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Slater happy to share Storm kudos

By Guy Hand 05/10/2009 08:35:34 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne star Billy Slater admits his Clive Churchill Medal for man-of-the-match would have been deservedly worn by any of his 16 NRL premiership teammates.

Slater won the prestigious individual honour for a superb grand final performance in which he shaded the game's other outstanding fullback, Parramatta's Jarryd Hayne.

He was given the biggest cheer by hundreds of Storm fans at the club's family day at their Melbourne headquarters on Monday.

But in a Melbourne performance with no weak links and all their best players firing, Slater felt humbled to have been selected ahead of his teammates for the award.

"I thought Cooper Cronk was outstanding. Steve Turner, Ryan Hoffman, Adam Blair, they were outstanding - any one of the 17 could have won," Slater said.

"Individually it's a great honour but I couldn't have done it without the other blokes there."

It was a reasonably low-key welcome home for the Storm, with around 50 fans greeting them at Melbourne Airport on Monday ahead of the team's presentation to several hundred more at Princes Park.

More fans are expected for a civic reception in Melbourne's Federation Square on Tuesday.

Skipper Cameron Smith raised the trophy and managed a reasonable impersonation of sports commentator Bruce McAvaney when asked how the celebrations had been following the grand final win.

"We had a couple of quiet beers with the boys and our families - just a couple ... and they were delicious," Smith said, attempting to mimic McAvaney's recent AFL commentary in which he described a piece of play from Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli as "delicious".

Centre Greg Inglis told the cheering crowd of his match-sealing field goal: "I just got the ball and kicked it, I snapped it low and flat and said `please get over'.

"I've got a (premiership) ring. We've done a really good job."

The Storm had dual cause to celebrate after the club's under 20 side won the Toyota Cup grand final, with the team also presented to the crowd at the family day.

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