THE two Illawarra South Coast Dragons junior representative side have returned from the opening round of the CRL Country Championships, in Bega, with mixed results.
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In the under 16s Dragons team, which included Kiama’s Dane Nelson, William Webb and Ethan O’Connell, Shellharbour’s Cooper Askew, Albion Park-Oak Flats’ Jordan Morn, Logan Stubbs and Liam Lynch and Milton-Ulladulla’s Bailey Tooth, Luke Millard and Jarred Hendrie from Group Seven, defeated the Monaro Colts 20-4.
Try scorers in the win were Joshua Turla, Jordan Wolhar, Liam Lynch and Bailey Tooth, with Jye Patterson landing two conversions.
Unfortunately, the under 18s Dragons, which included Albion Park-Oak Flats’ Jake Brisbane and Sione Lufe and Berry-Shoalhaven Heads’ Oliver and Charlie Parrish from Group Seven, went down 36-10 to Monaro.
In the loss, Mitchell Heffernan and Ayzak Bowman scored four-pointers, with Jake Brisbane adding one conversion.
Both teams will now head to St Marys Leagues Stadium on Saturday, March 3 where they will take on the Penrith Panthers, with under 16s kicking-off at 12pm, before the under 18s at 1.30pm.
Full-time under 16s: Illawarra South Coast Dragons 20 (J Turla, J Wolhar, L Lynch, B Tooth tries; J Patterson 2 goals) def. Monaro Colts 4 (J Potter tries).
Full-time under 18s: Monaro Colts 36 (T Stewart 3, A Marshall, R Dodson, H Bruce, J Williams tries; T Stewart 4 goals) def. Illawarra South Coast Dragons 10 (M Heffernan, A Bowman tries; J Brisbane goal).
Under 16s Dragons squad: 1. Jye Patterson (Thirroul), 2. Dane Nelson (Kiama), 3. Alex Lobb (Western Suburbs), 4. Jordan Morn © (Albion Park-Oak Flats), 5. Bailey Tooth (Milton Ulladulla), 6. Jordan Wolhar (Dapto), 7. Luke Millard (Milton Ulladulla), 8. Ben Byron (Collegians), 9. Giovanni Nassau (Western Suburbs), 10. William Webb (Kiama), 11. Jarred Hendrie (Milton Ulladulla), 12. Ethan O’Connell (Kiama), 13. Joshua Turla (Western Suburbs), 14. Tuakana Rangihaeata (Wollongong), 15. Braith Lawrence Foye (Western Suburbs), 16. Logan Stubbs (Albion Park-Oak Flats), 17. Cooper Askew (Shellharbour) and 18. Liam Lynch (Albion Park-Oak Flats) – with Glen Buffolin as coach.
Under 18s Dragons squad: 1. Jay Watling (Collegians), 2. Joshua Martin (Thirroul), 3. Nelson Sharp (Thirroul), 4. Ayzak Bowman (Collegians), 5. Mitchell Heffernan (Dapto), 6. Jake Brisbane (Albion Park-Oak Flats), 7. Liam MacPherson (Western Suburbs), 8. Oliver Parrish (Berry-Shoalhaven Heads), 9. Blake Barbuto (Western Suburbs), 10. Akima Opito (Thirroul), 11. Charlie Parrish (Berry-Shoalhaven Heads), 12. Jeremy Mau (Collegians), 13. Sione Lufe (Albion Park – Oak Flats), 14. Kane Watling (Collegians), 15. Cody Mitchell (Collegians), 16. Duane Willemsen (Collegians), 17. Carlin Deane (Collegians) and 18. Connor McNally (Dapto) – with James Grehan as coach.
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