Illawarra Steelers SG Ball to play Wigan, Hull curtain-raiser

Charge: Aaron Schoupp, who played for the Harold Matthews team last year, has moved into the Steelers' SG Ball squad. Picture: Adam McLean
Charge: Aaron Schoupp, who played for the Harold Matthews team last year, has moved into the Steelers' SG Ball squad. Picture: Adam McLean

The Illlawarra Steelers’ SG Ball team will feature in a curtain-raiser to next month’s Super League showdown in Wollongong, after the junior representative squads were named on Tuesday.

The Steelers under 18s will meet Western Suburbs on February 10, before Wigan and Hull meet in the first Super League competition game played outside of Europe, at WIN Stadium. 

The SG Ball team features eight players from Illawarra club Wests as well as the best emerging talent from the Group Seven competition.

Coached by Group Seven premiership winner Jono Dallas (Jamberoo) and grand final opponent Matt O’Brien (Kiama), the SG Ball squad includes Blake Dowel, Sam Hooper (Warilla-Lake South), Oscar Fitzpatrick, Tarje Whitford (both Milton-Ulladulla), Jack Walsh (Albion Park-Oak Flats) and Kuyan Wellington (Nowra-Bomaderry/Gerringong).

In the Harold Matthews, coached by Ben Linde, Albion Park-Oak Flats trio Joshua Coric, Harley Nizza and Cooper Tunbridge, Milton-Ulladulla’s Riley Wooden, Berry-Shoalhaven Heads’ Louie Chilver and Stingrays of Shellharbour’s Trey Barlow.

The Illawarra Steelers have also named their train-on squad for the Tarsha Gale (under 18s) women’s competition.

While both the Tarsha Gale and the Harold Matthews sides will play Ron Costello Oval on February 19 – with the Tarsha Gale women at 10am against Parramatta and the Harold Matthews boys against Western Suburbs from 11.30am.

For the full squads, head to illawarramercury.com.au.