St George Illawarra Dragons Head Coach Paul McGregor is proud to be associated with the 2015 Charity Shield fixture to be held at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Saturday, February 7.
The 32nd annual Charity Shield will serve as the final hit-out for the Dragons on familiar soil before they depart to compete in the inaugural World Club Series.
Head Coach Paul McGregor had the opportunity to compete in the 18th annual Charity Shield fixture (1999) whilst serving as co-captain of the Club so understands the history and nature of the match.
“The Charity Shield has always been an important part of the Club’s pre-season preparation. It is a fixture that is steeped in both history and tradition that the players love to play,” said McGregor.
“It is not your average pre-season match, it is always a high intensity match which is what is needed heading into the season and with Souths the reigning Premiers, it will be a good test for us.
“This will be our final pre-season game before we compete in the World Club Series and it will be a good indication as to where the players are at in their individual preparations as we prepare for the new Premiership season."
The Charity Shield commenced in 1982 and so too did the tradition of supporting local charities and causes. In 2015, proceeds from the Charity Shield will support three charities within the Dragons Community program – the St George and Wollongong Public Hospitals in addition to the St.George Foundation.
Dragons Community was first established in 2008 and aims to have a positive impact on people’s lives within our community, which stretches from Kogarah in the north to Batemans Bay in the south.
Dragons Community currently runs 30 different programs across its eight pillars:
* Charity * Cultural * Education * Environment
* Grassroots Rugby League * Health * Mentoring * Women & Girls
St.George Foundation was founded in 1990 by St.George Bank, the major partner of the St George Illawarra Dragons, to help build a secure future for disadvantaged children.
Since its inception, the Foundation has invested over $23 million in funding programs that enrich the lives of Australian children who are physically, socially or economically disadvantaged.
For the 2015 Charity Shield, St.George Foundation have taken the opportunity to nominate local charity Kookaburra Kids to form the guard of honour, representing the thousands of little guys across Australia who are helped by St.George Foundation each year.
St.Geirge Foundation has noted that all funds raised on the night at the Charity Shield will be donated back out to charities just like Kookaburra Kids through the St.George Foundation’s four funding rounds per year.
The St George Illawarra Dragons were defeated 38-20 by the South Sydney Rabbitohs in last season’s Charity Shield fixture held at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
In 31 Charity Shield fixtures contested since 1982, the Dragons have recorded 16 wins, 11 losses and drawn on four occasions.
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