Dally M Coach of the year: Storm’s mastermind Craig Bellamy takes fifth title

For the past nine years the Storm have not missed the finals.

In the past four years they have either finished with the minor premiership or made the grand final.

They have played seven grand finals under his watch.

Craig Bellamy, the 2019 coach of the year, is the mastermind behind it all.

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Bellamy is Coach of the Year

Bellamy is Coach of the Year

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“I’m not quite sure what to say there were a couple of guys apart from me that deserved this honour more than me,” Bellamy said.

“This is an award for our club and our footy department. Everybody in the Football department. It takes more than a couple of people to prepare a footy team each and every week, so I’d like to thank my entire footy staff.”

This is the fifth time he has won this award, also taking the honours in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2017.

Whatever doubters he had left are long gone – he is the best coach in the game.

First, they said Storm would struggle without Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater. They said Cameron Smith is getting too old.

But Bellamy had a plan all along. Somehow, he has a knack for turning average players into absolute superstars.

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Along came Ryan Papenhuyzen and Jahrome Hughes and Justin Olam. Guys who were overlooked at rival clubs but came to Melbourne looking for a chance.

If they proved themselves tough enough, Bellamy would give them a shot at a purple jersey.

Hughes was good enough to unseat Brodie Croft in the halves leading into the finals, with Papenhuyzen demanding the No.1 jersey. He was just too good.

Craig Bellamy is the mastermind of it all.

Tedesco wins Dally M Medal

Tedesco wins Dally M Medal

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This year, the Storm finished the regular season with just four losses for the year, six points clear of their next biggest rivals, the Roosters.

They amassed an incredible 631 points scores and leaked just 300.

They conceded the fewest tries, the fewest metres, the fewest linebreaks and made the least missed tackles.

Somehow, no matter who turns up in the Storm jersey, they get the job done.

And Craig Bellamy is the mastermind of it all.

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