Saints vs Knights at Kogarah

The details of St.George-Illawarra's final game of 2003 at Jubilee Oval have been announced by the NRL. The Saints will play the Newcastle Knights on Sunday, the 31st of August at 3:00pm.

On this occasion, the St.George-Illawarra management should be congratulated for making their scheduling preferences known to the NRL and Channel 9.

The Knights recorded their only ever victory at Kogarah in 1992. The last time the Knights visited Kogarah was in 1997, when the Saints were victorious by 20 points to 18.

St.George-Illawarra was scheduled to play Newcastle at Kogarah in 1999 but the game was transferred to the SFS in bizarre circumstances. The match was meant to be the last ever at Kogarah, as that year the Dragons decided to abandon Kogarah and move to the SFS.

However, following the victory over Penrith at Kogarah, the Newcastle game was suddenly cancelled. A newspaper report at the time blamed hoodlums for the switch to the SFS. The report stated, "Police in the Brighton Le-Sands area have been concerned about youth gangs congregating on Friday nights. They feared the gangs would migrate up President Avenue to Kogarah." Fortunately that incident is history, as we now have the Dragons firmly entrenched at their Kogarah base.

This Sunday, the Dragons play the Warriors at Kogarah. Tickets are still available via the Dragons' website:

Alternatively tickets can be purchased in person at the St George Leagues Club, Steelers Club Wollongong, or via the Dragons' phone hotline - 02.4224.8744 or 9587 1022.

The latest side for Sunday's clash against the Warriors is:

1. Ben HORNBY, 2. Nathan BLACKLOCK, 3. David HOWELL, 4. Matt COOPER, 5. John WILSHERE, 14. Damien BOWER, 7. Brett FIRMAN, 8. Chris LEIKVOLL, 9. Mark RIDDELL, 10. Ian DONNELLY, 11. Luke BAILEY, 12. Lance THOMPSON (c), 13. Henry PERENARA

Reserves - 15. Brent KITE, 16. John CROSS, 17. Michael HOWELL, 18. Dean YOUNG, 19. Craig STAPLETON (One to be omitted)

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