Illawarra Hawks to play at NSW and Australian championships

Illawarra’s top juniors will compete at the national titles after taking out the under 14 and 18 year Country Premier League divisions.

On top: The Illawarra Hawks under 14 squad with their medals after winning the Country Premier League final. Picture: Branka Piljevic

On top: The Illawarra Hawks under 14 squad with their medals after winning the Country Premier League final. Picture: Branka Piljevic

The under 14s won the final 42-25 against Newcastle on Sunday at Minto to finish with 21 victories from their 22 games during the CPL and NSW Country Championships seasons. They had also beaten Newcastle 56-35 at the country titles at Terrigal in June.

Coached by Simon Dent and Luke McGuire, Ilawarra will now compete at the NSW Championships, against the best metro squads on September 1-3. 

They will then play at the national titles at Dandenong from October 2-7. The under 18 boys also qualified with a thumping 81-50 win over Coffs Harbour Suns in the CPL final. The under 18 girls finished third overall, while the under 16 boys lost the final to Canberra Gunners 56-45.

The under 16 girls finished fourth.

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