2011 Brisbane Broncos season
|2011 Brisbane Broncos season|
|Play-off result||Lost Preliminary Final
(Manly Sea Eagles, 14–26)
|2011 record||Wins: 20; Draws: 0; Losses: 7|
|Points scored||For: 578; Against: 420|
|Tries||Jharal Yow Yeh (14)|
|Goals||Corey Parker (74)|
|Points||Corey Parker (160)|
The 2011 Brisbane Broncos season was the 24th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2011 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 3rd (out of 16). The Broncos then came within one match of the grand final but were knocked out by eventual premiers, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. It was the last season for Brisbane's captain, all-time top points scorer and most-capped player, Darren Lockyer. Lockyer was also named the Broncos player of the season.
2011 was the Broncos' first season under new CEO Paul White who replaced Bruno Cullen in the first week of January. The following month, head coach Ivan Henjak was replaced by his assistant Anthony Griffin. NRMA Insurance replaced WOW Sight & Sound as the naming-rights sponsor of the Broncos after signing a three-year multimillion-dollar deal.
On 21 February Broncos CEO Paul White announced that Ivan Henjak would be replaced by his assistant Anthony Griffin as head coach of the club for the 2011 NRL season, less than three weeks out from its start. In round 1, The North Queensland Cowboys ended their 7-game losing streak against the Broncos with a hard-fought 16–14 win at Suncorp Stadium. It was only the 5th win the Cowboys have had over the Broncos in their 17-year history and it was only the Broncos' 4th loss in an opening round match in their 24-year history. In round 2, The Broncos had their first win in Canberra since 2005 with a 20–4 win over the Canberra Raiders. In round 3, Justin Hodges made an immediate impact for the Broncos playing his first game since 2009, scoring the match winning try with a 14–8 win over the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park. In round 12, the Broncos played their first Golden Point game since 2008, defeating the Canberra Raiders 25–24 at Suncorp Stadium. In round 22, Darren Lockyer equalled the all-time record for most career games of all-time playing 349-games. The Broncos hosted the New Zealand Warriors, in a tence game, the Broncos ran out winners 21–20 at Suncorp Stadium. In round 24, Broncos secured 3rd spot for the finals with a 26–6 win over the Newcastle Knights at Ausgrid Stadium. It was also the Broncos first ever away win in a Monday Night game. Brisbane finished the regular season in 3rd place on the ladder.
Darren Lockyer kicked the winning field goal to knock defending premiers, Wayne Bennett's St. George Illawarra Dragons out of the 2011 competition and bring his team to within one match of the grand final. However, in the process Lockyer also took an accidental knee from a team mate in the face, fracturing his cheekbone over ten-minute's before the game's end. Therefore, without their captain, Brisbane needed to defeat second-placed Manly-Warringah for a chance to play in the grand final.
- Round 1: Two players made their debuts for the club; Dane Gagai and Jack Reed. Both made their NRL debuts also.
- Round 1: Dane Gagai and Jack Reed scored their 1st career tries.
- Round 2: Alex Glenn played his 50th game for the club and his 50th career game.
- Round 8: Darren Lockyer scored his 121st career try which moved him into second on the all-time try scoring list for the Brisbane Broncos behind Steve Renouf.
- Round 12: Kurt Baptiste made his debut for the club and his debut in the NRL.
- Round 13: Scott Anderson played his 50th career game.
- Round 14: Shea Moylan made his debut for the club and his debut in the NRL.
- Round 15: David Hala scored his 1st career try.
- Round 16: Kurt Baptiste scored his 1st career try and Peter Wallace played his 100th career game.
- Round 22: Jharal Yow Yeh played his 50th game for the club and his 50th career game.
- Round 22: Darren Lockyer played his 349th career game, equalling the all-time record of club appearances.
- Round 23: Darren Lockyer played his 350th career game, broke the all-time record of club appearances.
- Round 25: Ben Te'o played his 50th game for the club.
|Brisbane Broncos 2011 squad|
|First team squad||Coaching staff|
Updated: 30 July 2011
|Players||Previous club||Until End of||Notes|
|Dane Carlaw||Catalans Dragons||
|Ben Hannant||Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs||
|Jack Reed||Norths Devils (Queensland Cup)||
|Players||Club||Until End of||Notes|
|Israel Folau||GWS Giants (AFL)||
|Denan Kemp||Southern Districts (Rugby Union)||
|Lagi Setu||Mormon Mission||
|Ashton Sims||North Queensland Cowboys||
|Tariq Sims||North Queensland Cowboys||
|Antonio Winterstein||North Queensland Cowboys||
|Players||Club||Until End of||Notes|
|Scott Anderson||Brisbane Broncos||
|Kurt Baptiste||Brisbane Broncos||
|Dale Copley||Brisbane Broncos||
|Justin Hodges||Brisbane Broncos||
|Josh Hoffman||Brisbane Broncos||
|Dunamis Lui||Brisbane Broncos||
|Josh McGuire||Brisbane Broncos||
|Corey Parker||Brisbane Broncos||
|Sam Thaiday||Brisbane Broncos||
|2||Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (P)||24||18||-||6||2||539||331||208||40|
|5||St George Illawarra Dragons||24||14||1||9||2||483||341||142||33|
|6||New Zealand Warriors||24||14||-||10||2||504||393||111||32|
|7||North Queensland Cowboys||24||14||-||10||2||532||480||52||32|
|10||South Sydney Rabbitohs||24||11||-||13||2||531||562||-31||26|
|16||Gold Coast Titans||24||6||-||18||2||363||629||-266||16|
|Saturday, 12 February||Trial 1||Gold Coast Titans||Kougari Oval||42 – 18||Copley (2), Norman, Lui, McGuire, Frei, Glenn, Reed||Hunt (5)||3,500|
|Saturday, 19 February||Trial 2||North Queensland Cowboys||Traeger Park||26 – 4||Reed (2), Hoffman, Kahu, Parker||Parker (2), Norman (1)||5,500|
|Saturday, 26 February||Trial 3||Melbourne Storm||Dolphin Oval||26 – 6||Te'o, Hunt, Lockyer, Yow Yeh, Gagai||Parker (3)||8,000|
|Legend: Win Loss Draw|
|Qualifying Finals||Semi Finals||Preliminary Finals||Grand Final|
|2||Manly Sea Eagles||42||4W||Wests Tigers||20||NZ Warriors||20|
|7||North Queensland||8||2L||NZ Warriors||22||NZ Warriors||10|
|Manly Sea Eagles||24|
|3||Brisbane Broncos||40||2W||Manly Sea Eagles||26|
|6||NZ Warriors||10||3W||Brisbane Broncos||13||Brisbane Broncos||14|
|1L||St. George Illawarra||12|
|5||St. George Illawarra||12|
|Saturday, 10 September||Qualifying Final||New Zealand Warriors||Suncorp Stadium||40 – 10||Glenn, Reed, Lockyer, Parker, McCullough, Hodges, Beale||Parker (6/8)||48,943|
|Saturday, 17 September||Semi-final||St. George Illawarra Dragons||Suncorp Stadium||13 – 12||Te'o, Copley||Parker (2/4), Lockyer (FG)||48,474|
|Friday, 23 September||Preliminary Final||Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||Sydney Football Stadium||26 – 14||Yow Yeh, Wallace, Copley||Parker (1/3)||31,894|
|Legend: Win Loss|
|Anderson, ScottScott Anderson||19||0||0||0||0|
|Baptiste, KurtKurt Baptiste||4||1||0||0||4|
|Beale, GerardGerard Beale||27||10||0||0||40|
|Carlaw, DaneDane Carlaw||7||0||0||0||0|
|Copley, DaleDale Copley||17||8||0||0||32|
|Dodds, MitchellMitchell Dodds||13||0||0||0||0|
|Gagai, DaneDane Gagai||6||4||0||0||16|
|Gillett, MattMatt Gillett||19||6||0||0||24|
|Glenn, AlexAlex Glenn||27||9||0||0||36|
|Hala, DavidDavid Hala||15||1||0||0||4|
|Hannant, BenBen Hannant||20||2||0||0||8|
|Hodges, JustinJustin Hodges||17||8||0||0||32|
|Hoffman, JoshJosh Hoffman||16||6||0||0||24|
|Hunt, BenBen Hunt||19||1||0||0||4|
|Kenny, NickNick Kenny||9||0||0||0||0|
|Lockyer, DarrenDarren Lockyer||22||3||0||4||16|
|Lui, DunamisDunamis Lui||6||0||0||0||0|
|McCullough, AndrewAndrew McCullough||26||2||0||0||8|
|McGuire, JoshJosh McGuire||18||0||0||0||0|
|Moylan, SheaShea Moylan||1||0||0||0||0|
|Norman, CoreyCorey Norman||9||0||0||0||0|
|Parker, CoreyCorey Parker||24||3||74||0||160|
|Reed, JackJack Reed||27||12||0||0||48|
|Te'o, BenBen Te'o||14||3||0||0||12|
|Thaiday, SamSam Thaiday||21||3||0||0||12|
|Tronc, ShaneShane Tronc||4||0||0||0||0|
|Wallace, PeterPeter Wallace||27||5||10||2||42|
|Yow Yeh, JharalJharal Yow Yeh||23||14||0||0||56|
The following players played a representative match in 2011.
New Zealand Kiwis
Indigenous All Stars
NRL All Stars
- Player of the year: Darren Lockyer
- Rookie of the year: Jack Reed
- Back of the year: Darren Lockyer
- Forward of the year: Corey Parker
- Club man of the year: Kurt Richards
- "Honour Board". broncos.com.au. Brisbane Broncos. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- Steve Ricketts "New Broncos CEO to bond with players" The Courier-Mail (4 January 2011)
- Steve Ricketts "NRMA signs three-year, multi-million dollar deal to back the Broncos" The Courier-Mail (10 August 2010)
- "Dane Carlaw joins Brisbane Broncos on one-year deal". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
- McDonald, Margie (25 May 2010). "Ben Hannant returning home to Brisbane Broncos". The Australian. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
- Peter, Badel. "Brisbane Broncos rescue young centre Jack Reed from from [sic] rugby league obscurity after he was dumped by Canberra Raiders". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
- "Western Sydney's $4.2m snares Folau for AFL". The Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on 2 June 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
- "Kemp to play for Sydney rugby club". National Rugby League. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
- "Setu snubs Roosters for Mormon mission". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
- "Cowboys sign Ashton Sims". North Queensland Cowboys. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- "Broncos flyer heads North". The Townsville Bulletin. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
- Ricketts, Steve. "New Broncos Deal For Scott Anderson". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
- Prichard, Greg (24 June 2011). "Rising colt: Baptiste scores new deal with Broncos, and a run-on debut". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- Heming, Wayne. "Broncos sign two more young NRL hopefuls". National Rugby League. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
- Heming, Wayne. "Hodges signs three-year deal with Broncos". National Rugby League. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
- "Re-signed Hoffman keen to don the six". ABC News. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- "Parker entends Broncos contract until 2014". National Rugby League. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
- Dick, Barry. "Sam Thaiday to captain Broncos in 2012, re-signs until 2015". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "2011 player stats".
- "Honour Board". broncos.com.au. Brisbane Broncos. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2013.