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The St George Illawarra Dragons will begin a tour of the South Coast region of New South Wales tomorrow, February 24, to conduct clinics, visit schools and prepare for their final trial match at Albion Park on Saturday night.
The Dragons will play in the ?Good Guys Nowra Country Series Challenge? against Manly at Centenary Field, Albion Park at 7pm on Saturday night and will train in both Batemans Bay and Nowra over the coming days in preparation for the clash.
The squad will be arriving in the region around lunch-time tomorrow for the three day visit and there are opportunities organised for locals to meet the Dragons, participate in clinics and watch them train.
Dragons Chief Executive Officer Peter Doust believes the visit if a unique and important event for both the Dragons and people of the South Coast.
?The people of the South Coast region are a vital part of our community,? said Doust. ?It is a strong rugby league region that has provided the Dragons with many talented players over the years.
?I would encourage our supporters on the South Coast to come along and participate in the planned activities. It is important that we provide these people with access to our team and players.
In other news, the Dragons have named the following team for the upcoming trial match against Manly:
Saturday, February 26th 2005 Centenary Field, Albion Park Kick off: 7:00pm
Clint Greenshields Colin Best Brett Kelly Willie Tupou Nick Youngquest Luke Dalziel-Don Aaron Gorrell Luke Bailey Wade Humphreys Justin Poore Dean Young Lance Thompson Shaun Timmins
Reserves: Ashton Sims Bryan Norrie Willie Manu Jamie Keith Corey Payne Michael Henderson Ryan Powell Daryl Millard Josh Lewis
NOTE: The match will be played at Centenary Field at Albion Park.Kick off is 7 p.m. and the game will be played in two 40 minute halves.The ground is within a 10 minute walk from Albion Park Railway Station.The surface is in excellent condition but fans should be aware there is no undercover seating at the ground.