Storm TV thriving - Australian Rugby league News
Backglobalrugbyleague - Fri, 07 Dec 2007 06:02:00 GMT
Rugby League continues to get the thumbs up in AFL heartland with the Storm being awarded two Friday night games in the opening five rounds of the 2008 season.
Eight months after Storm CEO Brian Waldren summed up free-to-air coverage of 2007 premiers as "disgraceful",the Victorian outfit will now get to test the depth of their popularity even further when they host Brisbane in round 4 before tackling grand final opponents Manly the following week.
They'll also be shown on Channel 9 in a Sunday telecast of their clash with Cronulla in round 2.
Melbourne have scheduled a trial game against Manly in Gosford on February 15, the night before flying to England to prepare for it's assault on the World Club Challenge.
They will then probably play Salford in another friendly before blowing the Leeds Rhinos away at Elland Park on February 29 in the World Club Challenge.
The Storm kick-off their quest for back-to-back premierships with a round-one confrontation against New Zealand at the Telstra Dome on Monday March 17 from 7:00pm.
Olympic Park is unvailable which means the Storm heads back to the Telstra Dome on a weekend when the AFL is not on. A record crowd is hoped for.
The dates and times confirmed by the NRL for the opening five rounds for Melbourne are:
Round 1: V Warriors @ Telstra Dome, Monday March 17 from 7:00pm
Round 2: V Sharks @ Olympic Park, Sunday March 23 from 3:00pm
Round 3: V Roosters at Aussie Stadium, Saturday March 29 from 5:30pm
Round 4: V Broncos @ Olympic Park, Friday April 4 from 7:30pm
Round 5: V Sea Eagles @ Olympic Park, Friday April 11 from 7:30pm - Read More, Here