Monday Night Lights
Since 2007, Monday Night Football has been a permanent fixture in the NRL calendar producing some memorable rugby league moments.
Melbournestorm.com.au takes a look at Storm's success on Monday nights and who are Melbourne's top Monday night performers.
Following much success in America, the Monday Night Football concept was brought to the NRL (as a permanent feature) in 2007 with South Sydney facing the Roosters in front of 24,127 at Sydney Football Stadium.
Prior to Monday Night Football becoming a permanent NRL fixture, Melbourne Storm had its first taste of Monday night football in 2001 against the New Zealand Warriors at Docklands Stadium. The game was played in front of more than 13,000 fans and the game ended in a thoroughly entertaining 24-24 draw.
Melbourne Storm won their first Monday Night Football match since it's official inception into the league against the Bulldogs in Round 9, 2007 at Olympic Park. After that first match, Craig Bellamy’s side went on a seven game winning streak on Monday nights before being kept scoreless by the Titans in Round 13, 2008 for their first Monday night loss.
Storm has a strong record on Monday nights, winning 16 from 28 matches. Their winning record at home is even better, only losing three Monday night games in Melbourne.
St George Illawara and Melbourne have faced off only on once under lights on Monday Night Football. On that occasion, Storm claimed the points with a convincing 26-0 victory.
Individually for Melbourne, Billy Slater is Storm's most prolific Monday night try scorer. The energetic fullback has scored 10 tries, one ahead of Ryan Hoffman and recently retired former Storm outside back Steve Turner who both sit on nine.