2002 Melbourne Storm season
|2002 Melbourne Storm season|
|2002 record||Wins: 9; Draws: 1; Losses: 14|
|Points scored||For: 556; Against: 586|
|Stadium||Olympic Park Stadium|
|Tries||Aaron Moule (17)|
|Goals||Matt Orford (62)|
|Points||Matt Orford (156)|
The 2002 Melbourne Storm season was the 5th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2002 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season in 10th place making it their lowest finishing position so far. It was Mark Murray's final season as coach of the club. 
In 2002 the Storm returned to Olympic Park. The club secured no big name player signings for the season as it kept under the NRL imposed salary cap.
In an effort to reignite its floundering success the return to its smaller home ground was seen by players and supporters as a positive move. The club though continued to deliver hot and cold performances as the season progressed, leaving them on the fringe of the Top 8 (from only 14 competitors).
The club suffered internal turmoil during the season, particularly when the captaincy was removed from Robbie Kearns and given to Rodney Howe. The Storm was also troubled over the renegotiation of club stalwart Richard Swain's contract - he reluctantly signed for Brisbane for 2003 when the Storm (citing salary cap issues) failed to make him an offer.
The Storm's season again came down to needing to win its final round game to reach the semi-finals. In a repeat of 2001, Melbourne appeared to lack enthusiasm when it mattered and again lost a crucial match.
Draw and Results
|7||St George Illawarra||24||9||3||12||2||632||546||+86||25|
Awards and honours
- "NRL Honour Board". melbournestorm.com.au. Melbourne Storm. Retrieved 10 February 2014.