Tag Archive: Bryan Norrie

Blair back up the front

In-demand Adam Blair’s absence from the Melbourne Storm front row has turned out to be more of a weekend break than an extended holiday. Blair spent the pre-season preparing to play in the back row and was named there for the opening-round win over Manly. But coach Craig Bellamy decided on a late reshuffle of his pack, with Blair starting in the front row in place of Bryan Norrie and being one of the Storm’s best in the 18-6 victory over the Sea Eagles. The coaching staff must have been pleased, with Blair listed at prop for Saturday’s home game against Gold Coast, allowing Kevin Proctor – who also shone against Manly – to start in the back row. “I thought I was going to be on the edge but the coach wants me in the middle so I’ve got to do some hard work,” Blair said on Wednesday. “The fitness is a little bit tougher in there, but once I get one game out of the way it can only get better.” Continue reading


Don’t feel sorry for Norrie.

After being cut from Cronulla, the former Dragon and Panther had just this week moved his young family to Wagga Wagga to captain-coach the local bush team. But the Melbourne Storm had a position vacant left by the 11th hour call to cease negotiations for the now Cowboy Willie Mason, and they decided to give a call to Bryan Norrie who eagerly accepted their invitation. Now Craig Bellamy and his coaching staff seem to have a knack of turning so called cut price rejects into integral components of the Premiership winning juggernaut that is the Melbourne Storm. Norrie is yet to be listed at DT HQ, but he might be a cheap bench player that could raise the bank if given the opportunity on the field – jot him in your notes maybe?