For the first time in five weeks Storm return to AAMI Park.
Saturday night cannot come quick enough for the playing group as they prepare to step out in front of the purple faithful once again.
Melbourne will head into the clash against Penrith looking to build on their 9-2 record that currently has them just behind Cronulla on points difference atop the NRL ladder.
Having won five of their first six home games to start the year, Storm are looking to continue their strong form at AAMI Park.
“We are very excited about playing a home game at AAMI Park, we havn’t been back here since ANZAC Day,” Blake Green said.
“We’ve had a few games on the road which have been good but we are looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd.
‘We’ve been playing some good footy over the last month. Craig has been impressed with our effort each week and how we’ve turned up and really worked hard for each other and all the things that he sees as important we’ve been doing really well.”
The middle part of the year will again present its challenges for Melbourne with the Origin period now in full swing.
However with increased depth in 2016 and a crop of emerging leaders ready to take the reigns, it is a period of the campaign that Melbourne approaches with plenty of optimism.
Promoted to the Club’s leadership group on the eve of the season, Green is well aware of the need to step up during the next few weeks.
“That is going to be the most important thing for us over the next little period while Origin is on, to bring that energy and do all the little things really well,” Green said.
“For us to get the points it is important for us to do that in this period. Cam and Cooper, if we get them backing up from Origin, we obviously can’t rely on them to bring the energy and enthusiasm, it’s up to us to lead by example.”