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- NICK SMART

CAMERON Smith will tonight cre­ate history by be­com­ing the first Mel­bourne Storm player to play 300 NRL games.

The Storm skip­per will reach the mile­stone in front of his ador­ing fans at AAMI Park.

Smith, who is a revered fig­ure in this AFL-lov­ing state, will bring up the triple hun­dred against the Pen­rith Pan­thers with the game kick­ing off at 7.35pm. The 32-year-old said his fam­ily were his big­gest sup­port­ers, even if his young chil­dren didn’t fully un­der­stand what all the fuss was about.

“They just think dad just plays for Aus­tralia and he plays for Queens­land and he gets to hold a tro­phy up and that is that,” Smith laughed.

“It is amaz­ing to share this mo­ment with my three chil­dren and Barb, who has been there since the start.”

Barb, Smith’s wife, said it was a big day for her fam­ily.

“As his wife, I’m ex­tremely proud he has reached this mile­stone and that he’s been able to it at Mel­bourne Storm,” she said.

“It’s re­ally spe­cial that he gets to play his 300th game at AAMI Park and in front of his home crowd.”

 ?? Pic­ture: COLLEEN PETCH ?? Mel­bourne Storm cap­tain Cameron Smith with his wife, Barb, and chil­dren, Matilda, 2, Jasper, 5, and Jada, 7.
Pic­ture: COLLEEN PETCH Mel­bourne Storm cap­tain Cameron Smith with his wife, Barb, and chil­dren, Matilda, 2, Jasper, 5, and Jada, 7.

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