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Storm is preparing to take centre stage in Melbourne for this weekend’s minor premiership decider against Cronulla.

The AFL opting to take the weekend off means Storm will be the only ticket in town for this sports-mad city.

Melburnians could not have asked for a better excuse to get along to AAMI Park to see the 1st v 2ndblockbuster that will crown the 2016 minor premier.

The Storm skipper has urged the city to get behind their only rugby league team ahead of Saturday night.

Be at AAMI Park when we take on the Sharks, Saturday 3 September, 7:30pm.

“It is a big week for Storm. It is a huge game for us against the Sharks on Saturday, the chance for a minor premiership, we havn’t been in this situation for a few years now,” Cameron Smith said.

“Given there is no AFL in town it works out great for us. We are hoping for a really good turn out at AAMI Park.

“All of our fans were huge last week against the Broncos, I think we had more than 20,000 so it would be nice to see that and a bit more this week.”

“I’d like to think that all the Melbournians and Victorians can get down to AAMI Park on Saturday and try to fill it out because it is a big occasion for our club and for our team.

“We are playing against a quality opposition in Cronulla with the chance to win a minor premiership. It is a big weekend for us, as much as I do enjoy watching the AFL this is a really good opportunity for our club to do something special this weekend.”

Storm last won the minor premiership in 2011 while the Sharks are looking to finish on top for the first time in 27 years.

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