2008 North Queensland Cowboys season

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2008 North Queensland Cowboys season
NRL 15th
Play-off result Missed finals
2008 record Wins: 5; Draws: 0; Losses: 19
Points scored For: 474; Against: 638
Team information
CEO Peter Parr
Coach Graham Murray (Resigned on 19 May)
Ian Millward (Interim)
Captain
Stadium Dairy Farmers Stadium
Avg. Attend. 18,102
High. Attend. 24,332 (vs. Brisbane Broncos, Round 25)
Top scorers
Tries Ashley Graham (10)
John Williams (10)
Goals John Williams (96)
Points Johnathan Thurston (39)
2007 2009 >

The 2008 North Queensland Cowboys season was the 14th season in the club's history. They were coached by Graham Murray and captained by Johnathan Thurston, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2008 Telstra Premiership.

On 19 May, Murray resigned as head coach after just three wins from the opening 10 games. He was replaced by assistant coach Ian Millward, who took over as interim head coach until the end of the season. The Cowboys finished the season in 15th place, avoiding the wooden spoon by points differential.

Season summary[edit]

The Cowboys entered the 2008 season optimistic about the finals chances after a preliminary final appearance in 2007. The club got off to the worst possible start, losing three straight games. They would win their next three but it proved to be a false dawn, as the side went on a club record 13-game losing streak. They finished the season with two wins from their final five games, finishing in 15th place and narrowly avoiding the wooden spoon. The season was plagued by injury, with key players Matthew Bowen, Luke O'Donnell, Matthew Scott and Johnathan Thurston all missing considerable playing time due to injuries.

On April 2, the Cowboys signed former assistant coach and then-Canberra Raiders coach Neil Henry as their head coach for the 2009 season.[1] A month later, Graham Murray re-signed as head coach and was replaced by his assistant Ian Millward as interim head coach for the rest of 2008. Millward's first win as head coach occurred in Round 22, as the Cowboys defeated the Canterbury Bulldogs 36-12 at Suncorp Stadium.

Despite the poor season, the club still maintained the fourth highest home crowd average in the NRL with an average of 18,102.

Milestones[edit]

Squad List[edit]

North Queensland Cowboys NRL Squad 2008
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches


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


Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 17 0 7 2 584 282 +302 38
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 17 0 7 2 645 355 +290 38
3 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 24 17 0 7 2 451 384 +67 38
4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 15 0 9 2 511 446 +65 34
5 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 14 1 9 2 560 452 +108 33
6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 13 0 11 2 640 527 +113 30
7 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 24 13 0 11 2 489 378 +111 30
8 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 13 0 11 2 502 567 -65 30
9 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 12 0 12 2 516 486 +30 28
10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 2 528 560 -32 26
11 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 11 0 13 2 501 547 -46 26
12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 10 1 13 2 504 611 -107 25
13 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 24 10 0 14 2 476 586 -110 24
14 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 8 0 16 2 453 666 -213 20
15 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 5 0 19 2 474 638 -164 14
16 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 5 0 19 2 433 782 -349 14

Squad Movement[edit]

2008 Gains[edit]

Player Signed From Until End of
Daniel Abraham Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
2008
Travis Burns Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles
2009
George Gatis Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants (mid-season)
2008
Ben Harris Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2010
Chris Sheppard Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride (mid-season)
2008
Anthony Perkins Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2009
Anthony Watts Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks
2010
Dayne Weston Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks
2009
John Williams Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2010

2008 Losses[edit]

Player Signed To Until End of
Brett Anderson Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2009
Brenton Bowen Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
2009
Paul Bowman Retired
-
David Faiumu Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants (mid-season)
2009
Rod Jensen Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
2009
Scott Minto Retired
-
Shane Muspratt Mackay Cutters colours.svg Mackay Cutters
2008
Jason Smith Retired
-
Neil Sweeney Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
2008

Fixtures[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
16 February Trial 1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Browne Park 10 – 20 Nicolau, Thompson Nicolau (1/2) -
23 February Trial 2 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Barlow Park 22 – 30 Webb (2), Faust, T Williams Graham (3/4) -
1 March Trial 3 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Dairy Farmers Stadium 32 – 12 O'Donnell (3), Bowen, Southern, Webb Graham (3/4), Burns (1/2) -

Regular season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
14 March Round 1 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Skilled Park 18 – 36 Thurston (2), Harris Thurston (3/3) 26,974
22 March Round 2 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Dairy Farmers Stadium 10 – 30 Graham, Harris Thurston (1/2) 20,655
28 March Round 3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium 2 – 36 - Thurston (1/1) 50,612
5 April Round 4 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Dairy Farmers Stadium 38 – 14 Graham, Henry, Lillyman, Smith, Watts, Webb Thurston (7/7) 19,231
12 April Round 5 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons WIN Stadium 20 – 16 Smith, Thurston, Watts Thurston (4/4) 11,639
19 April Round 6 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Dairy Farmers Stadium 48 – 20 Bowen (3), Harris (2), Graham, Smith, Southern, J Williams Thurston (6/8), Graham (0/1) 20,544
26 April Round 7 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Dairy Farmers Stadium 10 – 12 Henry, J Williams Thurston (1/2) 24,053
4 May Round 8 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium 24 – 28 Graham, Vaeau, Webb, J Williams Thurston (4/4) 9,818
10 May Round 9 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Dairy Farmers Stadium 18 – 24 Henry, O'Donnell, Webb Thurston (3/3) 17,065
17 May Round 10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Central Coast Stadium 6 – 38 Farrar J Williams (1/1) 9,343
Round 11 Bye
31 May Round 12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Dairy Farmers Stadium 18 – 19 Abraham, Burns, Graham Thurston (3/4) 16,553
7 June Round 13 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Campbelltown Stadium 16 – 40 Harris, Slyney, T Williams J Williams (2/3) 10,488
16 June Round 14 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Dairy Farmers Stadium 18 – 30 Farrar (2), Bartlett Thurston (3/4) 14,234
21 June Round 15 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Olympic Park 20 – 48 Cashmere, Henry, Webb, J Williams Thurston (2/4) 10,880
28 June Round 16 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Dairy Farmers Stadium 28 – 29 Graham (2), Cashmere, Harris, J Williams J Williams (4/5) 15,631
Round 17 Bye
12 July Round 18 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Mt Smart Stadium 14 – 24 J Williams (2), Graham Thurston (1/3) 7,772
18 July Round 19 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Dairy Farmers Stadium 18 – 32 Southern, Tronc, J Williams J Williams (3/3) 22,048
25 July Round 20 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium 4 – 16 J Williams J Williams (0/1) 7,253
2 August Round 21 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Dairy Farmers Stadium 20 – 32 Henry, O'Donnell, Weston, T Williams Thurston (2/4) 14,601
9 August Round 22 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Suncorp Stadium 36 – 12 T Williams (2), Burns, Cashmere, Faumuina, Graham, Webb J Williams (4/7) 8,549
16 August Round 23 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Dairy Farmers Stadium 20 – 26 O'Donnell, Weston, J Williams, T Williams J Williams (2/4) 17,605
23 August Round 24 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights EnergyAustralia Stadium 24 – 38 O'Donnell (2), Payne, T Williams J Williams (4/4) 10,323
30 August Round 25 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Dairy Farmers Stadium 22 – 10 Burns, Harris, Thurston, Webb J Williams (3/4) 14,998
6 September Round 26 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Toyota Stadium 22 – 28 Graham, Scott, Tronc, T Williams J Williams (3/3), Thurston (0/1) 7,057
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw   Bye

Statistics[edit]

Name App T G FG Pts
Abraham, DanielDaniel Abraham 6 1 - - 4
Bartlett, MatthewMatthew Bartlett 6 1 - - 4
Bolton, ScottScott Bolton 4 - - - -
Boor, BrandonBrandon Boor 2 - - - -
Bowen, MatthewMatthew Bowen 6 3 - - 12
Bowie, SamSam Bowie 1 - - - -
Burns, TravisTravis Burns 14 3 - - 12
Byrnes, GregGreg Byrnes 3 - - - -
Cashmere, RayRay Cashmere 24 3 - - 12
Faiumu, DavidDavid Faiumu 4 - - - -
Farrar, BenBen Farrar 18 3 - - 12
Faumuina, SioneSione Faumuina 14 1 - - 4
Faust, SamSam Faust 10 - - - -
Gatis, GeorgeGeorge Gatis 1 - - - -
Geia, ObeObe Geia 2 - - - -
Graham, AshleyAshley Graham 22 10 - - 40
Harlen, LukeLuke Harlen 5 - - - -
Harris, BenBen Harris 24 7 - - 28
Henry, MarkMark Henry 23 5 - - 20
Lillyman, JacobJacob Lillyman 11 1 - - 4
Nicolau, JacksonJackson Nicolau 1 - - - -
O'Donnell, LukeLuke O'Donnell 15 5 - - 20
Payne, AaronAaron Payne 24 1 - - 4
Scott, MatthewMatthew Scott 6 1 - - 4
Sheppard, ChrisChris Sheppard 1 - - - -
Slyney, NickNick Slyney 2 1 - - 4
Smith, JustinJustin Smith 11 3 - - 12
Southern, SteveSteve Southern 18 2 - - 8
Thurston, JohnathanJohnathan Thurston 17 4 39 - 94
Tronc, ShaneShane Tronc 18 2 - - 8
Vaeau, BenBen Vaeau 11 1 - - 4
Watts, AnthonyAnthony Watts 12 2 - - 8
Webb, CarlCarl Webb 21 6 - - 24
Weston, DayneDayne Weston 19 2 - - 8
Williams, JohnJohn Williams 20 10 28 - 96
Williams, TyTy Williams 12 7 - - 28
Totals 85 67 0 474

Source:[2]

Representatives[edit]

The following players have played a representative match in 2008

City vs Country ANZAC Test State of Origin 1 State of Origin 2 State of Origin 3 Prime Minister's XIII Indigenous v Māori World Cup
Ray Cashmere
City
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Ben Harris
Country
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Jacob Lillyman
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Queensland
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Luke O'Donnell
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Prime Minister's XIII
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Johnathan Thurston
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Australia
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
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Australia
Carl Webb
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Australia
Queensland
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Prime Minister's XIII
Indigenous
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Ty Williams
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Indigenous
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Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Club[edit]

Feeder Clubs[edit]

National Youth Competition[edit]

Queensland Cup[edit]

References[edit]

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