Illawarra Rugby League

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Illawarra Division Rugby League
Illawarra Rugby League logo.jpg
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 1911
Inaugural season 1911
Number of teams 8
Premiers Collegians (2013)
Website Illawarra Carlton League

The Illawarra Rugby League is a rugby league competition in Wollongong, NSW. It is one of the oldest rugby league competitions in Australia, founded in 1911 with five clubs (Dapto, Helensburgh, Mount Keira, Unanderra and Wollongong).[1]. Due to sponsorship rights, the Senior competition (First Grade, Second Grade and Under 18s) is named the Illawarra Coal Rugby League. The Under 13 to Under 16 competitions are merged with the South Coast Group 7 Junior Rugby League, with the Under 6 to Under 12 competitions being run solely by the Illawarra Division. The area provides a nursery of juniors for the St George Illawarra Dragons. The season is contested by nine teams and concludes with a finals series involving the top four teams.

History[edit]

Only the Northern parts of the Illawarra have traditionally been included in this competition, with teams further south playing in Group 7. However, Shellharbour's decision in 2009 to field a team in the NSW Cup was coupled with a decision to play in the Illawarra Rugby League as well, blurring the boundary between the two competitions. Other Group 7 clubs are fielding teams in the lower leagues of Illawarra competitions and there's a possibility the two competitions may merge.

The Illawarra Division is one of the strongest, along with Newcastle, local competition in New South Wales. The league features many former and current NRL players and also Toyota Cup players. The Illawarra Division Senior representative team are two-time National Country champions and have won the Country Rugby League championships consistently. The Division also supplies players to the NSWRL Harold Matthews and SG Ball Cup competitions.

2011: The Centenary[edit]

On 21 July 2011, whilst celebrating their centenary, Illawarra Rugby League announced their "Team of the Century".[1][2] Immortals Graeme Langlands and Bob Fulton featured at fullback and five-eighth respectively, as well as Harry Wells at centre. The entire team follows:

Teams[edit]

Firsts and Reserves[edit]

In 2013, Eight clubs fielded teams in the First and Second Grade:


Berkeley Eagles
Berkeley, NSW
Ground: Berkeley Sports Ground
First season: 1955

Collegians
North Wollongong, NSW
Ground: University Oval
First season: 1933

Corrimal Cougars
Corrimal, NSW
Ground: Robert Ziems Park
First season: 1912

Dapto Canaries
Dapto, NSW
Ground: Dapto Showground
First season: 1911

Helensburgh Tigers
Helensburgh, NSW
Ground: Rex Jackson Oval
First season: 1911



Shellharbour Workers
Shellharbour, NSW
Ground: Ron Costello Oval
First season: 2009

Thirroul Butchers
Thirroul, NSW
Ground: Thomas Gibson Oval
First season: 1913

Western Suburbs Red Devils
Unanderra, NSW
Ground: Sid Parrish Park
First season:1949

Former clubs[edit]

^merged to form Western Suburbs Red Devils(1949)

First Grade Premiers[edit]

Season Grand Final Information Minor Premiers
Premiers Score Runners-Up
1911 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong 5-5 Mt. Keira Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1912 Unanderra
1913 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong 10-5 Mt. Keira Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1914 Unanderra 5-3 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1915–1918 - No competition due to World War I
1919 Unanderra 8-5 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1920 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1921 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1922 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla 5-3 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1923 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla 3-0 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1924 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla 22-13 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong(Glebe)
1925 Great Britain colours.svg Gerringong
1926 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong(Glebe)
1927 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla 2-0 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong(Glebe)
1928 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1929 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong Forfeit Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1930 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong 13-6 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1931 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong 31-14 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul
1932 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1933
1934 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla 8-6 West Wollongong West Wollongong
1935 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1936 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Mount Kembla
1937 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1938 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1939 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Mount Kembla 8-2 South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal
1940 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul 4-3 South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul
1941 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla 24-7 South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal
1942 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla 17-9 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians(CBC) Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1943 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1944 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla 10-8 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul
1945 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong 5-2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1946 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1947 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1948 South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal 22-7 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1949 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla 20-9 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1950 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1951 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong 15-11 South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal
1952 . Northern Suburbs
1953 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla 10-7 . Northern Suburbs Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1954 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul 20-7 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul
1955 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1956 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1957 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 22-6 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1958 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla 10-8 Adelaide colours.svg Wests
1959 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 12-6 . Northern Suburbs
1960 . Northern Suburbs
1961 . Northern Suburbs 10-2 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1962 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1963 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1964 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1965 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla 6-4 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
1966 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto 13-6 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
1967 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians 12-4 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
1968 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto
1969 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 11-2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1970 Adelaide colours.svg Wests Cumberland colours.svg Dapto Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul
1971 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 18-11 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul
1972 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 23-9 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul
1973 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul 8-6 Adelaide colours.svg Wests
1974 South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal 22-8 Newcastle foundation colours.svg Wollongong
1975 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto 15-2 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul
1976 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto 22-6 South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal
1977 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto 18-5 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla Adelaide colours.svg Wests
1978 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 17-13 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla Adelaide colours.svg Wests
1979 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto Adelaide colours.svg Wests
1980 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 6-0 Western Suburbs colours.svg Port Kembla
1981 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 22-0 South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal
1982 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto 15-12 South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal
1983 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto 23-10 Adelaide colours.svg Wests Adelaide colours.svg Wests
1984 Adelaide colours.svg Wests
1985 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto 40-4 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
1986 Balmain colours.svg Helensburgh
1987 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
1988 Balmain colours.svg Helensburgh
1989 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 13-12 South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal
1990 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto 28-2 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
1991 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 14-12 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto Adelaide colours.svg Wests
1992 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto Wollongong University Books
1993 Balmain colours.svg Helensburgh 22-8 Adelaide colours.svg Wests Balmain colours.svg Helensburgh
1994 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto
1995 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul 23-22 Adelaide colours.svg Wests Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul
1996 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians 11-2 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
1997 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians Cumberland colours.svg Dapto
1998 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
1999 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul 40-12 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
2000 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto 30-14 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul
2001 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto 18-12 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
2002 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto 20-16 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
2003 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul
2004 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
2005 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians 16-14 Adelaide colours.svg Wests
2006 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto 34-14 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul Cumberland colours.svg Dapto
2007 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians 20-18 Cumberland colours.svg Dapto
2008 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul 16-12 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul
2009 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 14-4 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul Adelaide colours.svg Wests
2010 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 24-0 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul Adelaide colours.svg Wests
2011 Adelaide colours.svg Wests 34-24 Balmain colours.svg Helensburgh Adelaide colours.svg Wests
2012 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul 20-16 Adelaide colours.svg Wests Adelaide colours.svg Wests
2013 North Sydney colours.svg Collegians 29-28 Balmain colours.svg Helensburgh North Sydney colours.svg Collegians
2014 Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul 18-16 Balmain colours.svg Helensburgh Canterbury colours.svg Thirroul

Thirds(Shield)[edit]

The Illawarra District Rugby League runs a "Third Grade" competition known as the Illawarra Coal Shield - featuring Predominately Second Division(Village Clubs)mixed with Third Grade teams from the Illawarra:

Recent Shield Premiers

Club Status Homeground
Cumberland colours.svg Avondale Village Reed Park, Dapto
South Sydney colours.svg Corrimal Cougars Third Grade Ziems Park, Corrimal
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Mount Kembla Village Mt. Kembla Oval, Mount Kembla
. Northern Suburbs Village Jim Allen Oval, Wombarra
Canterbury colours.svg North Wollongong Surf Village University Oval, Wollongong
Cronulla colours.svg Windang Village Boronia Oval, Windang

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Illawarra Team of the Century". NineMSN. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Illawarra rugby league name 'team of the century'". ABC News. 21 July 2011. 

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