As a volunteer-driven organisation, it’s amazing how much we can achieve in a year. Here’s a look at our 2023 highlights!
We want to thank our entire team, partners, volunteers, parents and players for their incredible support in creating memorable rugby league experiences.
We kicked the year off with a brand-new initiative development by the St George JRFL. With the support of Dragons Community and NRLD, we were able to deliver a free preseason clinic, BBQ and NRL player meet and greet held at Peakhurst Park. This gave kids the opportunity to run around and train with NRL Dragons players such as Jayden Su’a and snag signatures and memories at the same time.
We commenced Round 1 in April and launched it with a brand-new suite of digital communications. The junior league launched the YOUR Club, YOUR Draw initiative, available weekly on social media. We also launched a newsletter, delivering exclusive information and offers straight to your inbox. Our aim with these is to provide informative information and not flood your inbox with items you don’t want to see.
In the middle of the year, we had our innovative and unique Craig Rimmer Carnival, held at Riverwood Park. This provides all teams an equal chance of winning and a brand new challenge in this handicap gala format.
We also commenced our development squads which was 100% run by volunteers in the junior league. This was part of our 2 block development strategy which allowed us to play against North Sydney at home and Balmain at Lidcombe Oval. This was the first time we had 2 girls squads which brought our total to 6 squads, the largest ever squad number we have had.
We rounded out the 15th round of competition in the sunshine, just like all preceding rounds as we where fortunate with no washouts this year. The last round is also home to our Mini Gala Day which returned to Hurstville Oval. This venue was also home to our finals series with Cahill Park playing host to overflow games.
On Grand Final weekend, we were able to play at Hurstville Oval on Saturday, before we rounded out the competition at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Sunday.
We rounded out the year with a few weeks of training for the 2nd block of development squads which rounded out at Scarborough park for the Southern Corridor development gala against Illawarra and Group 7 South Coast Bulls.
All of this is not possible without our amazing volunteers and clubs. We celebrated Kingsgrove Colts as Junior and Senior Club Champions along with Angela Ndaira as the NSWRL Southern Volunteer of the Year and NRL Dragons Women In League District Champion. Trish Bell was presented with the NSWRL Female Coach of the Year and George Anagnostou was acknowledged for his contributions in the Banks region.
We were also able to acknowledge St George JRFL life member, former President (2005-2016) and Director (2017-2018). His contributions through his time have been invaluable and his financial support through his company AddBuild has been greatly appreciated for the countless amount of years, which have provided kids an elevated opportunity and experience, thanks to his contributions.