The Shellharbour City Sharks are a Country Rugby League club founded in 1920 located on the South Coast of NSW that compete in the South Coast Group 7 competition.
Shellharbour City RLFC has a proud 113 year history, originally existing as a rugby union club, before switching to rugby league in 1920.
We have spent the bulk of our existence competing in the South Coast Group 7 competition, but the club did have a short five year stint in the Illawarra League between 2009 and 2013.
In 2007/08 we entered a team in NSW Rugby League’s Jim Beam Cup (now the Ron Massey Cup) as the Shellharbour City Marlins, and in 2009/10 we competed in the NSW Cup as the Shellharbour City Dragons, during which time we acted as the official feeder club to the St. George Illawarra Dragons.
The club have won five first-grade premierships in total, the last of which was in 2001, as well as over 30 reserve, third, and under-18 premierships.
Shellharbour itself is located on the southernmost coastal border of the Illawarra, one of the game's most prolific player nurseries, and is considered the fastest growing region in country New South Wales.
In 2011/12 our home ground, Ron Costello Oval, underwent extensive building works, including new amenities, new food and beverage facilities, a new clubhouse, an undercover viewing platform with ramp access and, most notably, our impressive new western grandstands.
These new additions, coupled with our unique ability to offer tiered pitch-side parking that enables fans to watch the team from the comfort of their own vehicle should they desire, makes Ron Costello Oval one of the best places to watch and/ or play rugby league anywhere in the Illawarra.
Ron Costello Oval, named after Shelharbour’s first international test player, can be found in the heart of the picturesque Shellharbour village, while the popular residential suburbs of Flinders and Shell Cove are easily within walking distance, as will be the much-anticipated Shellharbour Marina once completed.
Shellharbour City RLFC is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable names in Country Rugby League (CRL), having built a strong reputation as a long serving and successful participant in the Group 7 competition as well as a competitive five-year stint in the Illawarra District.
Shellharbour City Marlins
In 2007, Shellharbour City struck a deal with NRL side the St. George Illawarra Dragons and thus created a new team and entered themselves into the NSWRL Jim Beam Cup with the name Shellharbour City Marlins using the colours as their parent club. It is rumoured that the name Marlins was chosen to differentiate themselves from any Cronulla Sharks sides. The Shellharbour Sharks still competed in Group 7 Rugby League competition during this time. During 2008, the Dragons leagues club however did not give the same backing to Sharks, instead the Sharks stayed alive through other sponsorship deals, most notably Corban KIA. 2009 saw a change in direction again with both the Sharks side moving into the Illawarra Carlton League and the Marlins side moving into the NSW Cup. This resulted in the Marlins changing their name to Shellharbour City Dragons and consequently changing their strip to the more famous Red-V.
Shellharbour City Dragons
Ron Costello Oval
Ron Costello Oval (formally Fuller Park) has been the home of Shellharbour City Rugby League Football Club since the mid-1950s.
The ground has undergone a number of transformations during its lifetime, but in its current format it is considered one of the best places to watch and play rugby league anywhere in the Illawarra.
Named after one of Shellharbour rugby league's greatest exports, Ron Costello Oval offers:
- Pitch-side parking for approximately 300 vehicles
- 800+ under-cover seats
- Food and beverage facilities on both sides of ground
- Under-cover viewing platform with ramp access
- Ron Costello - Western Suburbs Magpies, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, NSW, and Australian Kangaroo. Sharks home ground name after him.
- Luke Bailey - St. George Illawarra Dragons, Gold Coast Titans captain, NSW and Australian front row forward.
- Matt Cooper - Dragons, NSW, and Australian centre
- Dan Hunt - Dragons and Country prop.
- Trent Merrin - Dragons, Country and NSW prop.
- Adam Docker - Penrith Panthers
- Group 7 Rugby League Premierships: 5
- 1939, 1962, 1971, 1973, 2001
- Second Grade Premierships: 14
- 1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1983, 1990, 2001,2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
- Third Grade Premierships: 2
- 1971, 1977
- Group 7 U-18's Premierships: 10
- 1944, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 2003, 2007, 2008
- Illawarra U-18's Premierships: 3
- 2009, 2010, 2012
Source: Shellhabour Sharks Trophy Room
- Shellharbour Sharks Illawarra District Homepage
- Shellharbour Sharks Junior South Coast District Homepage
- Sharks clubpage
- Country Rugby League Homepage
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- South Coast Rugby League Homepage
- Group 7 Rugby League
- Illawarra District League
- Illawarra Rugby League