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Chase Stanley gone for season

Injury-prone Melbourne centre Chase Stanley has been crushed by news he requires a full knee reconstruction and will miss the rest of the NRL season. The promising St George junior made just seven appearances in his first season for the Storm last year, and now another shadow has been cast over his career. Scans on Tuesday revealed an ACL injury that required a full reconstruction. The 21-year-old suffered the injury during the first half of Saturday night’s 18-6 first round victory over Manly and was surprisingly able to play on, and excel, in the second 40 minutes. However, MRI scans confirmed he’d done some serious damage and will now have to watch his team-mates battle it out from the sidelines. Stanley, who made his debut as a schoolboy for St George Illawarra in 2007, is a massive loss for the Storm, however there is a silver lining with new recruit Beau Champion receiving the green light to take his place in the centres against the Gold Coast on Saturday night. Continue reading

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Storm injury cloud clears

Melbourne Storm’s three injury concerns are set to take their places for tomorrow’s NRL opening-round clash against Manly, football operation manager Frank Ponissi said yesterday. Sika Manu (knee), Chase Stanley (bruised knee) and 18th man Beau Champion (calf) were all named in the Storm team this week but only firmed to play after being put through their paces on Wednesday. Manu will be tested again this morning, but Ponissi said the powerful second-rower was looking good, with coach Craig Bellamy to make a decision after training today. ”Craig was pretty keen that he completed a fair bit of training [on Wednesday], which he did, and if he can pull up well [today] and train well then we see no reason,” Ponissi said. Tomorrow’s game will be the first time the Storm has played for points since it was busted for salary cap rorting last April. After a long pre-season, Storm skipper Cameron Smith said the team was eager to finally get back onto the field against fierce rival Manly. Continue reading

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

Storms youth led recovery

Melbourne Storm’s recruitment strategy for 2011 was dictated by their dire circumstances last year. A salary cap stretched to the limit by the dodgy deals of past administrators left little cash to replace a host of departing stars. So the addition of journeyman props such as Adam Woolnough and Troy Thompson filled out the list in positions where it was weak. But Storm’s Round 1 line-up won’t be just veteran-filled because coach Craig Bellamy is set to back a youth-led recovery. As many as six players aged 22 or younger could be in his 17, with 10 fledglings set to form the core of Storm’s new look outfit now and into the future. Wingers Matt Duffie, 20, and 19-year-old Justin O’Neill made try scoring their business last season taking their fast-tracked opportunities to make a serious impression. Centre Chase Stanley has already played for his country but is still only 21 and, despite an injury setback, could win the race for Greg Inglis’ centre spot. Continue reading

Bellamy breathes easier

Head Coach Craig Bellamy is breathing a little easier today after discovering none of his injured players from Saturday night’s trial match against Brisbane will be out for an extended period of time. Outside backs Beau Champion injured his calf during the warm-up and Chase Stanley suffered a corked leg before the 10-minute mark, while back-rower Sika Manu was forced off with a knee injury. With the round one fixture against Manly at AAMI Park less than a fortnight away, Bellamy said the players will need to do everything right in rehab to be a chance for the season opener. “I don’t think there’s anything there too serious, I don’t think we’re talking anything three, four or five weeks,” said Bellamy. “But they’re all going to be really touch and go for that first game. “It’s probably likely we’ll go in with a couple out, but hopefully they get better a bit quicker than the medical staff think.” Continue reading

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

Widdop eyes vacant 5/8th position

Storm playmaker Gareth Widdop was one of the star performers in Saturday night’s 24-4 win over the Raiders in Bega, but he isn’t getting ahead of himself in the race for the number six jersey. Widdop set up Chase Stanley’s second try with a classy pass, and was involved in many of the Storm’s best moves on the night. Storm Head Coach Craig Bellamy admitted after last week’s trial Maurice Blair probably had the inside running the vacant five-eighth spot, but Widdop’s efforts against the Raiders has him back on level terms. Widdop knows he’s got a battle on his hands if he wants to be named in the team for Storm’s first NRL game of the year against the Sea Eagles at AAMI Park, but he is happy with his development over the pre-season. Continue reading

Storm forecast

Melbourne youngster Chase Stanley’s interrupted season is over after he suffered an elbow injury at the weekend. Stanley succumbed inside the opening 20 minutes of the AAMI Park clash with South Sydney, along with front-rower Aiden Tolman who suffered a rib cartilage injury, and coach Craig Bellamy has confirmed Stanley won’t play again in 2010 after having a slow start because of a shoulder injury. Fortunately for Bellamy though he has a ready-made replacement to step straight back in after overcoming ankle and thigh injuries of his own. “Certainly with Chase getting injured that gives us a chance to put Justin back in which is great, the more time he gets the better he’ll be,” Bellamy added of the 19-year-old who has excited Storm fans with his try-scoring feats in his handful of games so far. Bellamy is no better than hopeful that Tolman will get to play a farewell game in Round 26 against the Knights but he does welcome back Adam Blair from a rest and Jeff Lima following the birth of his first child leading up to the Rabbitohs game. Another rising star, forward Jesse Bromwich, has been named at 18th man as Bellamy keeps an eye on a couple of players carrying injuries, and the coach has been impressed by the under-20s graduate. “Yeah he’s been really good Jesse,” Bellamy said

Lowrie called up for Knights clash

Melbourne has made one change for Saturday night’s away clash with Newcastle, naming Todd Lowrie for his club debut in place of injured back-rower Ryan Hoffman. The dual premiership player, who missed the 2008 grand final after hurting his ankle late in the season, is expected to be sidelined for between four and six weeks after scans confirmed a grade two medial strain. Lowrie, however, is no certainty to line up as he continues his recovery from the groin strain he picked up in the World Club Challenge win over Leeds Rhinos a fortnight ago. The former Parramatta forward, who played against Melbourne in last year’s premiership decider, has been named for the second week in a row but a final decision on his fitness won’t be made until closer to the game. Rising star Kevin Proctor, who came into the starting line-up last week when Lowrie failed to come up, will start again this time in the No.12 jersey, with Ryan Tandy retaining his spot on the bench in the 17-man squad. Storm coach Craig Bellamy is still unable to consider Cooper Cronk (groin/hip), Brett White (shoulder), Sika Manu (broken leg), Chase Stanley (shoulder), Atelea Vea (back) or Sione Kite (shoulder) because of injury.

The Knights may welcome back hooker Isaac De Gois and centre Adam MacDougall after both missed last weekend’s upset win over the Bulldogs with knee injuries but inspirational skipper Kurt Gidley (hamstring) will sit out again and isn’t expected back until at least next week.Also certain to miss the match are James McManus (foot) and Ben Rogers (dislocated elbow) while Junior Sau (rib strain) and Marvin Karawana (knee) both suffered injuries last weekend and the club is waiting on the results of scans before confirming if either will be sidelined.