The game that started it all.
When Storm hosted the Warriors on ANZAC Day, 2009 it may not have been the first time the Victorian club had played on April 25 but it would prove the start of a special tradition.
There is no better way to hold a sporting contest in a tribute to the ANZAC Spirit than with a good, old Trans-Tasman rivalry.
It was that idea in 2009 that spawned the first game between Melbourne and New Zealand on this significant day.
“The rivalry between the two clubs has been massive for a long time,” Storm champion Dallas Johnson said.
“With the amount of Polynesians and Kiwis living in Melbourne and barracking for Storm, a lot of them also barrack for their homeland against Storm.
“It is always a massive game and something you always look forward to on the calendar and cherish when you played.
“It does feel a little bit like a local derby, it is a game you look forward to because it is such a massive occasion.”