The South Sydney Rabbitohs and St George Illawarra Dragons will play the 31st Charity Shield at WIN Stadium in Wollongong on Saturday 22 February, the first time the match has been played outside of Sydney in the history of the traditional pre-season feature match.
The Charity Shield, which was launched at WIN Stadium today, will be part of a huge Saturday night of Rugby League, with the Charity Shield to kick off at 5pm and the World Club Challenge set to be played at the Sydney Football Stadium at 7:30pm.
Traditionally, both Clubs support charity with proceeds from the match, with both Clubs providing focus to the good work conducted by Souths Cares and the St George Foundation in 2014.
The Rabbitohs will be looking for back-to-back victories in the Charity Shield in 2014, having wrested the Shield back from the Dragons in 2013 with an emphatic 28 points to 10 victory at ANZ Stadium.
This year’s match has been shifted to WIN Stadium, with the support of Destination Wollongong, because of an event clash at the usual home of the Charity Shield, ANZ Stadium.
Rabbitohs forward Jason Clark is excited about the match, and the opportunity to press for a spot in the round one team for the season opener against the Roosters.
“As a South Sydney man through-and-through, the Charity Shield is a game that I’ve always looked forward to,” Clark said.
“It’s the unofficial start of the season, has the intensity of an NRL match, and it’s the final chance we get to impress the Coach before he picks his team for the Roosters game in round one.
“Hopefully I get picked and I get to take on one of my great mates in Dylan Farrell. He’s joined the Dragons this year from Souths, so it will be odd playing against him, but it’s great fun coming up against your friends on the field.
“On top of that we get to help raise the profile and, more importantly, help raise funds for some great charities. Our whole squad does plenty of work with the team from Souths Cares and to know that we are playing for those people in our community and the programs which help enrich people’s lives gives added meaning to a game like the Charity Shield.”
Dragons CEO Peter Doust said: “The Charity Shield has always been a key event on our calendar and a key match for our team in the lead up to the season and we are happy that we have been able to secure this event for our region. We would like to thank the Rabbitohs for their assistance in securing this game for the Illawarra and we look forward to hosting their Members and supporters at one of the traditional matches of the year.”
ANZ Stadium managing director Daryl Kerry said the Stadium was looking forward to welcoming Rabbitohs and Dragons fans in 2014, with both clubs hosting home games at the venue this season.
“While it is unfortunate that a clash of events has led to a switch of venues for this year’s Charity Shield match, both the Rabbitohs and the Dragons will host games at ANZ Stadium on a spectacular opening weekend of the 2014 NRL season,” Mr Kerry said.
“The Rabbitohs will feature in the season opener against the Roosters on Thursday 6 March while the Dragons will play Wests Tigers on Sunday afternoon, 9 March. The Rabbitohs and the Dragons are arguably the two most famous clubs in rugby league and both have passionate supporter groups. Exciting times lie ahead for both clubs.”
Rabbitohs Ticketed Members will gain free entry to the Charity Shield as part of their Ticketed Membership package. To become a Member today, visit http://membership.rabbitohs.com.au.
Rabbitohs Members will have an opportunity to purchase tickets first through a pre-sale starting on Wednesday 22 January at 10am, running through until Monday 27 January at 5pm. Tickets for the 2014 Charity Shield will go on sale to the general public from Ticketek on Tuesday 28 January at 10am.
Rabbitohs Members will also have access to discounted tickets as well as FREE Return Transport from Sydney, details to be finalised and communicated as soon as possible.
For Members and supporters wishing to stay in the Illawarra region, Destination Wollongong will be providing a range of packages and options, details to be finalised and communicated as soon as possible.
Keep an eye on www.rabbitohs.com.au for more information about ticketing as well as transport options from Sydney to Wollongong to watch one of the feature pre-season matches of the year.
2014 Charity Shield Fact Sheet
Souths Cares is an independent not-for-profit public benevolent institution, established in 2006 to support the local community and address social need across the South Sydney region. Its charter is to support disadvantaged, marginalised and indigenous youth and their families with a specific focus on education, training, health and employment.
Souths Cares leverages the Rabbitohs NRL team to engage the community and affect positive social change.
Souths Cares’ programs include:
Teachers’ Aide Program
The Teachers’ Aide program involves all members of the Rabbitohs NRL squad spending a lesson in one of five local primary schools on a rolling weekly roster. Whether it is a literacy, numeracy or PE lesson, the players are on hand to support the classroom teacher and encourage the students to be fully engaged in the lesson content. The program is now in its sixth year of operation.
Healthy and Active Lifestyles Program
Based out of Souths Cares’ own classroom, this program combines the NRL initiative ‘Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well’ along with our partnership with Life Education. Students participate in a range of activities focused on the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. Programs cover healthy lifestyles, nutrition, safe use of medicines, body knowledge, communication skills, and smoking and alcohol education.
The Learn, Earn, Legend School to Work Transition Program
Souths Cares’ Learn, Earn, Legend School to Work Transition Program is focused on Year 10, 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students. The program aims to mentor students and help them to identify and develop their own education and employment pathways whilst providing them with relevant support. This program is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Indigenous Oral Health Program
Souths Cares initiated an exciting new Oral Health Campaign in 2013. Partnering with the NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy, Colgate and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Souths Cares delivers Oral Health Workshops in local and regional schools with high Indigenous populations.
The program is delivered using culturally appropriate resources and the key messages focus on the importance of regular teeth brushing, drinking plenty of tap water and making healthy food choices.
In 2013, the program was delivered to over 1,200 Indigenous students across the South Sydney region and regional New South Wales; and in excess of 2,200 students overall.
To learn more about Souths Cares or donate online, please visit: http://www.rabbitohs.com.au/souths-cares.
Played 30, Dragons 16, Rabbitohs 10, Drawn 4.
1982 Dragons - 9-7
1983 Dragons - 28-10
1984 Rabbitohs - 24-6
1985 Dragons - 10-8
1986 Dragons - 12-0
1987 Dragons - 28-14
1988 Rabbitohs - 30-6
1989 Rabbitohs - 20-16
1990 Draw - 10-10 (Rabbitohs retain)
1991 Draw - 16-16 (Rabbitohs retain)
1992 Rabbitohs - 21-20
1993 Dragons - 10-8
1994 Dragons - 14-11
1995 Dragons - 18-10
1996 Dragons - 30-6
1997 Dragons - 26-18
1998 Dragons - 14-4
1999 Rabbitohs - 16-14
2002 Draw - 20-20 (Rabbitohs retain)
2003 Dragons - 28-10
2004 Dragons - 34-8
2005 Rabbitohs - 30-6
2006 Rabbitohs - 14-12
2007 Dragons - 16-14
2008 Rabbitohs - 24-20
2009 Rabbitohs - 18-6
2010 Draw - 26-26 (Rabbitohs retain)
2011 Dragons - 32-10
2012 Dragons - 18-12
2013 Rabbitohs - 28-10
South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 (Bryson Goodwin, Beau Champion, Nathan Peats, Dylan Walker, Mitchell Buckett tries; Adam Reynolds 2, Bryson Goodwin 2 goals)
St George Illawarra Dragons 10 (Daniel Vidot, Trent Merrin tries; Jamie Soward goal)