Special Sub-Topic: Pre and Post War Dragons
|In what year did St George move to Kogarah Jubilee Oval, in the southern suburbs of Sydney?|
1948. St George moved from Hurstville Oval to Kogarah Jubilee Oval in 1950. In their first match at this famous ground, St George played South Sydney before a crowd of 12,500 fans. St George didn't lose a single game at Kogarah between 1954 and 1966.
|St George was the only team to win a premiership between 1956 and 1966?|
True. No other club performed a lap of honour on Grand Final day throughout this time as the St George Dragons won eleven premierships in a row. A team feat that was the best in any first division level football code, worldwide, and unlikely to broken.
|"Puff, The Magic Dragon". This nickname was given to whom?|
Reg Gasnier. Reg Gasnier was a genuine Rugby League genius! He began his career with St George in 1959, scoring a hat-trick of tries in the 1960 Grand Final and playing in the next five winning premiership teams! At age 22 he captained Australia and was St George's leading tryscorer in 1960, 1963 and 1964.
|In 1944, who defeated St George in a major semi-final by a then record 48 points?|
Newtown. Newtown, the minor premiers, scored eleven tries to St George's two to humble the mighty Dragons 55-7. St George finished the regular season in 3rd place.
|In 1945, through what type of injury did the Dragon's then Prop Forward, Bill McRitchie, spend 22 weeks in hospital?|
Bite. In his final year with St George, Bill McRitchie was hospitalised following a bite in a match against Newtown. Apparently, Bill had part of his ear bitten off by Frank "Bumper" Farrell, a police officer. "Bumper" claimed it wasn't him, because he left his false teeth in the dressing sheds!
|Which brothers played for St George in the pre/post war era?|
Ray and Jack Lindwall. Jack Lindwall was one of the true greats, a brilliant attacking winger and centre! Ray Lindwall was also a talented footballer who went on to play cricket as a deadly fast bowler with Don Bradman's "Invincibles", in 1948.
|In 1946, the captain of St George was also a highly ranked boxer, holding the Australian Heavyweight title throughout his career. Who was he?|
Herb Narvo. Herb Narvo was a tough Test forward, a fine cricketer and cyclist. He won his Heavyweight title in 1945 and lost it in 1946, got up the next day and played as captain for St George!
|In 1949, which team did St George beat in the Grand Final?|
South Sydney. The 1949 Grand Final was the last match for Jack Lindwall. In a brutal encounter, played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the St George Dragons ran in five tries to beat South Sydney 19-12 in front of 56,534 people.
|Beginning his First Grade career in 1950, this "giant" forward was nearly 2m tall. Who was he?|
Norm Provan. Norm "Sticks" Provan was graded with St George in 1950. Norm is probably best remembered for the photograph, "The Gladiators", taken of him and Arthur Summons at the 1963 "mud-bath" that was the Grand Final between St George and Western Suburbs.
|What was unusual about the Grand Final in 1956?|
St George won with only 12 men. In 1956, there was no replacement rule and St George had to play out most of the match with one man short after their centre broke his collar bone. Despite this, Saints won 18-12.
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