Illawarriors Squad Announced for NSW Country Championships

senior tackleThe Illawarriors Senior Squad to contest the 2013 NSW Country Championships was announced today with 24 players selected to travel to Tamworth next weekend.

The selected squad is the result of an intense 3 month training program and two recent trials against Canberra Wests and Penrith.

In naming the squad to contest the championships, Head Coach Brendon Schoupp was quietly confident that the team could go all the way and bring the Caldwell Cup back to the Illawarra.

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Illawarriors U20s pass Final Trial

colts tryOn the 9th March 2013 the Illawarriors U20s played their final trial of the representative program against Penrith Rugby Union Club at Nepean Rugby Oval.

A big and determined Penrith side had taken the field to ensure the Illawarriors where in for a physical game.

Warm weather and a sunny day was on the cards, a strong platform by the forwards, quick line defence and expansive running rugby were the game plan.

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Tight Affair against Penrith for Senior Illawarriors

 senior 8The Senior Illawarriors travelled to Penrith on Saturday for their second and final warm up game before the NSW Country Championships later in April. The game was played in four 15 min quarters, with the first two against the Penrith 2nd Grade side. Illawarra started the first quarter slowly and conceded an early try, but managed to get the trip out of their system finishing the opening two quarters strongly 21-17 on top. Penrith then ran out a fresh 1st grade side out for the last two quarters and won a tight affair 22- 17.

 

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Illawarrior Colts too good for Canberra Wests

2013 2 March 2 Illawarriors V Canberra West U20. Rhys PetersOn Saturday the Illawarriors Under 20’s travelled to Shoalhaven Rugby Park for the first trial of 2013 campaign, against Canberra West Rugby Union Club. The field was in great condition considering the recent weather and light showers that continued throughout the day.

The first quarter of the game was of a good quality with both teams finding there combinations and quickly trying to gel together to capitalise on any opportunities. This resulted in a closely fought out quarter with both forward packs trying to assert their patterns of play and set piece work. The quarter finished with no points scored.

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Illawarriors start 2013 Campaign with successful hitout against Canberra Wests

2013 9 March 2 Illawarriors V Canberra Wests Darryl Sanft scoresThe Illawarriors Senior team started their 2013 campaign with a tight opening quarter against Canberra Wests at a damp Shoalhaven Rugby Park. The quarter finished 0-0 with both teams taking time to adjust to the conditions.

The second quarter was a more open affair, with Canberra Wests running in three tries to finish 17-5 on top. The sole Illawarra try was scored by Avondale’s Daryl Sanft. Coach Brendon Schoupp brought on fresh legs for the last two quarters and Illawarra won the third quarter 5-0, with University’s damaging back rower Paul Tuala scoring the half’s solitary try.

 

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Illawarriors and Illawarrior Colts to Tackle Canberra Wests

This coming Saturday 2 March 2013 sees the Illawarriors and Illawarrior Colts take on rivals Canberra Wests in their annual warm up match for their respective tournaments.

The Illawarriors are preparing nicely for the upcoming Country Championships at Tamworth in three weeks time while for Canberra Wests this match is their first hitout in preparing for the gruelling ACT club competition which kicks off in April.

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