Storm set for Mackay trial

Melbourne Storm will travel to Mackay on March 2 to take on the North Queensland Cowboys for their final trial match of the 2019 pre-season.

Storm will look to field its strongest possible line up in preparation for the season opener against the Brisbane Broncos on March 14 at AAMI Park.

The trial match in Mackay will follow the Club's first trial match on February 22, when Storm will host against the New Zealand Warriors at Kardinia Park in Geelong.

It will be the second time Melbourne will play in Mackay after making their first trip back in 2012 for an NRL match against the Bulldogs.

Storm and the Cowboys have built a healthy modern rivalry having gone head-to-head in a Preliminary Final and Grand Final in recent years.

The Cowboys line up also includes several former Storm players such as Premiership players Jordan McLean and Justin O'Neill as well as Ben Hampton.

Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said the Club was excited to head north for its final hit-out ahead of the 2019 season:

"This game will be very important preparation for us heading into next season and we will be looking to field all 17 players who will line up against the Broncos for the season opener 12 days later.

"As a Club we are looking forward to heading back to Mackay. We always have terrific support up north and we thoroughly enjoyed our last visit to the town, everyone was so friendly and welcoming.

"Our trial match in Geelong gives our fans in Melbourne a chance to see the team in action before Round 1. We believe both trial games in Mackay and Geelong will give us a great platform to be ready to good as soon as Round 1 arrives."

Ticket information for both trial games will be confirmed at a later date.