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.

Steelers 25th Anniversary and 'Team of Steel'

LORD Mayor of Wollongong, Councillor Alex Darling joined the Board of the Illawarra Steelers and Cleary Bros CEO Mr Bob Elvy today to launch the celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the Illawarra Steelers.A cavalcade of Illawarra Steelers Rugby League greats will come together to recognise the occasion with a 25th Anniversary Dinner to be held at the WIN Entertainment Centre (Wollongong) on Tuesday 6th June made possible through the support of Cleary Bros. The night will be a rollcall of the many players and coaches, who, over the years, made their mark on rugby league while playing with and coaching the Illawarra Steelers.To acknowledge the efforts of these players and as part of the evening?s celebrations, the Steelers will name its ?Team of Steel? and induct four (4) inaugural playing Life Members from the Steelers playing ranks.The ?Team of Steel? will consist of 17 players and 1 coach who will be selected from a group of 40 nominees who became icons of the game between 1982 and 1998. The 40 nominees will be released progressively over the next two weeks. The identity of the Team of Steel will be a closely guarded secret until the big night.Host of the event will be Channel Nine and WIN Television Rugby League commentator Andrew Voss with Special Guest Kevin Humphreys, Chairman of the ARL at the time of the Steelers commencement in the ?Big League?.Illawarra Steelers Chairman, Peter Newell said, ?This one-off special event will mark a significant milestone in the Steelers and the region?s Rugby League history. How fitting that Cleary Bros have assisted in providing the rugby league fans in our region with an opportunity to recognise the contribution the Illawarra Steelers made to our sporting history and to the economy of our region over the past 25 years?.Mr Bob Elvy, Cleary Bros CEO said, ?Cleary Bros have been supporters of the Steelers since the beginning and we are delighted to be part of celebrations of the Anniversary of the Steelers admission into the (then) ARL Premiership.??The Steelers through its work in developing rugby league in this district have been able to provideopportunities for countless young people and ensure that our region is represented in rugby league at the highest level. The naming of the ?Team of Steel? is sure to create district-wide interest and speculation,? Mr Elvy said.Cleary Bros Chairman, Mr Denis Cleary said, ?We are thrilled to be able to continue the support the late John Cleary and family gave to the Illawarra Steelers over many years.?25th Anniversary organiser and Illawarra Steelers Director Bob Millward added, ?The selection panel have had the difficult task of naming the Steelers best team by position along with one coach. The criteria was to select the players on their performances while playing with the Steelers.While comparing players across eras is problematic, I am sure that the Team of Steel would challenge for an NRL premiership if it was assembled for a game today.??The Steelers as both an organisation and a physical club have had a significant impact on our city, and I'd like to congratulate them for reaching this milestone," said the Lord Mayor, Councillor Alex Darling."In a region that's been a breeding ground for so many sporting champions, we should not underestimate the role of the Illawarra Steelers in the development of rugby league players who have gone on to represent their state and nation. It's also important to acknowledge the part the Steelers have played in bringing our community together as we collectively cheered on the mighty scarlet and white."The Illawarra Steelers was formed in 1981 and participated in Australia?s major Rugby League competition from 1982 until 1998. Players became household names of players throughout the region.The Steelers became the focal point for Illawarra Rugby League fans during the winter and WIN Stadium (as it is now known), became the venue for record crowds and memorable games. The Steelers contribution to world class Rugby League has continued since 1999 through its involvement in the joint venture St George Illawarra Dragons.Who can forget some of those memorable ?Steelers moments?? The early day struggles, victories against the favoured teams, the 1989 Panasonic Cup final, the 4-nil loss to St George in the 1992 final? the list goes on!Team of Steel nominees will be announced each weekday over a two week period from Monday May 15.Tickets to the dinner are $110 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. Bookings can be made bycontacting Julie Nicoll from the Illawarra Steelers on (02) 4224 8718.For more information please contact:Bob MillwardIllawarra Steelers Director/25th Anniversary Organiser0412 320013

ARU withdraws offer to Gasnier

THE Australian Rugby Union has withdrawn its offer to rugby league star Mark Gasnier.Gasnier had been given a deadline of 3pm today to accept the ARU's offer to switch codes which was believed to be worth around $450,000 a year plus incentives. An ARU spokesman said the offer had been withdrawn this afternoon.

Congratulations SMS Competition Winner

CONGRATULATIONS to Queenslander Frank Caracoglia who has won the IPOD Nano in LeagueUnlimited's SMS competition.Mr Caracoglia correctly guessed the NRL competition leader and their points on the ladder after eight rounds.At the completion of round eight, the Cowboys led the competition on 12 points.For further queries: [email protected]

Storm facing $15,000 fine

THE Melbourne Storm is facing a $15,000 fine over its criticism of the National Rugby League judiciary after suspended second rower Michael Crocker claimed he was victimised because he is a Queensland Origin contender.

Decision looms for Gasnier

MARK Gasnier's playing future should become clearer today with the Australian Rugby Union's lucrative offer to switch codes reaching its deadline this afternoon. The ARU tabled an improved offer to the Kangaroos centre last week, but wants a decision on whether he will accept it by today.The governing body says it's holding Gasnier to its deadline of 3pm today to decide whether he'll switch codes - unless there are new circumstances. ARU chief operations manager Rob Clarke says the deadline has already been extended once to allow Gasnier to concentrate on last Friday's rugby league Test against New Zealand.Clarke has told Sydney radio station 2KY the deadline is there for a reason, as Gasnier's decision impacts on others the ARU must make, and it stands unless it hears from his management that there are new circumstances or factors to consider. He says the ARU won't be extending it for a matter of weeks and if Gasnier is to seek another week he'll want to know why.St George Illawarra last night made a last-ditch bid to keep Gasnier in rugby league, with Dragons chief executive Peter Doust meeting with the sought-after three-quarter and his manager.

Gasnier Negotiations Are Continuing

THE St George Illawarra Dragons are still in the process of constructing a competitive contract offer for Mark Gasnier to stay at the Club.

Round 10 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 12th April 2006 City v Country at Apex Oval, Dubbo, 7.30pm

Dragons Premier League & Flegg teams, round 10

PREMIER Leaguev Manly Sea Eagles3:30pm Saturday 13 MayWIN StadiumCoach: Steven Price 1. Reece SIMMONDS2. Josh MORRIS3. Keith LULIA4. Daryl MILLARD5. Tom HEWITT6. Reece BLAYNEY7. Chris SHEPPARD (c)8. Jamie DUNNING9. Jamie KEITH10. Chris HOUSTON (c)11. Tom HABERECHT12. Beau MUNDINE13. James JIMENEZ14. Dan HUNT 15. Willie TUPOU16. Bryson GOODWIN17. Beau RYAN18. Brian WESTJersey Fleggv Central Coast RIP1:50pm Saturday 13 MayWIN StadiumCoach: Corey Pearson1. Jason NIGHTINGALE2. Ian CATANIA3. Rota SETU4. Jason WHITE5. Tyson MUSCAT6. Richard WILLIAMS7. Matt SEAMARK (c)8. Peter WAKLEY9. Daniel JARVIS10. Chris FARRELL11. James KEELAN12. Matt PRIOR13. James GREHAN14. Francis LANGIFISI15. Nathan WYNN16. Greg NICHOLS17. Lewis McPHAIL

Dragons v Warriors teams for round 10

ST George Illawarra Dragons coach Nathan Brown has named back rower Danny Wicks to make his NRL debut for the Club against the Warriors at WIN Stadium this Saturday night.Wicks, 20, played in the Club?s 2005 Premiership winning Jersey Flegg team and is the sixth rookie Dragon from that side to play NRL this year. The round 10 Dragons will include five players from the same Jersey Flegg side.Michael Henderson will start in the front row in the place of the injured Ashton Sims.Centre Mark Gasnier has been named despite suffering a hip injury in last weekend's Dragons v Sharks clash.Unavailable Dragons are: Luke Bailey (Suspension), Jason Ryles (Hand), Sam Isemonger (Knee), Mathew Head (Knee), Wes Naiqama (Ankle), Andrew Price (Quad), Corey Payne (Eye Socket), Ashton Sims (Wrist).New Zealand Warriors coach Ivan Cleary has made changes to his line-up with former Roosters premier league halfback Grant Rovelli being promoted to start in the No. 7 jersey. Regular half back Nathan Fien will switch to hooker where he played for 11 of his 22 matches last season. Simon Mannering, who debuted this year, will start in the centres while Sione Faumuina will start at lock.Regular hooker George Gatis and Kiwi test centre Clinton Toopi will move to the bench while international Louis Anderson is being rested this week. NRL TeamsSt George Illawarra Dragons v New Zealand Warriors5.30pm Saturday 13 May 2006WIN Stadium, WollongongDRAGONSCoach: Nathan Brown 1. Clint GREENSHIELDS2. Colin BEST3. Mark GASNIER4. Matt COOPER5. Brett MORRIS6. Trent BARRETT (c)7. Ben HORNBY8. Justin POORE9. Aaron GORRELL10. Michael HENDERSON11. Ben CREAGH12. Dean YOUNG13. Shaun TIMMINS14. Danny WICKS15. Matt BICKERSTAFF16. Charlie LEAENO17. George NDAIRA18. Lee TE MAARI(One to be omitted)WARRIORS1. BRENT WEBB 2. TODD BYRNE 3. TONY MARTIN 4. SIMON MANNERING 5. MISI TAULAPAPA 6. JEROME ROPATI 7. GRANT ROVELLI 8. RUBEN WIKI (V-C) 9. NATHAN FIEN 10. STEVE PRICE (C) 11. AWEN GUTTENBEIL 12. WAIRANGI KOOPU 13. SIONE FAUMUINA 14. GEORGE GATIS 15. EVARN TUIMAVAVE 16. CLINTON TOOPI 17. MICHEAL LUCK 20. MANU VATUVEI (one to be omitted)

Suspended Crocker hits out at NRL

SUSPENDED Melbourne second rower Michael Crocker claims he has been victimised by the NRL judiciary because he is a Queensland Origin contender.

Dykes requires ankle surgery

CRONULLA five-eighth Adam Dykes will miss up to three months of rugby league with a ruptured ankle ligament. Dykes will require surgery later this week after he injured his ankle in the closing stages of the Sharks' NRL victory over St George Illawarra on Sunday and he won't be able to play for up to 12 weeks.

Sharks side to face Raiders

THE Cronulla Sharks have named their side to play the Canberra Raiders in Canberra this weekend with Adam Dykes not consdiered for selection due to an ankle injury.

Dogs name side to face Eels

MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs team to meet the Eels this Sunday contains two changes from the team that defeated the Roosters last week.

Robbo Reckons

WELL it?s November and as us couch potatoes are sitting back having a few cold beers watching the cricket on the TV the boys are back on the training paddock under new head coach Anthony Griffin and his staff. And while his staff are new to the club for 2005 they are certainly no strangers to the Dolphin Oval faithful. A Grade coach will be Ian ?Iggy? Graham captain of our 1994 premiership side and there has been no prouder man to run out with a dolphin chest. Coaching the Colts will be Waverley Stanley, when he played he gave nothing less than 200% and I can just hear it now the Colts defending on their own line and out will come the red dog call. Last but not least is strength and conditioning Coach Tony Guilfoyle. Gilly played for the club as a junior and a senior. He played first grade in the late 80?s under ?Shovels? Olling and played with club until the early 90?s before heading over to Brothers for a few years. Over the years we?ve had a few guys play international footy everyone knows our Australian reps but we also have a proud history of players representing other nations such as Tommy O?Reilly (Papua New Guinea), Duncan Naawi (Papua New Guinea) and Bertie Campbell (Russia) and joining these guys in the last month has been Chris Bond who played for PNG against the Kangaroos in Townsville and Pete Delaivuna who played for Fiji against Malta at Parramatta Stadium. And coach of the Fijians for that match and the next few years leading up to and including the World Cup is David Simpson so well done guys. In October the second most important awards in the Club behind the Robbo?s were awarded and congratulations to Adam Starr for winning the Peter Leis Medal from a fast finishing Cowboy Lindsay. One of the more popular award winners was Clubman of the Year Garry ?Foo? Worden one of our long time trainers. The Silver Fox has been involved with the Club for a very long time when he started with juniors in 1981 before moving to the seniors in 1987. And I think he hit the nail on the head when he said in his acceptance speech ?I?d hate to be the first team that has to travel across the Houghton Highway and play us next year?. There will be of a host of new players in the Red and White next year but like the staff some will be familiar to the Dolphin supporters Nick Emmert who played colts here in 1999 before heading down to Parramatta and Nathan Herbener who spent 3 or 4 seasons here before returning home to Roma. But on a sadder not we will be without Andrew Wynyard who has decided to retire due to a back injury, while I like to have a bit of fun in this column at Andrew?s expense he will be sorely missed when fit and in form there is no better back rower in the Queensland Cup than Wynny. Well that?s me done and dusted for another month and remember if you are looking the best deal on a new or used car pop out Keystar and see the friendly team. Because we have the keys to your new car. Until next month Cheers Robbo.