The season starts again now: Smith
Melbourne captain Cameron Smith believes his side needs to start fresh for the finals and put the minor premiership behind them as they strive for the grand final.
The Storm enter the finals with two losses in a row, but Smith said they are only concentrating on the finals from now on.
“That competition’s gone now, the finals series is here,” Smith said.
“It’s a new comp, so we need to start fresh.
“Once you get in the semi finals it’s anyone’s race.”
After last year’s disappointment, the Storm have fought their way back in 2011 and claimed the minor premiership, and despite looking forward to the finals, Smith believes the Storm should be very proud of their achievement.
“It’s a huge achievement to win the minor premiership coming off 2010,” he said.
“I know all the guys were relieved to win that minor premiership because we put a lot of hard work in.
“The boys came back early in the pre-season, trained really hard, and I think consistently we’ve been pretty good, we’ve had some ups and downs.
“To be able to finish at the top of the comp given suspensions, given injuries, given guys away with rep footy, it’s quite an achievement to win the minor premiership.
“It’s nice to get that trophy, but as I said the season starts again for us now.”
While admitting that the competition is quite open, Smith also said he would relish facing fierce rivals Manly, particularly on grand final day.
“There’s a great rivalry between the two clubs, a quite healthy rivalry,” he said.
“I know there is a lot of respect between the two teams, I know things got a little out of hand last time and as a club we’ve put that behind us and are just concentrating on this week.
“But it would be good to see a Melbourne versus Manly grand final.”