No crazy Monday for St George Dragons as club chief bans boisterous gatherings

Not a crazy Monday for the Dragons as the club chief bans boozy gatherings after several years of off-fiascos that have scuppered the club

  • Even after three wins, Dragons will not celebrate Mad Monday to end their season
  • CEO Ryan Webb didn’t risk the possibility of a bad headline
  • Manly and the Tigers have already made Monday plans for their squad

The Dragons finished their season with three straight wins but are not rewarded with the spoils of a Mad Monday celebration as club management cracks down after years of off-field drama.

St. George CEO Ryan Webb told the gaming group that after their Round 25 clash with the Broncos, they’re only allowed to celebrate with family in Kogarah.

Dragons captain Ben Hunt will not be attending the Mad Monday celebrations - as his side have been suspended by club CEO Ryan Webb

Dragons captain Ben Hunt will not be attending the Mad Monday celebrations – as his side have been suspended by club CEO Ryan Webb

Rabbitohs players laugh as they celebrate Mad Monday 2021 after their tough loss to Penrith in the Grand Final

Rabbitohs players laugh as they celebrate Mad Monday 2021 after their tough loss to Penrith in the Grand Final

Webb told the Daily Telegraph that the Dragons are no longer entertaining the infamous Mad Monday event after Covid chaos and player scandals swept club headlines.

NRL integrity unit chief Jason King has called the CEOs of the clubs whose players will be let off the leash on Monday, ready for a long off-season after missing the eight.

The Dragons roster is reportedly split over coach Anthony Griffin – with key forwards Jayden Su’A and Blake Lawrie not siding with “Hook”.

St. George CEO Ryan Webb did not want to risk any negative publicity that would come from the club's Mad Monday celebrations

St. George CEO Ryan Webb did not want to risk any negative publicity that would come from the club’s Mad Monday celebrations

Captain Ben Hunt is a strong supporter of the former Panthers and Broncos coach and yesterday reiterated his intention to step down with the Red V.

Sea Eagles CEO Tony Mestrov has taken the opposite path to Webb, encouraging his players to band together and come together amid a Pride scandal that has ruined the club’s finals hopes.

The former Greyhound NSW boss said it was important for players to recover from a high-pressure season.

“We’re really well organized in planning venues and a number of security guards,” Mestrov said.

“Jason King called me about what we’re doing and I sent him our plan.

Panthers center Stephen Crichton celebrated hard after their big finals win in 2021 -- the celebrations lasted nearly a week

Panthers center Stephen Crichton celebrated hard after their big finals win in 2021 — the celebrations lasted nearly a week

We have a pretty good group of players. I think everyone in rugby league has learned from the past. It’s been a tough year, but you have to find that balance. The players will have a beer and have a good time, then we’ll revert to next season.

Illawarra players were rocked with fines last year after Paul Vaughan invited 12 team-mates for a house party amid strict NRL and NSW Covid guidelines.

Vaughan was reportedly having a quiet barbecue when the police were called.

The Geelong Cats are Australia's number one sports club when it comes to celebrating Mad Monday hard but without incident

The Geelong Cats are Australia’s number one sports club when it comes to celebrating Mad Monday hard but without incident

He was fined $50,000 while other teammates like Zac Lomax, who hid under a bed, were also fined.

The Wests Tigers are already planning their Mad Monday celebrations, taking a cruise in port and continuing to celebrate at a hotel event after their Sunday game against Canberra.

Mad Mondays have garnered quite a bit of media attention in the past, most notably at Belmore in 2012.

Former Bulldogs Brett (L) and Josh (R) Morris attend Mad Monday celebrations after reaching the 2017 Finals

Former Bulldogs Brett (L) and Josh (R) Morris attend Mad Monday celebrations after reaching the 2017 Finals

The Bulldogs lost 4-14 to Storm in the 2012 Grand Final and players were openly seen urinating on their home court and allegedly berating a journalist who was covering the story.

The club donated $30,000 to a charity as an apology for their bad behavior.

Jason Taylor was sacked as South Sydney manager in 2009 after partying too hard with his players, which ended in a strange scuffle.

Taylor was jokingly fighting his team using kung fu while intoxicated when Rabbitohs player David Fa’alogo returned fire and punched him in the face.

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