Tag Archive: Billy Slater


Bellamy delays team announcement

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy could wait until match eve to decide on his line-up to face Manly in their round one NRL clash on Saturday. Bellamy will name an expanded squad as he gives a host of injured players as much time as possible to prove their fitness. One certain to start the Storm’s first match for NRL competition points since last April is fullback Billy Slater, who has recovered from shoulder surgery. Pleas to play Souths recruit Beau Champion, who hasn’t managed a Storm trial due to injury, appear to have fallen on deaf ears. “He’s probably been on the edge for a little while with that head injury and now the calf, I’d probably say he’s pretty unlikely,” the coach said. Five-eighth Maurice Blair, centre Chase Stanley and forwards Sika Manu and Rory Kostjasyn are among the injured brigade. “I’d like to have the line-up settled but we’ve got a few injuries,” Bellamy said, adding they will test the players on Wednesday. Continue reading

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Storm suffers injuries while Inglis looks on

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy joked about the prospect of ”kidnapping” former star Greg Inglis after losing both centres to injury in Saturday night’s 26-6 NRL trial defeat to Brisbane. In a somewhat bizarre sight, Inglis – who left the Storm to play for Brisbane only to renege on his contract with the Broncos to sign with South Sydney – was a star spectator in the 8000-strong Redcliffe crowd. After a visit to Melbourne’s dressing room, Bellamy quipped he might try and pry away the Test representative, with off-season recruit Beau Champion and fellow centre Chase Stanley both receiving injuries. ”I see Greg’s up the hallway, I might try to hijack or kidnap him actually and take him back to Melbourne,” Bellamy joked. ”Souths wouldn’t be very happy with that though.” Champion (calf) went down in the warm-up on Saturday night while Stanley (knee ligaments) was taken off in the opening minutes of the loss to the Broncos. Continue reading

Lockyer dons the Bronc for first time in 2011

Brisbane skipper Darren Lockyer will wear the Broncos jersey for the first time in 2011 after being named in a strong side to meet Melbourne Storm in Saturday night’s NRL trial at Redcliffe. New Broncos coach Anthony Griffin on Wednesday named his first team two days after Ivan Henjak’s controversial dumping, and chose to rest four of his biggest forwards. While Brisbane’s backline will be at full strength against a strong Storm outfit, Queensland forwards Sam Thaiday and Ben Hannant, plus Nick Kenny and Mitchell Dodds have been rested. “We will give Sam and Ben a rest this weekend but they will be right for round one,” Griffin told the Broncos website. “Nick Kenny is the same, as is Mitchell Dodds. “This gives the other guys a chance to show what they can do. Continue reading

Cowboys walking wounded as trial injuries begin to mount

Justin Hodges made a successful return to action, but former Broncos team mate Antonio Winterstein is set to miss the start of the NRL season after suffering a broken jaw. Hodges set up a try with his first touch off the bench in the Broncos’ 26-4 trial win over the Cowboys in Alice Springs on Saturday night. “He got through a continuous 40 minutes and set up a try and there was no side affects from the injury, so I’m very happy with his involvement and getting through the game,” Broncos coach Ivan Henjak told AAP. It ended more than 500 days of NRL inactivity for the classy Broncos, Queensland and Australia centre, but Cowboys recruit Winterstein had far worse misfortune on the night. He went to hospital for scans just before halftime after suffering facial injuries in a sickening collision during a tackle. Continue reading

Slaters shoulder healing slower than expected

Melbourne are preparing to start their 2011 NRL season without star fullback Billy Slater, whose recovery from shoulder surgery is slower than expected. Slater will miss all of the Storm’s pre-season matches and coach Craig Bellamy said on Monday it was looking increasingly likely he wouldn’t play in their round one clash on March 12 against Manly. The Test custodian had an arthroscope on the right shoulder he injured in round 21 and carried through the post-season Four Nations tournament. He also needed ligaments reattached, which has led to limited training over summer. Slater has resumed running but the joint hasn’t progressed as quickly as expected. “It’s probably taking a little bit longer than we thought,” said Bellamy. “He’s still a chance for round one but we certainly won’t take any chances on him. Continue reading

Hayne and Slater in nervous wait

THE NRL match review committee will analyse every moment when Billy Slater and Jarryd Hayne came into contact during Friday night’s spiteful match at Parramatta Stadium before deciding whether to charge the pair and place their State of Origin places in jeopardy. While Hayne appears certain to be sanctioned for his 62nd-minute headbutt of Slater, the case against his Melbourne and Queensland counterpart is less clear-cut. The committee must decide whether Slater — who has privately denied he sledged Hayne relentlessly during the game despite reports to the contrary — made contact with Hayne when the Storm custodian appeared to throw an elbow at the Eels superstar in retaliation to the headbutt only moments later. Those two incidents, however, may be just the tip of the iceberg. The match review committee will also check an incident before half-time when Slater slid in with his knees on Hayne, while Hayne will also be under review for a choker hold on Slater which immediately preceded the headbutt. In anticipation of either Hayne or Slater — or both — being charged, NSW and ARL chief executive Geoff Carr has already spoken to NRL chief executive David Gallop about moving the hearing forward by 24 hours. With the NSW team to be named tonight and the Queensland side tomorrow, an early hearing would help smooth the waters for both teams.

Slater free to play

MELBOURNE fullback Billy Slater is free to play in Saturday’s NRL clash with Canberra after entering an early guilty plea to a dangerous contact charge.  The Test fullback received a grade one charge for an awkward feet-first tackle that led to a penalty try in Sunday’s 36-14 loss to Brisbane at AAMI Park. Slater was attempting to stop Broncos winger Jharal Yow Yeh scoring in the corner and was placed on report.  No charges were laid out of Monday night’s 32-14 victory by North Queensland over the Sydney Roosters.

Cronk to play, Slater in doubt

Melbourne have welcomed back one star in Cooper Cronk but could lose another with fullback Billy Slater missing the flight to Sydney ahead of their NRL match against Penrith on Saturday. Cronk will play his first game of the season after undergoing groin surgery, while Slater missed the Storm’s final training session and their plane due to sinus problems. The Test fullback, who has a history of sinus problems, is booked on a morning flight on Saturday, however 21-year-old Gareth Widdop is on stand-by for his NRL debut should he fail to recover.
Meanwhile, the Panthers, who have started the season with one win and one loss, will start utility Luke Lewis at five-eighth after Travis Burns was ruled out with a knee injury. Former Test representative Trent Waterhouse will return from a quad injury in the second-row.