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Dragons delay Kogarah 2005 NRL debut

18/04/2005 08:36:36 PM Comments (0)

St George Illawarra have been forced to change its home venue for the NRL round 10 clash against Penrith after a plan to construct permanent lighting at the Kogarah ground was delayed.

The Dragons - who also host matches at Wollongong - had planned to play their first OKI Jubilee Stadium home game against Penrith on May 13 - a Friday night game broadcast on Channel Nine.

But the construction delay forced officials to switch the match to Wollongong's WIN Stadium.

The Dragons will instead play their first OKI Jubilee Stadium home game of 2005 against North Queensland in round 14 in mid-June.

"The Oki Jubilee Steering Committee, overseeing the re-development works at Kogarah, advised the Dragons the lighting upgrade would not be complete by this time," Dragons CEO Peter Doust said.

"The situation is unfortunate and we explored several options to try and overcome it.

"We sought to have the (round 10) game scheduled for Sunday afternoon (instead of Friday night) on Channel Nine but this was not possible.

"We explored the possibility of bringing in temporary lighting, but we were unable to source lighting of broadcast quality for the television game.

"In keeping with our commitment to our key communities in Kogarah and Wollongong we chose not to consider an alternative venue in Sydney."

The Dragons are also scheduled to play home games at OKI Jubilee Stadium against Wests Tigers (round 16), Cronulla (round 20), Parramatta (round 24) and Newcastle (round 26).

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