May 04, 2021

Melbourne Storm coming home in 2021

Melbourne Storm is heading back to its home away from home at Novotel Sunshine Coast for a two-week mid-season camp.

The reigning NRL premiers will be in some very familiar surroundings, having based themselves here for four months of the COVID-impacted 2020 season and going on to win the premiership.

Full details of the announcemenent from Melbourne Storm can be found here: https://www.melbournestorm.com.au/news/2021/05/03/storm-heading-back-to-the-sunshine-coast/ 

The storm will train at Sunshine Coast Stadium, the club’s home ground for six games in the premiership year.  However, there will be one major difference in their 2021 Sunshine Coast camp. With no travel bubble restrictions in place, this time the Storm squad will be able to undertake a number of community-based activities.

Storm will arrive on the Sunshine Coast on Friday, May 14 and stay through until May 26.

Storm General Manager – Football Frank Ponissi said connecting with Storm’s Queensland members and fans and getting the best possible preparation for the three matches would be the focus of the camp.

"I know our boys can’t wait to get back to the Sunshine Coast. We had such an enjoyable and rewarding time there in 2020, but of course we were unable to interact with our members and fans like we wanted to. This year, as long as the situation remains as it is now, will be different and we’ll be able to interact with everyone, including our sister club the Sunshine Coast Lightning, instead of having to stay in a bubble.  We have four consecutive games away from AAMI Park. Three of these games are within a 10-day period and with two of them at Suncorp, it was an obvious decision to be based at the Sunshine Coast where we are very familiar after last season’s hub as well as our close relationship with the area through the Falcons and the Lightning.” says Frank Ponissi, General Manager - Football

 

"The four games we have in May is a critical period of our season as it just before the Origin period.

"As well as giving us the best possible preparation for the three games in 10 days it is also an opportunity to return to an area that we are close to."

 

During the 10 days, Melbourne will play three NRL matches and attend community events;

  • The Magic Round “home” game against St George Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium on May 16;
  • The round 11 clash with Canberra Raiders in Canberra on May 22;
  • Members of the Storm squad will visit the Queensland Secondary Schools Rugby League Championships being held at the stadium from May 22-25.
  • Members-only open training session from 11am to 12.30pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Wednesday, May 26
  • The round 12 match against Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night, May 27.