Sandor Earl and Craig Bellamy’s fundraising effort for the Leukaemia Foundation is the big winner from Melbourne Storm being named today as Australia and New Zealand’s Best Sporting Team 2019.
Platinum Asset Management, together with GAIN LINE Analytics, have rated Storm as No.1 following a huge statistical analysis of 16 competitions – 10 male and six female – in the region.
Every game in every sport in Australasia that conducts an ongoing home/away or equivalent competition that included Australian and New Zealand teams was analysed subject to the competition criteria.
The annual analysis, based on rolling five-year outcomes, included 8210 individual matches.
Melbourne Storm finished ahead of the Crusaders (Super Rugby) and NSW Breakers (women’s cricket) and in recognition of our No.1 rating, Storm was given the opportunity to make a $10,000 donation to a charitable cause of our choice.
The club has elected to pass the donation to the Leukaemia Foundation via head coach Bellamy and Earl’s participation in the World's Greatest Shave to fund vital research to help more people survive blood cancers, while improving their quality of life.
"Blood cancer can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time," Earl said today.
"We've set a goal to raise $30,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation to support families affected by blood cancer and with the help of Storm fans and members we hope to smash that target.
"This generous $10k donation is a huge boost."
For the criteria and results of the top 25 overall, top 3 by sport and top 3 by state/country, click here.
Donate to Sandor and Craig here.