National Rugby League Season 2006
2006 National Rugby League
Teams 15
Premiers Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane (6th title)
Minor premiers Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne[1]
Matches played 189
Points scored 8201
Attendance 3115700
Top points scorer(s) Canterbury colours.svg Hazem El Masri (296)
Player of the year Melbourne colours.svg Cameron Smith (Dally M Medal)
Top try-scorer(s) South Sydney colours.svg Nathan Merritt (22)

The 2006 NRL season was the 99th season of professional rugby league football in Australia and the ninth run by the National Rugby League. The lineup of teams remained unchanged from the previous year, with fifteen clubs competing for the 2006 Telstra Premiership. Throughout the 26 rounds of the regular season ten teams from New South Wales (9 of them from the Sydney basin), two from Queensland and one each from Victoria, the ACT and New Zealand competed for the minor premiership. Eight of these teams qualified for the four-week finals series, with the Brisbane Broncos eventual victors over the Melbourne Storm in the grand final.[2] Melbourne finished the regular season first so were awarded the minor premiership, but this was later revoked due to the Melbourne Storm salary cap breach.

Pre season

  • Newcastle Knights coach Michael Hagan signed a three-year deal to coach the Parramatta Eels, beginning in 2007. Hagan replaced Brian Smith, who had coached the Eels since 1997 whilst Smith replaced Hagan at Newcastle in an unprecedented coach-swap. In other coaching moves, Matthew Elliott was confirmed as the coach of the Penrith Panthers, beginning in 2007.
  • Penrith Panthers halfback Craig Gower was fired as captain, suspended for four games and fined $100,000 ($90,000 to be paid to an NRL programme encouraging the responsible use of alcohol by league players and $10,000 to replace a destroyed golf cart) after a string of alcohol-fueled incidents at a charity golf function.
  • The Charity Shield heralded the unofficial start of the season, with the South Sydney Rabbitohs defeating St George Illawarra 14-12 in their first home game at Telstra Stadium on February 18. All NRL clubs engaged in a series of trials during the month of February.
  • Wests Tigers premiership-winning captain Scott Prince announced on March 3 he had signed a four-year deal with expansion team Gold Coast Titans, beginning in 2007. Prince relinquished the captaincy of the Tigers for the 2006 season.

New Zealand Warriors salary cap breach

The salary cap for the 2006 season was A$3.366 million per club for their 25 highest-paid players.[3] The New Zealand Warriors were investigated by the National Rugby League over alleged salary cap breaches committed by the team's previous administrators. The club admitted to inflating its salary cap to the tune of nearly $1 million during the 2005 season. The National Rugby League fined the Warriors $430,000 and ordered the team to start the season with a four premiership point deficit. It was the first time in 99 years of rugby league in Australia that a team has started a season on less than zero premiership points.

The Warriors appealed the decision by the NRL to deduct the four competition points but accepted the financial penalty. Prior to the beginning of the season, the National Rugby League confirmed that the points penalty would stand. The penalty would prove the decisive factor in the Warriors missing the finals for the third year in succession.

Teams

Season summary

The season began on March 10 with a match between defending premiers Wests Tigers and the St George Illawarra Dragons, played at Telstra Stadium. The Melbourne Storm won 20 out of 24 regular season matches to win the minor premiership eight points clear of the Bulldogs.[4] However, in April 2010, the Storm were retroactively stripped of their minor premiership as a result of salaray cap breaches occurring over the course of the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.[5][6]

Venues

Sixteen stadiums regularly hosted National Rugby league matches, with a further six hosting at least one match in season 2006.

Advertising

In 2006 the NRL and their advertising agency MJW Hakuhodo stayed with the Hoodoo Gurus' "That's My Team" soundtrack for a fourth year, producing a treatment aimed to appeal to the fundamental hope of all players and fans: that it would be 'their team' who would win the Grand Final.

Capitalising on the enthusiasm generated by the Wests Tigers triumph of 2005 in only their sixth season, the campaign line and song chorus was changed to 'That's My Dream'.

All fifteen NRL club captains featured heavily in the television and outdoor ads holding aloft the Telstra trophy. Eight young real life fans also featured in the TV commercial reflecting the origins of the game from backyard football scenes to Sydney beaches. Each was a fan of one of eight clubs who had not till then won the Telstra Premiership trophy and four different broadcast versions of the ad told the stories of their love of the game and each's dream of their own team's victory.

Dally M Awards

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. 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.

Position Award Player Club
Player of the Year Cameron Smith Melbourne Storm
Provans Summons Medal Nathan Hindmarsh Parramatta Eels
Rookie of the Year Jarryd Hayne Parramatta Eels
Captain of the Year Ben Kennedy Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Rep Player of the Year Darren Lockyer Brisbane Broncos
Coach of the Year Craig Bellamy Melbourne Storm

Team of the Year

Statistics and Records

Ladder

Team Pld W D L B F A PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 20 0 4 2 605 404 +201 441
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 16 0 8 2 608 468 +140 36
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 14 0 10 2 497 392 +105 32
4 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 14 0 10 2 608 538 +70 32
5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah 24 14 0 10 2 534 493 +41 32
6 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 24 14 0 10 2 519 481 +38 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 13 0 11 2 525 573 -48 30
8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 12 0 12 2 506 483 +23 28
9 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 11 0 13 2 450 463 -13 26
10 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 12 0 12 2 552 463 +89 242
11 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 10 0 14 2 490 565 -75 24
12 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith 24 10 0 14 2 510 587 -77 24
13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 9 0 15 2 515 544 -29 22
14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 8 0 16 2 528 650 -122 20
15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 3 0 21 2 429 772 -343 10

1The Melbourne Storm were later stripped of this minor premiership due to gross salary cap breaches.
2The New Zealand Warriors were deducted 4 competition points due to gross salary cap breaches.

Ladder progression

  • 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 26
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 2 4 4 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 40 42 44
2 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 0 2 2 4 6 8 8 10 12 14 16 16 18 18 20 20 24 24 26 28 30 32 34 34 34 36
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 0 2 4 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 20 20 22 22 24 26 26 26 26 26 28 30 32
4 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 2 4 6 6 8 8 8 10 12 14 16 16 16 18 18 18 20 20 20 22 24 26 26 28 30 32
5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 0 0 2 4 6 6 8 10 10 10 12 14 16 18 18 18 18 20 22 24 24 26 28 30 32 32
6 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 0 0 2 4 4 6 8 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 26 26 26 26 26 28 30 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 2 2 2 4 4 6 8 8 10 10 10 12 14 16 16 18 18 18 20 22 22 24 26 28 28 30
8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 0 2 2 2 2 4 6 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 28 28
9 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 2 4 6 8 10 12 12 12 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 18 20 20 22 22 22 22 22 24 26
10 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand -4 -4 -2 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 10 12 14 14 14 16 16 18 20 22 24 24
11 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 2 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 10 10 10 12 14 14 16 16 16 18 18 18 20 20 20 20 22 24
12 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith 2 4 6 6 8 8 8 8 8 10 12 12 12 12 14 16 16 18 20 20 22 22 22 24 24 24
13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22
14 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 2 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 8 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 14 14 16 16 18 18 20 20 20 20
15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 8 10 10 10 10


Finals series

The Melbourne Storm went into the finals for the first time as Minor Premiers. They had a week off after their first finals win against the Parramatta Eels 12-6 to prepare for a Preliminary Final encounter, again the St. George Illawarra Dragons which was won by the Storm 24-10, earning them a spot in the Grand Final against the Brisbane Broncos. The Broncos had surprised everyone in the previous two months. After a slight hiccup in the Qualifying Final, going down against St. George Illawarra Dragons 20-4, they came back in the next two weeks, beating the Newcastle Knights 50-6 in the Semi Final and coming from 20-6 down at halftime to win 37-20 against the Bulldogs in the Preliminary Final.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time Venue Referee Crowd
Qualifying Finals
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 25–18 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 8 September 2006 8:00pm Energy Australia Stadium Sean Hampstead 23,752
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 4–20 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 9 September 2006 6:30pm Suncorp Stadium Paul Simpkins 50,387
Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 30–12 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 9 September 2006 8:30pm Telstra Stadium Shayne Hayne 14,628
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 12–6 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 10 September 2006 4:00pm Olympic Park Steve Clark 15,690
Semi Finals
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 28–0 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 15 September 2006 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Paul Simpkins 30,907
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 6–50 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 16 September 2006 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Steve Clark 22,081
Preliminary Finals
Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 20–37 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 22 September 2006 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Paul Simpkins 29,511
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24–10 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 23 September 2006 7:45pm Telstra Stadium Steve Clark 40,901

Finals Chart

  Qualifying Finals Semi Finals Preliminary Finals Grand Final
                                     
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 12
8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 6
  1W Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24  
2 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 30   4W St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 28       St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 10    
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 12   2L Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 0           Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 8
        Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 15
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 4         2W Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 20    
6 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 20   3W Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 6       Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 37  
  1L Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 50  
4 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 25
5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 18

Grand Final

Sunday, 1 October
19:00
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 79,609[11]
Referee: Paul Simpkins
Man of the Match: Shaun Berrigan

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Stuart Honeysett and Brent Read (23 April 2010) Shocking end to the Melbourne Storm era The Australian
  2. ^ Bernard, Grantley (2006-10-02). "Storm laments lost opportunity". Fox Sports. Premier Media Group Pty Ltd. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ Budge, Dale (2006-02-22). "NRL salary cap guide". tvnz.co.nz. Television New Zealand Limited. Archived from the original on 2012-10-05. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Broncos claim premiership". Television New Zealand Limited. Australian Associated Press. 2 October 2001. Retrieved 2009. 
  5. ^ "Melbourne Storm breach NRL Salary Cap". National Rugby League. 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 2010. 
  6. ^ McDonald, Margie (22 April 2010). "Melbourne Storm stripped of two rugby league titles over salary cap fraud". The Australian. Retrieved 2010. 
  7. ^ During the 2006 season, many of the stadiums were known by different names to their traditional ones, as some were sponsored by various organisations. For example, Aussie Stadium was also formerly known as the "Sydney Football Stadium", likewise, Mt Smart Stadium was known as 'Ericsson Stadium' for the majority of the season, until the naming rights expired.
  8. ^ This includes both seated and standing spots.
  9. ^ Proszenko, Adrian (6 May 2012). "Gallen set to smash record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2012. 
  10. ^ Champions in poor teams, Sydney Morning Herald, September 2006
  11. ^ D'Souza, Miguel. "Grand Final History". wwos.ninemsn.com.au. AAP. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 2013. 

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