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Melbourne Storm will take the unique step of offering a special discount ticket offer to all AFL and AFL club members this week in a bid to stimulate support for this Sunday?s clash with the Bulldogs at Olympic Park.
The Storm is aiming to capitalise on the AFL?s mid-season bye round this weekend by offering an exclusive ticket offer to those supporters not usually found at Storm home games.
All AFL or AFL club members will gain entry for just $10 ? almost half price ? upon showing their membership cards at the gate this Sunday or at any Ticketek outlet. Similarly children eligible for this offer will gain entry for just $2.50 and concession members for $5.50.
?This is a prime opportunity for the people of Melbourne to show their support for their state seeing as this weekend?s match is Melbourne versus Sydney in a sense,? Storm captain Stephen Kearney said.
Kearney believes this weekend?s match against the Bulldogs ? one of the NRL?s strongest New South Wales clubs ? is sure to provoke Victoria?s sense of patriotism.
?Victorian?s don?t get too many chances to be patriotic about their state on a national sporting level these days, so this week?s match is one for all Victorians,? Kearney added.
?With the AFL having this week off it?s the perfect opportunity for those ALF supporters to come and check out the Storm - every Victorian AFL supporter?s ?second? club.
?We?ve always said we want to co-exist with AFL here in Melbourne and that?s what we?re aiming to do, this week is a chance for some of their (AFL) supporters to co-exist with us.?
Several AFL players are expected to enjoy their weekend off by attending Sunday?s match as the seventh-placed Storm look to leapfrog the sixth-placed Bulldogs.
?I think anyone who does come along on Sunday whether you?re a league supporter or not, is sure to see a great game between two evenly matches teams,? Kearney said.