This week in Storm history.
2006: Winger Matt Geyer becomes the first player from the Victorian franchise to play 200 games for the club.
2008: Referee Gavin Badger sends St George Illawarra prop Jason Ryles from the field after an innocuous incident involving Melbourne prop Jeff Lima in a drama-charged Monday Night clash at Olympic Park. The send-off was preceded by a wild brawl that ended with three players sent to the sin bin. The Storm won 26-0. Ryles was not charged by the match review committee and Badger was later dumped from first grade.
2010: The Melbourne Storm appoints former IT company managing director Ron Gauci as the club’s new chief executive.
2012: A day after Stephen Kearney announces he is standing down as Parramatta coach, the Eels conjure one of the boil-overs of the season by downing competition leaders Melbourne 16-10 at Parramatta Stadium. The loss is the Storm’s fourth in succession.
2017: Melbourne suffer a double injury blow on their way to a 20-14 victory over Canberra at GIO Stadium. Fullback Billy Slater is carried from the field heavily concussed after a late and high tackle by Raiders forward Sia Soliola while captain Cameron Smith is forced off early in the second half with a pectoral muscle injury.
1997: Super League supremo Ian Frykberg says a Melbourne side will not be included in any national competition unless it can prove to be self‑supporting.
2002: Melbourne sign Brisbane rookie Robert Tanielu and re-sign Junior Langi, Kirk Reynoldson and Cameron Smith.
1998: The Melbourne Storm emerge as a genuine premiership threat after their 32-16 defeat of Newcastle at Olympic Park
2002: Melbourne sign St Gregory’s College star Ryan Hoffman for two seasons.
1999: Melbourne inflict Cronulla’s first loss for the season at Shark Park with a 26-18 victory
2002: Canberra confirm the signing of Melbourne forward Matt Rua.
2015: The Melbourne Storm down St George Illawarra 22-4 in a history-making clash at Napier’s McLean Park. A crowd of 14,532 attends the first NRL game at the Hawke’s Bay venue
2000: Northern Eagles halfback Matt Orford signs a two-year deal with the Melbourne Storm.
2000: Melbourne coach Chris Anderson launches an amazing attack on the Brisbane Broncos, labelling them as arrogant and accusing them of putting themselves ahead of the game.
2003: Long-serving Melbourne winger Marcus Bai signs a two-year deal with Leeds.
2004: Bulldogs forward Jamie Feeney signs with Melbourne for three years.
2007: The Sydney Roosters down Melbourne 26-16 at Sydney Football Stadium in the season’s biggest upset. Caretaker coach Brad Fittler claims his third successive win and is given a standing ovation by fans.
2008: The incredible winning run of Melbourne second-rower Michael Crocker ends at 33 when the Storm are upset 8-6 by the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
2019: Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans lands a 25-metre golden point field goal to secure an 11-10 win over arch-rivals the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park.