Steelers and Dragons meet again 25 years after preliminary battle

Paul McGregor during the 1992 NSWRL season
Paul McGregor during the 1992 NSWRL season

THE Illawarra Rugby League’s annual sportsman’s lunch promised to be an interesting one this year with members of both the Illawarra Steelers and St George sides that fought out a tough 1992 preliminary final won 4-0 by the Dragons.

Ricky Walford scored the lone try that day, though rusted on Steelers still claim they got across three times only to be denied by referee Greg McCallum.

Kick-off has been told McCallum will also bravely attend to wear some flak that has barely waned in the 25 years since that day at the SFS.

Current Dragons coach Paul McGregor was a member of that Illawarra line-up that day as were the likes of Rod Wishart, David Riolo, John Simon, Neil Piccinelli and John Cross under the coaching of Graham Murray.

Current Dragons NYC side Wayne Collins lined up at hooker for the Dragons side coached by Brian Smith. Tables of 10 for the June 16 function are available for $100 per person from Steelers Club reception.