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This week in Storm history | June 23 - 29

We take a look back at significant moments in the club's history during this week in years gone by.

June 23

1997: Brisbane football manager Chris Johns quits the club to take up the position as chief executive of Super League’s new Melbourne franchise.

1999: Melbourne Storm chief executive John Ribot confirms his club has been investigating a possible move to the state-of-the-art Docklands Stadium in 2000.

2004: Melbourne halfback Matt Orford rejects offers from four clubs to re-sign with the Storm for one season.

2006: A last-minute try to centre Jake Webster hands Melbourne a 16-12 win over the Bulldogs at Olympic Park. It is the Storm’s 12th consecutive win on home soil.

2014: Melbourne confirm the mid-season signing of Wests Tigers winger Marika Koroibete.

2019: Dale Finucane makes his debut for New South Wales in a resounding 38-6 victory over Queensland in an historic Origin clash at Perth’s Optus Stadium.

June 24

1997: John Ribot formally announces his resignation as chief executive of Super League in order to become proprietor of the new Melbourne franchise.

2013: Melbourne five-eighth Gareth Widdop suffers a dislocated hip in his team’s 18-12 loss to the Gold Coast at Skilled Park and faces three months on the sidelines.

2019: Melbourne reluctantly release talented fullback Scott Drinkwater, allowing him to transfer immediately to the North Queensland Cowboys.

June 25

2004: Melbourne fullback Billy Slater scores another scintillating try in the Storm’s 42-6 defeat of the Warriors at Olympic Park.

June 26

2005: Queensland selectors drop a bombshell by omitting fullback Billy Slater from their squad for the State of Origin series decider.

June 27

2016: Melbourne face the loss of powerful forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona for up to eight weeks with an injury to his left knee.

June 28

2019: The Melbourne Storm take a six-point lead at the top of the competition ladder after seeing off the Roosters 14-12 at Adelaide Oval. The clash draws a crowd of 16,297.

June 29

2003: Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy calls on the ARL to play a State of Origin match in the Victorian capital.

2011: Former Melbourne Storm centre Matt King signs a two-year deal to play with South Sydney in 2012 and 2013.

2012: Queensland fullback Billy Slater is ruled out of the State of Origin decider after failing to recover from the torn posterior cruciate ligament injury to his knee, suffered in Game 2. Coach Mal Meninga announces than Greg Inglis will play fullback with Melbourne centre Dane Nielsen to join the team.

2018: Melbourne captain Cameron Smith lands a long-range field goal to sink the Sydney Roosters 9-8 in an absorbing duel at the Adelaide Oval. Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk had two late field goal attempts charged down in his first confrontation with his former club.

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.