ABOUT US

The Melbourne Based Dragons Supporters group (MBDS) love rugby league and we love the St George Illawarra Dragons.

We believe that rugby league is the greatest sport to ever be played on Victorian soil and that St George Illawarra is a club that transcends all the others as a GREAT club and we support it passionately.

MBDS was established on 8 September 2001 when 13 people attended the Max Hotel to watch St George Illawarra defeat the Canterbury Bulldogs 23-22 in the 1st week of the finals.

The objectives of MBDS then and now are:

  1. The provision of television coverage of all St George-Illawarra Dragons rugby league games to members at hotel establishments in Melbourne.
  2. Creation of a network of St George Illawarra supporters in Victoria who can enjoy rugby league together.
  3. Mutual respect between members and the establishments who provide the coverage of games.
  4. The creation of tangible links between the MBDS group and the St George Illawarra Dragon’s football club via which both can benefit.

The overriding barrier which needed to be overcome was the lack of free to air coverage of rugby league in Victoria. By joining forces as a group with quality pubs across Melbourne, Victorian dragon’s supporters can now watch their team play every week with other Dragons supporters!!!

2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

 

2001

MBDS was established by George Georgiou with a simple message that was posted on a rugby league forum in late August with an attempt to start a Dragon’s supporters group in Melbourne. The response was a very positive one with about 6 people replying and providing contact details. One of the responses was from the Dragon’s club which quickly led to an editorial on the Dragons website promoting the new supporters group.

By the 8th of September MBDS had 10 names on their mailing list and the first event was held at the Max Hotel in Prahran.

Event

Venue

Attendance

Comments

1st Final V Bulldogs

Max Hotel

13

First official MBDS event

2nd Final V Broncos
Max Hotel
14
 

TOTAL EVENTS: 2     TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 27     AVERAGE ATTENDANCE: 13.5


2002

By the beginning of the 2002 season George Georgiou stitched up a deal with the owner of the College Lawn Hotel in Prahran for Dragon’s games to be televised with audio and the season began with 13 people attending the Charity Shield.

The College Lawn was one of many positive developments in 2002 which helped to grow the group to about 45 members by the end of the year.

 

League Week Editorial

Article that appeared in League Week on September 5 2001

 

Highlights of 2002

Event

Venue

Attendance

Comments

Charity Shield V Rabbitohs

College Lawn

13

 

Round 1 V Sharks
College Lawn
9
 
Round 2 V Panthers
College Lawn
10
 
Round 3 V Bulldogs
College Lawn
9
 
Round 5 V Eels
College Lawn
5
 
Special Event
College Lawn
30
First function with Dragons players and officials.
Round 7 V Roosters
College Lawn
10
 
Round 8 V Eagles
College Lawn
1
 
Round 9 V Raiders
College Lawn
7
 
Round 11 V Broncos
College Lawn
3
 
Round 12 V Cowboys
College Lawn
5
 
Round 13 V Sharks
Crown Sports Bar
9
 
Round 14 V Storm
College Lawn
2
 
Round 18 V Bulldogs
Max Hotel
5
 
Round 21 V Knights
Max Hotel
5
 
Round 22 V Eagles
Max Hotel
6
 
Round 25 V Roosters
College Lawn
3
 
Round 26 V Knights
College Lawn
5
 
1st Final V Knights
All Star Cafe
20
First All Star Cafe event
2nd Final V Sharks
All Star Cafe
18
 

TOTAL EVENTS: 20     TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 177     AVERAGE ATTENDANCE: 8.85


2003

2003 saw a small growth in membership to about 60 members but a drop in events due to the College Lawn struggling to accommodate us in the middle of the season because of other more popular sporting events such as the Rugby Tri Nations.

The other issue we had in 2003 was that the draw didn’t include a Dragons and Storm match in Melbourne. Most of our membership growth in 2002 came from obtaining Dragons supporter’s details who attended the local Dragons match.


Highlights of 2003

Event

Venue

Attendance

Comments

Charity Shield V Rabbitohs

College Lawn

14

 

Round 1 V Tigers
College Lawn
9
 
Round 2 V Eels
College Lawn
10
 
Round 3 V Raiders
College Lawn
18
 
Round 5 V Sea Eagles
College Lawn
8
 
Round 6 V Bulldogs
College Lawn
3
 
Round 7 V Roosters
College Lawn
16
First family day ANZAC day event
Round 8 V Sharks
College Lawn
19
 
Round 9 V Panthers
College Lawn
8
 
Round 10 V Bulldogs
College Lawn
11
 
Round 11 V Rabbitohs
College Lawn
8
 
Round 12 V Cowboys
College Lawn
9
 
Round 16 V Raiders
College Lawn
8
 
Round 21 V Warriors
College Lawn
9
 

TOTAL EVENTS: 14    TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 150     AVERAGE ATTENDANCE: 10.7

 

2004

On the record books you would have thought that 2004 was no different to 2003 but that wasn’t the case. Membership grew to only about 80 and average attendances were much the same as the year before but behind the scenes MBDS was working on a number of projects that would see the group grow in the future and have a permanent place in Melbourne’s very competitive sporting landscape.

 

Big League Article

Article that appeared in Big League in April 2004

 

Highlights of 2004

 

 

MBDS at Core Studios

MBDS at Core Studios

 

Event

Venue

Attendance

Comments

Charity Shield V Rabbitohs

College Lawn

10

 

Round 1 V Raiders
College Lawn
8
 
Round 2 V Warriors
College Lawn
27
Photo taken for Big League Editorial
Round 4 V Knights
College Lawn
6
 
Round 5 V Tigers
College Lawn
5
 
Round 6 V Panthers
College Lawn
6
 
Round 7 V Roosters
College Lawn
38
All time record attendance since 2001
Round 10 V Bulldogs
Pint on Punt
6
First Pint on Punt event
Round 13 V Cowboys
Pint on Punt
6
 
Round 15 V Tigers
Max Hotel
8
 
Round 16 V Rabbitohs
Max Hotel
8
 
Round 18 V Broncos
Max Hotel
3
 
Round 20 V Sharks
College Lawn
15
 
Round 21 V Cowboys
Pint on Punt
9
 
Round 23 V Warriors
Pint on Punt
1
 
Round 25 V Sea Eagles
Max Hotel
3
 
1st Final V Panthers
All Star Cafe
16
 

TOTAL EVENTS: 17     TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 175     AVERAGE ATTENDANCE: 10.3

 

2005

2005 was a big year for MBDS. New venues and better screening times saw our average attendance almost double against the previous year’s average. Our numbers grew too just over 110 members and we also had a record number of events.


Highlights of 2005

 

Event

Venue

Attendance

Comments

Charity Shield V Rabbitohs

College Lawn

12

 

Round 1 V Bulldogs
College Lawn
9
 
Round 2 V Storm
Pint on Punt
7
 
Round 3 V Panthers
Pint on Punt
6
 
Round 4 V Raiders
Pint on Punt
7
 
Round 5 V Sea Eagles
Pint on Punt
12
Record attendance for a Pint on Punt event
Round 6 V Broncos
College Lawn
9
 
Round 7 V Roosters
College Lawn
21
Free BBQ for ANZAC Day event
Round 8 V Tigers
College Lawn
9
 
Round 9 V Rabbitohs
Pint on Punt
6
 
Round 11 V Knights
Grosvenor Hotel
23
New deal with the Grosvenor Hotel in St Kilda
Round 13 V Warriors
Grosvenor Hotel
13
 
Round 14 V Cowboys
College Lawn
11
 
Round 15 V Rabbitohs
Grosvenor Hotel
20
 
Round 16 V Tigers
Grosvenor Hotel
12
 
Round 18 V Eels
Steakout - Crown
16
 
Round 19 V Sea Eagles
The Pub - Crown
19
 
Round 20 V Sharks
The Pub - Crown
15
 
Round 21 V Roosters
Steakout - Crown
17
 
Round 22 V Cowboys
Steakout - Crown
13
 
Round 23 V Broncos
The Pub - Crown
26
 
Round 24 V Eels
The Pub - Crown
42
 
Round 26 V Knights
The Pub - Crown
14
 
1st Final V Sharks
Steakout - Crown
55
All time record attendance since 2001
Preliminary Final V Tigers
Steakout - Crown
45
 

TOTAL EVENTS: 25     TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 439     AVERAGE ATTENDANCE: 17.56

 

2006

Another strong year for MBDS with a record number of events and a strong average attendance. 2006 was the first year MBDS obtained some presence on the web and it was  Paul Burdens hard work that help set up a web page that was linked to the Jubilee Ave website. By the end of the year our membership grew to over 130 members. 


Highlights of 2006

 

MBDS T-shirt

 

 

MBDS at the Station Hotel

MBDS at the Station Hotel during the 2006 finals series

 

Event

Venue

Attendance

Comments

Charity Shield V Rabbitohs

Grosvenor Hotel

8

 

Round 1 V Tigers
Steakout - Crown
16
 
Round 2 V Panthers
The Pub - Crown
28
 
Round 3 V Rabbitohs
Grosvenor Hotel
7
 
Round 4 V Broncos
The Pub - Crown
13
 
Round 5 V Knights
Grosvenor Hotel
8
 
Round 6 V Sea Eagles
Grosvenor Hotel
9
 
Round 7 V Roosters
Grosvenor Hotel
24
Record attendance at the Grosvenor
Round 9 V Sharks
Grosvenor Hotel
8
 
Round 10 V Warriors
Grosvenor Hotel
10
 
Round 12 V Knights
Steakout - Crown
4
 
Round 13 V Eels
Steakout - Crown
14
 
Round 14 V Panthers
Grosvenor Hotel
7
 
Round 15 V Broncos
Steakout - Crown
9
 
Round 16 V Cowboys
Grosvenor Hotel
12
 
Round 18 V Rabbitohs
Grosvenor Hotel
3
 
Round 19 V Bulldogs
Steakout - Crown
9
 
Round 20 V Raiders
Steakout - Crown
10
 
Round 21 V Storm
Steakout - Crown
15
 
Round 22 V Eels
Steakout - Crown
29
 
Round 23 V Bulldogs
Steakout - Crown
10
 
Round 24 V Tigers
Rising Sun Hotel
18
First joint function b/w MBDS and Tigers fan club
Round 25 V Sharks
Grosvenor Hotel
21
 
Round 26 V Roosters
Grosvenor Hotel
4
 
1st Final V Broncos
Station Hotel
42
First Station Hotel event
2nd Final V Sea Eagles
Station Hotel
51
 
Preliminary Final V Storm
Station Hotel
38
 

TOTAL EVENTS: 27     TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 427     AVERAGE ATTENDANCE: 15.81

 

2007

It was a tough year for the Dragons on the field in 2007 and MBDS was slightly affected by the Dragons performance with average numbers down to just under 14 people per event. It was also a slow year in recruitment with our members growing to just a little over 140. 

 

Highlights of 2007

 

MBDS touch footy side

The MBDS touch side that took on the Wests Tigers Fanatics

 

Event

Venue

Attendance

Comments

Charity Shield V Rabbitohs

Grosvenor Hotel

25

Record attendance for a Charity Shield

Round 1 V Titans
Station Hotel
21
 
Round 2 V Knights
Station Hotel
13
 
Round 3 V Cowboys
Grosvenor Hotel
10
 
Round 4 V Sharks
Grosvenor Hotel
9
 
Round 5 V Storm
Grosvenor Hotel
27
 
Round 6 V Roosters
Grosvenor Hotel
30
Record attendabce for the Grosvenor
Round 8 V Panthers
Station Hotel
8
 
Round 9 V Tigers
Station Hotel
28
First touch footy game against the Tigers fan base
Round 10 V Titans
Station Hotel
15
 
Round 11 V Raiders
Station Hotel
5
 
Round 12 V Broncos
Station Hotel
4
 
Round 13 V Sharks
Grosvenor Hotel
8
 
Round 14 V Eels
Station Hotel
10
 
Round 16 V Sea Eagles
Station Hotel
16
 
Round 17 V Raiders
Grosvenor Hotel
6
 
Round 18 V Warriors
Grosvenor Hotel
5
 
Round 19 V Panthers
Grosvenor Hotel
11
 
Round 20 V Bulldogs
Station Hotel
16
 
Round 21 V Knights
Station Hotel
11
 
Round 22 V Rabbitohs
Station Hotel
21
 
Round 23 V Cowboys
Station Hotel
18
 
Round 24 V Eels
Station Hotel
5
 
Round 25 V Sea Eagles
Station Hotel
3
 

TOTAL EVENTS: 24     TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 327     AVERAGE ATTENDANCE: 13.81

 

2008

What a difference a year makes. While the Dragons performed only slightly better on the field in 2008, MBDS had record growth in many areas. Average attendances were up by 61% with the average MBDS event attracting just over 21 members every week, our members grew from 140 to just over 200, 87 members attended a function in 2008, more than double that of 2007, and we had a 90% jump of members attending more than 10 events in a year.

Highlights of 2008

 

ANZAC Day,Thats Gold

ANZAC Day at the Dick Whittington Tavern

 

Event

Venue

Attendance

Comments

Charity Shield V Rabbitohs

The Leveson

27

Record attendance for a Charity Shield

Round 1 V Tigers
Mount View Hotel
29
 
Round 2 V Titans
Grosvenor Hotel
20
 
Round 3 V Raiders
Station Hotel
22
 
Round 4 V Sharks
The Peacock Inn
8
 
Round 5 V Cowboys
Mount View Hotel
20
 
Round 6 V Bulldogs
Arcadia Hotel
12
 
Round 7 V Roosters
Dick Whittington Tavern
33
 
Round 9 V Eels
Swan Hotel
19
 
Round 10 V Storm
Arcadia Hotel
6
 
Round 11 V Sea Eagles
Richmond Rising Sun
10
 
Round 12 V Rabbitohs
Arcadia Hotel
16
 
Round 13 V Broncos
Station Hotel
24
 
Round 15 V Panthers
Richmond Rising Sun
17
 
Round 16 V Titans
Arcadia Hotel
26
 
Round 17 V Knights
Mount View Hotel
21
 
Round 18 V Raiders
College Lawn Hotel
26
 
Round 20 V Bulldogs
Dick Whittington Tavern
16
 
Round 21 V Sharks
Arcadia Hotel
27
 
Round 22 V Tigers
Station Hotel
31
 
Round 23 V Broncos
Station Hotel
14
 
Round 24 V Warriors
Limerick Arms Hotel
21
 
Round 25 V Eels
Arcadia Hotel
15
 
Round 26 - Roosters
Limerick Arms Hotel
23
 
Finals - Week 1 - Sea Eagles
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
45
 

TOTAL EVENTS: 25     TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 528     AVERAGE ATTENDANCE: 21.12

2009

It was the biggest year for MBDS so far with membership climbing past 250, attendances averaging just over 33 per event and our overall record attendance of 55 back in 2005 broken four times during the year. MBDS held 26 events in 2009 with a total attendance of 875 people.

Highlights of 2009

MBDS D Grade Premiers

MBDS D Grade Touch Side - Premiers Summer 2009 - 2010

ANZAC Day Family Day

ANZAC Day at the Arcadia Hotel

 

Event

Venue

Attendance

Comments

Charity Shield V Rabbitohs

Cricket Club Hotel

30

Record attendance for a Charity Shield

Round 2 V Titans
Arcadia Hotel
14
 
Round 3 V Sharks
Limerick Hotel
12
 
Round 4 V Broncos
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
37
 
Round 5 V Eels
Limerick Arms
23
 
Round 6 V Knights
Cricket Club Hotel
12
 
Round 7 V Roosters
Arcadia Hotel
61
All time Record Attandance
Round 8 V Warriors
College Lawn Hotel
26
 
Round 9 V Cowboys
Cricket Club Hotel
14
 
Round 10 V Bulldogs
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
40
 
Round 11 V Sharks
Arcadia Hotel
16
 
Round 12 V Panthers
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
30
 
Round 13 V Titans
College Lawn Hotel
12
 
Round 14 V Cowboys
All Nation Hotel
26
First All Nations Hotel event
Round 16 V Tigers
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
27
 
Round 17 V Roosters
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
34
 
Round 18 V Sea Eagles
Limerick Arms
36
 
Round 20 V Warriors
College Lawn Hotel
40
 
Round 21 V Storm
Limerick Arms
88
All time Record Attendance
Round 22 V Panthers
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
28
 
Round 23 V Raiders
Cricket Club Hotel
10
 
Round 24 V Broncos
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
51
 
Round 25 V Rabbitohs
Arcadia Hotel
22
 
Round 26 - Eels
College Lawn Hotel
42
 
Finals - Week 1 - Eels
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
74
 
Finals - Week 2 - Broncos
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
70
 

TOTAL EVENTS: 26     TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 875     AVERAGE ATTENDANCE: 33.65

2010

It was the year we broke the drought. After 28 years of campaigning for the Illawarra Steelers, 31 years of campaigning for the St George Dragons and most importantly 12 years of campaigning for the St George Illawarra Dragons, we finally pulled it off.

MBDS had another year of growth with a record 1,159 members and guests attending 27 functions, (an average of 43 people per event)

Highlights of 2010

Preliminary Final Night

Preliminary Final Night at the Rising Sun Hotel, South Melbourne

 

Event

Venue

Attendance

Comments

Charity Shield V Rabbitohs

Pugg Mahones

36

First Puggs event & record attendance for a Charity Shield

Round 1 V Eels
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
58
 
Round 2 V Bulldogs
College Lawn Hotel
33
 
Round 3 V Cowboys
College Lawn Hotel
46
 
Round 5 V Broncos
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
52
 
Round 6 V Titans
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
35
 
Round 7 V Roosters
College Lawn Hotel
104
All time Record Attandance
Round 8 V Sharks
Arcadia Hotel
13
 
Round 9 V Sea Eagles
Arcadia Hotel
17
 
Round 10 V Bulldogs
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
28
 
Round 11 V Raiders
College Lawn Hotel
35
 
Round 12 V Eels
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
34
 
Round 13 V Warriors
College Lawn Hotel
24
 
Round 15 V Sharks
Pugg Mahones
24
 
Round 16 V Tigers
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
60
 
Round 17 V Panthers
Pugg Mahones
25
 
Round 19 V Rabbitohs
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
19
 
Round 20 V Titans
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
48
 
Round 21 V Broncos
College Lawn
47
 
Round 22 V Roosters
College Lawn
26
 
Round 23 V Sea Eagles
Pugg Mahones
13
 
Round 24 V Raiders
Arcadia Hotel
21
 
Round 25 V Knights
British Crown
34
 
Round 26 - Rabbitohs
British Crown
35
 
Finals - Week 1 - Sea Eagles
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
86
 
Finals - Week 3 - Tigers
Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
131
All time Record Attandance
Grand Final - Roosters Sth Melbourne Rising Sun
75
 

TOTAL EVENTS: 27     TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 1159     AVERAGE ATTENDANCE: 42.93