2006 Melbourne Storm season

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2006 Melbourne Storm season
NRL Rank 1st
Play-off result Runner Up
2006 record Wins: 20; Draws: 0; Losses: 4
Points scored For: 605; Against: 404
Team information
CEO Brian Waldron
Coach Craig Bellamy
Captain
  • Rotating Captains
Stadium Olympic Park Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Greg Inglis (18)
Steve Turner (18)
Goals Cameron Smith (79)
Points Cameron Smith (178)
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The 2006 Melbourne Storm season was the 9th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2006 Telstra Premiership, winning a record 20 out of 24 regular season games to finish in first place and win the minor premiership, eight points clear of the second-placed Bulldogs. The team backed up their stellar defensive effort the previous year to concede just 404 points in 2006. The retirement of Robbie Kearns saw a rotating captaincy introduced between David Kidwell, Scott Hill, Cameron Smith, Matt Geyer and Michael Crocker. Cooper Cronk also assumed the halfback duties following the departure of Matt Orford. Storm won 13 of their last 14 games of the season to take a great run of form into the finals where they progressed to reach their first Grand Final since 1999 after wins over the Eels and Dragons. This broke a run of three straight semi-final exits for Craig Bellamy’s team.

Melbourne fell just short in the decider against Brisbane however the platform had now been built for a sustained run of success. The Storm's Queensland trio of Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith and Antonio Kaufusi were selected to make their international debuts for Australia in 2006. Post-season the Storm farewelled Nathan Friend and Jake Webster (Gold Coast Titans), David Kidwell (South Sydney) and Scott Hill (Harlequins Rugby League). [1]

Match results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Mel. Opp. Date Venue
1 New Zealand Warriors Win 22 16 Mar 12 Mt. Smart
2 Sydney Roosters Win 22 18 Mar 19 SFS
3 North Queensland Cowboys Loss 8 40 Mar 25 Dairy Farmers Stadium
4 Wests Tigers Loss 28 30 Apr 2 Leichhardt Oval
5 BYE
6 Penrith Panthers Win 40 18 Apr 15 Hindmarsh Stadium
7 Newcastle Knights Win 52 6 Apr 22 Olympic Park
8 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 24 10 Apr 29 Olympic Park
9 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 38 14 May 6 Telstra Stadium
10 North Queensland Cowboys Win 18 6 May 13 Olympic Park
11 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Loss 12 34 May 20 Brookvale Oval
12 Melbourne Storm Win 17 16 May 28 Olympic Park
13 Sydney Roosters Win 20 16 Jun 6 Olympic Park
14 Parramatta Eels Win 34 22 Jun 11 Parramatta Stadium
15 Canberra Raiders Win 22 12 Jun 18 Olympic Park
16 Canterbury Bulldogs Win 16 12 Jun 23 Olympic Park
17 BYE
18 Brisbane Broncos Win 10 4 Jul 7 Olympic Park
19 Newcastle Knights Win 24 16 Jul 16 EnergyAustralia Stadium
20 Cronulla Sharks Win 28 12 Jul 21 Olympic Park
21 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 34 24 Jul 30 Oki Jubilee Stadium
22 Wests Tigers Win 46 4 Aug 5 Olympic Park
23 Brisbane Broncos Win 18 12 Aug 13 Suncorp Stadium
24 New Zealand Warriors Loss 20 24 Aug 19 Olympic Park
25 Canberra Raiders Win 22 18 Aug 26 Canberra Stadium
26 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Win 30 20 Sep 2 Olympic Park
Qualifying Final Parramatta Eels Win 12 6 Sep 10 Olympic Park
Preliminary Final St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 24 10 Sep 23 Telstra Stadium
GRAND FINAL Brisbane Broncos Loss 8 15 Oct 1 Telstra Stadium

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B F A PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 20 0 4 2 605 404 +201 44
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 16 0 8 2 608 468 +140 36
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 14 0 10 2 497 392 +105 32
4 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 14 0 10 2 608 538 +70 32
5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 24 14 0 10 2 534 493 +41 32
6 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 24 14 0 10 2 519 481 +38 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 13 0 11 2 525 573 -48 30
8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 12 0 12 2 506 483 +23 28
9 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 11 0 13 2 450 463 -13 26
10 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 12 0 12 2 552 463 +89 24
11 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 10 0 14 2 490 565 -75 24
12 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith 24 10 0 14 2 510 587 -77 24
13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 24 9 0 15 2 515 544 -29 22
14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 8 0 16 2 528 650 -122 20
15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 3 0 21 2 429 772 -343 10
  • New Zealand Warriors were stripped of four competition points due to breaches of the National Rugby League salary cap.

2006 Coaching Staff[edit]

2006 Squad[edit]

Cap Nat. Player name Position First Storm Game Previous First Grade RL club
5 Australia Scott Hill FE,LK 1998 Australia Hunter Mariners
18 Australia Matt Geyer WG 1998 Australia Perth Reds
35 New Zealand Glenn Turner SR 2000 Australia Melbourne Storm
55 Australia Cameron Smith (c) HK 2002 Australia Melbourne Storm
58 Australia Dallas Johnson SR,LK 2003 Australia Melbourne Storm
59 New Zealand David Kidwell SR,LK 2003 Australia Sydney Roosters
60 Australia Billy Slater FB 2003 Australia Melbourne Storm
61 New Zealand Jake Webster WG 2003 Australia Melbourne Storm
62 Australia Ryan Hoffman SR,LK 2003 Australia Melbourne Storm
67 Australia Nathan Friend HK 2003 Australia Brisbane Broncos
68 Australia Antonio Kaufusi PR 2003 Australia Melbourne Storm
69 Australia Matt King CE 2003 Australia Melbourne Storm
72 Australia Steve Turner FB,WG 2004 Australia Penrith Panthers
73 Australia Cooper Cronk HB 2004 Australia Melbourne Storm
74 New Zealand Jeremy Smith LK 2004 Australia Melbourne Storm
76 Australia Brett White PR 2005 Australia Melbourne Storm
77 Australia Ian Donnelly PR 2005 Australia Manly Sea Eagles
79 Australia Greg Inglis FE,CE, 2005 Australia Melbourne Storm
80 Australia Jamie Feeney SR,LK 2005 Australia Canterbury Bulldogs
83 Australia Michael Crocker SR,LK 2006 Australia Sydney Roosters
84 Australia Garrett Crossman PR 2006 Australia Penrith Panthers
85 Australia Chris Walker WG 2006 Australia Sydney Roosters
86 New Zealand Adam Blair SR,PR 2006 Australia Melbourne Storm
87 Samoa Smith Samau FB, WG 2006 Australia Melbourne Storm
88 Australia Ben Cross PR 2006 Australia Melbourne Storm
89 Australia Matthew Bartlett SR 2006 Australia Melbourne Storm
90 New Zealand Jeff Lima PR,LK 2006 Australia Wests Tigers
- New Zealand Ryan Shortland FE,CE Yet to Debut Australia Melbourne Storm
- Australia James Aubusson FE,HK Yet to Debut Australia Melbourne Storm
- Australia Scott Anderson PR Yet to Debut Australia Melbourne Storm
- Samoa Sam Tagataese SR, PR Yet to Debut Australia Melbourne Storm

Awards and honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History Melbourne Storm". melbournestorm.com.au. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "NRL Honour Board". melbournestorm.com.au. Melbourne Storm. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2014.