Cooper Cronk of the Melbourne Storm.
Cooper Cronk of the Melbourne Storm. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Cronk caps great year with Golden Boot award

RUGBY LEAGUE: Cooper Cronk has beaten off challenges from Cameron Smith, Darius Boyd and Jason Taumalolo to become the winner of the 2016 Rugby League World Golden Boot.

The award, decided by a panel of experts including Darren Lockyer, rounded off a spectacular year for the Melbourne Storm and Australia halfback.

The 33-year-old won his second Dally M Medal, jointly with Taumalolo, was player of the tournament as the Kangaroos won the Four Nations and helped Queensland to yet another State of Origin triumph.

He also was a key reason why the Melbourne Storm won the minor premiership and reached the NRL grand final, leading the Storm in try and line-break assists and ranking third for tries scored.

Cronk also brought up his 300-game milestone, becoming just the 25th player in NRL history to do so.


Different community fundraiser

Different community fundraiser

Boosting creative jobs for young people.

Your chance to win Simple Pleasures photo competition

Your chance to win Simple Pleasures photo competition

Love is all you need for Bruns photo comp

Local Partners