Corrimal seeking upset on Illawarra Junior Rugby League grand final day

Corrimal will aim to stage a major upset when they take to the field in the 11 years first division rugby league grand final on Saturday. 

The Cougars were forced to take the longer route to grand final day, overcoming Shellharbour 18-6 a fortnight ago in the sudden-death minor semi-final to book a date with Thirroul in last weekend’s grand final qualifier. 

Saturday’s match was a hard-fought affair, with Corrimal ultimately prevailing 12-6 in a low-scoring clash. 

Awaiting the Cougars are Wests, who will be fresh after the week off. The Devils defeated Thirroul 18-6 in the major semi-final.

Corrimal were the only lower seeded team to claim a win in Saturday’s boy’s finals, with this weekend to see five rematches from the major semi-finals held two weeks ago. 

While Wests are the favourites heading into the 11 years grand final, the Devils will hold the underdog tag in the 12 years first division grand final. 

Wests will aim to reverse a 20-nil loss to Collegians in the major semi-final two weeks ago when the two sides face on Saturday. The Devils found some form last weekend with a 26-16 victory over Thirroul. 

The Thirroul second division team avenged for that defeat, however, triumphing over Wests 22-10 to set up a grand final with Shellharbour. The Sharks claimed a resounding 32-4 over Thirroul in the major semi-final. 

Corrimal will strive to sweep the two 10 years divisions, with the Cougars favourites in both grand finals. 

The first division team will face Wests after the Devils 28-12 defeat of Dapto on Saturday while the second division team will take on North Burgh in the opening match of the day at 9am at Dapto Showground. 

Corrimal took out the first division major semi-final a fortnight ago with a 24-18 victory over Wests.

North Burgh qualified for the grand final by defeating Berkeley 28-20 last weekend. 

The 11 years second division grand final will see Norths take on Port Kembla Black. Port face a tough task, however, as they seek to reverse a 28-6 major semi-final defeat.

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