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Grand final player ratings

Will Swanton rates the 34 players on show in league's showcase season finish.

STORM RATINGS

Billy Slater Kick-return. Hayne in pursuit. Slater on Hayne. Da Vinci on van Gogh. Slater sped free. It meant nothing but it said everything. Late try left Hayne on his knees. 8.

Steve Turner
Crikey! Went well. Made yards. Defused the bomb with aplomb. Lives for the Storm but leaving for the Bulldogs. If you can't be with the one you love ... 8.

Will Chambers
Off to rugby union. No more playing with incredible athletes such as Inglis and Slater. Why leave league, you damn fool? WHY? Your loss. 6.

Greg Inglis
One of the greats. If not the greatest. Keeps coming up with monster plays in Tests, Origins, grand finals. The best player in the NRL out of Slater and Hayne? Inglis. 8.

Dane Nielsen
Leslie's brother was spared work by being on Inglis's side of the park. The Eels were petrified of kicking anywhere near Inglis. 6.

Brett Finch
Pirate feisty. First pass was five miles forward. Got away with it, the first sign he'd get the treasure. 7.

Cooper Cronk
Better general than Custer. Set up Blair's try with a crucial bust just when Parra were rolling. Won the Battle Of The Little Bighorns against Robson. 8.

Aiden Tolman
Best hair since the lead singer of Wolfmother. Tolman was solid. Wolfmother was spectacular pre-game. 7.

Cameron Smith
Looks like an accountant and has all angles covered. Great hookers have emerged - Mick Ennis, Robbie Farah - but Smith is still untouchable. 8.

Brett White
Was given a breather with 15 minutes to go. He kept looking at the clock. Would he get on for the crazed full-time celebrations? He would. 8.

Adam Blair
Rammed Moimoi in the first tackle. Nearly decapitated Inu. Scored a try. Dynamite from go to whoa. 8.

Ryan Hoffman
Missed last year's decider with injury. Cried like a baby after the 2006 loss. Scored the first try to find the place he'd been looking for. A place called happiness. 7.

Dallas Johnson
Incredibly busy given he's been semi-conscious for about three years. Bushier beard than Ned Kelly. Hard to shave when semi-conscious. 7.

Ryan Hinchcliffe
One of those no-nonsense types who makes his tackles, does his hit-ups, spends a fair whack of time on the field - then gets hooked right near the end of a GF. 6.

Jeff Lima
Family has been affected by the tsunami disaster. Extremely emotional while singing the national anthem. A smile on his dial. 7.

Ryan Tandy
Co-founder of electronics giant completed successful career transition to being a bench player for the Storm. 6.

Scott Anderson
Limited opportunities but the NRL suits handed over 17 premiership rings. And one went to Anderson. 6.

EELS RATINGS

Jarryd Hayne
In the name of the Father, the Son, the goal posts, he wore a cross before kick-off. Felt cross at full-time. Still the most memorable player of the year. 7.

Luke Burt
Ran like a bullet. Booted difficult goals. One of three Eels veterans denied a premiership ring. Again. 7.

Krisnan Inu
Had his moments without setting the night alight. Stood with his hands on hips at full-time and stared at the Storm celebrations. Inconsolable. 6.

Joel Reddy
This is Spinal Tap. Nearly broke all of Slater's ribs with one crunching tackle, but Hoffman snuck past for the opening try. This is not a victory lap. 6.

Eric Grothe
Pumped to the eyeballs. Shaking fists at the Parra crowd about five hours before kick-off. Their reaction to his try was a sonic boom. Wow. 9.

Daniel Mortimer
Has the innocent look of one of the choir boys at Hayne's church. Played like a choir boy possessed. Goldenballs will have plenty to sing about in the future. 7.

Jeff Robson
Peter Sterling called the Eels' last-tackle options a ''disgrace''. Not always Robson's fault, only sometimes. A tradesmanlike effort. 6.

Nathan Cayless
An Interferential Current Unit sent volts into his body to heal his sore hamstring. Will need another round to get over the agony of this loss. 7.

Matthew Keating
Busy and had moments from dummy-half where he was doing a Smith on Smith. Hard to keep that up. Smith eventually out-Smithed him. 7.

Fuifui Moimoi
He can tell the grandkids of the day he had 80,000 people screaming his name every time he touched a football in an NRL grand final. 8.

Nathan Hindmarsh
Made 38 tackles in the first 38 minutes. Gave every bead of sweat he had. He will be back. 7.

Ben Smith
Hoffman was the best No.12 in The Biggest of Big Dances. Smith did a sterling job but Hoffman had him covered for explosiveness. 6.

Todd Lowrie
Sport isn't all fairytales and lollipops. Played out of his skin in the finals. Now he's being forced from the club by the salary cap. 6.

Kevin Kingston
One of the players praying for Hayne or Hindmarsh or one of the superstars to produce something extraordinary. Didn't get what he wanted. 5.

Feleti Mateo
Ran amok. Big enough to break tackles, skilful enough to give so many miracle offloads that they can't be described as miracles. 7.

Joe Galuvao
Started the game with his claim to fame being a premiership with the Penrith Panthers. Finished the game with the same claim to fame. 6.

Tim Mannah
Played with all the heart and soul you would expect of someone whose brother has health problems. Sometimes impossible is just plain impossible. 6.

Posted by SMH Online
October 4, 2009 10:23 PM

LATEST COMMENTS

Why oh why does Nathan Hindmarsh not at least get a spot on the bench for the opening Four Nations game against the Kiwis????

Gallen has been injured virtually all year and has not played enough footy to be honest.

Incumbents aside surely the form players must be in that 17, Hindmarsh is in the best form of his career. He might as well have stayed home to go to his bucks day instead of twiddling his thumbs over there in the UK.

Sort it out selectors

  • Posted by: Big hitting t bone on October 22, 2009 3:24 PM

Hi was it worth it - just a few 'clarifications' - 900,000 was the peak audience, as indicated in several press sources. 55% of Melbourne televisions were tuned to the game, compared with 89% of Sydney televisions, and 78% of Brisbane televisions.

And, as the AFL GF drew 1.5m in melbourne, I would say that 900,000 is not too shabby (I would argue that it is a good audience). Also, the AFL GF was on 90% of televisions that were turned on at the time. In Sydney, a city with a greater population than Melbourne, 331,000 tuned in to the AFL GF - not a great figure but still quite good. And I agree that this would obviously be much more if the Swans were in the GF.

Other than that, not sure what your point was, other than you didnt think it was worth keeping the Storm in Melbourne....ok well, I disagree, I think its definitely worth it, and so do do the NRL and News Ltd - so I guess thats all that matters. If the NRL can get strong television results considering what it is up against (even broadcaster channel nine is up against it), then I think that is positive for the code and the Storm.

Sources -
Grand final city by city breakdown - http://www.tvseriesgalore.com/blog/?p=1835
Total ratings amounts including regional figures - http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/more-people-watched-nrl-grand-final-on-television-than-watched-afl-grand-final/story-e6frexnr-1225783107883

  • Posted by: dan on October 13, 2009 9:47 PM

Okay 82000 folks turned up to watch the Eels lose but, hey, thanks to Parra, NRL would be flat on its' butt with scandals left, right and centre. Parramatta showed true grit by winning 10 from 12 pretty damned good I thought and well done to Melbourne but enjoy it because The Eels just gave you a taste for next year because they're gonna be good with Poore, Tahu, and Shankleton there to make the Eels more dangerous GOOOOOO PARRAAAAAA

  • Posted by: Kevin on October 12, 2009 4:15 PM

Hey dan are you stupid or gullible??

Have you done YOUR research? 900,000 are you joking? have a look at a couple of other newspaper sites etc and you will see the 600,000 figure which was even recognised by Gallop (do you kbnow who he is?) so I'd love to see where you number comes from and is it supported by other none associated media outlets? I suppose that Hindmarsh's tackle count is about 93 now as well now.

And I'm not sure what the argument is?? The point raised and it was an observation you twit not an argument was after what must be about 40-50m spent on the NRL in Melbourne should we still really be supporting tha team? and do you really think you would get large audience numbers if the Storm did NOT make the finals. As Ron Barrasi once said (do you even know who he is your demonstation by your lack of any knowledge and research suggests not so I would be suprised) Melbourne would fill the MCG to watch a chess game if it was offered. Melbourne is THE sporting capital of Australia (do you know where Australia is??) so even 900,000 is not a good audience by that city's experience.

Kindly try and read other newspapers and don't regurgitate figures that you have obviously gotten from ONE article.

Another 10 years of losses at $6m per year mmmmm that makes sense I wish you were running my business were you possibly the CEO of Ansett at any time???

  • Posted by: Was it worth $6m?? on October 11, 2009 5:07 PM

Worth it? Absolutely. Because of the Storm the NRL was able to outrate the AFL, important considering Television is where the money is.

Get your facts straight before you post - there were 900,000 people watching in Melbourne, approximately 55% of all people watching TV at the time in Melb were watching the NRL game.

I grew up with AFL like the rest of us in Vic, but I have grown to like the NRL too - I dont know why we have to keep having these arguments. Most of my friends have a league team and an Aussie Rules team we support.

Putting a rugby league team in Melbourne was the hardest sell of any major sport in Australia - it has only been ten years, and the battle will go on for another ten and probably further. The swans are still battling for market share.

Absolutely worth it, Go Storm and Cats!

Dan.

  • Posted by: dan on October 10, 2009 2:57 PM

The better team won moimoi played good but Cooper Cronk was best on field that day good to see he gets rewarded with a kangeroos jersey

Slater smashed Hayne

Who is Hayne's favourite xmen character? STORM lol

  • Posted by: Daniel on October 9, 2009 7:20 PM

I find it funny that you Northerner's keep complaining about Melbourne. Suck it up and begin competing. AFL is a pansies game. We love league in Melbourne.

  • Posted by: Alfie on October 9, 2009 6:12 PM

Ok Neil Glover where do i start? Milk Penalties - You must have missed the high shot on johnson by Moi Moi, just as the ref did. I know he hit him high because he was charged after the game and took the early plea. How about the non milking of the penalty when Inglis was taken out? outside of the spirit of the game - Im sure that Hayne was charged with using the knees to the head of a player and the last player charged with the chicken wing tackle was A Parra player. Excellent work in the ruck - Wow you really are a sad bitter lonely old man. Did you watch the game or did you just decide to follow the rest of the Parra losers? Now back to my point, you must not watch the play when the storm have the ball. When ever they could there was hands on the ball and laying on the tackled player and well flopping and knees into the play playing the ball. Ill give you a hint - Watch Moi Moi against any team and when he is tackled about 80% of the time he looks to the ref for a penalty. The parra hooker is an expert at trying to milk penalties the only one worse is Soward. I wouldnt even say you are just annoyed that your team lost and you are a one eyed Parra supporter, because i know a one eyed Parra supporter and he is devestated about the lose. But he isnt making up stories about the losing, he is looking forward to next year, he wasnt looking to blame the ref, he was blaming the players for not going for the bomb when Inglis scored.

  • Posted by: Tom Williams on October 9, 2009 9:37 AM

Great win by Melbourne but just wondering was it worth a $6m loss to the NRL just for this year let alone the amounts lost in prior years?

I hope that next year they will not be overly supported and will fold so struggling long term teams with true followers can get some of the $6m.

11 years 5 GF 3 Premierships the team of the decade and still no interest by Victoria NRL please give it up and become realists Victoria is just not interested!!! 600,000 viewers in Melbourne thats smaller than that watching a cooking program!! Oh a final note 765,000 viewed the AFL GF in Sydney where SYDNEY was NOT playing. Boast about the audience as much as you want the truth isout tehre!!!

  • Posted by: Was it worth $6m?? on October 8, 2009 6:56 PM

Get over it Para fans... you lost... stop complaining...

  • Posted by: Jane on October 8, 2009 12:21 AM

First and foremost, congratulations and commiserations should go to Parramatta. Given where you were as late as Round 18, you've done a heck of a job to make the eight, let alone come within a couple of minutes of winning the Grand Final!

Made the trip up for the game, and apart from the foul mouthed Eels fan sitting inches from my right ear (calling somebody an "effing weak c" or the constant "you beat your effing missus you c" aimed at a certain star centre at the top of your voice when you have a 4-5 year old kid sitting 2 rows in front of you is pure class...) I really enjoyed he experience.

From my perspective, it seemed that until the last fifteen minutes, every penalty that Archer blew was against Melbourne, while every one that Hayne blew was in Melbourne's favour. Parra had that run of three or four penalties late in the second half, that resulted in tries to Reddy and Moi Moi, as well as the Chambers penalty for being inside the ten (given I've been following league for over 25 year and didn't realise that it couldn't be treated the same way as taking off from the in-goal and getting a 20m restart, I can let Will slide on that one) - why aren't any Eels fans thanking Archer for keeping them in the game?

For mine, the Melbourne second row of Blair and Hoffman were the most deserving of the Clive Churchill Medal, but how could you give it to one and not the other? Cronk, Inglis, Smith, Finch and Johnson were also bloody good, though. Brett White was obviously given a mission to run at Fui and tire him out in defence, as when White was given a spell, Fui started to fire in attack. Steve Turner showed why we'll miss him - the way Parra sent kick after kick at him, you'd think they'd forgotten that his preferred position is fullback.

Giving the medal to Slater was probably the safest (and least controversial) decision they could make!

  • Posted by: Guy of The Sporting Capital on October 7, 2009 10:29 AM

Gee, how good was Nathan Hindmarsh? On the night of the GF, he made 59 tackles. The following morning it had gone up to 62, and by Tuesday it was 63. At this rate, by Kick Off 2010, he'll have made 256 tackles in the Grand Final!

  • Posted by: Man Mountain on October 7, 2009 10:02 AM

The refs call on MoiMoi was just like the foot fault call on Serena Williams in the US Open, inappropriate.

Not a great game all round. Parra were outplayed. But then how many grand finals are truly great games?

  • Posted by: Moggoid on October 7, 2009 2:23 AM

oh memory short i though i would respnd to your comment about the short kick off by parramatta my 8 yr old son knows neither team can touch the football if it aint reached over 10 metres u boof head

  • Posted by: grewy on October 7, 2009 12:20 AM

Parra tried hard, but they were clearly nervous in the first half, and in the end this told.
Whilst they tackled quite well throughout the game (except for 2 or 3 bad misses), and controlled the ball reasonably, they played an average tactical game. They had to bussle Melb early.

The certainly didn't kick well in the first half and really didn't put much pressure on the storm.

Really the storm didn't have to do that much to win.

The bomb caught by inglis was a shocker. This was the moment the match was lost!

I thought Cronk probably deserved the Churchill Medal, but wasn't far in front of Fui.

As for Eels next year. Who knows? the top 10 sides can all beat each other on any day!

  • Posted by: PETER on October 6, 2009 10:10 PM

I don't know how you gave Will Chambners a 6. He was the single biggest reason as to why Parra got back into the match, late in the game. To illustrate. Parra were forced to a drop out @ around the 65 min mark. Chambers caught the ball on the full BEFORE it reached the minimum 10 metre line - Parra penalty; From there, Mateo makes a break through a poor tackle grab by Chambers which sets up a try at the opposite end for Reddy. From the set of six after the restart, Fui Fui charges through, guess who, yep Will Chambers and scores a try to set up an interesting finale. So instead of the Storm putting the Eels to sleep by having a set of six, 10 metres out from the Eels line, they have to scramble to make sure of the win....Chambers perfomance rates no better than a 2 - and that was only because he turned up to play. I bet the Storm are glad that he is going to Thugby Yawnion, and that they are getting Chase Stanley instead!

  • Posted by: Real Istic on October 6, 2009 1:59 PM

What about the Storm Trainer,he was on the field for 79 minutes.Must have at least scored a 6 for his efforts.....

  • Posted by: Storm are Cheats on October 6, 2009 1:54 PM

Get over it everyone. The game is now done and dusted, over and out. The better team won, the loser can go back to lick their wounds. Can't wait for another year of off-field antics, terrible referring decisions, 8th placed teams in the GF. You name it !!

  • Posted by: TXT on October 6, 2009 1:23 PM

Rob - "I thought the tv station's struggle to find a "Billy Slater highlight package" at the end was telling."

Thats because they had made one of Hayne. If nine were voting he would have won it and not even touched the ball.

  • Posted by: KSI on October 6, 2009 1:15 PM

Could have told Parra supportersd weeks and weeks ago they cannot win.This structured comp has never ever been won by a team outside the top 4.Had to laugh at all the adult Parra supporters crying after the game.lol

  • Posted by: swede on October 6, 2009 12:58 PM

Mateo a 7? Maybe if he carried the ball in 2 hands he might retain possession more often.

Hindmarsh deserves more. He should have been MOM in a losing team.

Its a bit of a tough call from the Parra fans to say the refs were biased. Parra had 2 players that shouldn't have even been playing. Apparently Mortimer is a quaterback and allowed to throw the ball forward. I thought the refs did alright. If anything the Storm got the rough end of the calls. And I like the Storm less than Manly

  • Posted by: Benno on October 6, 2009 11:14 AM

I agree with most of the ratings, but special credit to the underrated Ryan Hoffman. I thought he was excellent. Congratulations to the Storm, who survived the incredibly biased rubbish printed by the Daily Parragraph,as well as Channel Parra. When Gould made the comment that it was OK to hit Greg Inglis high because it was a Grand Final - I thought 'so if this were an FA Cup Final you would say it's OK to dive or use your hands, would you Gus'? Disgraceful. Then last night they led their news with sad Parra, not the winners. As for complaints about Archer, look at the penalty count. Go Storm.

  • Posted by: Julie on October 6, 2009 9:25 AM

The better team won the match in the end. Anyone who suggests otherwise is wearing Eel-coloured glasses or are simply anti-Storm. I don't support either team either & probably would've preferred the Eels to win, but the Storm outplayed them & deserved it. Also for the record, Slater should not have been man of the match. It probably should've been Cooper Cronk. The only reason Slater won it was because the match was billed up as Slater v Hayne & Slater's team won. It also gives the selectors justification to name him at fullback for Australia despite his ordinary representative performances for AUS/QLD in the past.

  • Posted by: Daniel C on October 6, 2009 8:32 AM

Josh 7.16pm October 5 ... You think I am a Parramatta fan??? not in this lifetime buddy... I can't stand either team but what I hate more is seeing a team continually get a leg up from officials... Sorry purple boy I am just stating what everyone saw and has been seeing for the last 5 years. The NRL are so desperate for the game to expand in Victoria they are prepared to gift them premierships... Enjoy the hollow title

  • Posted by: Keith on October 6, 2009 6:37 AM

How did cronk not get the C.C.M.???
He's clearly the most overlooked player in league.

  • Posted by: Bob on October 6, 2009 1:55 AM

Ok ...I'll congratulate Storm.

Congratulations on the excellent work in the ruck, ie hands on the ball, knees into the ball, hands on the face, laying on the tackeld player, flopping.

Congratuations on the excellent way you milked penalties.

Congratulations on having a petulant coach who coaches outside the spirit of the game, i.e., grapples, chicken wings, wrestling, milking penalties.

Congratulations on being a News Ltd puppet and interloper.

The sooner News withdraw from the game and lose the $ support the better. Who will prop you up then? God. Man the bulwarks. Murdoch may come again!

  • Posted by: Neville Glover on October 6, 2009 12:11 AM

Slater's penalty, worse than the Italian's dive over Lucas Neill in the 2006 World Cup. Shameless milking, bad refereeing.

  • Posted by: kdawg on October 5, 2009 11:44 PM

Carrrnn the Stormies!!!We outclassed and outshun the parraboys...great comeback, but experience & poise got us thru to the end....I think grothe was good but to be the best with 9 overall in both teams? come on!!i think blair is the unsung hero here,setups, vital trysaving tackles and a try to his name..geezus mate fairdinkum!! fuifui was good too, parras best but i noticed in the end he couldnt even make an attempt to try and block G.I's dropgoal..lol!!!wth mateys, give storm the respect they deserve coz if parra had put the fight up earlier,way earlier,it would've been a whole new ballgame.VB anyone??lol...We are the Storm & we're number 1!!!!ps. to Channel 9, stick it up ya!!!!

  • Posted by: oopzcoopz on October 5, 2009 10:57 PM

Dis anyone notice the great refereeing performance by the young bloke in the Bulls win. He was sensational. I cant even think of his name but he was very good.

  • Posted by: speedy2460 on October 5, 2009 9:17 PM

Memo to 'Steve on October 5, 2009 5:28 PM'

You're evenly balanced, a chip on both shoulders!!!

Oh, poor Steve. Now you have something to whinge about for another 23 years...

Ha Ha Ha...

  • Posted by: Pat on October 5, 2009 8:35 PM

Terrible grand final. Parra shouldn't and wouldnt have been there had it not been for Cayless' knee to Luke Patten's head, and other similar indiscretions against the Dogs. Nonetheless justice was done in the end. BTW well done with your player ratings Will - pretty much on the money.

  • Posted by: Flag on October 5, 2009 8:07 PM

Moimoi deserved a 9 or 10 - if Parramatta had won he would be player of the match...

  • Posted by: Tkk on October 5, 2009 8:04 PM

Keith, you are probably that annoyed Parra fan who wanted to fight me at half time because you were down 10 nil and I had a Storm jersey on at the game.
Please just accept you had a good season (given the crap start) and were outclassed on the day. Parra will be back next year and be all the better for this year.

congrats Storm.

  • Posted by: Josh on October 5, 2009 7:16 PM

To all the Sydney folk.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
GO STORM

  • Posted by: Liegh on October 5, 2009 7:04 PM

Phil Gould should get 10,he beat up the storm all game,shamefull

  • Posted by: mark on October 5, 2009 5:58 PM

What game were you watching Henry? It was like Grothe stole all Haynes talent for the Grand Final he deserved at least a 8 but i do agree with the 9

  • Posted by: Nicole on October 5, 2009 5:47 PM

Slater man of the match....they must be kidding. Tried to understand his post match comments but couldnt understand a thing due to his high pitch, annoying jockey voice.
Fui Fui was a clear cut man of the match, with Grothe not too far behind.

And its amazing that Melbourne win through Archer who hates Parramatta to the core and Bellamy never mentioned this in his post match conferences. If the shoe was on the other foot, well old horse face would still be whingeing and whining about anti-Melbourne sentiment.
If it wasnt for Parramatta, the storm would have played the grand final in front of 132 people. Yeah take it to the MCG. What a joke!!!

  • Posted by: Steve on October 5, 2009 5:28 PM

I can't argue with those ratings. As good as Moi Moi is is, I think he was very well contained. Grothe always looked dangerous in attack and I think he deserves his top rating.

I'd rate Inglis a 9. I think he was easily one of the Storm's best. Parra couldn't shut him down.

I'm no Melbourne fan but I'd give the coach a 10 as the one who won the game for Melbourne. Brilliant strategy - he set up the win in the first half.

  • Posted by: Steve on October 5, 2009 4:57 PM

Maybe if Moi Moi could run out a full game he would deserve an 8, had a great game, but who ate all the pies?

  • Posted by: Sixsidedman on October 5, 2009 4:35 PM

How can a man run for over 100m and make 63 tackles and not win the Clive Churchill. Maybe the Australian selectors should watch the game then pick the best afield not pick it before they run out. They are idiots.

  • Posted by: Bobcat on October 5, 2009 4:11 PM

MoiMoi 8??? oh please!!!!!! he was awarded 10 in my house.... I have to agree with Kris K's comment-"he was the best player on the field".

  • Posted by: JO on October 5, 2009 3:52 PM

Agree with you on Eric Grothe's rating.

Should have got MOM, even though on a losing side.

Billy Slater was OK, but his knock-on near the Storm try line could have cost them the title.

Grothe did everything right and nothing wrong all game.

  • Posted by: George Goring on October 5, 2009 3:50 PM

Ben Smiths taking out Greg Inglis when he chipped should have been a penalty and at the time we had the momentum. The penalty against Fui sqaures the ledger!

  • Posted by: Keith is a bad sport on October 5, 2009 3:38 PM

You gave Grothe a 9? Better than Hayne, Fui Fui, Hindmarsh and anyone on the Storm side? What's another name for 'blind' (or 'parochial' for that matter)? Sinbin, perhaps?

  • Posted by: Alfkord on October 5, 2009 3:01 PM

How did Jarod Hayne get a seven, he had an absolute shocker as the Eels choked big time yet again.

  • Posted by: venomous on October 5, 2009 2:45 PM

MoiMoi should've won the Clive Churchill medal... He was devastating

  • Posted by: Joe. M on October 5, 2009 2:39 PM

Jarryd who...?
Damn u sholudn't have wished good luck to the Storm!
U r a good player...but need to keep it under control to become a Great!..Parra needed you on the day...no magic, no breaks, where were u?
Billy gave you a lesson, u are still a number 2 for the number 1 position..Good luck next year! (in keeping the number 2 position ha, ha, ha)

  • Posted by: Chejota on October 5, 2009 1:51 PM

Hey Keith if Archer was the Storm's extra man why did the Eels win the penalty count?

Did you miss a couple of the indiscretions both sides made through that one eye? That one penalty against the the player knocking the ball out of Slater's hands (not Moi Moi) was were the penalty came from. This has happened all year - why are you surprised now?

The Eels lost because the couldn't finish a proper set of six in the first half and the fact that "Superman" Hayne disappeared when it mattered most on the big stage. He looked more like a turnstile than the best player this year.

And Grothe as the best player on the ground? Maybe one of the Eels best but no way any Eels was better than the best Storm player.

  • Posted by: Big Al on October 5, 2009 1:50 PM

I thought the tv station's struggle to find a "Billy Slater highlight package" at the end was telling.

He did not deserve the churchill - it was Fui Fui's medal - he was easily best on ground.

PS grothe's run to the line to score from a standing start was amazing.

Pity the eels didnt win. The storm are the most niggly, unnatractive spiteful team there has ever been. There could have been 15 penalties against the storm for slowing the play the ball - but they never EVER got pinged. Cameron Smith is THE most dirty, guilty offender there.

And the penalty against the Eels that led to the drop goal - AFTER the Storm had lost the ball in the tackle - AWFUL.

  • Posted by: Rob on October 5, 2009 1:40 PM

MOIMOI = 10 ... NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT

EVERYONE NEEDS TO STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT THE REF. ONE CALL DOESN'T SUM UP THE GAME. AT THE END OF THE DAY, STORM DOMINATED THE EELS FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END. IT'S HAPPENED AND EVERYONE NEEDS TO MOVE ON

  • Posted by: ANDREW on October 5, 2009 1:31 PM

fui fui deserves a BIG 10, GI i'd give him 6 he walk up in the second half, very sluggish first half. Tony archer GOD HELP US!!!

  • Posted by: ahmed on October 5, 2009 12:59 PM

Typical Sydney-centric media trash!!!

1) How the hell does Grothe get a 9 and Slater, Cronk and Smith get a 8.

2) How does Jarryd Hayne get a 7 - he was rubbish - crap kicking, out of position, missed tackles and Melbourne/Slater pulled his pants down.

3) Stop your bitching about Moi Moi getting penalised - Greg Inglis getting taken out when he chipped at the tryline was worse as the freak that he is, he probably would have scored! I think that evens it up as it would have been Storm 16-0.

4) Parra was lucky to have Hayne/Keating in the game. if it was Smith/Slater, the hypocrites in the NSW media would have crucified them and they would have been out of the final like last year with Smith.

PS I live in Sydney and don't support the Storm - but I know when a team deserves to win!

  • Posted by: herc on October 5, 2009 12:52 PM

Parra supporters should stop blaming the ref for their loss - the ref kept them in it for most of the match. The penalty against Moi Moi was a blatant infringement that had to be penalized. They might also like to reflect on the fact that they have had more than a fair shake from the refs and the judiciary in recent weeks.

Moi Moi was outstanding - especially his hit to take out a Melbourne forward that went unpunished.

Cooper Kronk, Inglis and Blair for Melbourne were fantastic and the forwards held their own.

  • Posted by: Stephen on October 5, 2009 12:38 PM

Keith - sorry -but you need glasses. How many incidents did Parra get away with? The head high at the beginning from Moi Moi, the hit on Inglis after he kicked the ball, the incorrect decision to penalise the Storm after the short kick-off in the second half, and the knock-on that wasn't against Slater in the second half. Not to mention the constant holding down to slow down the quicker Melbourne players.

As for the late penalty against Moi Moi for holding on to Slater as he tried to play the ball that was some late justice for Melbourne. Melbourne were just too classy - if it had been played in Melbourne they would have won by a street!

  • Posted by: Paul k on October 5, 2009 12:33 PM

Your comment for Galuvao suggests he's retiring. He's signed with Manly for next year.

  • Posted by: Andrew on October 5, 2009 12:09 PM

How you gave Nathan Hindmarsh a 7/10 is a disgrace. 62 tackles, 100m gained. He was everywhere. I'm giving you a 5/10.

  • Posted by: Adrian on October 5, 2009 12:02 PM

Hindmarsh only a 7? He did everything he could to make sure the Eels were in the game. If the Eels had won it would have been between him and Fui Fui for the CCM.

  • Posted by: Shaun on October 5, 2009 12:01 PM

Hayne was rubbish..should have got a 5! Moi Moi and Hindmarsh should have got 9s as they were the players keeping Parra in the game. No other Parra players stood up except Mateo who should have been on the whole game. I love the fact that Parra fans are whingeing about the ref after they got all the calls against the Titans and Bulldogs! Let's not even mention the favourable treatment by the judiciary...

  • Posted by: Pedro on October 5, 2009 11:57 AM

Keith - Archer made a terrible blunder in awarding that penalty to Melbourne 5 mins from full time. But you are being incredibly harsh in your overall assessment of his performance. Apart from that one blunder the refs actually did a good job.

  • Posted by: muimui foifoi on October 5, 2009 11:44 AM

Fuifui was the clear stand out player on the field. He should have been the Clive Churchill medal.

  • Posted by: Go knights for 10 on October 5, 2009 11:41 AM

Hayne gets a 7?! WTF? He had his worst game in three months and was found wanting at fullback - the position he has played well at since he went there. Where was he on the Inglis try? Out of position. Where was he on the breaks by Hoffman and Blair in the first half? Looked more like a turnstile.

He didn't look dangerous at any point (especially comapred to the previous weeks).

5.5 at best!

  • Posted by: Chakakhan on October 5, 2009 11:39 AM

7 for Hindmarsh? You are kidding! He was equal best on the park.

  • Posted by: Jane on October 5, 2009 11:25 AM

You forgot to rate the Referees ... just put them in the Melbourne Team section.

  • Posted by: Tim on October 5, 2009 11:06 AM

Spent all morning thinking that one up did you Wayne?

You'll be watching the Dally M in 2009 take it out again in 2010, on his way to becoming one of the league's greatest ever ....

We'll see who's laughing then princess...

  • Posted by: JC on October 5, 2009 10:57 AM

To Keith, have a look at the match again, and see just how many awful referee decisions, or non-decisions, were made - for BOTH sides. You lost, get over it

  • Posted by: Paul on October 5, 2009 10:44 AM

The only thing Jarryd Hayne was better than was Channel 9's biased commentary and programming. I can't believe Channel 9 cut straight to the news as soon as the game was over - disgraceful. Shame Channel 9 shame, you're a disgrace to the game.

  • Posted by: Mooch on October 5, 2009 10:40 AM

Keith get over yourself. Tony Archer didn't penalise Moi Moi for taking Johnsons head off in first set. Didn't penalise Ben smmith in front of the post fro coat hanger on Inglis on kick chase. But did penalise Will Chambers after he had put the ball down over the line off a bungled short line drop out from Parra... Why? Because he caught the ball 9.8m from the line and not ten. In over thirty years of watching and playing league I've never seen this penalised. Parra definitely got the home town advantage from the refs. If you want to credit anyone other than the Storm who were magnificent, credit the Parra players who dropped the ball in the attacking zone and kicked the ball dead. Blame a negative game plan of always kicking to Turner because they were AFRAID to kick to Slater. Turner burned them. Comper to Storm's tactic - kick to Hayne and simply tackle him.

  • Posted by: SHORT MEMORY on October 5, 2009 10:35 AM

Too right Archer and his mates were the extra 4 players that the Storm needed

  • Posted by: Paul on October 5, 2009 10:34 AM

Hayne a 7? Why isn't anybody pointing out that he lost the Eels the game. At 10-6 The Eels had all the momentum and everything was going their way. A bomb goes up and Inglis caught it uncontested and scored under the posts to make it 16-6 ... That ball was Hayne's responsibility and the replays clearly showed him JOGGING ... JOGGING over to it ... If he had even contested for the ball ... made some sort of effort, Inglis wouldn't have scored and the Eels would have won ... Thats the big difference between Slater and Hayne ... Slater is always playing at 100% effort and Hayne doesn't

  • Posted by: PK on October 5, 2009 10:30 AM

Now I am baffled by how these scores are determined. Hindmarsh makes over 60 tackles and gets a 7. I guess it stands to reason as White and Moimoi made 80 tackles to earn their 8, right? Hang on - neither of them even played the full 80. Go figure...

  • Posted by: Hindmarsh is a machine on October 5, 2009 9:58 AM

We stuck it up them!Dancing Haynes had 2 left feet,nowhere near as good as Billy Slater.GO STORM BOYS!Now for back to back!

  • Posted by: Arlene Peggie on October 5, 2009 9:44 AM

Apart from his dubious try, big fat lump Moi Moi was completely ineffective and took all the momentum away from Parra with the stupid penalty he gave away when he had a second go at Slater.

Adam Blair was man of the match by a mile.

  • Posted by: ricko on October 5, 2009 9:36 AM

A big FAIL to Channel 9 on two counts. Not staying with the post match presentations for Melbourne viewers and the obvious bias of Ray "Rabid" Warren's commentary. Sterlo showed true professionalism even when his beloved Eels failed to salute.

  • Posted by: MC on October 5, 2009 9:31 AM

Hayne didn't deserve 7 - maybe 6. He's had an awesome season that's seen him grown in stature, but the only thing that's grown faster is the kid's ego. His "good luck" comment showed just how awesome he thinks he is. I'd take Slater over him any day.
Hayne displayed that he's still a kid. The over-zealous media have been lauding him as some kind of messiah. Once he produces 4 or 5 years at the top like Slater and Inglis, then the word "superstar" can be used. As it stands, he's a youngster with potential who may just be in great form

  • Posted by: Big Unit on October 5, 2009 9:29 AM

Moimoi was the REAL man of the match, just ask Johnson and White, even Slater couldn't stop him - it was the best performance by a prop in the Big One

  • Posted by: Sean on October 5, 2009 9:20 AM

How can they best player on the field play for the losing team?

  • Posted by: Ben on October 5, 2009 9:19 AM

Jarryd Hayne a 7?? He did nothing except make up the numbers!! All talk and no show!!

  • Posted by: Mick on October 5, 2009 9:10 AM

You forgot the man of the match performance from the Storm's best... Tony Archer. A 12 on last nights performance

  • Posted by: Keith on October 5, 2009 8:34 AM

How you gave Eric Grothe a 9 and Fuifui Moimoi an 8 is beyond me. Which game were you watching??

  • Posted by: Henry on October 5, 2009 8:24 AM

Jarryd Hayne......Good Luck.
Ha Ha

  • Posted by: Wayne on October 5, 2009 7:24 AM

MoiMoi 8? You're kidding he should be 10. He was the best player on the field.

  • Posted by: Kris K. on October 5, 2009 3:51 AM

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