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Where are they now - 2009 Grand Final team

The 2009 decider between Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels was the club's fourth consecutive NRL Grand Final.

Storm had finished fourth on the ladder and recorded emphatic wins over Manly and the Broncos in the qualifying and preliminary finals, while it had been a fairytale run for the Eels after scraping into the top eight and never looking back.

Among the players lining up in the purple jersey were future immortals Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Greg Inglis.

It was one-way traffic for Melbourne in the first half, with a try to Ryan Hoffman inside the first five minutes, followed by another in the 24th minute to Adam Blair via a Cooper Cronk line break.

The Eels trailed 10-6 at the break and struggled to keep pace with Storm in the second half, with Inglis and Slater both crossing and blowing the score out to 22-6 with 20 minutes to play.

There was a late surge from Parramatta and two quick tries closed the margin to a nerve-wracking six points, but Inglis slotted a crucial field goal in the 76th minute to ensure Melbourne prevailed 23-16.

So where are they now? The likes of Ryan Hoffman, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Billy Slater, Will Chambers and of course Cameron Smith still work or play for the club. We take a look at what Steve Turner, Adam Blair and Brett Finch are up to 10 years on...

Steve Turner

Turner arrived from Penrith in 2004 and held the left wing spot at Melbourne for the next four seasons. Few could match his heart and drive to succeed and the quick-footed winger had a knack for finding the line from tight corners. He played in 105 games (including two winning Grand Finals) for the club and the 2009 decider was his last game in the purple jersey.

He finished his NRL playing career with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2013 and now provides insight on NRL games and key match-ups during regular stints in the media.

Adam Blair

Blair - one of the most durable players in the competition - scored a try and set up another in the 2009 Grand Final win. Between 2012 and 2014 he played for Wests Tigers and from 2015 until 2017 he lined up for the Brisbane Broncos. He is still playing at the elite level for the New Zealand Warriors and recently played his milestone 300th NRL game.

He has been ever-present in the Kiwis national team and captained New Zealand in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. He lives in Auckland with his wife Jess and young sons Harlem and Taika. 

Brett Finch

Finch played 14 seasons in the NRL - his final three in a Storm jersey - and is now a familiar face on TV screens as a Fox Sports commentator. He had intended to move into coaching after he retired, until Channel Nine offered him a role in 2014. Never one to shy away from the media as a player, Finch is the same likeable larrikin in front of the camera.

He has previously spoken about his difficulty in adjusting to life post-football but said his continued involvement in the game helped. He has not ruled out a return to coaching one day and said he still feels a strong connection to Melbourne.

"I always feel welcome when I go back, I am still very close to a lot of players," he said in 2017.

"I still certainly feel a part of the club."

 

Join both the 1999 and 2009 Grand Final teams as they celebrate milestone Premiership anniversaries at this year's Legends Luncheon.

Hosted by Ian Cohen, enjoy a two-course gourmet lunch and drinks at Melbourne's premium event space, The Glass House.

Don't miss this opportunity to rub shoulders with Storm greats and reminisce over past glory - learn more here.