2009 National Youth Competition (rugby league) season

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2009 National Youth Competition
Teams 16
Premiers Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne (1st title)
Minor premiers Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly (1st title)
Matches played 201
Points scored 11082
Top try-scorer(s) Wests Tigers colours.svg Jake Mullaney (27)

The 2009 National Youth Competition is the second season of the competition. The Competition, known as the Toyota Cup for sponsorship purposes is solely for under-20 players. The draw and structure of the competition mirrors that of its first grade counterpart, the National Rugby League.

Season summary[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 24 19 1 4 2 879 417 +462 43
2 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 24 19 0 5 2 758 461 +297 42
3 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 19 0 5 2 833 597 +236 42
4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 15 1 8 2 709 588 +121 35
5 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 15 0 9 2 698 551 +147 34
6 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 13 1 10 2 776 568 +208 31
7 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 13 1 10 2 725 612 +113 31
8 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 11 2 11 2 706 685 +21 28
9 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 12 0 12 2 668 683 -15 28
10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 9 1 14 2 596 756 -160 23
11 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 9 1 14 2 649 867 -218 23
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 8 0 16 2 604 698 -94 20
13 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 8 0 16 2 573 755 -182 20
14 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 24 8 0 16 2 542 738 -196 20
15 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 6 0 18 2 443 736 -293 16
16 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 24 4 0 20 2 391 838 -447 12

Ladder Progression[edit]

Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 8.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
1 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 14 16 18 20 22 24 25 27 29 31 33 35 37 37 39 39 41 43
2 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 18 20 22 24 26 28 28 30 32 32 34 36 38 40 42
3 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 2 4 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 16 18 20 22 24 24 24 26 28 30 32 32 34 36 38 40 42
4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 0 2 4 6 6 6 8 8 10 12 12 13 15 17 19 19 21 23 25 27 27 29 31 31 33 35
5 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 32 32 34
6 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 8 10 10 10 11 13 13 15 17 17 19 19 21 23 25 27 29 29 31
7 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 0 0 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 10 10 11 13 15 17 19 19 21 21 23 23 25 27 29 31 31
8 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 2 4 6 8 8 8 8 8 10 12 14 15 17 19 20 22 24 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 28 28
9 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 2 2 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 8 10 12 12 12 12 14 16 18 18 20 22 22 24 24 26 28
10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 0 0 2 2 4 4 4 6 8 8 8 9 11 11 13 13 13 13 15 15 17 19 19 21 21 23
11 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 0 2 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 14 15 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 19 19 21 21 23 23 23
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 8 10 10 10 12 12 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 18 20 20
13 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 12 12 14 16 16 16 18 18 20 20 20 20 20 20
14 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 2 4 6 6 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 14 16 16 16 16 18 18 18 18 18 20 20 20
15 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 8 10 12 12 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
16 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 2 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12

Finals Series[edit]

The NYC finals series adopts the McIntyre Final Eight System just like its first grade counterpart, the National Rugby League.

  Qualifying Finals Semi Finals Preliminary Finals Grand Final
                                     
1  Manly 28
8  Canberra Raiders 32
  1W  St. George Illawarra 12  
2  St. George Illawarra 48   4W  Canberra Raiders 34      Wests Tigers 36    
7  NZ Warriors 24   2L  Wests Tigers 42          Wests Tigers 22
       Melbourne Storm 24
3  Melbourne Storm 54         2W  Melbourne Storm 40    
6  South Sydney 18   3W  Brisbane Broncos 24      Brisbane Broncos 16  
  1L  Manly 10  
4  Wests Tigers 22
5  Brisbane Broncos 46
Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee
Qualifying Finals
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 54-18 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 11 September 2009, 5:30pm Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Gavin Reynolds
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 22-46 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 12 September 2009, 4:15pm Skilled Park, Robina Chris Butler
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 28-32 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 12 September 2009, 6:15pm ANZ Stadium, Sydney Gavin Morris
St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 48-24 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 13 September 2009, 1:45pm WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah Adam Devcich
Semi Finals
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 34-42 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 18 September 2009, 5:30pm Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Gavin Reynolds
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24-10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 19 September 2009, 5:30pm Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Adam Devcich
Preliminary Finals
St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 12-36 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 25 September 2009, 5:30pm ANZ Stadium, Sydney Gavin Reynolds
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 40-16 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 26 September 2009, 5:30pm Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Adam Devcich
Grand Final
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24-22 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 4 October 2009, 2:10pm ANZ Stadium, Sydney Gavin Reynolds

Grand Final[edit]

Melbourne Storm Position Wests Tigers
Gareth Widdop FB Jake Mullaney
Sam Joe WG Joel Jackson
Justin O'Neill CE Joel Wisbey
Pita Maile CE Jake Clarke
Matt Duffie WG Sama Sauvao
Dane Chisholm FE Robert Lui
Luke Kelly (c) HB Darren Nicholls (c)
Pulou Vaituutuu PR Andrew Fifita
James Woolford HK Chris Corby
Jesse Bromwich PR Aaron Woods
Rob Rochow SR Simon Dwyer
Theodore Stuart SR Jason Schirnack
Billy Rogers LK Matt Hyland
Jai Jones-Wiegold Bench Jay Florimo
Jordan McLean Bench Monikura Tikinau
Kevin Proctor Bench David Fifita
Fred Makimare Bench Rhys Curran
Brad Arthur Coach Grant Jones

English-born Melbourne young gun Gareth Widdop clinched the Toyota Cup grand final for the Storm with a 74th minute try and pressure conversion, his side downing the Wests Tigers 24-22 on Sunday.

Widdop finger-nailed a late grubber - his second try of the match - to draw his side level at 22-22 before calmly potting the conversion and delivering the second version of the national under-20s competition to Melbourne.

The Storm scored four of their five tries in the first half to lead 18-10 at the break before a burst of two four-pointers in three minutes from the Tigers took them to a 22-18 lead after 56 minutes.

The Tigers had looked to be coming home with a wet sail before Widdop,who missed three first-half conversions, made the difference in a match where the lead changed five times.

The match became a virtual showdown between two gun fullbacks as Wests Tigers tryscoring machine Jake Mullaney took his season tally to 29 tries from 27 games in 2009 with a double of his own.

The speedy Tigers fullback also scored a try on either side of halftime and set up five-eighth Robert Lui's four-pointer for the Tigers' second-half lead.

Melbourne, who finished third in the regular season, had held the ascendancy before that, and led 18-10 at the break with, ironically, Widdop's goal-kicking letting his side down.

The Storm had also been denied three times in the first half, twice with players held up, but scored tries through winger Matt Duffie, lock Billy Rogers, Gareth Widdop and centre Justin O'Neill.[1]


Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 (Gareth Widdop 2, Matt Duffie, Billy Rogers, Justin O'Neill tries; Gareth Widdop 2/5 goals)

Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 22 (Jake Mullaney 2, Rhys Curran, Robert Lui tries; Jake Mullaney 3/4 goals)

Half-Time: Melbourne 18-10

Jack Gibson Medal: Melbourne colours.svg Luke Kelly

Club and Player Statistics[edit]

Leading try scorers[edit]

Top 10 try scorers
Pos Name Tries Team
1 Jake Mullaney 29 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
2 Kane Morgan 26 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
3 Matt Duffie 25 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne
4= Taioalo Vaivai 20 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
4= Joe Vickery 20 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra
6= Kane Linnett 18 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra
6= Gareth Widdop 18 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne
8= Pakisonasi Afu 17 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs
8= Daly Cherry-Evans 17 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly
8= Obe Geia 17 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland
8= Beau Henry 17 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra
8= Shaun Johnson 17 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand

Leading point scorers[edit]

Top 10 overall point scorers
Player Team T G FG Pts
1 Jake Mullaney Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 29 103 - 322
2 Gareth Widdop Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 18 111 - 294
3 Beau Henry St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 17 90 - 248
4 Shaun Johnson New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 17 84 1 237
5= Mitchell Porter Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 8 76 - 184
5= Stirling Siejka Panthers colours.svg Penrith 5 82 - 184
7 Peter Mata'utia Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 12 64 - 176
8 Michael Picker Canberra colours.svg Canberra 10 63 - 166
9= Jordan Rankin Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 5 64 - 148
9= Taioalo Vaivai South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 20 34 - 148
9= Troyden Watene North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 7 60 - 148

Leading goal scorers[edit]

Top 10 goal scorers
Pos Name Goals Team
1 Gareth Widdop 111 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne
2 Jake Mullaney 103 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
3 Beau Henry 90 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra
4 Shaun Johnson 84 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand
5 Stirling Siejka 82 Panthers colours.svg Penrith
6 Mitchell Porter 76 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly
7= Peter Mata'utia 64 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle
7= Jordan Rankin 64 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast
9= Michael Picker 63 Canberra colours.svg Canberra
9= Troyden Watene 60 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland

Leading field goal scorers[edit]

Top 10 field goal scorers
Pos Name FG's Team
1 Daly Cherry-Evans 3 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly
2 Darren Nicholls 2 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
3= Ben Cronin 1 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland
3= Rhys Jack 1 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs
3= Shaun Johnson 1 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand
3= Luke Kelly 1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne
3= Robert Lui 1 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
3= Ben Murray 1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney
3= Shane Pumipi 1 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla
3= Harry Siejka 1 Panthers colours.svg Penrith
3= Ray Thompson 1 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland

Biggest Wins[edit]

Top 10 biggest winning margins
Pos Winning Team Losing Team Round Score Margin
1 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 25 64-10 54
2= Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 2 52-4 48
2= Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 17 64-16 48
2= New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 22 52-4 48
2= Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 12 52-4 48
2= St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 17 58-10 48
7= Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 23 56-10 46
7= North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 17 56-10 46
9 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 8 50-6 44
10= Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 13 42-0 42
10= Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 26 58-16 42

Winning Streaks[edit]

Winning streak still active
Top 5 longest winning streaks
Pos Team First Win Round Last Win Round Games Won
1= Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 40-16 vs Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 14 48-24 vs Panthers colours.svg Penrith 23 9
1= St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 36-12 vs Panthers colours.svg Penrith 3 34-22 vs Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 11 9
3 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 40-26 vs North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 22 24-22 vs Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers GF 8
4= Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 40-20 vs Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 1 26-22 vs North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 7 7
4= St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 34-22 vs Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 21 48-24 vs New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand QF 7
  • QF = Qualifying Finals
  • GF = Grand Final

Losing Streaks[edit]

Losing streak still active
Top 5 longest losing streaks
Pos Team First Loss Round Last Loss Round Games Lost
1 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 24-16 vs North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 6 44-12 vs Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 20 13
2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 48-10 vs South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 20 58-26 vs North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 26 7
3= Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 40-16 vs Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 14 28-16 vs Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 19 6
3= Canberra colours.svg Canberra 28-14 vs Panthers colours.svg Penrith 19 28-24 vs New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 6
3= Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 22-16 vs Panthers colours.svg Penrith 7 28-6 vs St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 13 6
3= Panthers colours.svg Penrith 20-16 vs Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 1 34-30 vs Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 6 6

Awards[edit]

Toyota Cup Player of the Year[edit]

The winner of the award is decided by the most number of votes during the year as decided by the referee of each game on a 3-2-1 basis for each game played throughout the regular season.

Winner:
Beau Henry, St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra

Toyota Cup Team Of The Year[edit]

The Toyota Cup Team of the Year is voted on by the 16 Toyota Cup coaches, with the players with the highest votes in each position selected.

Position Player Club
Fullback Malcolm Webster South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
Wing Joe Vickery St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra
Centre Taioalo Vaivai South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
Centre Siuatonga Likiliki New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand
Wing Drury Low Canberra colours.svg Canberra
Five-Eight Robert Lui Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
Halfback Beau Henry St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra
Front Row Trent Merrin St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra
Hooker Travis Waddell Canberra colours.svg Canberra
Front Row Jesse Bromwich Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne
Second Row Jake Marketo St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra
Second Row Jared Waerea-Hargreaves Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly
Lock Jamie Buhrer Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly
Bench Kieran Foran Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly
Bench Joel Romelo Panthers colours.svg Penrith
Bench Gareth Widdop Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne
Bench Daly Cherry-Evans Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melbourne Storm defeat Wests Tigers 24-22 to win 2009 Toyota Cup". Fox Sports. Archived from the original on 19 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 

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