Author(s): Paul Kennedy
Melbourne Storm was created in 1998 and situated in the heartland of a rival football code, it won three NRL premierships from five Grand Finals in its first twelve seasons and produced the best players in the game. It was the envy of clubs everywhere. But in 2010 Storm's famed winning culture was exposed as a fraud. The club had cheated. The club had consistently rorted the NRL's salary cap. Justice seemed hard and fast. They were fined and stripped of their trophies. A few in club management were fired, some club directors left and player managers were given suspensions. That was it. No one was charged. Storm played out that season with admirable resolve, despite playing for no reward. In the following two seasons Melbourne Storm fought back and in 2012 won the Grand Final. The rise, fall and rise of Melbourne Storm happened in a heartbeat, yet what actually took place? Stormclouds answers the question as it reveals the hidden story, with much untold to be revealed.
Paul Kennedy co-wrote the expose, Hell on the Way to Heaven, which examined the Catholic Church's cover-up of sexual abuse.