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DevoutSaint

DevoutSaint

If you or anyone else thought that Soward will play reps ever again I am sure that you or someone else would have said so. lol 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

[h=1]Nightingale: Short Turnaround Will Help[/h]

Tuesday 12 March 2013 6:00 AM

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St George Illawarra Dragons winger Jason Nightingale is looking forward to a short turnaround after a tough 30-10 loss to the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Sunday.
The flanker believes the short turnaround will give the Dragons the opportunity to put the defeat behind them quickly as they shift focus on to their first home game of the season against the Brisbane Broncos at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Friday.
The New Zealand international, who scored one of the Dragons two tries, was happy with his individual performance and believes there are many positives the team can take from the game.
I think its good weve got a short turnaround this week, said Nightingale.
You dont want long patches before your games where you stop to think about where youre at, particularly at the beginning of the season.
I know a few of the boys will want to move on from a tough loss and just get another game under their belt.
Im really looking forward to playing another game and to playing our first game back in Wollongong against the Broncos.
It was definitely good to get out there and shake off the cobwebs, I really enjoyed it out there and it was great to get 80 minutes under my belt after playing only 40 minutes in the Charity Shield.
It made me feel a lot more comfortable going forward and I think did what I wanted to do and played alright.
The Renown United junior is confident that the team will continue to improve as they progress through the season and play more competitive matches.
He also praised new fullback Gerard Beale after his debut performance for the club and is happy to have a specialist fullback in place.
The performance was probably about a 6/10 for us, it wasnt quite up to where we want it to be but I think it was better than average, said Nightingale.
There were a few things we couldve done a lot better but defensively I thought we were pretty good.
There are a lot of positives there for us but at the end of the day we needed to score more points and we didnt do that.
The more games we get earlier in the year the more comfortable well become so hopefully we can get a few wins in that process as well.
I thought Gerard was great yesterday, he was involved in the play a lot and he worked really hard on his support play so you cant fault his performance and it was really good to have him there.
http://www.dragons.com.au/news-display/Nightingale%20Short%20Turnaround%20Will%20Help/69711
 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

[h=1]Beale: Honour To Wear Red V[/h]

Monday 11 March 2013 1:00 PM

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St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Gerard Beale believes there is room for improvement both personally and as a team, following the 30-10 defeat by the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Sunday.
The Logan Brothers junior says he was honoured to don the famous Red V jersey for the first time in the NRL, running for 92 metres in the season opener.
The 23-year-old says he will be better for the run ahead of the clash with his former club, when the Dragons take on the Brisbane Broncos in the first home game of 2013 at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Friday.
It was a real honour to represent the Dragons for the first time in the NRL, especially in a game against the current world club champions, said Beale.
It was a good challenge for us, but unfortunately we didnt come away with the two points.
At the end of the day, the Storm got a few lucky bounces of the ball, and the boys are all focusing on improving before the next game.
Theres a lot for us to work on, and I think each game we play together, were going to get better.
There were some good signs at times, and theres going to be more to come; its a work in progress.
Personally, I can always improve, and I want to do that every game.
Ill look back at my performance against the Storm and see what I need to work on, and take that into the next game against the Broncos.
Its our first game at home, and Im looking forward to playing in front of the Dragons home crowd for the first time.
Weve got a really good side here, and I know all the boys want to improve on a few things and build some momentum for the season.

http://www.dragons.com.au/news-display/Beale%20Honour%20To%20Wear%20Red%20V/69663 
SaintAnger

SaintAnger

I'm glad they're playing Friday night too. Let's get back into it asap.

With Stanley out, I wonder if Vidot will get another chance. Or Green. Just as long as Prior doesn't get shifted back to centre. :| 
cpr_89

cpr_89

CAMERON King’s 44-minute appearance on Sunday afternoon may have been a bit more significant than most people realise.

In an injury-ravaged career, the more than half a game on the field was the most King, 21, has played in the top grade since making his NRL debut in 2010.

And the dummy half didn’t just come through unscathed: he was sharp and added an extra dimension to a tiring Dragons’ attack in his seventh top grade game.

‘‘It was the most minutes I’ve played in the NRL,’’ King said. ‘‘We were getting a role on and getting forward a lot.

‘‘For me it’s taking it week by week.
‘‘I’m still a rookie in NRL games so I’m just working with the halves and getting more confident.’’

There’s no doubting King’s pedigree.

He was picked in every junior representative side available, most of them a year young.

A strong performance in the Dragons’ opening round loss against Melbourne has him primed for a big year.

‘‘I had a strong pre-season and worked really hard,’’ King said.

‘‘I got fitter and stronger.

‘‘Injuries are just part of footy and I’ve had a fair few in recent years but the body is feeling good.

‘‘The confidence is good and I’m confident in myself and the team.’’

As part of the Dragons’ middle defensive unit, King will need to be strong when his side host fellow first round losers Brisbane at WIN Stadium tomorrow night.

The Broncos strength is their forward pack, headed by representatives Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker, Alex Glenn and Ben Hannant.

‘‘As a forward unit we know we set the tone for the game,’’ King said.

‘‘It’s going to be a big game for our forwards because Brisbane have such a strong pack.

‘‘We’re going to have to start well and control the ruck.’’

Coach Steve Price has named an unchanged squad.

Chase Stanley (knee) is unlikely to play and Daniel Vidot is expected to replace the Hurstville junior.

King will come off the interchange bench again.

‘‘I just sit there and have a look at what’s going on and what’s working on what’s not,’’ King said. ‘‘I try and get them on the back foot.

‘‘Pricey tells me to play my natural game and get them out their and boss the forwards around.’’

http://www.theleader.com.au/story/1361994/cameron-king-primed-for-huge-year/?cs=1633 
saints

saints

He's certainly part of our future IMO. Him and Rein. Lets hope we keep both. 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

A great article.

Wata, you have to be his biggest fan for many years on here.

It's good that we are seeing what you've been dreaming about for years. 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

King: Ready For Local Derby



Thursday 28 March 2013 10:00 AM



St George Illawarra Dragons hooker Cameron King is looking forward to competing for the Monty Porter Cup against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks this Saturday at Shark Park, Cronulla.
King is expecting a tough match-up with local rivals the Sharks but believes if the team sticks to their plan they will be in a good position to win.
The Wagga Kangaroos junior is confident the team can turn their season around and start winning if they can stick to the game plan and perform for the full 80 minutes.King is confident in the young group of players and believes they bring a lot of refreshing enthusiasm to the club.
The hooker believes the team is grateful for their passionate fans who have stuck behind them despite a slow start to the season.
“We know we’re in for a big game this week against the Sharks but we’re really looking forward to it,” said King.
“They’ve recruited really well and they’re playing some good footy at the moment so we know we have to step it up this weekend.
“Obviously in a game like this you have to worry about their key players but I think if we all stick to our job and stick to the game plan then I think we’ve got the team to get a win.
“All the boys know we’re not too far away from getting that win and we’re playing some good footy in patches.
“We know if we can put it together for 80 minutes then we’ll be right where we need to be.
“I just think we need to keep doing what we’re doing; we believe we’ve been in all the games so far.
“This year we’ve had a big turnover of players, there’s a lot of young guys coming in and a lot of young guys getting a start in the team.
“I think we bring a lot of enthusiasm to the team and everyone is upbeat at the moment because we know it’s only a matter of time until we get that first win.
“We know the fans are feeling the tough start too and we’re all grateful that they’re sticking behind us.
“As long as they keep showing up we’ll keep playing for them; we’ve got some great fans here.”

Click the link to watch the interview.

http://www.dragons.com.au/news-display/King-Ready-For-Local-Derby/71058 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

Win could turn Dragons' NRL season: Cooper

By Steve Jancetic
AAP
Sun 31st March, 7:09pm




St George Illawarra veteran Matt Cooper has been in this hole before, and he knows one win can be all it takes to turn an NRL season around.
The Dragons finally got off the mark for 2013 with a 25-12 upset of Cronulla on Saturday night, the win helping take some pressure off the club following three successive losses.
Cooper admitted some players and staff had started to show the strain of the poor opening to the season.
But having been part of the Dragons side which rebounded from an 0-4 start in 2005 to finish the season in a share of first spot, Cooper knows it doesn't take too much to right the ship.
"Going 0-4 would have been pretty bad, we've been there in the past and it's not good," Cooper told AAP on Saturday night.
"The pressure would have been building - the way the boys are after the game, it's just relief.
"I remember those years where we went 0-4, it just took one game, that first win, to change the confidence of the team.
"I think that's what's happened (on Saturday night)."
Certainly the Dragons looked a different outfit in attack against the Sharks, but Cooper denied the side had undergone a radical change in philosophy.
Rather, Cooper claimed the Dragons spent the week leading up to the match working on the other side of their game.
"We've been confident about our attack, I don't think that was our problem," Cooper said.
"We were letting too many tries in - Melbourne 30 points, Canberra 30 points - you can't beat sides letting that many points in.
"We concentrated on our defence this week, forgot about our attack. It will come naturally and that's what happened."
Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan said he had no idea why his side had been out-enthused by the Dragons, but his major selection headache rests on the results of scans for star five-eighth Todd Carney.
Carney will have scans on his right foot on Monday after being forced from the field late in the first half.
Flanagan was quick to allay any fears that it was a recurrence of the Achilles injury he had surgically repaired in the off-season.

http://www.nrl.com/win-could-turn-dragons-nrl-season-cooper/tabid/10874/newsid/71468/default.aspx 
saints

saints

Coops strength helped on Saturday alright. He stopped a few.

Still - I'd like to think its his last season. 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

I would predict that Cooper has endorsed us to chase Thompson.

Knowing all well he could be the successor of him 
saints

saints

Good choice too. 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

19,000 Members March With Us
Wednesday 3 April 2013 10:10 AM

The St George Illawarra Dragons have passed through a significant membership milestone with the 19,000th Red V Member signing up to "March With Us" in 2013.
This comes only days before the Dragons return to WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah to play the Newcastle Knights.
Mahnoud Farhat from Bexley renewed as a Red V Member today at the Kogarah office and became the 19,000th Member to join the Red V program and took his place to march with the Dragons in 2013.
The Dragons are targeting 20,000 Members in 2013 so we only need 1000 more members to achieve our goal.
Your support can make a difference - now is the time to show your support like Mahnoud by becoming a part of our team and joining the march as a Red V Member.
It doesn’t matter where you live - Kogarah, Wollongong, Sydney, NSW, Interstate or Overseas - if you have a passion for the red and white then we have a package to suit your needs.
And it’s not too late, 11 game packages are now available as well as six game Kogarah and five game Wollongong packages!!
Or take a look at the range of non ticketed packages we have available.
You will receive access to range of exclusive member benefits, while Red V Membership has never been more affordable with flexible monthly payment plans available.
And your investment as a Red V Member goes directly to supporting our playing squad, with Members able to vote for where your funds are invested.
Join the March in 2013 and become a Red V Member today!
By joining, you could also win the Ultimate Member Experience!
One lucky Red V Member will win the opportunity to run the water to the team at the ‘Captain's Run’ training session prior to a home game, join the team for a BBQ lunch afterwards and then lead the team out onto the field at the game.
All renewed and new Red V Members will be automatically entered into the draw.
MARCH WITH US IN 2013: We need you to become a part of our team.

http://www.dragons.com.au/news-display/19000-Members-March-With-Us/71442

 
MacarthurSaints

MacarthurSaints

Dragons Celebrate National Youth Week
Friday 5 April 2013 11:00 AM

St George Illawarra Dragons duo Gerard Beale and Trent Merrin were both on hand to celebrate the Connect the Dots festival at Shoalhaven on Friday.
The festivities helped to launch the nationwide National Youth Week which is currently taking place across the country.
Both players observed a skate and street art demonstration and participate with Youth Services live radio.
Furthermore, patrons were exposed to a variety of exciting games and entertainment as well as music and film.
“It was a real eye-opener to see the types of entertainment on offer on the day,” said Beale.
“Everyone was having a lot of fun and most importantly it is for a good cause raising youth awareness.
“I was tempted to try-out my skateboarding skills but didn’t want to upstage Trent !”

http://www.dragons.com.au/news-display/Dragons-Celebrate-National-Youth-Week/71587 

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