2010 North Queensland Cowboys season

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2010 North Queensland Cowboys season
NRL Rank 15th
Play-off result Missed finals
2010 record Wins: 5; Draws: 0; Losses: 19
Points scored For: 425; Against: 667
Team information
CEO Peter Parr
Coach Neil Henry
Captain
Stadium Dairy Farmers Stadium
Avg. Attend. 14,256
High. Attend. 20,148 (vs. Brisbane Broncos, Round 22)
Top scorers
Tries Willie Tonga (12)
Goals Johnathan Thurston (43)
Points Johnathan Thurston (95)
2009 2011 >

The 2010 North Queensland Cowboys season was the 16th season in the club's history. Coached by Neil Henry and co-captained by Johnathan Thurston and Matthew Scott, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2010 Telstra Premiership, finishing in 15th place and failing to make the finals for the 3rd consecutive year.

Season summary[edit]

Prior to the kick-off of the 2010 season, the media's attention surrounded the Cowboys' signing of ex-Australian international forward, Willie Mason on a one-year deal. The controversial figure was one of the team's most consistent players in 2010 but would leave the Cowboys at season's end to join English Super League side Hull Kingston Rovers.

2010 resulted in a very poor season for the Cowboys who recorded just five wins from 24 matches, although four of those win coming against teams who participated in the 2010 finals series. Had the Melbourne Storm not been deducted premiership points for their salary cap breach earlier in the year, the Cowboys would have received the wooden spoon. During the season the side went on a three-game losing streak, two four-game losing streaks and ended the season on a run of six straight losses.

Highlights during the season included a golden point extra time victory over the Newcastle Knights in Round 20, in which rookie winger Will Tupou scored the match-winning try and the debuts of 18-year old Michael Morgan and 17-year old Jason Taumalolo, who would go on to play integral roles in the Cowboys' first Premiership win in 2015. Taumalolo was the youngest player to ever make his debut for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys' season of disappointment only got worse when Johnathan Thurston was arrested in Brisbane for drunk and disorderly behaviour during the off-season. His captaincy role at the Cowboys was under review, but no further action was taken. Furthermore, CEO Peter Parr was removed from his role and relegated to football operations manager.

During the off-season the club underwent a major overhaul of personnel, releasing 15 players and signing a number of new recruits for 2011, including Queensland and Australian representatives Dallas Johnson and Brent Tate.

Milestones[edit]

Squad List[edit]

North Queensland Cowboys NRL Squad 2010
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


Squad Movement[edit]

2010 Gains[edit]

Player Signed From Until End of
Isaak Ah Mau Balmain colours.svg Easts Tigers
2011
Leeson Ah Mau New Zealand colours.svg Warriors
2011
Shannon Gallant Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
2011
Willie Mason Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2010
Arana Taumata Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers (mid-season)
2011
Will Tupou Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2011

2010 Losses[edit]

Player Signed To Until End of
Matthew Bartlett Wolvescolours.svg Lakes United
2010
Brandon Boor Released
-
Travis Burns Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers
2011
Shannon Hegarty Retired
-
Antonio Kaufusi Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights (mid-season)
2012
Manase Manuokafoa Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels (mid-season)
2011
David Pangai Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Western Suburbs Rosellas
2010
Anthony Perkins Released
-
Shane Tronc Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2011
Dayne Weston Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears
2010

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons (P) 24 17 0 7 2 518 299 +219 38
2 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 15 0 9 2 645 489 +156 34
3 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 15 0 9 2 537 503 +34 34
4 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 15 0 9 2 520 498 +22 34
5 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 14 0 10 2 539 486 +53 32
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 14 0 10 2 559 510 +49 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 13 0 11 2 499 493 +6 30
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 12 0 12 2 545 510 +35 28
9 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 11 0 13 2 584 567 +17 26
10 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 11 0 13 2 508 535 −27 26
11 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 10 0 14 2 499 569 −70 24
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 10 0 14 2 413 491 −78 24
13 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 9 0 15 2 494 539 −45 22
14 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 7 0 17 2 354 609 −255 18
15 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 5 0 19 2 425 667 −242 14
16 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 14 0 10 2 489 363 +126 01

1 Melbourne were deducted eight premiership points and barred from receiving premiership points for the rest of the season due to gross long-term salary cap breaches.[1]

Fixtures[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
12 February Trial 1 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Tiger Park 4 – 28 Manuokafoa J Williams (0/1) 5,000
20 February Trial 2 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Barlow Park 6 – 28 Geia J Williams (1/1) 8,000
27 February Trial 3 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Richardson Park 22 – 4 O'Donnell (2), Bani, J Williams J Williams (2/3), Thurston (1/1) 9,879
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw

Regular season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
12 March Round 1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium 24 – 30 Graham, Thurston, Tonga, T Williams Thurston (4/4) 48,516
20 March Round 2 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Dairy Farmers Stadium 28 – 20 Bolton (2), Bani, Tonga Thurston (6/6) 13,335
26 March Round 3 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons WIN Stadium 8 – 33 Graham Thurston (2/2) 13,267
3 April Round 4 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Dairy Farmers Stadium 32 – 18 Tonga (3), O'Donnell, Thurston Thurston (6/6) 15,551
10 April Round 5 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Dairy Farmers Stadium 16 – 23 Bolton, Tonga, Watts Thurston (1/1), J Williams (1/3) 16,273
17 April Round 6 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle EnergyAustralia Stadium 18 – 36 Gallant, Graham, J Williams J Williams (3/3) 14,205
23 April Round 7 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Dairy Farmers Stadium 18 – 24 Bolton, Graham, Tonga Thurston (3/3) 11,335
1 May Round 8 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Dairy Farmers Stadium 6 – 34 Bolton Graham (1/1) 19,853
10 May Round 9 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters SFS 32 – 14 Bani (2), Bowen, Tonga, Watts, J Williams J Williams (3/5), Graham (1/1) 6,478
15 May Round 10 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Mt Smart Stadium 12 – 24 Bani, Bolton Thurston (2/2) 10,800
Round 11 Bye
29 May Round 12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Dairy Farmers Stadium 20 – 24 Graham (2), O'Donnell, Tupou Thurston (2/4) 13,538
7 June Round 13 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium 4 – 32 Graham Thurston (0/1) 9,688
12 June Round 14 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Dairy Farmers Stadium 16 – 8 Morgan (2) J Williams (4/4) 12,058
19 June Round 15 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm AAMI Park 12 – 58 Gallant, Tamou Thurston (2/2) 10,661
26 June Round 16 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Dairy Farmers Stadium 19 – 20 Mason, Scott, Webb Thurston (3/4, 1 FG) 13,063
Round 17 Bye
12 July Round 18 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium 24 – 36 Tonga (2), Taumata, Tupou Thurston (4/4) 11,177
19 July Round 19 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Leichhardt Oval 16 – 26 Graham, Harris, Taumata Thurston (2/3) 11,364
24 July Round 20 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Dairy Farmers Stadium 28 – 24 O'Donnell (2), Tonga, Tupou, Watts Thurston (4/5) 12,146
30 July Round 21 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers CUA Stadium 16 – 24 Graham, Tonga, Tupou Thurston (2/3) 7,080
6 August Round 22 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Dairy Farmers Stadium 26 – 34 Ah Mau, Bolton, Hogan, T Williams Graham (5/5) 20,148
14 August Round 23 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Skilled Park 18 – 37 T Williams (2), Watts J Williams (3/3) 14,032
21 August Round 24 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Dairy Farmers Stadium 20 – 22 T Williams (2), Rovelli, J Williams J Williams (2/4) 11,742
28 August Round 25 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium 4 – 48 Bani J Williams (0/1) 11,434
4 September Round 26 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Dairy Farmers Stadium 8 – 18 Bowen, T Williams J Williams (0/2) 12,033
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw   Bye

Statistics[edit]

Name App T G FG Pts
Ah Mau, IsaakIsaak Ah Mau 4 - - - -
Ah Mau, LeesonLeeson Ah Mau 18 1 - - 4
Amos, ClintClint Amos 5 - - - -
Bani, MichaelMichael Bani 10 5 - - 20
Bolton, ScottScott Bolton 24 7 - - 28
Bowen, MatthewMatthew Bowen 16 2 - - 8
Gallant, ShannonShannon Gallant 9 2 - - 8
Graham, AshleyAshley Graham 24 9 7 - 50
Harris, BenBen Harris 9 1 - - 4
Hogan, DaneDane Hogan 10 1 - - 4
Kaufusi, AntonioAntonio Kaufusi 11 - - - -
Manuokafoa, ManaseManase Manuokafoa 4 - - - -
Mason, WillieWillie Mason 23 1 - - 4
Morgan, MichaelMichael Morgan 4 2 - - 8
O'Donnell, LukeLuke O'Donnell 13 4 - - 16
Payne, AaronAaron Payne 21 - - - -
Rapira, SteveSteve Rapira 10 - - - -
Rovelli, GrantGrant Rovelli 13 1 - - 4
Scott, MatthewMatthew Scott 23 1 - - 4
Slyney, NickNick Slyney 3 - - - -
Southern, SteveSteve Southern 6 - - - -
Tamou, JamesJames Tamou 19 1 - - 4
Taumalolo, JasonJason Taumalolo 1 - - - -
Taumata, AranaArana Taumata 7 2 - - 8
Thompson, RayRay Thompson 4 - - - -
Thurston, JohnathanJohnathan Thurston 17 2 43 1 95
Tonga, WillieWillie Tonga 21 12 - - 48
Tupou, WillWill Tupou 12 4 - - 16
Watts, AnthonyAnthony Watts 21 4 - - 16
Webb, CarlCarl Webb 18 1 - - 4
Williams, JohnJohn Williams 17 3 16 - 4
Williams, TyTy Williams 11 7 - - 28
Totals 73 66 1 425

Source:[2]

Representatives[edit]

The following players have played a representative match in 2010

All Stars match City vs Country State of Origin 1 State of Origin 2 State of Origin 3 Prime Minister's XIII Four Nations
Matthew Bowen
-
-
-
-
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Prime Minister's XIII
-
Willie Mason
-
Country
-
-
-
-
-
Luke O'Donnell
NRL All Stars
-
-
New South Wales
-
-
-
Matthew Scott
-
-
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
-
Australia
Johnathan Thurston
Indigenous All Stars
-
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
-
-
Willie Tonga
-
-
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
Prime Minister's XIII
Australia
Anthony Watts
-
-
-
-
-
Prime Minister's XIII
-
Carl Webb
Indigenous All Stars
-
-
-
-
-
-
Ty Williams
Indigenous All Stars
-
-
-
-
-
-

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Club[edit]

Feeder Clubs[edit]

National Youth Competition[edit]

Queensland Cup[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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