With much of last season’s squad retained for 2024, Jamie Soward’s Dragons will look to make a push for a finals berth this upcoming season and, with the draw having now been announced, attention is beginning to shift to the premiership’s July kick-off.
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A BIG START
The squad’s season begins against reigning grand finalists the Titans at WIN Stadium on Sunday, 28th July before the NRL side take on the defending premier Panthers.
NRLW Highlights: Berry's big day out
The Dragons have won three of their four clashes in Wollongong over the past two seasons with star fullback Teagan Berry having scored five tries in those matches.
With the side’s opening five clashes falling on a Sunday, the Red V faithful will have to become accustomed to ending their weekend with some NRLW action.
Following the season opener against the Titans, the squad travels north to take on the Cowboys before testing themselves against back-to-back premiers the Knights in the Hunter.
They are back at WIN Stadium for a Round 4 affair against the Roosters before ending their Sunday spree with their third Wollongong outing in five weeks against the Sharks in a local derby showdown.
THE FINAL MONTH
The squad will be back on the road to face the Eels at CommBank Stadium in Round 6 before a period in which they will be tasked with a pair of clashes within just six days – a Round 7 clash against the Raiders at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium and a Round 8 meeting with the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
They end the regular season with a “home” game against the Broncos at Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium which will be the opening leg of a double-header.
THE OPPONENTS & VENUES
The Dragons will play every opponent on one occasion in the regular season with WIN Stadium playing host three times and Netstrata Jubilee Stadium once along with Queensland Country Bank Stadium (twice), McDonald Jones Stadium, CommBank Stadium and Leichhardt Oval.
The squad will have to travel a total of 7,400km which is less than the NRLW average of 11,603km.
THE DAYS & TURNAROUNDS
Five of their nine clashes will be played on a Sunday with three others on a Saturday and one on a Thursday.
Their longest turnaround is nine days and comes prior to their final regular season outing against the Broncos whilst their shortest is just five days.
Five of their turnarounds are seven days whilst air travel will only come into the equation for two of their games – Rounds 2 and 9 which are both in Townsville.
THE DATES TO CIRCLE
Season Opener: Round 1 vs. Titans (Sunday, 28th July 12:00pm at WIN Stadium)
Kogarah Opener: Round 7 vs. Raiders (Saturday, 7th September 12:45pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium)
NRL-NRLW Double-Headers: NRLW Round 1 vs. Titans/NRL Round 21 vs. Panthers (Sunday, 28th July 12:00pm/2:00pm at WIN Stadium), NRLW Round 4 vs. Roosters/NRL Round 24 vs. Titans (Sunday, 18th August 12:00pm/2:00pm at WIN Stadium), NRL Round 25 vs. Sharks/NRLW Round 5 vs. Sharks (Sunday, 25th August 4:05pm/6:10pm at WIN Stadium) & NRLW Round 7 vs. Raiders/NRL Round 27 vs. Raiders (Saturday, 7th September 12:45pm/3:00pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium)
The Local Derby: Round 5 vs. Sharks (Sunday, 25th August 6:10pm at WIN Stadium)