The Melbourne Storm, who play their home games at Aami Park, have been one of the more consistent sides in the NRL for over a decade now, and are looking to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet in 2019.
Last season, they fell at the final hurdle in their attempt to win back-to-back Premierships. Despite coming up just short the Storm will enter 2019 confident in their ability to challenge once again, and you can enjoy all the action at home on your TV, or when streaming the matches live to an eligible mobile device with a free trial.
Melbourne Storm 2019 Preview
The Melbourne Storm joined the NRL in 1998 following the founding of the club a year prior. The first, and to this day only, Victoria-based side in the league, the Storm have been hugely successful over their two decades in the NRL. Winning Premierships in 1999, 2012 and 2017, they also took out the Grand Final in 2007 and 2009 only to be later stripped of the titles for breaching the salary cap. That controversy erupted in 2010 and saw them stripped of their Premiership points that season, making it the only year in the last 16 that they haven’t played finals.
Heading into the 2019 premiership season they are once again touted to finish near the top of the table, though they may face more challenges than they are used to. Billy Slater’s retirement at the end of last season leaves a gap at fullback, and either Jahrome Hughes or Scott Drinkwater will have an enormous job replacing him. Fortunately the team still boasts plenty of high-quality names and can lean on the leadership of Cameron Smith for what will most likely be his final year. Like most teams, the Storm will probably find themselves chasing the Sydney Roosters, but with the raft of experience and talent on their side, they expect to be one of the major contenders.
NRL Storm LIVE TV (Sydney Time)
Thurs 4 July LIVE: Dragons v Storm at 7.50pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat 13 July LIVE: Storm v Sharks at 7.35pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sun 21 July LIVE: Titans v Storm at 2.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat 27 July LIVE: Storm v Sea Eagles at 7.35pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Fri 2 August LIVE: Broncos v Storm at 7.55pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Sun 11 August LIVE: Rabbitohs v Storm at 4.05pm (Nine/Foxtel/Kayo)
Sat 17 August LIVE: Storm v Raiders at 5.30pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Sun 25 August LIVE: Storm v Titans at 2.00pm (Foxtel/Kayo)
Fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. The Melbourne Storm on Free to Air (channel 9) does not offer full Melb Storm TV replays and is limited by the new NRL broadcasting agreement.
Stream the Melbourne Storm Live and Free
If you enjoy Rugby League action then Fox League (Foxtel/Kayo) is the channel for you, televising all NRL teams and every round Live and in HD with no ad-breaks during play before the grand final, including the contests not available on Free to Air TV.
So if you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to Fox League you may wish to review the 10 day Foxtel Now trial, which offers Rugby fans an opportunity to watch the NRL Storm live online with compatible internet connected devices.
Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day trial offering. With the Kayo trial you will have access to these same NRL broadcasts as Fox League, and can stream the Melb Storm free and Live using eligible mobile devices. Kayo also have a split-view feature which enables you to watch up to four Live events at the same time.
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NRL 2019 Free to Air vs Foxtel/Kayo TV Fixtures
As seen in the weekly TV line-up below, Foxtel (Fox League) and Kayo Sports will televise every NRL match live, and in HD where available, until the Grand Final. Channel Nine will televise a minimum of three live matches per week, with extra coverage of the games held on a holiday or for special events such as the 2019 State of Origin.
Thursday Night: Ch. 9/Foxtel/Kayo
Friday Evening: Foxtel/Kayo
Friday Night: Ch. 9/Foxtel/Kayo
Saturday Afternoon: Foxtel/Kayo
Saturday Evening: Foxtel/Kayo
Saturday Night: Foxtel/Kayo
Sunday Game 1: Foxtel/Kayo
Sunday Game 2: Ch. 9/Foxtel/Kayo
Melbourne Storm Rivalries
The rivalry between the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the Melbourne Storm was born partly out of a number of intense finals matches between the two, beginning with the 2007 Grand Final. Taking it to another level altogether, however, was the Battle of Brookvale, which occurred during a 2011 match-up between the two when the sides engaged in an enormous brawl. Ten players and two officials were ultimately charged for their roles, with both clubs also being fined $50,000. Unsurprisingly, there is still some lingering tension between the two sides.
The Storm developed a rivalry with the Brisbane Broncos in the earlier stages of the century thanks in large part to the numerous finals matches contested between the two. Between 2004 and 2009 the two met in the finals each year, with the Storm winning every game bar one – the 2006 Grand Final. The move of former Broncos assistant coach Craig Bellamy to the Storm for a head coach role contributed to furthering the rivalry. These matches always have plenty of bite, and there will be two opportunities to tune into the latest incarnation of the rivalry with match-ups in Round 1 and Round 20 this season, and you can stream the NRL Storm online from a mobile device.
As the only New Zealand-based side in the league, the New Zealand Warriors are protective of their own, and the Storm’s fielding of numerous Kiwi players over the years has contributed to a strong rivalry between the two clubs. Since 2009 – with the exception of 2015 – the two have faced off in an ANZAC Day clash every year, a match which has typically been close and low scoring regardless of ladder position. The teams compete for the Michael Moore Trophy, named after the Storm’s inaugural football manager who fell to a tragic accident in Auckland in 2000.