Dragons announce Mudgee partnership

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by Junior Dragon, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. Junior Dragon

    Junior Dragon Juniors

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2016
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    16
    Dragons announce Mudgee partnership
    Dragons announce Mudgee partnership


    Thu 12th October, 06:45PM
    [​IMG]

    The St George Illawarra Dragons, in conjunction with the NRL, have today announced a two-year partnership with the New South Wales town of Mudgee that will see the club play four matches in the regional centre.

    The partnership means the Red V will take an NRL Telstra Premiership game to Glen Willow Regional Sports Complex – home of the Mudgee Dragons – in both 2018 and 2019.

    The date and opponent for the 2018 home game in Mudgee will be confirmed once the NRL Draw is released later this month.

    The Dragons – alongside the South Sydney Rabbitohs – will also play the 35th and 36th edition of the annual Charity Shield game in Mudgee in 2018 and 2019. The 2018 Charity Shield will take place on Saturday, February 24.

    Mudgee and surrounding areas in the Central West of NSW will play host to a vast number of community and development activities across the two years, with details being finalised.

    Mayor of Mid-Western Regional Council Des Kennedy said the partnership is a fantastic opportunity for regional fans to watch the NRL live in action and meet them face-to-face.

    "We're extremely excited to partner with the St George Illawarra Dragons and to bring two premiership games and the 2018 and 2019 Charity Shields to the region," Cr Kennedy said.

    "It shows the club's faith in our world class facility that, in May this year, hosted the final ever Country vs City Origin before a crowd of more than 8,300.

    "The St. George-Illawarra Dragons are a natural fit with Mudgee given that our Group 10 side are the Mudgee Dragons. This two-year partnership and the respective four games will be well supported by our local and wider regional community."

    Dragons' Chairman Brian Johnston said the Dragons' partnership with Mudgee will prove important in the long-term prosperity of country rugby league.

    "The Dragons have a large and avid supporter base across all regional markets, in particular the Central West region of NSW," Chairman Johnston said.

    "The opportunity to form a partnership with the Mid-Western Regional Council to play games in Mudgee ensures the Dragons play a leading role in the continued development of rugby league in the bush, and will enable us to further develop our brand in this important region.

    "We enjoy a long standing association with the Mudgee Dragons, and through Mayor Des Kennedy the Council have expressed a strong desire to see the Dragons play in Mudgee particularly given the quality of the Glen Willow facilities," Johnston added.

    "I grew up in Dunedoo myself so I understand first-hand what bringing the NRL to Mudgee will mean to the Central West. The Dragons look forward to having great support when we are in town for the Charity Shield in February."

    Confirmation that an NRL Premiership home game will be played in Mudgee completes the Dragons' home venue structure for 2018.

    It follows the Dragons' recent commitmentto play five home games each at UOW Jubilee Oval, Kogarah and WIN Stadium, Wollongong, in addition to the annual ANZAC Day match at Allianz Stadium.

    Ticketing details for the Charity Shield and NRL fixture are still to be finalised and will be communicated to all supporters as soon as possible.

    All Red V Members will be provided with an exclusive pre-purchase window and receive discounts on match tickets.

    A specific Dragons Faithful Mudgee package will also be made available within the Red V Membership program, providing tickets to both the Charity Shield and Mudgee Premiership game in 2018.
     
    Dragsters, cusnjed and ouryear like this.
  2. ouryear

    ouryear Juniors

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2017
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    424
    I like this!
     
  3. Emu01

    Emu01 Juniors

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2015
    Messages:
    751
    Likes Received:
    358
    Excellent! Can’t wait to go to Mudgee My family comes from that area so I’m stoked with this announcement.
     
  4. Weipa Dragon

    Weipa Dragon Juniors

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2013
    Messages:
    1,111
    Likes Received:
    335
    Great idea. Keeping away from the Homebush hole and out in rural Australia where so many of the dragons fans and players have come from. Hope they show it on free to air.
     
    Emu01, SEAT 1A, Life's Good and 3 others like this.
  5. ouryear

    ouryear Juniors

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2017
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    424
    We have truck loads of fans in the country......dragons and red and white everywhere.

    I travel through there for work many times a year, calling on hundreds of customers who love their league.

    It was an eye opener to see our fans are growing on trees out there!

    There are so many Dragon fans they have to be picked off the trees by fruit picking backpackers!

    A passionate sell out for sure!

    Part of our heartland, our new FORTRESS
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2017
    Emu01, LINESPEED and denis preston like this.
  6. Saint_JimmyG

    Saint_JimmyG Juniors

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2016
    Messages:
    977
    Likes Received:
    839
    While the concept has merit, I'm a bit disappointed because the CS usually coincidences with my birthday.
     
  7. ouryear

    ouryear Juniors

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2017
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    424
    St Jimmy.....jump on a bus or plane mate.....birthday with your team....what better way to celebrate hey?
     
    Emu01 and JDHD like this.
  8. Saint_JimmyG

    Saint_JimmyG Juniors

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2016
    Messages:
    977
    Likes Received:
    839
    Unfortunately not with Saturday work commitments,
     
  9. JDHD

    JDHD Juniors

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2016
    Messages:
    809
    Likes Received:
    1,349
    I see absolutely no negatives to this wonderful initiative.
     
    Dragsters, hazzbeen, Emu01 and 2 others like this.
  10. ouryear

    ouryear Juniors

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2017
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    424
    Yep....We gonna own that town!!
    Can't wait.....boys better be playing decent footy though.....Oh oh
     
    Emu01 likes this.
  11. getsmarty

    getsmarty First Grade

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    Messages:
    8,978
    Likes Received:
    2,694
    Mudgee to host Dragons NRL games for next two seasons

    Mitch Jennings@@Mitch_Jenno

    12 Oct 2017, 7 p.m.
    [​IMG]

    GOING BUSH: St George Illawarra will take a home match to Glen Willow Sports Complex, Mudgee for the next two seasons.


    ST GEORGE Illawarra will take two home games west to Mudgee as part of a two-year agreement to take NRL games to the bush.

    The traditional Charity Shield clash will also take place at Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex in 2018 and 2019 as part of the agreement with Mid-Western Regional Council.

    It follows confirmation the Dragons will play 10 of their 12 home games at their spiritual homes of WIN Stadium and Kogarah in 2018.

    UOW Jubilee Oval will host five home matches, as it did this season, while Wollongong will pick up an additional home match, one up on the four fixtures it’s hosted for the past three seasons.

    The Dragons also host the annual Anzac Day clash with the Roosters next year, that will be played at it’s regular home of Allianz Stadium.

    It’s a departure from the unpopular ‘Right Game Right Venue’ strategy the club has pursued for the past three years that saw home matches taken to ANZ Stadium.

    It comes amid uncertainty surrounding the NSW government’s plans to upgrade it's major stadium network, prompting the club to look for alternative revenue streams.

    With the venue already the home of Group 10 side the Mudgee Dragons, St George-Illawarra chairman Brian Johnston said the partnership was a natural fit.

    "The Dragons have a large and avid supporter base across all regional markets, in particular the Central West region of NSW," Johnston said.

    "The opportunity to form a partnership with the Mid-Western Regional Council to play games in Mudgee ensures the Dragons play a leading role in the continued development of rugby league in the bush, and will enable us to further develop our brand in this important region.

    "We enjoy a long standing association with the Mudgee Dragons, and through Mayor Des Kennedy, the council have expressed a strong desire to see the Dragons play in Mudgee, particularly given the quality of the Glen Willow facilities.

    "I grew up in Dunedoo myself so I understand first-hand what bringing the NRL to Mudgee will mean to the Central West.”

    Mayor of Mid-Western Regional Council Des Kennedy welcomed the two-year partnership that will begin with February’s Charity Shield.

    "We're extremely excited to partner with St George Illawarra to bring two premiership games and the 2018 and 2019 Charity Shields to the region," Cr Kennedy said.

    "It shows the club's faith in our world class facility that, in May this year, hosted the final ever Country versus City Origin before a crowd of more than 8,300.”

    http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4984337/dragons-to-take-home-games-to-the-country/?cs=302
     
    Emu01 likes this.
  12. getsmarty

    getsmarty First Grade

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    Messages:
    8,978
    Likes Received:
    2,694

    http://www.dragons.com.au/news/2017/10/12/dragons_announce_mud.html
     
    Emu01 and ouryear like this.
  13. Brutalitops

    Brutalitops Juniors

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2017
    Messages:
    368
    Likes Received:
    654
    The Dragons are heading up, my friends.

    I know, the coach sucks, the board sucks, but I genuinely feel the next 5 years will be better than the last 5.

    With the coach scenario fixed we may even get a premiership in that window
     
    Emu01, ouryear and LINESPEED like this.
  14. Coffs dragon

    Coffs dragon Juniors

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2012
    Messages:
    1,558
    Likes Received:
    2,477
    Great news that Chairman Johnston is taking games to the people in the real bush, instead of Doust taking us to the wastelands of Homebush:thumbsup:
     
  15. SEAT 1A

    SEAT 1A Juniors

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2008
    Messages:
    1,729
    Likes Received:
    379
    Agree Weipa Dragon. We are able to see the team when we like ie memberships and the crowds haven't been that crash hot over the last few years due to different dates and gigs by memory.

    Give the locals something to cheer for and watch a live match over the next few years.
     
    ouryear and Emu01 like this.
  16. Emu01

    Emu01 Juniors

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2015
    Messages:
    751
    Likes Received:
    358
    We give Doust and the board a lot of crap on here, but I believe this is the best decision I have seen the club make since we signed Bennett.. Great news for the fans!
     
    SEAT 1A and ouryear like this.
  17. Slackboy72

    Slackboy72 First Grade

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2006
    Messages:
    7,633
    Likes Received:
    372
    I went to Mudgee once. Back in the 80's.
    All I can remember is someone had a sheep tied to the porch in the front yard.

    That night we watched The Beast Must Die on TV. Superb film.
     
  18. st george sam

    st george sam Juniors

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2013
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    52
    I was hoping this was "DRAGONS ANNOUNCE MADGE PARTNERSHIP"
     
    Coffs dragon likes this.
  19. Dakink

    Dakink Juniors

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2004
    Messages:
    2,487
    Likes Received:
    84
    And is this the start of a slow turn around..... positive moves like this are whar we have been looking for.
     
    SEAT 1A and ouryear like this.
  20. grouch

    grouch First Grade

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2003
    Messages:
    6,483
    Likes Received:
    2,614
    haha this forum is adorable.

    For years we were sold the "Right Game Right Venue" lie by the club. The rationale being that certain games were to be transformed into "marquee events like Anzac Day" (i'm paraphrasing the club's official announcement here), and that we'd outgrown our antiquated subrurban homes, supposedly. Yet here we are, taking a competition match to a town whose population wouldn't fill Kogarah. Hilarious stuff. Such ambition!

    Whether this is a good idea or bad idea, is basically irrelevant. The fact is we are taking a game to Mudgee for the same reasons we embarked on the disastrous "Right Game Right Venue" fiasco. And that reason is: because the NRL told us to. We are broke and they pay the bills, so we do what we're told. Everything else is spin and propaganda

    Look, I'm not knocking Mudgee. It's a great place to spend a weekend, and they produce a great shiraz which is my favourite variety. Better than where the NRL are sending the other broke clubs they control - Tigers to Tamworth, Titans to Toowoomba.
     

Share This Page