Youth and experience to collide with Cutters at Ziems
Mitch Jennings - Illawarra Mercury
Fans will get a glimpse of the Illawarra Coal League’s future when an All-Stars side set to take on the Illawarra Cutters in their first hitout of the season at Ziems Park this Friday night from 6pm.
Current Illawarra division coach Wade Forrester will take charge of the All-Stars while new Cutters coach Jason Demteriou will oversee his first match as head coach.
The All-Stars will be bolstered by the likes of Country and Collegians captain Jarrod Thompson and Helensburgh premiership-winning skipper Steve McCallum but will mostly be made up of the competition’s rising stars.
Illawarra Rugby League general manager Chris Bannerman said the clash was a good chance to give young players their first taste of rep football.
“It’s something different and apart from being a good hitout for the Cutters it’s also a good opportunity for our blokes,” Bannerman said.
“It will allow some of the younger guys who may not have had a crack at representative football to test themselves at that level.”