2020 NRL Grand Final - Panthers v Storm
2020 NRL Grand Final - Panthers v Storm

Storm on the way back to the Sunshine Coast

The Melbourne Storm will be back on the Sunshine Coast accompanied by the NRL premiership trophy to say thanks to their home away from home.

They will join the Sunshine Coast Lightning to give fans a chance to mingle with their heroes and meet this year's squad.

The event will be held at Sunshine Coast Stadium on February 19 and the players will stay at Twin Waters Novotel Resort.

The hotel was the home for the Storm for much of last year's title-winning season and Sunshine Coast Stadium was their match day venue for six games.

Fans will be able to meet Storm's future stars and a contingent from the two-time Suncorp Super Netball premiers, Sunshine Coast Lightning.

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The Storm will hold an open training session ahead of their pre-season trial against NZ Warriors at Redcliffe the next day.

The travelling squad is expected to include some familiar names including grand final team member Nicho Hynes, Fijian international Tui Kamikamica an last year's NRL debutants Chris Lewis and Darryn Schonig, all of whom came to Storm via the pathway from the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

It will also be one of the last chances for a group of Storm contracted youngsters to push for places in the club's top 30 squad.

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Hynes said he was looking forward to returning to the Coast and showing off the famous NRL premiership trophy.

"The Sunshine Coast played a huge role in our success last year and we're really happy to have the chance to come back there to see our members and fans prior to the new season getting under way," Hynes said.

"We'll bring the trophy with us so everyone can grab some photos to keep as a memory of what was a huge premiership win for our club.

"It's not every day that you can get your pic taken with the NRL premiership trophy."

The Storm X Lightning event will begin at 3pm and run through to 5.30pm with COVID-19 protocols in place.

League fans can stay on to watch the Sunshine Coast Falcons' captains run from 6pm.



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