McCallum to get a taste of steel at luncheon

OLD FIRM: Illawarra greats David Riolo, Rod Wishart, Bret Rodwell and Neil Piccinelli were part of the Steelers 1992 prelim final line-up.

OLD FIRM: Illawarra greats David Riolo, Rod Wishart, Bret Rodwell and Neil Piccinelli were part of the Steelers 1992 prelim final line-up.

FRIDAY’S annual Illawarra Rugby League luncheon promised to be one of the best in recent years with a host of Steelers legends gathering to remember what was both the club’s finest hour and greatest heartbreak.

It’s been just shy of 25 years since the Steelers were defeated 4-0 in an epic prelim final clash with St George.

We was robbed of course (that’s our story and we’re sticking with it), with Brett Rodwell twice getting across the line only to be called back on both occasions by referee Greg McCallum.

Highlights from the 1992 preliminary final between Illawarra and St George

Alan McIndoe also claimed a try in the second half after a race with Dragons winger Ricky Walford to a John Simon grubber with the in-goal judge ruling the latter got there first.

It left Walford’s first half try as the only points in the match, securing the Dragons path to the grand final where they were defeated by Brisbane outfit.

Current Dragons coach Paul McGregor had a blinder that day in a line-up that included the likes of Simon, Rod Wishart, David Riolo, Neil Pincinelli, John Cross coached by the late Graham Murray. Star forward Ian Russell was a key out nursing a hamstring injury.

Kick-off spoke Illawarra league Godfather Bob Millward this week, who told us that every time he sees a replay he still thinks the Steelers are going to get over the line.

McCallum will attend on Friday to face a host of those Steelers greats who played that day, with plenty playful ribbing sure to ensue. NSW great Mick Cronin will also attend to receive the honour of NSW Rugby League life membership. 

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