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Melbourne Storm shines bright on Dally M night

Melbourne Storm swept up at the Dally M Awards last night, with three players and head coach Craig Bellamy rewarded for outstanding performances in season 2019.

Skipper Cameron Smith finished second in the Dally M count on 31 points, runner up to James Tedesco (34).

Smith - who was unable to attend due to illness - was named Hooker of the Year for the eighth time after winning the title in 2006, 2008, 2011-2013, 2016 and 2017.

He was named Best Captain for the second consecutive year and for the fourth time overall.

Bellamy accepted both awards on his behalf.

"It has been a real honour to coach Cameron," Bellamy said.

"No matter what club he ended up at he was always going to be a great player and a great leader.

"He has been one hell of a player for our club and our game. His leadership qualities are second-to-none. I'm so blessed to be able to work with him."

An early favourite to take out the Dally M Award after a blistering start to the season, Cameron Munster was recognised as Five-Eighth of the Year.

Brandon Smith was named Best Interchange Player of the season, recognising his unparalleled impact off the bench.

After steering the side to a minor premiership and a preliminary final, Bellamy was named Coach of the Year.

"This is an award for our entire footy department - it certainly takes more than a couple of people to prepare a team each and every week," he said.

"I'd like to thank my entire footy staff at the Storm - the coaches, medical and performance staff and our administration.

"They work so hard and have great care for our players and our club.

"I wish the Raiders and the Roosters all the best on the weekend."

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