Storm, Lightning Secure Cross-Code Minor Premierships
Sunshine Coast Lightning and Melbourne Storm have been confirmed as 2019 Minor Premiers in the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) league and NRL competition respectively, in what is a strong result for the wider franchise.
The sustained success of both Clubs is a strong endorsement of the culture and high-performance environment that has been established across both codes.
Securing the Minor Premiership is a first for Lightning as a Club in its three years of existence.
Lightning have also secured the home Grand Final in 2019, after they defeated NSW Swifts in the Major Semi Final at USC Stadium last fortnight.
If Lightning succeed, it will mark three consecutive Premiership wins in the first three years of the Club’s existence, in what is an unprecedented achievement.
Storm have gone from strength to strength, confirmed as Minor Premiers for the third time in four seasons – continuing their dominance in the NRL competition over the past two decades.
The two sides have forged a strong reputation of being value-based organisations that place a high premium on people and culture.
Storm and Lightning Dual Chairman Bart Campbell said despite working across different sporting codes and markets, there were key similarities across both Clubs.
“We are extremely proud of the Lightning, Falcons and Storm not just for their achievements on the field but the way in which they represent themselves and our Clubs on the biggest stages in the country,” Campbell said.
Melbourne Storm’s feeder NRL team, the Sunshine Coast Falcons has also secured the Minor Premiership in the Intrust Super Cup in Queensland, further validating the success of the wider Storm franchise.