 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Toyota Stadium 6 – 42 Relf Prince (1/1) 11,101
10 June Round 19 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos ANZ Stadium 16 – 26 Bell, Manning Prince (4/4) 10,455
17 June Round 20 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers Dairy Farmers Stadium 28 – 12 Connelly, Morrison, O'Neill, Prince O'Neill (6/8) 10,851
25 June Round 21 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles NorthPower Stadium 12 – 24 Jellick O'Neill (1/1), Prince (1/1) 8,206
1 July Round 22 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Dairy Farmers Stadium 22 – 26 Prince (2), Jones, Schloss O'Neill (3/5) 17,192
9 July Round 23 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Dairy Farmers Stadium 38 – 26 Bowman (2), Jones, Manning, Schloss, Warren Prince (7/8) 14,134
15 July Round 24 Auckland colours.svg Auckland Warriors Ericsson Stadium 12 – 44 Warren (2) O'Neill (2/2) 8,105
22 July Round 25 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Dairy Farmers Stadium 20 – 36 Fien, Kuricibi, Prince O'Neill (4/5) 14,894
29 July Round 26 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Dairy Farmers Stadium 14 – 28 Fien, Manning O'Neill (3/3) 16,553
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw   Bye

Statistics[edit]

Name App T G FG Pts
Graham Appo 15 4 3 - 2
Geoff Bell 12 5 - - 20
Greg Bourke 3 - - - -
Paul Bowman 20 8 - - 32
Brett Boyd 10 1 - - 4
Tim Brasher 16 4 - - 16
John Buttigieg 22 - - - -
Des Clark 2 - - - -
Adam Connelly 11 4 - - 16
Paul Dezolt 4 - - - -
Darrien Doherty 1 - - - -
Scott Donald 2 1 - - 4
John Doyle 3 1 - - 4
Nathan Fien 16 2 - - 8
Noel Goldthorpe 12 - - - -
Paul Green 15 3 - - 12
Chad Halliday 4 - - - -
Josh Hannay 5 - - - -
Brett Hetherington 1 - - - -
Brian Jellick 13 1 - - 4
Peter Jones 20 3 - - 12
Shane Kenward 2 - - - -
Naipolioni Kuricibi 4 1 - - 4
Martin Locke 9 - - - -
Jamie McDonald 2 - - - -
Leigh McWilliams 12 1 - - 4
Bruce Mamando 1 - - - -
John Manning 10 3 - - 12
Glenn Morrison 20 1 - - 4
Shane Muspratt 2 - - - -
Jason Nicol 3 - - - -
Julian O'Neill 24 3 66 - 144
Nick Paterson 1 - - - -
Paul Pensini 4 - - - -
Scott Prince 19 6 13 - 50
Ben Rauter 6 - - - -
Grant Reibel 2 - - - -
Robert Relf 24 3 - - 12
Jeremy Schloss 18 3 - - 12
Mark Shipway 23 - - - -
Damien Smith 15 3 - - 12
Daniel Strickland 6 - - - -
Shaun Valentine 18 1 - - 4
Kyle Warren 18 6 - - 24
Totals 68 82 - 436

Source:[1]

Representatives[edit]

The following players played a representative match in 2000.

State of Origin 1 State of Origin 2 State of Origin 3 World Cup
Geoff Bell
-
-
-
Scotland
Paul Bowman
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
-
Tim Brasher
-
New South Wales
New South Wales
-
Paul Green
Queensland
Queensland
-
-
Brian Jellick
-
-
-
New Zealand
Bruce Mamando
-
-
-
Papua New Guinea
Julian O'Neill
-
Queensland
Queensland
-

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

References[edit]

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