2009 North Queensland Cowboys season

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2009 North Queensland Cowboys season
NRL 12th
Play-off result Missed finals
2009 record Wins: 11; Draws: 0; Losses: 13
Points scored For: 558; Against: 474
Team information
CEO Peter Parr
Coach Neil Henry
Captain
Stadium Dairy Farmers Stadium
Avg. Attend. 17,309
High. Attend. 24,332 (vs. Brisbane Broncos, Round 25)
Top scorers
Tries Matthew Bowen (12)
Willie Tonga (12)
Goals Johnathan Thurston (79)
Points Johnathan Thurston (202)
2008 2010 >

The 2009 North Queensland Cowboys season was the 15th season in the club's history. Coached by Neill Henry and captained by Johnathan Thurston, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2009 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season 12th place, failing to reach the finals for the second consecutive year.

Season summary[edit]

The 2009 season was an improvement on 2008 for the Cowboys, with 11 wins from 24 games. The closeness of the 2009 season meant the Cowboys finished 12th, just three points behind eventual Grand Finalists Parramatta, who finished 8th.

Neil Henry re-joined the club as head coach in 2009, taking over from interim head coach Ian Millward. Henry was an assistant coach at the club from 2002 to 2006, before moving to the Canberra Raiders in 2007 and winning the Dally M Coach of the Year award in 2008. Renowned strength and conditioning coach Billy Johnstone also returned to the club after a stint at the Gold Coast Titans. The club's key off-season recruits included Australian and Queensland representatives Willie Tonga, Antonio Kaufusi and Shannon Hegarty.

After a slow start to the season, the Cowboys enjoyed a strong run of form that included a four-game winning streak. With five rounds to play, they were sitting inside the top eight in 6th position. The club then endured four-game losing streak to end the season, dropping to 12th place.

2009 saw the debut of James Tamou, who joined the club from the Sydney Roosters under-20's side. Tamou would become an Australian and New South Wales representative at the Cowboys and play integral role in the club's maiden premiership victory in 2015.

Milestones[edit]

Squad List[edit]

North Queensland Cowboys NRL Squad 2009
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • Mick Crawley (Assistant Coach)
  • Matt Parish (Assistant Coach)
  • Billy Johnstone (Strength & Conditioning Coach)
  • Glen Murphy (Athletic Performance Manager)

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


Ladder[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-Warringah 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-Sutherland 24 5 0 19 2 359 568 −209 14
16 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 5 0 19 2 382 681 −299 14

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


Squad Movement[edit]

2009 Gains[edit]

Player Signed From Until End of
Mitch Achurch Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
2010
Clint Amos Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
2010
Michael Bani Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles (mid-season)
2011
Shannon Hegarty South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
2009
Antonio Kaufusi Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2011
Donald Malone Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets
2010
Manase Manuokafoa South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
2011
David Pangai Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2009
Steve Rapira New Zealand colours.svg Warriors
2010
Grant Rovelli New Zealand colours.svg Warriors
2010
James Tamou Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2010
Willie Tonga Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs
2012

2009 Losses[edit]

Player Signed To Until End of
Daniel Abraham Mackay Cutters colours.svg Mackay Cutters
2009
Daniel Backo Released
-
Greg Byrnes Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
2009
Ray Cashmere Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds
2010
Ben Farrar Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles (mid-season)
2010
Sione Faumuina Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers
2010
Sam Faust Wests Tigers colours.svg Central Tigers
2009
John Frith Released
-
George Gatis Retired
-
Luke Harlen Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
2009
Mark Henry Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds
2010
Keiron Lander Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets
2010
Jacob Lillyman New Zealand colours.svg Warriors
2010
Jackson Nicolau Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
2009
Chris Sheppard Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
2010
Justin Smith Retired
-
Ben Vaeau Balmain colours.svg Easts Tigers
2010

Fixtures[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
21 February Trial 1 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors North Harbour Stadium 28 – 32 - - -
28 February Trial 2 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Barlow Park 18 – 18 - - -
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw

Regular season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
13 March Round 1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 18 – 19 Bowen, Tonga, Webb Thurston (3/3) 45,022
21 March Round 2 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Dairy Farmers Stadium 42 – 14 Bowen, Burns, Kaufusi, Payne, Webb, J Williams, T Williams Thurston (7/7) 19,879
28 March Round 3 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Dairy Farmers Stadium 12 – 26 Bolton, J Williams Thurston (2/2) 21,489
6 April Round 4 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium 18 – 23 Burns, Farrar, J Williams Thurston (3/3) 12,198
11 April Round 5 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Dairy Farmers Stadium 10 – 14 Hegarty, Thurston Thurston (1/2) 18,123
19 April Round 6 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Hindmarsh Stadium 34 – 10 Bowen, Farrar, Hegarty, O'Donnell, Tonga, Tronc Thurston (5/6) 8,547
25 April Round 7 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Dairy Farmers Stadium 26 – 12 Bowen (2), Bolton, Farrar Thurston (5/5) 16,153
1 May Round 8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium 18 – 28 Farrar, Southern, Tamou Thurston (3/3) 8,104
9 May Round 9 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dairy Farmers Stadium 24 – 20 Thurston (3), Tamou Thurston (4/5( 16,031
17 May Round 10 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Mt Smart Stadium 34 – 12 Bowen, Farrar, Graham, O'Donnell, Thurston, Tonga Thurston (5/6) 16,345
25 May Round 11 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Dairy Farmers Stadium 36 – 10 Burns, Kaufusi, O'Donnell, Southern, Thurston, J Williams Thurston (6/7) 11,892
Round 12 Bye
6 June Round 13 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Dairy Farmers Stadium 46 – 12 Graham (2), J Williams (2), Bolton, Bowen, Payne, Scott, T Williams Thurston (5/9) 16,568
14 June Round 14 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons WIN Stadium 18 – 32 O'Donnell, Tonga, T Williams Thurston (3/3) 11,374
20 June Round 15 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Dairy Farmers Stadium 24 – 22 Burns, Payne, Southern, Webb J Williams (4/4) 13,486
26 June Round 16 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs ANZ Stadium 18 – 30 Payne, Watts, J Williams Thurston (3/3) 13,461
4 July Round 17 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Dairy Farmers Stadium 24 – 4 Bowen (2), J Williams, T Williams Thurston (4/5) 17,283
Round 18 Bye
19 July Round 19 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Leichhardt Oval 14 – 34 Bowen, Webb Thurston (3/3) 18,804
25 July Round 20 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Dairy Farmers Stadium 20 – 28 Thurston, Tonga, Webb, J Williams Thurston (2/4) 14,274
31 July Round 21 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Skilled Park 34 – 18 Bowen (2), Bani, Rapira, Tonga, J Williams Thurston (5/6) 20,315
7 August Round 22 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Olympic Park 8 – 20 Tonga (2) Thurston (0/2) 10,510
14 August Round 23 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Dairy Farmers Stadium 12 – 22 Thurston, Tonga Thurston (2/2) 18,199
22 August Round 24 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights EnergyAustralia Stadium 26 – 32 Thurston (2), Bani, Tonga, Watts Thurston (3/5) 15,408
28 August Round 25 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Dairy Farmers Stadium 10 – 16 O'Donnell, Tonga Thurston (1/2) 24,332
6 September Round 26 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters SFS 32 – 16 Graham, Malone, Thurston, Tonga, Tronc, T Williams Thurston (4/6) 10,277
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw   Bye

Statistics[edit]

Name App T G FG Pts
Amos, ClintClint Amos 4 - - - -
Bani, MichaelMichael Bani 9 2 - - 8
Bolton, ScottScott Bolton 24 3 - - 12
Bowen, MatthewMatthew Bowen 20 12 - - 48
Burns, TravisTravis Burns 20 4 - - 16
Farrar, BenBen Farrar 10 5 - - 20
Graham, AshleyAshley Graham 16 4 - - 16
Harris, BenBen Harris 8 - - - -
Hegarty, ShannonShannon Hegarty 5 2 - - 8
Kaufusi, AntonioAntonio Kaufusi 22 2 - - 8
Malone, DonaldDonald Malone 2 1 - - 4
Manuokafoa, ManaseManase Manuokafoa 12 - - - -
O'Donnell, LukeLuke O'Donnell 17 5 - - 20
Payne, AaronAaron Payne 16 4 - - 16
Rapira, SteveSteve Rapira 16 1 - - 4
Rovelli, GrantGrant Rovelli 13 - - - -
Scott, MatthewMatthew Scott 23 1 - - 4
Southern, SteveSteve Southern 20 3 - - 12
Tamou, JamesJames Tamou 12 2 - - 8
Thompson, RayRay Thompson 1 - - - -
Thurston, JohnathanJohnathan Thurston 23 11 79 - 202
Tonga, WillieWillie Tonga 19 12 - - 48
Tronc, ShaneShane Tronc 24 2 - - 8
Watts, AnthonyAnthony Watts 14 2 - - 8
Webb, CarlCarl Webb 22 5 - - 20
Weston, DayneDayne Weston 2 - - - -
Williams, JohnJohn Williams 17 10 4 - 48
Williams, TyTy Williams 17 5 - - 20
Totals 98 83 0 558

Source:[1]

Representatives[edit]

The following players have played a representative match in 2009

City vs Country ANZAC Test State of Origin 1 State of Origin 2 State of Origin 3 Prime Minister's XIII Four Nations
Luke O'Donnell
City
-
New South Wales
New South Wales
-
Prime Minister's XIII
-
Matthew Scott
-
-
-
-
Queensland
Prime Minister's XIII
-
Johnathan Thurston
-
Australia
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
Prime Minister's XIII
Australia
Willie Tonga
-
-
-
Queensland
Queensland
-
-

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Club[edit]

Feeder Clubs[edit]

National Youth Competition[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)