2019 Melbourne Storm season
The 2019 Melbourne Storm season is the 22nd in the club's history. They are competing in the 2019 NRL season. The team is coached by Craig Bellamy, coaching the club for his 17th consecutive season. Melbourne Storm are also captained by Cameron Smith, who has been the sole captain for the team since 2008—making this his 12th consecutive season and on 13 July 2019 he became the first NRL player to play 400 NRL games. On 31 August 2019 the Storm defeated the Manly Sea Eagles to win their 4th Minor Premiership.
|2019 Melbourne Storm season|
|NRL Rank||1st (Minor Premier)|
|Play-off result||Preliminary Final Loss|
|2019 record||Wins: 20; Draws: 0; Losses: 4|
|Points scored||For: 631; Against: 300|
|Stadium||AAMI Park (30,050 capacity)|
|Tries||Josh Addo-Carr (14)|
|Goals||Cameron Smith (99)|
|Points||Cameron Smith (206)|
- Round 1 – Prior to the commencement of play, the northern stand of AAMI Park was renamed "The Slater Stand" after Billy Slater. Storm defeated the Broncos 22–12 extending their winning steak in Round 1 to 17 seasons. Tom Eisenhuth makes Storm debut.
- Round 3 - Storm defeat the Panthers 32-2 in Bathhurst, Marion Seve scores his first NRL try
- Round 5 - Cameron Smith becomes the games highest ever points scorer with penalty goal in the 48th minute. Smioth finished the game on 2422 points. Sandor Earl made his debut for the Storm and also played his first game following a four year ban from the game.
- Round 9 - The NRL stage their first Magic Round st Brisbanes Suncorp Stadium. The Storm completed one of the biggest wins in the clubs history dominating the Parramatta Eels 64-10. Will Chambers played game 200.
- Round 11 - The Storm deafeat the Bulldogs away at Belmore oval Sydney with Cameron Smith playing his 500th first grade game. Cameron Munster also played his 100th Game.
- Round 16 - Missing 7 players due to State of Origin, Storm win 16 -14 against St George. The game was notable due to the large number of milestones; with Cameron Smith scoring his 2500th career point, Sandor Earl played his 50th NRL game, Craig Bellamy coached his 300th win and both Tino Faasuamaleaui and Billy Walters making their playing debuts.
- Round 17 - Cameron Smith becomes the first NRL player to play in 400 NRL games in the Storms 40-16 win over Cronulla.
- Round 19 - Cameron Smiths Captains his 300th NRL Game.
- Round 22 - The Storm lose to the Canberra Raiders 22-18 after leading 18-0 shortly before half time. This result meant that it was the Storm's worst collapse in the history of the club.
- Round 24 - Storm defeat the Manly Sea Eagles 36-6 and clinch the Minor Premiership for 2019. Nelson Asofa-Solomaona also played his 100th game.
|Round 1||Tom Eisenhuth||Storm debut|
|Round 2||Marion Seve||NRL debut|
|Round 4||Ryan Papenhuyzen||NRL debut|
|Round 5||Sandor Earl||Storm debut|
|Round 5||Cameron Smith||NRL points scoring record|
|Round 9||Will Chambers||200th Game|
|Round 11||Cameron Munster||100th Game|
|Round 15||Felise Kaufusi||100th Game|
|Round 16||Tino Faasuamaleaui||NRL debut|
|Round 16||Billy Walters||NRL debut|
|Round 16||Cameron Smith||2500th point|
|Round 16||Sandor Earl||50th Game|
|Round 16||Craig Bellamy||300th win as coach|
|Round 17||Cameron Smith||400th Game|
|Round 20||Cameron Smith||300th Game as Captain|
|Round 21||Nicho Hynes||NRL debut|
|Round 21||Joe Stimson||50th Game|
|Round 22||Max King||Storm debut|
|Round 24||Nelson Asofa-Solomona||100th Game|
|Prelim Final||Kenny Bromwich||150th Game|
|23 February||Trial||GMHBA Stadium, Geelong||Loss||6||12|
|2 March||Trial||BB Print Stadium, Mackay||Loss||6||14|
- (GP) - Golden Point extra time
- (pen) - Penalty try
|14 March||1||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Win||22||12||J Hughes, C Scott, K Bromwich, J Bromwich||C Smith 3/4|
|22 March||2||GIO Stadium, Canberra||Win||22||10||S Vunivalu (3), N Asofa-Solomona||C Smith 3/5|
|30 March||3||Carrington Park, Bathurst, New South Wales||Win||32||2||C Munster, B Croft, J Addo-Carr, M Seve, J Bromwich||C Smith 6/6, B Croft 0/1|
|7 April||4||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Win||18||16||W Chambers (pen), T Kamikamica, C Munster||C Smith 3/3|
|12 April||5||1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville||Win||18||12||J Addo-Carr (2), W Chambers||C Smith 3/5|
|19 April||6||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Loss (GP)||20||21||J Addo-Carr, T Kamikamica, C Scott||B Croft 4/4||B Croft 0/2|
|25 April||7||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Win||13||12||C Munster, J Hughes||C Munster 2/3||B Croft 1/1|
|3 May||8||Shark Park, Sydney||Loss||18||20||J Addo-Carr, J Bromwich, R Papenhuyzen||C Smith 3/4|
|11 May||9||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||Win||64||10||C Munster (2), J Addo-Carr (2), D Finucane, J Hughes, C Scott, S Vunivalu, B Croft, R Papenhuyzen, K Bromwich||C Smith 9/11, W Chambers 1/1|
|16 May||10||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Win||24||22||R Papenhuyzen, F Kaufusi, M Seve, W Chambers||C Smith 3/4|
|26 May||11||Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney||Win||28||6||J Addo Carr (2), W Chambers, N Asofa-Solomona||C Smith 5/6, R Papenhuyzen 1/1|
|8 June||13||Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland||Win||32||10||J Hughes (2), S Vunivalu, J Bromwich, M Seve||C Smith 6/7|
|15 June||14||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Win||34||4||J Stimson (2), J Addo-Carr, J Hughes, M Seve, S Vunivalu||C Smith 5/5, R Papenhuyzen 0/1|
|28 June||15||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||Win||14||12||R Papenhuyzen, B Croft||C Smith 3/3|
|4 July||16||WIN Stadium, Wollongong||Win||16||14||J Stimson, J Hughes||C Smith 4/4|
|13 July||17||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Win||40||16||B Smith (2), C Munster, B Croft, J Olam, J Stimson||C Smith 8/9|
|21 July||18||Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast||Win||38||18||S Vunivalu (2), J Stimson, S Earl, R Papenhuyzen, C Smith, J Olam||C Smith 5/7|
|27 July||19||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Loss (GP)||10||11||W Chambers, B Smith||C Smith 1/2||B Croft 0/2, CMunster 0/1, C Smith 0/1|
|2 August||20||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||Win||40||4||K Bromwich (2), J Addo-Carr, C Welch, J Hughes, C Smith, R Papenhuyzen||C Smith 6/9|
|11 August||21||Central Coast Stadium, Gosford||Win||26||16||J Bromwich, J Olam, C Munster, B Croft||C Smith 5/6|
|17 August||22||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Loss||18||22||J Olam, J Addo-Carr, S Vunivalu||C Smith 3/3|
|25 August||23||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Win||24||8||K Bromwich, R Papenhuyzen, J Addo-Carr, D Finucane||C Smith 4/5|
|31 August||24||Lottoland, Sydney||Win||36||6||J Olam (3), J Addo-Carr, N Asofa-Solomona, R Papenhuyzen||C Smith 6/7|
|6 September||25||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Win||24||16||S Earl, N Asofa-Solomona, W Chambers, M King||C Smith 4/5|
|14 September||Week 1 - Qualifying Final||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Loss||10||12||S Vunivalu||C Smith 3/4|
|21 September||Week 2 - Semi Final||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Win||32||0||J Addo-Carr (2), S Vunivalu, C Munster, J Hughes, R Papenhuyzen, N Asofa-Solomona||C Smith 2/7|
|28 September||Week 3 - Preliminary Final||Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney||Loss||6||14||N Asofa-Solomona||C Smith 1/1|
- Craig Bellamy – Head Coach
- Jason Ryles – Senior Assistant Coach
- Marc Brentnall – Assistant Coach
- Ben Jack – U/20s Head Coach
- Aaron Bellamy – Development Coach
- Ryan Hinchcliffe – Development Coach
- Frank Ponissi – Football Director
- Ryan Hoffman – Football Administration Coordinator
- Nick Maxwell – Leadership Coach
- Craig McRae – Kicking & Catching Coach
- Billy Slater – Specialist Coach (Part time)
- Scott Sipple – Easts Tigers Feeder Club Coach
- Craig Ingebrigtsen – Sunshine Coast Falcons Feeder Club Coach
List current as of 24 March 2019 (a): This column denotes the previous RL club the player was signed to and played first grade RL for. If they are yet to debut then this is stipulated. If they were merely signed to the club but did not play then it is not counted.
The following players have played a first grade representative match in 2019.
|29 Players used||—||104||107||1||631|
Most Points in a Game: 18 points
- Round 9: Cameron Smith (9 Goals) vs Parramatta Eels
Most tries in a Game: 3
- Round 2: Suliasi Vunivalu vs. Canberra Raiders
- Round 24: Justin Olam vs. Manly Sea Eagles
Highest score in a winning game: 64 points
- Round 9: vs. Parramatta Eels
Lowest score in a winning game: 13 points
- Round 7 vs. New Zealand Warriors
Greatest winning margin: 54 points
- Round 9: vs. Parramatta Eels
Greatest number of Games won consecutively: 9
- Round 9 to Round 18
Highest score in a losing game: 20 points
- Round 6: vs. Sydney Roosters
Lowest score in a losing game: 10 points
- Round 19: vs. Manly Sea Eagles
Greatest losing margin: 4 points
- Round 22: vs. Canberra Raiders
On 7 February the Storm announced that the 2019 Jersey will remain the same from 2018 however with updated NRL logos and the new 2019 Melbourne Storm logo. In addition the jersey now features the new Storm sponsor Purple Bricks.
- 2019 J. J. Giltinan Shield
- 2019 Michael Moore Trophy
Melbourne Storm Awards Night
Held at Crown Palladium on Tuesday 8 October.
- Melbourne Storm Player of the Year: Dale Finucane
- Billy Slater Rookie of the Year: Ryan Papenhuyzen
- Melbourne Storm Members' Player of Year: Cameron Smith
- Melbourne Storm Most Improved: Tui Kamikamica
- Melbourne Storm Best Back: Jahrome Hughes
- Melbourne Storm Best Forward: Cameron Smith
- Cooper Cronk Feeder Club Player of the Year: Harry Grant
- Darren Bell U20s Player of the Year: Trent Toelau
- U20s Best Back:
- U20s Best Forward:
- Greg Brentnall Young Achievers Award:
- Mick Moore Club Person of the Year:
- Life Member Inductee: Will Chambers
- Chairman's Award:
- Best Try: Josh Addo-Carr Semi-Final vs Eels
Dally M Awards Night
Held at The Star on Wednesday 2 October 2019.
Rugby League Players’ Association Awards Night
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