R2K'S Lachlan McLean recently caught up with Robert Stone (Executive Officer - St.George DRLFC) who outlined what the future holds for OKI Jubilee Stadium and his thoughts on the successful return of the Dragons to the venue in 2003.
R2K has donated a St.George jersey to the community rugby league program `A View From The Hill'. The program will auction the jersey this Saturday morning at 11am. The auction will help pay for the costs of keeping the program on the air.
THE Olympic Sharks are set to abandon Shark Park for the 2003/2004 NSL season and have made an ambitious bid to relocate to Jubilee Oval. It is understood that the perennial nomads of the NSL competition have made a formal application to the St.George Leagues Club for the use of the venue. While a decision on the application is imminent, the appropriateness of having Olympic based at Kogarah needs to be investigated. In recent times Olympic have played at a variety of grounds such as Barton Park, Leichhardt Oval, Belmore Oval and Shark Park. While playing out of Kogarah may be beneficial for Olympic, there is no guarantee that Olympic is willing to commit long-term to the St.George district and contribute to the maintenance and improvement of Jubilee Oval.
FOLLOWING the transfer of the Broncos home game from Kogarah to WIN Stadium, R2K has been researching the subject of stadium lighting. Although Stage 1 of the Jubilee Oval redevelopment is complete, with the exception of the Legends' Walk, there was no provision for permanent lighting in the initial stage of the refurbishments. The St.George-Illawarra Management decided to transfer the Broncos game, as they only wanted to play Sunday games at Kogarah in the first year of the return and had no desire to bring in temporary lighting. The lighting issue needs to be resolved by St.George-Illawarra and Kogarah Council for the 2004 season.
HURSTVILLE Council tonight endorsed their Draft Management Plan and budget, which included a $50,000 donation to the Jubilee Oval Community Appeal. The Jubilee Oval donation is now a part of the final budget and it should be signed off just after the beginning of July. Following the meeting, a Hurstville Councillor informed an R2K representative that it's very unlikely that the donation will be rejected in the final budget.
AS part of the plan for a wider community use of OKI Jubilee Stadium, the Soccer Dragons will be playing a State-level Superleague game on Sunday, the 15th of June, against the Sutherland Sharks(3.00pm kick-off).
R2K Comment: The below St.George-Illawarra press release confirms the Dragons have decided to switch their home game against the Broncos from Jubilee Oval to WIN Stadium. To offset the loss, Jubilee Oval has been allocated the round 25 match against Newcastle, which is a reasonable swap under the circumstances.
ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA supporters only have until close of business on Tuesday to write to Hurstville Council in support of the proposed $50,000 Jubilee Oval donation. The donation is subject to public comment and it is very important that the Council receives positive feedback about the proposed donation. The deadline to contact Rockdale Council is a week later on Tuesday, the 17th of June. The proposed Rockdale Council donation is also subject to public comment.
R2K strongly encourages St.George-Illawarra fans to write in support of both Rockdale & Hurstville Council's Draft Management Plans for 2003 to 2006. Both Rockdale & Hurstville have allocated $50,000 towards the Jubilee Oval Community Appeal in their draft budgets, which are subject to public comment.
TO celebrate the return of the Dragons to Kogarah's Jubilee Oval, R2K has organised a drinks night at the St.George Leagues Club on Saturday, May the 3rd. The drinks night will commence in the Riviera room from 7:30pm and is occurring on the night before the Dragons' long awaited return to their spiritual home.