2012 Melbourne Storm season

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2012 Melbourne Storm season
NRL 2nd
Play-off result Premiers
2012 record Wins: 17; Draws: 0; Losses: 7
Points scored For: 579; Against: 361
Team information
CEO Ron Gauci
Coach Craig Bellamy
Captain
Stadium AAMI Park – 30,050
Top scorers
Tries Billy Slater (16)
Goals Cameron Smith (78)
Points Cameron Smith (164)
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The 2012 Melbourne Storm season is the 15th in the club's history. Coached by Craig Bellamy and captained by Cameron Smith, they competed in and won the NRL's 2012 Telstra Premiership. The first 9 weeks of the season were very successful, winning all games for what was at the time their best start to a season. From Round 10 to Round 21 they won only 3 games and lost 7 games, this included a 5-game losing streak between Rounds 16 and 21, their second worst ever. From Round 22 onward they recovered their winning form and finished the regular season with five straight wins, finishing in second place. The Storm then went on to defeat South Sydney and Manly in the finals series before going on to face minor premiers, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the 2012 NRL Grand Final, winning 14-4 to claim the Premiership.

Jersey[edit]

In 2012 the Storm jerseys were made by Kooga. They retained their predominantly purple home jersey from the previous two seasons and also their predoninantly white away jersey from 2010.

Special Jerseys[edit]

  • For the NRL Heritage round, (Round 5), the Storm wore a replica of their original 1998 jersey.
  • For the Round 12 clash with the Brisbane Broncos They wore a special silver V with purple camouflage jersey.[1] A similar jersey was worn in the same game in 2011.
  • For the Round 19 game against North Queensland Cowboys the Storm wore a one off promotional jersey to promote The Dark Knight Rises. The Jersey was predominantly black with the Batman logo on the front and back.[2]
  • For the Round 22 game against Penrith Panthers the Storm wore their "Close the Gap" jersey.[3]

Season summary[edit]

  • Round 3 - Billy Slater with two tries becomes the highest try scoring full back in Australian Rugby League history taking his career total to 130 tries against Gold Coast Titans[4]
  • Round 4 - Billy Slater scored a try double for the fourth consecutive week, the first time he has done this in his career.
  • Round 5 (Heritage Round) - The Storm celebrated their 15th Anniversary and Bryan Norrie played his 50th game.
  • Round 7 - The Storm equalled their best start to a season (2007) with their 7th straight win.
  • Round 8 - With their eighth straight win over the New Zealand Warriors, the Storm complete their best start to a season in their history.
  • Round 9 - The Storm win their ninth straight game
  • Round 10 - The Storm Lose their first match of the season in a 12-10 Loss away at Cronulla.
  • Round 12 - Will Chambers played his 50th NRL game while Todd Lowrie played his 50th game for the Storm,
  • Round 13 - Todd Lowrie played his 150th NRL game.
  • Round 14 - Craig Bellamy coached his 250th Game for the Melbourne Storm against the Wests Tigers.
  • Round 19 - Cooper Cronk played his 200th NRL game.
  • Round 20 - With their fourth consecutive loss, the Storm equalled their second worst losing streak in their history to date.
  • Round 21 - With their fifth consecutive loss, the Storm completed their second worst losing streak in their history. It was their worst losing steak under Craig Bellamy.[5]
  • Round 22 - The Storm ended their 5 game losing streak with a 46-6 demolition of the Penrith Panthers. The game was notable for Sisa Waqa scoring the NRL seasons fastest try after only 35 seconds of play. It was also the Storms biggest score of the season to date.
  • Round 23 - Mahe Fonua makes his debut as the first fully born and bred Victorian to play NRL for the Storm.[6] Jessie Bromwich also played his 50th game for the storm.
  • Round 24 - Cameron Smith scored his 1300th career point.
  • Round 25 - With two tries inside the final 3 minutes the Storm came from 18-10 down to win 20-18 against Cronulla Sharks. The win also mean't the Storm's overall wins percentage went to 63.64% this placed the Storm ahead of the Broncos in first place on the all time table for the first time.
  • Finals Week 1 - The Storm began their finals campaign with a win over South Sydney Rabbitohs earning them a weeks break and a home preliminary final.
  • Finals Week 3 - The Storm completed a 40 - 12 thrashing of Manly to secure a spot in the 2012 NRL Grand Final against the Canterbury Bulldogs.
  • Grand Final - The Storm defeated the Canterbury Bulldogs 14 - 4 to claim the 2012 NRL premiership. Cameron Smith, while having a bad night with the boot (1 from 5 attempts), kicked his 600th career goal. The Grand Final was also notable because it was the first to feature a scoreless second half of football.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics Source:[7] Statistics current following the Grand Final.

Name App T G FG Pts Goal%
Blair, MauriceMaurice Blair 4 0 0 0 0
Bromwich, JesseJesse Bromwich 27 2 0 0 8
Chambers, WillWill Chambers 18 13 0 0 52
Cronk, CooperCooper Cronk 26 10 0 1 41
Duffie, MattMatt Duffie 17 10 0 0 40
Fa'aoso, RichardRichard Fa'aoso 6 0 0 0 0
Fonua, MaheMahe Fonua 4 1 0 0 4
Greenfield, MichaelMichael Greenfield 1 0 0 0 0
Hinchcliffe, RyanRyan Hinchcliffe 27 4 0 0 16
Hoffman, RyanRyan Hoffman 27 11 0 0 44
Kelly, LukeLuke Kelly 1 0 0 0 0
Kostjasyn, RoryRory Kostjasyn 14 1 0 0 4
Lowe, JaimanJaiman Lowe 15 1 0 0 4
Lowrie, ToddTodd Lowrie 23 4 0 0 16
Manu, SikaSika Manu 19 3 0 0 12
Nielsen, DaneDane Nielsen 22 7 0 0 28
Norrie, BryanBryan Norrie 25 2 0 0 8
O'Neill, JustinJustin O'Neill 21 11 0 0 44
Proctor, KevinKevin Proctor 23 6 0 0 24
Quinn, AnthonyAnthony Quinn 20 3 0 0 12
Ryles, JasonJason Ryles 22 1 0 0 4
Slater, BillyBilly Slater 21 16 0 0 64
Smith, CameronCameron Smith 25 2 78 0 164 69.03% (78/113)
Vave, SiosaiaSiosaia Vave 14 0 0 0 0
Waqa, SisaSisa Waqa 11 7 0 0 28
Widdop, GarethGareth Widdop 26 4 12 0 40 80.00% (12/14)
26 Players used - 119 90 1 657 70.31% (90/128)

Most Points in a Game: 14

  • Cameron Smith, 1 try, 5 Goals vs Manly 18 June 2012
  • Cameron Smith, 7 Goals vs Penrith 4 August 2012

Most tries in a Game: 3

  • Justin O'Neill vs Penrith (5 May 2012)
  • Will Chambers vs New Zealand (25 April 2012)

Fixtures[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
3 March Round 1 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium, Canberra Win 19-24 Slater (2), Cronk, O'Neill Smith 4/4 7,862 [8]
11 March Round 2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs AAMI Park, Melbourne Win 24-10 Nielsen (2), Slater (2), Duffie Smith 2/4 15,872 [9]
18 March Round 3 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Skilled Park, Gold Coast Win 6-30 Duffie (2), Slater (2), Manu, Quinn Smith 2/5, Widdop 1/1 11,254 [10]
24 March Round 4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters AAMI Park, Melbourne Win 44-4 Slater (2), Cronk (2), Nielsen, Proctor, Hoffman, Chambers Smith 5/7, Widdop 1/1 11,897 [11]
31 March Round 5 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights AAMI Park, Melbourne Win 34-22 Widdop, Duffie, Hoffman, Slater, Chambers, Lowrie Smith 5/6 11,369 [12]
8 April Round 6 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Win 18-42 Duffie (2), Proctor (2), Chambers (2), Hinchcliffe, Ryles Smith 5/8 20,206 [13]
14 April Round 7 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs AAMI Park, Melbourne Win 12-6 Hinchcliffe, Hoffman Smith 2/2, Cronk 0/1 (FG) 14,912 [14]
25 April Round 8 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors AAMI Park, Melbourne Win 32-14 Chambers (3), Nielsen (2), O'Neill Smith 4/6 20,333 [15]
5 May Round 9 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Centrebet Stadium, Penrith Win 10-44 O'Neill (3), Duffie, Cronk, Hoffman, Chambers, Hinchcliffe Smith 5/7, Widdop 1/1 9,517 [16]
13 May Round 10 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Endeavour Field, Cronulla Loss 12-10 Nielsen, Duffie Smith 1/2 14,595 [17]
18–21 May Round 11 Bye
25 May Round 12 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos AAMI Park, Melbourne Win 34-10 Lowrie (2), Slater (2), Chambers, O'Neill Widdop 5/6 13,200 [18]
3 June Round 13 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 10-22 Widdop, Lowe, Chambers, Smith Smith 3/5 20,487 [19]
8 June Round 14 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers AAMI Park, Melbourne Loss 6-10 Nielsen Widdop 1/2 11,274 [20]
18 June Round 15 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval, Manly Win 22-26 Lowrie, Smith, Norrie, Duffie Smith 5/5 12,106 [21]
24 June Round 16 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Virgin Australia Stadium, Mackay Loss 20-4 Quinn Smith 0/1 11,876 [22]
29 June-2 July Round 17 Bye
7 July Round 18 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders AAMI Park, Melbourne Loss 12-40 O'Neill (2) Widdop 2/2 12,214 [23]
14 July Round 19 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys AAMI Park, Melbourne Loss 16-20 Duffie, Quinn, Widdop Smith 2/3 10,688 [24]
21 July Round 20 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta Loss 16-10 Kostjasyn, Hoffman Smith 1/2 9,029 [25]
27 July Round 21 St. George colours.svg St George-Illawarra Dragons WIN Stadium, Wollongong Loss 26-18 Chambers, Hinchcliffe, Proctor Smith 3/3 11,477 [26]
4 August Round 22 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers AAMI Park, Melbourne Win 46-6 Cronk (2), O'Neill (2), Waqa (2), Bromwich, Manu Smith 7/8 9,223 [27]
10 August Round 23 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans AAMI Park, Melbourne Win 24-16 Slater, Cronk, Hoffman, Widdop Smith 4/4 9,108 [28]
17 August Round 24 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Win 18-19 Waqa (2), Cronk Smith 3/3, Cronk 1/1 (FG) 41,467 [29]
27 August Round 25 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks AAMI Park, Melbourne Win 20-18 Hoffman (2), Waqa, Chambers Smith 2/4 12,847 [30]
1 September Round 26 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Leichhardt Oval, Balmain Win 6-26 Hoffman, Manu, Norrie, Proctor, Waqa Smith 3/5 10,834 [31]

Finals[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
8 September Week 1 - Qualifying Final South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs AAMI Park, Melbourne Win 24-6 Hoffman, Slater, Fonua, Waqa Smith 4/5 19,750 [32]
21 September Week 3 - Preliminary Final Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles AAMI Park, Melbourne Win 40-12 Cronk (2), Slater (2), Chambers, Bromwich, Proctor Smith 5/8, Widdop 1/1 25,543 [33]
30 September Week 4 - Grand Final Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs ANZ Stadium, Sydney Win 4-14 Hoffman, O'Neill, Slater Smith 1/5 82,976 [34]

Ladder[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 18 0 6 2 568 369 +199 40
2 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (P) 24 17 0 7 2 579 361 +218 38
3 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 16 0 8 2 559 438 +121 36
4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 16 0 8 2 497 403 +94 36
5 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 15 0 9 2 597 445 +152 34
6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 13 0 11 2 545 536 +9 30
7 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 12 1 11 2 445 441 +4 29
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 12 0 12 2 481 447 +34 28
9 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 11 0 13 2 405 438 -33 26
10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 2 506 551 -45 26
11 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 10 0 14 2 449 477 -28 24
12 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 10 0 14 2 448 488 -40 24
13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 8 1 15 2 462 626 -164 21
14 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 8 0 16 2 497 609 -112 20
15 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 8 0 16 2 409 575 -166 20
16 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 6 0 18 2 431 674 -243 16

2012 squad[edit]

Although other players may play for the Melbourne Storm during the year, all NRL clubs are required to select a top 25 First Grade squad at the beginning of the season.

Melbourne Storm
NRL squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches

  • David Kidwell
  • Kevin Walters
  • Alex Corvo (strength and conditioning)
  • Adrian Jiminez (assistant strength and conditioning)
  • Tony Adam (development)
  • Craig Sultana (head trainer)

Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain
  • (gk) Goal-kicker
  • Cruz Roja.svg Long-term injury list

Updated: 29 May 2011
Source(s): Player profiles, Coaching staff

2012 Squad Signings

Name From Notes
Jason Ryles Sydney Roosters
Will Chambers Queensland Reds
Ryan Hoffman Wigan Warriors
Michael Greenfield St. George

2012 Squad Transfers

Name To Notes
Troy Thompson No Team Retired
Beau Champion Gold Coast Titans
Adam Blair Wests Tigers
Dane Chisholm Wests Tigers
Adam Woolnough No Team Retired
Sione Kite Widnes
Chase Stanley St. George
Atelea Vea St. George
Robert Rochow Newcastle Knights

Representative honours[edit]

The following players have played a representative match in 2012. (C) = Captain

All Stars Match City Vs Country ANZAC Test State Of Origin 1 State Of Origin 2 State of Origin 3 VB Test[35]
Cooper Cronk
NRL All Stars
Australia
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
Australia
Ryan Hoffman
City
Australia
Ryan Hinchcliffe
Country
Billy Slater
Australia
Queensland
Queensland
Australia
Cameron Smith
Australia (C)
Queensland (C)
Queensland (C)
Queensland (C)
Australia (C)
Jesse Bromwich
New Zealand
New Zealand
Dane Nielsen
Queensland
Kevin Proctor
New Zealand

Awards[edit]

On 4 August 2012, the 2012 Dally M Awards were held. The Melbourne Storm had two winners on the night with Cameron Smith winning Hooker of the year and Cooper Cronk winning Halfback of the year.[37]
On 17 October 2012 the RLIF held their annual award ceremony[38] and presented a number of awards to Melbourne Storm personnel including naming Cameron Smith the International Rugby League Player of the year.
Melbourne Storm personnel that received awards were:

  • International Player of the Year – Cameron Smith
  • International Coach of the Year – Craig Bellamy
  • Halfback of the year - Cooper Cronk
  • Hooker of the year - Cameron Smith
  • Fijian player of the year - Sisa Waqa

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