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The Wollongong University rugby league club is proud to be hosting it's 13th annual Wollongong Sevens tournament on the 18th and 19th of February. Due to lighting problems, the venue has been moved from Ziems Park Corrimal to Kooloobong Oval in the nearby suburb of Keiraville.
23 teams have confirmed already, with several international sides participating in what is shaping up as the best tournament ever. The participants are Tonga, Cook Islands (two teams plus eighteens), Fiji A, Victoria Uni (Wellington NZ two teams), Port Kembla, Blacktown City, Wests Illawarra, St Christophers (Canterbury), Kingsgrove, Auburn, Helensburgh, Coogee Dolphins, Moorebank, Corrimal, Rosehill, Kiama, Brighton, UTS, Valley Utd (Manly), Holy Family Colts (Cronulla), Colyton-Mt Druitt, Thirroul and Wollongong Uni.
Some of the above clubs will field two sides in the seniors. Six teams are also already playing in the under eighteens, with eight more a good chance of entering before kickoff. Some of the best matches last year were in the juniors.
There will be a good variety of food available, a canteen with pies, chips etc and a bbq cooking sausage and steak sandwiches complemented by Krispy Kreme Doughnut, Red Bull, Coca-Cola and Tooheys products. Wollongong radio station i98fm will be doing live radio crosses throughout the event which also gets coverage on WIN news and the Illawarra Mercury. Rugby League Review magazine will also be covering the tournament as done in previous years.
The Web Of Steel will also have full results published at an array of popular rugby league websites with finals match reports.
Directions to Kooloobong Oval.
The 2005 Wollongong Sevens tournament will be held at Kooloobong Oval, Keiraville. For Sydney teams and their fans, the ground can be easily reached by staying on the freeway, passing the Bulli Pass turnoff (which would have been used toget the old venue of Ziems Park Corrimal), then going down Mt Ousley and turning off at West Wollongong just after you pass under Mt Keira Road bridge. Turning left off the freeway and left again onto the Princes Hwy you will pass a speed camera outside TIGS school and then left again into Mt Keira road, over the bridge you just passed under and then right into Robsons Road. The ground is about 1500 metres along Robsons Road on the corner of Northfields Avenue after several steep hills.