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Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named an 18-man squad for this weekend's 2nd Qualifying Final clash against the Brisbane Broncos. The Storm (13-11) takes on the Broncos (15-9) at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, September 10th at 6:30pm.
After last weekend?s disappointing loss against the North Queensland Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville, Bellamy has resisted the urge to make wholesale changes to his squad. Jake Webster returns to the starting line-up in place of Greg Inglis who has been named as 18th man. Webster was a late withdrawal from last weekend?s game after suffering a slight knee injury in the team's final training session. Ian Donnelly has been omitted from the squad.
The Storm, who finished the home and away season in 6th position, comes off an inconsistent performance against the Cowboys eventually going down 30-24. The Broncos, who finished the home and away season in 3rd position, comes off their fifth straight loss, the latest defeat coming at the hands of the Eels 28-14 at Parramatta Stadium.
Squad for Saturday's game:
1. Billy Slater 2. Matt Geyer 3. Steve Bell 4. Matt King 5. Jake Webster 6. Scott Hill 7. Matt Orford 8. Robbie Kearns (c) 9. Cameron Smith 10. Brett White 11. David Kidwell 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Dallas Johnson
Jamie McDonald: season (knee)
Steve Turner: season (foot)
In other news:
Melbourne Storm star Greg Inglis, at the ripe old age of 18, has won the Courier-Mail Best and Fairest Award for 2005, collecting the Queensland Rugby League South-East Division trophy even though he only made 12 appearances in the Wizard Cup competition.
His form in the Queensland Wizard Cup was so impressive he earned both representative honours and several first grade NRL games.
Inglis, who was a junior rugby league star for Wavell State High School, polled votes in nine of his 12 games, including four best-on-ground performances.
Inglis was obviously delighted with his win.
?It actually feels pretty awesome,? said Inglis.
Inglis was so blas? about the awards night; he had no idea about the formalities of the event.
?I didn?t know what I was getting nominated for,? said Inglis.
?Trelly (coach Wayne Treleaven) just rang me up and told me (I had been invited) and I was like ?oh, alright then,? so I decided to go.?
Votes were given on a 3-2-1 basis given by the officiating referee on the day with players from Toowoomba, Tweed Heads, Central and North Queensland ineligible.
Melbourne Storm football operations manager Peter O?Sullivan, the man who discovered Inglis, was glowing in his praise of the NRL club?s young star of the future.
?Given that he?s won the award after only 12 games and having just turned 18-years-of-age is testament to his undoubted potential in our game,? said O?Sullivan.
?Greg will be a cornerstone of our team (Melbourne Storm) for many years to come.?
Of the many awards Inglis has won over his short rugby league career, he rates this one among his best.
?It?s up there, it?s definitely up there,? said Inglis.
For further information contact the Melbourne Storm: 03 8412 4900 or Chris Couch: 0407 154 836