He's the first Victorian to play for the Melbourne Storm, but if not for a school friend Mahe Fonua may never have played rugby league.
Cronulla haven't won in Melbourne since early 2008, and with the Sharks desperate for a win now's as good a time as any to break that streak.
Storm back-rower Dale Finucane will play in Saturday's clash with Cronulla after beating a dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night.
Days before Melbourne's first home game of the Telstra Premiership season the club has turned to a favourite son for that extra edge.
Rock solid one week and shaky the next. It was the pattern that plagued Melbourne a season ago and on Saturday night it again bubbled to the surface.
Referees boss Tony Archer has spoken about key decisions made by officials during Melbourne's two-point loss to Manly at Brookvale Oval on Saturday.
The keys to another thrilling contest between modern NRL rivals Manly and Melbourne, including a Cherry-Evans masterclass and a 12-point turnaround.
Manly held off a fierce comeback from the Melbourne Storm to clinch a two-point win on Saturday night, with Daly Cherry-Evans the star.
A hectic travel schedule has made it "impossible" for the Storm to fully prepare for their Round 2 game against Manly, says Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy.
For nearly a decade the Melbourne side has ranked in the top three for fewest points conceded, dating back to 2005. That side appears back after Round 1.