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Young Dragons Ready For Roosters Trial

Friday 8 February 2013 12:00 PM

The St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team will commence their pre-season trial fixtures against the Sydney Roosters at WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 4.00pm and entry is free to the public.

St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Team Squad:

1. Aquila Gela
2. Yaw Kiti Glymin
3. Brent Anderson
4. Sitiveni Moceideke
5. Justin Leigh
6. Hayden Carpenter
7. Shannon Crook
8. Kem Seru
9. Logan Harris
10. Jackson Merritt
11. Jamie Stanley
12. Julian Fleggo
13. Kal Collins
14. Taylor Brown
15. Jacob Neil
16. George Lolo
17. Brody Rigg
18. Wes Lolo
19. Vincent Stowers
20. Saxon Onur
21. Luke Dodge
22. Elimeleki Taumololo
24. Josh Pedaro 


[h=1]Junior Reps Face Stiff Challenges[/h]

Thursday 14 February 2013 12:10 PM

All four St George Junior Representative Rugby League teams face stiff challenges in their Rd 2 competition matches, to be played on Saturday 16 February.
The Illawarra Steelers Harold Matthews (U16’s) Cup team takes on the Sydney Roosters at WIN Stadium at 9.30am, and Co-Coach Adam Bezzina has warned his players that they’ll need to be at their best to defeat the Roosters on Saturday. “The Roosters were competitive with Parramatta throughout their Rd 1 tussle, and are an enthusiastic team” Bezzina said. “We’ll need to match their enthusiasm and out skill them in our plays if we’re to come away with the two competition points”.

Steelers Harold Matthews Cup forward Isitolo Collier takes the ball up strongly in last week's win over Manly

The Dean Young coached Steelers SG Ball (U18’s) Cup team will also need to be on their game if they are to defeat the Mark Riddell coached Roosters in their 11.000am fixture. Young commented “The Roosters have recruited widely and largely lacked combination in their Rd 1 match last weekend. They’ll be better for the run last week, and we’ll need to be better too if we want to take our first competition points of the season”.
In what promises to be a great day of Rugby League at Belmore Sports Ground this Saturday the St George Harold Matthews Cup team takes on the competition heavyweights Canterbury at 10.00am. This match will be followed by the St George v Bulldogs SG Ball clash at 11.30am, the Dragons v Bulldogs Toyota Cup trial at 1.00pm, and the Illawarra Cutters v Bulldogs NSW Cup trial at 3.00pm.

Danny Hannah sets himself for a tackle in last week's St George v Balmain Harold Matthews Cup match

St George Harold Matthews Cup Coach Graeme Wynn commented today “The Bulldogs are one of the strongest Junior Rep clubs in the League, and both my boys and Ben Hornby’s SG Ball Cup team will need to be at our very best if we are to compete successfully with the Dogs on Saturday at Belmore”.


[h=1]Junior Reps Seek Consistency[/h]

Thursday 21 February 2013 2:06 PM

The St George Harold Matthews (U16’s) and SG Ball (U18’s) Cup teams will be opposed to their Manly counterparts on Saturday 23 February at WIN Jubilee Oval at 9.30am and 11.00am, and coaches Graeme Wynn and Ben Hornby will have the same message for their young chargers: “Repeat what you did last week and you’ll give yourselves a chance of victory”. In those matches the Harold Matthews Cup boys were defeated 12-22 by Canterbury Bulldogs, whilst the SG Ball team proved too strong for the Dogs, winning 20-6. Both teams demonstrated a desire to control the ball, to get off their defensive line quickly, and to minimize their errors, and a repeat of these traits will allow both teams to compete to the best of their abilities this Saturday.

St George SG Ball backrower Luciano Leilua on the attack in last week's win over the Bulldogs

The Junior Steelers face strong opposition when they travel to Cabramatta Sports Ground to play the Parramatta Eels, and Steelers coaches Adam Bezzina, Michael Stone and Dean Young will repeat the consistency message. Errors marred last week’s Harold Matthews Cup performance when they lost 8-20 to the Sydney Roosters, whilst the SG Ball team triumphed over the Roosters 20-12. So the same message will go out: “Minimise your errors, defend enthusiastically and run hard and the rest will look after itself”.


[h=1]Illawarra Harold Matts Looking For a Better Start[/h]

Thursday 28 February 2013 3:19 PM

Illawarra’s Harold Matthews (U16’s) Cup team will be looking for an improved start to the game when they take on the Newcastle Knights at WIN Stadium this Saturday, 2 March.
The Illawarra youngsters began poorly in last week’s loss to Parramatta, and co-coaches Adam Bezzina and Michael Stone have emphasised to the players the need for a more controlled start when they take on the Knights at 1.30pm. “We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win last week against the Eels – our dropped balls and missed tackles cost us dearly, and we were always trying to play catch-up” Bezzina said today. “We’re a better side than we’ve been able to show to date, and we’re looking to get back on track with a solid performance against Newcastle”.

Steelers Harold Matthews Cup back rower Jacob Rae in action earlier this year.

In contrast the Illawarra Steelers SG Ball (U18’s) Cup team played what coach Dean Young described as “almost the perfect half of football” when they led Parramatta 14-4 at half time last weekend, only to fold in the second half and run out 14-32 losers. Young stated “I’ll be looking for a more consistent performance across the 70 minutes this week, as well as a better contribution from our replacement players. If we do this we are capable of beating the strong Newcastle side”.

Tristan Green, St George Harold Matthews Cup front rower, played well against Manly last weekend.

Also on Saturday 2 March the St George Junior Reps take on the Penrith Panthers at WIN Jubilee Oval at 12 noon and 1.30pm. All four teams will be coming off Rd 3 wins, and both matches promise to be a combination of skill and power. Dragons Junior Rep Manager Neil Lovett commented today “Our games against Penrith will be a really good test of just where we are, and how much we’ve improved, under the tutelege of Graeme Wynn (Harold Matthews Cup) and Ben Hornby (SG Ball). Both Penrith teams are undefeated, and entitled to start as favourites, but be prepared for two classic struggles – it certainly won’t be one way traffic”. 


Tristan Green, St George Harold Matthews Cup front rower, played well against Manly last weekend.

That has to be Nathan Greens brother 


[h=1]Steel cities to meet on the field[/h] [h=2]By MIKE GANDON[/h]March 2, 2013, 4:01 a.m.

[*] The Steelers will take on Newcastle at WIN Stadium.


The Illawarra Steelers will be keen to bounce into the winner's circle when they take on Newcastle at WIN Stadium today.
Matches between the two steel cities are generally keenly contested and today's games are likely to follow that tradition.
The Steelers lost their S. G. Ball Cup under-18 and Harold Matthews Cup under-16 games to Parramatta in atrocious conditions at New Era Stadium, Cabramatta, last Saturday. Both games were played in torrential rain.
In the Matthews Cup, although the Steelers played some good wet-weather football, the Eels led 14-6 at half-time.
Illawarra could not add to their score in the second half and Parramatta won out 28-6.
Front-rower Luke Chalker scored the Steelers' only try between the posts after a great bust through the Eels' forwards. Fullback Jai Brooker converted.
Illawarra was off to a great start in the S G. Ball with a try to centre Dee-Jay Harris in the fifth minute.
Steelers left winger William Tom scored in the 19th minute after a brilliant cutout pass by halfback Adam Clune.
This gave them an early 8-0 lead.
Five minutes from half-time, centre Euan Aitken scored.

After the conversion by Jackson Hastings, the Steelers led 14-0.
Following an Illawarra error, Parramatta registered their first points of the match with a try right on half-time by second-rower Tyrell Fuimaono.
But Parramatta scored five unanswered tries in the second half to win the game 32-14.
The Steelers' games against Newcastle today kick off at 1.30pm for Matthews Cup and 3pm for Ball Cup. 


St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition centre Charly Runciman is looking forward to returning to the Under-20’s for their opening round clash against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Sunday.

Runciman, 19, spent the entire 2013 preseason training with the Dragons first grade side and believes the experience he gained will help him continue to improve in the upcoming season.

I can see this bloke going on to partner Green. I hope we can hang onto him. 


[h=1]New Challenges For Dragons Junior Reps[/h]

Wednesday 13 March 2013 8:41 AM

All four St George Illawarra Dragons Junior Representative Rugby League teams face new challenges in their upcoming Round 6 matches.
The St George Junior Reps face the Newcastle Knights at WIN Jubilee Oval on Saturday 16 March at 12 noon and 1.30pm. Saints Harold Matthews (U16’s) Cup Coach Graeme Wynn is delighted to be playing Newcastle at WIN Jubilee Oval for the first time in many years. “We always seem to draw Newcastle in Newcastle, as we have done for many years. It will be great to play them at home for a change. I know my team, as well as Ben Hornby’s SG Ball (U18’s) side, is really looking forward to the challenge”.
The Illawarra Steelers Junior Reps travel away to TG Millner Field at Marsfield on Saturday 16 March to take on the North Sydney Bears at 12 noon and 1.30pm. Steelers Harold Matthews Cup Co-Coaches Adam Bezzina and Michael Stone have challenged their team to improve their application and consistency throughout the entire match. “We’ve been playing really good footy in parts of all our games, but have been losing concentration at other times” Stone commented. “We have challenged the boys to reduce their error rate in the hope they can produce throughout the entire game the standards of which they are capable of playing”.

Steelers Harold Matthews Cup hooker Jarrad Whitty played strongly last weekend v Cronulla

Dean Young, Illawarra’s SG Ball Cup Coach, has challenged his team to repeat their efforts of their previous game when they defeated Cronulla 24-22 last Saturday at WIN Stadium. “We’re away this week, we’ve got a long travel journey in front of us, so we’ll need to concentrate really hard to overcome the travel, and a competent North Sydney Bears team” Young said today.

Illawarra Steelers SG Ball back rower Abe Atallah hits the ball up strongly in last week's win over Cronulla

Both the St George and Illawarra Harold Matthews Cup teams will need to record victories this weekend to keep their slim Finals chances alive, whilst both SG Ball Cup teams currently sit inside the top eight and require wins to cement their present positions. 


[h=1]Holbrook: We Will Improve[/h]

Thursday 14 March 2013 4:20 PM

St George Illawarra Dragon National Youth Competition Head Coach Justin Holbrook believes his team are better prepared ahead of the opening home clash against the Brisbane Broncos at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Friday.
The Young Dragons were defeated 36-12 by the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park, Melbourne in the previous round, with Shannon Crook and Sam Coster the sole scorers.
Holbrook admits his team were given a rude wake-up call in the encounter but is pleased with how his players have trained ahead of the home fixture.
"We've been training hard this week and working on the things that we failed to execute against the Storm last weekend," said Holbrook.
"We have a lot of new faces within the team and the match quickly brought them up to speed with what is required at this level.
"The Broncos are traditionally a strong team so the players will have to be ready for whatever is thrown at them.
"We will be playing in front of a home crowd which always helps and it believe it will be a great contest." 


[h=1]Junior Representative Line-Ups: Round 8[/h]

Tuesday 26 March 2013 9:00 AM

The St George Illawarra Dragons Junior Representative teams will continue their respective campaigns on Saturday, March 30.
The St George Junior Representative teams will take on their North Sydney Bears counterparts while the Illawarra Steelers face the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
St George Dragons Harold Matthews
1. Ben Cassell
2. Bailey Lang
3. Issac Pedro
4. Abdullah Issa
5. Nathan Khoury
6. Brandon Boumelhem
7. Joe Lovodua
8. Jake Wedesweiler
9. Treymaine Brown
10. Tristan Green
11. Ryan McCauley
12. Delane Cherrington (c)
13. Thomas Tsiamis
14. Brad Daley
15. Hussein Kansou
16. Daniel Stojanovski
18. Danny Hannah
19. Micah Scott-Vari
20. Sam Matenga
22. David Naufahu
23. Tama Papua
St George Dragons SG Ball
1. Matt Dufty
2. Rowland Kotobalavu
3. Topiese Taufa
4. Izaac Thompson
5. Taniela Siale
6. Rhys Davies
7. Ryan Harris
8. Addin Fonoa-Blake
9. Jake Vrahnos
10. Kelepi Lovodua (c)
11. Luciano Leilua
12. Heheako Tuima
13. Jacob Host
14. Netane Vi
15. Siaopo Tagaloa
16. Daniel Arahu
17. Chris Rigopoulos
18. Jordan Mose
19. Daniel Ascoli
20. Sunia Bukalidi
21. Gus Fidow
22. Abbas Miski
23. Viliami Tuitavake
Illawarra Steelers Harold Matthews
1. Jye Brooker
2. Phillip Astill
3. Donte Efaimo
4. Justice Wikaira
5. Cameron Swan-Hayles
6. Jack Eager
7. Jai Field
8. Blake Lawrie (c)
9. Jarrad Whitty
10. Luke Chalker
11. Jacob Rae
12. Reece Hewat
13. Ryan King
14. Tyrone Sibraa
15. Lachlan Farrell
16. Kade Sampson
18. Matt King
19. Jade Sawan
20. Isitolo Collier
21. Brett Horsley
Illawarra Steelers SG Ball
1. Jackson Hastings
2. William Tom
3. Dee-Jay Harris
4. Euan Aitken
5. Lachlan Stein
6. Drew Hutchinson (c)
7. Adam Clune
8. Tory Brunning
9. Alex Bonham
10. Jack Kavanagh
11. Luke Monds
12. Abraham Atallah
13. Dylan Lauri
15. Dylan Russell
16. Nathan Leatigaga
17. Thomas Freebairn
19. Bronson Hoani
20. Blaine Rozs 


[h=1]Flego: Looking To Earn Minutes[/h]

Friday 29 March 2013 8:00 AM

St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition second-rower Julian Flego says he is looking to earn himself more playing opportunities ahead of the local derby against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Sharks Stadium, Cronulla on Saturday.
The Thirroul junior crossed for his first NYC try in the 42-22 loss to the Canberra Raiders last round, after starting the match on the bench for Head Coach Justin Holbrook’s side.
[HR][/HR] Flego, 19, says the Young Dragons have gone back to the drawing board and are working hard against their neighbouring rivals and aims to do his part if given the chance “Our start to the season hasn’t been too bad,” said Flego.
“Obviously it’d be good to get a few more wins, but it’s a pretty new group and we just need to gel together.
“We’ll stick together and hopefully find some good form.
“Personally, I’d love to get a few more minutes, but that doesn’t come without work.
“I’ll have to keep working hard at training to earn myself that playing time.
“I thought our performance against the Raiders was alright in patches.
“We were pretty good around the ruck; we just need to limit our mistakes and put some points on the board.
“We’ll get back to training early in the week and work hard.
“That’s the only way to get good results.” 


[h=1]Young Dragons Downed In Derby[/h]

Saturday 30 March 2013 6:45 PM

The St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team were defeated 36-24 by the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Sharks Stadium, Cronulla on Saturday.
The Young Dragons scored five tries in the local derby but it was not enough for the two-points.
Head Coach Justin Holbrook had opted to standby his line-up announced midweek which meant prop Julian Flego bowed out at 18th man.
The Red-and-Whites proved the stronger of the two when play commenced and found themselves seizing the lead seven minutes into the encounter.
Dragons fullback Yaw Kiti Glymin had been the beneficiary of some neat passing on the right edge which allowed the custodian to score first try of the game.
Halfback Shannon Crook converted to make it 6-nil.
However the lead was short-lived with the hosts soon equalising through halfback Jake Walsh converted try ten minutes later.
The Red V continued pressing forward and found themselves reclaiming the lead through centre Charly Runciman four minutes later.
Crook was again on strike to make it 12-6.
Yet the home side equalised four minutes later for the second time in the game through the efforts of hooker Fa’amanu Brown’s try and Walsh’s conversion.
The pair teamed-up a further two times to give the Sharks a 24-12 lead at the break.
Sharks utility Kieron Rollinson extended the host’s lead when second-half play resumed shortly after the break with Walsh converting to make it 30-12.
But the Dragons struck back prior to the hour mark through prop Kem Seru who charged and barged his way over the stripe adjacent to left corner marker.
Dragons prop Wesley Lolo followed suit moments later score his first try wearing the Red V to claw the deficit back to 30-20.
Lolo fired through the home side’s defence to get his second of the evening and get the Red-and-Whites to within a converted try of their hosts.
Unfortunately, Holbrook’s men were undone on the whistle by the pairing of Brown and Walsh, who teamed-up again for the fourth time to gift the Sharks a 36-24 win.
St George Illawarra Dragons: 24. Tries: W Lolo (2), Glymin, Runciman, Seru. Goals: Crook (2/5).
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: 36. Tries: Brown (4), Walsh, Rollinson. Goals: Walsh (6/6).


The team was ordinary yesterday, could and probably should have won. Thing is they turned over possession much too easily and gave up some soft tries. When they held onto the ball they looked dangerous. Still, it's a new team, only three regulars from last year and there's a lot of improvement in them. When they learn to have some patience and hold onto the ball they will go alright.

We've got a dangerous left edge developing there with Crook at halfback providing good structure, passing and kicking, Seru scouting out wide and Runciman doing his thing in the centres and Lolo coming off the bench and making an impact. 


I was very impressed with both Lolo's.

Sitiveni, he was our centre wasn't he last night ?

The dark guy was very impressive. He could possibly be one to watch as a future Cooper. Quiet thin but very good with his feet. 


You're talking about the right centre seemed ok as well, as was the fullback. But as I said, left side players were standouts.

The team is missing Cummins, hopefully he will be back soon for them because he will give the team a huge boost. 


Holbrook: More Pride Needed
Wednesday 3 April 2013 3:00 PM

St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition Head Coach Justin Holbrook has called on his side to show more pride in their goal-line defence ahead of the clash against the Newcastle Knights at WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Sunday.
His words come following the 36-24 defeat by the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Sharks Stadium, Woolooware on Saturday.
Click to read the Dragons NYC Line-Up for Round 5
While Holbrook was pleased with the opportunities his charges created with the ball in hand, he says the goal-line defence that allowed Sharks hooker Fa’amanu Brown to score four tries from dummy-half was unacceptable.
Holbrook reserved praise for props Kem Seru and Wesley Lolo, who combined for three of the Young Dragons’ four tries in the local derby.
“I felt that we created a lot of opportunities, and when we had the ball, we looked very dangerous,” said Holbrook.
“The downside was that we just couldn’t defend our try-line.
“They scored four tries from dummy-half, and that’s the game there unfortunately.
“Until we improve our attitude on our try-line, we’re in trouble.
“It’s definitely something we’ll be working on ahead of the game against the Knights at home next Sunday.
“I thought Kem Seru and Wesley Lolo were both great for us against the Sharks.
“Kem’s been outstanding for us every game this season.
“He’s the only forward backing up from last year, and he’s really playing that way.
“He’s been a great leader and he’s getting some big minutes out.
“Wesley Lolo scored two tries and was great for us as well.
“He’s been waiting for an opportunity, and he got it against the Sharks and proved that he deserved the chance.
“We’ve got a lot of blokes playing really well; it’s just a matter of everyone doing their job right across the field.”


can we have justin holbrook back for our NSW cup team? he is sadly missed 


your still around Annav3 :)
Nah we need Holbrook as he a bulldogs player and we know dogs players are the best ;) 


yep I am still around, some people cope with changes differently. Give it a go. 


NYC Team List: Round 6
Tuesday 9 April 2013 11:00 AM

St George Illawarra Dragons National Youth Competition team Head Coach Justin Holbrook has named his side to play Wests Tigers at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park on Sunday.
Holbrook has named an 18-man squad for the upcoming clash and has included fullback Evander Cummins on the interchange.
The Young Dragons were 40-28 winners over the Newcastle Knights at WIN Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Sunday.
1. Yaw Kiti Glymin
2. Kayne Brennan
3. Charly Runciman
4. Sitiveni Moceideke
5. Brent Anderson
6. Jacob Neill
7. Shannon Crook
8. Kem Seru
9. Craig Garvey (c)
10. Jackson Merritt
11. Wesley Lolo
12. Vincent Stowers
13. Kal Collins
14. Taylor Brown
15. Sam Coster
16. George Lolo
17. Evander Cummins
18. Jamie Stanley ... nd-6/71828 

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