Storm ruling decisive, devisive

NO single decision in the 102-year history of rugby league in this country will prove as decisive and divisive as the ruling late yesterday to strip premiers Melbourne Storm of their NRL crowns.

It will create a nuclear-sized collision between the pure ethics of ‘amateur’ sport and the shady back room dealings of which the ‘professional’ codes have long been suspected.

How else could the usual suspects manage to warehouse so much talent on the books without the jiggery-pokery of creative accounting?

It defies belief. As usual the real kick in the breadbasket will be delivered to the grassroots.

Those of us who have been crying out for years, who have been reviled in high places, and painted as cranks will take no pleasure in this.

The moral guardians of our traditions have trashed them to hell this time and it bloody hurts.



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