2006 NRL Grand Final

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The 2006 NRL Grand Final was the conclusive and premiership-deciding match of the NRL's 2006 Telstra Premiership season.wikipedia
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Brisbane Broncos

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It was played between the first-placed Melbourne Storm and the third-placed Brisbane Broncos clubs on the night of Sunday, 1 October.
However, they reversed this run of form, winning 6 of their last 7 games including the premiership decider against the Melbourne Storm and keeping their perfect Grand Final record intact.

Melbourne Storm

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It was played between the first-placed Melbourne Storm and the third-placed Brisbane Broncos clubs on the night of Sunday, 1 October.
They went on to win their two finals matches, and were favourites in the 2006 NRL Grand Final, but lost 15–8 to the Brisbane Broncos, in a match where controversial refereeing decisions against Melbourne caused much media coverage.

National Rugby League

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The 2006 NRL Grand Final was the conclusive and premiership-deciding match of the NRL's 2006 Telstra Premiership season.
The 2006 NRL Grand Final was won by the Brisbane Broncos over the Melbourne Storm, 15–8.

Cameron Smith

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Coached by Craig Bellamy and captained by Cameron Smith, they won a record 20 out of 24 regular season games to finish in first place and win the minor premiership, eight points clear of the second-placed Bulldogs.
Smith led the storm to the 2006 NRL Grand Final.

Darius Boyd

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He returned to the club for the 2015 NRL season after having previously played for them between 2006 and 2008, including winning the 2006 NRL Grand Final.

Stadium Australia

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The 2006 grand final was the first ever to feature teams which were both from cities outside the borders of New South Wales, in this case the capitals of Queensland and Victoria, yet was played at Sydney's Telstra Stadium.
On 1 October 2006, the stadium hosted the 2006 NRL Grand Final between the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm.

Billy Slater

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A few weeks later, after having claimed the minor premiership the Storm again met the Brisbane Broncos, this time in the 2006 NRL Grand Final.

Greg Inglis

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The Storm cruised through the finals, beating the Parramatta Eels 12–6, and the St. George Illawarra Dragons 24–10, then eventually met the Brisbane Broncos in the 2006 NRL Grand Final, which was won by the Broncos, 15–8.

Darren Lockyer

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Coached by Wayne Bennett and captained by Darren Lockyer, they finished the regular season in 3rd place before going on to reach their 6th grand final.
He then steered his team to win the 2006 NRL Grand Final 15–8 over Melbourne, setting up both tries and then kicking a winning field goal in the 73rd minute.

Craig Bellamy (rugby league)

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Coached by Craig Bellamy and captained by Cameron Smith, they won a record 20 out of 24 regular season games to finish in first place and win the minor premiership, eight points clear of the second-placed Bulldogs.
He coached New South Wales Country to victory and his club, Melbourne won the 2006 minor premiership and reached the 2006 National Rugby League grand final, but finished as runners-up to former mentor Bennett's Brisbane Broncos.

Cooper Cronk

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He also played at half-back for Melbourne in the 2006 NRL Grand Final loss to Brisbane.

Justin Hodges

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The team cast off their slump and made it into the 2006 NRL Grand Final, Hodges fourth in five seasons.

Matt Geyer

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That season he was only remaining player from the 1999 grand final squad to also be a part of the Storm's 2006 NRL Grand Final loss to the Broncos.

Matt King (rugby league)

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After his side's 15–8 loss to the Brisbane Broncos in the 2006 NRL grand final, in which he scored a try, he cost his club $5,000 after publicly criticising match referee Paul Simpkins.

Karmichael Hunt

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The Broncos went on to reach the 2006 NRL Grand Final against the Melbourne Storm, with Hunt playing on the wing and Hodges at fullback, and Brisbane winning 15–8.

Hoodoo Gurus

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A crowd of 79,609 people turned out, with Hoodoo Gurus and INXS performing before the match which was refereed by Paul Simpkins, who was overseeing his first grand final.
The band performed at the 2006 NRL Grand Final.

Ryan Hoffman

Following the 2006 NRL Grand Final loss to the Brisbane Broncos, Hoffman sat in the middle of Telstra Stadium in tears, an image which was printed in newspapers all around Australia.

Brent Tate

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Tate was also an integral part of the Brisbane Broncos' 2006 NRL Grand Final-winning team that year, once again being rewarded with national selection for the 2006 Tri-Nations.

INXS

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A crowd of 79,609 people turned out, with Hoodoo Gurus and INXS performing before the match which was refereed by Paul Simpkins, who was overseeing his first grand final.
The band then performed at the 2006 NRL Grand Final.

Adam Blair

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He played off the bench in the Storm's 15-8 grand final loss to the Brisbane Broncos.

Ben Hannant

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Hannant is a two-time premiership winner, with the Broncos in 2006 and the Cowboys in 2015.

Brett White

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He was a member of the Melbourne Storm team to face the Brisbane Broncos in the 2006 NRL Grand Final, losing 15–8.

Sam Thaiday

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This, among other changes, saw the Broncos' season turn around, and they ended up winning the 2006 NRL Grand Final.

Antonio Kaufusi

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He played at prop forward in his first Grand Final in 2006, when the Storm were defeated by the Brisbane Broncos, 15–8.

Corey Parker (rugby league)

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He was selected to play from the interchange bench in Brisbane's victory in the 2006 NRL Grand Final.