2009 Newcastle Knights season

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The 2009 Newcastle Knights season was the 22nd in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2009 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season 7th (out of 16), reaching the play-offs for the first time since 2006. The Knights were then knocked out of the finals in the first week by the Bulldogs.

Season summary[edit]

The Knights won 9 consecutive games at EnergyAustralia Stadium, breaking the previous home record of 8. Season 2009 also saw coach Brian Smith sacked after announcing on July 19 that he had signed a four-year deal with the Sydney Roosters, and subsequently the team faltered as they lost three consecutive games until Newcastle officials dismissed Smith and appointed assistant coach Rick Stone. The season began well for the Knights with the side winning 7 of their opening 10 games and were sitting equal first with the Bulldogs, St. George Illawarra and the Gold Coast with 14 points. However, during the representative season, the Knights struggled and went through a bad period of 7 losses in 11 games, the last three losses were recorded after news broke of Smith's departure from the club. With Stone in charge, the Knights won 3 of their last 4 games to secure 7th place and a finals berth for the first time since 2006.

Match results[edit]

Round Opponent Result Score Venue Date Crowd
1 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Lost 20-34 Skilled Park Sunday, March 15 16,203
2 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Won 24-12 Toyota Stadium Monday, March 23 11,148
3 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Lost 12-22 Bluetongue Stadium Sunday, March 29 15,227
4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Won 26-12 EnergyAustralia Stadium Sunday, April 5 15,324
5 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Won 24-22 EnergyAustralia Stadium Sunday, April 12 13,626
6 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Won 24-18 WIN Jubilee Stadium Saturday, April 18 14,477
7 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Lost 24-26 Campbelltown Stadium Sunday, April 26 17,898
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Won 28-12 EnergyAustralia Stadium Saturday, May 2 18,154
9 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Won 23-18 EnergyAustralia Stadium Sunday, May 10 11,258
10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Won 38-6 Sydney Football Stadium Saturday, May 16 8,611
11 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Lost 10-36 Dairy Farmers Stadium Monday, May 25 11,892
12 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs Won 22-14 EnergyAustralia Stadium Sunday, May 31 18,322
13 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Lost 18-20 EnergyAustralia Stadium Sunday, June 7 18,085
14 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Lost 0-13 Mt. Smart Stadium Friday, June 12 14,255
15 BYE
16 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Won 25-20 EnergyAustralia Stadium Monday, June 29 14,204
17 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Lost 14-18 Olympic Park Saturday, July 4 9,041
18 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Won 23-4 EnergyAustralia Stadium Saturday, July 11 15,355
19 BYE
20 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Lost 20-44 Bluetongue Stadium Friday, July 24 15,857
21 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Lost 18-30 EnergyAustralia Stadium Saturday, August 1 15,112
22 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Lost 8-40 Parramatta Stadium Sunday, August 9 17,669
23 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Won 26-14 EnergyAustralia Stadium Monday, August 17 13,580
24 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Won 32-26 EnergyAustralia Stadium Saturday, August 22 15,408
25 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Lost 14-30 Canberra Stadium Monday, August 31 9,400
26 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Won 35-0 EnergyAustralia Stadium Sunday, September 6 22,152
QF Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs Lost 12-26 ANZ Stadium Saturday, September 12 21,369

NRL Standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 24 17 0 7 2 548 329 +219 38
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 18 0 6 2 575 428 +147 38*
3 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 24 16 0 8 2 514 467 +47 36
4 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 14 1 9 2 505 348 +157 33
5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 24 14 0 10 2 549 439 +90 32
6 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 14 0 10 2 511 566 -55 32
7 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 13 0 11 2 508 491 +17 30
8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 12 1 11 2 476 473 +3 29
9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 12 0 12 2 558 483 +75 28
10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 11 1 12 2 566 549 +17 27
11 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 11 1 12 2 515 589 -74 27
12 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 11 0 13 2 558 474 +84 26
13 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 9 0 15 2 489 510 -31 22
14 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 7 2 15 2 377 545 -188 20
15 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 24 5 0 19 2 359 568 -209 14
16 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 5 0 19 2 382 681 -299 14

* Bulldogs stripped of 2 competition points after an interchange breach in round 2

2009 Squad[edit]

Newcastle Knights 2009 Full-time Squad
Player Position DOB (Age) Height Weight Junior Club Previous Club(s)
Cameron Ciraldo Australia Second Row, Lock 30/10/1984 (24) 197 cm 103 kg Menai Cronulla Sharks
Ben Cross Australia Prop 06/12/1978 (30) 190 cm 110 kg Batemans Bay Canberra Raiders, Melbourne Storm
Isaac de Gois Portugal Hooker 24/12/1984 (24) 180 cm 85 kg All Saints Liverpool Cronulla Sharks, Wests Tigers
Scott Dureau Australia Halfback 29/07/1986 (23) 173 cm 82 kg Port Macquarie Sharks Nil
Joel Edwards Australia Prop, Second Row Cessnock Goannas Nil
Richard Fa'aoso Tonga Prop, Second Row 08/05/1984 (25) 182 cm 104 kg North Aspley Penrith Panthers, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels
Jimmy Fawcett Australia Fullback 21/04/1988 (21) 191 cm 86 kg Umina Bunnies Canterbury Bulldogs
Kurt Gidley (C) (GK) Australia Fullback, 5/8 07/07/1982 (27) 178 cm 89 kg Wests Newcastle Nil
Matt Hilder Australia Lock, Hooker 30/04/1982 (27) 184 cm 94 kg Cronulla Caringbah Cronulla Sharks, Gold Coast Titans
Chris Houston Australia Second Row, Lock 15/02/1985 (24) 193 cm 106 kg Narooma St George Illawarra Dragons
Marvin Karawana New Zealand Hooker, Lock 30/07/1986 (23) 181 cm 98 kg Wainui Lions Canterbury Bulldogs
Keith Lulia Cook Islands Centre, Wing 17/06/1987 (22) 190 cm 97 kg Port Kembla St George Illawarra Dragons
Adam MacDougall Australia Centre, Wing 08/05/1975 (34) 183 cm 95 kg Harbord Diggers Sydney Roosters, South Sydney
Luke MacDougall Australia Centre, Wing 05/02/1982 (27) 183 cm 94 kg Cronulla Caringbah Cronulla Sharks, South Sydney Rabbitohs, St George Illawarra Dragons
Shannon McDonnell Australia Fullback, Wing - Wests Tigers
James McManus Scotland Wing, Centre 15/01/1986 (24) 186 cm 91 kg Palmerston Raiders Nil
Constantine Mika New Zealand Second Row, Lock 14/09/1989 (19) 183 cm 98 kg - New Zealand Warriors
Jarrod Mullen Australia 5/8, Halfback 09/04/1987 (22) 179 cm 88 kg Taree Panthers, Wests Newcastle, Old Bar Pirates Nil
Wes Naiqama Fiji Centre, Wing, Fullback 19/10/1982 (26) 184 cm 95 kg Arncliffe Scots St George Illawarra Dragons
Tim Natusch New Zealand Prop 03/07/1986 (23) 184 cm 108 kg Wellington (NZ) Nil
George Ndaira Lebanon Hooker 22/02/1985 (23) 175 cm 88 kg Arncliffe Scots St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs
Cory Paterson Australia Second Row, Lock 14/07/1987 (22) 195 cm 107 kg South Perth Lions Nil
Ben Rogers Australia 5/8, Lock 26/04/1985 (24) 184 cm 92 kg St Dominics St George Illawarra Dragons, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers
Junior Sa'u Samoa Centre 18/04/1987 (22) 173 cm 102 kg Logan Brothers Canberra Raiders
Steve Simpson Australia Second Row 27/09/1979 (29) 191 cm 103 kg Singleton Greyhounds Nil
Zeb Taia Cook Islands Lock, Second Row 11/10/1984 (24) 185 cm 106 kg St Clair Comets Parramatta Eels
Mark Taufua New Zealand Second Row, Prop 24/10/1981 (27) 187 cm 104 kg Woodberry Warriors Nil
Daniel Tolar Australia Prop, Second Row 11/04/1982 (27) 188 cm 103 kg Central Charlestown Nil
Sione Tovo Tonga Prop 19/07/1988 (21) 178 cm 110 kg Mascot Jets South Sydney Rabbitohs
Akuila Uate Fiji Wing 6/10/1987 (21) 185 cm 94 kg Woy Woy Nil
Cooper Vuna Tonga Wing, Centre 05/07/1987 (22) 194 cm 103 kg Otahuhu Leopards New Zealand Warriors
Danny Wicks Australia Prop 05/12/1985 (23) 190 cm 124 kg Grafton Ghosts St George Illawarra Dragons

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