Collegians planning upset in Illawarra Junior Rugby League grand final

Prepared for battle: Wests Talatau Amone and Collegians Drever Burdis ahead of the Illawarra 16s first division grand final. Picture: Robert Peet.
Prepared for battle: Wests Talatau Amone and Collegians Drever Burdis ahead of the Illawarra 16s first division grand final. Picture: Robert Peet.

Illawarra junior rugby league players will have the opportunity to emulate their heroes on Saturday when they take to WIN Stadium for the Illawarra and South Coast Group Seven junior grand finals. 

The stadium will see a full day of action, with the 13s kicking off a 9am and matches running right up until the 16s first division grand final is played under lights at 6.30pm.

The festivities will kick off with the 13s division two grand final. Sussex Inlet will take on Milton Ulladulla, with the Bulldogs booking a grand final berth by upsetting Berkeley in last weekend’s grand final qualifier. 

After overcoming Port Kembla 28-4 in the minor semi-final, Milton Ulladulla claimed a comprehensive 52-18 victory over the Eagles. 

The 13s first division will see Gerringong take on Shellharbour, with the Sharks also carrying momentum after edging an unlucky Western Suburbs side 20-18. 

Gerringong set up a rematch with Dapto in the 14s first division grand final by defeating the Stingrays 14-12 on Saturday. The Canaries prevailed 18-10 in the major semi-final. Berkeley and Albion Park Oak Flats will match up in the 14s second division decider.

Collegians earned a 15s first division grand final with a 26-10 victory over Corrimal on Saturday, thus booking a date with Stingrays. Collies were defeated by Stingrays 18-14 in a tight major semi-final. 

Shellharbour will take on Milton Ulladulla in the 15s second division after the Bulldogs upset Berry 46-8 on Saturday. Berry lost to Shellharbour in the major semi-final by just two points a week earlier.

Berry and the Stingrays will clash in the 16s second division grand final.

Western Suburbs and Collegians will face off in the day’s feature game, the 16s first division grand final. The two teams have stood a cut above their competition all season, with the Devils dropping just one game.

Wests will be heavy favourites, having defeated Collies three times this year, but Collegians will be confident after last week’s 30-6 victory over Thirroul. 

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