Su­per Cronk makes it a night to re­mem­ber

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - RIKKI- LEE ARNOLD

IF that is how Ori­gin ends for Cooper Cronk, then what a way to go out.

There were no match- win­ning hero­ics but it was as good a per­for­mance as any from Cronk ( pic­tured).

As Queens­land ran away with their 11th se­ries win in 12 years, the half­back was key.

Cronk says he is still un­sure of his fu­ture, that he does not know whether or not he is re­tir­ing from rugby league.

But if this is the end, as many sus­pect, then you would think the Mel­bourne per­fec­tion­ist would have to be happy.

His com­bi­na­tion with the rest of the Ma­roons and Storm spine was the rea­son they won.

From him to Cameron Smith to Billy Slater to debu­tant Cameron Mun­ster, it was an awe- in­spir­ing per­for­mance.

For the half­back, his best mo­ment came in the 26th minute as he pro­duced a try as­sist that will go down in Ori­gin folk­lore.

Af­ter a barn­storm­ing run from Josh Pa­palii, Cronk got his hands on the ball to put up one of the most in­cred­i­ble kicks of his ca­reer.

Some de­scribed it as a “ba­nana kick”, oth­ers la­belled it the kind of punt that many AFL play­ers would be jeal­ous of.

His kick hit winger Valen­tine Holmes right on the chest, al­low­ing the young gun to score his sec­ond try of the night.

It is def­i­nitely the end of an era with Johnathan Thurston re­tir­ing and Cronk a pos­si­bil­ity of leav­ing the game be­hind.

The way it ended last night, it cer­tainly could spur him on to leave the game be­hind.

But it would be an Ori­gin re­tire­ment to re­mem­ber.

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