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Ladder leaders clash in Mojo curtain-raiser

Three wins from three starts, as opposed to two from two from their opponents from the opening rounds of Wollongong’s Mojo Homes Illawarra Cup competition, sets up a top of the table clash in the lead-in match to the Sharks v Roosters NRL game on Saturday night.

De La Salle, in their first season in the Mojo Cup have perhaps surprised some with three wins so far this season, while perennial Wollongong First Grade contenders the Thirroul Butchers also arrive at PointsBet this weekend with a perfect record, albeit with a wet weather washout meaning they have played one less game so far in 2022.

A 14-round competition featuring eight teams, the Mojo Cup has this year added Cronulla-Caringbah and De La Salle to five Wollongong region teams, with Helensburgh also returning to the top tier in 2022 after sitting out the top tier competition last year.

They join the existing clubs from 2021 in the Thirroul, Corrimal Cougars, Western Suburbs Red Devils, Collegians Collie Dogs and the Dapto Canaries.

When a Mojo Homes Illawarra Cup winner has been decided that team will represent as the Southern Zone champion in September’s Presidents Cup.

The President’s Cup is a knockout competition to crown the best team in the state and will also feature the premiers from the Ron Massey Cup (Central Conference), Denton Engineering Cup (Northern Conference) and Peter McDonald Premiership (Western Conference).

De La Salle’s entry in the Mojo Cup coincides with the Club’s 60th anniversary. De La Salle will also be wearing specially designed Indigenous Jersey's to coincide with the NRL's Indigenous Round.

Both teams come into Saturday’s game on the back of victories, Thirroul winning 2-0 in atrocious conditions last weekend (see photos below), while De La Salle easily accounted for Dapto 46-12 in their round three match.  

The De La Salle v Thirroul match is scheduled for a 5.10pm kick-off at PointsBet Stadium tomorrow.


Lead photoJye and Cooper Bowen from Thirroul, Andrew Faddy and Tom Caughlan

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