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The Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers are an Australian rugby league football club based in the city of Wollongong, New South Wales. The club competed in Australia's top-level Rugby League competition from 1982, when they, along with the Canberra Raiders, were admitted into the then New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership until 1998 when they formed a new joint venture team, the St. George Illawarra
Illawarra
Dragons with the St. George Dragons in 1999.[1] Over those seventeen seasons the club received three wooden spoons, made the play-offs twice and had a total of three of its players (two New South Wales
New South Wales
Blues and one Queensland Maroon) selected to don the green and gold for Australia. Illawarra
Illawarra
still field stand alone teams in the Tarsha Gale Cup (women's under 18's), SG Ball (under 18's) and Harold Matthews (under 16's) competitions as the Steelers. Their mascot from 1982 to 1998 was the popular Stanley, the Steel Avenger (commonly referred to as Stanley the Steeler). 23,750 capacity WIN Stadium is their home stadium.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Formation 1.2 1980s 1.3 1990s 1.4 Season summaries 1.5 Joint venture

2 Name and Emblem 3 Colours 4 Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers Leagues Club 5 Stadium 6 Junior Steelers 7 Supporters and Team Song

7.1 Supporters 7.2 Team Song

8 The Future 9 Statistics and Records

9.1 Club 9.2 Individual

10 Players

10.1 Team of Steel

11 Representative players

11.1 International

11.1.1 Australia 11.1.2 New Zealand 11.1.3 Great Britain 11.1.4 Rest Of The World

11.2 State Of Origin

11.2.1 New South Wales 11.2.2 Queensland

11.3 City Vs Country Origin

11.3.1 NSW Country

12 Coaches 13 Average attendance 14 References 15 External links

History[edit] Formation[edit] Illawarra
Illawarra
made several attempts to enter the NSWRL competition, the first major attempt was in the 1950s. The Illawarra
Illawarra
Rugby League made a much more serious attempt for entry into the 1967 season but were blocked by the Country Rugby League (CRL) who used their constitution to prevent Illawarra's plans of playing in the Sydney
Sydney
competition. This was a crucial moment in the emergence of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, as it was after Illawarra
Illawarra
were blocked and the NSWRL wanted a second new club to enter with Penrith, preferably in the South of Sydney
Sydney
due to continued success at that time of the St. George Dragons, to avoid the need for a bye that "the shire's" submission was successful. In this unsuccessful bid, Illawarra
Illawarra
were to be backed by the then wealthy Illawarra
Illawarra
Leagues Club in Church Street, Wollongong. The club is the second oldest leagues club in the world. It was originally established to financially support top class rugby league and soccer in the region.

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers v St George Dragons

On 13 December 1980, the NSWRL voted almost unanimously for Illawarra to enter in the 1982 season. Only three dissenting votes were counted, which were the three CRL representatives present. Illawarra's organiser Bob Millward told those at the meeting that rugby league in the region depended on this bid getting the go ahead. Interest in the region had turned away from local football to the Sydney
Sydney
competition. The Illawarra
Illawarra
Mercury daily newspaper was increasing its coverage of the Sydney
Sydney
premiership and Illawarra's inclusion was viewed as the best way of reviving the local league. 1980s[edit] Illawarra
Illawarra
entered the competition in 1982, with financial backing from many of the local leagues clubs. Their first captain was star fullback John Dorahy, and first coach Allan Fitzgibbon.[2] Unfortunately, the recession hit hard and the leagues club money dried up and the Steelers were a new club in desperate financial trouble. In 1984, BHP Steel saved the club, signing on as the major sponsor. BHP stayed with the Steelers until they left the NRL at the end of the 1998 season. Their first 8 seasons produced 3 wooden spoons, but things started to improve for the club. In the 1989 Panasonic Cup the club reached the final which was played against the Brisbane Broncos
Brisbane Broncos
at Parramatta Stadium. The Broncos raced to a 16-0 lead and it seemed the Steelers much more fancied opponents would run away with the game. But Illawarra, inspired by eventual man-of-the-match, Great Britain international Halfback Andy Gregory, hit back.[3] Young Illawarra juniors such as Brett Rodwell and Rod Wishart made their mark in this game, players that would form the foundation of the club's improved performances in the early 1990s. Illawarra
Illawarra
lost the match 22-20, however Brisbane scored a try off what appeared to be forward pass. The large Illawarra
Illawarra
contingent at Parramatta Stadium
Parramatta Stadium
booed the Broncos after their win, with Brisbane captain "King" Wally Lewis gaining their ire by gesturing back. Illawarra's performance inspired Australian folk singer John Williamson to write a song about the match. The 1989 season also saw Gregory's Wigan and Great Britain team mate, Fullback Steve Hampson, playing for the Steelers. 1990s[edit] 1990 saw big improvements with the club finishing not too far away from the top 5. The Steelers licensed club opened its doors thanks to the efforts of the local community and businesses. A new coach by the name of Graham Murray
Graham Murray
turned Illawarra
Illawarra
into an almost unbeatable force at the Wollongong
Wollongong
Showground in 1991, losing only to the Penrith Panthers
Penrith Panthers
who went on to win the premiership. A big win against Brisbane and a crushing 44-4 win over Canterbury-Bankstown were signs of things to come. A crucial refereeing decision by Bill Harrigan towards the end of the season in a game at Penrith Stadium put an end to their finals aspirations. Harrigan, much to his credit, apologised in the media after the game. Thus Illawarra
Illawarra
missed out on a place in the finals by just two points, despite having a season points differential second only to eventual premiers, Penrith. The Steelers had revenge in the 1992 pre-season Toohey's Challenge, defeating Brisbane 4-2 in a tryless final at Dubbo. This sparked their successful 1992 Winfield Cup
Winfield Cup
campaign, going to within one game from the Grand Final.[4] Illawarra's first semi final was against future merger partner St George, beating "big-brother" 18-16. Next a loss to the Broncos 22-12 and their last chance against St George, losing 4-0. However, Illawarra
Illawarra
were denied tries on several controversial occasions leaving the Steelers with a bitter end to their successful season. During the 1992 season, the Steelers hosted the touring Great Britain Lions. In front of 9,500 fans at Steelers Stadium, the visitors won a tight game 11–10 1993 and '94 were disappointing in contrast to '92, but the club still managed to finish just outside the top 5 each year. Super League hit in 1995 and the Steelers were in for a rough ride. The good work in becoming a credible force in the competition went out the window and the sacking of Graham Murray
Graham Murray
was the only incident where anyone in the competition lost their job because of Super League. Murray was organising meetings between Illawarra
Illawarra
players and Super League officials, as Super League had intentions of either getting the Steelers or possibly a new Illawarra
Illawarra
club. Local club Wests Illawarra
Illawarra
were reported in the Illawarra
Illawarra
Mercury as being a potential Illawarra
Illawarra
Super League club. Local league fans reacted angrily and nothing came of it. Illawarra
Illawarra
and its supporters remained loyal to the ARL, though boardmember and then speaker of the house of representatives, Dr Stephen Martin, resigned from the club citing the need to join Super League for the club to survive. Martin would be proved right within less than three years. In 1997's stand-alone Australian Rugby League
Australian Rugby League
competition, the Steelers finished sixth, again qualifying for the Finals series, only to bow out in the first week. 1998 saw the Steelers come agonisingly close to the finals, only missing out because of other results going against them. During season 1998, Illawarra
Illawarra
approached St George and initiated joint venture talks. Western Suburbs (whom Illawarra
Illawarra
were rumoured to be merging with in the 1980s) and Cronulla both expressed interest in talking with Illawarra
Illawarra
but Steelers CEO Bob Millward claimed that the club's preferred partner was St George. The Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers produced some brilliant playing talent, most notably International representatives Rod Wishart and Paul McGregor. Former Steelers players Trent Barrett, Shaun Timmins and Craig Fitzgibbon have gone on to represent their country since the Steelers' final stand-alone season in 1998. Season summaries[edit]

P=Premiers, R=Runners-up, M=Minor Premierships, F=Finals Appearance, W=Wooden Spoons (Brackets Represent Finals Games)

Competition Games Played Games Won Games Drawn Games Lost Ladder Position P R M F W Coach Captain Details

1982 NSWRFL season

26 6 0 20 13 / 14

Allan Fitzgibbon

John Dorahy

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1982

1983 NSWRFL season

26 8 0 18 12 / 14

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1983

1984 NSWRL season

24 12 0 12 9 / 13

Brian Smith

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1984

1985 NSWRL season

24 5 0 19 13 / 13

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1985

1986 NSWRL season

24 7 0 17 13 / 13

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1986

1987 NSWRL season

24 8 0 16 11 / 13

Perry Haddock

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1987

1988 NSWRL season

22 6 1 15 13 / 16

Terry Fearnley

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1988

1989 NSWRL season

22 2 1 19 16 / 16

Ron Hilditch

Chris Walsh

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1989

1990 NSWRL season

22 11 1 10 9 / 16

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1990

1991 NSWRL season

22 12 1 9 8 / 16

Graham Murray

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1991

1992 NSWRL season

22 (3) 13 (1) 1 (0) 8 (2) 3 / 16

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1992

1993 NSWRL season

22 12 0 10 7 / 16

Dean Schifilliti

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1993

1994 NSWRL season

22 11 3 8 6 / 16

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1994

1995 ARL season

22 10 1 11 12 / 20

Graham Murray→Allan Fitzgibbon

John Cross

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1995

1996 ARL season

22 8 0 14 14 / 20

Allan McMahon

John Cross, Paul McGregor

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1996

1997 ARL season

22 (1) 10 (0) 3 (0) 9 (1) 6 / 12

Andrew Farrar

Paul McGregor

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1997

1998 NRL season

24 11 1 12 12 / 20

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers 1998

Joint venture[edit] The Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers decided to form a joint venture with the St. George Dragons for the 1999 NRL season to form the St. George Illawarra
Illawarra
Dragons. The Illawarra
Illawarra
and St George contingents are equal stakeholders in the new club, and until 2014, half of the new team’s home games were played at WIN Stadium. The Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers have at times provided the bulk of St George Illawarra's squad, including internationals Matt Cooper, Luke Bailey, Jason Ryles, Shaun Timmins, Trent Barrett, Brett Morris, Josh Morris and Ben Creagh. Some supporters, however, feel that the Illawarra
Illawarra
is not appropriately acknowledged in St George Illawarra, as the logo and main jersey were taken directly from those of St George (albeit with the addition of "Illawarra" to the bottom of the emblem). More recently, however, St George Illawarra
Illawarra
has taken steps to appropriately acknowledge both St George and Illawarra
Illawarra
as equally as possible. One example of this is that, on 18 April 2004 against Penrith at WIN Stadium, St George Illawarra
Illawarra
introduced an alternate jersey which was predominantly red (with white stripes), this being recognisably similar to the former Steelers' jersey. This replaced the "blood and bandages" jersey of red-and-white horizontal stripes, which was also a former St George jersey. While Illawarra
Illawarra
is still somewhat represented in the NRL by the St. George Illawarra
Illawarra
Dragons, the Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers still participate as a single entity in the NSW Cup
NSW Cup
(as the Illawarra
Illawarra
Cutters from 2012, due to a sponsorship deal with Illawarra
Illawarra
Coal) and in the junior competitions, most notably S.G. Ball Cup and Harold Matthews Cup. The Steelers made the Harold Matthews Cup grand final in 2011, losing 13-12 to the Canterbury Bulldogs. Illawarra
Illawarra
has won two premierships in both the Harold Mathews and SG Ball competitions. In 2016, the Cutters finally brought premiership success home to Wollongong
Wollongong
when they won the NSW Cup
NSW Cup
with a 21-20 defeat of Mounties. One week later, the Cutters claimed the Intrust Super Premiership on NRL Grand Final day with an emphatic 54-12 win over Queensland
Queensland
Cup winners the Burleigh Bears at ANZ Stadium. In early 2006, WIN Television
WIN Television
Network bought a 25% share in the St. George Illawarra
Illawarra
club for $6.5 million (half of Illawarra's share), erasing most of the debt Illawarra
Illawarra
owed to St. George. This formalised the strong support the network has shown for the Steelers in years gone by and ensured that Wollongong
Wollongong
will continue to host world class rugby league matches. WIN Corp can only sell their stake back to the Steelers, should they wish to withdraw their involvement, thus ensuring Illawarra
Illawarra
are properly represented in the joint venture. In 2008, Illawarra's debt to St George was paid off, with the 20% sale of the Steelers Club building to a Bermuda-based company owned by Illawarra
Illawarra
billionaire (and WIN Television
WIN Television
boss) Bruce Gordon. With the joint venture St. George Illawarra
Illawarra
Dragons having won a premiership in 2010, there has been debate whether the St. George Dragons side of the joint venture can claim this as their 16th premiership and whether the Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers can claim this as their first premiership. Media outlets such as the Illawarra
Illawarra
Mercury,[5] a newspaper based in Wollongong, New South Wales
New South Wales
(being one of the bases for the joint venture) have noted this to be St George's first premiership in 31 years, having last won a premiership in 1979. Others, such as The Herald Sun,[6] a Melbourne Newspaper, claim this is not the case, stating that the joint venture is a completely new club despite the joint venture retaining much of the identity of the original St George Dragons
St George Dragons
club. Name and Emblem[edit] The name "Steelers" was chosen in reference to the local Port Kembla Steelworks, which was the Illawarra
Illawarra
region's largest employer. (BHP, who owned the steelworks, eventually sponsored the team for most of their existence.) Other names considered were "Lions" and "Steelies". The actual 'Steelers' name came after a competition was run to choose a name.

Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers - Emblems

1982-1997

1998-

Colours[edit] The original Steelers jersey was all scarlet with two white stripes on each sleeve. The alternate design was the same colours in reverse. The club kept this design until 1997, adding a third stripe on each sleeve and three hoops around the middle of the jersey. The Steelers simplistic design compared well with the many "space-aged" designs of several other clubs that came and went each season. For the Steelers heritage days in 2005 and 2010, the Dragons wore an Illawarra
Illawarra
heritage jersey, which was the same as the original Steelers jumper. This move proved popular amongst former Illawarra
Illawarra
fans. From 2011-2013, the Dragons wore an alternate jersey based on the original Steelers' design. The colours scarlet and white were automatically chosen as they were long worn by Illawarra
Illawarra
representative teams in several sports. Local miners uniforms in the early 20th century were scarlet and some associate this with the reason for it becoming the region's sporting colours. It is also the colour of the Illawarra
Illawarra
Flame Tree, another symbol of the region. Presently, the Illawarra
Illawarra
Cutters and the junior Steelers wear a kit similar to that of the club's 1980s design. Many of the current NRL clubs are reverting to more simplistic jerseys, such as Illawarra's fellow 1982 entrants Canberra. Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers Leagues Club[edit] The Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers Leagues Club is situated in the middle of the City Beach precinct, the Steelers Club is located adjacent to WIN Entertainment Centre and WIN Stadium. It is directly across the road from the grounds Western Grandstand. Established in 1990, the club has struggled financially against much larger and more popular leagues clubs in Wollongong, such as Collegians, Dapto Leagues Club, Wests Illawarra
Illawarra
Leagues Club, and Shellharbour Workers Club in Shellharbour. However, after a major restructure of its operations, the Steelers Club has trading profitably over the last 12 months.[when?][citation needed] Twenty percent of the club premises were sold to Bermuda-based Billionaire and owner of WIN Corp, Bruce Gordon. The sale fetched 2.6 million dollars.[7] Stadium[edit] The Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers played all of their home games at the Wollongong
Wollongong
Showground (currently named WIN Stadium). The ground for many years was also named Steelers Stadium, which many still affectionately call the ground. The Steelers record attendance in Wollongong
Wollongong
was against St. George on 21 May 1993 at 17,527. The lowest crowd record was against Cronulla on 6 July 1985 at 3,433. The Illawarra
Illawarra
sides in lower grades still the play the bulk of home games at WIN Stadium. On rare occasions, the Illawarra
Illawarra
Cutters move home games to WIN Jubilee Oval
Jubilee Oval
to coincide with NRL fixtures and to also other venues on the South Coast. Junior Steelers[edit] The Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers still field teams in the under-age NSWRL competitions of Harold Matthews Cup (U-16s) and S. G. Ball Cup (U-18s). They last won premierships in these grades in 1996. Supporters and Team Song[edit] Supporters[edit] Counted amongst the club's supporters is Olympic athlete Louise McPaul[8] Team Song[edit] Taste of Steel (1984) Come on, mighty Wollongong, We're the Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers. You can't go wrong with the men so strong, Gonna give 'em the taste of steel. We mean it, We're gonna make it happen right. And when the whistle blows, We're gonna get out there and fight. It's our best game, It's our own name, It's our red crusade. Come on, mighty Wollongong, We're the Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers. You can't go wrong with the men so strong, Gonna give 'em the taste of steel. We're gonna tackle, We're gonna shake 'em to the ground. Gonna keep on scoring tries, Gonna keep on winning games. We're out to play, We're out to stay, It's our red crusade. Come on, mighty Wollongong, We're the Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers. You can't go wrong with the men so strong, Gonna give 'em the taste of steel. The Future[edit] The Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers club members voted unanimously to allow the sale of 20% of the club premises to a company owned by Bermuda-based Wollongong
Wollongong
billionaire Bruce Gordon. The sale fetched the club $2.6 million, allowing Illawarra
Illawarra
to clear all debts to St George.[9] Whilst the Steelers Club is improving its financial position, and now trading profitably, the club still finds itself struggling against the larger and more popular of other Leagues Clubs in Wollongong
Wollongong
such as Collegians, The Builders Club, Wests Illawarra
Illawarra
and Illawarra
Illawarra
Leagues, and also Shellharbour Workers Club in Shellharbour. Statistics and Records[edit] Club[edit]

Biggest win: 45 - 0 against Canberra Raiders
Canberra Raiders
at Wollongong
Wollongong
Showground on 25 April 1982 Worst defeat: 0 - 51 against Newtown Jets
Newtown Jets
at Henson Park
Henson Park
on 2 May 1982 Longest winning streak: 4 matches

4–25 July 1993 25 June - 17 July 1997

Longest losing streak: 11 matches, 1988 Largest home crowd: 17,527, against St. George Dragons
St. George Dragons
at WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Wollongong
on 21 May 1993

Individual[edit]

Most tries in a match: 5 by Alan McIndoe against Gold Coast Seagulls at Steelers Stadium on 4 May 1991 Most goals in a match: 10 by Rod Wishart against Parramatta Eels
Parramatta Eels
at Steelers Stadium on 16 July 1995 Most points in a match: 22 (1 try, 9 goals) by Rod Wishart against Western Suburbs Magpies
Western Suburbs Magpies
at Steelers Stadium on 27 August 1995 Most tries in a season: 19 by Alan McIndoe in 1991 NSWRL season Most goals in a season: 76 by John Dorahy in 1983 NSWRFL season Most points in a season: 176 (11 tries, 66 goals) by Rod Wishart in 1995 ARL season Most tries in club history: 68 by Rod Wishart, between 1989 and 1998 Most goals in club history: 386 by Rod Wishart, between 1989 and 1998 Most points in club history: 1,044 (68 tries, 386 goals) by Rod Wishart between 1989 and 1998 Most appearances: Michael Bolt 167, Brett Rodwell 156, Rod Wishart 154, Neil Piccinelli 145, Brian Hetherington 144, John Cross 137, Alan McIndoe 125, Paul McGregor 124, John Simon 120, David Walsh 114

Players[edit] See also: List of Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers players Team of Steel[edit] In 2006 the Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers celebrated their 25th anniversary and named a "Team of Steel", including the best players of the club's history.

No.

Position Player

1

FB David Riolo

2

WG Rod Wishart

3

CE Brett Rodwell

4

CE Paul McGregor

5

WG Alan McIndoe

6

FE Dale Fritz

7

HB John Simon

8

PR Chris Walsh (vc)

9

HK Michael Bolt

No.

Position Player

10

PR David Walsh

11

SR Neil Piccinelli

12

SR Ian Russell

13

LK John Cross (c)

14

RE Michael Carberry

15

RE Brian Hetherington

16

RE Greg Mackey

17

RE Dean Schifilliti

CO Graham Murray
Graham Murray
(coach)

Representative players[edit] Including players from the Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers that have represented while at the club and the years they achieved their honours, if known. International[edit] Australia[edit]

Alan McIndoe (1988) Rod Wishart (1991–92, 1994–96) Bob Lindner (1993) Paul McGregor (1994–95, 1997) John Simon (1997)

New Zealand[edit]

Craig Smith (1998)

Great Britain[edit]

Andy Gregory
Andy Gregory
(1989) Steve Hampson (1989)

Rest Of The World[edit]

Craig Smith (1997)

State Of Origin[edit] New South Wales[edit]

Brian Hetherington (1984, 1986) Rod Wishart (1990–98) Paul McGregor (1992–95, 1997–98) John Simon (1992) Brett Rodwell (1995) Trent Barrett
Trent Barrett
(1997)

Queensland[edit]

Alan McIndoe (1988) Bob Lindner (1993) Darren Fritz (1994) Craig Smith (1997)

City Vs Country Origin[edit] NSW Country[edit]

Paul Upfield (1988) Rod Wishart (1991–94, 1996) John Cross (1995) Brett Rodwell (1991, 1993, 1995) John Simon (1992–95)

Coaches[edit]

No Name Seasons Games Wins Draws Losses Win %

1 Fitzgibbon, AllanAllan Fitzgibbon 1982−1983, 1995 70 22 1 47 31.4

2 Smith, BrianBrian Smith 1984−1987 96 32 0 64 33.3

3 Fearnley, TerryTerry Fearnley 1988 22 6 1 15 27.3

4 Hilditch, RonRon Hilditch 1989−1990 44 13 2 29 29.5

5 Murray, GrahamGraham Murray 1991−1995 95 51 5 39 53.7

6 McMahon, AllanAllan McMahon 1996 22 8 0 14 36.4

7 Farrar, AndrewAndrew Farrar 1997−1998 47 21 4 22 44.7

Average attendance[edit] The Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers average attendances from their entry into the competition in 1982 were:[10]

Season Average Attendance

1998 9,248

1997 8,695

1996 7,434

1995 9,651

1994 11,911

1993 12,321

1992 13,750

1991 12,244

1990 9,968

1989 7,253

1988 8,386

1987 7,498

1986 7,535

1985 5,634

1984 7,086

1983 5,892

1982 8,222

References[edit]

^ Warne-Smith, Drew (2 October 2010). "Saints face test with nerves of Steelers". The Australian. Retrieved 24 July 2011.  ^ Lester, Gary, ed. (1984). Rugby League: Action '85. Sydney: Fairfax Publishing. p. 30. ISBN 0-909558-83-3.  ^ http://www.loverugbyleague.com/feature_1634-legends:-andy-gregory.html ^ Barrett, Chris (26 August 2010). "Last of the Steelers set to bring down final curtain". The Sydney
Sydney
Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 5 October 2010.  ^ "Dragons' first premiership win in 31 years". Illawarra
Illawarra
Mercury. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010.  ^ "ST George Illawarra
Illawarra
breaks premiership drought to win its first NRL grand final". The Herald Sun. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010.  ^ . Illawarra
Illawarra
Mercury http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/news/general/steelers-club-approves-26-million-bailout/1344484.aspx.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ Weidler, Danny (1999-03-14). "Athletes told to fake it". The Sun-Herald. Fairfax Digital. p. 119. Retrieved 2009-10-06.  ^ http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/news/general/steelers-club-approves-26-million-bailout/1344484.aspx ^ Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers at Rugby League Project

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(1908–09) Cumberland (1908) Annandale Dales (1910–20) University (1920–37) St. George Dragons
St. George Dragons
(1921–98) Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers (1982–98) Gold Coast-Tweed Giants / Gold Coast Seagulls / Gold Coast Chargers (1988–98) Western Reds / Perth Reds
Perth Reds
(1995–97) South Queensland
Queensland
Crushers (1995–97) Hunter Mariners
Hunter Mariners
(1997) Adelaide Rams
Adelaide Rams
(1997–98) Northern Eagles
Northern Eagles
(2000–02)

Annual events

World Club Series (World Club Challenge) National Youth Competition State Championship NRL Grand Final Breakfast Foundation Cup ANZAC Day Cup Queen's Birthday Clive Churchill Medal 1989 League Legends Cup Charity Shield Auckland Nines All Stars J. J. Giltinan Shield

Awards

Dally M Awards

Dally M Medal

Rothmans Medal Hall of Fame The Immortals

Media

Thursday Night Football Friday Night Football Super Saturday Sunday Football Monday Night Football Monday Night with Matty Johns NRL 360 The Footy Show The Sunday Footy Show Continuous Call Team Monday Night Football on Triple M NRL Dream Big League Rugby League (video games series)

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Intrust Super Premiership NSW

Current Clubs

Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Mount Pritchard Mounties New Zealand
New Zealand
Warriors Newcastle Knights Newtown Jets North Sydney
Sydney
Bears Penrith Panthers St. George Illawarra
Illawarra
Dragons Wentworthville Magpies Western Suburbs Magpies Wyong Roos

Previous Clubs

Adelaide Rams Annandale Auckland Vulcans Balmain Tigers Bankstown City Bulls Brisbane Broncos Canberra Raiders Central Coast Centurions Central Coast Storm Cronulla Cobras Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Glebe Gold Coast Chargers Illawarra
Illawarra
RLFC Illawarra
Illawarra
Steelers Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Melbourne Storm North Queensland
Queensland
Cowboys Parramatta Eels Perth Reds Shellharbour City Dragons South Queensland
Queensland
Crushers St. George Dragons St Mary's Cougars South Sydney
Sydney
Rabbitohs Sydney
Sydney
Roosters Sydney
Sydney
University Wests Tigers Windsor Wolves

Seasons

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Finals

2017

Finals

2018

Related articles

Grounds Premiers Records Wooden spooners National Rugby League
National Rugby League
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Basketball

NBL Illawarra
Illawarra
Hawks

Rugby league

NRL St. George Illawarra
Illawarra
Dragons

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