2009 North Queensland Cowboys season
|2009 North Queensland Cowboys season|
|Play-off result||Missed finals|
|2009 record||Wins: 11; Draws: 0; Losses: 13|
|Points scored||For: 558; Against: 474|
|Stadium||Dairy Farmers Stadium|
|High. Attend.||24,332 (vs. Brisbane Broncos, Round 25)|
|Tries||Matthew Bowen (12)
Willie Tonga (12)
|Goals||Johnathan Thurston (79)|
|Points||Johnathan Thurston (202)|
The 2009 North Queensland Cowboys season was the 15th season in the club's history. Coached by Neill Henry and captained by Johnathan Thurston, they competed in the National Rugby League's 2009 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season 12th place, failing to reach the finals for the second consecutive year.
- 1 Season summary
- 2 Squad List
- 3 Squad Movement
- 4 Ladder
- 5 Fixtures
- 6 Statistics
- 7 Representatives
- 8 Honours
- 9 Feeder Clubs
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The 2009 season was an improvement on 2008 for the Cowboys, with 11 wins from 24 games. The closeness of the 2009 season meant the Cowboys finished 12th, just three points behind eventual Grand Finalists Parramatta, who finished 8th.
Neil Henry re-joined the club as head coach in 2009, taking over from interim head coach Ian Millward. Henry was an assistant coach at the club from 2002 to 2006, before moving to the Canberra Raiders in 2007 and winning the Dally M Coach of the Year award in 2008. Renowned strength and conditioning coach Billy Johnstone also returned to the club after a stint at the Gold Coast Titans. The club's key off-season recruits included Australian and Queensland representatives Willie Tonga, Antonio Kaufusi and Shannon Hegarty.
After a slow start to the season, the Cowboys enjoyed a strong run of form that included a four-game winning streak. With five rounds to play, they were sitting inside the top eight in 6th position. The club then endured four-game losing streak to end the season, dropping to 12th place.
2009 saw the debut of James Tamou, who joined the club from the Sydney Roosters under-20's side. Tamou would become an Australian and New South Wales representative at the Cowboys and play integral role in the club's maiden premiership victory in 2015.
- Round 1: Shannon Hegarty, Antonio Kaufusi, Manase Manuokafoa and Willie Tonga made their debuts for the club.
- Round 2: Grant Rovelli made his debut for the club.
- Round 5: Steve Southern played his 100th game for the club.
- Round 5: Steve Rapira made his NRL debut.
- Round 8: James Tamou made his NRL debut.
- Round 15: Michael Bani made his debut for the club.
- Round 17: Luke O'Donnell played his 100th game for the club.
- Round 17: Johnathan Thurston played his 100th game for the club.
- Round 17: Aaron Payne played his 150th game for the club.
- Round 22: Donald Malone made his NRL debut.
- Round 26: Ray Thompson made his NRL debut.
|North Queensland Cowboys NRL Squad 2009|
|First team squad||Coaching staff|
|Player||Signed From||Until End of|
|Mitch Achurch||Wests Tigers||
|Clint Amos||Gold Coast Titans||
|Michael Bani||Manly Sea Eagles (mid-season)||
|Shannon Hegarty||South Sydney Rabbitohs||
|Antonio Kaufusi||Melbourne Storm||
|Donald Malone||Ipswich Jets||
|Manase Manuokafoa||South Sydney Rabbitohs||
|David Pangai||Sydney Roosters||
|James Tamou||Sydney Roosters||
|Willie Tonga||Canterbury Bulldogs||
|Player||Signed To||Until End of|
|Daniel Abraham||Mackay Cutters||
|Greg Byrnes||Northern Pride||
|Ray Cashmere||Salford City Reds||
|Ben Farrar||Manly Sea Eagles (mid-season)||
|Sione Faumuina||Castleford Tigers||
|Sam Faust||Central Tigers||
|Luke Harlen||Northern Pride||
|Mark Henry||Salford City Reds||
|Keiron Lander||Ipswich Jets||
|Jackson Nicolau||Gold Coast Titans||
|Chris Sheppard||Northern Pride||
|Ben Vaeau||Easts Tigers||
|1||St. George Illawarra||24||17||0||7||2||548||329||+219||38|
* Bulldogs stripped of 2 competition points after an interchange breach in round 2
|21 February||Trial 1||Warriors||North Harbour Stadium||28 – 32||-||-||-|
|28 February||Trial 2||Penrith Panthers||Barlow Park||18 – 18||-||-||-|
|Legend: Win Loss Draw|
|Amos, ClintClint Amos||4||-||-||-||-|
|Bani, MichaelMichael Bani||9||2||-||-||8|
|Bolton, ScottScott Bolton||24||3||-||-||12|
|Bowen, MatthewMatthew Bowen||20||12||-||-||48|
|Burns, TravisTravis Burns||20||4||-||-||16|
|Farrar, BenBen Farrar||10||5||-||-||20|
|Graham, AshleyAshley Graham||16||4||-||-||16|
|Harris, BenBen Harris||8||-||-||-||-|
|Hegarty, ShannonShannon Hegarty||5||2||-||-||8|
|Kaufusi, AntonioAntonio Kaufusi||22||2||-||-||8|
|Malone, DonaldDonald Malone||2||1||-||-||4|
|Manuokafoa, ManaseManase Manuokafoa||12||-||-||-||-|
|O'Donnell, LukeLuke O'Donnell||17||5||-||-||20|
|Payne, AaronAaron Payne||16||4||-||-||16|
|Rapira, SteveSteve Rapira||16||1||-||-||4|
|Rovelli, GrantGrant Rovelli||13||-||-||-||-|
|Scott, MatthewMatthew Scott||23||1||-||-||4|
|Southern, SteveSteve Southern||20||3||-||-||12|
|Tamou, JamesJames Tamou||12||2||-||-||8|
|Thompson, RayRay Thompson||1||-||-||-||-|
|Thurston, JohnathanJohnathan Thurston||23||11||79||-||202|
|Tonga, WillieWillie Tonga||19||12||-||-||48|
|Tronc, ShaneShane Tronc||24||2||-||-||8|
|Watts, AnthonyAnthony Watts||14||2||-||-||8|
|Webb, CarlCarl Webb||22||5||-||-||20|
|Weston, DayneDayne Weston||2||-||-||-||-|
|Williams, JohnJohn Williams||17||10||4||-||48|
|Williams, TyTy Williams||17||5||-||-||20|
The following players have played a representative match in 2009
|City vs Country||ANZAC Test||State of Origin 1||State of Origin 2||State of Origin 3||Prime Minister's XIII||Four Nations|
- Paul Bowman Medal: Luke O'Donnell
- Player's Player: Luke O'Donnell
- Club Person of the Year: Clint Amos
- Rookie of the Year: Steve Rapira
- Most Improved: Scott Bolton
- NYC Player of the Year: Dane Hogan
- North Queensland Cowboys - 9th, missed finals