Wednesday, April 14, 2010

News from the Red V: Round 6

Dragons & Titans to wear Blue Arm bands in support of Autism Spectrum Disorder

April is World Autism awareness month and the Dragons and Titans are combining forces this Friday night in their top of the table clash at Skilled Park to specifically raise awareness and funds for the respective Autism Spectrum Disorder foundations of Dragons hooker Luke Priddis and Titans five-eight Mat Rogers.
Friday night’s Round 6 clash is especially significant for Priddis who will run out for his 300th game in the NRL. Priddis is just the 14th player in the history of first grade and the first hooker to achieve such a milestone.
Priddis initiated the possibility of raising awareness for autism around this special match with his son Cooper (8) and Titan’s five-eight Mat Rogers son, Max (3), both diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“Given the fact that both Mat and my families are personally touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders, we have both set up charitable organisations, and April is the month of Autism Awareness, I thought that this was the opportune time to be able to use the occasion to promote awareness for a cause that is close to my heart,” said Priddis.

“I’m pleased that Mat and I, through the assistance of our respective clubs are able to work together to raise awareness of ASD and hopefully through this awareness all organisations throughout Australia that are associated with ASD can obtain some benefits”.

Both clubs will wear blue armbands to represent Autism Spectrum Disorders in the match and as a special commemorative, the Clubs will have two split jerseys created for the occasion which both players will sign and then auction off with proceeds going towards their respective ASD charities, the Luke Priddis Foundation and 4ASD Kids.

The jersey will be auctioned off via the Dragons website, from 1pm EST this Friday, April 16 and run until 1pm EST next Friday, April 23.

World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated earlier this month on April 2, with the players choosing to jointly promote the cause around this Round 6 clash when they are both involved in the same match.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder of childhood characterized by marked deficits in communication and social interaction, preoccupation with fantasy, language impairment, and abnormal behavior, such as repetitive acts and excessive attachment to certain objects. It is usually associated with intellectual impairment.
Young Dragons Fans Have A Blast at Holiday Clinics

The St George Illawarra Dragons in conjunction with ARL Development today hosted Holiday Clinics in both Wollongong and Kogarah with young Dragons fans experiencing an exciting day of rugby league and cheerleading.

The sun shone bright in Wollongong and Kogarah providing great weather for the 200 kids taking part in the holiday clinics. Backyard League was the prime focus of the rugby league clinics with the cheerleaders learning some new dance routines with Dragons Glad Group Flames’ member, Miss Natasha.

The rugby league clinics started off with the excited participants split amongst age groups; team Soward, team Cooper and team Morris were just a few. Participants tried their hand in different skills including tackle bags, defending, goal kicking, scoring tries and the very popular dressing shed visits. 
Following lunch the kids tried their hand at the new ARLD initiative ‘Backyard League’ which allowed the kids to choose their own rules to follow in the game.

To the great surprise and excitement of participants the Dragons NRL team joined in Backyard League games giving the kids the opportunity to play head to head with their favourite Dragons players! 

 “It’s terrific to see such a great turn out of kids today” injured Dragons fullback Bronx Goodwin said.

 “I really enjoy coming to the holiday clinics, seeing how excited the kids are makes it really worthwhile for us as players… I wouldn’t be surprised if we are watching some future Dragons in the making” said Bronx.

Participants had the opportunity to get the autograph from their favourite Dragons players before receiving a show bag filled with goodies to cap off what was a very enjoyable day for all involved!

Dragons Community would like to thank the terrific ARLD staff who assisted on the day as well as all parents and guardians who enabled their kids to participate.

Dragons forwards Matt Prior, Jeremy Smith and Jarrod Saffy have all been ruled out for up to 4-6 weeks through injuries suffered in Friday night's win against the Broncos.

Prior and Smith had scans today confirming both players had suffered Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) damage on Friday night, meaning the earliest possible return for either player would be the Dragons Round 10 clash against the Bulldogs.

Scans on Jarrod Saffy's right ankle also confirmed that the hard-running forward would miss 4-6 weeks of football with a high-ankle sprain.

Prior, Smith and Saffy join Nathan Fien and Peni Tagive on the Dragons injured list, with Neville Costigan available for selection this week after recovering from off-season shoulder surgery

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