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This week in Storm History

This week in Storm history as Cam reaches 300 games.

July 15

2004: Melbourne captain Stephen Kearney announces he will play out his career in England after signing with Super League club Hull

2011: Melbourne announce that former Parramatta, Manly and Cronulla prop Jack Afamasaga will join the club immediately after arriving unannounced following a stint with French club Racing Club Lescure Arthes.

2011: Former Melbourne Storm forward Ryan Hoffman agrees to rejoin the club for the next three seasons after spending 2011 at Wigan.

2013: Missing four State of Origin stars, Melbourne are trounced 39-0 by Canterbury in a grand final rematch at ANZ Stadium. Storm coach Craig Bellamy renews calls for changes in the Origin format to reduce the disruption to the NRL competition.

July 16

2012: Canterbury are installed as new premiership favourites by TAB Sportsbet following their seven-game winning run and three successive losses by the Melbourne Storm.

2014: Brisbane sign giant Melbourne forward Mitch Garbutt to a three-year contract.

July 17

1998: North Sydney hand Melbourne their biggest loss in the NRL competition with a 34-10 result at North Sydney Oval

2011: Canberra are held scoreless at home for the first time in their 30-year history when the Melbourne Storm records a 26-0 shut-out at Canberra Stadium.

2015: The Melbourne Storm provide a fitting celebration of captain Cameron Smith’s 300th first grade game when they crush Penrith 52-10 at AAMI Park.

July 19

1999: Melbourne Storm centre Tony Martin suffers shocking facial injuries in a cycling accident.

2000: Melbourne winger Matt Geyer rejects an offer from the Northern Eagles to re-sign with the Storm

2003: Melbourne re-sign NSW Origin prop Robbie Kearns for a further two years.

2010: The Melbourne Storm confirm that five-eighth Brett Finch will join forwards Ryan Hoffman and Jeff Lima at Wigan in 2011 where they will link with former Storm assistant coach Michael Maguire, now Wigan coach.

July 20

2003: Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett cheekily declares himself a convert of the golden point rule after the Broncos pip Melbourne 26-22 at Olympic Park. Winger Scott Minto crosses in the third minute of extra-time to secure the win

2004: Melbourne forward Kirk Reynoldson signs a four-year deal with the Newcastle Knights.

2005: Parramatta CEO Denis Fitzgerald also calls for the abolition of the Melbourne Storm and is critical of the decision to play an Origin match in Melbourne in 2005.

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.