BOTH the Illawarra Steelers junior representative boys sides will look to lock in their finals spots this Saturday, in the ninth and final round of the regular season.
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The Harold Matthews side, who currently sit in eighth with three wins, four losses and a bye to their names, will take on the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at WIN Stadium from 10.30am, needing a victory to assure their position in the top eight.
This side will be led by Joshua Coric, Harley Nizza and Cooper Tunbridge (all Albion Park-Oak Flats), Riley Wooden (Milton-Ulladulla) and Louie Chilver (Berry-Shoalhaven Heads) from Group Seven.
Differently, the Matt O’Brien and Jono Dallas coached SG Ball side sit in seventh place, with a 4-4 record, heading into the final round.
In their clash from 12pm at WIN Stadium, against the fourth-placed Sharks, the red and white will be headlined by Group Seven’s Tarje Whitford (Milton-Ulladulla), Dylan Lucas (Albion Park-Oak Flats), Oliver Parrish (Berry-Shoalhaven Heads), Sione Lufe (Albion Park-Oak Flats) and Samuel Hooper (Warilla-Lake South).
A win is crucial for the SG Ball Steelers, with six through ninth on the ladder all sitting on eight competition points heading into the final round – with only for and against separating them.
Steelers’ Harold Matthews squad: 1. Tyrell Sloan, 2. Brandon Morkos, 3. Cooper Tunbridge, 4. Phoenix Vetenibua-Finnerty, 5. Harley Nizza, 6. Talatau Amone ©, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Joshua Coric, 9. Riley Wooden, 10. Trent Griffiths, 11. Jackson Shereb, 12. Fletcher Blackett, 13. Toby Boothroyd, 14. Jhet Steyger, 15. Clive Brett, 16. Trey Barlow, 17. Declan Manago, 18. Drever Burdis, 19. Tearana Temaari and 20. Louie Chilver,
Steelers’ SG Ball squad: 1. Mathew Feagai, 2. Tyrine Harding, 3. Zach Herring, 24. Max Feagai, 5. Bailey Antrobus, 6. Dylan Lucas, 7. Jayden Sullivan, 8. Ben Fulton, 9. Connor Muhleisen,10. Matthew Nicholson © 11. Joseph Dickson, 12. Hudson Spicer, 13. Shalom O’Ofou, 14. Samuel Hooper, 16. Jalal Bazzaz, 17. Tarje Whitford, 20. Sean Payne, 24. Oliver Parrish and 25. Sione Lufe.
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