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The 2011 NRL season was the 104th season of professional rugby league football club competition in Australia, and the fourteenth and last run by the National Rugby League's partnership committee of the Australian Rugby League and News Ltd. The NRL's main championship, called the 2011 Telstra Premiership due to sponsorship from Telstra, was contested by sixteen teams for the fifth consecutive year. Alongside was the fourth season of the Toyota Cup taking place.

2011 National Rugby League
DurationMarch 11 – October 2, 2011
Teams16
PremiersManly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah (8th title)
Minor premiersMelbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (1st title)
Matches played201
Attendance3464207
Top points scorer(s)Wests Tigers colours.svg Benji Marshall (211)
Player of the yearMelbourne colours.svg Billy Slater (Dally M Medal)
Top try-scorer(s)South Sydney colours.svg Nathan Merritt (23) Canterbury colours.svgBen Barba (23)
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The season's Premiership title was awarded to the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles who took out their 8th title, only three years after their previous title, defeating the New Zealand Warriors in the Grand Final.

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Season summaryEdit

The 2011 competition draw was announced on Thursday, 7 October 2010,[1] with the season's first match between NRL teams to be played on Friday, 11 March. The first round of the premiership season became the highest attended round in NRL history, with 201,212 fans attending.[2] However, the first NRL match of the year was the second annual NRL All Stars vs Indigenous All Stars game played at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on 12 February. The annual ANZAC Test was also held at Skilled Park, on 6 May, with City vs Country Origin held on the same night at the Lavington Sports Ground in Albury. The Test match was to have been held at Christchurch in New Zealand, but was moved due to the destruction wrought on that city by the earthquake in February 2011.[3] Byes began on 6 May, being the day of those representative matches, and continued throughout the 2011 State of Origin series, covering in total rounds 9 to 18. Themed rounds included the Heritage Round (round 5), Women in League Round (round 16), and Rivalry Round (round 19).

The regular 26 round season finished with the Melbourne Storm winning the J. J. Giltinan Shield for being the minor premiers. However the grand final match-up ended up between the second placed Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the sixth placed New Zealand Warriors in which the Sea Eagles sought victory and claimed their 8th premiership title.

The coveted Dally M Medal award for player of the year in 2011 was awarded to Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater, who becomes the second Storm player to be given the award. (see 2011 Dally M Awards for full award listing)

Records set In 2011Edit

TeamsEdit

The number of teams in the NRL remained unchanged for the fourth consecutive season, with sixteen participating in the regular season: ten from New South Wales, three from Queensland and one from each of Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand. Of the ten from New South Wales, eight are from Sydney's metropolitan area, with St. George-Illawarra being a Sydney and Wollongong joint venture. Just two foundation clubs from New South Wales Rugby League season 1908 played in the competition: the Sydney Roosters (formerly known as Eastern Suburbs) and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Brisbane Broncos
24th season
Ground: Suncorp Stadium
Coach: Anthony Griffin
Captain: Darren Lockyer
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
77th season
Ground: ANZ Stadium
Coach: Kevin MooreJim Dymock
Captain: Andrew Ryan
Canberra Raiders
30th season
Ground: Canberra Stadium
Coach: David Furner
Captain: Alan Tongue
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
45th season
Ground: Toyota Stadium
Coach: Shane Flanagan
Captain: Paul Gallen
Gold Coast Titans
5th season
Ground: Skilled Park
Coach: John Cartwright
Captain: Scott Prince
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
62nd season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Des Hasler
Captain: Jamie Lyon & Jason King
Melbourne Storm
14th season
Ground: AAMI Park
Coach: Craig Bellamy
Captain: Cameron Smith
Newcastle Knights
24th season
Ground: Ausgrid Stadium
Coach: Rick Stone
Captain: Kurt Gidley
New Zealand Warriors
17th season
Ground: Mt Smart Stadium
Coach: Ivan Cleary
Captain: Simon Mannering
North Queensland Cowboys
17th season
Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Coach: Neil Henry
Captain: Johnathan Thurston & Matt Scott
Parramatta Eels
65th season
Ground: Parramatta Stadium
Coach: Stephen Kearney
Captain: Nathan Hindmarsh
Penrith Panthers
45th season
Ground: Centrebet Stadium
Coach: Matthew ElliottSteve Georgallis
Captain: Petero Civoniceva
South Sydney Rabbitohs
102nd season
Ground: ANZ Stadium
Coach: John Lang
Captains: Roy Asotasi & Michael Crocker
Sydney Roosters
104th season
Ground: Sydney Football Stadium
Coach: Brian Smith
Captain: Braith Anasta
St George Illawarra Dragons
13th season
Ground: Jubilee Oval & WIN Stadium
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Captain: Ben Hornby
Wests Tigers
12th season
Grounds: Campbelltown Stadium & Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Robbie Farah

LadderEdit

Pos. Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1   Melbourne Storm 24 19 - 5 2 521 308 213 42
2   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (P) 24 18 - 6 2 539 331 208 40
3   Brisbane Broncos 24 18 - 6 2 511 372 139 40
4   Wests Tigers 24 15 - 9 2 519 430 89 34
5   St George Illawarra Dragons 24 14 1 9 2 483 341 142 33
6   New Zealand Warriors 24 14 - 10 2 504 393 111 32
7   North Queensland Cowboys 24 14 - 10 2 532 480 52 32
8   Newcastle Knights 24 12 - 12 2 478 443 35 28
9   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 12 - 12 2 449 489 -40 28
10   South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 11 - 13 2 531 562 -31 26
11   Sydney Roosters 24 10 - 14 2 417 500 -83 24
12   Penrith Panthers 24 9 - 15 2 430 517 -87 22
13   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 7 - 17 2 428 557 -129 18
14   Parramatta Eels 24 6 1 17 2 385 538 -153 17
15   Canberra Raiders 24 6 - 18 2 423 623 -200 16
16   Gold Coast Titans 24 6 - 18 2 363 629 -266 16

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 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 26
1   Melbourne 2 4 4 6 8 10 10 12 14 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 42 42
2   Manly-Warringah 0 2 4 4 6 8 10 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 24 26 28 30 32 32 34 36 38 40 40
3   Brisbane 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 14 16 16 18 20 22 22 24 26 28 28 30 32 34 36 38 40
4   Wests Tigers 0 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 10 10 12 12 14 16 16 16 18 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34
5   St George Illawarra 2 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 23 23 23 25 25 27 29 29 29 29 29 29 31 33
6   New Zealand 0 0 0 2 4 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 16 16 16 16 18 20 22 24 26 26 28 30 30 32
7   North Queensland 2 2 4 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 20 22 22 24 26 26 28 30 30 30 30 32 32
8   Newcastle 2 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 10 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 20 20 22 24 26 26 26 26 28
9   Canterbury-Bankstown 2 4 6 6 6 8 10 10 12 12 12 14 14 16 16 18 18 18 18 20 20 22 24 24 26 28
10   South Sydney 0 0 2 4 4 4 4 6 8 10 10 10 10 12 14 16 16 16 18 18 20 22 24 26 26 26
11   Sydney 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 12 12 12 14 14 14 16 16 18 20 22 24
12   Penrith 0 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 12 14 14 16 18 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 22 22
13   Cronulla-Sutherland 0 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
14   Parramatta 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 11 13 13 13 13 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 17
15   Canberra 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 6 8 8 8 10 12 14 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
16   Gold Coast 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 8 8 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 14 14 16 16 16


Finals seriesEdit

To decide the grand finalists from the top eight finishing teams, the NRL adopts the McIntyre Final Eight System. The 2011 finals series sees the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Wests Tigers, St George Illawarra Dragons and the New Zealand Warriors all return from last year. The Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos both return after last year's absence whilst the North Queensland Cowboys and the Newcastle Knights appear in this year's finals for the first time since 2007 and 2009, respectively.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
QUALIFYING FINALS
  Wests Tigers 21 – 12   St George Illawarra Dragons 9 September 2011, 7:45pm ANZ Stadium Tony Archer
Matt Cecchin
45,631
  Brisbane Broncos 40 – 10   New Zealand Warriors 10 September 2011, 6:45pm Suncorp Stadium Jared Maxwell
Shayne Hayne
48,943
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 42 – 8   North Queensland Cowboys 10 September 2011, 8:30pm Sydney Football Stadium Ben Cummins
Gavin Badger
13,972
  Melbourne Storm 18 – 8   Newcastle Knights 11 September 2011, 4:00pm AAMI Park Ashley Klein
Adam Devcich
14,845
SEMI FINALS
  Wests Tigers 20 – 22   New Zealand Warriors 16 September 2011, 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Shayne Hayne
Jared Maxwell
27,109
  Brisbane Broncos 13 – 12   St George Illawarra Dragons 17 September 2011, 6:45pm Suncorp Stadium Tony Archer
Matt Cecchin
48,474
PRELIMINARY FINALS
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 26 – 14   Brisbane Broncos 23 September 2011, 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Shayne Hayne
Jared Maxwell
31,894
  Melbourne Storm 12 – 20   New Zealand Warriors 24 September 2011, 7:45pm AAMI Park Tony Archer
Matt Cecchin
28,580

† - Match decided in golden point extra time

Finals chartEdit

  Qualifying Finals Semi Finals Preliminary Finals Grand Final
                                     
1   Melbourne 18
8   Newcastle 8
  1W   Melbourne 12  
2   Manly 42   4W   Wests Tigers 20         New Zealand 20    
7   North Queensland 8   2L   New Zealand 22             New Zealand 10
          Manly 24
3   Brisbane 40         2W   Manly 26    
6   New Zealand 10   3W   Brisbane 13         Brisbane 14  
  1L   St. George Illawarra 12  
4   Wests Tigers 21
5   St. George Illawarra 12

Grand FinalEdit

Sunday, 2 October
5:00pm (AEDT)
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   24 – 10   New Zealand Warriors
Tries:
Brett Stewart (30') 1
Daly Cherry-Evans (40') 1
Glenn Stewart (57') 1
Jamie Lyon (79') 1
Goals:
Jamie Lyon 3/3
(32', 40', 58')
Michael Robertson 1/1
(80')
1st: 12 - 2
2nd: 12 - 8
report
Tries:
Manu Vatuvei (62') 1
Elijah Taylor (68') 1
Goals:
James Maloney 1/3
(28' pen)

Club and player recordsEdit

The following statistics are correct as of the conclusion of Round 26.

Most points in a match by an individual

Points Player Tries Goals FG Opponent Score Venue Round
20   Luke Burt 2 6/7 0 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 40–6 Sydney Football Stadium Round 11
20   Nathan Merritt 5 0 0 Parramatta Eels 56–6 ANZ Stadium Round 22
20   Chris Sandow 1 8/10 0 Parramatta Eels 56–6 ANZ Stadium Round 22
20   Johnathan Thurston 2 6/7 0 Parramatta Eels 40–26 Dairy Farmers Stadium Round 10

Most tries in a match by an individual

Tries Player Opponent Score Venue Round
5   Nathan Merritt Parramatta Eels 56–6 ANZ Stadium Round 22
4   Ben Barba Canberra Raiders 36–22 ANZ Stadium Round 26
4   Akuila Uate South Sydney Rabbitohs 40–24 Ausgrid Stadium Round 26

Paul Gallen ran 3,670 metres with the ball in 2011, more than any other player in the competition.[4]

AttendancesEdit

The regular season attendances for the 2011 season aggregated to a total of 3,123,055 (average 16,267), becoming the second highest attended NRL season (after 2010).


The highest twenty regular season match attendances:

Crowd Venue Home Team Opponent Round
50,859 Suncorp Stadium   Brisbane Broncos   Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Round 26
45,119 Suncorp Stadium   Brisbane Broncos   North Queensland Cowboys Round 1
40,094 Suncorp Stadium   Brisbane Broncos   South Sydney Rabbitohs Round 25
38,412 Eden Park   New Zealand Warriors   Parramatta Eels Round 1
37,173 Suncorp Stadium   Brisbane Broncos   New Zealand Warriors Round 22
34,976 Sydney Football Stadium   Sydney Roosters   St George Illawarra Dragons Round 7
34,322 ANZ Stadium   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   St George Illawarra Dragons Round 10
34,185 Suncorp Stadium   Brisbane Broncos   St George Illawarra Dragons Round 15
34,175 Suncorp Stadium   Brisbane Broncos   Melbourne Storm Round 9
32,283 Suncorp Stadium
(Double Header)
  Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
  Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
  Brisbane Broncos
  Gold Coast Titans
Round 12
31,122 Sydney Cricket Ground   St George Illawarra Dragons   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Round 5
31,035 Suncorp Stadium   Brisbane Broncos   Gold Coast Titans Round 19
30,729 Ausgrid Stadium   Newcastle Knights   South Sydney Rabbitohs Round 26
30,687 ANZ Stadium   Parramatta Eels   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Round 6
30,127 Suncorp Stadium   Brisbane Broncos   Wests Tigers Round 17
30,538 Suncorp Stadium   Brisbane Broncos   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Round 8
28,703 Sydney Football Stadium   Sydney Roosters   South Sydney Rabbitohs Round 1
27,687 Sydney Football Stadium   Wests Tigers   St George Illawarra Dragons Round 22
26,737 ANZ Stadium   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Wests Tigers Round 1
26,463 Dairy Farmers Stadium   North Queensland Cowboys   Brisbane Broncos Round 23
25,623 Suncorp Stadium   Brisbane Broncos   Penrith Panthers Round 4

2011 TransfersEdit

PlayersEdit

Player 2010 Club 2011 Club
Israel Folau   Brisbane Broncos Greater Western Sydney Giants (Australian rules football)
Ashton Sims   Brisbane Broncos   North Queensland Cowboys
Antonio Winterstein   Brisbane Broncos   North Queensland Cowboys
Scott Logan   Canberra Raiders Retirement
Adam Mogg   Canberra Raiders Retirement
Joel Monaghan   Canberra Raiders   Super League: Warrington Wolves
Troy Thompson   Canberra Raiders   Melbourne Storm
Yileen Gordon   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Penrith Panthers
Ben Hannant   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Brisbane Broncos
Jarrad Hickey   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Super League: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Brett Kimmorley   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Retirement
Luke Patten   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs   Super League: Salford City Reds
Trent Barrett   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Retirement
Luke Covell   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Retirement
Adam Cuthbertson   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Blake Ferguson   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Canberra Raiders
Grant Millington   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Jordan Atkins   Gold Coast Titans   Parramatta Eels
Aaron Cannings   Gold Coast Titans Retirement
Josh Graham   Gold Coast Titans Retirement
Chris Bailey   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Super League: Harlequins RL
Ben Farrar   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Trent Hodkinson   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Josh Perry   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   Super League: St. Helens
Brett Finch   Melbourne Storm   Super League: Wigan Warriors
Ryan Hoffman   Melbourne Storm   Super League: Wigan Warriors
Greg Inglis   Melbourne Storm   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Jeff Lima   Melbourne Storm   Super League: Wigan Warriors
Aiden Tolman   Melbourne Storm   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Brett White   Melbourne Storm   Canberra Raiders
Ben Cross   Newcastle Knights   Super League: Leeds Rhinos
Scott Dureau   Newcastle Knights   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Steve Simpson   Newcastle Knights Retirement
Cooper Vuna   Newcastle Knights Melbourne Rebels (Super Rugby)
Patrick Ah Van   New Zealand Warriors   Super League: Bradford Bulls
Ian Henderson   New Zealand Warriors   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Jesse Royal   New Zealand Warriors Retirement
Brent Tate   New Zealand Warriors   North Queensland Cowboys
Ben Harris   North Queensland Cowboys Retirement
Willie Mason   North Queensland Cowboys   Super League: Hull Kingston Rovers
Luke O'Donnell   North Queensland Cowboys   Super League: Huddersfield Giants
Steve Rapira   North Queensland Cowboys   New Zealand Warriors
Steve Southern   North Queensland Cowboys   Newcastle Knights
Carl Webb   North Queensland Cowboys   Parramatta Eels
John Williams   North Queensland Cowboys   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Ty Williams   North Queensland Cowboys Retirement
Nathan Cayless   Parramatta Eels Retirement
Eric Grothe Jr.   Parramatta Eels Retirement
Krisnan Inu   Parramatta Eels   New Zealand Warriors
Kris Keating   Parramatta Eels   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Feleti Mateo   Parramatta Eels   New Zealand Warriors
Timana Tahu   Parramatta Eels   Penrith Panthers
Maurice Blair   Penrith Panthers   Melbourne Storm
Gavin Cooper   Penrith Panthers   North Queensland Cowboys
Shane Elford   Penrith Panthers Retirement
Wade Graham   Penrith Panthers   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Frank Pritchard   Penrith Panthers   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Frank Puletua   Penrith Panthers Retirement
Colin Best   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Luke Capewell   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Gold Coast Titans
Beau Champion   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Melbourne Storm
Garret Crossman   South Sydney Rabbitohs Retirement
Jaiman Lowe   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Melbourne Storm
Jamie Simpson   South Sydney Rabbitohs   Super League: Huddersfield Giants
Jarrod Saffy   St. George Illawarra Dragons Melbourne Rebels (Super Rugby)
Neville Costigan   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Newcastle Knights
Luke Priddis   St. George Illawarra Dragons Retirement
Jeremy Smith   St. George Illawarra Dragons   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
James Aubusson   Sydney Roosters Retirement
Ben Jones   Sydney Roosters   North Queensland Cowboys
Nick Kouparitsas   Sydney Roosters   Super League: Harlequins RL
Lopini Paea   Sydney Roosters   Super League: Catalans Dragons
Jason Cayless   Wests Tigers Retirement
Daniel Fitzhenry   Wests Tigers Retirement
Glenn Hall   Super League: Bradford Bulls   North Queensland Cowboys
Matt Orford   Super League: Bradford Bulls   Canberra Raiders
Dane Carlaw   Super League: Catalans Dragons   Brisbane Broncos
Dallas Johnson   Super League: Catalans Dragons   North Queensland Cowboys
Casey McGuire   Super League: Catalans Dragons   Parramatta Eels
Chris Walker   Super League: Catalans Dragons   Parramatta Eels
Paul Whatuira   Super League: Huddersfield Giants   Parramatta Eels
Shaun Berrigan   Super League: Hull F.C.   New Zealand Warriors
Greg Eastwood   Super League: Leeds Rhinos   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Chris Hicks   Super League: Warrington Wolves   Parramatta Eels
Mark Riddell   Super League: Wigan Warriors   Sydney Roosters
Chris Houston N/A   Newcastle Knights
Reni Maitua N/A   Parramatta Eels
Reece Simmonds N/A   St. George Illawarra Dragons
Matt Utai N/A   Wests Tigers
Dayne Weston N/A   Penrith Panthers
Adam Woolnough N/A   Melbourne Storm

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2011 Telstra Premiership Draw – NRL.com
  2. ^ Paul, Crawley (15 March 2011). "Record-breaking week for NRL". The Daily Telegraph. Australia: Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  3. ^ Name: (will appear on website) (4 March 2011). "ANZAC test moves to Skilled Park Titans | goldcoast.com.au | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia". goldcoast.com.au. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  4. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (6 May 2012). "Gallen set to smash record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2012.

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