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Rabbitohs and Dragons launch 30th Charity Shield

South Sydney and St George Illawarra will play Friday Night Footy in the 30th Charity Shield, with the match launched at ANZ Stadium, with both Clubs providing focus to the good work conducted by Souths Cares and the St George Foundation
Rabbitohs and Dragons launch 30th Charity Shield
by NRL

South Sydney and St George Illawarra will play Friday Night Footy in the 30th Charity Shield, with the match launched at ANZ Stadium, with both Clubs providing focus to the good work conducted by Souths Cares and the St George Foundation.

The 30th Charity Shield will be played on Friday 22 February at 7:30pm at ANZ Stadium, with the Rabbitohs hoping to the win the trophy for the first time in three years in their final pre-season game before playing in the season opener against the Sydney Roosters on Thursday 7 March.

South Sydney Head Coach Michael Maguire and Rabbitohs' Australian and Queensland representative players, Greg Inglis and Ben Te'o, were joined by St George Illawarra's Head Coach Steve Price, Dragons captain Ben Creagh and player Gerard Beale to launch the event, following tickets going on sale to the general public yesterday.

The Rabbitohs will again be supporting Souths Cares with proceeds and awareness from the game, with the Dragons directing their support once again to the St George Foundation.

Souths Cares was represented at today's press conference by new Souths Cares General Manager and former Rabbitohs player Shannon Donato, plus participants from Souths Cares' School to Work Transition Program.

Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire says he will get the final look at his squad in the Charity Shield before the Club's first competition match against the Roosters 13 days later.

"This will be my second Charity Shield and I really enjoyed the experience and atmosphere last year," Coach Maguire said.

"We only get a limited number of opportunities to see the boys perform together as a group in the pre-season, which is why a game of the intensity of the Charity Shield is important to us.

"We also know how important it is to our Members and also the people and programs we support through Souths Cares.

"This game is a wonderful concept which is demonstrated by the fact we are playing the 30th Charity Shield in a few weeks time. 30 years is a long time in Rugby League and the Charity Shield has stood the test of time."

Greg Inglis says he is keen to get back onto the turf at ANZ Stadium for this traditional pre-season match.

"We've had a tough pre-season and we're all looking forward to getting out on the field and putting the final touches to our pre-season preparations," Inglis said.

"We've all been working very hard since November to get into shape, to get our game up to the standards we have set for ourselves, and this game at ANZ Stadium is the chance for us to put it on the field and give the Members an indication of how we'll start the season.

"Even more importantly, we get the chance to help support Souths Cares, who do some excellent work around the South Sydney and Coffs Harbour areas.

"The players love getting involved with the groups Souths Cares is involved with, and to be able to help raise much needed funds and awareness is what this game is really all about."

2013 recruit Ben Te'o says he's very keen to play in his first Charity Shield.

"It's always good to play in big games and I'm told this is one of the biggest games of the year, despite it being in pre-season," Te'o said.

"Any of the Members and fans I've met since coming to Souths have said how much they enjoy the Charity Shield, and I'm told the intensity is up there with an NRL match.

"They're the types of games you want to play in and I'm looking forward to playing on my new home ground for the first time with the rabbit on my chest."

Tickets for the 2013 Charity Shield are on sale to Members and the general public from Ticketek.

To purchase tickets from Ticketek you can do so online by clicking here, on the phone by calling 132 849, or by visiting any Ticketek agency.

Rabbitohs Ticketed Members gain entry to this game as part of their Ticketed Membership.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Category 1 Reserved:
Adult - pre-purchase price $40; event day price $50
Concession or Student - pre-purchase price $25; event day price $35
Junior (4-16 years) - pre-purchase price $20; event day price $30
Family (2 adults + 2 juniors OR 1 adult + 3 juniors) - pre-purchase price $80; event day price $100

Category 2 General Admission:
Adult - pre-purchase price $25; event day price $35
Concession or Student - pre-purchase price $15; event day price $25
Junior (4-16 years) - pre-purchase price $10; event day price $15
Family (2 adults + 2 juniors OR 1 adult + 3 juniors) - pre-purchase price $50; event day price $70

Rabbitohs Ticketed Members get FREE ENTRY!


2013 Charity Shield Fact Sheet

Souths Cares' focus is on delivering programs that encourage youth to achieve their goals with a focus on education, training and employment in the South Sydney and Coffs Harbour regions.

Our programs include:

Teachers' Aide Program

The Teachers' Aide program involves all members of the NRL squad spending a lesson in one of four local primary schools on a rolling weekly roster. Whether it is a literacy, numeracy or PE lesson, the players are on hand to support the classroom teacher and encourage the students to be fully engaged in the lesson content. The program is now in its sixth year of operation.

Healthy and Active Lifestyles Program

Based out of the Souths Cares classroom located in the Sydney Corporate Park in Alexandria, this program combines the NRL initiative 'Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well' along with our partnership with Life Education. Students participate in a range of activities focused on the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. Programs cover healthy lifestyles, nutrition, safe use of medicines, body knowledge, communication skills, and smoking and alcohol education.

The School to Work Transition Program

Souths Cares' School to Work Transition Program is focused on Year 10, 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students. The program aims to mentor students and help them to identify and develop their own education and employment pathways whilst providing them with relevant support. Souths Cares is fortunate to have relationships with a number of corporate partners and community groups who assist with opportunities and support for students. This program is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

To learn more about Souths Cares, please click here.

Souths Cares Bunny Buddy Program

The South Sydney Rabbitohs Junior 'Bunny Buddy' Program is designed to provide donated Red and Green Junior Ticketed Memberships to kids in the Club's communities who are involved with Souths Cares' Programs.

This gives many Junior Rabbitohs supporters in the Club's community the chance to attend Rabbitohs home games, visit the Rabbitohs KidZone, enjoy a Rabbitohs Junior Membership and be part of the Rabbitohs family.

In 2012, 300 'Bunny Buddy' packs were purchased by Rabbitohs Members and distributed by Souths Cares to children in the South Sydney district and other regional centres where Souths Cares actively work within the community.

The 'Bunny Buddy' program allows Souths Cares to further engage with the youth of the community and encourage a lifelong relationship with the South Sydney Rabbitohs family.

For just $60, Rabbitohs Members can support this fantastic program by buying and donating Junior Memberships to Souths Cares.

Match Records:

Played 29, Dragons 16, Rabbitohs 9, Drawn 4.

1982 Dragons 9-7
1983 Dragons 28-10
1984 Rabbitohs 24-6
1985 Dragons 10-8
1986 Dragons 12-0
1987 Dragons 28-14
1988 Rabbitohs 30-6
1989 Rabbitohs 20-16
1990 Draw 10-10 (Rabbitohs retain)
1991 Draw 16-16 (Rabbitohs retain)
1992 Rabbitohs 21-20
1993 Dragons 10-8
1994 Dragons 14-11
1995 Dragons 18-10
1996 Dragons 30-6
1997 Dragons 26-18
1998 Dragons 14-4
1999 Rabbitohs 16-14
2002 Draw 20-20 (Rabbitohs retain)
2003 Dragons 28-10
2004 Dragons 34-8
2005 Rabbitohs 30-6
2006 Rabbitohs 14-12
2007 Dragons 16-14
2008 Rabbitohs 24-20
2009 Rabbitohs 18-6
2010 Draw 26-26 (Rabbitohs retain)
2011 Dragons 32-10
2012 Dragons 18-12

2012 result:
St George Illawarra Dragons 18 (Matt Cooper, Jamie Soward, Daniel Vidot tries; Jamie Soward 3 goals)
defeated
South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 (Sam Burgess 2 tries; Adam Reynolds 2 goals)
Crowd: 21,398




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