Nth Coast plays part in NRL final

PARRAMATTA fans across the country will be in mourning today after their two-month charge to the National Rugby League

premiership came to a shuddering halt.

However, Eels fans should not despair too much as their team fell to the Melbourne Storm, a side that has claims to be rated as one of the greatest in the history of themodern game.

As more than 80,000 fans packed the Olympic Stadium at Homebush, the Storm won their second premiership this century after making four grand finals in a row.

No other side has made the decider four years in a row since the salary cap was

introduced in the 1990s.

It's a remarkable record that the Melbourne club, its coach Craig Bellamy, and star players including captain Cameron Smith, fullback Billy Slater, centre Greg Inglis and halfback Cooper Cronk, should be extremely proud of.

They have often been maligned for their 'innovative' defensive techniques and their small fan base, but results count in the cutthroat world of the NRL, and Melbourne have delivered.

While the team is based in Victoria, the North Coast has played its part in the Storm renaissance.

Casino's Matt King and Ballina pair James Aubusson and Ian Donnelly have all played for the southern powerhouse.

In yesterday's match, Bowraville junior Greg Inglis and Hat Head's Aiden Tolman continued the North Coast tradition.

As for the Eels and their fanatical supporters, it continues 23 years without a premiership, and at least one year more.

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