Stats That Matter – Grand Final
Cameron Smith last night became the second highest points scorer in NRL history. The Storm skipper moved past Andrew Johns on the all-time list when he slotted the first of his five goals on Sunday night. He now sits behind only Hazem El Masri (2,418) for most points scored in NRL history. It was yet another milestone to add to the long list of accomplishments by Smith this year. The 2017 Dally M Player of the Year now has another premiership ring to put on his finger, further cementing his place as a future immortal.
What a way to sign off. In his 323rd and final game in the purple jersey Cooper Cronk signed off in the most perfect way possible. The halfback was at his mercurial best in the Grand Final, providing a try assist and steering the Storm attack around the park like only he can. There will never be another Cooper and although it seems surreal that we will no longer see him in purple, the final chapter could not have been written any better.
A number that sums up Tohu Harris. In his last game for the Club, Harris provided a parting gift to the Club with arguably his greatest ever performance. His game-high 43 tackles showcased the incredible work ethic that has been his trademark over his five-year career in Melbourne. It is with a heavy heart that we farewell him across the ditch next year but Storm fans will never forget the performance he put in on Grand Final Day.
You have to go back 45 years for the last time a team won than many games on their way to a premiership. Not since Manly-Warringah in 1972 has a team won as many games, with now only five Clubs in the history of the game managing to win 10 or more games on their way to the title. That proves the dominance of Craig Bellamy’s side this season, history makers in every possible way.
Shall we call him Clive? The Storm No.1 was simply amazing and well deserving of the Clive Churchill medal for best afield. Slater scored a try, set up another and ran for 172 metres and two line breaks. It has been well documented what Billy Slater has gone through in the last two years, 2017 was his comeback story and Sunday night was the perfect and fitting pinnacle.