2007 Melbourne Storm season

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2007 Melbourne Storm season
NRL Rank 1st
Play-off result Grand Final Winners
2007 record Wins: 21; Draws: 0; Losses: 3
Points scored For: 627; Against: 277
Team information
CEO Brian Waldron
Coach Craig Bellamy
Captain
  • Rotating Captains
Stadium Olympic Park Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Israel Folau (21)
Goals Cameron Smith (88)
Points Cameron Smith (192)
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The 2007 Melbourne Storm season was the 10th in the club's history. They competed for NRL's 2007 Telstra Premiership, finishing the season in 1st place to claim the minor premiership before going on to reach the 2007 NRL grand final, their third. In the grand final the Storm defeated the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles to claim their second premiership. However two years after the event Melbourne were stripped of their 2007 titles after being found guilty of long-term salary cap breaches.

The most successful season in the Club’s history as the team managed 21 wins on their way to winning the NRL Grand Final. Storm’s success was built on the back of incredibly defence. Craig Bellamy’s men conceded just 11.5 points per game, the best defensive season in the Club’s history. The year began with seven straight wins and by Round 12 Melbourne had moved into first place, where they remained for the rest of the season. Storm earned redemption from the 2006 Grand Final loss by beating the Broncos 40-0 in the Qualifying final. They faced Manly in the decider, running away with a 34-8 victory as Greg Inglis scored a double on the night to be named the Clive Churchill medalist. Cameron Smith increased his standing as the best player in the game by being awarded the Golden Boot after being named the International Player of the Year while Israel Folau set an NRL rookie record, scoring 21 tries for the season. [1]

Summary[edit]

A total of four Storm players, Cooper Cronk, Israel Folau, Dallas Johnson and Ryan Hoffman were selected to make their international representative debuts for Australia in 2007.

Draw and Results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Mel. Opp. Date Venue
1 Wests Tigers Win 18 16 Mar 16 Olympic Park
2 Canberra Raiders Win 32 16 Mar 24 Canberra Stadium
3 New Zealand Warriors Win 30 12 Apr 1 Telstra Stadium
4 Newcastle Knights Win 22 12 Apr 7 EnergyAustralia Stadium
5 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 24 10 Apr 14 Oki Jubilee Stadium
6 Penrith Panthers Win 30 20 Apr 23 Olympic Park
7 Brisbane Broncos Win 28 18 Apr 27 Suncorp Stadium
8 Wests Tigers Loss 12 30 May 5 Bluetongue Stadium
9 Canterbury Bulldogs Win 38 14 May 14 Olympic Park
10 Sydney Roosters Win 26 2 May 19 Telstra Stadium
11 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Loss 12 13 May 26 Brookvale Oval
12 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 26 10 June 2 Olympic Park
13 New Zealand Warriors Win 4 2 June 10 Mt. Smart
14 North Queensland Cowboys Win 58 12 June 16 Dairy Farmers Stadium
15 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 28 6 June 24 Olympic Park
16 BYE
17 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 12 8 July 7 Olympic Park
18 Newcastle Knights Win 44 0 July 16 Olympic Park
19 Canberra Raiders Win 34 6 July 21 Olympic Park
20 Sydney Roosters Loss 16 26 July 27 SFS
21 Cronulla Sharks Win 17 16 August 6 Toyota Park
22 Brisbane Broncos Win 14 6 August 12 Olympic Park
23 Parramatta Eels Win 14 10 August 17 Olympic Park
24 Canterbury Bulldogs Win 38 6 August 24 Telstra Stadium
25 Gold Coast Titans Win 50 6 September 2 Olympic Park
Qualifying Final Brisbane Broncos Win 40 0 September 9 Olympic Park
Preliminary Final Parramatta Eels Win 26 10 September 22 Telstra Dome
GRAND FINAL Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Win 34 8 September 30 Telstra Stadium

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 21 0 3 1 627 277 +350 44
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 18 0 6 1 597 377 +220 38
3 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 15 0 9 1 547 618 -71 32
4 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors 24 13 1 10 1 593 434 +159 29
5 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 13 0 11 1 573 481 +92 28
6 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 12 0 12 1 575 528 +47 26
7 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 12 0 12 1 408 399 +9 26
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 11 0 13 1 511 476 +35 24
9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 1 541 561 -20 24
10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 10 1 13 1 445 610 -165 23
11 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 10 0 14 1 463 403 +60 22
12 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 24 10 0 14 1 409 559 -150 22
13 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 24 9 0 15 1 431 509 -78 20
14 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 9 0 15 1 522 650 -128 20
15 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 9 0 15 1 418 708 -290 20
16 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 8 0 16 1 539 607 -68 18

2007 Coaching Staff[edit]

2007 Squad[edit]

No. Nat. Player Pos First match with Club Previous club
18 Australia Matt Geyer WG 1998 Australia Perth Reds
26 New Zealand Matt Rua SR 1998 Australia Melbourne Storm
55 Australia Cameron Smith (c) HK 2002 Australia Melbourne Storm
58 Australia Dallas Johnson LK 2003 Australia Melbourne Storm
60 Australia Billy Slater FB 2003 Australia Melbourne Storm
62 Australia Ryan Hoffman SR,LK 2003 Australia Melbourne Storm
68 Tonga Antonio Kaufusi PR 2003 Australia Melbourne Storm
69 Australia Matt King CE 2003 Australia Melbourne Storm
72 Australia Steve Turner 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 CE 2005 Australia Melbourne Storm
83 Australia Michael Crocker SR 2006 Australia Sydney Roosters
84 Australia Garrett Crossman PR 2006 Australia Penrith Panthers
86 New Zealand Adam Blair PR 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 2006 Australia Wests Tigers
91 Australia James Aubusson HK 2007 Australia Melbourne Storm
92 Australia Israel Folau WG 2007 Australia Melbourne Storm
93 Australia Anthony Quinn WG 2007 Australia Newcastle Knights
94 New Zealand Ryan Shortland CE 2007 Australia Melbourne Storm
95 Samoa Sam Tagataese PR 2007 Australia Melbourne Storm
96 Australia Russell Aitken HK 2007 Australia Cronulla Sharks
97 Australia Scott Anderson PR 2007 Australia Melbourne Storm
98 Australia Will Chambers CE 2007 Australia Melbourne Storm
99 New Zealand Sika Manu SR 2007 Australia Melbourne Storm
100 United States Clint Newton SR 2007 Australia Newcastle Knights
- Australia Aiden Tolman PR Yet to Debut Australia Melbourne Storm
- New Zealand Liam Foran HB Yet to Debut Australia Melbourne Storm
- Australia Danny Vaughan PR Yet to Debut Australia Melbourne Storm

Player movements[edit]

Gains

2007 Signings/Transfers
Player Previous Club Years Signed Until the End of

Losses

Losses
Player Notes
Matt King Warrington Wolves (European Super League)
Clint Newton Hull KR (European Super League)
Ben Cross Newcastle Knights (National Rugby League)

Re-Signings

Re-Signings

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.