2019 Year in Review: Northern Pride

Northern Pride had a disappointing season, finishing the season 12th on the ladder, having only won five games. 

With the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season having drawn to a close, we take a look back through the year that was for all 14 clubs to see what went right, what went wrong, and what the clubs may focus on heading into the 2020 season. 

The 2019 Year in Review series continues with Northern Pride. 

The season by the numbers

Final position on the ladder

12th 

Regular season

  • Won: 5
  • Drawn: 0
  • Lost: 18

Home and away record

  • Home: 4-8
  • Away: 1-10

Scoring

  • Scored: 342
  • Conceded: 635
  • For and against: -293

Players in focus

Standout player

Tom Hancock was a standout performer for Pride in 2019. He was consistently their best performer and as a result claimed Pride Player of the Year, Players' Player and Best Forward awards. 

Tries: 4

Line breaks: 5

Offloads: 15

Average run metres: 71 metres

Tackles: 689

Tackle efficiency: 90 per cent

Notable player achievements and milestones

  • Peter Hola – North Queensland Cowboys NRL debut
  • Matt Musumeci – Northern Pride Best Back and Top Try Scorer 
  • Cephas Chinfat – Northern Pride Rookie of the Year 
  • Tom Hancock – Northern Pride Player of the Year, Players' Player, Best Forward and 100 Intrust Super Cup games
  • Jordan Biondi-Odo – Northern Pride Leading Points Scorer 
  • Brayden Torpy – Queensland Universities selection and 50 Intrust Super Cup games
  • Will Bugden – 50 Intrust Super Cup games

Key factors to season result       

Away record

Pride were one of two clubs to only win one game on the road this season. The Pride won more games (four) at home than any other side outside the Top 8, but failed to convert that momentum on the road, winning just one away game in Round 2 against the PNG Hunters.

Looking ahead to 2020

If Pride can play some consistent footy next year, they will be a much more competitive outfit in 2020.

The Pride have already added some strike power to their roster for next season, signing Sydney Roosters and PNG Kumuls outside back Bernard Lewis and Penrith Panthers prop Nick Lui-Toso. Pride have also signed experienced campaigners Javid Bowen and Rod Griffin, and have re-signed the 2019 Hastings Deering Player of the Year Tom McGrath.

2019 Year in Review series