It was something of a shock result with the majority opinion after the match being that Cameron Smith would cap off a brilliant year with one last medal.
However Slater, who scored Melbourne’s third try of the game just before the halftime break, was given the award instead.
It was the icing on top of a remarkable year for him, coming back from a longterm injury that ruined his 2016.
He said after the match that there were times he was unsure if he would be able to make it back to highest level.
Now he has not only made it back, but won a premiership medal and a Clive Churchill medal to boot.
A dominant Melbourne Storm team had a thoroughly deserved result in the grand final six tries to one leading them to record a 34-6 win over the North Queensland Cowboys and claim the 2017 premiership.
Josh Addo-Carr scored two tries in the match, the other coming through Felise Kaufusi, Billy Slate, Dale Finucane and Curtis Scott recording the other four. Cameron Smith converted five of the six tries.
Te Maire Martin scored the Cowboys’ only try of the match and it was converted by Ethan Lowe.
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Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy and chief executive Dave Donaghy are among those taking big pay cuts to help keep the club afloat during the NRL shutdown. Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy, chief executive Dave Donaghy and the Storm football department will take 50 per cent pay cuts to help the club through the coronavirus pandemic shutdown […]