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q events hosted the event of the year....

We were thrilled to host the 2023 Melbourne Storm Player of the Year Awards in October, a night marking the NRL club’s milestones and its 25th anniversary.

The venue excitedly buzzed, hosting players, coaches, staff, and partners. It was a night where formal accolades met festive celebrations, creating unforgettable moments for everyone involved.

Join us in reliving this spectacular evening…

the ambiEnce

As guests arrived at Q Events, they were welcomed by an impressive, double-sized purple media wall, creating an exciting, media-worthy atmosphere.

The venue was elegantly immersed in the Melbourne Storm purple, with tables adorned in club colours and logos, celebrating the essence of the team throughout the evening.

Thanks to our skilled  AV partners, Technical Events, the room glowed in rich purple hues, with screens showcasing player highlights, ensuring guests enjoyed the announcements from every angle.

the awards

The awards ceremony was the centrepiece of the evening, not just honouring the club’s top performers but also celebrating the dedication and effort of every team member. Guests eagerly anticipated the prestigious Cameron Smith Player of the Year Award and the RedZed Members of the Year Award, which were proudly presented to Xavier Coates and Nick Meaney, respectively.

This celebration of excellence extended to other deserving winners, who were also acknowledged for their contributions throughout the season.

Billy Slater Rookie of the Year: Will Warbrick

Most Improved Player: Bronson Garlick

Best Forward of the Year: Josh King

Best Back of the Year: Will Warbrick

Try of the Year: Sua Fa’alogo (Round 27)

Cooper Cronk Feeder Player of the Year Award: Sua Fa’alogo

Greg Brentnall Young Achievers Award: Dickie Terepo

Under-21s Darren Bell Medal: Poasi Manu

Melbourne Storm Academy Player of the Year Award: Keagan Russell-Smith

Michael Moore Award Club Person of the Year: Katie Holley

Chairman’s Award: Jonathan Demos

notable moments

While every award presented was significant, a few moments stood out: 

Player of the Year announcement.

Heart-warming speeches from the coaching staff acknowledging the challenges and triumphs of the season.

Players shared anecdotes from behind the scenes, offering a glimpse into the bond that holds the team together. 

Melbourne Storm’s CEO speech. 


See all the photos from the night here.


Every awards night is complete with a gourmet feast, and our culinary team outdid themselves (as always). Please look at what the guests indulged in on the night below.


Sticky glazed pork belly, mirabelle plum puree, fennel salad, pickles sesame bark.

alternating mainS

Slow-cooked Victorian black Angus beef cheek, almond and pepita romesco, dutch carrots, charred onion, parsnip chips.

Char-grilled lamb backstrap, pressed lamb shoulder, honey lemon yoghurt, ratatouille, coriander walnut salsa, pea sprouts.

SHARED side dish

Roasted chat potatoes, salsa verde, rosemary salt, micro radish.


Popcorn brulee, chocolate crumble, salted caramel crispies.

Lemon curd tartlet, torched meringue, white chocolate, boysenberry.


The evening’s awards ceremony was a highlight; the atmosphere buzzed with anticipation for the Cameron Smith Player of the Year and RedZed Members of the Year awards, ultimately celebrating Xavier Coates and Nick Meaney. Yet, the spotlight also shone on numerous other deserving winners, acknowledging their invaluable contributions and success over the season. 

The evening at Q Events was a resounding success, epitomising the spirit and unity of the Melbourne Storm team. 

Proving itself as one of Melbourne’s premier venues for award nights, the event effortlessly blended sportsmanship with elegance and celebration, producing an unforgettable and magical night for all who attended.

Now is the time to think about the new awards season! 

Take advantage of our extended ‘Summer Savings’ offer and lock in the deal of a lifetime. 

Take advantage of this incredible opportunity with a cheeky discount of 20% off* food and beverages for all events; this deal applies to all events until June 2024. Hurry, the dates are going fast! 

Connect with our dedicated sales team today via info@qevents.com.au or call (03) 7020 9000. 

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