The Storm were nominated by Netball Australia as a preferred bidder for one of three new team licences under their expansion plans. For a new design was announced featuring a deeper V, with more navy blue in the jersey.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles See also: Gold disappeared along with most of the white, and the lightning bolts were changed to purple. Docklands stadium was still used by the Storm for home finals until and this allowed a home final attendance record of 33, to be set in in the Preliminary Final against Parramatta.
The Storm's season started very strongly with nine consecutive wins, the club's best start to a season up to that time. InMelbourne gained its first major sponsor in Adecco,  which was displayed on the jersey chest, while maintaining the players' names on the back until the end of The Storm won 20 and lost 4 games throughout the season making it their most dominant season in 10 years.
Between —, gold returned, silver was omitted and purple became the dominant colour in the jersey. The season included a club record twelve consecutive wins. Setting a new club record, the streak ended at 15 games with a loss in Round 8.
The club's most capped player is Cameron Smith with NRL appearances thus far; he is also the current league record holder. The Semi-Final at Suncorp Stadium ended with Melbourne dramatically winning 16—14 with a try on the final play of the game.
The game was a very hard fought match, as the game hung in the balance until the dying second but the Sharks hung on to win. New Zealand Warriors This is more of a traditional rivalry due to the large amount of Kiwi internationals Melbourne has fielded in their history.
Contrary to expectation, was a standout year for the Melbourne team, winning their first Minor Premiership.
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The club's all-time highest score is 70 points scored against St. Over the years and in all variations of the jersey, navy blue and purple always remain the main colours.
Johns left the club as CEO at the end of and coach Murray was sacked due to Melbourne's poor form, with the club missing the finals for the second year in a row. Battle of Brookvale The Storm defeated Manly 34—8 in the Grand Final but lost to in the re-match in a 0—40 loss. Fullback Billy Slater is the club's most prolific try scorer with tries scored so far.
In August the storm announced that they would create an Academy on the Sunshine Coast to develop and nurture developing talent in the charlestown races and slots reviews with a view to progressing through the Storm ranks.
In their first game, they defeated the Illawarra Steelerswith Glenn Lazarus as their inaugural captain.
The move of Brisbane assistant coach Craig Bellamy to Melbourne has also been attributed to fueling the rivalry, as well as the wide spread of Queensland Origin players across their squads in the better part of the past decade. Phil Gould21 December  Between andMelbourne consistently made the finals, but lost games in the semi-finals that prevented them from reaching the grand final.
Melbourne only lost four games in the season, making them outright leaders by four wins.
In this game the Storm narrowly beat the Dragons, with a late penalty try putting the Storm in front. This was because there was no major sponsor for the Storm to display on the chest or back at the time. It also helped supporters new to the game identify the players.
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