14 Sep 2009

Storm happy to ride behind AFL grand final

9:18 am on 14 September 2009

Melbourne's chief executive Brian Waldron says he is excited by the prospect of selling a rugby league preliminary final on the same day as the AFL grand final.

The Storm secured an NRL preliminary final after Parramatta upset minor premiers St George Illawarra to gift Melbourne a free passage to host a grand final qualifieR.

But the Docklands venue is booked for the VFL grand final on Friday week so the Storm must play their game on the Saturday evening - only hours after the AFL decider is completed at the MCG.

With a guaranteed all-Victorian AFL grand final in the making, the Storm will at least benefit by hosting one of the NRL's best supported teams with the winner of Brisbane and St George Illawarra to face Melbourne for a place in the decider.