1. LeagueUnlimited.com is proud to launch a brand new weekly publication- THE FRONT ROW - to accompany your footy weekend. INCLUDES team lists, match previews, match reports, key stats and news from around the National Rugby League - 32 pages and packed full. EDITION 1 - OUT NOW!
    JUST CLICK HERE TO READ ONLINE OR DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PDF COPY.
    Dismiss Notice

Kogarah naming rights sponsor: UOW Jubilee Oval

Discussion in 'St George Illawarra Dragons' started by Willow, May 10, 2016.

  1. Willow

    Willow Administrator

    Joined:
    May 19, 2003
    Messages:
    81,235
    Likes Received:
    4,380
    Dragons' Kogarah home gets new name

    The St George Illawarra Dragons and University of Wollongong on Monday announced an extended partnership for a further two years, until at least the end of 2017.

    The partnership was formalised with the Club and UOW signing an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to extend their longstanding partnership which now extends to include the naming rights of Jubilee Oval, Kogarah.
    The renamed UOW Jubilee Oval will host its first NRL fixture for the 2016 season when the Dragons host the Canberra Raiders on Thursday night.
    "We have had a positive and progressive relationship with UOW for the past seven years and we are delighted to join forces with them and Kogarah Council on this naming rights arrangement," said Dragons CEO Peter Doust.
    "UOW is respected and recognised internationally and we are delighted to continue and extend our association."
    The partnership also provides for a joint community program within the St George district focused on inspiring school students to become leaders, set long term education and career goals, discover pathways to achieve them, develop study skills and build resilience to overcome challenges.
    The Dragons and UOW initially formalised their association in 2009, committing under an MoU to collaboratively pursue positive outcomes for both organisations regarding research, scholarships, community programs, internships, promotions and facility use.
    University of Wollongong Chief Finance Officer Damien Israel said the partnership opens up opportunities for collaboration and engagement within the wider community.
    "We believe the partnership is a perfect fit and we have seen great success already through a range of initiatives, including the Graduates of League program," said Israel.
    "By extending our partnership with the St George Illawarra Dragons we are reaffirming our commitment to this great club and to our shared objectives."
    The Dragons currently have 17 players enrolled at the University studying a broad range of degrees as part of the acclaimed Graduates of League (GOL) program.
    The GOL program was founded by the Athlete Education Foundation (AEF) in 2012 to increase university entry, retention and completion rates among elite athletes and professional sports people.
    A successful pilot program run in 2012 at UOW in partnership with the Dragons, which was led by Club Captain Ben Creagh, has since been replicated across other NRL clubs, in association with universities, nationwide.
    "I started playing rugby league with the University of Wollongong Club and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2013," said Creagh.
    "The Dragons and UOW are significant organisations across our region which I am proud to be associated with and the ongoing opportunities not only benefit both organisations, but so too our community."
    UOW is a research-intensive university with an outstanding reputation for its learning environments across a broad range of disciplines and is presently ranked within the top two-percent of tertiary institutions worldwide.

    - Dragons media release, republished on LeagueUnlimited at http://leagueunlimited.com/news/28157-dragons-kogarah-home-gets-new-name/
     
  2. Willow

    Willow Administrator

    Joined:
    May 19, 2003
    Messages:
    81,235
    Likes Received:
    4,380
    Get out to the game and bring a friend or two.

    I know it is on a Thursday night, and that sucks. But it is our first game of the year at Kogarah.... UOW Jubilee Oval!

    On the upside for interstaters, flights are cheap mid-week.

    I'm already locked in. We'll be at the Taj by 5pm. I've got the first shout.
     
  3. dangerousdave

    dangerousdave Bench

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2010
    Messages:
    3,848
    Likes Received:
    1,204
    Yep.
    Dragin 3 mates along who generally only get to a game or 2 each year.
     
  4. DragonsBlood

    DragonsBlood Juniors

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2015
    Messages:
    73
    Likes Received:
    10
    I at the Taj about 6ish I reckon. A quick feed then off to the TAB for a few cheeky Tri's and into Gate C at around 7.30 :D.
     
  5. getsmarty

    getsmarty Referee

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    Messages:
    23,519
    Likes Received:
    15,011

    • Sharks circling as Cronulla enter murky waters in enemy territory
      Send via Email
    Cronulla have drawn the battle lines with neighbours St George Illawarra over Kogarah Oval, the long-term spiritual headquarters of the Dragons but now the home of the Sharks for the next two years while their own stadium is built.

    The Sharks' new sabre-rattling chief executive, Richard Munro, said of next year’s round 3 clash between the bitter rivals: “I’m looking forward to seeing Dragons in the visitors' change-room at Kogarah Oval.

    [​IMG]
    Bronson Xerri's Sharks will be hoping their move into enemy territory pays dividends over the next two NRL seasons.Credit:Getty

    “Cronulla will be the major tenant of Kogarah Oval. We’re playing 11 games there, while the Dragons are only playing five."

    Pivotal in the battle is St George Leagues Club, which sits majestically across the road from what is now named Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

    Its boss, Danny Robinson, is a wily operator who has long been opposed to football fans, including Dragons supporters, filling up the spacious car park of the “Taj Mahal”.

    Robinson reasons that football fans take the car spaces that could be used by poker machine players.

    The “members only” sign usually goes up outside the club premises on game day. Sydney FC, who are playing 10 games at Kogarah in the current A-League season, have become accustomed to this. When the game starts, the sign comes down. If you want to park at the club, either miss the start of the A-League game or become a paid-up member of St George Leagues Club.

    The Sharks' own licensed club is closed, along with their home ground, while a commercial/residential development proceeds on the site.

    They have amalgamated with Kareela Golf Club, 10 minutes' drive from their old clubhouse, hoping members will patronise it until the new premises are expected to open in October 2021.

    But will Sharks fans leaving Kogarah Oval divert to Kareela or cross the road, buying drinks on the St George club membership they have taken up in order to guarantee a car park space?

    A more significant question is: will the Sharks fans even attend Kogarah Oval?

    [​IMG]
    Cronulla will share Kogarah with the Dragons while their new NRL home is built.Credit:Getty

    Cronulla have the second lowest away crowds in the NRL: that is, the total attendance at away venues for a season divided by the number of games.

    An enterprising young freelance journalist, Ramy Haidar, has calculated away crowds between 1957 and 2019, for 28 clubs, including now defunct sides like North Sydney Bears, Adelaide Rams and Gold Coast Seagulls.

    The Sharks (11,282) sit 19th on the table, ahead of only Penrith (10,514) among existing NRL clubs.

    Interestingly, St George Illawarra (19,111) are No.1, while St George (13,857), when it was a stand-alone entity, ranks seventh.

    [​IMG]
    New Sharks boss Richard Munro is bullish but Cronulla rank above only Penrith in terms of travelling support among current NRL clubs.Credit:John Veage

    While the away crowd figure captures the neutral supporter as well as the travelling one, it is a sound index of a club’s “brand”, a term former Dragons boss Peter Doust was fond of using.

    So, while the Dragons have a 60-year-old record of fans following them to away games, the Sharks have a 50-year history of staying at home.

    Perhaps this is why the Sharks have chosen Kogarah as their interim home, the shortest distance for their fans to travel.

    Munro, who has been Cronulla chief executive since May, says: “We did a lot of work on different options, such as Bankwest at Parramatta, WIN in Wollongong. Kogarah was the best fit for our members, given its proximity.”

    Yet some corporate box holders at Shark Park are already demonstrating resistance. Told that if he didn’t take a box at Kogarah he’d be on the waiting list for a suite at the new Shark Park, one Cronulla businessman said: “But I don’t want to go to Kogarah.”

    The Sharks have long been considered the NRL’s endangered species. They have sold off their natural habitat - 10 hectares of land to developer Capital Bluestone who, in turn, recently formalised a deal to become part of Hong Kong-based Aoyuan International.

    The development began in 2011 and has seen $57 million transfer to the Sharks, including $12m held in an escrow account specifically to deliver the Leagues Club refurbishment. But the farm has been sold. As chairman Dino Mezzatesta concedes, “The final payment has been made to us.”

    Cronulla must rely on Kogarah gate takings and corporate box sales, sponsorships and NRL distributions to survive the next two years before moving to their new ground and licensed club.

    “The Sharks are on the way up,” boasts Munro. “We’re happy to go into Dragons territory and upset them.”

    The Dragons would say they are entering dangerous waters.

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/sh...aters-in-enemy-territory-20191203-p53gdc.html
     
    RedVee likes this.
  6. Old Kogarah Boy 1

    Old Kogarah Boy 1 First Grade

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2017
    Messages:
    5,415
    Likes Received:
    15,674
    The Nulla Narks can think themselves lucky to have the use of OUR ground but the gutless barstewards who allowed the Narks to send US to the VISTORS dressing room should be sacked on the spot.

    Absolutely criminal.
    Yoy get comments from imbeciles like the Narks ceo .............

    The Sharks' new sabre-rattling chief executive, Richard Munro, said of next year’s round 3 clash between the bitter rivals: “I’m looking forward to seeing Dragons in the visitors' change-room at Kogarah Oval.

    This should never have been open for discussion.
     
    Drakon, blacksafake and Gareth67 like this.
  7. Gareth67

    Gareth67 Bench

    Joined:
    May 28, 2016
    Messages:
    4,902
    Likes Received:
    11,314
    Cannot believe they would be so uncaring , so bluudy ignorant. The name has gone , now the change room and one day in the not too distant future the Dragon itself - mark my words .
     
    Old Kogarah Boy 1 likes this.
  8. Como Connection

    Como Connection Bench

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Messages:
    4,191
    Likes Received:
    3,732
    That would be a council decision, Dragons don't own the ground.
    CC
     
    jak and Dragonsamy like this.
  9. Dragonsamy

    Dragonsamy Juniors

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2019
    Messages:
    2,427
    Likes Received:
    3,891
    100%
     
    jak likes this.
  10. blacksafake

    blacksafake Guest

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2011
    Messages:
    4,614
    Likes Received:
    6,817
    The car parking situation at the club is ridiculous. I didn’t know that was the case.
    You Let the fans park there & there’s a good chance they’ll go into the club after games, would they not ?
     
    Dragonsamy and Gareth67 like this.
  11. redandwhite4evr

    redandwhite4evr Juniors

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2017
    Messages:
    740
    Likes Received:
    1,144
    Well, as I pointed out in another thread, Danny Robinson is famously uninterested in Rugby League and cares only about the giant casino and money making concern that is the St George Leagues Club.
     
    blacksafake and Dragonsamy like this.
  12. Old Kogarah Boy 1

    Old Kogarah Boy 1 First Grade

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2017
    Messages:
    5,415
    Likes Received:
    15,674
    Still doesn’t make it right, CC.
    Some things should not be open to discussion.
    The players of old would be turning in their graves.
     
    Dragonsamy likes this.
  13. muzby

    muzby Village Idiot Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Messages:
    39,355
    Likes Received:
    15,802
    Why is it I can see plenty of sharts fans buying leagues club membership to get parking...

    Damn tightarses..


    And our leagues club decide that the rise in membership is a sign of confidence in club management...
     
    bad boy bubby likes this.
  14. muzby

    muzby Village Idiot Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2006
    Messages:
    39,355
    Likes Received:
    15,802
    It’s bad, but it’s not zombie apocalypse bad..
     
  15. Russell Crowe's Band

    Russell Crowe's Band Referee

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2004
    Messages:
    21,312
    Likes Received:
    691
    Its boss, Danny Robinson, is a wily operator who has long been opposed to football fans, including Dragonssupporters, filling up the spacious car park of the “Taj Mahal”.

    Robinson reasons that football fans take the car spaces that could be used by poker machine players.



    That's ...that's something else.
     
    blacksafake and Dragonsamy like this.
  16. bad boy bubby

    bad boy bubby First Grade

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2005
    Messages:
    8,923
    Likes Received:
    4,164
    Membership starts from just $13 for one year or $19 for three years for Associate Members making St George Leagues Club Membership one of the best value and most rewarding memberships in Sydney.


    Cheap parking for a couple of years. I reckon Sharks fans should become members.
    Take up all the car spots and stop the Taj from getting pokie customers, then leave after the game without venturing inside....... another twist in the plot to takeover the whole area.
    We are evil.
     
  17. bad boy bubby

    bad boy bubby First Grade

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2005
    Messages:
    8,923
    Likes Received:
    4,164
    I didn’t see your post. It’s the perfect scenario! (Not the arse being tight part haha)
    Personally I’ll be getting a $10 Uber or Ola to the gates of the ground as I’m not that far away.
     
  18. saints4ever

    saints4ever Bench

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2003
    Messages:
    4,698
    Likes Received:
    1,343
    f**k Danny Robinson. The Taj is a rundown hole under his watch.
    f**k the Sharks and their shit club.
     
  19. Old Kogarah Boy 1

    Old Kogarah Boy 1 First Grade

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2017
    Messages:
    5,415
    Likes Received:
    15,674
    Your a hard but fair person, saints4ever.
     
    Gareth67 and saints4ever like this.
  20. possm

    possm Coach

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2011
    Messages:
    11,495
    Likes Received:
    8,939
    All part of the NRL desire to completely relocate SGI to Wollongong and splitting up the St George junior district between the Sharks, Tigers, Dogs and Rabbits.

    We need a more Professional Board that is accountable to SGI members. To do this we need SGI to be a real rugby league club that invites fans to become a member and affords members a vote at its AGM. Only then will SGI management become accountable for its actins and decisions.
     

Share This Page