THE two Group Seven teams competing in the Illawarra Division Rugby League's under 18s girls competition have both tasted victory in Saturday's opening round fixtures.
The Stingrays of Shellharbour, playing in their first ever game, smashed reigning premiers Berkeley 40-16, to record a historic victory at the Berkeley Sportsground.
The 24-point win was set up by four tries to Teagan Berry, two to Teagan Williams and one to Imigne Byrne - with Rhiannon Tungai landing five conversions.
In the loss, Bonnie-Lee Cox, Rosemary Boyland and Ava Katselos score four-pointers for the Eagles.
Not to be outdone were last year's grand finalists the Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs, who thumped the Corrimal Cougars 36-4 at Robert Ziems Park.
A brace from Keele Browne, as well as tries to Ally England, Brittany Peters, Emily France, Taneisha Roberts and Tilhaney Grainger paced the 32-point win - with Eliza Green landing four kicks.
Salma Nour scored the lone try for the hosts.
The two victorious Group Seven clubs will now face off in round two, this Saturday at the Ulladulla Sporting Complex from 1pm.
The round's other match will see Helensburgh host Corrimal at Rex Jackson Oval, with Berkley having the bye.