2004 North Queensland Cowboys season

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The 2004 North Queensland Cowboys season was the 10th in the club's history. Coached by Graham Murray and captained by Travis Norton, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2004 Telstra Premiership and made the finals for the first time, finishing 7th (out of 15). The Cowboys then came within one match of the grand final but lost to the Sydney Roosters. Luke O'Donnell was named the club's player of the year.[1]

Post-season Matt Bowen became the first Cowboys-developed player to be selected to represent Australia.

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 19 0 5 2 710 368 +342 42
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 19 0 5 2 760 491 +269 42
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 16 1 7 2 602 533 +69 37
4 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 15 0 9 2 672 567 +105 34
5 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 24 14 0 10 2 624 415 +209 32
6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 13 0 11 2 684 517 +167 30
7 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 12 1 11 2 526 514 +12 29
8 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 11 0 13 2 554 613 -59 26
9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 10 0 14 2 509 534 -25 24
10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 10 0 14 2 516 617 -101 24
11 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 24 10 0 14 2 528 645 -117 24
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 9 0 15 2 517 626 -109 22
13 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 24 9 0 15 2 615 754 -139 22
14 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 6 0 18 2 427 693 -266 16
15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 5 2 17 2 455 812 -357 16

Squad[edit]

(*)Indicates player has captained the team in 2004.

Draw and Results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Nth.Qld Opp. Date Venue
1 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Loss 20 24 Mar 13 Dairy Farmers Stadium
2 BYE
3 Canberra Raiders Loss 18 19 Mar 27 Dairy Farmers Stadium
4 Wests Tigers Loss 8 18 Apr 3 Dairy Farmers Stadium
5 Cronulla Sharks Win 36 10 Apr 11 Toyota Park
6 Brisbane Broncos Loss 12 19 Apr 17 Dairy Farmers Stadium
7 Melbourne Storm Loss 6 28 Apr 25 Olympic Park
8 Parramatta Eels Win 24 20 May 1 Parramatta Stadium
9 New Zealand Warriors Win 16 8 May 8 Dairy Farmers Stadium
10 South Sydney Rabbitohs Draw 20 20 May 15 Express Advocate Stadium
11 Penrith Panthers Loss 22 18 May 22 Dairy Farmers Stadium
12 BYE
13 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 14 12 June 4 WIN Stadium
14 Newcastle Knights Win 30 6 June 12 Dairy Farmers Stadium
15 New Zealand Warriors Win 28 26 June 20 Ericsson Stadium
16 Canterbury Bulldogs Loss 18 32 June 26 Dairy Farmers Stadium
17 Sydney Roosters Loss 32 22 July 3 Express Advocate Stadium
18 Canberra Raiders Loss 28 32 July 10 Canberra Stadium
19 Parramatta Eels Win 28 6 July 17 Dairy Farmers Stadium
20 Newcastle Knights Win 28 24 July 25 EnergyAustralia Stadium
21 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 34 10 July 31 Dairy Farmers Stadium
22 Canterbury Bulldogs Loss 16 36 August 8 Sydney Showground
23 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 36 22 August 14 Dairy Farmers Stadium
24 Penrith Panthers Loss 6 56 August 21 CUA Stadium
25 Wests Tigers Win 24 12 August 29 Campbelltown Stadium
26 Cronulla Sharks Win 38 20 September 4 Dairy Farmers Stadium

Final Series[edit]

Qualifying Finals
September 11, 2004
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 30 - 22 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs
Report
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 18,371
Referee/s: Tim Mander

Semi Final
September 18, 2004
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 10 - 0 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Tries: David Myles (1)
Goals: Josh Hannay 3/3
Report
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Attendance: 24,989
Referee/s: Tim Mander

Preliminary Final
September 26, 2004
Sydney Roosters Eastern Suburbs colours.svg 19 - 16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
Tries: Ryan Cross (1)
Brad Fittler (1)
Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon 5/5
Field Goals: Brett Finch (1)
Report Tries: Ty Williams (2)
Paul Bowman (1)
Goals: Josh Hannay 2/3
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 43,048
Referee/s: Paul Simpkins

Season Statistics[edit]

  • Won: 12, Drawn: 1, Lost: 11, Byes: 0
  • For: 526 (0 tries, 0 goals, 0 fgoals)
  • Against: 514 (0 tries, 0 goals, 0 fgoals)
  • Points: 25, Difference: 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Honours Archived 2011-10-30 at WebCite at cowboys.com.au

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