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Melbourne Storm in Geelong
V New Zealand Warriors
GMHBA Stadium Friday 22 February – 7.50pm Kickoff
Melbourne Storm will travel down the highway in February to host the New Zealand Warriors at Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium, bringing elite rugby league to Geelong for the first time since 2013.
The trial match will be played under lights on February 22, giving locals in Geelong, the Surfcoast and the Bellarine a chance to watch Friday night football in their own backyard.
Storm and the Warriors have a storied rivalry, with the annual ANZAC Day clash between the two clubs considered a blockbuster game on the Melbourne sporting calendar. Typically fans can expect a tight tussle when these teams meet, regardless of their respective ladder positions.
While Storm defeated their Trans-Tasman rivals convincingly in last year’s ANZAC Day match, it was a hard-fought battle when they met again in round 19, with only a six-point margin at the final siren.
The pre-season hit-out will be the first elite rugby league game held in Geelong since Storm faced the Canberra Raiders at the same stadium in 2013.
Supported by the Victorian Government, the Kardinia Park clash is expected to bring visitors to the region, boosting the local economy and giving more Victorians the opportunity to support the state’s only NRL team.
The trial match follows Melbourne Storm’s annual pre-season training camp held on the outskirts of the city at Geelong Grammar School.
Players, coaches and performance staff spent two weeks together at the school’s Corio Campus, using the first-class facilities including a gym, swimming pool, training field and dormitories.
The Geelong camp has been a feature of the club’s pre-season schedule since 2016, providing a welcome change of scenery for players as the pre-season grinds on.
February promises to be an exciting month for Victorian Rugby League fans, with two NRL matches in the state in just seven days.
Storm’s road trip to Geelong will follow a revamped All Stars match between the Australian Indigenous All Stars and the New Zealand Maori All Stars at AAMI Park on February 15.
Don’t wait until March to see your Storm play – visit msr.lc/GeelongTrial or Ticketmaster to purchase tickets for the clash at GMHBA Stadium on February 22. Adults from $20 - Kids FREE.