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Game day guide: Round 20 v Storm

The St George Illawarra Dragons will face the Melbourne Storm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah on Sunday, September 27 (4pm).  This is your game day guide.

Dedication to our lifeblood

2020 has been a challenging year for the Dragons on and off the field, but the support our Red V members have provided us throughout cannot be questioned.

While we might not have shown our appreciation on the paddock at different times throughout 2020, we are indebted to the continued and unwavering loyalty and dedication of our 15,771 members who stuck by us through an uncertain year for society as a whole.

Our final round game against the Melbourne Storm on Sunday, September 27 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium is dedicated to our lifeblood, our Red V members.

The Dragons' Members Appreciation Round will see a number of prizes and unique experiences offered to our Red V members throughout the coming week so keep an eye out on social media channels.

The sweet irony

While we love our Red V members, it's not always possible for them to attend every game.

We love nothing more than a packed house at our home games though so it's nice to know that for the first time in 2020 the general public will be allowed to purchase tickets to our Round 20 game.

Tickets will go on sale to the public at 3pm on Wednesday – you can buy tickets here.

Farewell long-term Dragons

Sunday will be the 164th and final game of Tyson Frizell's illustrious career at the St George Illawarra before he heads to the Newcastle Knights

A 12-game NRL rookie upon joining the club, Frizell has grown to become one of the highest profile players in the game, thanks partly to the enforcer role he has played for the Red V, New South Wales and Australia in recent years.

Frizell will be joined on the departure list by Warriors-bound centre Euan Aitken who will play his 121st game for the Red V. Make sure you get to the game to farewell these two departing Dragons.

Two debuts! 

Our last game of the year on Sunday will be the first in the careers of Jayden Sullivan and Eddie Blacker.

Both Sullivan (19 years old) and Blacker (20) have been on the verge of their debuts for a number of weeks as they diligently chipped away at their craft in an unusual season without lower grade footy.

Blacker, weighing in at 116 kilograms and standing at 195 centimetres, will make his debut off the bench while promising prospect Sullivan will start the match at five-eighth in place of Corey Norman.  

1608 games

That’s how many games of experience the Storm will be missing when they take to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.  

Veteran hooker Cameron Smith, five-eighth Cameron Munster, and prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona, are only a few of the big names to drop from the Melbourne side which also features two debutants and a new captain. 

Ryan Papenhuyzen will captain the team while Ricky Leutele and Aaron Pene make their club and NRL debut respectively. 

Dragons Medalist to be named

The Dragons will hold an impromptu presentation night in the hours following the Storm clash on Sunday night. 

The prestigious 2020 Dragons Medalist will be named along with the recipients of the Mark Coyne Trophy, Geoff Selby Memorial Award and Immortals Trophy.

Voting for the Red V Members' Player of the Year will also open on Sunday night. Keep an eye out for all the winners.

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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