St George Illawarra Dragons win NSW Wheelchair Rugby League grand final over Wests Tigers

Champions: Dragons captain Craig Cannane with Craig Kelly. Picture: Supplied
Champions: Dragons captain Craig Cannane with Craig Kelly. Picture: Supplied

In what will hopefully be a good omen for St George Illawarra's hopes in the NRL this season, the Dragons have taken out the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League grand final.

The Dragons downed the Wests Tigers at the Menai Indoor Sports Stadium on Sunday in front of a large and vocal crowd.

It was the first season that tier one and tier two wheelchair rugby league teams had taken to the field.

NSWRL CEO David Trodden and Wheelchair Rugby League Australia director Deborah Bacon were in attendance as the Dragons knocked off the minor premiers in the decider.

Hughes MP Craig Kelly took part in the presentation after the game.

"I was thrilled to attend tonight's grand final to watch this dynamic and inclusive sport in action. I am very supportive of wheelchair rugby league and its role as a sport that can be played by all members of our community including abled bodied athletes and those with disability", Mr Kelly said.

NSW Wheelchair Rugby League chairman Edie George congratulated the Dragons on their victory.

"I would also like to congratulate all players who took part in the competitions and finals series. We are looking forward to seeing many of them in action at this year's Interstate Challenge on Saturday, July 6 at the Quay Centre, Olympic Park."

Wheelchair rugby league was recently successful in securing a Hughes Electorate community grant that will fund the purchase of new sports wheelchairs, helping to grow the game and provide opportunities for people with disability and their families in the Sutherland Shire.