Season of adversity pleases coach

The feeling will not last long but for now Storm will take a moment to acknowledge what they have achieved this season.

The J.J Giltinan Shield returns to Melbourne for the first time since 2011.

A season that provided 19 wins and many more highlights was topped off with a 26-6 win over the Sharks on Saturday night.

The win also set up a home Qualifying final against the Cowboys next week but for at least a night, Storm will be enjoying the result.

“It means a fair bit actually for us,” Craig Bellamy said.

“Obviously it is a sign that you have been the best team in this competition for seven months. That doesn’t mean you are going to be the best for the next month but to finish at the top of the heap in this competition is not easy to do.

“The thing that means probably a little bit more to me is that what we have gone through to get there. I can’t remember the last time we’ve had an injury one like the one we had last year.

“We had a lot of outside backs out early in the season and a bit later we lost a few of our bigger guys. We’ve been through a little bit of adversity with injuries but no one has given up or lost faith. We just gritted our teeth and got on with it.”