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Shaun Johnson’s gilt-edged one pointer against the North Queensland Cowboys last Friday night was not just a long time coming but it was also an absolute rarity for the Vodafone Warriors.

For one, it ended a six-year drought since the club had last prevailed in a golden point contest dating back to Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s breath-taking try against the Sydney Roosters in Gosford in April, 2016.

More than that, it was the first time in 13 years – and only the third time in the club’s history – that a Vodafone Warriors player had nailed a golden point-winning field goal.

The last occasion was all the way back in 2009 when the great Stacey Jones, in his comeback season, spliced the uprights to give the Vodafone Warriors a 17-16 win over the Roosters at Mount Smart Stadium.

The only other success also belonged to Jones when the Vodafone Warriors played in a golden point contest for the first time in 2003.

In a match which was just the third extra-time encounter after the concept was introduced that season, the Vodafone Warriors made a staggering late comeback from a 6-24 deficit before finishing level 30-30 in regulation time. Jones was then the hero, thumping a stunning long-range field goal on the run for a 31-30 win.

In between the 2009 win over the Roosters and last Friday night's heart-stopping success, the Vodafone Warriors had three golden point wins all via extra time tries – Bodene Thompson against Parramatta in 2015 followed by Tuivasa-Sheck the following year and Johnson the same season against Penrith.

Two seasons – 2009 and 2016 – have been extraordinary for the Vodafone Warriors in the annals of golden point matches.

After beating the Roosters in 2009 the Vodafone Warriors played out a 14-14 draw days later in the annual Anzac Day encounter against the Storm and then finished all tied up at 32-32 with Penrith in August on a night when Joel Moon scored four tries.

But it was 2016 which stood out like no other.

After beating the Roosters in April, the Vodafone Warriors had a run of four golden point games in a matter of weeks in June-July. They lost 18-19 to Cronulla Sutherland in Sydney on June 25, 14-15 to Manly Warringah in Perth on July 16 and 22-26 to Canberra on July 24 before finding themselves doing golden point all over again on July 30, Johnson at last delivering unbridled joy against Penrith at Mount Smart Stadium.

In 19 golden point matches the Vodafone Warriors now have six wins, four draws (the most along with Brisbane and South Sydney) and nine losses. Only North Queensland, Cronulla Sutherland and Wests Tigers have played more golden point matches (20).

Friday night's match was the 139th in golden point history.

VODAFONE WARRIORS IN GOLDEN POINT

Game Date Venue Opposition Result Winner
3 Jun 29, 2003 Sydney Rabbitohs 31-30 Stacey Jones field goal
9 Jun 20, 2004 Auckland Cowboys 26-28 Josh Hannay penalty
11 Jul 25, 2004 Canberra Raiders 29-30 Clinton Schifcofske field goal
20 Jul 9, 2006 Sydney Bulldogs 18-22 Mark O'Meley try
28 Aug 5, 2007 Sydney Roosters 31-31 None
41 Apr 19, 2009 Auckland Roosters 17-16 Stacey Jones field goal
42 Apr 25, 2009 Melbourne Storm 14-14 None
44 Aug 1, 2009 Penrith Panthers 32-32 None
84 May 16, 2015 Sydney Eels 17-13 Bodene Thompson try
93 Apr 3, 2016 Gosford Roosters 32-28 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck try
98 Jun 25, 2016 Sydney Sharks 18-19 James Maloney field goal
100 Jul 16, 2016 Perth Sea Eagles 14-15 Daly Cherry-Evans field goal
101 Jul 24, 2016 Canberra Raiders 22-26 Jarrod Croker try
102 Jul 30, 2016 Auckland Panthers 20-16 Shaun Johnson try
115 Aug 27, 2017 Auckland Sea Eagles 21-22 Daly Cherry-Evans field goal
125 Jun 30, 2019 Auckland Panthers 18-19 James Maloney field goal
126 Jul 13, 2019 Brisbane Broncos 18-18 None
136 Jul 2, 2021 Gosford Dragons 18-19 Corey Norman field goal
139 Apr 8, 2022 Redcliffe Cowboys 25-24 Shaun Johnson field goal

 

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