Special Sub-Topic: The Dragons in the 1960s
|Which 'Dragon' is represented in the most unforgettable Rugby League photograph, 'The Gladiators', in the mudbath that was the 1963 Grand Final?|
Norm Provan. 'The Gladiators', a striking photograph of the giant Norm Provan and the diminutive Arthur Summons (opposing Grand Final Captains), caked in mud and almost unrecognisable, except for the vast difference in height, was to become the inspiration for the Premiership Trophy which immortalised both men in the annals of Rugby League history!
|In 1962, which St George player was selected as Captain of the Australian team?|
Reg Gasnier. At the tender age of only 22, Reg Gasnier, 'Puff the Magic Dragon', became the then youngest ever Australian Captain. Entering the First Grade ranks in 1959, Reg Gasnier represented both New South Wales and Australia in his debut year but did not play in the Grand Final of 1959 due to injury.
|In which season did St George lose only two matches (not including the finals series)?|
1963. In 1963, St George were Minor Premiers, winning fifteen out of the eighteen matches they played, with two losses, both to Wests, and one draw!
|Which team did St George defeat in the 1962 Grand Final?|
Western Suburbs. On 3rd September 1962, at the Sydney Cricket Ground before a crowd of just over 41,000, the St George Dragons defeated Wests 9-6 in a dour struggle. Johnny King scored the only try and Kevin McDonald kicked three goals for the triumphant Dragons!
|In what year of the 1960's was the St George Leagues Club opened?|
1964. 'The Taj Mahal', as it was originally nicknamed, was built at a cost of over eight hundred thousand pounds and is still, today, one of the most prestigious Rugby League Clubs in Australia.
|In which year of the 1960's did St George win Premierships in all three grades and, defeat the New Zealand international team?|
1963. Achieved only once previously by South Sydney nearly forty years earlier, St George were Club Champions in all grades in 1963. On the afternoon of 24 August, Saints won the Grand Final in all three grades, as follows; First Grade, defeated Wests 8-3; Reserve Grade defeated Souths 5-4; and, the Third Grade defeated Canterbury, 12-2.
|The 1965 Grand Final attracted a then record crowd at the Syndey Cricket Ground. What was the official attendance?|
Just over 78,000. The Dragons defeated the South Sydney team 12-8 in the Grand Final of 1965 which attracted an official record crowd of 78,056, but eye-witnesses claimed it was closer to 90,000! It was the St George Dragon's tenth Premiership win in a row.
|What was the injury that put Reg Gasnier out of the St George side in 1966?|
Torn knee ligament. Against Parramatta in April 1966, Reg Gasnier tore a cruciate knee ligament and was ruled out for the season. Saints, a man down, still managed to draw with Parramatta.
|Which of the following players was nicknamed 'Killer'?|
Ken Kearney. 'Chaired' off in the 1960 Grand Final, 'Killer' Ken Kearney, who had joined St George in 1952, was in the RAAF and as a former Wallaby, had represented Australia in seven Rugby Union Tests.
|Which team ended the Dragon's run of twenty two wins in 1960?|
Manly-Warringah. In the second round match of 1960, Manly defeated St George 22-10, which ended the Dragons undefeated run of twenty-two matches (they were undefeated in 1959). However, St George still managed to win the Minor Premiership, and their 5th consecutive Grand Final.
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