South Coast to host All-Stars carnival in 2018

Stingrays of Shellharbour's Allira Simon in action against Milton-Ulladulla. Photo: COURTNEY WARD
Stingrays of Shellharbour's Allira Simon in action against Milton-Ulladulla. Photo: COURTNEY WARD

SOUTH Coast Group 7 rugby league will host an All-Stars Carnival in March next year, to kick-off what is expected to be another exciting 2018 season.

The tournament, which is slated for March 10, will involve a number of different competitions, including a Group 7 All-Stars match and a Women’s League Tag All-Stars match, as well as a club based under 18s nines tournament.

The day will start at 10am with the round robin under 18s nines competition, with the final to be played before the kick-off of the WLT All-Stars match.

The men’s All-Star match is slated to kick-off at 6pm.

The Group 7 All-Stars team will be coached by Adam Vanzanten and Adam Bezzina, while Nathaniel Morrison will coach the Group 7 Indigenous team.

All players selected in these squads must be under 23 years of age, as this match will act as a trial for the Group 7 team, that will take on Illawarra – before joining forces with the Coal League to create the South Coast Dragons.

Russell Colgate will coach the Group 7 WLT invitational side, while John Simon will be in charge of the Group 7 WLT presidents side.

Following the women’s match, a Group 7 side will be selected to battle Illawarra, before joining forces, like the under 23 men, to make the South Coast Dragons.

This carnival is aimed at breaking down barriers, both between players and supporters and raising awareness of local indigenous culture, while building excitement ahead of the 2018 season.

The venue for the event has yet to be determined.