Cronk to join 300-club
Cooper Cronk will become just the second player in Storm history to reach 300 NRL games this Saturday night in the Club’s Preliminary Final against Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park.
The champion halfback joins his skipper Cameron Smith as the two Melbourne players to reach the milestone, becoming just the 25th player to join the game’s decorated 300 Club and only the 11th to reach the achievement at the one club.
It is an achievement that will see him sit alongside rugby league’s all-time greats including Darren Lockyer, Steve Menzies and Terry Lamb.
In a remarkable stat, Saturday night’s game will be the first time in NRL history two 300-gamers have appeared in the same team, with Cronk and Smith to share this milestone in front of their home crowd.
The ultimate professional, Cronk’s supreme worth ethic has seen him become one of the greatest playmakers of the modern era.
2013 Dally M Medallist, four-time Dally M Halfback of the Year, 2012 Clive Churchill Medallist, five-time Storm Best Back and Club life member, his list of achievements is among the best the game has seen.
He recently re-signed with Storm remain in Melbourne until at least the end of 2018, in a deal that will see him spend 15 years playing in the purple jersey.
Cronk has also made the No.7 jersey his own at representative level, playing 19 games for Queensland and 28 in the green and gold for Australia.
It is a remarkable journey for a player who came to Melbourne in 2003 as a 20-year-old in search of an opportunity.
13 seasons later, Cronk has helped guide Storm into 12 finals series, five grand finals and premiership success.
The 32-year-old continues to get better with age, continuing his remarkable form in 2016. Cronk led the NRL this season with 23 try assists while scoring 11 tries of his own – just one shy of his career best.
A hallmark of Cronk’s career has been his ability to perform in the big moments. A born match-winner, he has stepped up time and again to win games off his own boot. Cronk has kicked 20 field goals in his Storm career, resulting in 19 wins.
Cooper Cronk – by the numbers
299 – NRL games
208 – Number of wins, 5th on the all-time NRL list
85 – Tries
20 – Field Goals
1 – Goal
362 – Total career points
Grand Final victories
2007, 2009, 2012
World Club Challenge
Clive Churchill Medal winner
Dally M Awards
Dally M Player of the Year 2013
Dally M Halfback of the Year 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Australia – 28 Tests (2007, 2009-16)
- Four Nations – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
- World Cup – 2013
- Queensland – 19 State of Origins (2010-16)
- NRL All Stars – 2012
RLIF Halfback of the Year – 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013
The 300 club
355 Darren Lockyer (Brisbane) - 1995-2011
350 Terry Lamb (Wests, Canterbury) - 1980-1996
349 Steve Menzies (Manly, Northern Eagles) - 1993-2008
347 Corey Parker (Brisbane) - 2001-2016
336 Brad Fittler (Penrith, Sydney Roosters) - 1989-2004
333 Cameron Smith (Melbourne) - 2002-2016
332 Cliff Lyons (Norths, Manly) - 1985-1999
330 Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta) - 1998-2012
328 Andrew Ettingshausen (Cronulla) - 1983-2000
325 Geoff Gerard (Parramatta, Manly, Penrith) - 1974-1989
318 Jason Croker (Canberra) - 1991-2006
317 Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) - 1996-2009
315 Paul Langmack (Canterbury, Wests, Easts) - 1983-1999
315 Luke Priddis (Canberra, Brisbane, Penrith, St G. Illawarra) - 1997-2010
313 Steve Price (Bulldogs, Warriors) - 1994-2009
313 Brent Kite (St George Illawarra, Manly, Penrith) - 2002-2014
312 Ruben Wiki (Canberra, Warriors) - 1993-2008
309 Petero Civoniceva (Brisbane, Penrith) - 1998-2012
307 Brett Kimmorley (N'stle, Hunt, Mel, N Eag, Cron, C'bury) - 1995-2010
303 Anthony Watmough (N Eag, Manly, Parramatta) - 2002-2015
302 Anthony Minichiello (Sydney Roosters) - 2000-2014
301 Luke Ricketson (Sydney Roosters) - 1991-2005
300 Scott Prince (North Qld, Brisbane, Wests Tigers, Gold Coast) - 1998-2013
300 John Morris (N'castle, Parramatta, Wests Tigers, Cronulla) - 2001-2014
299 Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm) - 2004-2016