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02 October 2017

"The North Queensland Cowboys are proof that regional NRL clubs can be successful, whilst also allowing more local talent a pathway into professional football with the support of their local community around them", Mr Murphy said. The 33-year-old will hang up his boots at the final whistle, but his contest against Cowboys counterpart Michael Morgan will go a long way to deciding which club lifts the trophy on Sunday night.

They have instead been forced to move their final training session to Sydney's Jubilee Park in Kogorah.

The Storm were a class above a courageous Cowboys side, winning 34-6 in a one-sided Grand Final, in front of 79,722 at ANZ Stadium.

Are you game enough to write them off? In a big game like that against a really good team ... when you're playing a team like that you can't have things go against you like that. It would give Melbourne something to cheer about if Richmond lose the AFL grand final today. A attractive length-of-the-field effort was finished by Josh Ado-Carr, a player who could run 10.6 for the 100m when he was 16, and a player who the Wests Tigers were unable to get the best out of in season 2016.

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The injured Thurston will be watching the grand final from the stands after hurting his shoulder months ago and was asked what he'd be willing sacrifice in order to play in the last match of the NRL season. You've made me a ten-times better player.

Melbourne have not lost a game in nine weeks and have an outrageously talented squad, led by the Big Three of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and the soon to depart Cooper Cronk.

The Storm have the best back three in the NRL when it comes to running the ball back from kicks. Armed with a mischievous smile and speed to burn, Addo-Carr was such a revelation on the left flank in his first season at the Storm that it's hard to remember the raw three-quarter who didn't seem to be going anywhere at Wests Tigers.

'Thank you for everything you've done for me over my career, but especially the last few years.

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Seriously, North Queensland could not be getting more out of their squad than they are now. And when Billy Slater crossed for the Storm's third try a couple of tackles later, a road to nowhere is exactly what the Cowboys seemed to be on. Smith won the Dally M Medal on Wednesday as the best player in the NRL, Cronk is the best game manager in the comp and Slater can set up tries or score himself from anywhere on the field.

"When he is at his best, Melbourne are at their best", he said. Victory in the Grand Final would be a fairy-tale for Cronk, so there is plenty riding on the outcome of the game for both teams and an abundance of engaging stories to be told.

"I didn't really know (whether I'd be back here)", Slater said after the win, breaking into tears.

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NRL Grand Final Preview