2002 Melbourne Storm season

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2002 Melbourne Storm season
NRL 10th
2002 record Wins: 9; Draws: 1; Losses: 14
Points scored For: 556; Against: 586
Team information
CEO John Ribot
Coach Mark Murray
Captain
Stadium Olympic Park Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Aaron Moule (17)
Goals Matt Orford (62)
Points Matt Orford (156)
2001 List of seasons 2003 >

The 2002 Melbourne Storm season was the 5th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2002 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season in 10th place making it their lowest finishing position so far. It was Mark Murray's final season as coach of the club. [1]

In 2002 the Storm returned to Olympic Park. The club secured no big name player signings for the season as it kept under the NRL imposed salary cap.

In an effort to reignite its floundering success the return to its smaller home ground was seen by players and supporters as a positive move. The club though continued to deliver hot and cold performances as the season progressed, leaving them on the fringe of the Top 8 (from only 14 competitors).

The club suffered internal turmoil during the season, particularly when the captaincy was removed from Robbie Kearns and given to Rodney Howe. The Storm was also troubled over the renegotiation of club stalwart Richard Swain's contract - he reluctantly signed for Brisbane for 2003 when the Storm (citing salary cap issues) failed to make him an offer.

The Storm's season again came down to needing to win its final round game to reach the semi-finals. In a repeat of 2001, Melbourne appeared to lack enthusiasm when it mattered and again lost a crucial match.[2]

Draw and Results[edit]

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Round Opponent Result Mel. Opp. Date Venue
1 Canberra Raiders Win 16 12 Mar 16 Olympic Park
2 Cronulla Sharks Loss 24 30 Mar 23 Toyota Park
3 North Queensland Cowboys Win 38 10 Mar 30 Olympic Park
4 Parramatta Eels Win 32 30 Apr 6 Parramatta Stadium
5 Bulldogs RLFC Loss 6 22 Apr 13 Olympic Park
6 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 12 4 Apr 20 Olympic Park
7 New Zealand Warriors Loss 10 20 Apr 27 Mt. Smart Stadium
8 Newcastle Knights Loss 28 36 May 4 Olympic Park
9 Sydney Roosters Loss 6 34 May 11 Sydney Football Stadium
10 Parramatta Eels Loss 20 22 May 18 Olympic Park
11 New Zealand Warriors Loss 12 28 May 25 Olympic Park
12 BYE
13 Newcastle Knights Loss 16 37 Jun 8 Hunter Stadium
14 St. George Illawarra Dragons Draw 30 30 Jun 15 WIN Stadium
15 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 44 6 June 22 Olympic Park
16 Northern Eagles Loss 22 36 Jun 29 Brookvale Oval
17 Wests Tigers Win 26 20 Jul 6 Olympic Park
18 Sydney Roosters Win 48 10 Jul 13 Olympic Park
19 BYE
20 Penrith Panthers Loss 16 36 Jul 27 Penrith Stadium
21 Brisbane Broncos Loss 20 48 Aug 3 Olympic Park
22 North Queensland Cowboys Win 40 30 Aug 10 Dairy Farmers Stadium
23 Penrith Panthers Win 42 10 Aug 17 Olympic Park
24 Wests Tigers Loss 16 26 Aug 24 Leichhardt Oval
25 Bulldogs RLFC Loss 16 24 Aug 30 Sydney Showground Stadium
26 Canberra Raiders Loss 16 25 Sep 7 Bruce Stadium

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 17 0 7 2 688 454 +234 38
2 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 17 0 7 2 724 498 +226 38
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 16 1 7 2 672 425 +247 37
4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 15 1 8 2 621 405 +216 35
5 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 15 0 9 2 653 597 +56 34
6 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 10 2 12 2 531 440 +91 26
7 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 24 9 3 12 2 632 546 +86 25
8 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 10 1 13 2 471 641 -170 25
9 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles 24 10 0 14 2 503 740 -237 24
10 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 9 1 14 2 556 586 -30 23
11 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 8 0 16 2 496 803 -307 20
12 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 24 7 0 17 2 546 654 -108 18
13 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 7 0 17 2 498 642 -144 18
14 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 5 0 19 2 385 817 -432 14
15 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 20 1 3 2 707 435 +272 81

Awards and honours[edit]

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