- Thursday 29 December 2016
The Melbourne Storm under-20s have received their draw for the 2017 NYC competition with nine games scheduled for Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Four of the Thunderbolts' last six matches will be played on the Coast, with four games to be played as double headers with the Falcons’ Queensland Cup games (Round 5, 6, 13, 18).
As they did in 2016 against the Knights, Storm’s Under-20s will return to AAMI Park to play the curtain-raiser to Melbourne’s Saturday night clash against the Cowboys in Round 15.
The Thunderbolts will also take part in a feature game on Suzuki Field in Brisbane against the Gold Coast Titans on the afternoon of the Round 10 NRL Double Header.
Storm fans will also be able to watch the Thunderbolts three times on Fox Sports over the first 20 weeks.
The Thunderbolts have been back in pre-season training at Sunshine Coast Stadium for the last six weeks and have 14 returning players that took part in the 2016 season.
Eric Smith will again coach the team as they look to improve on their eight wins in 2016.
Jake Turpin and Charlie Galo have graduated from the Thunderbolts program into the NRL squad, following the path of Joe Stimson and Suliasi Vunivalu the previous season.
Under-20s players Brodie Croft, Harry Grant and Cory Parker were recently named in the Queensland State of Origin Emerging Under 20 Squad for 2017.
The team will play a curtain raiser prior to the NRL trial match between the Storm and Warriors at Sunshine Coast Stadium on February 11.
NYC GAMES AT SUNSHINE COAST STADIUM IN 2017
Round 5: Storm v Panthers - April 1 (2.45pm)
Round 6: Storm v Sharks - April 8 (2.45pm)
Round 8: Storm v Warriors - April 23 (2.45pm)
Round 13: Storm v Knights - June 3 (2.45pm)
Round 18: Storm v Eels - July 8 (2.45pm)
Round 21: Storm v Sea Eagles - TBA
Round 23: Storm v Roosters - TBA
Round 25: Storm v Rabbitohs - TBA
Round 26: Storm v Raiders - TBA