Melbourne Storm executive director John Ribot has urged the Melbourne public to get behind the Storm as Victoria�s other team in the finals alongside Collingwood in the AFL.
With the Storm set for a semi final showdown against the Bulldogs this Sunday, Ribot believes the football-hungry Melbourne public should get behind the club as it makes a tilt at the NRL premiership.
�We�d like to think that the Melbourne public would tune in and watch their other Victorian team compete in the finals this weekend,� Ribot said.
�There are many Victorians out there keen to follow football at this time of the year but can�t face the prospect of supporting Collingwood, with that being the case we are urging those football fans to get behind the Storm.
�This weekend we are taking on the best of New South Wales and we know there will be many proud Victorians supporting Melbourne Storm in the build up to Sunday�s match.�
Ribot�s call to arms follows the news that this Sunday�s final between the Storm and the Bulldogs will now be broadcast live into Melbourne on Channel Nine at 3.00pm.
The Storm�s second final � to be played at Aussie Stadium in Sydney � was originally scheduled for broadcast on delay into Melbourne at 1.05am on Monday morning.
The change in scheduling means Melbourne will now have live coverage of the Storm/Bulldogs clash one hour before Sydney�s broadcast starts at 4.00pm.
It also means Storm fans will be able to watch the match live after having to wait until 11.55pm last Friday night for a delayed coverage of the Storm�s first final against the Raiders in Canberra.
�We applaud Channel Nine for broadcasting Sunday�s final live into Melbourne,� Ribot added.
�It provides the perfect opportunity for those people in Melbourne to watch the Storm live instead of waiting for a delayed coverage.�
Meanwhile the NRL has announced that all Storm members wishing to purchase tickets to Sunday�s final will receive a 20 per cent discount on pre-purchased tickets with one membership holder eligible to purchase up to four finals tickets.
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