In early 2006, WIN Television Network bought a 25% share in the St. George Illawarra club for $6.5 million (half of Illawarra's share), erasing most of the debt Illawarra owed to St. George. Certain Data by Stats Perform and Rotowire. 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. The name "Steelers" was chosen in reference to the local Port Kembla Steelworks, which was the Illawarra region's largest employer. The actual 'Steelers' name came after a competition was run to choose a name. Illawarra Steelers's Offense roster for week 6. This sparked their successful 1992 Winfield Cup campaign, going to within one game from the Grand Final. A new coach by the name of Graham Murray turned Illawarra into an almost unbeatable force at the Wollongong Showground in 1991, losing only to the Penrith Panthers who went on to win the premiership. Player notes available. Note: You are reading this message either because you do not have a standards-compliant browser, or because you can not see our css files. Super League hit in 1995 and the Steelers were in for a rough ride. 1990 saw big improvements with the club finishing not too far away from the top five. Mr Elvy said.Cleary Bros Chairman, Mr Denis Cleary said, ?We are thrilled to be able to continue the support the late John Cleary and family gave to the Illawarra Steelers over many years. The naming of the ?Team of Steel? Every day discounts at our bars . The 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. Express lane entry after Dragon's home games. One example of this is that, on 18 April 2004 against Penrith at WIN Stadium, St George Illawarra introduced an alternate jersey which was predominantly red (with white stripes), this being recognisably similar to the former Steelers' jersey. There theme song in karaoke style. WIN Corp can only sell their stake back to the Steelers, should they wish to withdraw their involvement, thus ensuring Illawarra are properly represented in the joint venture. The approach brought the club in line with the NRL’s ‘whole of game’ strategy that also saw top-grade squads increased from 25 players to 30. It 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 competition. However, Illawarra were denied tries on several controversial occasions leaving the Steelers with a bitter end to their successful season. The Illawarra District RLFC would like to invite expressions of interest to coach the Illawarra Steelers Junior Representative teams. , Counted amongst the club's supporters is Olympic athlete Louise McPaul.. No new player notes available. The Broncos raced to a 16–0 lead and it seemed the Steelers much more fancied opponents would run away with the game. The original Steelers jersey was all scarlet with two white stripes on each sleeve. During season 1998, Illawarra approached St George and initiated joint venture talks. Consider yourself part of the St George Illawarra Dragons and Junior Steelers teams. The team was merged with St Goerge Dragons in 1998 to become, St George Illawarra Dragons. 25th Anniversary organiser and Illawarra Steelers Director Bob Millward added, ?The selection panel have had the difficult task of naming the Steelers best team by position along with one coach. Other names considered were "Lions" and "Steelies". Their first captain was star fullback John Dorahy, and first coach Allan Fitzgibbon. This was the Steelers team song from the early eighties until the end of 1996. Click to view video. Access to member-only promotions. A big win against Brisbane and a crushing 44–4 win over Canterbury-Bankstown were signs of things to come. The name was chosen by Dapto High School student Roger White, who was also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team in the United States. the list goes on!Team of Steel nominees will be announced each weekday over a two week period from Monday May 15.Tickets to the dinner are $110 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. St George Illawarra hope to nurture a group of talented juniors after re-signing four Steelers youngsters on long-term contracts. Only three dissenting votes were counted, which were the three CRL representatives present. The Steelers had revenge in the 1992 pre-season Toohey's Challenge, defeating Brisbane 4–2 in a tryless final at Dubbo. In 2011, the Illawarra Rugby League Team of the Century was announced. The 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. "In a region that's been a breeding ground for so many sporting champions, we should not underestimate the role of the Illawarra Steelers in the development of rugby league players who have gone on to represent their state and nation. On 13 December 1980, the NSWRL voted almost unanimously for Illawarra to enter in the 1982 season. Where not all appearances are available, figure is displayed in a light grey colour. In 1997's stand-alone Australian Rugby League competition, the Steelers finished sixth, again qualifying for the Finals series, only to bow out in the first week. 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 Sydney Rugby League premiership until 1998 when they formed a new joint venture team, the St George Illawarra Dragons with the St George Dragons in 1999, before selling its remaining share in the club to WIN Corporation in 2018. Club director of rugby league pathways Ian Millward said of the change “There’s obviously a lot of changes in rugby league at the moment, one of the changes we’ve made is that the reserve grade team is St George Illawarra,” Millward said. From 2011 to 2013, the Dragons wore an alternate jersey based on the original Steelers' design. Every day discounts at our bars . While Illawarra is still somewhat represented in the National Rugby League by the St George Illawarra Dragons, the Illawarra Steelers participated as a single entity in the NSW Cup until the end of 2017 (as the Illawarra Cutters from 2012 and then Illawarra RLFC in 2017, due to a sponsorship deal with Illawarra Coal) and in the junior competitions, most notably S.G. Ball Cup and Harold Matthews Cup. In 2006 the Illawarra Steelers celebrated their 25th anniversary and named a "Team of Steel", including the best players of the club's history.