2007 North Queensland Cowboys season

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2007 North Queensland Cowboys season
NRL Rank3rd
Play-off resultLost Preliminary Final
(v Manly Sea Eagles, 6-28)
recordWins: 15; Draws: 0; Losses: 9
Points scoredFor: 547; Against: 618
Team information
CEOPeter Parr
CoachGraham Murray
Captain
StadiumDairy Farmers Stadium
Avg. Attend.20,108
High. Attend.25,926 (vs. Brisbane Broncos, Round 18)
Top scorers
TriesMatthew Bowen (22)
GoalsJohnathan Thurston (78)
PointsJohnathan Thurston (196)
2006 2008 >

The 2007 North Queensland Cowboys season was the 13th in the club's history. Coached by Graham Murray and captained by Johnathan Thurston, they competed in the NRL's Telstra Premiership. They finished the regular season in 3rd place, falling one game short of the Grand Final after losing to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

Season summary[edit]

The Cowboys started the 2007 NRL season strongly, winning their first four games. By the halfway point of the season, they were placed inside the top four, despite losing key forward Luke O'Donnell for the season in Round 4.

In August, News Limited sold its majority stake in the club to the Cowboys Leagues Club for just over $2 million. News Limited took over the club in late 2001, helping it through a turbulent and difficult era.

Following five losses from seven games, the Cowboys dropped to 8th place in Round 20. A strong finish to the regular season, in which they won their final five games, saw them finish in 3rd, their highest ever placing at the time. Their first two finals games were played at home, defeating the Canterbury Bulldogs (20-18) and the New Zealand Warriors (49-12), to move within one game of the Grand Final. The Cowboys' season ended the following week, losing to Manly in the preliminary final.

Club legend Paul Bowman retired at the end of the 2007 season. The last foundation player from the club's inaugural season, Bowman played 203 games for the Cowboys over 13 seasons. The club's Player of the Year medal was named in his honour following his retirement. He became an assistant coach with the club in 2008. 2007 also saw the debut of 19-year old Scott Bolton, who would go on to play over 150 games for the Cowboys and be a member of their 2015 NRL Grand Final and 2016 World Club Challenge winning sides.

Milestones[edit]

Squad List[edit]

North Queensland Cowboys NRL Squad 2007
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • Ian Millward (Assistant Coach)
  • Grant Bell (Assistant Coach)
  • Kelly Egan (Football Manager)
  • Glen Murphy (Strength & Conditioning Coach)
  • Steve Hooper (Strength & Conditioning Trainer)

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


Squad Movement[edit]

2007 Gains[edit]

Player Signed From
Brett Anderson Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
Matthew Bartlett Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Ben Farrar Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
Sione Faumuina New Zealand colours.svg Warriors
Karl Johnson North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears
Scott Minto Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Jackson Nicolau Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Jason Smith Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
Ben Vaeau Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Colin Wilkie Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm

2007 Losses[edit]

Player Signed To
Clint Amos Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Jason Barsley Released
Gavin Cooper Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
Mark Dalle Cort Cruscolours.svg Celtic Crusaders
Brett Firman Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers
Josh Hannay Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks
Ben Lowe South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
Brent McConnell Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Travis Norton Retired
Mitchell Sargent Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
Matt Sing Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C.
Daniel Strickland Hunter colours.svg University Saints RLFC
Robert Tanielu Retired

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 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith 24 8 0 16 1 539 607 −68 18

Fixtures[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
February 17 Trial 1 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Browne Park 10 – 28 - - -
February 24 Trial 2 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Leprechaun Park 32 – 14 B. Bowen (2), Bolton, M. Bowen, Payne, Lillyman Thurston (4/6) -
March 3 Trial 3 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Barlow Park 10 – 14 Bolton, Justin Smith Thurston (2/2) -

Regular season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
16 March Round 1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium 23 – 16 Graham (2), M. Bowen, Henry Thurston (3/5), M. Bowen (1 FG) 50,416
24 March Round 2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Dairy Farmers Stadium 43 – 6 B. Bowen (2), M. Bowen (2), Thurston (2), O'Donnell Thurston (6/6), Graham (1/1), Payne (1 FG) 21,396
31 March Round 3 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons WIN Stadium 22 – 18 B. Bowen, Bowman, Graham, Thurston Thurston (3/4) 10,232
7 April Round 4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Dairy Farmers Stadium 25 – 24 Graham (2), M. Bowen, Sweeney Thurston (4/4), M. Bowen (1 FG) 21,879
15 April Round 5 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Mt Smart Stadium 14 – 34 B. Bowen, M. Bowen, Thurston Thurston (1/3) 11,260
23 April Round 6 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Dairy Farmers Stadium 6 – 10 Bowman Thurston (1/1) 17,768
28 April Round 7 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Dairy Farmers Stadium 30 – 26 M. Bowen (2), B. Bowen, Farrar, Ja. Smith Thurston (5/6) 18,682
7 May Round 8 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Carrara Stadium 24 – 10 M. Bowen, Bowman, Jensen Thurston (6/6) 17,806
12 May Round 9 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers Dairy Farmers Stadium 12 – 22 Anderson, Bolton Thurston (2/2) 17,393
19 May Round 10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium 14 – 44 Faumuina, Graham, Minto Graham (1/3) 10,182
25 May Round 11 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Suncorp Stadium 26 – 16 M.Bowen (2), Faumuina, Tronc Thurston (5/5) 15,412
2 June Round 12 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Dairy Farmers Stadium 26 – 24 Williams (2), Minto, Scott, Sweeney Thurston (3/5) 20,075
9 June Round 13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Aussie Stadium 30 – 64 M. Bowen (2), Bartlett, Southern, Tronc Graham (5/5) 4,186
16 June Round 14 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Dairy Farmers Stadium 12 – 58 B. Bowen, M. Bowen, William Thurston (0/3) 20,023
23 June Round 15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium 28 – 24 B. Bowen (2), M. Bowen (2), Thurston Thurston (4/5) 11,263
Round 16 Bye
7 July Round 17 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Dairy Farmers Stadium 18 – 12 Sione Faumuina, Graham, Webb Thurston (2/2), Graham (1/1) 19,864
13 July Round 18 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Dairy Farmers Stadium 16 – 24 Graham (2), M. Bowen Graham (2/3) 25,926
22 July Round 19 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Telstra Stadium 14 – 20 M. Bowen, Graham, Minto Thurston (1/3) 10,022
30 July Round 20 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Leichhardt Oval 10 – 54 Bartlet, Ju. Smith Thurston (1/2) 17,101
4 August Round 21 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Dairy Farmers Stadium 28 – 22 Farrar (2), Graham, M. Bowen, Thurston Graham (2/5), Thurston (0/1) 15,791
13 August Round 22 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers CUA Stadium 30 – 26 Graham (3), B. Bowen, M. Bowen, Ju. Smith Thurston (3/5) 7,618
18 August Round 23 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons Dairy Farmers Stadium 24 – 14 M. Bowen, Bowman, Cashmere, Ja. Smith Thurston (4/4) 18,721
24 August Round 24 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights EnergyAustralia Stadium 34 – 18 Graham (2), M. Bowen, Sweeney, Thurston, Williams Thurston (5/6) 12,264
31 Augusut Round 25 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Dairy Farmers Stadium 38 – 32 Farrar, Williams, Ju. Smith, Thurston Thurston (7/7) 24,050
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw   Bye

Finals[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
8 September Qualifying Final Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Dairy Farmers Stadium 20 – 18 Thurston (2), Bowman Thurston (4/4) 24,004
16 September Semi Final New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Dairy Farmers Stadium 49 – 12 Farrar (2), M. Bowen, Cashmere, Graham, Henry, Ja. Smith, Williams Thurston (7/7), Bowman (1/1), M. Bowen (1 FG) 21,487
22 September Preliminary Final Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles SFS 6 – 28 Lillyman Thurston (1/1) 32,611
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw   Bye

Statistics[edit]

Name App T G FG Pts
Brett Anderson 1 1 - - 4
Matthew Bartlett 13 2 - - 8
Scott Bolton 6 1 - - 4
Brenton Bowen 16 9 - - 36
Matthew Bowen 27 22 - 3 91
Paul Bowman 21 5 1 - 22
Ray Cashmere 24 2 - - 8
David Faiumu 20 - - - -
Ben Farrar 11 7 - - 28
Sione Faumuina 18 3 - - 12
Sam Faust 13 - - - -
John Frith 1 - - - -
Ashley Graham 22 18 12 - 96
Mark Henry 10 2 - - 8
Rod Jensen 6 1 - - 4
Jacob Lillyman 21 1 - - 4
Scott Minto 14 3 - - 12
Shane Muspratt 3 - - - -
Jackson Nicolau 1 - - - -
Luke O'Donnell 4 1 - - 4
Aaron Payne 27 - - 1 1
Matthew Scott 23 1 - - 4
Jason Smith 20 3 - - 12
Justin Smith 24 3 - - 12
Steve Southern 19 1 - - 4
Neil Sweeney 11 3 - - 12
Johnathan Thurston 25 10 78 - 196
Shane Tronc 17 2 - - 8
Ben Vaeau 8 - - - -
Carl Webb 18 1 - - 4
Ty Williams 15 7 - - 28
Totals 109 91 4 622

Source:[1]

Representatives[edit]

The following players played a representative match in 2007

ANZAC Test State of Origin 1 State of Origin 2 State of Origin 3 Trans-Tasman Test
Matthew Bowen
-
-
-
Queensland
-
David Faiumu
New Zealand
-
-
-
New Zealand
Jacob Lillyman
-
Queensland
Queensland
-
-
Johnathan Thurston
Australia
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
-
Carl Webb
-
-
Queensland
Queensland
-

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Club[edit]

Feeder Clubs[edit]

Queensland Cup[edit]

References[edit]

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