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THE STORM HIT HOBART

29/03/2012

ACM students assist the mighty Melbourne Storm to tackle the Brisbane Bronco’s

Rugby league has made a return to Hobart, with ACM students called in to assist the Melbourne Storm in their pre-season friendly against fellow NRL team the Brisbane Bronco’s.

A city that enjoys elite sport, the Hobart community warmly welcomed this return of rugby league, thanks to the assistance of the North Hobart Football Club.

The Melbourne Storm have history in Hobart, in 1998 prior to their NRL debut, they played their first competitive match against the now defunct Adelaide Rams at North Hobart Oval.  

ACM students were excited at the opportunity to be involved with a national sporting team and eager to implement their skills. Various forms of massage assisted the 30 Storm players after their training sessions on Wednesday and Friday and also pregame Saturday. 

Afforded the opportunity to work in conjunction with the Storm's head physiotherapist, the students found this a most rewarding and valuable learning opportunity. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience of massaging the highly trained, strong athletes.

There was plenty of action for the crowd of over 11,000 with Storms Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater performing well and Storm forward Ryan Hinchcliffe being stretchered from the field.

The final match result was in Storms favour at 34 – 30.

ACM Diploma Student Marty commented:

“What a fantastic opportunity to see how a professional team operates on game day and to see how the benefits of massage help them to prepare for such a physical game. Thanks to ACM for the opportunity, I’m always keen to get involved in such a great experience.”

ACM Diploma Student Yutaka commented:

“The Melbourne Storm were an awesome team to massage. It is not often that students get the opportunity to massage such a team. It gave me confidence in my pre and during event massage.”