The Decade Before They Called Us St Merge

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by ouryear, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Saint_JimmyG

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    You've omitted a few noticeable absentees: Young and Merrin. Also, if Hunt didn't bugger up his Achilles' tendon, he would've played in the 2010 grand final.

    A simple conclusion is that without the influence of this powerful Illawarra connection is that it is highly likely that the Dragons would still be waiting for its 16 premiership.
     
  2. Saint_JimmyG

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    My remark was an observation that without Murdoch, Cronulla probably wouldn't still be in existence.
     
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  3. Saint_JimmyG

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    I reside in Mosman and don't find it difficult to commute to Wollongong on a frequent basis.

    Should I see Cronk, is there anything I should say?
     
  4. Dennis Papaioannou

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    Ditto - that would have been a great JV
    Only problem is what would the strip look like?
     
  5. TruSaint

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    This.
    'Concept is great ( 2 awesome clubs ), but what identity would either have ?
    Both would be lost.
     
  6. ouryear

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    Hey....let me think about that one mate
     
  7. SaintPauli

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    If I had a choice between 10 minutes travel or 1.30 hours travel to work my choice would be a no brainer!
     
  8. ouryear

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    Green jumper RED V
     
  9. dangerousdave

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    Ohhh this is good.

    An 18 year old, Illawarra shaped bee is rediscovered in the bonnet and they're actually discussing what a St. George/Souths jersey would have looked like... f**king hell!
     
  10. Willow

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    It is a simple conclusion to make, but I believe the argument is a little more complex.

    St George has been recruiting players from the Illawarra since the 1920s. In fact, everything south of the Cooks River was known as Illawarra in those days. The region has always been a 'big backyard' for Rugby League and a great nursery for St George in particular.

    The other fact is we no longer have any residential rules dictating where players can play. There is nothing to stop any player, regardless of their junior club, playing for any team if the contract suits both parties. Nowadays we talk about feeder clubs and players who are part of an NRL club's 'system'. But of course, even this does guarantee that a player won't be signed up by another club. Plenty of Illawarra juniors play for other clubs in the NRL.

    Look at Easts, they don't have great local junior base to draw on, and heavily rely on recruiting from elsewhere. Yet, this doesn't stop them winning a premiership.

    So we don't know how much credit the JV agreement can take for the 2010 premiership.

    If the Steelers were simply relegated in 1999 and St George continued without the JV, it's likely we would have established an alternative arrangement with the Illawarra, and many of the same players could have found themselves in the Red V anyway.
     
  11. Willow

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    lol. It's bloody hilarious isn't it.
     
  12. ouryear

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    Come on guys, harmless fun.
    However, Souths and Saints would have been far more successful.
    AND we still could have taken all the Illawarra juniors as they came through.
     
  13. dangerousdave

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    The Illawarra juniors would have gone to the Illawarra Sutherland Shire Steel Sharks With Laser Beams and the South Sydney Saints would be contemplating a move Perth because of board in-fighting over the acceptable level of green trim on the jerseys.
     
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  14. Datramp

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    Especially given the situation souths were in at the time.
     
  15. Willow

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    Only the failed trolls say that.
     
  16. ouryear

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    Get nicked.....I am one of saints most passionate fans.

    I have nothing to prove Mr Administrator.

    It is true however, it would have been a great combination. Saints and south's.

    Everyone to their own.
     
  17. SBD82

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    Can you guys please stop talking about a steelers/sharks merger?

    As a former Illawarra fan the idea makes me absolutely sick to my stomach.
     
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  19. Willow

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    I thought you were just having some "harmless fun".

    Yes, a Saints / Souths marriage. A match made in heaven.

    And that's Mr Assistant Adminstrator to you.
     
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  20. dangerousdave

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    Ohh yeah. I was satirising the previous stupidity.
     

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