2001 North Queensland Cowboys season

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2001 North Queensland Cowboys season
NRL Rank13th
Play-off resultMissed finals
2001 recordWins: 6; Draws: 2; Losses: 18
Points scoredFor: 514; Against: 771
Team information
Coach Tim Sheens (resigned on 25 May)
Murray Hurst
Captain
Stadium Dairy Farmers Stadium
Avg. Attend.13,133
High. Attend.21,729 (vs. Brisbane Broncos, Round 1)
Top scorers
Tries Glenn Morrison (13)
Goals Julian O'Neill (56)
Points Julian O'Neill (156)
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The 2001 North Queensland Cowboys season was the 7th in the club's history. Coached by Tim Sheens and captained by Paul Bowman, they competed in the NRL's 2001 Telstra Premiership.

North Queensland Cowboys rugby league football club

The North Queensland Cowboys are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in Townsville, the largest city in North Queensland. They compete in Australia’s premier rugby league competition, the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership. Since their foundation in 1995, the club has appeared in three grand finals winning in 2015, and has reached the finals ten times. The team's management headquarters and home ground, the Willows Sports Complex, currently known as 1300SMILES Stadium due to sponsorship rights, are located in the Townsville suburb of Kirwan.

Tim Sheens Australian rugby league player and coach

Tim Sheens is the Head Coach of Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League. He is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. Head Coach of the Australia national team between 2009 and 2015, he has also been the head coach of National Rugby League (NRL) clubs, the Penrith Panthers, the Canberra Raiders, the North Queensland Cowboys and theWests Tigers. As a player, Sheens was a prop forward with Sydney's Penrith club in the 1970s and 1980s before he retired and became their coach.

Paul Bowman (rugby league) Australian rugby league player

Paul Jenkins Bowman is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He spent five years as regular Queensland State of Origin centre and played his entire club career at the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League, whom he also captained. He later worked with the Cowboys as an assistant coach.

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Following a mid-season club taker over by News Limited, Sheens resigned as head coach on 25 May and was replaced by his assistant, Murray Hurst.

Murray Hurst is a former rugby league coach. He was Head coach of the North Queensland Cowboys between 2001 and 2002 and coached Tonga in the World Cup of 2000.

Season summary

2001 was another season that started with high hopes but ended in disaster for the club. It got off to an awful start before a ball was even kicked, when club captain Tim Brasher injured his knee in the pre-season, resulting in a complete reconstruction and ruling him out for the year. [1] The club struggled to replace the outgoing Scott Prince in the halves and Brasher at fullback, winning just two games after 11 games to sit in last place on the ladder.

Timothy Brasher is an Australian former rugby league footballer who primarily played as a fullback in the 1990s and 2000s. He began his career with the Balmain Tigers, where he played the majority of his career. He then moved to the South Sydney Rabbitohs for two seasons, before finishing his career with a season at the North Queensland Cowboys. During his career he also represented New South Wales on 21 occasions and Australia on 16 occasions.

Scott Prince Australian rugby league player

Scott Prince is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. An Australian international and Queensland State of Origin representative halfback, he played club football for the Wests Tigers, the Gold Coast Titans, Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys.

Their Round 6 win over the Wests Tigers was shrouded in controversy when Tigers' winger John Hopoate, in an attempt to unsettle several of his opponents, inserted his finger in three players' anuses, the first occurring during the seventh minute of play. Hopoate was subsequently suspended for 12 games. [2]

Wests Tigers rugby league football club

The Wests Tigers are an Australian professional rugby league football merger club based in the contiguous regions of the Inner West and Western Sydney. They have competed in the National Rugby League since being formed at the end of the 1999 NRL season as a joint-venture club between the Balmain Tigers and the Western Suburbs Magpies.

John Hopoate Australian-Tongan rugby league player

John Hopoate is a Tongan former professional rugby league footballer, and boxer. A Tonga, Australia and New South Wales State of Origin representative winger, he played in the National Rugby League for Sydney clubs, the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Wests Tigers and Northern Eagles. Hopoate also became Australian heavyweight boxing champion. He was born in Tonga, but moved to Australia with his family while he was still young and took up the game of rugby league.

Human anus external opening of the rectum

The human anus is the external opening of the rectum. Two sphincters control the exit of feces from the body during an act of defecation, which is the primary function of the anus. These are the internal anal sphincter and the external anal sphincter, which are circular muscles that normally maintain constriction of the orifice and which relaxes as required by normal physiological functioning. The inner sphincter is involuntary and the outer is voluntary. It is located behind the perineum which is located behind the vagina in females and behind the scrotum in males.

Following the Round 11 loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs, Tim Sheens took a period of stress-leave and later resigned from the club on 25 May after News Limited took full control of the club. [3] He was replaced by his assistant, former Tongan national team coach Murray Hurst.

Tonga national rugby league team Tonga national rugby league team

The Tonga national rugby league team is represents Tonga in rugby league football. They are currently the 4th ranked team in the world, and the highest ranked tier-two nation. The team was formed to compete in the 1986 Pacific Cup, and have competed at five Rugby League World Cups, starting in 1995 and continuing consecutively until the most recent tournament in 2017, where they achieved their best ever result as semi-finalists.

The change did little to alter the fortunes of the side, winning just four of their last 15 games. A win in Round 26 over the Warriors in Auckland spared the side of a second straight wooden spoon, finishing ahead of the Penrith Panthers on points differential.

New Zealand Warriors rugby league football club

The New Zealand Warriors are a professional rugby league football club based in Auckland, New Zealand that compete in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership and are the League's only team from outside Australia. They were formed in 1995 as the Auckland Warriors, and are officially known as the Vodafone Warriors for sponsorship reasons. The Warriors are coached by Stephen Kearney and captained by Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. They are based at Mt Smart Stadium in the Auckland suburb of Penrose.

Penrith Panthers rugby league football club

Penrith Panthers are an Australian professional rugby league football team based in the western Sydney suburb of Penrith. The team is based 55 km west of the centre of Sydney and at the foot of the Blue Mountains.

Despite the issues on and off the field, there were a number of bright spots throughout the season, including the emergence of Matthew Bowen. Bowen, who made his debut in Round 2, would go onto play 270 games, scoring 130 tries, and representing Australia and Queensland during his 13-year career at the club. [4] Another positive was the selection of four players in the victorious Queensland squad for the 2001 State of Origin series, the most for the club at the time. All four players selected (Paul Bowman, John Buttigieg, John Doyle and Nathan Fien) were local products who came through the junior ranks of the club. [5]

Milestones

Squad List

North Queensland Cowboys NRL Squad 2001
First team squadCoaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coach


Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)

Squad Movement

2001 Gains

PlayerSigned From
Trent Leis Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins
Tim Maddison Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks
Danny Moore Broncoscolours.png London Broncos
Adam Nable Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers
Lee Oudenryn Auckland colours.svg Auckland Warriors

2001 Losses

PlayerSigned To
Graham Appo Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants
Greg Bourke Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears
Scott Donald Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
Noel Goldthorpe Released
Paul Green Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters
Chad Halliday Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
Jason Nicol Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds
Scott Prince Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
Ben Rauter Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Ladder

TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts
1 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 262024839406+43342
2 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 261736617538+4937
3 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle (P)261619782639+14333
4 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 261529594513+8132
5 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 2614111696511+18529
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 2613112647589+5827
7 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 2612212661573+8826
8 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 2612212638629+926
9 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 2611114704725-2123
10 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles 2611114603750-14923
11 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 269116600623-2319
12 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 269116474746-27219
13 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 266218514771-25714
14 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 267019521847-32614

Fixtures

Regular season

DateRoundOpponentVenueScoreTriesGoalsAttendance
17 FebruaryRound 1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Dairy Farmers Stadium 17 18 Morrison, O'Neill O'Neill (4/5), Fien (1 FG)21,729
24 FebruaryRound 2 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Colonial Stadium 32 28 Strickland (2), Buttigieg, Fien, O'Neill, Relf O'Neill (4/7)12,321
3 MarchRound 3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Dairy Farmers Stadium 8 32 Buttigieg, Morrison O'Neill (0/2)19,263
10 MarchRound 4 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers Cazaly's Stadium 18 32 Hannay, Morrison, Relf O'Neill (3/3)13,500
17 MarchRound 5 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Toyota Park 16 24 Bowman, Morrison, Relf O'Neill (2/3)10,250
24 MarchRound 6 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Dairy Farmers Stadium 24 10 Bowman, Buttigieg, O'Neill, Shipway O'Neill (4/6)12,357
1 AprilRound 7 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons WIN Stadium 12 48 Fien, Warren O'Neill (2/2)9,583
7 AprilRound 8 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Dairy Farmers Stadium 14 14 Bowman, Buttigieg, Warren O'Neill (1/4)12,949
15 AprilRound 9 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Bruce Stadium 26 34 Bowen, Doyle, Leis, Morrison, Warren Leis (3/4), O'Neill (0/1)7,191
22 AprilRound 10 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles Cazaly's Stadium 22 24 Bowen, Fien, O'Neill O'Neill (5/5)6,113
28 AprilRound 11 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Dairy Farmers Stadium 14 26 Jellick, Morrison O'Neill (3/3)9,820
13 MayRound 12 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Marathon Stadium 34 42 Bowman (2), Jellick, Morrison, Paterson, Warren Leis (4/4), O'Neill (1/2)18,039
20 MayRound 13 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Dairy Farmers Stadium 35 18 Leis (2), Bowman, Fien, Luck, Morrison Leis (3/6), O'Neill (2/3), Fien (1 FG)10,819
27 MayRound 14 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos ANZ Stadium 6 50 Fien Leis (1/1)14,714
2 JuneRound 15 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Dairy Farmers Stadium 24 38 O'Neill (3), Bowen Leis (4/5)10,987
16 JuneRound 16 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters SFS 24 50 Bowman, Morrison, O'Neill, Shipway, Warren Leis (1/2), O'Neill (1/3)6,432
23 JuneRound 17 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers Penrith Stadium 26 20 Doyle, Hannay, Luck, O'Neill O'Neill (5/5)7,326
7 JulyRound 18 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Dairy Farmers Stadium 6 36 Maddison O'Neill (1/1)13,494
14 JulyRound 19 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Leichhardt Oval 18 20 Jellick, Leis, Morrison, O'Neill O'Neill (1/4)4,724
21 JulyRound 20 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons Dairy Farmers Stadium 34 10 Bowman, Hannay, Jellick, Jones, Leis, Morrison Leis (5/7)14,293
29 JulyRound 21 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium 0 6213,192
4 AugustRound 22 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Dairy Farmers Stadium 10 29 Bowman, Jones O'Neill (1/2)11,261
12 AugustRound 23 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles Brookvale Oval 24 24 Bowman (2), Bowen, Jellick, Morrison O'Neill (2/5), Bowen (0/1)8,009
18 AugustRound 24 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Sydney Showground 22 30 Bowen, Bowman, Jones O'Neill (4/5), Bowen (1/1)6,715
25 AugustRound 25 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Dairy Farmers Stadium 18 34 Morrison, O'Neill, Relf O'Neill (3/3)14,147
2 SeptemberRound 26 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors Ericsson Stadium 30 18 Gatis (2), Bowen, Relf O'Neill (7/8)24,568
Legend:   Win  Loss  Draw  Bye

Statistics

Name App T G FG Pts
Geoff Bell 10----
Matthew Bowen 1561-26
Paul Bowman 2512--48
Tarin Bradford 2----
John Buttigieg 154--16
Adam Connelly 7----
Paul Dezolt 5----
John Doyle 112--8
Nathan Fien 265-222
George Gatis 82--8
Josh Hannay 123--12
Brett Hetherington 7----
Brian Jellick 175--20
Peter Jones 243--12
Naipolioni Kuricibi 1----
Trent Leis 17521-62
Micheal Luck 162--8
Tim Maddison 191--4
Bruce Mamando 1----
John Manning 1----
Jamie McDonald 13----
Leigh McWilliams 3----
Danny Moore 2----
Glenn Morrison 2313--52
Chris Muckert 10----
Shane Muspratt 12----
Adam Nable 1----
Julian O'Neill 231156-156
Lee Oudenryn 3----
Nick Paterson 121--4
Paul Pensini 2----
Robert Relf 215--20
Chris Sheppard 17----
Mark Shipway 172--8
Damien Smith 3----
Daniel Strickland 172--8
Shaun Valentine 7----
Kyle Warren 175--20
Totals89782514

Source: [6]

Representatives

The following players played a representative match in 2001.

City vs Country State of Origin 1 State of Origin 2 State of Origin 3
Paul Bowman
-
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
John Buttigieg
-
Queensland
-
Queensland
John Doyle
-
Queensland
-
Queensland
Nathan Fien
-
-
Queensland
-
Glenn Morrison
Country
-
-
-

Honours

Club

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