Illawarra South Coast Dragons set to breathe fire in semi-final showdowns

Stingrays' Bronte Girdler in action for the Illawarra South Coast Dragons. Photo: ALLAN BARRY
Stingrays' Bronte Girdler in action for the Illawarra South Coast Dragons. Photo: ALLAN BARRY

AFTER enjoying the week off, both the Illawarra South Coast Dragons representative sides will return to the field this weekend, for the CRL Country Championships semi-finals.

Both sides come into their respective clashes on the back of strong wins against Western two weeks ago at Campbelltown Stadium.

First to take the field at Goulburn’s Workers Arena on Saturday will be John Simon’s women’s league tag side, who will battle the GSR Wests Tigers from 11am.

Simon’s side, made entirely of Group Seven products, features Milton-Ulladulla’s Olivia Patterson, Cheyanne Hatch, Ebony Murray and Tanika O’Brien, Stingrays of Shellharbour’s Bronte Girdler, Shaylah Kutia-Tupp, Allira Simon and Caitlin O’Neil, Jamberoo’s Aimee Barnard, Brooke Smith, Kaela Thomas and Carly Ryan, Berry-Shoalhaven Heads’ Bree Ford, Shellharbour’s Georgia Thomas and Kiama’s Jamie Emerson.

If the Dragons win this match, the will play the winner of the Central Coast Roosters and Greater Northern Tigers, in the grand final next weekend.

Following this will be the under 23 men’s clash, which will pit Wade Forrester’s Dragons against the Monaro Colts from 12.10pm.

Group Seven will be represented by Jake Gould (Nowra-Bomaderry), Corey Grigg (Jamberoo), Cameron Cornell (Kiama), Cameron Vazzoler (Kiama), Tyler Clark (Milton-Ulladulla), Jack Kavanagh (Shellharbour), Josh Sainsbury (Albion Park-Oak Flats) and Luke Asquith (Jamberoo).

This octet is joined by Illawarra District League players Cameron Scott (Collegians), Kurt Field (Western Suburbs), Zac Greene (Western Suburbs), Josh Daley (Western Suburbs), Tom Simpson (Thirroul), Liam Cassidy (Collegians), Nathan Leatigaga (Western Suburbs), Tony Pellow (Western Suburbs), Stuart Mason (Dapto) and Bradley Speechly (Western Suburbs) in the 18-person squad.

The winner of the Dragons match with Monaro will progress to the final, where they’ll battle the winner of the northern pool semi-final between North Coast and Northern Rivers.

Stream links for both matches can be found at: