Storm to host first ever trial match at AAMI Park
Melbourne Storm has today announced it will hold their first ever trial match at AAMI Park on Saturday 8 February against Canberra Raiders.
The match, which will be the clubs first trial match of the pre-season, will follow the clubs traditional Family Day event on the same day.
Members and fans will be invited to Family Day from 1.30pm at Goschs Paddock to see the players introduced on stage, get autographs and enjoy a host of family activities, before the trial match against the Raiders kicks-off at 5.30pm.
Tickets for the AAMI Park match will go on-sale late December; with 2014 Storm members having access to specially priced tickets. Kids will enter the stadium free if accompanied by a paying Melbourne Storm member.
The match will be the first of the clubs pre-season games, with the team then travelling to New Zealand the following week for the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines tournament. The 16 clubs have been divided into four groups which will be held at Eden Park on February 15 and 16 with clubs competing for a prize pool exceeding $2 million. Storm will play Penrith, South Sydney and St. George Illawarra in the preliminary stages of the tournament.
Finally, Storm will send its entire squad to Brisbane to play across two games in final hit-outs before Round 1. Players will either player against Brisbane Easts on Saturday 22 February or against the Bulldogs the following day at Suncorp Stadium.
The 2014 NRL Draw will be released at 11am on Wednesday 4 December.
Melbourne Storms 2014 pre-season schedule
Saturday 8 February
Storm Family Day
1.30pm-4.30pm, Goschs Paddock
Storm v Canberra Raiders
5.30pm, AAMI Park
Purchase tickets here.
Eden Park, Auckland
Saturday 22 February
Storm v Brisbane Easts
7pm, Langlands Park
Sunday 23 February
Storm v Canterbury Bulldogs
6pm, Suncorp Stadium
Ryan Hinchcliffe in possession during Melbourne's 2013 trial match at Geelong's Simonds Stadium.