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The 2008 Melbourne Storm season was the 11th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2008 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season as minor premiers before reaching the grand final in which they were beaten by the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40-0, the largest margin in grand final history. The minor premiership won by the Storm in 2008 was later stripped by the NRL in 2010 when it was revealed the club had been in breach of salary cap rules.

2008 Melbourne Storm season
NRL Rank1st
Play-off resultGrand Finalists
2008 recordWins: 17; Draws: 0; Losses: 7
Points scoredFor: 584; Against: 282
Team information
CEOBrian Waldron
CoachCraig Bellamy
Captain
StadiumOlympic Park Stadium
Top scorers
TriesGreg Inglis (17)
GoalsCameron Smith (77)
PointsCameron Smith (170)
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Despite losing seven games, Storm managed to finish in top spot on the NRL ladder for a third successive season. They had to wait until the final game to do it though, defeating South Sydney 42-4. A loss to the Warriors in the Qualifying final meant Storm had to do it the hard way and they did just that, defeating the Broncos and Sharks on the road. That tough road eventually caught up with Melbourne in the decider, which they lost to Manly.

Matt Geyer became the first Storm player to reach 250 games while Billy Slater followed on from Cameron Smith the previous year, earning the Golden boot award as the best player in the world. [1]

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GamesEdit

Match Opponent Result Mel. Opp. Date Venue
Trial Match Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Win 56 10 15 Feb Bluetongue Stadium
Trial Match Halifax Blue Sox Win 26 10 22 Feb Shay Stadium
WCC Leeds Rhinos Loss 4 11 29 Feb Elland Road
Rd. 1 New Zealand Warriors Win 32 18 17 Mar Telstra Dome
Rd. 2 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Loss 16 17 23 Mar Olympic Park
Rd. 3 Sydney Roosters Loss 6 10 29 Mar Sydney Football Stadium
Rd. 4 Brisbane Broncos Win 28 8 4 Apr Olympic Park
Rd. 5 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Win 26 4 11 Mar Olympic Park
Rd. 6 Canberra Raiders Win 23 16 21 Mar Canberra Stadium
Rd. 7 North Queensland Cowboys Win 12 10 26 Apr Dairy Farmers Stadium
Rd. 8 BYE
Rd. 9 Newcastle Knights Win 18 4 12 May Olympic Park
Rd. 10 St. George Illawarra Dragons Loss 12 36 17 May ANZ Stadium
Rd. 11 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 15 10 24 May Bluetoungue Stadium
Rd. 12 Canterbury Bulldogs Win 46 0 31 May Olympic Park
Rd. 13 Gold Coast Titans Loss 0 18 9 June Skilled Stadium
Rd. 14 BYE
Rd. 15 North Queensland Cowboys Win 48 20 21 June Olympic Park
Rd. 16 Parramatta Eels Loss 22 24 29 June Parramatta Stadium
Rd. 17 Canberra Raiders Win 30 14 6 July Olympic Park
Rd. 18 Wests Tigers Win 30 18 14 July Campbelltown Stadium
Rd. 19 St. George Illawarra Dragons Win 26 0 21 July Olympic Park
Rd. 20 New Zealand Warriors Loss 6 8 27 July Mt Smart Stadium
Rd. 21 Gold Coast Titans Win 44 4 1 August Olympic Park
Rd. 22 Manly Sea Eagles Win 16 10 8 August Brookvale Oval
Rd. 23 Sydney Roosters Win 30 6 15 August Olympic Park
Rd. 24 Penrith Panthers Win 40 6 25 August Penrith Stadium
Rd. 25 Newcastle Knights Loss 16 17 30 August EnergyAustralia Stadium
Rd. 26 South Sydney Rabbitohs Win 46 6 7 September Olympic Park
Qualif. Final New Zealand Warriors Loss 15 18 14 September Olympic Park
Semi Final Brisbane Broncos Win 16 14 20 September Suncorp Stadium
Prelim. Final Cronulla Sharks Win 28 0 26 September Sydney Football Stadium
GRAND FINAL Manly Sea Eagles Loss 0 40 5 October ANZ Stadium

LadderEdit

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1   Melbourne 24 17 0 7 2 584 282 +302 38
2   Manly-Warringah 24 17 0 7 2 645 355 +290 38
3   Cronulla 24 17 0 7 2 451 384 +67 38
4   Sydney Roosters 24 15 0 9 2 511 446 +65 34
5   Brisbane 24 14 1 9 2 560 452 +108 33
6   Canberra 24 13 0 11 2 640 527 +113 30
7   St. George Illawarra 24 13 0 11 2 489 378 +111 30
8   New Zealand 24 13 0 11 2 502 567 -65 30
9   Newcastle 24 12 0 12 2 516 486 +30 28
10   Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 2 528 560 -32 26
11   Parramatta 24 11 0 13 2 501 547 -46 26
12   Penrith 24 10 1 13 2 504 611 -107 25
13   Gold Coast 24 10 0 14 2 476 586 -110 24
14   South Sydney 24 8 0 16 2 453 666 -213 20
15   North Queensland 24 5 0 19 2 474 638 -164 14
16   Bulldogs 24 5 0 19 2 433 782 -349 14

2008 Coaching StaffEdit

2008 SquadEdit

No. Nat. Player Pos First match with Club Previous club
18   Matt Geyer WG 1998   Perth Reds
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
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
79   Greg Inglis CE 2005   Melbourne Storm
83   Michael Crocker SR 2006   Sydney Roosters
86   Adam Blair PR 2006   Melbourne Storm
90   Jeff Lima PR 2006   Melbourne Storm
92   Israel Folau WG 2007   Melbourne Storm
93   Anthony Quinn WG 2007   Newcastle Knights
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
101   Clifford Manua PR 2008   Brisbane Broncos
102   Aiden Tolman PR 2008   Melbourne Storm
103   Brett Anderson WG 2008   North Queensland Cowboys
104   Liam Foran HB 2008   Melbourne Storm
105   Dane Nielsen CE 2008   Cronulla Sharks
106   Kevin Proctor SR 2008   Melbourne Storm
107   Sam Joe WG 2008   Melbourne Storm
108   Joseph Tomane WG 2008   Melbourne Storm
109   Sinbad Kali SR 2008   Melbourne Storm
-   Aidan Guerra SR Yet to Debut   Melbourne Storm
-   Lucas Miller FE Yet to Debut   Melbourne Storm


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.