Dear Members, What a way to start the season with a win against Manly, away from home and after a week of such uncertainty for the entire community.
As always, our team made us very proud.
But we know this weekend, and possibly those following, will be different.
They will be different for our players. They will be different for our staff. And they will be different for you.
As has been reported, guidelines set by the Australian and Victorian Governments have banned mass gatherings of more than 500 people as of today to help limit the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreading.
We know this virus will continue to change the way we go about our lives in the short term, meaning our game will be played in front of an empty stadium this week, and possibly even longer.
The reality is the situation we are faced with is changing daily, sometimes hourly.
There has been an enormous amount of time and energy from Storm staff to best prepare our Club for what lies ahead. We began making changes weeks ago, putting in place measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our players and staff.
Senior Management spent this morning reviewing these measures and planning for the various scenarios that might play out in the coming weeks.
We continue to take advice and direction from the NRL and government and health experts and will be doing all we can to give our members and fans the opportunity to watch our team each week.
Whatever the outcome, we wish nothing but good health for all Storm members, rugby league fans, the wider community and especially those most vulnerable.
Storm has been challenged before, no more than during the 2010 salary cap issues that threatened to rip the club apart - but it didn’t. It only served to make us stronger, bigger and prouder than ever to be part of the Storm family.
Having read your comments on the many social media platforms over the last week or so, we are proud of the way you have responded to these changes and appreciate your support and patience while we work through this unprecedented situation.
We know you will have questions to ask and are giving you the opportunity to send these through to have answered this week as the team prepare for their match against the Sharks.
There may be some questions we cannot answer but will do our best, so click here submit your questions now.
In the meantime, look after one another. We are one Family. We are the Storm Family.
Bart Campbell - Chairman, Dave Donaghy - Chief Executive Officer, Craig Bellamy - Head Coach and Cameron Smith - Captain