Last Sunday arvo the Storm said goodbye to their controversial 2010 season in style, posting a massive 30 point win over the Knights at AAMI Park giving their departing players a sensational send off.
After being stripped of all competition points and forced to play for pride alone this year after repeated salary cap breaches, Melbourne have had the most up and down season of any of the teams.
Newcastle are also out for the season officially finishing 11th on the ladder.
On Sunday the purple brigade were on fire from the first blow of the whistle right until the final minute of play, storming home with a super six-tries-to-one victory.
Greg Inglis, heading off to the Brisbane Broncos next season, opened the try scoring seven minutes in and Cameron Smith converted so the home side lead by six.
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Just three minutes later Ryan Hinchcliffe flew over for Melbourne’s second of the night and another beautiful kick from their skipper saw them up by 12 after just 11 minutes.
Smith’s conversion gave him 1000 points, the first Melbourne player to reach the milestone.
With no more points scored after the opening blast, the Storm took their 12 – nil lead to the sheds.
Back from the break Newcastle finally opened their account in the 46th minute when Zeb Taia got over, but without the conversion they still trailed by eight and it would be a long end to the match for the Knights.
Answering back quickly, Melbourne’s Ryan Hoffman, another departing player, scored again in the 52nd minute, the kick extending their lead to 18 – 4.
In the last half hour the Storm would play for 2010, they ran in another three unanswered tries with other departing players Brett White (69th) and Aiden Tolman (73rd) scoring within four minutes of each other, White’s first of the season and last for the club, before Inglis made it a match double in a stunning show for the Storm with three minutes left on the clock.
Smith converted Tolman’s try while Jeff Lima who is also leaving the club was given the honours of the final goal kick and booted it over so Melbourne won 34 – 4.
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