Young Stingrays chase grand final glory


Before many make the switch to the senior ranks next year, the Illawarra Stingrays under 17s will chase glory in their grand final against Blacktown Spartans on Sunday.

'Generation next' of 'Rays talent will head to Lambert Park in pursuit of what could be their final piece of silverware in the younger grades.

Many of the squad are expected to make the switch to the senior squad next year.

But before they take the step up they'll look to overcome the competition's minor premiers.

The Spartans and Illawarra have split four encounters this season with both sides walking away with two wins apiece.

Coach Brett Wallin expects Sunday will be a similarly tense affair.

"It won't be a blow out either way. It will come down to which team takes their chances. Each team will only have a few chances," he said.

Wallin said victory on Sunday would be the ideal way for many of the young players to round out their time in the junior grades.

"The girls have been together for a long time and I have worked with most of them for a few years now, so I would like to [win it] with them as well. They are special to me," he said.

The club's success is expected to continue with the changing of the guard.

"It is the next generation and I think that is why I initially jumped at the chance to work with those girls.

"With the experience I had with First Grade, it gave me a good grounding to give those little bits of advice to get them across the next step," Wallin said.


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