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This week in St George Illawarra history (May 12-18)

Take a trip down memory lane with the St George Illawarra Dragons each week as we re-visit the highs and lows, triumphs and tribulations of the Red V.


The St George Dragons etch their way into the history books for all the wrong reasons when they lost 1-0 against Newtown. The 68th minute winner from Bluebags halfback Ken Wilson was the difference in the first (and only) 1-0 score in the history of the premiership.


St George Illawarra halfback Willie Peters kicks a field goal with zero seconds left on the clock to secure a 21-all draw with Canberra at WIN Stadium. The one-pointer followed referee Paul Simpkins’ decision to award the Dragons a scrum penalty in the dying seconds. Meanwhile, Dragons hooker Mark Riddell is sent from the field for the second time in as many matches for a reckless high tackle on Mark McLinden. Riddell accepts a four-match suspension.


St George Illawarra players Mark Gasnier, Brent Kite and Ben Hornby are among six newcomers to New South Wales' State of Origin I squad. These representative selections and other injuries force the Dragons to select one of their most inexperienced teams to play Parramatta. Lock Dean Young is named captain –the fourth youngest in premiership history at the time. The Dragons smash the Eels, 37-6.


Former Test winger Wendell Sailor trains with his new St George Illawarra teammates for the first time a day after his two-year ban for drug use officially draws to an end.


St George Illawarra forward Dean Young re-signs with the club for a further three seasons.


Dragons trio Jamie Soward, Dean Young and Trent Merrin are named as debutants for New South Wales alongside fellow club teammates Brett Morris, Mark Gasnier, Beau Scott and Ben Creagh.


St George immortal Reg Gasnier is farewelled at a moving funeral service at Woronora.

Acknowledgement of Country

St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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