Storm On The Lookout For New Assistant Coach

By STEVE MASCORD TWO days after Craig Bellamy insisted he would be retiring at the end of his current contract and 24 hours after confirming the appointment of his newest assistant, premiers Melbourne are again on the lookout for a coach. Adam O’Brien, the Storm’s development coach, will replace departing Kevin Walters in 2014. As […]

Bellamy’s Plan For Restructuring Origin

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE coach Craig Bellamy has proposed a radical overhaul of the State of Origin schedule which would involve games one and three being staged on a Wednesday and game two on a Sunday. Speaking to reporters at Gosch’s Paddock yesterday during Storm training, Bellamy said the NRL had blown the chance for […]

THE WRAP: NRL Round 15

By STEVE MASCORD ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara will today visit stricken Gareth Widdop in Robina Hospital and says its a huge blow to the host nation’s World Cup chances that the Melbourne five-eighth is out of the tournament. Widdop was carried off in agony 51 minutes into Gold Coast’s 18-12 win over Melbourne at Skilled […]

Gareth Widdop’s 2013 Is Over

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE and England five-eighth Gareth Widdop is out for the rest of the NRL season and the World Cup. “And that’s a best case scenario,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy said late Monday after the 24 year old suffered an horrific dislocated hip the 18-12 loss to Gold Coast at Skilled Park, the […]

NRL Rejects Bellamy’s Idea Of Fines For Foul Play In Origin

By STEVE MASCORD NRL officials have dismissed calls by Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy for players to be fined for foul play in State of Origin matches rather than suspended. As Storm captain Cameron Smith prepares to become only the second player in club history to reach 250 appearances tonight at AAMI Park against Cronulla, […]

Cameron Smith: You Can Still Get Away With More In Origin

By STEVE MASCORD YOU can still get away with more in State of Origin than in NRL games, according to Melbourne and Queensland captain Cameron Smith But the Australia hooker admitted on the eve of tonight’s opening NSW v Queensland game at ANZ Stadium he was unsure of exactly how much more. “I think to […]

Bellamy Slams Storm

By STEVE MASCORD MELBOURNE are only playing football when they are in trouble and defending poorly on both sides of the field, according to their coach Craig Bellamy. Bellamy has backed captain Cameron Smith’s criticism of the Storm’s attitude in the wake of the streak-ending 24-20 loss to Canberra but also pointed to technical problems. […]

Smith, Bellamy Slam ‘Poor’ Option

By STEVE MASCORD STORM captain Cameron Smith and coach Craig Bellamy last night openly criticised a decision by five-eighth Gareth Widdop to kick with just over a minute left in the streak-ending loss to Canberra Melbourne’s bid to equal the feat of the 1975 Eastern Suburbs Roosters by winning 19 matches in a row came […]

The Props Department

By STEVE MASCORD SOMEWHERE in the bowels of AAMI Park, beyond the carpeted players’ race and below the state-of-the-art gym and plush recovery pools, is a fountain of youth. You could wander around  down there for hours and not find it. But it’s there – just ask Jason Ryles, Bryan Norrie, Jaiman Lowe and Adam […]