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Poor little Storm boys

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Kiwi Eagle, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,424 / 31

    Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has expressed disappointment about his players being treated like lepers by away fans, saying they deserve better.

    Storm players were under attack last Friday night from a vocal band of Parramatta supporters who branded them cheats following the exposure of their club's salary cap rorting.

    Some called for the visitors to hand over the NRL premiership trophy to the Eels, who they beat in last year's grand final.

    While Melbourne players said after Friday's 24-10 loss they weren't upset by the taunts, Bellamy was determined to stick up for his men.

    "Our guys are a bit frustrated from what we copped from the crowd as soon as we got there but we can't control what the crowd do,'' he told radio station SEN.

    "The players felt a little bit unloved at times, we are treated like lepers at most of our away games.''

    Investigators from Deloitte, employed by the NRL to audit the club and unravel the extent of the salary cap scandal, have allegedly found that Storm skipper Cameron Smith had three contracts, while other players also had multiple deals.

    There are also claims some Melbourne players almost certainly knew that some of their payments came from third parties in ways that would not be counted towards the salary cap.

    Players, including Smith, and officials are refusing to comment until the investigation is complete, with the matter also before the courts.

    Storm chairman Rob Moodie and the club's three other independent directors have taken legal action against the NRL, claiming the league's chief executive David Gallop broke NRL rules and denied the Storm due process in stripping premierships and points.

    The matter will return to the Victorian Supreme Court for a further directions hearing on Wednesday.

    Bellamy said he felt his players deserved better from away fans, but conceded it was a situation that they would have to accept.

    "At the end of day everybody left at our club are good people and we probably don't deserve that,'' he said.

    "But we can't control what the crowd do, they pay their money and they can go along and do what they like.

    "We have to get used to that because we're obviously going to cop more of it.''

    The Storm have won four or their six matches since they were ruled ineligible to win points this season and Bellamy said they would continue to be a force regardless of the lack of reward.
  2. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +971 / 7
    I am just waiting for the document that shows Bellamy knew, or even better was involved with, the multiple contracts and the players duplicity of this fraud on the RL community. I guess it is hard to go out and be abused each week but hey, you get what ye sow.
  3. Ian Martin tragic

    Ian Martin tragic Well-Known Member

    +137 / 0
    It's just going to get worse with the storm as the season goes on. best if they had just booted them from the comp for this year.
  4. larry tate II

    larry tate II Member

    +5 / 0
    Well,what did he expect..sympathy? Fair dinkum,remember all the others that have copped it over the years..dogs,us,easts,souths...piss off with the whining,'fess up and cop your lumps.
  5. blitzkrieg

    blitzkrieg Active Member

    +10 / 0

    Respect? Even his players hate him, fancy tipping urine on your coach.....
  6. ConcernedSupporter

    ConcernedSupporter Member

    +2 / 0
    "The players felt a little bit unloved at times, we are treated like lepers at most of our away games.''

    Oh no, poor diddums - hand out the tissues.

    They had no idea that the opposition fans didn't like them. The poor Melbourne Storm have never been subjected to taunts when playing away games before the scandal.


    Wish I could live under the mass delusion that everyone loved me all of the time LOL
  7. eagle-rock08

    eagle-rock08 Active Member

    +70 / 0
    I love you concerned.  Have done your years.

    By the way how is little Jon boy jnr?
  8. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +1,815 / 7
    The Storm players & coach need to take a dose of cement and harden the F**k up.  Manly has been copping **** from opposition fans for 30 to 40 years and you don't see them having a whinge.
  9. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

    +233 / 0
    and we didnt cheat
  10. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +1,815 / 7
    Agreed but there are a lot out there who think that we did by buying players from other clubs to help us win.  The funny thing is that now everyone does it but Manly still get branded with "trying to buy a premiership" still when we buy players.
  11. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +6,618 / 118
    Jethro I suspect most people forget why they boo Manly or else they just do it because they have been brought up that way and don't actually know why!

    As for Storm, they are going to be villains from this point onwards. A smart move for them would be to dump Smith Slater Inglis and Bellamy and try to make a fresh start with a new image. Cronk is the only one of their top guns who would not automtically generate hostility from opposing fans.

    On the other hand, maybe from a marketing viewpoint being the villain might have some advantages! The players can't complain, and certainly Bellamy shouldn't complain, what does he expect?
  12. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    +2,286 / 60
    Exposed as imposters, exposed as cheats and exposed as soft.
  13. ConcernedSupporter

    ConcernedSupporter Member

    +2 / 0

    Ooooh I see a banner for the hill

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