St George Illawarra Dragons
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The St. George Illawarra Dragons are a Sydney based team who represent the St George and Illawarra areas of the city after the Illawarra Steelers and the St George Dragons merged to create the joint team in 1999.
Since then the team have gone on to enjoy success including reaching and losing) the NRL Grand Final in their very first season as a joint venture. The club have gone on to win the Minor Premiership, the Grand Final and the World Club Challenge since then to become one of the most successful team of the modern era.
After the merger the Dragons have kept on both of the team’s former home stadiums although it is the larger and rectangular Win Stadium also known as Wollongong Showground’s) that most of the team’s home games are played.
Due to the many similarities with St Helens, both nicknamed Saints and play in a white kit with a red vee, many St Helens fans have gone on to take on the Dragons as there NRL team but it has often been difficult for fans of the Dragons in Europe to watch St. George Illawarra Dragons NRL games live but now thanks to the internet you can do just that.
St George Illawarra Dragons NRL
The St George Illawarra Dragons are both a long established club full of history or a relatively new club building their own history, depending on how you view the merger between the St George Dragons and the Illawarra Dragons in 1998.
The club continue to represent the 2 boroughs of Sydney and they continue to be a popular club in the NRL and one that has enjoyed lots of success as a joint venture.
The Dragons are based in the St George and Illawarra regions that make up parts of the southern districts of the city of Sydney in the state of New South Wales.
The St George Area, which is also known as the St George District or the St George Region, is part of the southern suburbs of Sydney and is home to the famous Botany Bay and suburbs including Hurstville, Kogarah, and Rockdale.
The clubs other main catchment area is Illawarra, which is a coastal region to the immediate south of Sydney, which the region containing the city of Wollongong.
The joint venture have kept both of their original home stadiums going and whilst the Wollongong Showground is the clubs main home and located in Wollongong, they also take a number of matches to the Jubilee/ Kogarah Oval, located in the Carlton district of Kogarah.
The club are known to fans by a number of names including St George, the St George Dragons, St George Illawarra or by their full name but they also have a number of nicknames including the Dragons, the Saints, and the Red V.
As a club with a long history located in the heartlands of Sydney, it will be no surprise that the club haver a number of rivalries with clubs based in and around Sydney.
Over the years the 2 clubs have had some great battle to keep the rivalry alive and the matches always attract big crowds and great atmospheres.
One of the clubs most historic rivalries is with the Canterbury Bulldogs due to the 2 club been amongst the first formed in the country.
As St George, the club enjoyed a number of early battles with the Doggies and the 2 have had an unofficial territorial rivalry with both attracting fans from the Arncliffe, Earlwood, Kingsgrove, Marrickville and Panania suburbs.
The club also have a rivalry with the west Sydney based Parramatta Eels which dates back to their clashes in the 1970’s when both were at the top of the sport.
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Depending on who you ask or what your view point is, the club have 1 of 3 histories.
The first one is the history of the St George Dragons who were a club first established in 1921 and who have one of the longest histories in the sport on Australian shores.
The second version of the clubs history is that of the Illawarra Steelers, who were first established in 1982 who had only a short but impactful existence and then there is the history of the joint venture that came into existence in 1998 when the Dragons and the Steelers merged to create a new club.
As the St George Dragons, the club competed in the NSWRL and the ARL where they won 15 Premierships, came runners up on 12 occasions and they won 15 Minor Premierships.
The club also picked up the unwanted record of 3 wooden spoons, with the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s been the club heyday.
As the Illawarra Steelers, the club failed to pick up any titles or trophies but they did win 3 wooden spoons in the late 1980’s.
For the majority, the clubs real history started in 1998 when the 2 clubs merged and the new joint venture club was established for the 1999 season.
Since then the club have won everything there is to win in the sport in the NRL Grand Final and Premierships title, they have also finished runners up and won the Minor Premiership.
Perhaps most impressively for a relatively young club, the St George Illawarra Dragons won the World Club Challenge when they arrived on these shores to take on and defeat the Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium.
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