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MacarthurSaints

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[h=1]Rein Named In NSW Emerging Blues Squad[/h]

Saturday 15 December 2012 10:00 AM

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St George Illawarra Dragons hooker Mitch Rein has been named in the New South Wales ‘Emerging Blues’ squad to be held later in January.
The Kiama junior is part of a 22-man contingent handpicked by NSW Head Coach Laurie Daley and the NSWRL High Performance Unit with the consideration that they will wear the famous sky blue jersey in the very near future.
“It’s an honour to be selected into the NSW Emerging Blues squad and something I wasn’t expecting,” said Rein.
“There have been many players who I’ve looked up to over the years who’ve represented NSW so to be even considered is pretty humbling.
“I know the camp will give me a good opportunity to continue building my game and give me some insight into what I need to do to take it to the next level.”
The Emerging Blues Camp will take place over three days at Coogee beginning Friday, January 18.
"We want these players Origin ready from the moment they receive the phone call and camps like these are essential for us to get them into that space,” said Daley.
"It is about helping players transition through to this next level of Rugby League."

http://www.dragons.com.au/news-display/Rein%20Named%20In%20NSW%20Emerging%20Blues%20Squad/66826 
rumackay

rumackay

Young Dragon Josh Drinkwater is not afraid to make his voice heard

December 19, 2012 11:00PM

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A COMMON occupational hazard for a rookie halfback is barking orders at older and harder heads.

But when Josh Drinkwater gets his first taste of the top grade in February's trials, St George Illawarra's new playmaker predicts he'll be anything but tongue-tied.
The 20-year-old arrived in Wollongong from back-to-back seasons captaining Manly's NYC side - a leadership role he's always relished.
"I've always tried to step-up and be a leader of the team," Drinkwater said.
"Being the halfback makes you become a leader, and you have to talk and organise.
"If couldn't do it, I probably wouldn't be a halfback.
"I don't think there will be any dramas."
From being stranded behind stellar pairing Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans at Brookvale, the unknown Terrigal junior is now at prohibitive odds to make his NRL debut in 2013.

Until he sustained another devastating knee injury last month, Kyle Stanley was being groomed to succeed the halfback role from retired skipper Ben Hornby.
And although veteran utility Nathan Fien will now get first shot at partnering Jamie Soward, Drinkwater is suddenly the club's most accomplished specialist No.7.
Drinkwater nominated his direct running game as a strength, with club dieticians devising a special diet to bulk him up to 85kg in anticipation of the rigours of first grade.
"It wasn't too hard to leave Manly because I had Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans in front of me," he said.
"There's a bit more of an opportunity here on a two-year deal with a club that's got a few other young guys coming through.
"Kyle (Stanley) probably would've got first shot at halfback, but there's still Jamie Soward and Nathan Fien.
"They've both played rep footy and I'm really happy to be learning from those boys.
"Hopefully I'll get a test run in the trials and try to take any chance with both hands."
Drinkwater turned down interest from the Roosters and Canberra to join Manly in 2009.
He was then caught in a unique selection stir the following season, when officials and families wrote formal letters of protest about his omission from the Australian Schoolboys team.
"That was a big goal of mine and it was really disappointing to miss out," he said. "But I've just had to move on."
He did just that in 2012, with most try assists in the NYC despite Manly's poor standing.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/young-dragon-josh-drinkwater-not-afraid/story-e6frep5x-1226540643999 
rumackay

rumackay

I'm liking the sound of this young bloke more and more 
stanleyg

stanleyg

I hope he settle in at the Dragons and eventually gains a regular top grade spot. we do need a noisy and feisty halfback to drive the forwards and feed the backs. If he can tackle as well he could prove to be a good buy 
saints

saints

Well ... DS prefers him to Sowie ...;) 
stanleyg

stanleyg

DS prefers everyone to Sowie and C young or Price. 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

Fein is good for 1 season, 2 seasons Max. I think we gamble and go right towards Drinkwater. The more time he gets there in the top level, the sooner he'll be ready. He is no 16 year old kid. 
cpr_89

cpr_89

This will and should be Fien's final season. I question his ability to stay consistent over the season. Drinkwater will get a chance, rest is up to him. 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

With Cooper talking about more than one you just never know. LOL.

Judging by Fein's family business you would think that he is just about ready for the transition for his future. 
DevoutSaint

DevoutSaint

If someone is special, which is what we are looking for in a future halfback. Then they should be able to be performing in first grade by the time they are 20 years old, which is how old Drinkwater is now. Hopefully we can find out this year if Drinkwater is our answer to our halfback dilema. I would have liked to have even seen Drinkwater and Kyle in our halves this year to see if they are both our answer. I do have a good vibe about this Drinkwater. 
DevoutSaint

DevoutSaint

I could not find any thread which is appropriate for this post, so I decided to put it here as a bit of humour. Anyone seen the movie called I love Beth Cooper? Well since our supporters have many imaginitive signs at the games. I think a good sign for a girl to make up if she is a Matt Cooper fan would be a sign that says I love Matt Cooper. He should have a few female fans as I am pretty sure that he won the sexiest man in league tital quite a few years back. 
rumackay

rumackay

Are you saying "performing" as "in the 17" or as "first choice in their position" by the time they're 20? Because Thurston and Cronk, (Daly Cherry-Evans) were 22 when they first earned their positions and they turned out alright...well...DCE is still a work in progress but he's going good ATM

Unless Drinkwater is another Langer or Johns he'll need a couple of years to find his feet and I hope he gets plenty of opportunity 
DevoutSaint

DevoutSaint

Yeh I was even going to mention that Cherry didn't make first grade until 22 years old in my previous post. Cherry was actually overlooked by rep selectors most of his junior career if not all of it. Cherry also had Hodgkinson blocking his path. If Hodgkinson didn't leave he still probably would not have played first grade when he did, unless Hodgkinson got injured.

Thurston had massive wraps on him, but Canterbury had one of if not the best team in the comp and Sherwin and Anasta were playing in their halves, they had the luxury of playing behind the best pack in the comp too, so it helped make them look better. I was never a Sherwin fan and letting Thurston go and keeping Sherwin and Anasta was probably Canterbury's biggest mistake in the clubs history. I have even heard on this site that Thurston had a few major injuries while he was at Canterbury. But when he got the opportunity at Nth Qld he certainally showed how good he was/is.

Cronk had Orford blocking his path at Melbourne and didn't get to play first grade regulary until Orford went to Manly. Orford was one of the best halfbacks in the comp at the time.

So it was probably more the fact that other players were blocking Cherry's, Thurston's and Cronk's path than their age that was stopping them playing first grade at a younger age. It reminds me of how we have had Soward blocking Kyle's path to playing 5/8. It would be our biggest mistake if we lost Kyle and kept Soward, possibly as stupid as Canterbury letting Thurston go and keeping Sherwin or even Anasta. Kyle should have been playing 5/8 for us for the last 2 years.

If Drinkwater is special he should be able to handle first grade next year. As long as he can tackle and has the ticker required he should be able to step up. I think that Sam Williams was only 20 this year and he showed that he is good enough at the back end of the season. Any great player should be able to perform well at first grade by 20 years old. The only exeption would apply to props as some of them take a bit longer to mature into top first graders. 
cpr_89

cpr_89

Cherry-Evans only stayed at Manly because no one else wanted him. Even then, Hasler still put him in QLD Cup for a year, preferring Hodkinson (a year older) to take over Orford. He has done done ok so far but he is being made to look better than he is with quality and experience all around him. Still has plenty to prove.

Sam Williams has been in and out of the team, a couple of times Dugan has been picked in the halves ahead of him too. 
DevoutSaint

DevoutSaint

As you know I rate Cherry extreamly highly. He would be my first choice of halfback if we could buy any half. Cronk may be better than him now but Cherry has another good 8 years left in him and I also think he will be better than Cronk in a coulple of years. The first time I actually watched him play properly was against us in 2011. We won convincingly, but I was extreamly impressed with Cherry and have been ever since. 
cpr_89

cpr_89

Cherry-Evans disappears every time he plays us. 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

[h=1]Morris: Young Talent Impressive[/h]


Saturday 22 December 2012 8:00 AM

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St George Illawarra Dragons winger Brett Morris has been impressed with the young talent training this preseason and believes they indicate an impressive future for the Club.
Morris is looking forward to returning to his preferred position on the wing after spending much of last season filling in at fullback.
[HR][/HR] The Kiama junior has touted newcomer Gerard Beale to make a solid push for the available Custodian’s jersey and is looking forward to working with him when the Trials begin in 2013.
Morris feels confident in his fitness level heading into the Christmas break and credits a tough preseason training schedule that has been whipping the squad into shape.
“Some of the new boys have been really impressive in training so far and it’s great to see so much young talent coming through the club,” said Morris.
“Guys like Gerard Beale and Tyson Frizell have been training the house down and doing everything right so they’ll do well for us next year.
“I’ll be pretty happy to go back onto the wing this season; playing fullback these days is a lot tougher than what it used to be.
“Having said that I think we’ve got a great pickup in Gerard [Beale] there who will probably take over the position and I’m looking forward to making a bit of a combination with him next year.
“The body’s feeling really good, preseason has been really tough but all the boys have been enjoying the training.
“I think the training gets harder every year but the boys have responded and trained really hard and I think come round one we’re going to have a side that’s fit, fast, strong and ready to go out there and rip into it.”

http://www.dragons.com.au/news-display/Morris-Young-Talent-Impressive/67011 
saints

saints

I reckon a few people might get quite a surprise with the teams performance in 2013.

Henderson, Beale, Frizell, D/water, Harrison et al. Plus our youngsters coming through. If Coops can get an injury free season too. 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

Cook: Nowhere To Hide



Sunday 23 December 2012 9:35 AM

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St George Illawarra Dragons hooker Damien Cook knows that pre-season helps develop mental toughness which is needed to endure the rigours of rugby league.
Cook, 21, is one of two players promoted to the Red-and-Whites from the Illawarra Cutters NSW Cup and is enjoying his opportunity to make it at first-grade level.
[HR][/HR]
The rake scored 12 tries for the Scarlets in their inaugural NSW Cup campaign last term and has hopes of similar opportunities with the Dragons.[HR][/HR] “It’s my first pre-season here and it’s been very tough,” said Cook.
“There’s nowhere to hide as there’s session after session but that’s a good thing because it means you have to keep pushing yourself.
“Last year I was only doing three afternoons a week but this time around it’s six days a week which is a big difference.
“The Illawarra Cutters had a good season last year and they’ve established themselves so whoever plays for them will treat it as a priviledge.
“I want to improve everywhere in my game and if I can get one game then try and hold that spot.”

http://www.dragons.com.au/news-display/Cook-Nowhere-To-Hide/67039 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

Seru: My Need For Speed



Monday 24 December 2012 9:00 AM

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St George Illawarra Dragons prop Kem Seru has a need for speed and is addressing it courtesy of an impressive pre-season plan.
The Fiji international has made a conscious effort to improve his overall diet and cardio these past few months, undertaking a daily routine of fitness sessions and eating healthily to do just that.
[HR][/HR]http://www.dragons.com.au/news-display/Seru-My-Need-For-Speed/%E2%80%9Dhttp://www.dragons.com.au/redv-home%22 Click to find out how you can March With Us as a Red V Member in 2013 [HR][/HR] The Hurstville United, part of the Dragons National Youth Competition team, is hoping his experiences training alongside the first-grade squad will help the Young Dragons in their campaign for top honours in 2013.
“It’s taken a while to get used to going to bed and waking up early, eating the right foods and keeping the body fit but I’m getting there,” said Seru.
“These changes will be for the best which is why I do it.
“I feel that I’m moving a lot faster than I was before which is good for a guy like me.
“I’ve been working on my cardio and getting the blood pumping to help me through the day.
“I want to have a good season with the NYC boys and hopefully we can go all the way this time around.”

http://www.dragons.com.au/news-display/Seru-My-Need-For-Speed/67012 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

This will be an interesting story to watch if he can do it. He is a big boy with a opportunity. You just never know. 
saints

saints

Is he the really big bloke ? Running around last season in the TYC ? 
saints

saints

St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Gerard Beale is hoping to wear the custodian’s jersey for the Red V come the opening round of the new season in 2013.
Beale is part of a host of new faces at the Dragons and while he has been enjoying an intense pre-season, he is looking forward to pulling on the famous Red V jumper and playing some meaningful games for the Red-and-Whites.

http://www.dragons.com.au/news-display/Beale-Ready-For-My-Red-V-Moment/66998 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

Yes. That's him. 
saints

saints

St George Illawarra Dragons lock Blake Phillips has had his eyes wide-opened in relation to what it takes to reach the top.

http://www.dragons.com.au/news-display/Phillips-Eyes-Are-Wide-Open/67013 

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