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The 2007 NRL season was the one hundredth season of professional rugby league football club competition in Australia, and the tenth run by the National Rugby League. Sixteen teams contested the NRL's 2007 Telstra Premiership, and with the inclusion of a new team, the Gold Coast Titans, the competition was the largest run since the 1999 NRL season.

2007 National Rugby League
National Rugby League 2007.png
Teams16
PremiersMelbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm[1]
Minor premiersMelbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Matches played201
Points scored8539
Attendance3332114
Top points scorer(s)Canterbury colours.svg Hazem El Masri (210)
Player of the yearNorth Queensland colours.svg Johnathan Thurston (Dally M Medal)
Top try-scorer(s)North Queensland colours.svg Matthew Bowen (22)
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The Melbourne Storm were the minor premiers in 2007, six points clear of second-placed Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. The Storm eventually ran out 34-8 winners in the 2007 NRL Grand Final to claim the premiership. However, they were subsequently stripped of both their minor premiership and premiership titles on 22 April 2010, after they were found to be guilty of breaching the league's salary cap.[2][3]

Season summaryEdit

Pre-season, 2006 premiers the Brisbane Broncos travelled to England to play the Super League champions in the 2007 World Club Challenge.

The 2007 NRL Season kicked off on Friday 16 March 2007 with eight games to be played in each round. The 2007 season saw the return of Monday Night Football, which helped the NRL to set new first round aggregate attendance record of 174,475.[4] The opening round also saw two matches at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, one featured reigning champions Brisbane playing fellow Queensland side the Cowboys, while the second match introduced the newest club to be admitted to the competition, the Gold Coast Titans.

The North Queensland Cowboys' Jason Smith was the NRL's oldest player in 2007 at 35 years and 186 days.[5]

Teams had fewer byes in 2007 than in the 2006 competition. With an odd number of teams contesting between 2002 and 2006, the draw meant that at least one team would have to have a bye each weekend. With the inclusion of the 16th team for the 2007 season, the National Rugby League had the option of reverting to the system used between 2000 and 2001 in which every team played in each round. However, this option was not chosen. In 2007, teams had just a single bye during the year, grouped in periods that will assist clubs around representative fixtures.

The top eight was not settled until the final round as the Brisbane Broncos and Wests Tigers were both on 24 points in 8th and 9th position respectively, with the Broncos ahead on points differential. Both teams lost their final regular season match and as a result of this, the South Sydney Rabbitohs made the top eight for the first time since 1989. The New Zealand Warriors secured a home final: the second match in the history of the National Rugby League Finals played outside of Australia. The first was the Warriors' victory over the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium while on their way to the 2002 Grand Final.

On the other end of the ladder, the Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers were both in contention for the Wooden Spoon - the traditional label for last place. The Knights performed well in their last match and denied the Wests Tigers a spot in the top eight, winning by two points, whereas the Panthers were defeated by the New Zealand Warriors, seeing them finish last.

2007 saw a total of over 3 million spectators attend regular season matches for only the second time in history.[6]

Records setEdit

AdvertisingEdit

The National Rugby League kept use of the Hoodoo Gurus' "That's My Team" for a fifth consecutive season, with their advertising agency MJW Hakuhodo reworking the track "What's My Scene" and the "That's My Dream" slogan. With a design change for the Telstra Premiership logo (after months of off-season deliberation on whether Telstra would sponsor the code again), the commercial was a fast-paced action clip, with key players from all teams superimposed to appear as if they are playing in front the famous landmarks of their team's area. They are as follows:

As with previous seasons, all team captains featured prominently in the ads, holding aloft the premiership trophy as the advertisement closes, replicating the 2006 equivalent. Only weeks after it was put to air, Newcastle Knights captain Andrew Johns' career was ended by a neck injury.

SponsorshipEdit

Telecommunications giant Telstra once again hold the naming rights to the premiership season and for the seventh season the competition will be known as the "Telstra Premiership". For the second time, however, a change has been made to the Telstra Premiership Logo, to coincide with the tel-co's own new logo. The logo is now much more similar to the original NRL logo in style.

Spirit producers Bundaberg Rum are sponsoring Monday night football - to be known as Bundaberg Monday Night Football. Electronics wholesaler Harvey Norman is expected to continue their support of the State of Origin Series, as is AAMI and their association with City vs Country Origin.

TeamsEdit

For the 2007 season the number of teams in the NRL had increasing from fifteen to sixteen with the re-inclusion of a Gold Coast, Queensland-based club for the first since 1998, now as the Gold Coast Titans. It was the first time the number of Premiership teams had changed since 2002 when the re-inclusion of the South Sydney Rabbitohs saw the number of teams increase from 14 to 15. The Titans were the NRL's first expansion team since the Melbourne Storm, who entered the League in 1998.

The sixteen teams participated in the competition over the regular season, making it the largest it had been since 1999 when there were seventeen. Of the sixteen clubs, ten were from New South Wales (nine from Sydney's metropolitan area), three from Queensland and one from each of Victoria, the ACT and New Zealand.

Just two foundation clubs from New South Wales Rugby League season 1908 played in this, the 100th season of the competition: the Sydney Roosters (formerly known as Eastern Suburbs) and the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Of these two clubs, only the Sydney Roosters played their 100th full season, as the South Sydney Rabbitohs were in recess during 2000 and 2001. Two foundation clubs, the Balmain Tigers and the Western Suburbs Magpies, had played in every year since 1908, but the two sides merged to create the Wests Tigers who competed every year since the merger in 2000.

Brisbane Broncos
20th season
Ground: Suncorp Stadium
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Captain: Darren Lockyer
Bulldogs RLFC
73rd season
Ground: Telstra Stadium
Coach: Steve Folkes
Captain: Andrew Ryan
Canberra Raiders
26th season
Ground: Canberra Stadium
Coach: Neil Henry
Captain: Alan Tongue
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
41st season
Ground: Toyota Stadium
Coach: Ricky Stuart
Captain: Brett Kimmorley
Gold Coast Titans
1st season
Ground: Carrara Stadium
Coach: John Cartwright
Captain: Scott Prince & Luke Bailey
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
58th season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Des Hasler
Captain: Matt Orford
Melbourne Storm
10th season
Ground Olympic Park Stadium
Coach: Craig Bellamy
Captain: Cameron Smith
Newcastle Knights
20th season
Ground: EnergyAustralia Stadium
Coach: Brian Smith
Captain: Andrew JohnsDanny Buderus
New Zealand Warriors
13th season
Ground: Mt Smart Stadium
Coach: Ivan Cleary
Captain: Steve Price
North Queensland Cowboys
13th season
Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Coach: Graham Murray
Captain: Johnathan Thurston
Parramatta Eels
61st season
Ground: Parramatta Stadium
Coach: Michael Hagan
Captain: Nathan Cayless
Penrith Panthers
41st season
Ground: CUA Stadium
Coach: Matthew Elliott
Captain: Tony Puletua
South Sydney Rabbitohs
98th season
Ground: Telstra Stadium
Coach: Jason Taylor
Captain: David Kidwell & Roy Asotasi
Sydney Roosters
100th season
Ground: Sydney Football Stadium
Coach: Chris AndersonBrad Fittler
Captain: Craig Fitzgibbon
St. George Illawarra Dragons
9th season
Ground: OKI Jubilee Stadium & WIN Stadium
Coach: Nathan Brown
Captain: Mark Gasnier
Wests Tigers
8th season
Ground: Campbelltown Stadium & Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Brett Hodgson

LadderEdit

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

Ladder progressionEdit

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 8.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  • Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished in last place on the ladder in that round
  • Underlined numbers indicate that the team had a bye during that round.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
1   Melbourne 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 16 18 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 34 36 38 40 42 44
2   Manly-Warringah 2 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 20 22 24 24 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 36 36 38
3   North Queensland 2 4 6 8 8 8 10 12 12 12 14 16 16 16 18 20 22 22 22 22 24 26 28 30 32
4   New Zealand 2 4 4 4 6 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 14 16 16 18 20 22 23 25 25 27 29
5   Parramatta 0 0 2 4 6 6 6 8 8 10 12 14 14 16 18 20 20 22 24 24 26 26 26 26 28
6   Bulldogs 0 0 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 8 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 18 20 22 22 24 26 26 28
7   South Sydney 2 4 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 10 10 10 12 12 14 16 16 16 18 20 20 22 24 26 26
8   Brisbane 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 20 22 22 22 22 24 24
9   Wests Tigers 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 16 16 16 18 20 20 20 22 22 22 24 24 24
10   Sydney Roosters 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 12 12 12 12 14 16 18 19 21 21 21 23
11   Cronulla-Sutherland 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 10 12 12 12 14 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 18 18 20 22
12   Gold Coast 0 2 2 4 6 6 8 8 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 18 18 18 18 18 20 20 22 22 22
13   St. George Illawarra 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 10 10 12 14 14 16 16 18 18 18 20 20
14   Canberra 0 0 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 10 12 12 14 14 14 14 14 16 16 18 18 18 20 20 20
15   Newcastle 2 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 12 12 14 14 16 16 16 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 20
16   Penrith 0 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 12 14 14 16 18 18


Finals seriesEdit

To decide the grand finalists from the top eight finishing teams, the NRL adopts the McIntyre Final Eight System. The finals series was contested over a period of four weeks, culminating with the NRL Grand Final being held on Sunday 30 September 2007. For the first time, the week 2 and week 3 final matches were played in the cities of previous week winners rather than Sydney only.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Qualifying Finals
  New Zealand Warriors 10 – 12   Parramatta Eels 7 September 2007 8:30pm Mt Smart Stadium Tony Archer 28,745
  North Queensland Cowboys 20 – 18   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 8 September 2007 6:30pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Paul Simpkins 24,004
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 30 – 6   South Sydney Rabbitohs 8 September 2007 8:30pm Brookvale Oval Shayne Hayne 19,875
  Melbourne Storm 40 – 0   Brisbane Broncos 9 September 2007 4:00pm Olympic Park Stadium Steve Clark 15,522
Semi Finals
  Parramatta Eels 25 – 6   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 15 September 2007 7:45pm Telstra Stadium Shayne Hayne 50,621
  North Queensland Cowboys 49 – 12   New Zealand Warriors 16 September 2007 4:00pm Dairy Farmers Stadium Tony Archer 21,847
Preliminary Finals
  Manly Sea Eagles 28 – 6   North Queensland Cowboys 22 September 2007 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Paul Simpkins 32,611
  Melbourne Storm 26 – 10   Parramatta Eels 23 September 2007 4:00pm Telstra Dome Tony Archer 33,427

Finals ChartEdit

  Qualifying Finals Semi Finals Preliminary Finals Grand Final
                                     
1   Melbourne 40
8   Brisbane 0
  1W   Melbourne 26  
2   Manly 30   4W   Parramatta 25         Parramatta 10    
7   South Sydney 6   2L   Canterbury 6             Melbourne 34
          Manly 8
3   North Queensland 20         2W   Manly 28    
6   Canterbury 18   3W   North Queensland 49         North Queensland 6  
  1L   New Zealand 12  
4   New Zealand 10
5   Parramatta 12

Grand finalEdit

Sunday, 30 September
19:15
Melbourne Storm 34-8 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Tries:
Greg Inglis (2), Anthony Quinn (2), Michael Crocker, Matt King, Clint Newton
Goals:
Cameron Smith (3/8)
Report Tries:
Chris Hicks, Steve Matai
Goals:
Matt Orford (0/2)
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 81,392[8]
Referee: Tony Archer
Man of the Match: Greg Inglis

Dally M AwardsEdit

The Dally M Awards were introduced in 1980 by News Limited. The most prestigious of these awards is the Dally M Medal which is awarded to the Player Of The Year and many other awards. The other prestigious award is the Provans Summons Medal which is the season's best player as voted by the public. As well as honouring the player of the year the awards night also recognises the premier player in each position, the best coach, the best captain, representative player of the year and the most outstanding rookie of the season. The awards night and Player of the Year medal are named in honour of former Australian rugby league great Herbert Henry "Dally" Messenger. The top try-scorer and top point-scorer tallies are made at the end of the last round of the regular season and hence may be different to the overall top-scorers by the end of the finals.

Award Player Club
Dally M Medal Johnathan Thurston North Queensland Cowboys
Provan-Summons Medal Nathan Hindmarsh Parramatta Eels
Rookie of the Year Israel Folau Melbourne Storm
Captain of the Year Steve Price New Zealand Warriors
Rep Player of the Year Cameron Smith Melbourne Storm
Coach of the Year Craig Bellamy Melbourne Storm
Top Tryscorer of the Year Israel Folau
Matt Bowen
Melbourne Storm
North Queensland Cowboys
Top Pointscorer of the Year Hazem El Masri Bulldogs

Team of the Year

Award Player Club
Best Fullback Matthew Bowen North Queensland Cowboys
Best Winger Jarryd Hayne Parramatta Eels
Best Centre Justin Hodges Brisbane Broncos
Best Five-Eighth Darren Lockyer Brisbane Broncos
Best Halfback Johnathan Thurston North Queensland Cowboys
Best Lock Dallas Johnson Melbourne Storm
Best Second-Rower Anthony Watmough Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Best Prop Steve Price New Zealand Warriors
Best Hooker Robbie Farah Wests Tigers

2007 TransfersEdit

PlayersEdit

Player 2006 Club 2007 Club
Neville Costigan   Brisbane Broncos   Canberra Raiders
Casey McGuire   Brisbane Broncos   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Scott Minto   Brisbane Broncos   North Queensland Cowboys
Shane Webcke   Brisbane Broncos Retirement
Jason Croker   Canberra Raiders   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Craig Frawley   Canberra Raiders   Brisbane Broncos
Michael Hodgson   Canberra Raiders   Gold Coast Titans
Kris Kahler   Canberra Raiders   Gold Coast Titans
Andrew Lomu   Canberra Raiders   Brisbane Broncos
Adam Mogg   Canberra Raiders   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Clinton Schifcofske   Canberra Raiders Queensland Reds (Super 14)
Jason Smith   Canberra Raiders   North Queensland Cowboys
Simon Woolford   Canberra Raiders   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Roy Asotasi   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Daniel Irvine   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Nate Myles   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Sydney Roosters
Phil Bailey   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Super League: Wigan Warriors
Matt Hilder   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Gold Coast Titans
Tevita Leo-Latu   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Super League: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Beau Scott   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   St. George Illawarra Dragons
James Stosic   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Gold Coast Titans
Nigel Vagana   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Richard Villasanti   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Retirement
Michael Witt   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   New Zealand Warriors
Nathan Friend   Melbourne Storm   Gold Coast Titans
Scott Hill   Melbourne Storm   Super League: Harlequins RL
David Kidwell   Melbourne Storm   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Glen Turner   Melbourne Storm   Canberra Raiders
Chris Walker   Melbourne Storm   Gold Coast Titans
Jake Webster   Melbourne Storm   Gold Coast Titans
Matt Gidley   Newcastle Knights   Super League: St. Helens
Todd Lowrie   Newcastle Knights   Parramatta Eels
Anthony Quinn   Newcastle Knights   Melbourne Storm
Craig Smith   Newcastle Knights Retirement
Sione Faumuina   New Zealand Warriors   North Queensland Cowboys
Awen Guttenbeil   New Zealand Warriors   Castleford Tigers
Clinton Toopi   New Zealand Warriors   Super League: Leeds Rhinos
Brent Webb   New Zealand Warriors   Super League: Leeds Rhinos
Brett Firman   North Queensland Cowboys   Penrith Panthers
Josh Hannay   North Queensland Cowboys   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Mitchell Sargent   North Queensland Cowboys   Newcastle Knights
Matt Sing   North Queensland Cowboys   Super League: Hull F.C.
Wade McKinnon   Parramatta Eels   New Zealand Warriors
John Morris   Parramatta Eels   Wests Tigers
Glenn Morrison   Parramatta Eels   Super League: Bradford Bulls
Luke O'Dwyer   Parramatta Eels   Gold Coast Titans
Adam Peek   Parramatta Eels   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Matt Petersen   Parramatta Eels   Gold Coast Titans
Dean Widders   Parramatta Eels   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Preston Campbell   Penrith Panthers   Gold Coast Titans
Danny Galea   Penrith Panthers   Wests Tigers
Craig Stapleton   Penrith Panthers   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Luke Swain   Penrith Panthers   Gold Coast Titans
Adam MacDougall   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Newcastle Knights
Mark Minichiello   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Gold Coast Titans
Todd Polglase   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Newcastle Knights
Luke Bailey   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Gold Coast Titans
Trent Barrett   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Super League: Wigan Warriors
Colin Best   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Canberra Raiders
Matt Bickerstaff   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Canberra Raiders
Clint Greenshields   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Michael Henderson   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Gold Coast Titans
Reece Simmonds   St. George Illawarra Dragons   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Shaun Timmins   St. George Illawarra Dragons Retirement
Ryan Cross   Sydney Roosters Western Force (Super 14)
Mark Edmondson   Sydney Roosters   Super League: Salford City Reds
Brett Finch   Sydney Roosters   Parramatta Eels
Adrian Morley   Sydney Roosters   Super League: Warrington Wolves
Sam Harris   Wests Tigers New South Wales Waratahs (Super 14)
Anthony Laffranchi   Wests Tigers   Gold Coast Titans
Scott Prince   Wests Tigers   Gold Coast Titans
John Skandalis   Wests Tigers   Super League: Huddersfield Giants
Brad Meyers   Super League: Bradford Bulls   Gold Coast Titans
Richie Fa'aoso   Super League: Castleford Tigers   Parramatta Eels
Danny Nutley   Super League: Castleford Tigers   Sydney Roosters
Chris Beattie   Super League: Catalans Dragons   Sydney Roosters
Ian Hindmarsh   Super League: Catalans Dragons   Parramatta Eels
Richard Mathers   Super League: Leeds Rhinos   Gold Coast Titans
Andrew Dunemann   Super League: Salford City Reds   Canberra Raiders
Jamie Lyon   Super League: St. Helens   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Logan Swann   Super League: Warrington Wolves   New Zealand Warriors
Michael Dobson   Super League: Wigan Warriors   Canberra Raiders
Scott Logan   Super League: Wigan Warriors   Canberra Raiders
David Myles Toulouse Olympique   Gold Coast Titans
Mat Rogers New South Wales Waratahs (Super 14)   Gold Coast Titans
Josh Graham Western Force (Super 14)   Gold Coast Titans
Jason Moodie N/A   Wests Tigers

CoachesEdit

Coach 2006 Club 2007 Club
Ricky Stuart   Sydney Roosters   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Stuart Honeysett and Brent Read (23 April 2010) Shocking end to the Melbourne Storm era The Australian
  2. ^ "Melbourne Storm breach NRL Salary Cap". National Rugby League. 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  3. ^ McDonald, Margie (22 April 2010). "Melbourne Storm stripped of two rugby league titles over salary cap fraud". The Australian. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  4. ^ Paul, Crawley (15 March 2011). "Record-breaking week for NRL". The Daily Telegraph. Australia: Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  5. ^ Toohey, Barry (2 February 2011). "Still some bite in old Mad Dog". The Daily Telegraph. Australia: News Limited. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  6. ^ Gallop, David (2007). "Australian Rugby Football League Annual Report 2007" (PDF). Australian Rugby League Limited. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
  7. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (6 May 2012). "Gallen set to smash record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  8. ^ D'Souza, Miguel. "Grand Final History". wwos.ninemsn.com.au. AAP. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2013.

See alsoEdit

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