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Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:18 am

Looks like round 1 set for home on Thursday 14/3 vs Broncos.
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Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:33 am

I wonder if that means AAMI Park or 'home' as in Perth/NZ/QLD
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Aami park, sorry that's my bad, typed it quickly.
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Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:03 pm

Draw is out. Not a bad mix of home game timeslots for us.
3 Thursday night
2 Friday night 7:55pm
1 Saturday 3pm
1 Saturday 5:30pm
2 Saturday 7:30pm
1 Sunday 2pm
1 Sunday 4pm
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Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:40 am

Already tentatively planning to attend Magic Round at Suncorp (May 9-12). Should be a cracking four days/nights.
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Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:18 pm

Looking forward to it but can’t believe they kept a Thursday - should have gone 2 Fri/3 Sat / 3 Sun

Also surprised a few tastier games were not picked. Would have been fun to play Cronulla maybe...
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Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:15 pm

https://www.melbournestorm.com.au/news/ ... for-storm/

Travel load 'eases' to 28,000km for Storm
NRL.com
Tue 13 Nov 2018

South Sydney are the big winners when it comes to clubs reducing their travel burden next season while the Warriors and Melbourne won't be racking up quite so many frequent flyer points in 2019.

An analysis of the 2019 Telstra Premiership draw reveals a shifting workload in terms of travel and short turnarounds, with the Warriors, Storm and Rabbitohs earning a lighter load compared to last season.

The travel-heavy Warriors save roughly 3000km compared to 2018, largely by virtue of dodging a trip to Perth, although with almost 60,000km banked last season the drop to 56,700 isn't huge as a proportion of their total.

They do also benefit from a drop in five-day turnarounds from two to one.

The club with the third-highest travel load, Melbourne, see a more significant drop from more than 35,000km to around 28,000. They also drop a five-day turnaround, with three last season and two in 2019. Like the Warriors, avoiding a Perth trip is a big factor in their reduced travel.

Arguably the biggest winners are the Rabbitohs. Their sizeable 2018 travel schedule was largely due to taking home games to Perth and Cairns; in 2019 their travel drops from almost 22,000 to 13,000 and their five-day breaks drop from two to zero, with just one overseas game (away to the Warriors) and five more interstate.

The smallest travel load belongs to premiers Sydney Roosters, who travel just 7800km all season despite taking a home game to Adelaide and another to Brisbane for Magic Round. They have no overseas trips and following the round-15 trip to Adelaide they leave Sydney just twice – for Gosford and Canberra.

Wests Tigers (9500km) and the Dragons (10,600km) have the next smallest travel loads and also don't travel to New Zealand.

The team with the second-biggest load, North Queensland, accrues slightly more distance in 2019, up 1300km to 41,200km. The Raiders jump from the seventh-biggest load in 2018 to fourth-biggest in 2019, upping their distance from 16,700km to 22,100km.

They have away games in Auckland, Townsville, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and are the away team for Parramatta's Darwin trip.
Remarkably, Newcastle, despite being in a geographically similar situation to Canberra a few hours drive from Sydney, have the fourth smallest load.

The Broncos and Titans are fifth and sixth respectively with about 20,000km each. The remaining Sydney teams all sit between Cronulla's 13,300km and Manly's 17,300.
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Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:57 am

Geez, it really shows how tough it is for non-Sydney based teams. It is a huge advantage to not have much travel...

The Warriors travel 7.5 times more than the Roosters.

I get that comes with the territory and there's not a whole heap that can/should be done, but it is quite interesting to see the extra hurdle laid out like that.
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Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:55 am

14 weeks and 2 days until our Round 1 kick off against the Broncos at home.

Ergh... I just want another game to get the sh*t taste of Grand Final defeat out of my mouth...
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Home games you won't want to miss
melbournestorm.com.au
Tue 12 Feb 2019


Tickets to Storm’s 2019 NRL season are now on sale and this year promises to be another memorable one given the club's emerging talent, a potential 400-game milestone and the Grand Final rematch - all at AAMI Park.

We take a look at five blockbuster home games you won’t want to miss.

ROUND 1 – BRONCOS

Our 2019 campaign begins with a Thursday night blockbuster under lights at AAMI Park in round one.

If recent history is anything to go by, this year’s season opener promises to be a thriller.

We last met the Broncos in round 14, with skipper Cameron Smith leading the side to a 32-16 win, amassing 50 tackles and 246 metres gained.

But the final margin only tells part of the story - Storm trailed 12-8 at halftime and Brisbane had an opportunity to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat late in the match.

Earlier last year the Broncos refused to lay down in our clash at Suncorp – a match played at Origin pace with a number of momentum swings throughout.

ROUND 6 – ROOSTERS

The Grand Final rematch will be one of the most hotly anticipated games this season following last year’s heartbreaking loss on the biggest stage.

Storm narrowly missed its chance to clinch back-to-back premierships and the playing group will be keen to even the ledger.

Potential key match ups will include veteran Will Chambers against young rival Latrell Mitchell, as well as a showdown between former Storm teammate Cooper Cronk and his protégé Brodie Croft.

ROUND 7 – ANZAC DAY

Mark your calendar – tickets to our annual ANZAC Day clash against the Warriors will go on sale on March 19.

The most atmospheric of our home games, the pre-game Blackout is a must-see event in Australian sport.

It is a moving experience which sets the stage for the contest to follow.

The Trans-Tasman blockbuster was a sell-out last year, so get in quick when tickets are released next month.

ROUND 17 – SHARKS

Although we recorded a comfortable win over Cronulla in last year’s Preliminary Final, our previous two encounters last season were arm wrestles and the Sharks claimed the points on both occasions.

Tensions boiled over during our round four clash, with Cameron Smith uncharacteristically sin binned and a whopping 33 penalties blown.

Games between the Storm and the Sharks are rarely for the faint hearted, with tough hit-ups and big tackles.

The two teams will continue to provoke each other in Round 17.

ROUND 19 – MANLY

Another chapter in the storied rivalry between Storm and Manly will be penned late in the season.

There is typically no love lost between the two sides and tempers flared in round 11 last year, with four sin bins and one send off.

Since the infamous Battle at Brookvale, matches against Manly have been fiercely fought and another high intensity game is almost a certainty – regardless of ladder positions.
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