Warilla-Lake South Gorillas

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Warilla Gorillas
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Club information
Full name Warilla-Lake South Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) The Gorillas
Colours      Gold
     Blue
Founded 1965
Current details
Ground(s) Cec Glenholmes Oval (Hooker Park), Lake Illawarra, New South Wales
Coach(s) Peter Hooper
Captain(s) Andrew Diomei
Competition Group 7 Rugby League
2010 Runners-Up
Records
Premierships 8 (1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2011)
Runners-up 7 (1981, 1986, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2009, 2010)
Minor premiership ? (1997, 1998, 2009)

The Warilla-Lake South Gorillas (or sometimes simplified to Warilla Gorillas) are an Australian rugby league football team based in Lake Illawarra, a coastal town of the Illawarra region. The club is a part of Country Rugby League and have competed in the South Coast first grade competition since 1970. The club's greatest achievement to date is winning the Clayton Cup in 1982.

History[edit]

The very first team to play for Warilla was an under-9's side in the Illawarra competition in 1964. On the back of this, in 1965, Warilla successfully split from Shellharbour-Lake Illawarra to form their own club known as Warilla. The club fielded an under-18s squad that year entered their inaugural grade team in reserves in 1966. In 1970, the club took its first step into first grade, as well as fielding a third grade side for the first time.[1]

The side won their first premiership in 1978 and have been strong ever since, winning three more first grade titles in the 80's and again in the 90's. The turn of the century hasn't been as fruitful for the club winning no first grade titles, though have participated in a few finals. Notably, the Gorillas lost the previous two finals, in 2009 to the Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles[2] and in 2010 to the Gerringong Lions.[3]

Colours[edit]

The team's colours are gold and blue.

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2011.
  • Second Grade Premierships: 7
1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2007, 2010
  • Third Grade Premierships (Regan Cup): 3
1975, 1976, 1983
  • U-18's Premierships: 8
1968, 1970, 1974, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1998
  • Club Championships: 11
1972, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2009
1982

Source: Warilla Gorillas About Us

Individuals[edit]

  • Michael Cronin Medal: 6
Greg Hooper (1990 & 1996), Mark Payer (1992), Neil Farmilo (1997), Damien Paulissen (2008), Alex Volkanovski (2010)
  • Group 7 Player of the Year: 9
Ron Warren (1978), Brian Love (1980), Merv Veitch (1982), Tommy Fowler (1984 & 1986), Neil Farmilo (1992 & 1997), Brade Miller (1994), Damien Paulissen (2008)
  • Rookie of the Year: 6
Peter Duffy (1985), Paul Veitch (1978), Wayne Marsh (1984), Mark Westaway (1985), Mark Walsh (2005), Tyson Brown (2009)
  • Leading Point-scorer of the Year: 4
Neil Street (1980), David Moffat (1982), Rod Roach (1987), Liam Watson (2002)
  • Leading Try-scorer of the Year: 4
Tommy Denniss (1980 & 1981), Richard Harvey (1984), Neil Farmilo (1987)
  • Kevin Walsh Scholarship: 6
Tom Denniss (1980), Paul Veitch (1984), Richard Finter (1985), Glen Southwell (1987), Peter Hooper (1989), Daniel Castelli (1991)
  • Under-18s Player of the Year: 6
Mark Westaway (1984), Darren Davison (1986), Jason Hughes (1987), Gary Pabis (1989), Darren O'Sullivan (1991), Chris Henry (2000)
  • Under-21s Player of the Year: 2
Clint Poole (1992), Travis Munro (1995)

Source: Group 7 History

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