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Illawarra names its Team of the Century
St George Illawarra Dragons second-rower Ben Creagh has been named in the Illawarra Team of the Century announced on Wednesday.
Over 800 people were in attendance tonight at the Gala Dinner at Wollongong's WIN Entertainment Centre to celebrate the Centenary of Illawarra Rugby League.
The first competition commenced in 1911 and who would have envisaged that 100 years later, the Illawarra region would be proud joint holders of the NRL Premiership and the World Club Challenge Trophy.
One of the highlights of the evening was the naming of the Illawarra Team of the Century. After releasing an initial list of 30 players per position, the list was reduced to 10 in recent weeks and culminated with four nominees per position at the Dinner.
The final four nominees per position were:
Harry Wells (jnr)
The nominees for Coach were:
The Illawarra Referees Association were asked to select a Referee of the Century.
The Illawarra Team of the Century announced at the event including Coach and Referee is:
POSITION PLAYER CLUB
Fullback Graeme Langlands Wollongong
Winger Ian Moir Port Kembla
Centre Harry Wells Jnr Wollongong
Centre Paul McGregor Dapto/Steelers
Winger Rod Wishart Steelers
Five-Eighth Bob Fulton Western Suburbs
Half-back Trent Barrett Steelers
Lock Noel Mulligan Port Kembla/Collegians
Second Row Ron Costello Collegians/Port Kembla
Second Row Craig Fitzgibbon Dapto/Steelers
Front Row Steve Roach Western Suburbs
Hooker Kevin Schubert Wollongong
Front Row Craig Young Thirroul/Corrimal
Reserve Back John Dorahy Western Suburbs/Steelers
Reserve Back Shaun Timmins Steelers
Reserve Forward Bruce Olive Western Suburbs/Dapto
Reserve Forward Ben Creagh University of Wollongong/Dragons
Coach Harry Nolan Port Kembla
Referee Alf Grew