Wollongong to host top NEAFL matches

RYAN O'KEEFE

RYAN O'KEEFE

Wollongong will host only the third NEAFL match to be played outside of Sydney or the ACT, when the Swans Reserves take on Ainslie at Dalton Park on Sunday.

Illawarra footy fans will have the chance to see some of Sydney's 2005 and 2012 premiership stars such as Ryan O'Keefe and Lewis Roberts-Thomson, as well as some of their most promising youngsters, including Shane Biggs, Toby Nankervis and Sam Naismith.

Swans coach Jared Crouch says the players are looking forward to the match at North Dalton, and the chance to bounce back from last week's shock loss to UWS.

"It's fantastic that we are able to bring a game of such high standard to the area," he said.

In what shapes up to be the biggest football event in the region this year, three other games have also been scheduled on the day.

An AFL Sydney Division 1 match between the Wollongong Lions and UTS Bats is a curtain-raiser for the NEAFL game, which will be followed by an AFL Sydney women's game between Wollongong and Manly. The day will then wrap up with a local AFL South Coast game between Wollongong Bulldogs and Kiama Power.

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