Try of the year nominations
Tuesday 9 October 2012 7:44 PM
There were several impressive candidates for Melbourne’s try of the year award following a successful 2012 season. Each of the tries nominated are created not only through individual skill and brilliance but a strong sense of teamwork embodied within the Storm lineup.
Here are the top five try of the year nominations as voted by the playing group in 2012.
Round 3, v Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park – Billy Slater
Leading 18-6 with less than 10 minutes on the clock, Melbourne pressed for a sealing try against the Titans. Kicking out of dummy half on tackle four, skipper Cameron Smith found Billy Slater for his second try of the evening. Slater acrobatically leapt in front of three Titans to ground the ball before finishing out of play.
Round 13, v New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium – Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith’s first try of 2012 was one to remember. After managing to mow down Manu Vatuvei, Melbourne turned defence into attack within seconds as Will Chambers handed off to Billy Slater for a trademark line break. Running in support, Smith received the ball of Slater to push Storm’s lead out to eight points and seal victory.
Round 22, v Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park – Cooper Cronk
Early on in Melbourne’s Round 22 clash with Penrith, Storm put together a clinical play to open up an early advantage. Smith, Slater and Cronk all combined to burst through the middle of the Panthers defence. Smith and Cronk initially combined before Slater got involved running from deep to eventually set up his halfback for a memorable try.
Round 23, v Gold Coast Titans at AAMI Park – Gareth WiddopRound 25, v Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Park – Will Chambers
Awarded try of the year for 2012 by the playing group, Gareth Widdop’s Round 23 try against the Gold Coast reflected the desperation shown by Melbourne all season. Just two points ahead of the Titans with time ticking, Storm managed to keep the ball alive following a Cooper Cronk kick with no more than seven players involved. Melbourne pinged the football along the Gold Coast defensive line where Todd Lowrie eventually managed to set up Widdop for a crucial try. Watch the winning try below
Will Chambers’ last minute try against the Sharks in Round 25 will be remembered for a long time by the Melbourne faithful. With seemingly all lost, Ryan Hoffman handed Melbourne a lifeline with two minutes remaining giving Storm one chance at a remarkable victory. With 30 seconds remaining, on the fourth tackle, Sisa Waqa elected to run a short side play from acting half which successfully sent Will Chambers over for a famous victory.
RLWC Kangaroos v Kiwis (hls)
On Wednesday morning Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk returned to Melbourne following the Kangaroos’ World Cup triumph at Old Trafford, Manchester.
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