NRL grand final 2017 final score: Storm slam Cowboys in emphatic fashion

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    The Melbourne Storm completed a dominant finals campaign with a crushing 34-6 win in the NRL grand final against the North Queensland Cowboys.

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    It was a tough night for the Queensland side from the outset when Shaun Fensom was taken out of the game after a freak accident.

    Fensom tried to prevent a break from the Storm but was tangled up with teammate Ethan Lowe. His leg was forced sideways and his grand final was over after just three minutes with a suspected broken tibia.

After a lengthy stoppage, the Storm looked likely to score first despite some bruising defence from Antonio Winterstein.

    The first try came in controversial fashion when Cowboy five-eighth Te Maire Martin ran into the referee which may or may not have prevented him from stopping Josh Ado-Carr who streaked away to score after a slick pass from Will Chambers.

    From that point on the Storm went about their business with clinical precision.

    As usual, it was the kicking game of Cooper Cronk which was on fire – ably supported by his captain Cameron Smith.

    Cronk forced a dropout with a well-weighted kick and on the resulting play he was in the action again setting up Felise Kaufusi to give the Melbourne team their second try.

    It went from bad to worse for the Cowboys when Winterstein made a meal of a seemingly innocuous Cronk grubber moments later.

    Fullback Billy Slater crossed to give Melbourne an 18-point lead at half-time.

    After just one penalty in the opening half, the Storm conceded three in a row early in the second.

    It gave the Cowboys a rare sniff at the Melbourne try line and Te Maire Martin finally broke through the Storm’s defence to score.

    It was the first points the Storm had conceded in 140 minutes of finals football.

    The Cowboys began to build pressure but couldn’t make the most of further sets inside the Storm’s 20.

    Melbourne lock Dale Finucane all but put the game to bed in the 64th minute with a barge over try on the back of an assist from Smith.

    Smith was everywhere in the game and had 41 tackles. He could have easily been awarded the Clive Churchill medal but the honour went to Billy Slater who finished with a try, an assist and 168 run metres.

    The night was summed up from the Cowboys when Kane Linnett coughed up the ball coming out of the defence. Curtis Scott accepted the error with glee to score a grand final try in his debut season.

    With the game well and truly in the bag the Storm turned into the Harlem Globetrotters with Smith, Cronk, Slater and Tohu Harris combining for a party-trick to set up Addo-Carr for his second.

    It was the icing on the cake for the best team of the season.

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    • October 1st 2017 @ 9:39pm
      Pedro the Maroon said | October 1st 2017 @ 9:39pm | ! Report

      Not on tv in my KL hotel so watched the horror show in bar full of tattooed bogans smoking nonstop while I drank suspiciously flavourless beer. Choices were sadly limited but only 5 minutes walk from the hotel.
      Cowboys missing too much firepower. Not sure even Thurston could have held back Smith, Cronk, Slater and Munster + all the others playing at the top of their game.
      One stat stands out for me – the number of tries the Cows conceded against the run of play across the finals. Amazing.
      Well done Melbpurne. They were always the team to beat. Can’t understand why I can’t warm to them – given I am a Qlder and all. Must be that Dragons blood that courses through my veins …

      • October 1st 2017 @ 10:18pm
        Peter Phelps said | October 1st 2017 @ 10:18pm | ! Report

        The Cowboys have done amazingly well in this finals series and were brave all throughout this GF. They did very well and I take nothing away from them however the ref gave them their try. 6 Penalties all game and four of them are given in succession in the storm red zone – come on. The storm are no angels but that was a clear example of the administration not wanting to see the Cows go out scoreless.

        With that one exception, it was a great game played well by both sides.

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          October 1st 2017 @ 10:45pm
          The Barry said | October 1st 2017 @ 10:45pm | ! Report

          Come on Pete. Storm were the best team today and all season. But when the refs blew four penalties straight it wasn’t because they were trying to keep the Cows in the game it was because the Storm deliberately gave away penalty after penalty. Lucky ere were no sinbin.

          • October 1st 2017 @ 11:15pm
            Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:15pm | ! Report

            Spot on Baz. Deliberate tactic by the Storm that back fired. Unfortunately the Cowboys couldn’t go on from there and the Storm steadied like a good team should

            • October 2nd 2017 @ 4:24am
              Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 4:24am | ! Report

              Mate, it must make you sick from your jealousy of the Storm lol. Yeh it was that bad the ref should have sent a Storm player off. No sin bin. Straight off lol. Now that’s grand final win 1 2 3 4 5. lol.

            • October 2nd 2017 @ 6:59am
              Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 6:59am | ! Report

              Yeh Baz. Grovel grovel lol

          • October 1st 2017 @ 11:18pm
            Peter Phelps said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:18pm | ! Report

            Sorry, didn’t see it that way. The refs had their whistles glued to their pockets until just after half time then four penalties in succession in the storm red zone – come on – if that isn’t giving the cows a try I don’t know what is. Then mission achieved, the whistle went back in the pocket. Those penalties were soft even if there was some sort of a reason and particularly when you consider other incidents in the game on both sides that were ignored.

            I don’t like the thought of game manipulation in any way and unfortunately that incident reeked of it.

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              October 1st 2017 @ 11:30pm
              The Barry said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:30pm | ! Report

              Not even close to game manipulation.

              The Storm got ahead and cynically gave away every single one of those penalties. I thought a Storm player should have been binned.

              • October 2nd 2017 @ 4:31am
                Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 4:31am | ! Report

                And who made you such an expert that you can definitely say that is what happened. With you mate, you never claim to be expressing an opinion, it’s said in such a way as to be fact. Another one with an inferiority complex lol. You’re a funny guy lol.

            • October 1st 2017 @ 11:36pm
              Jimmmy said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:36pm | ! Report

              Be a gracious winner mate. One in the bin was the answer to the cynical holding down. The Cows were never ever going to win that game . The Storm have been the better side all year and were the better side tonight by far . But one in the bin was the right call. It has NOTHING to do with your conspiracy innuendo.

              • October 2nd 2017 @ 4:57am
                Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 4:57am | ! Report

                Who even said it was a conspiracy innuendo? I don’t see where Peter said that. Hmmm. C’mon jim, just admit it. You are so jealous of the Storm’s success that you will not be able to go just the one game without dragging something up, anything up, even if it’s not there, without bagging them. You must lead a terribly lonely life jim. Lol.

            • October 2nd 2017 @ 3:55am
              Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 3:55am | ! Report

              Peter. You need to know this. You can not argue with idiots, so don’t waste your time. Those 4-5 penalties were game managing at its worst. That was clearly the ref trying to help the Cowboys at least stay in the game. My wife who doesn’t know much about the game commented on it. I knew that certain people on here would claim it’s the Storm getting its just deserts. They cant help it mate. They would hate to admit that the Storm were hard done by ever. You’ve seen it before on here Peter. It’s called jealousy mate. They can not help themselves. You only have to read their normal posts to realise that they think they are the only ones who know anything about Rugby League. You’re on the money when it comes to those penalties. They were a helping hand to the cowboys. Remember Peter, dont argue with idiots lol. Should have been binned. I’ve heard everything now lol. A big shout out to the other Storm guys on here, and that includes Joe who even one person said, for a Storm fan, Joe was alright. How condescending can you get lol? As if Joe needs anyone to tell him, you’re alright Joe lol. Now, how many grand final wins is that now? 1 2 3 4 5 lol.

              • October 2nd 2017 @ 10:14am
                Ken said | October 2nd 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

                Dean now you really realise barry ” watched ” rugby league for 35 year so lol so we know he obviously didn’t play it or I feel probably not very well ,because most of his so called expertise on the game is base on his armchair expertise ? , watched for 35 years lol oh my .

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                October 2nd 2017 @ 11:04am
                The Barry said | October 2nd 2017 @ 11:04am | ! Report

                Played league and union for over 20 years.

                Played junior rep league.

                Not great not bad.

                But we’re all commenting on a game we only watched – unless you ran out there last night?

            • October 2nd 2017 @ 10:09am
              Ken said | October 2nd 2017 @ 10:09am | ! Report

              You heard Barry Dean no wonder the roar use to ban users who posted continuous abuse , I wonder if Barry is showing his true colours now ,all the hidden snide little comments aside , the storm won and he’s abusing storm fans on here lol , typical reply of a keyboard bully ? , but sadly showing his true colours

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                October 2nd 2017 @ 7:00pm
                The Barry said | October 2nd 2017 @ 7:00pm | ! Report

                Still haven’t offered a comment about the game Kenny…I wouldn’t be questioning anyone else’s expertise if I were you.

          • October 2nd 2017 @ 4:19am
            Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 4:19am | ! Report

            Lucky no sin bin? Heck, perhaps sent from the field lol. You crack me up with your blind jealousy of a wonderful team lol. Now let’s see. That would be grand final win number 1 2 3 4 5 oh, I thought it was more than that lol.

          • October 2nd 2017 @ 11:35am
            Brendon said | October 2nd 2017 @ 11:35am | ! Report

            I must disagree TB. 3 of them, sure I can agree with but that penalty against Billy for working the head was questionable, even on replay (which I did recheck). He was barely even in the tackle…

            Regardless I am glad it was a big score, it meant no matter what controversy took place, the refs can’t be blamed for the final outcome.

        • October 1st 2017 @ 11:12pm
          Ziusudra said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:12pm | ! Report

          Agree with most of what you say, but watch the replay of the tackles leading to the NQL try.
          Storm were so far offside in those phases that they were parallel with the NQL dummy half when the play the ball took place. Penalties fully justified

          • October 2nd 2017 @ 4:35am
            Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 4:35am | ! Report

            Both sides were off side all night. Both sides were getting away with deliberate forward passes. But hey, that’s just my opinion.

          • October 2nd 2017 @ 5:40am
            Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 5:40am | ! Report

            Storm were parallel with the NQ dummy half??Your eyes must be inside your left ear. No, I didn’t think you would get it lol.

        • October 1st 2017 @ 11:24pm
          Ken said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:24pm | ! Report

          Yeh I agree Peter he blew those in a row yet in the first hald Munster was upended in a dangerous tackle landed in his neck right in front of the ref Chechen and he doesn’t blow a penalty , the same tackle against Munster in the second half not as bad but still dangerous when the game was already won and he blows it .I don’t really care Peter the best team in the competition by the a mile with the best 1,7,9 combo in history has allowed Cronk to retire as he should , A winner , and any negative comments toward our team by Storm haters just bounces off lol ” A lion cares not for the opinion of sheep ” ?

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            October 1st 2017 @ 11:36pm
            The Barry said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:36pm | ! Report

            Congratulations to the Storm. They deserved their title and are a great team.

            You’re a grub that crawls out from under rocks at the very last moment to crow, bag other teams and claim support for the premeriers.

            Will we ever see you in round one…? Or do we have to wait until round 26 for your presence Kenroach?

            • October 2nd 2017 @ 12:07am
              Bill larkin said | October 2nd 2017 @ 12:07am | ! Report

              Classy. “Grub”. Well played.

              And learn how to use speelcheck.

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                October 2nd 2017 @ 12:17am
                Wolly said | October 2nd 2017 @ 12:17am | ! Report

                Love it.

              • October 2nd 2017 @ 7:11am
                Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 7:11am | ! Report

                What exactly do you love wooly? Baz maybe lol

              • October 2nd 2017 @ 6:21am
                Ken said | October 2nd 2017 @ 6:21am | ! Report

                Bill what’s a premierier? lol Barry Warry oops sorry forgot to add the “The” for the self importance is so annoyed he can’t even spell check , now my excuse is I’m typing on my iPad and a bit drunk after a few cans celebrating Barry warrys is cus his hands sore from punching the arm rest everytime the storm score does in the GF ?

              • October 2nd 2017 @ 6:35am
                Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 6:35am | ! Report

                Hi Ken. Enjoy the win mate?

              • October 2nd 2017 @ 10:23am
                Ken said | October 2nd 2017 @ 10:23am | ! Report

                Def enjoyed the win Dean like all storm Roar fans and I am enjoying Barry Warrys saltiness on here I go away come back have a laugh at his childishness , throw another bit of petroleum on the fire , watch him make another silly childish comment An laugh again , ahhh keep making storm fans laugh Bawwy , Opinion Dean I think the lamest posts on the Roar has been Barry’s during the finals lol and even when he attempts to sound fair it’s so false it makes you wanna laugh some more .

              • Roar Guru

                October 2nd 2017 @ 11:10am
                The Barry said | October 2nd 2017 @ 11:10am | ! Report

                I had the Storm -22.5 points at $4.25

                Very happy to see them win.

                Show me one thing I’ve written begrudging the Stormvictory.

                Still no comments about the game Ken?

            • October 2nd 2017 @ 12:09am
              Duncan Smith said | October 2nd 2017 @ 12:09am | ! Report

              Thanks for your congratulations, The Barry. Let’s keep it positive. I hope the Dogs have a great year in 2018 under Dean Pay. And in my dreams, I would love to see the 2004 Bulldogs go up against the 2017 Melbourne Storm. Would be a great game.

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                October 2nd 2017 @ 12:15am
                Mike Huber said | October 2nd 2017 @ 12:15am | ! Report


                “And in my dreams, I would love to see the 2004 Bulldogs go up against the 2017 Melbourne Storm. ”

                Hope you got your YES vote in for SSM……

            • October 2nd 2017 @ 6:33am
              Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 6:33am | ! Report

              Kenroach? Is that the best thing you can come up with barry? Yes I thought so. You know barry, I stumbled across Roar maybe 6 months ago. I was never going to log in and leave a comment. After all, this is obviously your site. I say “obviously”, because in your eyes you are never wrong. You never bring yourself to offer an opinion. In your eyed, anything offered up by you is “fact.” You continually bully people on here if they express an opinion that’s different to your own. You tell certain people to stop being childish and to grow up. It’s rather bizarre to see you telling people to grow up. You know exactly where I am going with this don’t you barry. Exactly. How long ago was barry? A week ago or 2 weeks max, you were arguing with a chap who’s name i forget, but one of the things was to do with the fact that he supported more than one team. In fact, at times he supported more than one team. Sometimes up to 6 teams. And he had football jumpers that showed his allegiances all in the one jumper. No matter how hard you tried, you could not upset this guy. Oh, and you were pretty insulting. What was it you said to him? Thats right now. Somethingbalong the lines of when that guy walks into a room, half the people ignore him, the other half pick fleas of him. You know barry, really mature stuff you said wasn’t it mate. The funniestmpart was when younwere told to knock it off by a Roar editor lol. Then someone posted a message saying he believed that you and the guy you were arguing with were actually one and the same person and that you were arguing with yourself lol. Now that barry was the funniest part. I could not bring myself to delete that argument. As well, I printed off a few copies to show friends lol. Then you were criticising Storm fans who post on here. In a magnificent display of how to be condescending, you said that Joe the Storm supporter on herevis alright. Joe is alright ? lol. Well i guess that must make Joe feel loved. Barry said Joe is alright. Well I’m sure Joe must have felt very special after you gave him your royal approval. Do younunderstand how stupid you come across as barry. Not just stupid barry, but a special level of stupid. Hey Joe. You’re alright. You must be alright because barry daid you are hahaha. I’m not going to stop posting on here barry. You may be a keyboard bully, but, that’s all you are. Two words. Go Storm lol.

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                October 2nd 2017 @ 7:23am
                The Barry said | October 2nd 2017 @ 7:23am | ! Report

                Wow…you’re printing things off and showing your friends?

                Get out much Dean-o?

                So the sum of all this is you’ve been stalking me but too afraid to make a comment.

                Now the Storm have won the GF you’ve suddenly grown the nerve.

                Glad to see the win has been so life affirming for you. Good luck in the rest of your journey.

              • Roar Guru

                October 2nd 2017 @ 10:22am
                Emcie said | October 2nd 2017 @ 10:22am | ! Report

                At least you know he didn’t waste too much paper mate 😉

                It’s amazing how many new names appear after a big game….

                Also, if anyones interested, I was thinking of crowdfunding a sitcom staring The Barry and BigJ as neighbours. Should get us through to next season!

              • Roar Guru

                October 2nd 2017 @ 6:57pm
                The Barry said | October 2nd 2017 @ 6:57pm | ! Report

                Hahaha…the fact you think troglodyte is some sort of fancy word (worst?) used only be people that study hard shows what a grade A imbecile you are.

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                October 2nd 2017 @ 10:09pm
                The Barry said | October 2nd 2017 @ 10:09pm | ! Report

                “Two words. Go Storm lol.”

                Brilliant! And you’re trying to call me stupid!

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            October 2nd 2017 @ 12:15am
            Wolly said | October 2nd 2017 @ 12:15am | ! Report

            A lion? You probably pack less of a punch than a toothless chihuahua.

            When did winning graciously go out of fashion?

            • October 2nd 2017 @ 5:26am
              Ken said | October 2nd 2017 @ 5:26am | ! Report

              Winners are grinners an losers can lecture others how they behave ” oh I hate storm supporters cus they can’t win graciously ” as opposed to the silence all year when my team is attacked on this site by anti Storm trolls lol , blatantly lied about and you want to lecture me on being gracious ? No im not gracious to online trolls and bullies ,2017 premiership Winners and the Storm haters can stew in their continued bile untill next year when we can’t expect more inciteful commentary like ” oh the storm are boring ,slow the play down , they wrestle etc ” yawn oh an the hit like a chuahua comment lol oh my manhood is being questioned online by a keyboard warrior , how am I going to cope lol

              • Roar Guru

                October 2nd 2017 @ 10:14am
                The Barry said | October 2nd 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

                You are a complete and absolute on line bully.

                I haven’t read a single comment from you that speaks to what happens on the field. You just trawl through looking for any possible offence real or perceived and making personal attacks

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                October 2nd 2017 @ 11:05am
                Wolly said | October 2nd 2017 @ 11:05am | ! Report

                Asking a question is lecturing now?

                Obviously you’re not a chihuahua, but you’re definitely not a lion either. We both said things that aren’t true no big deal.

            • October 2nd 2017 @ 7:34am
              Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 7:34am | ! Report

              Since nobodies like you continually bag our team, our club, our coach and most importantly, our Captain.

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                October 2nd 2017 @ 7:41am
                The Barry said | October 2nd 2017 @ 7:41am | ! Report

                You’re big on the name calling dean-o but don’t see much from you about the actual game.

                Do you know anything about footy or does the final score inform all your opinion?

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                October 2nd 2017 @ 9:24am
                Wolly said | October 2nd 2017 @ 9:24am | ! Report

                When have I bagged your team, your club, your coach or your captain Dean?

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                October 2nd 2017 @ 10:26am
                Emcie said | October 2nd 2017 @ 10:26am | ! Report

                ?? The vast majority of roarers were tipping the storm and have been saying that the premiership has been the storms since before the finals. The cowboys bandwagon has been more about hope and fairytales then expectation. The only trolls on here appeared after the game

          • October 2nd 2017 @ 4:41am
            Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 4:41am | ! Report

            Ken, it’s pointless. You are arguing with people who are so jealous of our teams success, that it’s called “blind” hatred. I love it it Ken lol. Grand final wins to the Storm. 1 2 3 4 5 lol.

            • October 2nd 2017 @ 5:19am
              Ken said | October 2nd 2017 @ 5:19am | ! Report

              Never pointless Dean lol , cmon Barry Warry who puts ” The ” in front of his name to emphasis his self importance just got personal with his ” grub ” comment and it made my day , all the pretentious replies with his ” troglodytes ” and ” grow up” in response to Storm fans disagreeing to his one eyed bias to his ridiculous ” I don’t hate Melbourne …but ” replies are laughable and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed just like your self Dean and other Storm fans on here replying to his misinformation and pointing out how wrong he is when he gets his facts wrong or brings up 8 year old grievances while telling us to ” Grow up ” lol , I wonder if kids do grow up or do they hold onto grudges against one team for that long lol ?.Hey Dean how do you reply to all the Storm Haters on this site with their so called self appointed expertise on rugby league , just like Gus Goulds ” overrated ” comment towards our team ?..2017 PREMIERSHIP WINNERS , how are your teams going lol .

              • October 2nd 2017 @ 6:48am
                Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 6:48am | ! Report

                I don’t hate Melbourne… know the next word is going to be “but: lol. Oh yes he does lol. Sydney people, what do you expect lol

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                October 2nd 2017 @ 7:02am
                Mike Huber said | October 2nd 2017 @ 7:02am | ! Report

                Is there a bigger tool than Gus Gould in RL ? It’s hilarious that he sits there in the exalted company of the greatest players of all time , which he is not one of them , then opens his trap with all the past greats looking at each other and thinking ” Please no more verbal diarrhea you nauseating contrived assho$$ “.

          • October 2nd 2017 @ 5:28am
            Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 5:28am | ! Report

            I know the exact tackles you are talking about Ken. I was surprised that no penalties were awarded at the time but I didn’t really think too much about it. But when the penalties were awarded in quick succession against our guys , that made me sit up.It was obviously “game management”. Peter hasn’t even accused the referee of cheating. He merely pointed out the leg up the Cowboys got to maybe help them jag a try. And the ref’s penalty penalty penalty did help them over the try line. Ken, barry is so childish, he can’t let one game go by without criticising them for something, even if there’s nothing there. You need to grow up barry. And you know what I mean by that. We all saw your childish argument on here last week that had us all p**ing ourselves it was so childish lol. So here we are now with Storm premiers again. That would be 1 2 3 4 5 and counting lol. And the party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2007 grand final win is still going strong at Storm headquarters lol. Go Storm.

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              October 2nd 2017 @ 10:17am
              The Barry said | October 2nd 2017 @ 10:17am | ! Report

              “Any time my team concedes a penalty it’s the refs fault”

              and you’re calling me childish?

              • October 2nd 2017 @ 5:50pm
                Ken said | October 2nd 2017 @ 5:50pm | ! Report

                No im not calling you childish Barry Warry ….buuuuuut ?

              • Roar Guru

                October 2nd 2017 @ 7:28pm
                The Barry said | October 2nd 2017 @ 7:28pm | ! Report

                Getting your log-ins mixed up there Kenny? I was responding to Dean-o.

      • October 1st 2017 @ 10:43pm
        Womblat said | October 1st 2017 @ 10:43pm | ! Report

        Good yarn, painted a great picture. Sounds like outback NSW! Especially that tasteless tap beer.

        Queenslander too but yeah, Melbourne had too much class, everywhere. But like that gifted athlete who no-one can beat… difficult to love. Unless you’re my 12 year old. He’s stoked.

        Just. Too. Good.

        • October 2nd 2017 @ 6:53am
          Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 6:53am | ! Report

          Always will be wombat

      • October 2nd 2017 @ 4:12am
        Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 4:12am | ! Report

        Cant understand why I cant warm to them? Simple really when you think about it Pedro. Jealousy. It stems from (a) a certain grand final loss to our boys. (b) our boys massacred your team the very next year at the MCG. And when i say massacred, I mean massacred. Does that refresh your memory now Pedro lol?

        • Roar Guru

          October 2nd 2017 @ 7:55am
          The Barry said | October 2nd 2017 @ 7:55am | ! Report

          “when i say massacred, I mean massacred”

          Um…no you don’t.

      • October 2nd 2017 @ 7:36am
        Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 7:36am | ! Report

        You are more than likely a bogan yourself pedro lol

        • Roar Guru

          October 2nd 2017 @ 10:33am
          Emcie said | October 2nd 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

          The guy praises your team and you insult him?

          Where did all the respectable storm supporters go? Still celebrating probably rather then trying to get off on a sports forum

          • October 2nd 2017 @ 3:07pm
            R N said | October 2nd 2017 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

            Don’t get to down on the Storm supporters… pretty sure Dean/Ken are the same dude!

    • October 1st 2017 @ 9:42pm
      Dfenda said | October 1st 2017 @ 9:42pm | ! Report

      Hard luck my Cowboys, Storm just too good! Well done Storm – too ruthless!

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      October 1st 2017 @ 9:46pm
      Scott Pryde said | October 1st 2017 @ 9:46pm | ! Report

      Well, that was ugly.

      • October 1st 2017 @ 10:20pm
        Peter Phelps said | October 1st 2017 @ 10:20pm | ! Report

        That wasn’t ugly, that was brilliant.

      • October 2nd 2017 @ 12:06pm
        Chris.P.Bacon said | October 2nd 2017 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

        I hate it when the kids fight.
        I blame you Scott! 😉

    • October 1st 2017 @ 9:47pm
      Bill larkin said | October 1st 2017 @ 9:47pm | ! Report

      Didn’t need ruthlessness, just talent.

      A dominant season from a unique team. Cronk gone, but the team will be here again next year.

    • October 1st 2017 @ 9:50pm
      Doc79 said | October 1st 2017 @ 9:50pm | ! Report

      Hang on- at the 60 min mark there were 3 back to back to back penalties inside the storm’s defensive 20 within 2 mins. Professional fouls. No bin. Coming away a guy gets buried in a great tackle and it’s deemed beyond horizontal. Crucial non calls and then relieving call. Craig Bellamy and the NRL refs have ruined the game. I’m out. Disgraceful.

      • October 1st 2017 @ 9:55pm
        Bill larkin said | October 1st 2017 @ 9:55pm | ! Report

        Are you serious?


        • October 1st 2017 @ 9:58pm
          Doc79 said | October 1st 2017 @ 9:58pm | ! Report

          Tahu Harris final pass for try- 2 metres forward. Don’t feed me the momentum line when hen takes one step from standing still. I don’t even follow the cows.

          • October 1st 2017 @ 10:04pm
            Bill larkin said | October 1st 2017 @ 10:04pm | ! Report


            I’m sorry, but were you on the sideline parallel to that pass? Because it was backwards from the telecast.

            But hate away. Winners are grinners.

          • October 1st 2017 @ 10:22pm
            Peter Phelps said | October 1st 2017 @ 10:22pm | ! Report


            Absolutely laughable

            Mate, your bias is absolutely palpable, relax and just enjoy a fine display of RL at its best.

            • October 1st 2017 @ 11:28pm
              Ken said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:28pm | ! Report

              LOL Do We. Really care about the whining from some guy called Doc , Peter I think he needs to prescribe some medication or glass prescription , winners are grinners an jealous losers can suit themselves ?

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                October 1st 2017 @ 11:39pm
                The Barry said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:39pm | ! Report

                How long have you followed the Storm Ken. six weeks?

                You crawl out from under a rock after the fact like a grub…

                See you in round one… wait that’s right. You’ll be hibernating

          • October 1st 2017 @ 11:38pm
            Jimmmy said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:38pm | ! Report

            Sorry mate the pass was fine. In fact one of the best passes I have seen in a GF.

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              October 1st 2017 @ 11:44pm
              The Barry said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:44pm | ! Report

              Hey Jimmmy…sorry about the result mate. I hope you enjoyed the week anyway.

              It’s forked that there’s still fork wits out there questioning refs calls.

              The Cowboys effort this year was phenomenal. I know you’ll still appreciate that.

              • October 2nd 2017 @ 7:42am
                Jimmmy said | October 2nd 2017 @ 7:42am | ! Report

                TB ,the Storm are the benchmark in the comp . They are a remarkable footy side. Really the Cows needed all the stars in the universe to line up if we were to win tonight.
                But the Cows can be very proud of a year like they have just had. They have done a remarkable job to get where they are. Really enjoyed Sydney with the family.
                We will be back . Have a good off season.

      • October 1st 2017 @ 10:22pm
        Harry said | October 1st 2017 @ 10:22pm | ! Report

        I hate the Storm as much as the next one-eyed rugby league fan but if you’re trying to suggest that the refs cost North Queensland the game or that Melbourne needed favourable decisions to help them win you are absolutely kidding.

        • October 1st 2017 @ 10:25pm
          Peter Phelps said | October 1st 2017 @ 10:25pm | ! Report

          Harry, as a one eyed RL fan, I love the storm and if anything the refs went out of their way to ensure that the Cowboys didn’t finish up scoreless. With that one exception, it was a fine game and the good guys won.

          • October 1st 2017 @ 10:40pm
            Harry said | October 1st 2017 @ 10:40pm | ! Report

            Hi Peter, I’ll have to disagree with you about the “good guys” haha but even as a Storm-hater I can admit that it wouldn’t have felt right if their extraordinary season had gone unrewarded. For the record I was replying to Doc79, not you, just in cast that wasn’t clear 🙂

            • October 1st 2017 @ 11:30pm
              Ken said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:30pm | ! Report

              Harry’ I have more respect for your honesty about being a storm hater , than the hypercrites in here making up lies to justify their storm bias , they are even honest enough to say hate lol.

              • October 1st 2017 @ 11:40pm
                Harry said | October 1st 2017 @ 11:40pm | ! Report

                Ken I won’t ever pretend that my hatred of the Storm is rational but when is sports fandom ever rational?! Part of the fun is embracing our completely ridiculous prejudices against particular teams or individuals. For the record I’ve lived in Melbourne for 13 years and I love it but I’m still a Canberra lad through and through, it’ll always be the Raiders for me.

                But well done to the Storm on their exceptional year. It’s a little bit reminiscent of the great Raiders team of the mid-90s 😉

      • October 2nd 2017 @ 12:11am
        Duncan Smith said | October 2nd 2017 @ 12:11am | ! Report

        Doc, learn to lose graciously, or don’t let that door hit you on the RS on the way out. Storm 1st deserved to beat the Cowboys who came in eighth. The Cowboys are a great club though and will start favourites for 2018.

        • October 2nd 2017 @ 7:03am
          Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 7:03am | ! Report

          The Cowboys are a great club alright. They have proven it. Have to agree they will be favourites next year with Storm 2nd favourites.

      • October 2nd 2017 @ 6:49am
        Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 6:49am | ! Report

        Off you go doc, nobody will miss you lol.

      • October 2nd 2017 @ 9:18am
        Rob said | October 2nd 2017 @ 9:18am | ! Report

        There were a lot of flat passes and some of the Cowboys that were forward let go. Personally thought the Harris pass was a beauty. The forward pass I didn’t like was the Chambers one to Billy allowing him a quick restart at the 20. Just seems a little unfair to throw the ball forward to another player whilst defenders are trying to retreat? Then again the Cowboys got the kick wrong and Chambers was good enough to catch it.

    • October 1st 2017 @ 9:58pm
      Bill larkin said | October 1st 2017 @ 9:58pm | ! Report

      A bit of class from Cooper in his speech. Well done.

      • October 2nd 2017 @ 6:51am
        Dean said | October 2nd 2017 @ 6:51am | ! Report

        It’s all class at Melbourne Bill, always. Same as the football side.

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          October 2nd 2017 @ 2:13pm
          The Barry said | October 2nd 2017 @ 2:13pm | ! Report


          Stay classy Dean-o.

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