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Storm legends present pathways jerseys

With the 2024 NSWRL Junior Representative season kicking off this weekend, Melbourne Storm’s Harold Matthews and SG Ball sides were presented their jerseys by Melbourne Storm Head Coach Craig Bellamy and club legend Tawera Nikau last night. 

Bellamy and Nikau addressed both playing groups before presenting them with their jerseys, with Nikau joining several other Storm Old Boys including Robbie Kearns, Danny Williams, Robbie Ross, Ben Roarty and Peter Robinson in attendance.

Nikau, a key player in Storm’s inaugural 1999 Premiership, was inducted as a Life Member of the club last year and passed on advice to the next crop of young Storm talent coming through.

Current squad members Ryan Papenhuyzen, Jonah Pezet, Eliesa Katoa, Grant Anderson and Bronson Garlick were also in attendance to show their support.

For the first time in the club’s 26-year history, 2024 will see a complete men’s pathways system in the NSWRL competition, with Storm fielding teams in the U17s, U19s, U21s and at feeder level.

Both the U17s and U19s will kick off their 2024 campaign against the North Sydney Bears at Hills Grammar on Saturday, with Storm’s Harold Matthews inaugural game in the competition kicking proceedings off at 1pm. 

Storm’s Jersey Flegg side will start their season in the first week of March against the St George Illawarra Dragons. 

Both squads have had the opportunity to train alongside the NRL Squad in recent weeks, with the club hosting two open training sessions in Pakenham and Truganina, with another planned to take place in Broadmeadows in a few weeks time. 

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.

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