2011 North Queensland Cowboys season

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2011 North Queensland Cowboys season
NRL Rank 7th
Play-off result Lost Qualifying Final
(v Manly Sea Eagles, 8-42)
2011 record Wins: 14; Draws: 0; Losses: 10
Points scored For: 532; Against: 480
Team information
CEO Peter Jourdain
Coach Neil Henry
Captain
Stadium Dairy Farmers Stadium
Avg. Attend. 14,189
High. Attend. 26,463 (vs. Brisbane Broncos, Round 23)
Top scorers
Tries Ashley Graham (12)
Goals Johnathan Thurston (61)
Points Johnathan Thurston (162)
2010 2012 >

The 2011 North Queensland Cowboys season was the 17th season in the club's history. They competed in the National Rugby League's 2011 Telstra Premiership. They finished the regular season in 7th place and were knocked out in the first week of the finals by the eventual premiers, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

Season summary[edit]

After missing the finals the previous three seasons, finishing 15th in both 2008 and 2010, the Cowboys underwent a major overhaul of personnel for the 2011 season. Club legend Ty Williams retired and they parted ways with club favourites Luke O'Donnell, Carl Webb and Steve Southern. Their biggest signing for the 2011 season was Queensland and Australian representative centre Brent Tate. They also made key recruits in the signings of former Melbourne Storm and Queensland State of Origin representative Dallas Johnson, premiership winner Glenn Hall from the English Super League, re-signing a former Cowboy in Gavin Cooper and picking up younger, experienced first graders such as Antonio Winterstein.

The Cowboys' new signings had a positive impact on the NRL team, with the club spending the majority of the year in the top four before a late slide dropped them to seventh position and giving them their first finals appearance since 2007. In 2011, they were the most watched NRL club on pay television, and their Round 4 clash against the Parramatta Eels was the fourth most watched sports event in Fox Sport's history.[1]

In the qualifying final, they led Manly 8-0 at half time before being overrun by the Sea Eagles who went on to claim the premiership.

Milestones[edit]

Squad List[edit]

North Queensland Cowboys NRL Squad 2011
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • Mick Crawley (Assistant Coach)
  • Peter Ryan (Assistant Coach)
  • Paul Bowman (High Performance Manager)
  • Glen Murphy (Head Conditioner)
  • Sean Edwards (Strength & Conditioning Coach)

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


Squad Movement[edit]

2011 Gains[edit]

Player Signed From Until End of
Gavin Cooper Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers
2012
Kalifa Faifai Loa St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
2012
Glenn Hall Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls
2012
Dallas Johnson Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons
2013
Ben Jones Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2012
Blake Leary Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2012
Tyson Martin Mackay Cutters colours.svg Mackay Cutters
2012
Cory Paterson Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights (mid-season)
2012
Joel Riethmuller Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
2011
Ashton Sims Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2012
Tariq Sims Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2012
Brent Tate New Zealand colours.svg Warriors
2013
Ricky Thorby St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
2012
Antonio Winterstein Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2013

2011 Losses[edit]

Player Signed To Until End of
Mitch Achurch Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies
2011
Obe Geia Released
-
Ben Harris Retired
-
Donald Malone Ipswich Colours.svg Ipswich Jets
2011
Willie Mason HKRcolours.svg Hull KR
2013
Luke O'Donnell Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
2014
Steve Rapira New Zealand colours.svg Warriors
2012
Grant Rovelli Mackay Cutters colours.svg Mackay Cutters
2011
Nick Slyney Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins
2011
Steve Southern Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
2011
Arana Taumata Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers
2011
Anthony Watts Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
2013
Carl Webb Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
2012
John Williams Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks
2011
Ty Williams Northern Pride colours.png Northern Pride
2011

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
11 February Trial 1 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Jack Manski Oval 10 – 22 Martin, Riethmuller Faifai Loa (1/2) -
19 February Trial 2 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Traeger Park 4 – 26 Faifai Loa Faifai Loa (0/1) -
26 February Trial 3 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Barlow Park 22 – 24 Bowen, Bolton, Scott, Tonga Thurston (3/4) -
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw

Regular season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
11 March Round 1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium 16 – 14 Bani, Tamou, Tupou Thurston (2/3) 45,119
19 March Round 2 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Dairy Farmers Stadium 22 – 34 Graham (2), Ah Mau, Jones Thurston (3/4) 14,061
28 March Round 3 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Dairy Farmers Stadium 34 – 6 Bowen (2), Graham (2), T Sims, Tupou Thurston (5/6) 9,554
2 April Round 4 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium 20 – 22 Faifai Loa (2), Graham, Tonga Thurston (2/4) 12,226
8 April Round 5 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Dairy Farmers Stadium 22 – 12 Bowen, Cooper, Thurston, Tonga Thurston (3/4) 13,651
16 April Round 6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Dairy Farmers Stadium 26 – 18 Bolton, Hall, Thurston, Winterstein Thurston (5/5) 10,741
23 April Round 7 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Toyota Stadium 30 – 12 Cooper (2), Faifai Loa, Graham, Tonga Thurston (5/6) 7,340
30 April Round 8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Dairy Farmers Stadium 22 – 20 Bowen (2), Payne, Thurston Thurston (3/4) 14,884
8 May Round 9 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons WIN Jubilee Oval 8 – 22 Thurston Thurston (2/2) 13,056
14 May Round 10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Dairy Farmers Stadium 40 – 26 Thurston (2), Tonga (2), Faifai Loa, Hall, Winterstein Thurston (6/7) 13,610
Round 11 Bye
28 May Round 12 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Dairy Farmers Stadium 20 – 6 Hall, Tamou, Thurston Thurston (4/4) 13,335
5 June Round 13 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium 40 – 24 Faifai Loa (2), T Sims (2), Hall, Payne, Thurston Thurston (6/7) 11,128
11 June Round 14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval 4 – 24 Graham Cooper (0/1) 8,452
18 June Round 15 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Dairy Farmers Stadium 30 – 10 Faifai Loa (2), Graham, Jones, Segeyaro, T Sims, Thurston Cooper (1/3), Graham (0/1) Thurston (0/3) 16,081
26 June Round 16 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Centrebet Stadium 20 – 30 Cooper (2), Jones, Segeyaro Thurston (2/4) 14,090
Round 17 Bye
11 July Round 18 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Ausgrid Stadium 22 – 12 Paterson, Riethmuller, Segeyaro, Tupou Bowen (3/5) 17,212
16 July Round 19 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Dairy Farmers Stadium 18 – 38 Paterson (2), Tonga (2) Bowen (1/4) 12,880
23 July Round 20 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Skilled Park 28 – 20 Graham (2), Cooper, Tate, Tonga Bowen (4/5) 15,741
30 July Round 21 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Dairy Farmers Stadium 30 – 18 Segeyaro (2), Graham, A Sims, Tate, Thompson Bowen (2/4), Paterson (0/2) 12,349
5 August Round 22 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs ANZ Stadium 6 – 14 Tate Bowen (1/1) 8,654
12 August Round 23 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Dairy Farmers Stadium 16 – 34 Bowen, Faifai Loa, Tate Thurston (2/3) 26,463
19 August Round 24 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium 24 – 26 Bowen, T Sims, Thurston, Tonga Thurston (4/5) 11,208
27 August Round 25 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Dairy Farmers Stadium 28 – 20 Taumalolo (2), Bowen, Graham, Hall Thurston (4/5) 12,655
3 September Round 26 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Mt Smart Stadium 6 – 18 Faifai Loa Thurston (1/1) 20,802
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw   Bye

Finals[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
3 September Qualifying Final Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles SFS 8 – 32 Tonga Thurston (2/2) 13,972
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw   Bye

Statistics[edit]

Name App T G FG Pts
Ah Mau, IsaakIsaak Ah Mau 1 - - - -
Ah Mau, LeesonLeeson Ah Mau 15 1 - - 4
Amos, ClintClint Amos 1 - - - -
Bani, MichaelMichael Bani 2 1 - - 4
Bolton, ScottScott Bolton 15 1 - - 4
Bowen, MatthewMatthew Bowen 25 8 12 - 56
Cooper, GavinGavin Cooper 24 6 1 - 26
Faifai Loa, KalifaKalifa Faifai Loa 22 10 - - 40
Graham, AshleyAshley Graham 25 12 - - 48
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall 23 5 - - 20
Johnson, DallasDallas Johnson 24 - - - -
Jones, BenBen Jones 8 3 - - 12
Morgan, MichaelMichael Morgan 4 - - - -
Paterson, CoryCory Paterson 7 3 - - 12
Payne, AaronAaron Payne 23 2 - - 8
Riethmuller, JoelJoel Riethmuller 4 1 - - 4
Scott, MatthewMatthew Scott 22 - - - -
Segeyaro, JamesJames Segeyaro 19 5 - - 20
Sims, AshtonAshton Sims 24 1 - - 4
Sims, TariqTariq Sims 20 5 - - 20
Tamou, JamesJames Tamou 23 2 - - 8
Tate, BrentBrent Tate 9 4 - - 16
Taumalolo, JasonJason Taumalolo 3 2 - - 8
Thompson, RayRay Thompson 25 1 - - 4
Thurston, JohnathanJohnathan Thurston 19 10 61 - 162
Tonga, WillieWillie Tonga 20 10 - - 40
Tupou, WillWill Tupou 9 3 - - 12
Winterstein, AntonioAntonio Winterstein 9 2 - - 8
Totals 98 74 - 540

Source:[2]

Representatives[edit]

The following players have played a representative match in 2011

All Stars match ANZAC Test State of Origin 1 State of Origin 2 State of Origin 3 Prime Minister's XIII World Cup Qualifiers Four Nations
Matthew Bowen
Indigenous All Stars
-
-
-
-
Prime Minister's XIII
-
-
Kalifa Faifai Loa
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
New Zealand
Joel Riethmuller
-
-
-
-
-
-
Italy
-
Matthew Scott
NRL All Star
Australia
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
-
-
Australia
James Segeyaro
-
-
-
-
-
Papua New Guinea
-
-
Ray Thompson
-
-
-
-
-
Papua New Guinea
-
-
Johnathan Thurston
Indigenous All Stars
Australia
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
-
-
Australia
Willie Tonga
Indigenous All Stars
-
Queensland
-
-
-
-
Australia

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Club[edit]

Feeder Clubs[edit]

National Youth Competition[edit]

Queensland Cup[edit]

References[edit]

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