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Melbourne Storm
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Club information
Full name Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club
Nickname(s) The Champions, Stormers[citation needed]
Founded 1997 (first season 1998)
Current details
Ground(s) AAMI Park (Capacity: 31,500)
CEO(s) Matt Hanson
Coach(s) Craig Bellamy
Captain(s) Cameron Smith
Competition National Rugby League
2009 Premiers
File:TBA
Home colours
File:TBA
Away colours
Records
Premierships 3 (1999, 2007, 2009)
Runners-up 2 (2006, 2008)
Minor premiership 3 (2006, 2007, 2008)

The Melbourne Storm are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the city of Melbourne, Victoria. They are the current National Rugby League premiers and have competed in every season of the Premiership since its inception in 1998. The first fully-professional rugby league team based in the Australian rules football-dominated state of Victoria, the Storm have played in the last four NRL grand finals, making them one of the League's top teams. As of October 2009, they were ranked the most popular sporting team in Melbourne by a national Roy Morgan Poll.[1]

Melbourne won their first premiership in 1999, only their second season of competition. The club has qualified for all but two finals series since their inception into the NRL, winning the minor premiership three times in a row from 2006–2008, and contesting each grand final from 2006–2009, winning in 2007 and 2009. This makes them one of the NRL's most successful clubs in the premiership today, earning them the title of NRL Team of the Decade for the 2000s. Their coach Craig Bellamy is the incumbent New South Wales State of Origin coach and their captain Cameron Smith has captained the Australian national team.

From their inception and until the end of 2009, the Storm played their home games at Olympic Park Stadium. As of Round 9 in the 2010 NRL season, the Storm will play home games at AAMI Park, the first being against the Brisbane Broncos.

Originally a Super League initiative and one of six NRL teams which are privately owned,[2] the Melbourne club is currently 100% owned and operated by News Limited.

Contents

History

1990s

In 1996, the Australian Rugby League (ARL) decided to establish a Melbourne based team due to the high attendances at recent State of Origin matches. But in May 1997, Super League boss John Ribot pushed for a Melbourne based club for the Super League competition, which was the rival against the ARL (Australian Rugby League) competition.[3] Former Brisbane Broncos centre Chris Johns became the CEO of the club and Ribot stepped down from the head of Super League to set up the club. In September 1997, Melbourne announced that Chris Anderson would be their foundation coach, and then Super League announced that the new team would be named the Melbourne Storm.[4]

The Melbourne club then went forward with signing players, mainly from former Super League clubs Perth Reds and Hunter Mariners. Some of these players included Robbie Ross, Glenn Lazarus, Brett Kimmorley and Scott Hill. With the Super League and ARL joining into one competition for the 1998 season, the Melbourne team became part of the National Rugby League (NRL). The Melbourne Storm club was unveiled at a function in the Hyatt in February, 1998.

In 1997, there were 21 rugby league teams running around Australia (and one in New Zealand), but none in the country's second-largest city. In 1998, with the game reunited, three clubs had been jettisoned and the Melbourne Storm had bobbed up as an unexpected and initially curious addition to the landscape.

The Sunday Age, 1999[5]

In their first ever game, they defeated Illawarra, with Glenn Lazarus as their inaugural captain. Melbourne, in a complete shock to the rest of the competition, won their first four games, before losing to Auckland.[6] They went on to make the finals, but were defeated by the eventual premiers, the Brisbane Broncos.[7]

In January 1999, CEO John Ribot negotiated a deal that saw Melbourne Storm games televised in China every weekend.[8] The club won eight of their first eleven games of the 1999 NRL season, and went on to make the finals in third position on the premiership ladder. The team was beaten convincingly 34–10 in the quarter final by St. George Illawarra, but came from behind in both the semi final and preliminary final to make the grand final. Melbourne faced St. George Illawarra in the 1999 grand final, with St. George Illawarra favourites due to their comfortable defeat of Melbourne only three weeks earlier.[7] When St. George Illawarra were ahead 14–0 at half time, Melbourne seemed down and out, but two tries to Melbourne put the score at 18–14 in favour of St. George Illawarra with 15 minute remaining. With three minutes remaining, Melbourne winger Craig Smith was knocked out by a high tackle which caused him to lose the ball over the try line. In a historic video refereeing decision, a penalty try was awarded and Melbourne's Matt Geyer kicked the goal that won Melbourne the 1999 Grand final.[7][9] Melbourne won the 1999 Australia Sport Award for domestic team of the year.[10]

2000s

Season 2000 saw Melbourne consistently win after initially losing their first four games of the season. They made the finals (finishing 6th), but were eventually knocked out by Newcastle in the quarter-finals. Between 2001 and 2002, the Melbourne club performed poorly. Cracks were starting to appear between Johns, Ribot and Anderson throughout the period, with Anderson quitting as coach after round 7, 2001 and was replaced by Mark Murray. The Melbourne club failed to make the finals in 2001. Johns left the club as CEO at the end of 2002 and coach Murray was sacked due to Melbourne's poor form, with the club missing the finals for the second year in a row. Craig Bellamy was announced as the new coach of Melbourne for 2003.[11][12] In addition to a new captain in Kiwi international Stephen Kearney, the strict coaching of Craig "Bellyache" Bellamy would see the Melbourne Storm get back on track from the previous lean years.

Now, the Melbourne Storm are here to stay. They are not moving and News Limited is apparently committed to keeping them financially. I am OK with that. I hated Melbourne when they were in place of traditional teams that were expelled, but that's all over now. If they want to persevere in Melbourne, I have no argument.

Phil Gould, 21 December 2003[13]

Between 2003 and 2005, Melbourne consistently made the finals, but lost games in the semi finals that prevented them from reaching the grand final. On 17 July 2004, during round 19 of the 2004 NRL season, Danny Williams king-hit Wests Tigers' player Mark O'Neill.

Storm players celebrating their premiership win in 2007.

Williams defended the incident, using four medical experts to argue on his behalf that he was suffering post-traumatic amnesia when the incident occurred, which he claims was the result of a high tackle by O'Neill just prior to the incident. Despite Williams' claim, he was suspended for 18 weeks by the NRL judiciary. After the decision, Williams stated that he was "obviously disappointed with the outcome". It was the longest suspension in Australian rugby league since Steve Linnane was suspended for twenty weeks for eye-gouging in 1987.[14]

In 2005, Storm coach Craig Bellamy, in his third season as an NRL coach, gained representative honours when he was selected to start coaching the Country Origin.[citation needed]

Season 2006 saw a new-look Storm, with the retirement of captain Robbie Kearns, the mergence of talented rookie halfback Cooper Cronk taking the reigns from longtime number 7 Matt Orford, and the recruitment of hard-man Michael Crocker. Contrary to expectation, 2006 was a standout year for the Melbourne team, winning their first minor premiership following a resoundingly dominant Home and Away Season, including a club record 11 game streak. Melbourne only lost four games in the season, making them outright leaders by four wins.[14] They went on to win their two finals matches, and were subsequently favourites in the 2006 NRL Grand Final.[14] The Storm however lost 15-8 the to the Brisbane Broncos, in a match where controversial refereeing decisions against Melbourne caused much media coverage.[15] Melbourne's television audience for the Storm's NRL grand final appearance was greater than Sydney's was for the Swans AFL grand final appearance'.[16]

In 2007 the Storm avenged for their heartbreaking end to the 2006 campaign by playing as they did in 2006: once again dominating the competition, and finishing on top after 25 rounds. In the first week of the NRL finals, Melbourne played Brisbane, in which Melbourne won 40-0, securing a spot in a preliminary final. In the preliminary final, Melbourne played Parramatta in a game that was tied 10-10 at half time, before a superb second half by Melbourne resulted in the final score of 26-10. The win was particularly satisfying for Melbourne fans, coming soon after Parramatta CEO Denis Fitzgerald said that rugby league should not be promoted in Melbourne. This game drew a larger crowd than chief rival Manly's preliminary final. Melbourne comprehensively defeated Manly 34-8 in the 2007 NRL Grand Final with Greg Inglis winning the coverted Clive Churchill Medal.

Melbourne Storm warming up before a match in 2008

In Season 2008, Melbourne won their third minor premiership after the 26 rounds of regular competition. Despite becoming the first minor premiers since the McIntyre Final Eight System was introduced to lose their opening finals game 15-18 to the New Zealand Warriors, they then defeated the Brisbane Broncos 16-14, scoring in the last minute of their semi final. Bellamy was fined $50,000 for making scathing remarks regarding the NRL's decision to suspend Cameron Smith over a controversial "grapple tackle" on Brisbane's Sam Thaiday. Bellamy wrongly claimed that the administration was corrupt and that bookkeepers already knew that Smith would be denied the opportunity to play for the rest of the season. Along with Melbourne's CEO, Bellamy questioned the NRL's integrity in their opting to sideline Smith and not others who were guilty of committing similar tackles. In their qualifying final, Melbourne convincingly beat the Cronulla Sharks 28-0. But in their second successive grand final appearance against the Manly Sea Eagles, Manly comprehensively defeated Melbourne 40-0.

At the Dally M Awards for season 2008, Melbourne picked up 6 awards, with 3 to Greg Inglis, and 1 for each of Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Israel Folau. Billy Slater and Cameron Smith finished 2 points behind Manly's Matt Orford for the Dally M Medal with 22 points each.[17]

Billy Slater was awarded the international player of the year Golden boot award for 2008, following on from Cameron Smith in 2007, which is awarded by an expert panel of rugby league former players and media commentators around the world and is considered recognition for the year's greatest player.[citation needed]

Following the 40-0 defeat, season 2009 was generally an average year on the field by the Storm's lofty standards, Melbourne finished 4th on the ladder after the home and away season, entering the finals clear underdogs. In Week One of the finals, the Storm romped 2008 Premiers Manly 40-12 in the qualifying final, ending their hopes of back-to-back premierships, and laying to bed some of the demons of the 2008 Grand Final. This was followed a fortnight later by a 40-10 thrashing of fierce rivals and 2006 Premiers Brisbane in the preliminary final, ensuring the Storm qualified for their fourth straight grand final (the first since Parramatta from 1981–1984). The Preliminary Final was also a monumental game for the Storm as it saw favourite son Billy Slater score his 100th career try and Cameron Smith became Storm's highest ever point scorer, surpassing Matt Orford's record of 877. The Melbourne Storm then capped off a truly brilliant late-season resurgence to end a rampaging Parramatta side in front of a parochial strong crowed at ANZ Stadium. Parramatta, coming off 10 wins from 11 games, led by the in-form young superstar Jarryd Hayne proved to be no match for the Storm's typical gameplan of grinding football, ensuring a defeat of the razzle-dazzle offload fuelled football of Parramatta. Despite the Storm leading Parramatta at one stage by 16 points, the Eels fought back in a late charge to bring the margin back to 7, with the Storm sealing a 23-16 win with a late Greg Inglis field goal.[18] For his fantastic efforts, Fullback Billy Slater was awarded the 2009 Clive Churchill Medal for Man of the Match. Following the victory in 2009, the Melbourne Storm have been earned the title the NRL Team of the Decade for the 2000s.[19]

However, due to poor negotiation of NRL TV broadcast rights, Channel 9 does not show regular Storm games at prime time in Melbourne.[20]

In the late 2000s the Melbourne Storm were still running at a loss of up to $6M per season.[21]

2010s

On 11 January 2010, it was announced that Brian Waldron resigned his position as CEO to take up the same position at the Melbourne Rebels Super 15 team.[22] He was replaced by Matt Hanson who was the Chief Operating Officer.

The Storm's first match of the season was the 2010 World Club Challenge against equally dominant English side, the Leeds Rhinos, in very cold and wet conditions the Storm prevailed 18 - 10. [23] For the 2010 NRL season, they will play their first three home games at Etihad Stadium before moving to their new purpose built permanent home ground, AAMI Park. [24]

Season Summaries

P=Premier, R=Runner-Up, M=Minor Premier, F=Finals Appearance, W=Wooden Spoon
(Brackets represent Finals games)
Competition Games
Played
Games
Won
Games
Drawn
Games
Lost
Ladder
Position
P R M F W Coach Captain Details
1998 NRL Season
24 (3) 17 (1) 1 6 (2) 3 / 20
X
Chris Anderson
Glenn Lazarus
Melbourne Storm 1998
1999 NRL Season
24 (4) 16 (3) 0 8 (1) 3 / 17
X
X
Melbourne Storm 1999
2000 NRL Season
26 (1) 14 1 11 (1) 6 / 14
X
Robbie Kearns
Melbourne Storm 2000
2001 NRL Season
26 11 1 14 9 / 14
Chris Anderson
Mark Murray
Robbie Kearns
Rodney Howe
Melbourne Storm 2001
2002 NRL Season
24 9 1 14 10 / 15
Mark Murray
Rodney Howe
Melbourne Storm 2002
2003 NRL Season
24 (2) 15 (1) 0 9 (1) 5 / 15
X
Craig Bellamy
Stephen Kearney
Melbourne Storm 2003
2004 NRL Season
24 (2) 13 (1) 0 11 (1) 6 / 15
X
Melbourne Storm 2004
2005 NRL Season
24 (2) 13 (1) 0 11 (1) 6 / 15
X
Robbie Kearns
Melbourne Storm 2005
2006 NRL Season
24 (3) 20 (2) 0 4 (1) 1 / 15
X
X
X
Cameron Smith
David Kidwell
Scott Hill
Matt Geyer
Michael Crocker
Melbourne Storm 2006
2007 NRL Season
24 (3) 21 (3) 0 3 1 / 16
X
X
X
Cameron Smith
Matt Geyer
Cooper Cronk
Matt King
Michael Crocker
Dallas Johnson
Melbourne Storm 2007
2008 NRL Season
24 (4) 17 (2) 0 7 (2) 1 / 16
X
X
X
Cameron Smith
Melbourne Storm 2008
2009 NRL Season
24 (3) 14 (3) 1 9 4 / 16
X
X
Melbourne Storm 2009
2010 NRL Season
1 1 0 0 / 16
Melbourne Storm 2010

Emblem and colours

Originally, the club favoured the name Melbourne Mavericks with a gunslinger logo holding a fistful of aces. The club officials were all set to go with this until News Limited's Lachlan Murdoch told them to go with something else because the Mavericks sounded too American. Trams and Flying Foxes were also some ideas that came up. However co-CEOs Chris Johns and John Ribot decided to go with the themes lightning, power and storm. The club then became known as the Melbourne Storm.[3]

The Storm was always going to go with the colours of their state, Victoria. These were navy blue with a white 'V'. But club consultant Peter McWhirter, from JAG fashion house, suggested that they should also have purple and gold to make their merchandise more attractive.[3] These colours appear in the logo, however, on the home jersey they have varied. Between 1998 and 2004 these four colours also appeared but between 2005 and 2009, gold was completely removed and silver introduced. For 2010, gold has returned and silver omitted, also purple has now become the dominant colour in the jersey for the first time.


Rivalries

St George Illawarra Dragons [25]. The Storm narrowly beat them in their first grand final in 1999, with a late penalty try putting the Storm in front. The following year Anthony Mundine declared that the Storm were not "worthy premiers" in the run up to their round 5 rematch. The Storm responded by beating the Dragons 70-10. In Round 18 the Dragons added to the rivalry by defeating the Storm 50-4. In 2006 the Storm defeated St. George Illawarra in the Preliminary Final. On 21 July 2008, Storm won a match at Olympic Park 26-0, that was highlighted by several ugly brawls. In 2009, the Storm beat them in the Round 1 home game 17-16 with a field goal in Golden Point [26] time the two teams were drawn at fulltime).

Brisbane Broncos. The Melbourne Storm has a strong rivalry with Brisbane, built in large part on the large number of finals games played between the teams, including one final in each year from 2004 to 2009. The move of Brisbane coach Craig Bellamy to Melbourne has also been attributed to fueling the rivalry.

"When Bellamy left here and went to Melbourne, the rivalry with them went up a notch then... their record is good against us."

Darren Lockyer, 26 September 2009 [27]

Every year since Brisbane's victory over Melbourne in the 2006 Grand Final, Melbourne have ended the Broncos' season by knocking them out of the finals. Melbourne captain Cameron Smith commented on the rivalry prior to their 2009 Preliminary Final at Etihad Stadium.

"A lot of people talk about us and Manly, but I think all the boys for whatever reason would say we take more satisfaction out of beating the Broncos...we love playing them...there is always plenty of feeling and intensity in the games...it probably wouldn't feel like September if we weren't playing them at some stage."

Cameron Smith, 26 September 2009 [28]

The Brisbane Broncos defeated the Storm 15-8, under controversial circumstances,[29] in the 2006 NRL Grand Final. The Storm sought revenge through a 40-0 thrashing in the 2007 Qualifying Final at Olympic Park Stadium. The 2008 Semi-Final at Suncorp Stadium, one of the most memorable games of the decade, ended with Melbourne dramatically winning 16-14 with a try on the final play of the game. In 2009 Brisbane were again beaten by eventual premiers Melbourne, this time 40-10 at Etihad Stadium, catapulting the Storm to their 4th consecutive Grand Final Appearance.

Manly Sea Eagles, whom the Storm belted 34-8 in the 2007 Grand Final but lost to in the 2008 re-match in a 0-40 loss. To add the rivalry, Melbourne decimated Manly 40-12 in the opening final of the 2009 finals series, ending their bid to be back-to-back premiers.[30]

I haven't been a part of the matches previous to this year which built that rivalry but you certainly get a sense that interest in the game and the level of excitement and enthusiasm from the players goes up,"

Brett Finch, 08 September 2009 [31]

Stadium & Attendances

Melbourne have played the vast majority of their home matches at the city's Olympic Park Stadium, affectionately coined "The Graveyard" by fans due to the incredible 77.2% winning percentage there. It was here that the club played their inaugural home match in the fourth round of the 1998 season on 3 April 1998, having come off the back of three successive away victories.[6] In front of what remains the club's record Olympic Park attendance of 20,522, the team recorded a 26–16 victory over the North Sydney Bears.[32]

Olympic Park Stadium during a Toyota cup match.

The team remained at the ground until the end of the 2000 season. In the 2000 season they attracted an average home attendance of 14,622 [32] still their highest season average. They played at Melbourne Cricket Ground for two games in 2000, and they won both times including the 70-10 thrashing of St George Illawarra Dragons in the Grand Final rematch from the previous year. Following steady attendance increases over the three years, it was decided to move home games to the much larger Docklands Stadium for the following year[11] However, with the team ending up missing the finals, crowd numbers declined and it was decided to move the team back to Olympic Park. Attendances bottomed out to an average of 8,886 per home game in 2004, but they have steadily risen each year back to an average of 12,474 per home game for the 2008 season.[32] A home attendance record of 33,427 was set in 2007 for the Preliminary Final against Parramatta, at Telstra Dome.

The Storm played their last game at Olympic Park in round 25, 29th of August 2009, with a 36-4 thrashing of the Sydney Roosters.[33] For the 2010 Telstra NRL Premiership season, the Storm's first three home games (rounds four, six and seven) will be played at Etihad Stadium, before playing its first game at AAMI Park in round nine (May 9, 2010) against the Brisbane Broncos. The club had anticipated playing its first game at the new ground in round four against the St George Illawarra Dragons, however, a delay in construction required the opening to be pushed back several weeks.[34]

Stadium Records

Home Grounds used by the Storm

From To Stadium
1998 2000 Olympic Park Stadium
2001 2001 Docklands Stadium
2002 2009 Olympic Park Stadium
2010 present AAMI Park

Top 5 Home Attendances

Crowd Stadium Opponent Game Status Date
33,427 Etihad Stadium Parramatta Eels Preliminary final 23/09/2007
27,687 Etihad Stadium Brisbane Broncos Preliminary final 26/09/2009
23,239 MCG St George-Illawarra Dragons Regular Season - Grand Final Rematch 03/03/2000
20,522 Olympic Park North Sydney Bears Regular Season - 1st Home Game 03/04/1998
20,084 Etihad Stadium New Zealand Warriors Regular Season - 1st game following premiership 17/03/2008

Statistics and records summary

Statistics and Records current as of the 1st March 2010

1999, 2007, 2009

  • National Rugby League runners up: 2

2006, 2008

  • National Rugby League Minor premierships: 3

2006, 2007, 2008

2009

2000, 2010

  • Dally M medalists: 1
    • Cameron Smith - 2006
  • Golden Boot Award (World's best player) winners: 3
    • 2007 - Cameron Smith
    • 2008 - Billy Slater
    • 2009 - Greg Inglis
  • Highest point scorer: Cameron Smith
    • 882 points - 27 tries, 387 goals
  • Most points scored in a season: 242
    • Matt Geyer, 20 tries and 81 goals in the 1999 premiership season.[35]
  • Greatest winning margin: 64 points
  • Most consecutive wins: 11
    • 28 May, 2006 (Round 12) - August 13, 2006 (Round 23)

All time head to head record

Over the 12 years that Melbourne have participated in the National Rugby League, they have the following Win-Loss record as of the end of 2009. Their wins percentage is currently the second best in the league only second to the Broncos.

Games Wins Drawn Loss Points for Points against Win %
319 197 5 117 7881 5872 62.54%

Coaches and Captains

Coaches

Captains[37]

The rotating captaincy policy was in place from 2006 until Cameron Smith was made sole captain after the State of Origin series (Round 17) in 2007.

Players

Representative players

2010 Squad

Although other players may play for the Melbourne Storm during the year, all NRL clubs are required to select a top 25 First Grade squad at the beginning of the season.

No. Position Player
1 New Zealand CE Michael Auld
2 New Zealand SR Adam Blair
3 New Zealand PR Jesse Bromwich
4 Australia FE Andrew Brown
5 New Zealand LK Hep Cahill
6 Australia HB Cooper Cronk
7 New Zealand WG Matt Duffie
8 Australia FE Brett Finch
9 Australia HK Ryan Hinchcliffe
10 Australia SR Ryan Hoffman
11 Australia CE Greg Inglis
12 New Zealand CE William Isa
13 Tonga PR Sinbad Kali
14 Australia HB Luke Kelly
15 Australia PR John Kite
No. Position Player
16 New Zealand PR Jeff Lima
17 Australia LK Todd Lowrie
18 Australia WG Luke MacDougall
19 New Zealand SR Sika Manu
20 Australia WG Dane Nielsen
21 Australia CE Justin O'Neill
22 New Zealand SR Kevin Proctor
23 Australia WG Anthony Quinn
24 Australia FB Billy Slater
25 Australia HK Cameron Smith (C)
26 Australia PR Ryan Tandy
27 Australia PR Aiden Tolman
28 Australia HB Lachlan Trowell
29 Tonga SR Atelea Vea
30 Australia PR Brett White
31 England FB Gareth Widdop

Team of the decade

As part of their 10 year celebrations in 2007, Melbourne Storm released a team of the decade. The 17 man team was selected by former assistant coach Greg Brentnall, foundation CEO John Ribot, Daily Telegraph journalist Steve Mascord and board member Frank Stanton.[38]

No. Position Player
1 Australia FB Billy Slater
2 Australia WG Matt Geyer
3 Australia CE Matt King
4 Australia CE Greg Inglis
5 Papua New Guinea WG Marcus Bai
6 Australia FE Scott Hill
7 Australia HB Brett Kimmorley
8 Australia PR Glenn Lazarus (captain)
9 Australia HK Cameron Smith
No. Position Player
10 Australia PR Robbie Kearns
11 Australia SR Dallas Johnson
12 New Zealand SR Stephen Kearney
13 New Zealand LK Tawera Nikau
14 Australia RE Rodney Howe
15 New Zealand RE David Kidwell
16 Australia RE Ryan Hoffman
17 Australia RE Cooper Cronk

Supporters

The Melbourne Storm's supporter base grew from almost 500,000 in 2004 to almost 800,000 in 2009, making them the fourth best supported NRL team.[39] The club's supporter group, the "Graveyard Crew", make an Aussie-rules-style banner for the team to run through in important matches.[40]

Prominent fans

See also

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