A nightmare becomes an advantage
If Melbourne could take back the first 15 minutes of last year’s Grand Final they would.
However those same 15 minutes could prove to be the difference on Sunday night.
In the blink of an eye Melbourne trailed 8-nil in last year’s Grand Final.
Craig Bellamy’s men were forced into a steep climb that ultimately left them agonisingly short of the summit.
For the players who were part of that day they know it is time to make amends.
That memory is at the forefront of the Storm psyche this week – do not let it happen again.
“I’d like to think we’ve learned from last year to be quite honest,” Craig Bellamy said.
There is no denying the men in purple will be jumping out of their skin by the time 7.30pm rolls around on Sunday night.
The work that has gone in to getting this Club back to the big dance has been incredible.
Now they have the opportunity to make it all count.
“You don’t want to be coming into a Grand Final, not getting out of the blokes well and letting the opposition get off to a good start,” Cameron Smith said.
“It is going to be a key focus of what our game is going to be about this week.”
All of Melbourne is behind them, right from that very first minute.