2011 Gold Coast Titans season

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2011 Gold Coast Titans season
NRL 16th
2011 record Wins: 6; Draws: 0; Losses: 18
Points scored For: 363; Against: 629
Team information
CEO Michael Searle
Coach John Cartwright
Captain
Stadium Skilled Park
Avg. Attend. 15,428
High. Attend. 21,729
Top scorers
Tries David Mead (16)
Goals Scott Prince (38)
Points Scott Prince (96)
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The 2011 Gold Coast Titans season was the 5th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2011 Telstra Premiership coached by John Cartwright and captained by Scott Prince. Gold Coast finished the regular season 16th (out of 16), failing to make the finals and collecting the wooden spoon for the first time in the club's history.

Season Summary[edit]

The Gold Coast Titans started the season poorly with three first up losses to the reigning premiers St. George Illawarra Dragons, then a 40-12 smashing at the hands of the Melbourne Storm before losing to arch rivals the Brisbane Broncos at home. It seemed after the loss to Melbourne that the Titans would never recover and its fans were forecasting a very long season ahead.

Round 4 saw the Titans register their first win for the 2011 season with a 23-22 golden point win over the Canberra Raiders thanks to a Greg Bird field goal in the 2nd minute of extra time. The winning feeling was short-lived with a 10-point loss to the North Queensland Cowboys the following week. Things improved however with the signing of Bulldogs centre Jamal Idris for 5 years and a win against the Wests Tigers in round 6. Round 7 saw the Titans lose their fifth game of the season with the Parramatta Eels scoring a try with 37 seconds remaining to give them a 22-18 victory. A win over the Sydney Roosters in round 8 saw the Titans improve their win-loss record 3-5, and Nathan Friend become the first player to play 100 games for the Titans. This would be the Titans' last win for a while as they lost their next four games, including three at home.

The Titans emerged briefly from their losing streak to beat a depleted St. George Illawarra Dragons missing six players due to Origin before entering a five-game losing streak which included a 36-12 loss to the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, which is their worst ever defeat at Skilled Park. To help counter their poor form and last place on the ladder, the Titans lured former dual-international Mat Rogers out of retirement to play out the remainder of the 2011 NRL season.[1] The return did little to change the luck of the Titans with Rogers breaking his foot in his very first game back (although he did achieve a milestone in his comeback, with this being his 200th NRL game) and their poor season continuing with a 22-6 loss against the New Zealand Warriors in round 18. It only got worse for the Titans, with 3 more losses from as many games, including a 30-point thrashing from the Newcastle Knights in round 21.

Round 22 saw the Titans rebound with a gutsy 20-16 win over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks but came at a price, with captain Scott Prince breaking his arm and being ruled out for the remainder of the season. The loss of Prince saw retiring club legend Preston Campbell elevated to captain but faced a tough debut against the ladder leading Melbourne Storm.[2] Melbourne easily handled the Titans beating them by 24 points, the game also saw Preston Campbell play his 100th game for the Titans. Round 24 saw the Titans jump two spaces clear of the bottom of the ladder thanks to a 26-18 victory over the Canberra Raiders in front of their lowest ever home crowd of just 10,230.

The Titans had a chance to secure safety from the wooden spoon with a win in Round 25 against the Tigers but instead were soundly beaten by 19 points. Round 26 saw the 15th-placed Titans play the 16th-placed Parramatta Eels in the so-called "Wooden Spoon Showdown", with the loser taking out the wooden spoon for the 2011 season. Despite home ground advantage and wanting to send retiring Preston Campbell out a winner, the Titans gave the Eels a 22-point lead at halftime. The lead proved too much for the Titans, eventually losing 32-12 and collecting the club's first wooden spoon.

Milestones[edit]

Awards[edit]

Luke Bailey won a record third Paul Broughton Medal for the club's best and fairest player and also won Clubman of the Year.[3] Matt Srama won Titan's Rookie of the Year while Kevin Gordon who missed the majority of the season with a knee injury won the Community Award. David Mead was awarded Try of the Year for his impressive one-handed pickup from a Scott Prince kick in Round 22 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. Retiring club legend Preston Campbell took home the Members Choice Player of the Year and became the second inductee into the Titan's Hall of Fame.[4]

Squad List[edit]

Gold Coast Titans
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • Trevor Gillmeister
  • Steve Murphy
  • Chris McLellan (head strength & conditioning)
  • Ronnie Palmer (strength & conditioning / rehab)
  • Dan Ferris (strength & conditioning assistant)

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

Updated: 16 August 2011
Source(s): Titans Squad, Coaches & Trainers

Squad Movement[edit]

Gains[edit]

Players Previous Club Until End of Notes
Luke Capewell South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
?
[5]
Beau Henry Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights (Mid-season)
2013
[6]
Mat Rogers Retired
2011
[1]
Joe Vickery St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
?
[5]

Losses[edit]

Players Club Until End of Notes
Jordan Atkins Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
2012
[7]
Mat Rogers Retired
[8]
Sam Tagataese Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks (Mid-season)
2013
[9]
Joe Tomane Brumbies (Mid-season)
2013
[10]
Shannon Walker ARU 7's (Mid-season)
?
[11]

Re-signings[edit]

Players Club Until End of Notes
Luke Bailey Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
2013
[12]
Preston Campbell Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
2012
[13]
Ashley Harrison Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
2013
[14]
Matt Srama Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans
2014
[15]

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 19 - 5 2 521 308 213 42
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (P) 24 18 - 6 2 539 331 208 40
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 18 - 6 2 511 372 139 40
4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 15 - 9 2 519 430 89 34
5 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 24 14 1 9 2 483 341 142 33
6 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 14 - 10 2 504 393 111 32
7 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 14 - 10 2 532 480 52 32
8 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 12 - 12 2 478 443 35 28
9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 12 - 12 2 449 489 -40 28
10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 11 - 13 2 531 562 -31 26
11 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 10 - 14 2 417 500 -83 24
12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 9 - 15 2 430 517 -87 22
13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 7 - 17 2 428 557 -129 18
14 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 6 1 17 2 385 538 -153 17
15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 6 - 18 2 423 623 -200 16
16 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 6 - 18 2 363 629 -266 16

Fixtures[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
Saturday, 12 February Trial 1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Kougari Oval 18 – 42 Tonga (2), Tagataese, O'Dwyer Vickery (1) 3,500
Saturday, 19 February Trial 2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs BCU International Stadium 42 – 4 Campbell (2), Toopi, Mead, Vickery, Bird, Michaels, Peyroux Vickery (3), Prince (1), Rankin (1) 6,125
Saturday, 26 February Trial 3 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Barlow Park 24 – 22 Gordon, Prince, Mead, Tomane Prince (4) -
Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw

Regular season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
Saturday, 12 March Round 1 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Skilled Park 16 – 25 Michaels, Harrison, Tagataese Prince (2/3) 21,729
Saturday, 19 March Round 2 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm AAMI Park 12 – 40 Capwell, Zillman Prince (2/2) 12,391
Friday, 25 March Round 3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Skilled Park 8 – 14 Michaels Prince (2/2) 20,226
Saturday, 2 April Round 4 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium 23 – 22 Bird, Meyers, Thompson, Laffranchi Campbell (2/2), Bird (1/2) & (FG) 12,165
Friday, 8 April Round 5 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Dairy Farmers Stadium 12 – 22 Michaels, Tonga Prince (2/2) 13,651
Friday, 15 April Round 6 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Skilled Park 20 – 14 Zillman (2), Prince, Minichiello Prince (2/4) 17,221
Sunday, 24 April Round 7 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium 18 – 22 Michaels, Bird, Zillman Prince (3/3) 10,052
Saturday, 30 April Round 8 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Skilled Park 24 – 13 Zillman (2), Michaels, Mead Prince (4/4) 15,177
Sunday, 8 May Round 9 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Skilled Park 14 – 34 Mead (3) Prince (1/3) 17,285
Monday, 16 May Round 10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Skilled Park 12 – 16 Prince, Tonga Prince (2/2) 12,360
Round 11 Bye
Friday, 27 May Round 12 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Suncorp Stadium 6 – 28 Prince Prince (1/1) 32,283
Saturday, 4 June Round 13 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Skilled Park 10 – 23 Mead, Campbell Prince (1/2) 12,262
Friday, 10 June Round 14 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons WIN Jubilee Oval 28 – 14 Tomane, Prince, Minichiello, Mead, Srama Prince (4/6) 10,139
Friday, 17 June Round 15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium 8 – 31 Mead, Tomane Prince (0/2) 8,021
Saturday, 25 June Round 16 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Skilled Park 12 – 36 Mead, Tonga, Michaels Prince (0/3) 12,997
Round 17 Bye
Friday, 8 July Round 18 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Mt Smart Stadium 6 – 22 Zillman Prince (1/2) 10,780
Friday, 15 July Round 19 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium 10 – 30 Michaels, Mead Prince (1/2) 31,035
Saturday, 23 July Round 20 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Skilled Park 20 – 28 Zillman (2), Michaels Prince (4/4) 15,741
Sunday, 31 July Round 21 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Ausgrid Stadium 20 – 50 Mead, Prince, Bird, Thompson Prince (2/4) 17,327
Saturday, 6 August Round 22 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Toyota Stadium 20 – 16 Mead (2), Zillman Prince (4/5) 6,313
Saturday, 13 August Round 23 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Skilled Park 16 – 40 Michaels, Thompson, Mead Campbell (2/4) 11,663
Saturday, 20 August Round 24 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Skilled Park 26 – 18 Peyroux, Matthews, Mead, Michaels Campbell (5/5) 10,230
Monday, 29 August Round 25 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Campbelltown Stadium 10 – 39 Minichiello, Mead Campbell (1/2) 14,378
Saturday, 3 September Round 26 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Skilled Park 12 – 32 O'Dwyer, Mead Campbell (1/1), Laffranchi (1/1) 18,265
Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw       Bye

Statistics[edit]

Name App T G FG Pts
Bailey, LukeLuke Bailey 21 0 0 0 0
Bird, GregGreg Bird 19 3 1 1 15
Brown, RileyRiley Brown 6 0 0 0 0
Campbell, PrestonPreston Campbell 19 1 11 0 26
Capewell, LukeLuke Capewell 7 1 0 0 4
Friend, NathanNathan Friend 4 0 0 0 0
Gordon, KevinKevin Gordon 2 0 0 0 0
Harrison, AshleyAshley Harrison 13 1 0 0 4
Henderson, MichaelMichael Henderson 16 0 0 0 0
Henry, BeauBeau Henry 4 0 0 0 0
James, RyanRyan James 14 0 0 0 0
Laffranchi, AnthonyAnthony Laffranchi 14 1 1 0 6
Lawrence, BrentonBrenton Lawrence 9 0 0 0 0
Lawton, KayneKayne Lawton 1 0 0 0 0
Matthews, WillWill Matthews 5 1 0 0 4
Mead, DavidDavid Mead 24 16 0 0 64
Meyers, BradBrad Meyers 2 1 0 0 4
Michaels, SteveSteve Michaels 23 10 0 0 40
Minichiello, MarkMark Minichiello 23 3 0 0 12
O'Dwyer, LukeLuke O'Dwyer 19 1 0 0 4
Peyroux, DominiqueDominique Peyroux 4 1 0 0 4
Prince, ScottScott Prince 19 5 38 0 96
Rankin, JordanJordan Rankin 8 0 0 0 0
Ridge, BenBen Ridge 11 0 0 0 0
Rogers, MatMat Rogers 1 0 0 0 0
Srama, MattMatt Srama 14 1 0 0 4
Tagataese, SamSam Tagataese 8 1 0 0 4
Thompson, BodeneBodene Thompson 22 3 0 0 12
Tomane, JoeJoe Tomane 3 2 0 0 8
Tonga, EsikeliEsikeli Tonga 12 3 0 0 12
Toopi, ClintonClinton Toopi 13 0 0 0 0
White, MatthewMatthew White 23 0 0 0 0
Zillman, WilliamWilliam Zillman 24 10 0 0 40
Totals 65 51 1 363

Source:[16]

Representative Honours[edit]

The following players played a representative match during the 2011 NRL Season.

Indigenous All Stars

NSW Blues

NSW City Origin

NRL All Stars

Queensland Maroons

Prime Minister's XIII

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Titans lure Rogers out of retirement". National Rugby League. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Preston Campbell takes Titans captaincy". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Gardini, Adam. "Bailey makes history with third Paul Broughton Medal". Gold Coast Titans. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Dew, Jake. "Bailey wins third Paul Broughton medal". goldcoast.com.au. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "New Titans recruits to debut February 12". Goldcoast.com.au. Retrieved 1 Feb 2011. 
  6. ^ Kerry, Craig. "Henry leaves Knights". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Turgeon, Luke. "Titans' Air Jordan take off for Parra". Goldcoast.com.au. Retrieved 28 Sep 2010. 
  8. ^ Morton, Jim. "In-form Mat Rogers announces retirement". The Herald Sun. Retrieved 16 Aug 2010. 
  9. ^ "Big hitting Gold Coast forward Sam Tagataese granted early release to join Cronulla Sharks". Fox Sports. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  10. ^ Dutton, Chris. "Tomane targets Brumbies' No13". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Shannon Walker signs with Australian Sevens". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Titans re-sign Luke Bailey". Foxsports. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  13. ^ Laine, Clark. "Preston Campbell re-signs with Titans". National Rugby League. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "Harrison re-signs with Titans". FoxSports. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  15. ^ Gardini, Adam. "Titans re-sign young gun Srama". Gold Coast Titans. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Titans NRL Player Statistics". NRL.com. 

Coordinates: 28°4′1″S 153°22′44″E / 28.06694°S 153.37889°E / -28.06694; 153.37889 (Skilled Park)