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Craig Bellamy ahead of his 500th game as coach

The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) has congratulated Craig Bellamy, who will bring up his 500th match as Melbourne Storm Coach tonight.

Bellamy becomes just the fourth coach to achieve the milestone. He will reach the feat when the Storm play South Sydney Rabbitohs in tonight’s NRL Telstra Premiership Round Two match at AAMI Park.

ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys AM said Bellamy was one of the game’s greatest coaches, with a remarkable 70% win ratio.

“Craig is one of the greatest coaches in the history of our game. Only three other Coaches have coached 500 games. What makes Craig’s achievement even more special is that all 500 games have been at one club,” Mr V’landys said.

“Craig has achieved everything in rugby league. He has won Grand Finals, Minor Premierships and no less than six Dally M Coach of the Year Awards.

“What I particularly admire about Craig is the leadership qualities he instils in his players. So many players join the Storm as kids and leave the Storm as leaders. That speaks volumes about Craig and his values.

“On behalf of the game, I congratulate Craig on coaching his 500th NRL match and look forward to what he will achieve in the future.”

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