Ennis: Cowboys premiership mission not impossible

Posted October 01, 2017

Melbourne Storm gave Cooper Cronk the ideal send-off as they dominated North Queensland Cowboys to triumph 34-6 in a one-sided NRL Grand Final.

A formidable performance from one of the most dominant club sides of the NRL era has culminated in a deserved 34-6 Grand Final win for Melbourne on the back of starring roles from big-game players Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk.

In no particular order: Cameron Smith, Cronk and Billy Slater aren't just the best league players in Australia, they're also some of the best blokes.

But they saved their best for last when Smith and Cronk both gave inside balls for Slater to break away up the middle in the 73rd minute, before Slater offloaded and Josh Addo-Carr eventually crossed for his second a pass later, and the final try of the season.

Congratulations to the Storm.

"I will make a decision soon".

"We are ready and just waiting for the moment when the NRL calls for bids for new teams or perhaps even relocation".

In the past three years, the NRL narrative has been about the fulfilment of longing: South Sydney, the Cowboys and Cronulla became premiers for either the first time or what seemed like it.

Paul Green has got them believing in their systems and therefore you have just got to bring your attitude and form and they have done that and they are willing to do that for each other for 80 minutes.

Heading into the final round of the regular season the Cowboys did not control their own fate, instead needed St George Illawarra to lose to Canterbury to book their place.

They were the eighth placed team, the last placed team to qualify, and going up against the second placed team, and the Cowboys were riddled with injuries to the likes of Jonathan Thurston, but the heart and desire they showed saw them emerge triumphant.

"That scoreline doesn't reflect the effort we put in this year".

"I never thought I'd say this, but good evening Cairns", Elton told the crowd.

"He's going to be a big factor if they're going to win the comp".

There isn't a metric category which can measure it, but confidence is so important in modern-day rugby league, and North Queensland have plenty of it.

For the record I believe the Storm will win in a close one by six or 10 points.

Slater then made one final thankyou.

"When he is at his best, Melbourne are at their best", he said.

Michael Ennis during the 2016 NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium. The Storm are experts at slowing down an opposition's momentum and they'll have Taumalolo tangled up in a pile of defenders each time he makes a run.