Ahh, not entirely true, but almost. There is still an Illawarra juniors comp for 13's to 16's (it's possibly on its last legs with between about 4-6 teams in each age group). In the 18's, there is only enough for 2 teams & they both play in the SJRU comp.
They haven't really helped themselves with colts. No teams entered in the U18 state champs this or last year that I can remember. All those kids who grew up playing in the junior rep teams are now playing with Manly or Gordon or elsewhere.
Most likely to do with each team needing to have 2 byes throughout the season, having 9 teams & only 14 rounds & not wanting to have lots of byes at the end of the season & giving people something to complain about leading into finals....
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I was wondering who won that. I watched 2nd's where we went down to CCC 20-19 with a penalty in the last few minutes. CCC with the benefit of fresh reserves, which I think was the main difference late in the game.