Campbelltown Harlequins score impressive first grade comeback win over Camden Rams

A standout performance from Brandon Shillingsworth inspired the Campbelltown Harlequins to victory on Saturday.

Shillingsworth was a constant threat and scored the winning try over Camden Rams in first grade of the Illawarra Rugby Competition.

After trailing 30-15 at half time, the Harlequins came home strong in the second half to win 41-30 at Campbelltown Showground.

Shillingsworth was rewarded for his strong form with the inaugural Beryl Wilkinson Memorial Shield for being the standout player on Saturday.

The shield was named in honour of the late Beryl, one of the founding members of the Harlequins.

Beryl’s son Kyle Wilkinson was on hand to present the shield on Saturday.

Harlequins vice-president of football Darin Crofts said it was a pleasing win in first grade.

“The coach gave a spray in the dressing room at half time and our forwards were dominant after that,” he said.

Crofts said it “squared the ledger” between the clubs, after Camden’s first grade side won 22-12 in May.

“We finish at one-all for the year with Camden,” he said.

Rams club member Phil Wakeford said his side fought hard but fell short on Saturday.

“There were a lot of tries scored down the wings. Camden was tough in the middle, but the Harlequins overrun us,” he said.

We finish at one-all for the year with Camden.

Harlequins member Darin Crofts

Earlier in the day, the Rams took the honours in both second and third grade contests.

Camden won a thriller in second grade by 6-5 and the Rams’ third grade team sealed a 42-13 win.

Crofts said it was a good day of football.

“All games were played in the right spirit,” he said.

Campbelltown’s women’s side and under-11s also played in contests on Saturday.

The Campbelltown women secured a 14-5 win over Parramatta in a Sydney Women’s Rugby Competition game.

The Harlequins under-11s fell 45-10 against Camden in an Illawarra junior rugby contest.

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