Steelers Challenge Cup Media Launch

The Steelers Challenge Cup will see the Illawarra Coal League 2016 season get underway with all clubs, including the returning Berkeley Eagles, joined by Canberra powerhouse Queanbeyan Blues in chasing the first title on offer for 2016.

The Steelers Challenge Cup kicks off on Saturday 27 February at Berkeley Sportsground, when Thirroul take on Dapto at 1.40pm and the Eagles welcome long-time rival Wests to their home ground at 4pm.

Rex Jackson Oval will host remaining first round games on Saturday 5 March when Collegians take on the Simon Woolford coached Queanbeyan Blues, and reigning Challenge Cup champions and Illawarra Coal Cup premiers Helensburgh take on the big improver of 2015, Corrimal Cougars. Winners of all round one games advance to semi-finals on Saturday 12 March, with the final to be decided on Saturday 19 March.

Local media are invited to attend our media call which will see key personnel from each round 1 fixture including coaches Nathan Fien (Collegians), Brett Kimmorley (Wests), Russell Lewis (Corrimal assistant coach) and veteran forward Joel Ruskin  (Thirroul) in attendance for interview and photo opportunities.

Details are as follows;

What: Steelers Challenge Cup Media Launch
Where:           Steelers Club (upstairs)
When:            Wednesday 24 February, 2016
Who:              Nathan Fien (Collegians), Brett Kimmorley (Wests), Russell Lewis (Corrimal) and Joel Ruskin (Thirroul)
Time:              4.30pm

For further details please contact Chris Bannerman, Manager Illawarra District Rugby League on 0414 283239 or


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2018 Hardware Man Illawarra League First Grade
1 Wests 23
2 Thirroul 23
3 Collegians 22
4 Dapto 20
5 Berkeley 12
6 Helensburgh 8
7 Corrimal 4