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St.George Chairman announces new election Bylaws

IN the recently published St.George Leagues Club Journal (Nov 2006-Feb 2007), Club Chairman Warren Lockwood repeats his Board's concern about "overzealous campaigning" during the March 2006 Board election.

OKI tops Gong as home fixtures complete

27 August 2006For the fourth season in succession, Kogarah's OKI Jubilee Stadium has recorded a superior crowd average to Wollongong's WIN Stadium. After the completion of WIN Stadium's seven home games and Jubilee Stadium's five home games, Kogarah finished season 2006 with a crowd average of 13,700, compared to Wollongong's 12,885. Overall, the crowd averages are somewhat disappointing for the St.George Bank Dragons considering that the 2005 Kogarah average was 15,275 and the 2005 WIN average was 14,426. Despite Kogarah's decline from 2005, the following should be noted in relation to the five Jubilee fixtures in 2006:* OKI Jubilee Stadium recorded the highest ever Dragons' home crowd against the Melbourne Storm. * OKI Jubilee Stadium recorded the highest Dragons' home crowd against the Rabbitohs since 1999. * OKI Jubilee Stadium recorded a new Kogarah joint-venture ground record in round 19 against the Bulldogs. 19,500 tickets were reportedly sold for the Bulldogs' match, but the attendance was listed as 18,223. * The round 13 match against Parramatta, played in monsoon-like conditions, recorded the lowest crowd at Kogarah since the 1999 match against the North Queensland Cowboys. However, approximately 15,000 tickets were pre-sold for the Parramatta match but the attendance was reduced to 9,075. * The 14,211 attendance against the Wests Tigers in round 24 followed five successive Dragons' defeats and the Wests Tigers' abandonment of any top eight hopes. WIN Stadium's decline from 2005 was discernible, even though the venue maintained seven home games including a significant pre-season feature match against the Roosters. Despite concerns by the Wollongong Sportsground Trust that WIN Stadium would fail to keep seven Dragons' games at the venue going forward, the Trust managed to secure a feature match that Steelers' supremo Bob Millward feels should have a "...similar status as the Charity Shield." In line with Millward's thoughts, Wollongong Sportsground Trust Chairman Chris Christodoulou stated that, "We've still got seven first-class games, we haven't gone backwards in that regard." Since the return to the Dragons' spiritual home in 2003, OKI Jubilee Stadium's crowd average is 14,357 compared to WIN Stadium's 13,500. While in all eight seasons of the joint venture, WIN Stadium has finished behind the Dragons' Sydney home venues on crowd average. Using the Dragons rationale of including the Charity Shield against South Sydney in the Dragons' home game allocation, the overall Sydney crowd average in 2006 was 17,734 compared to Wollongong's 12,885.The success of the Dragons recording victories at Kogarah and WIN Stadium also reduced in 2006. The Dragons success rate at Kogarah reduced from 80% to 60%, while the Dragons' success rate at WIN Stadium reduced from 71% to 57%.The Dragons have now played 395 matches at Kogarah since 1950, recording 270 victories, 115 losses and 10 draws. Related articles:http://www.r2k.info/news/kogarahtriplewhammy.htmlhttp://www.r2k.info/news/okitopsgongagain.html

Purchase tickets for the Tigers' clash

19 August, 2006Tickets are still available for the Saints vs Tigers match at OKI Jubilee Stadium. Seating is available in the recently constructed northern terrace, while hill tickets are also available.Call (02)9587 1022 to purchase your tickets and avoid the queues. After purchasing your tickets in advance, simply pick up your tickets behind OKI Jubilee Stadium at the Dragons' ticketing tent on game day.For additional information on OKI Jubilee Stadium, please visit the R2K website at www.r2k.info

Carlton upgrade great news for OKI

CARLTON Railway Station is set to finally receive its long awaited $6.2 million upgrade from the State Government. Although significantly behind timetable, work on the ?Easy Access? upgrade is expected to commence before the end of 2006.The Carlton upgrade includes:* 4 new lifts and new canopies.* New family accessible toilet* Improved lighting and CCTV coverage for greater security.For many years, the home Station of the Dragons has been a lot less accessible than neighbouring stations such as Hurstville, Allawah, Kogarah and Rockdale. However, the Carlton Station upgrade will place it on a par with neighbouring stations in terms of access for the aged, frail and parents with young children.Although considered a formality, the $6.2 million upgrade still needs to be approved by both Kogarah and Rockdale Councils. The State Government commitment is another bonus for OKI Jubilee Stadium. When construction is complete, the home Station of the Dragons will be able to provide better service to patrons that are attending the spiritual home of the Dragons.

Saints vs Souths at OKI Jubilee Stadium

THE NRL has announced that the St.George Bank Dragons will play the South Sydney Rabbitohs at OKI Jubilee Stadium on Sunday, 9 July. Kick-off has been scheduled for 3:00pm.

Local Councillors voice support for Jubilee

LOCAL Councillors voice support for Jubilee St.George Councillors have voiced their concern over the prospect of the Dragons shifting their round 24 St.George heritage match against the Wests Tigers from OKI Jubilee Stadium to the SCG.

Dragons consider switch from Kogarah

LAST Sunday's edition of The Sunday Telegraph has reported that the round 24 St.George-Illawarra home game at OKI Jubilee Stadium against the Tigers has been moved to the SCG.

Saints vs Parramatta under lights at OKI Jubilee Stadium

NIGHT football will make its much-anticipated return to the Dragons' spiritual home following the NRL's announcement that the St.George Bank Dragons will play the Parramatta Eels at OKI Jubilee Stadium on Friday, 2 June. Kick-off has been scheduled for 7:30pm and the match will be televised on Channel Nine.

St.George Election Result

INCUMBENT St.George Directors Warren Lockwood (Chairman), Brian Johnston and Ralph Piggott have retained their positions on the St.George Leagues Club Board following this week's elections. The R2K endorsed candidates were very competitive in what has been described as the most closely fought St.George ballot in years. R2K?s James Young finished only 112 votes away from securing a position on the Board. Brian Johnston, the respected former St.George Dragons CEO topped the poll.The results are listed below:Brian Johnston 745Warren Lockwood 716Ralph Piggott 672James Young 560 (R2K)Troy Felice 546 (R2K)Nick Stojanovski 520 (R2K)Dennis Preece 33Rajni Kant 24R2K are pleased that the outcome of the election reaffirms its influence with St.George members. The R2K candidates received a high level of positive feedback and support throughout the campaign. R2K will continue its work to ensure that the best interests of St.George are looked after in the joint-venture. In particular, R2K will attempt to ensure that OKI Jubilee Stadium is maintained as a multi-purpose community asset and that 50% of Dragons home games are allocated to Kogarah. R2K will also work to ensure that the facilities at St.George Leagues Club continue to be maintained and enhanced.R2K would like to congratulate the incumbent Directors on retaining their positions and would like to thank Danny Robinson and Michael Derrig for their diligence as the Returning Officers.Finally, R2K would like to thank the numerous supporters who attended the Club over the four days of the election to assist with the distribution of the voting leaflets.http://www.r2k.info/

Voting commences - St.George Leagues Club elections

MEMBERS of the St.George Leagues Club can vote from 10 am tomorrow (Monday, March 20th) in the St.George Board elections. Voting is between Monday and Thursday - 10 am to 8 pm. R2K has endorsed three candidates to fill three vacancies on the St.George Leagues Club Board of Directors.The three R2K endorsed candidates are: Troy FeliceNick StojanovskiJames YoungThe candidates espouse the following policies:* Increase of OKI Jubilee Stadium capacity to in excess of 20,000. * Immediate focus on the reopening of the auditorium and overhaul of Club entertainment.* Full interest to be charged to the Illawarra Steelers on the $8.29 million loan, thus gaining St.George Leagues Club members an additional $398,000+ worth of interest credits per annum. When the $6.5 million WIN payment is made, the candidates support full interest being charged on the remaining loan balance.* 10% Member discount extended from all meal purchases to all drinks purchases.* Maintaining and enhancing the standard of dining, gambling, service and sports screenings.* Improved facilities for social and sporting clubs.* Restructure of Member benefits.The ballot for Directors will be conducted at the Club premises and will be open from 10am to 8pm from Monday, March 20 to Thursday, March 23 2006. R2K urges supporters to vote for the above candidates to ensure that the Dragons have a bright future in the St.George District. For additional information on the campaign, please [email protected]

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