The Illawarra Steelers SG Ball (U18) team will attempt to break a twenty-year drought when they contest the Grand Final against the Penrith Panthers at Pepper Stadium, Penrith on Saturday (kick-off 2.00pm).
The Steelers have previously won the prestigious SG Ball Cup competition twice, in 1989 and 1996 respectively, and will be intent on returning the silverware to the Illawarra having already beaten their oppositiontwice this season – 30-18 in Round 4 and 26-22 in the Qualifiying Final.
“There hasn’t been much between the teams in either of our two matches this year” coach Shane Millard said.
“It’s one thing to make the Grand Final, but another to win it, and our two wins over Penrith will mean nothing on Saturday.
"Anything can happen, that’s the nature of football”.
The Steelers have previously played in four SG Ball Cup Grand Finals, qualifying for this year’s on the back of strong performances in both attack and defence.
“There are plenty of reasons to remind the boys why they’re working so hard for this opportunity, and they have so much support from all over the Illawarra and the wider Dragons community," said Millward.