Throwback Thursday: The Milestone Man
Melbourne Storm takes every milestone game seriously and in the case of Bryan Norrie’s 150th it would go down as one to remember.
The Club prides itself on honouring players who reach significant points in their career. It is something which still stands out for Norrie to this day.
“Craig and the Storm always make player milestones a big deal,” Norrie said.
“It was my 150th and Craig always tries to get the boys up. The players always try to rip in a get a win for whoever’s milestone it is.
"It was definatly something I noticed coming to the Storm from elsewhere, it was always a big deal when it was somebody’s milestone."
Melbourne arrived at Hunter Stadium in Round 23, 2013 sitting in third spot on the NRL ladder.
It was a crucial game in regards to the side’s top four hopes.
Newcastle also had everything to play for as they clung to seventh spot on the ladder in search of their second finals appearance in four years.
A bumper crowd of 26,822 turned out for what was also tribute game for Knights legend Danny Buderus who was breaking Andrew Johns’s record as the Club’s most capped player.
With Hunter Stadium full of plenty of red and blue passion it was no surprise the home side burst out of the blocks early.
Akuila Uate nearly opened the scoring inside five minutes only to be pushed over the touchline by a desperate Melbourne defence.
Billy Slater then came to the rescue moments later as his lunging hand was enough to deny Dane Gagai and knock the ball dead.