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2007 Melbourne Storm season

The 2007 Melbourne Storm season was the 10th in the club's history. They competed for NRL's 2007 Telstra Premiership, finishing the season in 1st place to claim the minor premiership before going on to reach the 2007 NRL grand final, their third. In the grand final the Storm defeated the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles to claim their second premiership. However two years after the event Melbourne were stripped of their 2007 titles after being found guilty of long-term salary cap breaches.

2007 Melbourne Storm season
NRL Rank1st
Play-off resultGrand Final Winners
2007 recordWins: 21; Draws: 0; Losses: 3
Points scoredFor: 627; Against: 277
Team information
CEOBrian Waldron
CoachCraig Bellamy
Captain
  • Rotating Captains
StadiumOlympic Park Stadium
Top scorers
TriesIsrael Folau (21)
GoalsCameron Smith (88)
PointsCameron Smith (192)
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The most successful season in the Club’s history as the team managed 21 wins on their way to winning the NRL Grand Final. Storm’s success was built on the back of incredibly defence. Craig Bellamy’s men conceded just 11.5 points per game, the best defensive season in the Club’s history. The year began with seven straight wins and by Round 12 Melbourne had moved into first place, where they remained for the rest of the season. Storm earned redemption from the 2006 Grand Final loss by beating the Broncos 40-0 in the Qualifying final. They faced Manly in the decider, running away with a 34-8 victory as Greg Inglis scored a double on the night to be named the Clive Churchill medalist. Cameron Smith increased his standing as the best player in the game by being awarded the Golden Boot after being named the International Player of the Year while Israel Folau set an NRL rookie record, scoring 21 tries for the season. [1]

SummaryEdit

A total of four Storm players, Cooper Cronk, Israel Folau, Dallas Johnson and Ryan Hoffman were selected to make their international representative debuts for Australia in 2007.

Draw and ResultsEdit

Round Opponent Result Mel. Opp. Date Venue
1 Wests Tigers Win 18 16 Mar 16 Olympic Park
2 Canberra Raiders Win 32 16 Mar 24 Canberra Stadium
3 New Zealand Warriors Win 30 12 Apr 1 Telstra Stadium
4 Newcastle Knights Win 22 12 Apr 7 EnergyAustralia Stadium
5 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 24 10 Apr 14 Oki Jubilee Stadium
6 Penrith Panthers Win 30 20 Apr 23 Olympic Park
7 Brisbane Broncos Win 28 18 Apr 27 Suncorp Stadium
8 Wests Tigers Loss 12 30 May 5 Bluetongue Stadium
9 Canterbury Bulldogs Win 38 14 May 14 Olympic Park
10 Sydney Roosters Win 26 2 May 19 Telstra Stadium
11 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Loss 12 13 May 26 Brookvale Oval
12 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 26 10 June 2 Olympic Park
13 New Zealand Warriors Win 4 2 June 10 Mt. Smart
14 North Queensland Cowboys Win 58 12 June 16 Dairy Farmers Stadium
15 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 28 6 June 24 Olympic Park
16 BYE
17 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 12 8 July 7 Olympic Park
18 Newcastle Knights Win 44 0 July 16 Olympic Park
19 Canberra Raiders Win 34 6 July 21 Olympic Park
20 Sydney Roosters Loss 16 26 July 27 SFS
21 Cronulla Sharks Win 17 16 August 6 Toyota Park
22 Brisbane Broncos Win 14 6 August 12 Olympic Park
23 Parramatta Eels Win 14 10 August 17 Olympic Park
24 Canterbury Bulldogs Win 38 6 August 24 Telstra Stadium
25 Gold Coast Titans Win 50 6 September 2 Olympic Park
Qualifying Final Brisbane Broncos Win 40 0 September 9 Olympic Park
Preliminary Final Parramatta Eels Win 26 10 September 22 Telstra Dome
GRAND FINAL Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Win 34 8 September 30 Telstra Stadium

LadderEdit

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1   Melbourne 24 21 0 3 1 627 277 +350 44
2   Manly-Warringah 24 18 0 6 1 597 377 +220 38
3   North Queensland 24 15 0 9 1 547 618 -71 32
4   Warriors 24 13 1 10 1 593 434 +159 29
5   Parramatta 24 13 0 11 1 573 481 +92 28
6   Bulldogs 24 12 0 12 1 575 528 +47 26
7   South Sydney 24 12 0 12 1 408 399 +9 26
8   Brisbane 24 11 0 13 1 511 476 +35 24
9   Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 1 541 561 -20 24
10   Sydney 24 10 1 13 1 445 610 -165 23
11   Cronulla-Sutherland 24 10 0 14 1 463 403 +60 22
12   Gold Coast 24 10 0 14 1 409 559 -150 22
13   St George Illawarra 24 9 0 15 1 431 509 -78 20
14   Canberra 24 9 0 15 1 522 650 -128 20
15   Newcastle 24 9 0 15 1 418 708 -290 20
16   Penrith 24 8 0 16 1 539 607 -68 18

2007 Coaching StaffEdit

2007 SquadEdit

No. Nat. Player Pos First match with Club Previous club
18   Matt Geyer WG 1998   Perth Reds
26   Matt Rua SR 1998   Melbourne Storm
55   Cameron Smith (c) HK 2002   Melbourne Storm
58   Dallas Johnson LK 2003   Melbourne Storm
60   Billy Slater FB 2003   Melbourne Storm
62   Ryan Hoffman SR,LK 2003   Melbourne Storm
68   Antonio Kaufusi PR 2003   Melbourne Storm
69   Matt King CE 2003   Melbourne Storm
72   Steve Turner WG 2004   Penrith Panthers
73   Cooper Cronk HB 2004   Melbourne Storm
74   Jeremy Smith LK 2004   Melbourne Storm
76   Brett White PR 2005   Melbourne Storm
77   Ian Donnelly PR 2005   Manly Sea Eagles
79   Greg Inglis CE 2005   Melbourne Storm
83   Michael Crocker SR 2006   Sydney Roosters
84   Garrett Crossman PR 2006   Penrith Panthers
86   Adam Blair PR 2006   Melbourne Storm
88   Ben Cross PR 2006   Melbourne Storm
89   Matthew Bartlett SR 2006   Melbourne Storm
90   Jeff Lima PR 2006   Wests Tigers
91   James Aubusson HK 2007   Melbourne Storm
92   Israel Folau WG 2007   Melbourne Storm
93   Anthony Quinn WG 2007   Newcastle Knights
94   Ryan Shortland CE 2007   Melbourne Storm
95   Sam Tagataese PR 2007   Melbourne Storm
96   Russell Aitken HK 2007   Cronulla Sharks
97   Scott Anderson PR 2007   Melbourne Storm
98   Will Chambers CE 2007   Melbourne Storm
99   Sika Manu SR 2007   Melbourne Storm
100   Clint Newton SR 2007   Newcastle Knights
-   Aiden Tolman PR Yet to Debut   Melbourne Storm
-   Liam Foran HB Yet to Debut   Melbourne Storm
-   Danny Vaughan PR Yet to Debut   Melbourne Storm
  Paletasala Ale SR Yet to Debut   Melbourne Storm

Player movementsEdit

Gains

2007 Signings/Transfers
Player Previous Club Years Signed Until the End of

Losses

Losses
Player Notes
Matt King Warrington Wolves (Super League)
Clint Newton Hull KR (Super League)
Ben Cross Newcastle Knights (National Rugby League)

Re-Signings

Re-Signings

AwardsEdit

Troohy CabinetEdit

Melbourne Storm Awards NightEdit

Dally M Awards NightEdit

Rugby League World Golden Boot Awards NightEdit

RLIF AwardsEdit

Additional AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History Melbourne Storm". melbournestorm.com.au. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  2. ^ "NRL Honour Board". melbournestorm.com.au. Melbourne Storm. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2014.