Tag Archive: Michael Greenfield

Greenfield wants a regular spot

St George Illawarra prop Michael Greenfield says the Dragons’ NRL premiership was the wake-up call he needed to overcome an attitude problem which threatened his career. Greenfield barely played a match in 2010 and wasn’t part of the grand final side, but the quality of the Dragons’ line-up made him realise he needed to shape up. Injuries had played their part in slowing his progress, but Greenfield knew he was partly to blame. Despite plenty of promise, he’d failed to make a mark at previous clubs Souths and Cronulla, and moving to the Dragons’ professional set-up under Wayne Bennett, was the change that made the penny drop. “I was a bit lazy and probably my attitude to training wasn’t where it should have been,” admitted Greenfield. “I never missed training but in the fitness I used to struggle. “I thought I was unfit and with a lot of fitness, half the battle is the mental part of it. “Dieting wise and being able to push my body as hard as what it could go … it’s taken me a few years to mature in that area.” Continue reading

Dragons show no charity towards Bunnies

Four months after their drought-breaking premiership win, St George Illawarra have returned to the scene of their triumph to thump South Sydney 32-10 in the Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium. Despite missing up to half a dozen regulars, the Dragons were too fast, too strong and too smart for a disappointing Rabbitohs outfit. The Red V sent a strong message to rival clubs that they will again be up there in 2011 with a resounding six tries to two victory before 19,267 fans. It was St George Illawarra’s first Charity Shield win since 2007 and the perfect tune-up for their World Club Challenge showdown with Wigan in England on February 27. Both sides went into the biggest of the pre-season trial matches severely under-strength following a string of withdrawals prior to kick off. The Rabbitohs were without star off-season recruit Greg Inglis, Kiwi international Issac Luke and Sam Burgess while the Dragons’ absentees included Jamie Soward, Ben Hornby, Dean Young and Brett Morris. Continue reading

The Hunt is over, for the Dragons

St George Illawarra coach Wayne Bennett is confident his side can stay at the top of the NRL ladder despite ongoing State of Origin commitments and the season loss of front rower Dan Hunt before Sunday’s 22-14 loss to Canberra. In a simple training exercise before the match in Wollongong, Hunt managed to rupture his Achilles tendon, despite having no prior signs that the area was weak. With absent NSW big man Michael Weyman now the club’s only experienced starting prop, the Dragons front row depth will be tested, with the likes of Jon Green, Trent Merrin and Michael Greenfield now required to step up. However Bennett said his side has the staff to cover Hunt’s loss and wasn’t worried about losing such an important player. “If it starts raining I’ll have a rain jacket with me, you just get on with it don’t you,” Continue reading