Melbourne Storm vs Wests Tigers Trial Match at Sunshine Coast Stadium
Melbourne Storm will bring the NRL back to the Sunshine Coast for the first time in seven years for a pre-season trial game against Wests Tigers at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday, February 13.
Melbourne’s team is expected to feature many of the players who took the Storm to the preliminary final stage in the recently completed NRL season, while it will be the first ever appearance on the Coast for the Tigers.
The Sunshine Coast is truly becoming the Storms’ home away from home and we can’t wait to see Craig Bellamy’s team here in action in front of their growing Coast membership and supporter base in February. It’s going to be a big night for everyone here who loves their footy. The last NRL trial on the Sunshine Coast was back in 2009 when Melbourne beat the Broncos so the appetite to see a match of this calibre is very high.
Both clubs are scheduled to hold open training sessions at the stadium on Friday, February 12 while Melbourne will also host a Community Day at Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club, Sunday, February 14 from 10am.
Grandstand and general admission tickets for the pre-season trial, which will kick off at 5pm. Tickets are be available from 9am Wednesday 18 November through www.sunshinecoaststadium.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/buy-tickets
A variety of corporate and hospitality packages will be released in coming weeks, including a Sportsman’s luncheon with profile players and coaches of both teams.
Melbourne’s decision to play a pre-season trial on the Coast strengthens the ties which began when the Melbourne Storm signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Intrust Super Cup ahead of the 2015 season.
They headed north for a four-day camp prior to their round 26 NRL blockbuster against the Brisbane Broncos in September and have also decided to relocate their Storm Academy and Holden Cup NYC under-20s program to Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Eric Smith has been appointed as NYC head coach after being assistant coach in 2015.
Craig Ingebrigsten will join the NYC team as operations manager. Over the last four years Ingebrigsten has coached the Brisbane Easts Intrust Cup team, next season will see him oversee all operational matters relating to the 20s as well as coach the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
Matt Adamson will continue as Queensland coaching director as well as head the Storm Academy.
The under-20s, who will play their home matches in 2016 at Sunshine Coast Stadium, will take on the Falcons in the curtain-raiser to the NRL trial (2.30pm kickoff).