https://www.melbournestorm.com.au/news/2018/03/02/storm-announce-20-year-team/Storm announce 20 Year Team
Fri 2 Mar 2018, 10:14 PM
Melbourne Storm have announced their team of the 20 years during a celebratory night at Crown Palladium on Friday.
The 17-man line-up is made up of the greatest players to have pulled on the purple jersey over the last two decades.
A total of five players from Storm’s inaugural 1998 season were selected in the side; Marcus Bai (wing), Glenn Lazarus (prop), while Matt Geyer, Tawera Nikau and Robbie Kearns earned bench positions.
The team also includes six players from the Club’s current 2018 squad. Cameron Smith (hooker) was named captain of the 20-year team that also includes fellow teammates Billy Slater (fullback), William Chambers (centre), Suliasi Vunivalu (wing), Jesse Bromwich (prop) and Ryan Hoffman (second row).
Former captain Stephen Kearney was selected alongside Hoffman in the second row while cult hero Matt King was named in the other centre position.
A superstar halves pairing comprises of multiple Premiership-winning playmakers Greg Inglis and Cooper Cronk.
Tireless Hard man Dallas Johnson claimed the lock position while enforcer Michael Crocker earned the other bench spot.
A six-person selection committee was formed to select the team, comprising of Storm head coach Craig Bellamy, CEO Dave Donaghy, Football Director Frank Ponissi, Club founder and inaugural CEO John Ribot, inaugural assistant coach and later development manager Greg Brentnall as well as legendary coach esteemed Fairfax media collumist Roy Masters.
The committee used four key criteria to select the line-up:
- On and off field
- Legacy that was left at the Club
- Accomplishments in a Storm jersey