What is the Michael Moore Trophy? The annual games between the Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Warriors in memory of Michael Moore, the manager of the storm who died in a tragic accident in Auckland February 2000.
The body of Melbourne Storm football manager Michael Moore was recovered from Waitemata Harbour in the New Zealand city. The incident took place at Prince's Wharf, near the base for the America's Cup yachting regatta. It followed Melbourne's 14-6 National Rugby League defeat to Auckland in their opening game of the 2000 season on Sunday.
He epitomised all the great characteristics of what our club aspires to," Ribot told the club's official website. "Michael was always someone who brought a laugh to the office, he was easily the most popular member of the club ... he was just a magic bloke. It is believed Moore struck his head on a pontoon and is likely to have been either unconscious or dead when he hit the water. Several people dived in to try to save Moore but his body was only recovered two hours later by navy divers.
Moore was in his third year with the club and had previously worked with the Brisbane Broncos rugby league team and basketball's Brisbane Bullets.