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Round 15 vs Raiders

Gareth67

First Grade
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The only solace that I can find about tomorrow’s game is that it’s a Saturday game , they usually play well on Saturday , might be worthwhile putting a few bob on them - each way just to make sure .
 

thebigredv

Bench
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Wow, great story I had no idea. Well done young man. No sense of entitlement, a great role model. I hope you kill it.👏👏
This is not to heap pressure on a young kid but never before have we needed a guy like this to become part of the first grade fabric and become a star that wears the red V.

It goes further than needing an all round fullback. It goes further than finding a potent spine.

We are in dire need of positive energy and image at the Dragons. The recent years have seen us lose our identity and club status. Our touted juniors haven't really gone elite and some of our players have been in the news for all the wrong reasons.

If he doesn't go too well today let's hope he is given the chance he needs but we need a turning point and he could be the man.
 

Old Timer

Coach
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Lovely story and he seems a very well balanced young fellow.

This is the real beginning of his education to be a 1st grade footballer and I wish him every success and hope he enjoys the experience.

There is no doubt he is going to make a boo boo or two and anyone that starts whinging and whining and making stupid comparisons to Dufty should give themselves a firm uppercut and get in the cupboard and not come out until they wake up to themselves.

19 making his debut under a good coach / mentor should ensure he has every chance of making it on the big stage.

Go get em Tyrell.
 

Dragon David

Juniors
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This is not to heap pressure on a young kid but never before have we needed a guy like this to become part of the first grade fabric and become a star that wears the red V.

It goes further than needing an all round fullback. It goes further than finding a potent spine.

We are in dire need of positive energy and image at the Dragons. The recent years have seen us lose our identity and club status. Our touted juniors haven't really gone elite and some of our players have been in the news for all the wrong reasons.

If he doesn't go too well today let's hope he is given the chance he needs but we need a turning point and he could be the man.
I've made my comments on the Tyrell Sloan thread.
 

St Tangles

Juniors
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I never want to see any young person not reach their potential but I especially wish this young man all the success to become the best person he possibly can be

Great read

Thanks for posting
 

getsmarty

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‘I want to break the cycle’: The story driving Dragons debutant fullback Tyrell Sloan​


Adrian Proszenko



By Adrian Proszenko

June 19, 2021 — 5.00am





The first person Tyrell Sloan rang after learning he would be making his NRL debut was his grandmother Colleen.
“She is my rock. She raised me ever since I was two months old,” Tyrell said.



“She had to fight [for custody] through DOCS [Department of Community Services, now Family and Community Services] because my parents were in and out of jail. [My parents] are not really in the picture. I just don’t have that connection with [my mum] that I’d like. Dad’s still in and out of jail.
“I call my Nan ‘Ma’. She’s played both those roles, it’s just crazy what she’s done for me.

“Honestly, I don’t know how she did it. Obviously now I get paid with footy and I still struggle a bit with the money and I get more than she did.

St George Illawarra debutant Tyrell Sloan with his grandmother, Colleen.


St George Illawarra debutant Tyrell Sloan with his grandmother, Colleen.
“I just leave [my parents] alone and try to do it for my Nan and my brother.”
Some St George Illawarra fans feel aggrieved after Matt Dufty was informed he isn’t part of the club’s plans moving forward. They will get their first look at the succession strategy when Sloan makes his anticipated NRL debut at fullback against Canberra on Saturday.
It has not been an easy journey. The 19-year-old has grown up without his parents, Colleen taking their roles with some assistance from big brother Ashley. They will be at the forefront of his thoughts when he fulfils a lifelong dream at WIN Stadium on Saturday . Sloan sees it as a chance to honour them and provide inspiration to other Indigenous youngsters emerging from challenging childhoods.

“Growing up, my dad was 16 when he and my mum had me,” Sloan told the Herald. ”Just young and dumb, they were involved with drugs and stuff.
“Dad just went back in [to jail]. I just let them do their thing, they had their chance to be around me if they wanted to. I just leave them alone and try to do it for my Nan and my brother.
“Me, I’ve never had a sip of alcohol or drugs because I’ve seen what it does to people in my circle, those who have been around me.
“That’s one of the reasons why I don’t do any of that. I want to be a role model for the next generation, for the younger kids coming through.
“I’ve only turned 19. I’ve learnt to grow up a lot quicker than most other people my age because I’ve seen a lot of stuff that a lot of kids haven’t seen.

“Me not having those silver spoons that some kids do have – not that it’s any problem – but it’s the way I’ve been raised.
“Even with my [four] little brothers or sisters, whenever it is pay week I always take them out and make sure they’re sweet with everything like school clothes and that.

St George Illawarra fullback Tyrell Sloan is ready to make his mark.


St George Illawarra fullback Tyrell Sloan is ready to make his mark.
“I just want to get them out of that environment because I was raised in Koonawarra, which is in Dapto. It’s not the best place, I guess, for people to make it out of.
“If I can get them out of that environment and support them, be that older brother, that father figure or strong Indigenous person that I never had, I always try to give back.”

Dragons officials have had their eye on Sloan for some time. The Dapto Canaries junior was part of the 2019 SG Ball premiership-winning team alongside current Dragons Jayden Sullivan and best mate Talatau Junior Amone.
Sloan will be given time to grow into his new role in every sense. His quest to bulk up beyond his current 84-kilogram frame was hindered by a broken jaw suffered early in the year, preventing him from eating solids for several weeks.
“They put some pins in me because it was my chin and my jaw, I broke it in two places,” he said.
Larger obstacles have been overcome to make him the man and player he is now. Watch Sloan’s highlights video on Youtube and it’s clear why there are already comparisons with Sharks great David Peachey.
“I’ve never watched any of his games, I was too young, but I watched his highlights lately,” he said. “I do see a bit of resemblance, but I’m nowhere near as good as him.

“I love the way he plays; that long, lanky Aboriginal boy. I think that’s why there are comparisons.”

Sloan’s nickname, however, comes from his admiration of, and friendship with, Josh Addo-Carr. Sloan met the Storm star at a Koori knockout carnival and the pair have kept in touch.
“He’s always been open arms, helping me out,” Sloan said. “The boys are calling me ‘Foxy’ in training.”
Like Peachey and Addo-Carr, Sloan hopes that he too can one day be an inspiration to Indigenous youth.

“I’m a Wiradjuri boy, the family is from out west, Condobolin way,” he said.
“That’s what keeps me going, I want to do it for the next generation. I want to make it out of a place where not many people make it out of.
“I want to make a name; my last name is not one of the best names about good things happening. I just want to break that cycle and be a role model for the next generation coming up.”


P.S Thankyou @ Hewi
 

getsmarty

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NRL late mail: i98FM Illawarra Convoy Round v Raiders



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NRL late mail: i98FM Illawarra Convoy Round v Raiders​


Author Dragons.com.au dragons.com.au Timestamp Sat 19 Jun 2021, 04:30 PM

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St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin has amended his squad ahead of the Dragons' i98FM Illawarra Convoy Round clash against the Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Saturday, June 19 (5:30pm).

Tyrel Sloan will make his NRL debut - St George Illawarra player No. 248 - at fullback with Matt Dufty (shoulder) coming out of the squad.
Zac Lomax (thumb) will remain on the shelf for another week after being excluded from Tuesday's 21-man squad. Talatau Amone is the other odd man out - Adam Clune replaces him on the interchange.
The Dragons were granted an exemption on Saturday morning for Jackson Ford (illness) who has been ruled out. Jack de Belin will start in his place and Billy Burns will now come into the 17 from outside of the squad.
Poasa Faamausili is 18th man.
The Dragons will raise much needed funds for families in need as part of the club's fundraising efforts for the i98FM Illawarra Convoy and Illawarra Community Foundation.
$3 from every ticket sold will be donated to the i98FM Illawarra Convoy, the largest truck convoy in the southern hemisphere, and one of the largest regional one-day fundraising events in Australia.
The Score Dragons will excitingly act as a curtain-raiser to the NRL as they take on Score Raiders from 4:45pm. The Knock On Effect Cup Dragons will precede them at 3:05pm.
The Dragons, alongside the NRL, will also take part in Beanies for Brain Cancer Round this weekend. You can buy a beanie here.

Final team for Round 15 v Canberra Raiders –​

20. Tyrell Sloan – sponsored by EFEX
2. Cody Ramsey– sponsored by Aspec Masonry
3. Brayden Wiliame– sponsored by Kingsgrove Sports Centre
4. Gerard Beale – sponsored by Floormania
5. Mikaele Ravalawa – sponsored by Wollongong Jetski
6. Corey Norman – sponsored by Carinya Village – Jindabyne
7. Ben Hunt (c) – sponsored by Narellan Pools Illawarra
8. Blake Lawrie – sponsored by Gym Solutions
9. Andrew McCullough – sponsored by Dincel Construction System
15. Josh Kerr – sponsored by Sneaky Burger
11. Tariq Sims – sponsored by Modus Projects
12. Jack Bird – sponsored by Professionals Padstow
17. Jack de Belin – sponsored by TripADeal

Interchange:
10. Paul Vaughan – sponsored by Fox and Jones
16. Daniel Alvaro – sponsored by Manna from Heaven
18. Adam Clune – sponsored by CMG Audio Visual
22. Billy Burns – sponsored by TLE Alexandria
18th man: 19. Poasa Faamausili

https://www.dragons.com.au/news/2021/06/15/nrl-team-announcement-round-15-v-raiders/

 

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