Tag: Billy Slater

The good, the bad and the ugly: Why grand final week is playing right into Cam Smith’s hands

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis On the road to the NRL grand final, somewhere between Melbourne and Sydney, three weary gunslingers peer into each other’s souls: the good, the bad and the ugly. Many have travelled through this barren wasteland – few survive. The bones of fallen football teams scatter its sands. Balmain Tigers 1988 and […]

Read More

Billy Slater’s dark history as the Melbourne Storm’s last line of defense

BY A.J NASH Retiring Melbourne Storm legend Billy Slater has the Australian sports community split down the middle as to whether he should be suspended for the 2018 grand final ending his illustrious career in the process. Slater will head to the judiciary after what appeared to be a pretty blatant shoulder charge on Cronulla’s […]

Read More

Minichiello doesn’t think Slater should be suspended for Feki shoulder charge

Sydney Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello thinks his old fullback rival and Melbourne custodian Billy Slater shouldn’t be suspended for his shoulder charge last Friday night at AAMI Park. Slater could have played his last ever game if he is scratched by the NRL judiciary. “Look, it was a shoulder charge but to miss a grand […]

Read More

It will be almost impossible for Cronk to play: Fittler

Sydney Roosters star Cooper Cronk has a torn rotator cuff and is in serious doubt of missing Sunday’s grand final against his former club Melbourne. And Roosters premiership-winner Brad Fittler, now coach of New South Wales, believes it would be almost impossible for Cronk to get through 80 minutes in the toughest club game of […]

Read More

Chaos and flair: The story of an Innisfail kid who made a decision that changed everything

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Here is something you may not know about Australia’s greatest ever fullback. If Billy Slater did not leave high school as a 15-year-old, we probably would not be celebrating his illustrious career this weekend. On Friday night at AAMI Park, Slater plays his last ever game in front of his adoring […]

Read More

Melbourne on course to win back-to-back titles says premiership-winner

Premiership-winning five-eigth Ben Ikin believes the Melbourne Storm could be the first team since his former club – Brisbane – went back-to-back in 1997 and 1998.   Speaking to SEN 1116, Ikin said Storm’s consistency made them the team to beat. “No-one is getting excited about them because when you beat the Gold Coast Titans […]

Read More

Emotional Slater confirms 2018 will be his final season of first grade rugby league

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Melbourne Storm’s iconic fullback Billy Slater has made his retirement official at a press conference alongside the only club coach he has ever played under in Craig Bellamy. After 313 NRL games, premierships, World Cups, State of Origin victories, Golden Boots and Clive Churchill Medals, Slater announced 2018 would be his […]

Read More

Tributes already coming in ahead of Billy Slater’s retirement announcement

Tributes on social media are already starting to come through prior to Billy Slater’s 1pm press conference where the Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Kangaroos legend will announce his retirement. Billy Slater. One of the greatest, most instinctive, athletes in any sport in the world. Will be missed— Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) August 7, 2018 I grew […]

Read More