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Hugh Perrett, Eastwood captain.
Tim Davidson, Sydney University captain.
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Locky McCaffrey – Page 16
Catchpole Medal winner – Page 8
Tom English – Page 17
RUGBY NEWS 90th BIRTHDAY YEAR
GRAND FINAL WELCOME
On behalf of the Sydney Rugby Union I welcome everyone to Concord Oval for the Grand Finals of the 2013 Premier Rugby competitions. I look forward to strong crowd support for all of the Grand Finalists with 2 Clubs represented throughout the Grades. I take this opportunity to congratulate all those involved with the competition over the last 6 months. Things are not easy at club level and a special thanks to all team officials, volunteers and players. This year saw an 18 round competition and again an 8 team finals competition which again created a lot of interest right up to the last round, which saw 11 clubs participate in finals rugby. The competition set out to provide competitive and entertaining matches throughout the 18 rounds and we have certainly seen that continue through the 4 week finals series. Sydney University again won the Gregor George Trophy as Club Champions in 2013 and congratulations to all involved at Uni. Eastwood won the 1st Grade Minor Premiership for the 4th year in a row and congratulations to coach John Manenti and his staff.
competition held at Forshaw Park. Many thanks to those at Southern Districts for hosting the finals. Four clubs contested the Grand Finals. Eastern Suburbs were too strong for Uni in 3rds. While Uni proved too strong for Eastwood in the 2nds. First Grade saw the two top teams Uni and Manly compete. Uni just running out winners by 36 to 35 in an outstanding game of rugby. Uni were also awarded the Eric Spilsted Trophy as Colts Club champions in 2013. Australian Rugby is at a very unique position as we stand today. With 5 Super 15 franchises there needs to be a strong breeding ground of up and coming players. The only 2 places these players can come from are Sydney and Brisbane competitions. All franchisesâ€™ players should be playing in these competitions. Our two main opponents have their players playing hard competitive matches week in and week out. The SRU has no employees so the structure is that Lisa Kane, Luke Thiessen and Bruce Worboys from NSWRU do the day to day running of the competition. I would like, on behalf of all of us, to thank them for a wonderful effort throughout the year.
Today we see only two clubs contesting the four Grand Finals. Only fitting as these two very strong clubs finished 1st and 2nd in the Club Championship. Apart from Uni second grade, other Eastwood and Uni teams have won both their finals games.
Also I would like to thank the board for their time and energy.
Unlike last year we do not have any clubs progressing through to the grand finals from 7th or 8th position.
Good luck to both Eastwood and Uni in all grades, may we see a great day of running rugby. Rob Millner Sydney Rugby Union
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Those who were at Manly Oval for a meaningless, end-of-season fourth grade game many years ago claim that a chap named Tony Abbott played half a game for each of his old clubs Sydney University Sixty years ago Mick Best, a law student from and Manly. Lismore, scored four of Sydney University’s seven Locky McCaffrey shunned a lazy Saturday tries in a 29-6 hammering of Eastern Suburbs in preparing for Eastwood’s preliminary final against the grand final at the Sydney Showground. Manly the next day. One of seven candidates for University’s international captain Keith Gudsell, the seat of Bennelong, he was at the polls as a who played alongside the 22 year old centre, was prompted to declare: “The way Mick beats DLP candidate, gathering 413 votes as John opponents with clever variations makes him like an Alexander retained the seat for the Liberals with a eel on the field.” With admirable modesty, Best tally of 33,939. Locky was much more successful told me, “Playing outside the likes of Keith Gudsell on the rugby field, capping a storming game for and Dick Tooth, such a dream run was always the Woodies by scoring one of the eight tries in a possible.” Concerned that his son might not pass 55-24 disposal of Manly. his final year exams, Mick’s father Harold hadn’t Bill Simpson seems to have been around forever. wanted him to play football that season, but He played for NSW, coached NSW and among University officials persuaded him to have a other things is a Life Member of the NSWRU and change of heart. founding president of Warringah. And there he was last Saturday, looking good at the age of ninetyA Riverview boy like Tony Abbott, Best was a three, presenting the Bill Simpson Shield to Easts reserve for NSW and toured New Zealand with an after the third grade Colts Grand Final. ARU bigwig Australian Universities team before heading home Bill Pulver was there to see son Angus play to Lismore to go into partnership with his dad. Now halfback in the Sydney University team that won hale and hearty at the age of 82, he has fun playing the second grade Colts title. golf at weekends with his mates. With Penrith’s season hardly completed, coach Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Phil Tresidder Teki Tuipulotu already has begun preparing for noted, “Despite the ball being made greasy 2014. On the agenda are hopes for three or four by occasional showers, University produced youngsters to get rugby scholarships to Greater sweeping movements in one of the classiest Western Sydney University and players recruited displays seen in Union for years.” Tresidder added, from the Central West. “Nobody played better in the University forwards You can’t coach speed, which is why it’s hard to than promising young breakaway John Thornett. believe that no Super Rugby outfit has been in He is going to be one of Australia’s finest forwards touch with Australian Sevens flier Greg Jeloudev, in the next few years.” whose 20 tries for Sydney University is unmatched Believe it or not, but Eastwood and Sydney University today become the first clubs to contest all four grand finals since the system was introduced in 1932. Up to then the club that finished on top of the table was declared premiers unless they were only a point or two ahead of the second club. “In that case, the clubs would play a challenge final, with the winner becoming the premiers,” says stats wizard Steve Johnson. “This was the system from 1900 to 1931. In the first grand final in 1932, Manly beat Drummoyne 12-9.”
in the Shute Shield series. While at The King’s School, he was timed at the equivalent of 10.7 for 100 metres. He’s back! Alan Jones, who coached Manly to a premiership victory in 1983, has returned to the Marlins to become patron and trustee of the Manly Rugby Club Foundation. Funds will be used to provide infrastructure and equipment, player development and education. Wallabies Steve Williams and Bill Calcraft are among the other trustees. 3
NSW SUBURBAN RUGBY UNION 2013 GRAND FINALS DAY Saturday 21 September 2013 T.G. Millner Field 146 Vimiera Road, Eastwood Division One Grand Finals 9.00am Judd Cup 10.15am Whiddon Cup 11.40am Barbour Cup (Colts) 1.20pm Burke Cup
3.00 pm KENTWELL CUP ADULTS $15 U18’s Free
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SEASON 2013 by Jim Webster Who would ever have thought we might one day have an old University prop and coach with aeroplane wings for ears, a swaggering gait and with budgie smugglers and blue ties taking pride of place in his wardrobe running the country?
becoming Prime Minister is obviously a highlight for many rugby personnel and we seriously congratulate him, even though he won’t have much time for the dressing sheds any more.
As well as his deep love for rugby he wasn’t a bad boxer in his day, figuring in several amateur bouts for Oxford University against Cambridge opponents, amongst others.
Elsewhere this year, we haven’t exactly lit the international rugby field alight. The Wallabies have struggled unmercifully, suffering four straight losses now to the British & Irish Lions, the All Blacks and the Springboks.
And what was he doing in such an eminent scholastic hole in the first place? Well, when not burying his head in a scrum, or shouting himself hoarse in the Uni dressing sheds, he managed to gain a Rhodes Scholarship there, studying politics and philosophy.
Indeed, so far this year they have played six Tests, won one and lost five. What is very disturbing is the number of points scored against them. While they have managed 110 themselves, their rivals have notched up 211, an average of 35 points per game!
And now he has finally of the political ladder, who mixed with him in addressing him simply much more respect.
Last Saturday night’s defection to the Boks also emphasized more than ever just how much we are missing gorilla-sized forwards with genuine grunt. Because of this deficiency, the pack lacked any real impact. The loss of captain James Horwill
made it to the very peak which means that those days gone by must stop as “Abbo” and show him
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didn’t help, but even had he been present the result wouldn’t have been much different. So if you have any behemoths in your team’s pack, have seen any in other teams, or even if you spot one wandering the streets, would you please pack him in a cage and send him post haste to Ewen McKenzie. He’d be so grateful. Hopefully, the Wallabies can turn things around tonight against Los Pumas in Perth, but that in itself won’t be easy, as Argentina too, in the
The Shute Shield will reach its climax this afternoon with the last teams that were left standing being the same as many had predicted. It was a relatively safe bet that University, Eastwood and Southern Districts would finish in the top four, along with one other, which turned out to be Manly. Having been a regular at premiership matches throughout the season, I’m often asked which players have impressed me most. All the finalists in the Catchpole Medal made an imprint: Andrew Shaw (Easts), Ben Batger, Hugh Perrett (Eastwood), Bill Meakes (Norths), Kotoni Ale (Manly), Lopeti Timani, Rohan Saifoloi (Southern Districts), Tim Davidson, Greg Jeloudev, Tom Kingston (University), Dave Harvey and Josh Holmes (Warringah). But another who made an indelible impression is Manly backrower Jordy Reid. Wow! If he’s not a Wallaby in the making I don’t know who is. He’s still only 21, has just completed a season with the Melbourne Rebels and has signed with them for another two seasons. There’s so much commitment and fury in everything he does on the field that I’m constantly reminded of George Smith and even Simon Poidevin and, by comparing him with those two, I cannot offer Reid any higher praise. Now to today’s season decider, with University having won seven of the past eight grand finals, losing only to Eastwood in 2011. Now the same two are doing battle once more for the Shute Shield. Having watched both throughout the season I cannot see how University can possibly be beaten, given their overall playing skills and, very importantly, their depth of strength off the bench. And when it’s over we can only wait and see what the hierarchy has in mind in the formation of Premier Rugby in 2014.
Manly flanker Jordy Reid: Wallaby in the making?
words of McKenzie, have “a very abrasive style, (being) very confrontational up front.” Now to Super Rugby… there was genuine promise shown by the Waratahs this season and, mark my words, head coach Michael Cheika7 is not a person to be taken lightly and he’ll have them (even with a one-third turnover in the playing squad) functioning even better next season.
There must be changes, whether that involves club amalgamations, eliminations or whatever. But the discrepancy in the club championship, with over 3,000 points difference between University and bottom-of-the-ladder Penrith demands changes. Finally, this being my last column for the season, I wish you well, have a fantastic summer and speak with you again next April. 7
2013 SYDNEY RUGBY UNION AWARDS
HUGH PERRETT WINS 2013 KEN CATCHPOLE MEDAL Influential Eastwood captain Hugh Perrett has been voted Shute Shield Player of the Year for 2013, with his Woodies’ team mate Hugh Roach taking Rookie of the Year award and coach John Manenti receiving the David Brockhoff Medal for Coach of the Year. Perrett (31) was awarded with club rugby’s top individual prize, the Ken Catchpole Medal, at the Sydney Rugby Union Awards lunch held on Friday at the Sydney Boulevard Hotel. A former NSW Waratah and Australian Sevens player, the backrower became the 32nd player to claim the title since its inception in 1981. Recent winners have included Warringah’s Hamish Angus (2012), David Harvey (with Norths in 2011 and Gordon in 2008–tied with Scott Fardy) and Brendan McKibbin (2010). The only player to have won the award three times, Eastwood’s Scott Fava was victorious in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Shute Shield Rookie of the Year winner, Hugh Roach.
2013 Ken Catchpole Medal winner, Hugh Perrett. 8
In claiming the prestigious title, Perrett polled consistently throughout the season, maintaining his top five position going into the closing rounds. Maximum points in the team’s three back to back victories against West Harbour, Parramatta and Gordon in rounds 14-16 saw him top the final table, just two points clear of Sydney University skipper Tim Davidson who came home in second, and four points ahead of Warringah’s Josh Holmes and Northern Suburbs’ Bill Meakes, who finished joint-third. Voting for the Ken Catchpole Medal was conducted over all 18 rounds of the regular season by the referees on a 3-2-1 basis for the players who most impressed them in each match, giving a maximum possible individual total of 54. Perrett polled in seven of a possible 18 matches, earning the maximum three points on four occasions, an achievement matched only by second-placed Davidson, whose 16-point tally came from five maximum-points scores, on
top of a single point from round three. Once again, seven of the 12 Shute Shield clubs were represented by the top 12 players. Among the contenders was the tournament’s highest points scorer, Southern Districts’ flyhalf Rohan Saifoloi, who also received the Roscoe Fay Trophy for his points’ scoring proficiency. Runner up in 2012, his 2013 tally of 242 regular season points from six tries, 46 conversions and 40 penalties saw him finish on top this season, 42 points clear of second-placed Ben Batger of Eastwood and 70 points clear of Easts’ Henry Hudson. Also recognised at the annual Ken Catchpole Awards Lunch were referee James Leckie who, for the second year running, picked up the Dick Byres Medal for Shute Shield Referee of the Year, and Illawarra’s Paul Taula, who was recognised as the NSW Country Player of the Year with the Will Tanner Award. For the third year running, Sydney University was presented with the Gregor George Trophy for the 2013 Club Championship and the Eric Spilsted Shield for the Colts’ Club Championship. This season also saw University collect the Sir Roden Cutler Shield, a club challenge trophy that is held by a first grade side until it loses at home. After starting the 2013 season with Northern Suburbs, the trophy was handed over to Southern Districts and then to current holders, Sydney University.
2013 SYDNEY RUGBY UNION AWARDS KEN CATCHPOLE MEDAL SHUTE SHIELD PLAYER OF THE YEAR 18 Hugh Perrett (Eastwood) 16 Tim Davidson (Sydney University) 14 Josh Holmes (Warringah) 14 Bill Meakes (Northern Suburbs) 13 Kotoni Ale (Manly) 13 Dave Harvey (Warringah) 13 Lopeti Timani (Southern Districts) 12 Ben Batger (Eastwood) 12 Greg Jeloudev (Sydney University) 12 Tom Kingston (Sydney University) 12 Rohan Saifoloi (Southern Districts) 12 Andrew Shaw (Eastern Suburbs) SHUTE SHIELD ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Hugh Roach (Eastwood) ROSCOE FAY TROPHY Shute Shield Highest Points Scorer Rohan Saifoloi (Southern Districts) DAVID BROCKHOFF MEDAL Shute Shield Coach of the Year John Manenti (Eastwood) DICK BYRES MEDAL Shute Shield Referee of the Year James Leckie
2013 Shute Shield Coach of the Year, John Manenti.
Shute Shield Referee of the Year, James Leckie.
SYDNEY PREMIER RUGBY
by Terry Smith
GRAND FINAL PREVIEW Wallaby Lachie Turner, who later was laid low with injury and hoping for a change in luck, decided to head north to Queensland next season. When Manenti was publican at the HQ hotel just up the road from Sydney University, he gave a job to Waratah back Malone, who recalls: “John was living at the hotel and I met Belinda (his future wife) when she came to visit her sister Kate, who was married to John. The rest, as they say, is history.” During the club season, the brothers-inlaw get together at their local on Saturday nights for a debrief of their matches and a few funny stories from the happenings of the day.
Eastwood winger Nick Batger has had an outstanding year and will be one to watch (along with brother Ben).
Fancy two brothers-in-law being the opposing coaches in what shapes as the most intriguing grand final of the Shute Shield in years. Sydney University’s Chris Malone and John Manenti, of Eastwood, are married to sisters and have seven children (six of them boys) between them. More of this later.
We asked Manenti for a breakdown of today’s rivals and he happily obliged. “I see strength everywhere, with flyhalf Bernard Foley running the game. Tom Davidson is a great leader and Tom Boidin has had a pretty good year in the secondrow. Tom Carter is full of confidence.” Over to Malone. “We are playing a very good team in Eastwood and it’ll come down to whoever
Today at Concord, with the ABC TV cameras recording the action for the stay-at-homes, University are seeking their ninth premiership in ten years, with the lone loss inflicted by Eastwood, who have been minor premiers for the last four seasons. University, whose skipper Tim Davidson is playing his final game, have a treasure trove of Wallabies and Super Rugby players, but they have oodles of respect for the men in Eastwood’s blue and white. With Waratahs captain Dave Dennis unwanted by Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie for today’s game against Argentina in Perth, University have the same team that hammered Southern Districts 47-19 last Saturday, while Eastwood is sticking with the side that thumped Manly 55-24 the next day. The only time the clubs have clashed this year was in Round 2, with Eastwood winning 34-13. One of the try-scorers for the Woodies was 10
Sydney Uni fullback Tom Kingston: In terrific form in a backline playing expansive rugby. Defence will be a key factor today for both sides.
Malone points to the Woodies having Super Rugby experience with James Stannard and Jimmy Hilgendorf. Prop Benn Robinson, pushing for a recall to Wallaby colours, is another important figure for Eastwood. If University play at their ultimate, they should win. But if they don’t, the Woodies could take home the Shute Shield. Tip: University
Sydney Uni halfback Nick Phipps. Feisty and the contest with his opposite could influence the outcome.
can handle the pressure of the big day. It should be a gripping encounter. Both teams have lots of points in them. Eastwood force teams into errors and are very good at capitalising on them.” he said. Funny thing about that. Those exact words could describe the way University take their rivals apart. Malone is impressed with Eastwood’s big backrow of skipper Hugh Perrett, Hugh Roach and Locky McCaffrey, with former hooker Roach taking the lineout throws at Manenti’s insistence.
Eastwood halfback James Stannard. Quick ball & good service will be the order of the day.
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SECOND, THIRD AND FOURTH GRADE GRAND FINALS
Saturday September 14
2ND GRADE – COLIN CAIRD SHIELD: 12.50 PM
Referee: James Leckie Assistant Referees: Ed Martin, Richard Goswell
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY Blue and Gold 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
Blue and White FERRO FAALAGO TANNOUS FERRIS ROBERT LAGUDI (C) JAMES NEALE GEORGE KENT CHRIS DAN KYLE SHEWAN JOEY AFUALO SHANIN PROCTOR JAI AYOUB (VC) TIM WILLIAMS BLAKE SUTTON JACK HAMMOND NATHAN POWYER BRAD CURTIS
ALASDAIR KING JAMES WILLAN SAM TALAKAI TOM HESLOP BYRON HODGE BENN MELROSE (C) STUART GOODMAN HUGO DESSENS RICHARD DRAPER STUART DUNBAR ALEX ROKOBARO JAMES MCMAHON JAMES DARGAVILLE FETULI TALANOA NATHAN TRIST
Coach/es: STUMBLES / HOVEY / ROBERTS
Coach/es: NILAN / HARRISON
3RD GRADE – HENDERSON SHIELD: 10.50 AM
Referee: Michael Hogan Assistant Referees: Jamie McGregor, Anthony Moyes
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY Blue and Gold 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Alistair Ryan Elliot Messara Rhys Brodie Harry Marples Geordie McSullea James Nonu-Carling Josh Ellice-Flint Hugh Frazer (C)
Blue and White 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
Jock Merriman Jack Macklin John Rudd Ben Murray Oliver L'Estrange Levi Dodd Trent Lake Coach/es: Hudd/Allardice
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
4TH GRADE – HENDERSON CUP: 9.05 AM
Daniel Minto Sam Needs Sam Behan Nick Johnson Jackson Larkin Dave Piukala Tom Ellem (C) Jordan Goddard
9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
Max Page Ben James (VC) Alex Del Moro Dave Sutton Fili Pinono Mark Frost James Martin Coach/es: Moore/Ahearn
Referee: Tim Wills Assistant Referees: Darren Bradley, Matt Kellahan
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY Blue and Gold 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Scott Cameron (C) Tim Reid Matthew Mafi Kurt Larsen Charlie Boyce Michael Pollastri Michael Widdup Anthony Pohlen
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
Blue and White 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
David Fong Cameron Mason Jack Sullivan James Swan Jack Marples Sam English Cameron Lawrence Coach/es: Cameron/Pope
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Days Siaosi Luke Ferris Tim Stephenson Chris Hickey Matt Prestipino Dave Rose Robbie Cattanach Lachie Parker (C)
9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Coach/es:
Pat O'Connor Alex Maguire (VC) Paul Cividin Shane Collins Richard Casali Tim McDonald Ben Coady Blacker/Kirkby/Kent 13
2013 SHUTE SHIEL CONCORD OVAL 3.10 PM Saturday, 14th September 2013
EASTWOOD Blue and White 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
BENN ROBINSON TODD PEARCE MARTY PLOKSTYS JARED BARRY ANDREW CLYNE HUGH PERRETT (C) HUGH ROACH LOCKY MCCAFFREY JAMES STANNARD JIMMY HILGENDORF NICK BATGER MICHAEL MCDOUGALL CAM MITCHELL TOM HILL BEN BATGER (VC)
Bench 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.
DYLAN BRASS TANNOUS FERRIS ROB LAGUDI JAMES NEAL GARETH PALAMO SHANIN PROCTOR BLAKE SUTTON PIERRE HOLA
Coaches: MANENTI / WOODHOUSE / DONNELLY 14
The R.E. Shute Memorial Shield has been held aloft It was donated to NSW Rugby Union to perpetuate the n died following an accident on June 6, 19 Shute served with the A.I.F in World W
IELD GRAND FINAL Referee: Angus Gardner Assistant Referees: Andrew Lees, Ian Smith TMO: Peter Marshall
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY Blue and Gold
JEREMY TILSE TOLU LATU PADDY RYAN TOM BOIDIN LIAM WINTON DAVID DENNIS DAVID HICKEY (C) TIM DAVIDSON NICK PHIPPS BERNARD FOLEY GREG JELOUDEV TOM CARTER TOM ENGLISH LACHLAN MITCHELL TOM KINGSTON
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.
en held aloft by Premiership winners since 1923. petuate the name of Robert Elliott Stewart Shute who n June 6, 1922 at the age of 23 years. .F in World War One as a teenager.
JAMES WILLAN LAURIE WEEKS WILL SKELTON TRENT DYER JAKE GORDON STEFANO HUNT PETER BETHAM SAM TALAKAI
16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.
Coaches: MALONE / AVERY / PLAYFORD / VICKERMAN 15
SUPER RUGBY DEBUT AT 20, TRYSCORER AGAINST THE BRITISH & IRISH LIONS. AND THERE’S MORE.
LOCKY McCAFFREY Locky McCaffrey has fitted a lot into his 23-years. Having made his first grade debut for Eastwood at just 17, the bustling backrower has represented Australia at U-20s, made a Super Rugby debut at 20, scored a try against the British and Irish Lions, set up a couple of businesses and last weekend ran in the federal election. One of 11 siblings, the super-competitive McCaffrey ran in John Howard’s old seat of Benelong as a “favour to dad, who was running for the Senate” for the Democratic Labour Party. “To be honest, it’s not something I’m looking to take too seriously,” he laughs. “It was a great experience though, and I think I’m just the type of person who always needs to be doing something.” The term ‘doing something’ seems like a bit of an understatement in McCaffrey’s case. In addition to a full training schedule, he’s completing a commerce degree part-time and has set up personal training and paddle-boarding businesses in Sydney. “The stand-up paddle boarding has kicked off really well and I’ve already had a couple of Waratahs down trying it out,” he says. “I take them out at Woolwich for 90-minute sessions and it’s great for core exercise and great to get out on the water.” Limited to a half hour try-scoring cameo against the Lions in a frustrating 2013 season at the Force under Michael Foley, it’s surprising to anyone who’s seen him play that he doesn’t currently have a contract. “He was outstanding for us today,” Eastwood coach John Manenti said of McCaffrey after the defeat of Manly last weekend. “Usually people talk about his attack, but today it was his defence which was outstanding. He’s got to be knocking on the door and I just can’t understand how he doesn’t have a contract.” An Eastwood player since he was eight, McCaffrey lines up alongside some of his oldest teammates today and although they only boast one contracted Super Rugby player in Benn Robinson, he knows where it can be won. “From fourth grade to first, we’re just a really close-knit club and having mates who love pulling on the jersey and playing for Eastwood is a lot more important than having big-name players in the team.” - by Brendan Bradford Photo: www.seiserphotography.com 16
HE IS BIG, VERY FAST AND JUST 22-YEARS-OLD
TOM ENGLISH Although Tom English scored two tries to lift the Melbourne Rebels to a 24-22 upset of the Waratahs in May as a winger, the reverberating Sydney University player thinks his future is at outsidecentre. Chris Malone, his coach at University, agrees. “I see Tom as a No 13,” says Malone. “For a big guy, he’s very fast. He breaks tackles and he’s hard to stop if he picks the right channel.” English will play in the centre in today’s grand final. Aged 22, standing 6ft 1 ½ inches, and tipping the scales at 96 kilos, the raw materials certainly are there to provide headaches for the men in Eastwood’s blue and white. His pulse-quickening mix of size and speed would make any rugby coach drool. Tom, whose brother Sam is a back in the University lower grades, is doing an Arts-Science degree, limiting himself to one subject per semester because of his commitments to the Rebels, with whom he has signed for a further two years. Perhaps finance eventually will beckon because he likes to dabble in stocks. Although he failed to win a spot with Australian Schools while at Waverley College (he played for NSW Schools), this cheerful young man already has caught the eye of the French club Narbonne and would like to wind up his career with a couple of seasons in France. He dotes on travel and in a few weeks he is off on a trip to America with stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas. Growing up at Port Hacking, Tom loves surfing (he was a member at North Cronulla) and often heads to Bells Beach to catch a few waves with Jordy Reid, the Manly flanker who is his colleague at the Melbourne Rebels. He is equally happy spearfishing or using a rod. English picks up clues by watching the champion centres, nominating the great Frenchman Yannick Jauzion (“he’s all about breaking the line”) and All Black Conrad Smith, explaining, “He does the little subtleties so well.” Tom also has a soft spot for the passionate play of his University centre partner Tom Carter. Footnote: Most importantly, Tom is grateful for the support and encouragement of his girl-friend Bess Kearney. - by Terry Smith 17
Peter Betham made a number of slicing runs when he came off the bench against Souths last week and was a try scorer. Betham is listed to be on the bench for todayâ€™s Grand Final.
Benn Robinson lunges into the defence against Manly. A top Grand Final game will do no harm to a Wallaby recall.
V First Grade Grand Finals
Sydney University Rugby Football Club was formed in 1863 and was a foundation club of the Sydney District Competition in 1900.
A close rivalry between the two clubs began in 1999. They have met a further four times in First Grade Grand Finals:-
Eastwood entered the Sydney First Division competition in 1947, appeared in their first Shute Shield Grand Final in 1966 (a loss to Randwick) and won their first Grand Final in 1999 defeating Sydney University 34 – 17 at the Sydney Football Stadium.
2001 – (Uni 27 def Eastwood 20)
Since the inception of the Shute Shield competition in 1923, Sydney University has won 25 First Grade Grand Finals.
2002 – (Eastwood 19 def Uni 15) 2005 – (Uni 41 def Eastwood 5) and the epic 2011 match at Concord Oval that saw Eastwood win 19 - 16. This was the first time a Sydney First Grade Grand Final had gone to extra-time.
Eastwood and Sydney University have played each other 131 times since 1947 in club games with Sydney Uni winning 81, Eastwood 46 and there have been four draws.
Today is another history making Grand Finals day as it is the first time in over 100 years that two clubs have played each other for Premierships in four grades.
Eastwood captain Hugh Perrett holds the Shute Shield aloft in 2011.
Sydney Uni captain Tim Davidson raises the Shute Shield in 2010.
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COLTS RESULTS GRAND FINALS
GRADE RESULTS PRELIMINARY FINALS
Saturday September 7
Saturday September 7
Sunday September 8
COLIN CAIRD SHIELD
J R HENDERSON SHIELD
SHUTE SHIELD LEADING TRY SCORERS END OF ROUND 18 G Jeloudev (SU)
A Gibbon (SD)
C Brown (NS)
N Batger (Ew)
M Adams (Wa)
H Perrett (Ew)
A Alofa (WH) J
Woodhouse (Ma) 11
Taumoepeau (ES) 11
Smart (SD) Kingston (SU)
SHUTE SHIELD TOP POINTS SCORERS END OF ROUND 18 R B H D J T C G D C
Saifoloi (SD) Batger (Ew) Hudson (ES) Harvey (Wa) Debreczeni (WH) Preston (G) Brown (NS) Jeloudev (SU) Rawaqa (Pa) Matehaere (Ra)
T 6 6 2 3 5 6 11 20 6 5
G 46 49 36 39 30 21 22 3 24 29
P 40 24 30 20 11 15 6 0 8 3
F 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Pts 242 200 172 156 118 117 117 106 105 92
ERIC SPILSTED COLTSâ€™ CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP Sydney Uni Manly Norths Eastwood Randwick Parramatta Easts West Harbour Souths Warringah Gordon Penrith*
C1 510 510 348 306 348 270 162 252 270 252 192 0
C2 240 153 204 231 147 132 147 96 93 33 0 15
C3 124 70 118 102 72 84 102 38 16 32 0 0
TOTAL 874 733 670 639 567 486 411 386 379 317 192 0
* Penrith deducted 24 points for late forfeit in Colts 1. Club competition points are calculated thus: SS x 15, Res x 8, 3rd x 5, 4th x 4, Colts 1 x 6, Colts 2 x 3 and Colts 3 x 2.
J R HENDERSON CUP Sydney University Randwick
SHUTE SHIELD PRELIMINARY FINALS SCORERS Sydney University 47 (Tom Kingston 2, Peter Betham, Dave Dennis, Tom English, Nick Phipps, Paddy Ryan tries; Bernard Foley 5 cons, Nick Phipps con) Southern Districts 19 (Rohan Saifoloi 2, Alex Gibbon tries; Rohan Saifoloi 2 cons) Eastwood 55 (Ben Batger 2, Jimmy Hilgendorf, Tom Hill, Locky McCaffrey, Hugh Perrett, Hugh Roach, James Stannard tries; Ben Batger 5 cons, pen; Pierre Hola con) Manly 24 (Jacob Woodhouse 2, Luke Jones tries; Marshall Milroy 3 cons, pen)
GREGOR GEORGE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 1st Res 3rd 4th C1 C2 C3 Total Sydney Uni
1125 608 410 324 510 240 124 3341
1170 600 350 300 306 231 102 3059
975 624 330 180 510 153 70 2842
600 600 345 292 348 147 72 2404
645 456 155 244 348 204 118 2170
705 336 280 216 162 147 102 1948
840 208 300 124 252 96 38 1858
930 208 195 104 270 93 16 1816
72 270 132 84 1439
84 252 33 32 1324
300 288 175 72 192 0
* Penrith deducted 24 points for late forfeit in Colts 1.
2013 NSW PREMIER RUGBY COMPETITIONS SHUTE SHIELD – FIRST GRADE Eastwood Sydney Uni Manly Souths West Harbour Easts Norths Randwick Warringah Parramatta Gordon Penrith
18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
15 15 13 13 10 9 8 7 7 7 3 0
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 3 4 5 8 9 10 11 11 11 15 18
Bon For 16 15 11 10 16 11 11 12 12 8 8 4
764 752 579 576 519 474 430 500 517 490 363 252
W McMAHON MEMORIAL SHIELD - COLTS 1 Ag Pts 355 275 386 388 581 459 420 528 578 640 718 888
78 75 65 62 56 47 43 40 40 36 20 4
COLIN CAIRD SHIELD – SECOND GRADE Manly Sydney Uni Eastwood Randwick Norths Easts Gordon Parramatta Warringah West Harbour Souths Penrith
18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
16 16 15 15 11 8 6 5 6 4 3 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1
2 2 3 3 7 10 12 13 11 14 13 16
Bon For 14 12 15 15 13 10 12 12 5 10 10 8
715 664 753 797 573 415 464 443 230 402 386 250
Ag Pts 319 260 287 336 429 455 617 726 600 611 537 915
78 76 75 75 57 42 36 32 31 26 26 14
J R HENDERSON SHIELD – THIRD GRADE Sydney Uni Eastwood Randwick Manly West Harbour Easts Souths Gordon Norths Parramatta Warringah Penrith
P 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
W 16 14 14 13 12 11 8 6 5 3 3 0
D 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
L Bon For Ag Pts 1 16 919 119 82 3 12 813 170 70 4 13 624 328 69 4 12 612 237 66 6 12 549 311 60 6 10 491 247 56 10 7 363 456 39 11 9 354 626 35 12 9 478 464 31 15 5 272 773 17 15 3 191 716 15 18 1 134 1353 1
J R HENDERSON CUP – FOURTH GRADE Sydney Uni Eastwood Randwick Norths Easts Manly West Harbour Souths Penrith Warringah* Gordon* Parramatta
18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
16 16 15 13 11 9 6 5 4 5 4 3
D L 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2 2 3 4 7 9 12 12 14 13 14 15
*Gordon deducted 4 points for late forfeit *Warringah deducted 4 points for two early forfeits
Bon For 17 11 13 7 10 9 7 4 8 5 6 6
901 589 541 396 370 393 258 260 225 164 181 228
104 169 251 257 223 331 383 565 668 549 507 499
81 75 73 61 54 45 31 26 24 21 18 18
Sydney Uni Manly Norths Randwick Eastwood Parramatta Souths Warringah West Harbour Gordon Easts Penrith*
P 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
W 17 17 11 11 9 8 8 8 7 6 5 0
D 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
L 1 1 7 7 9 9 10 9 11 12 13 18
Bon 17 17 14 14 15 11 13 8 14 8 7 1
For 979 886 611 595 523 461 549 392 519 386 359 169
Ag 254 269 421 512 499 467 504 625 578 610 552 1138
Pts 85 85 58 58 51 45 45 42 42 32 27 0
*Penrith deducted 4 points for late forfeit
SHELL TROPHY - COLTS 2 Sydney Uni Eastwood Norths Manly Randwick Easts Parramatta West Harbour Souths Warringah Penrith
P 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17
W 16 16 13 9 10 8 9 5 6 2 1
D 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
L Bon For Ag Pts 0 14 823 150 80 1 13 545 199 77 4 16 654 277 68 7 13 521 286 51 7 9 535 463 49 7 13 441 340 49 8 8 438 346 44 12 12 409 580 32 11 7 314 531 31 15 3 212 747 11 16 1 143 920 5
BILL SIMPSON SHIELD - COLTS 3 Sydney Uni Norths Eastwood Easts Parramatta Randwick Manly West Harbour Warringah Souths
P 14 14 15 15 14 15 15 14 16 14
W D 12 0 11 0 10 1 10 0 7 1 7 0 7 0 4 0 3 0 1 0
L Bon For Ag Pts 2 10 497 149 62 3 11 463 181 59 4 9 329 218 51 5 11 324 205 51 6 9 238 246 42 8 8 310 303 36 8 7 289 246 35 10 2 191 446 19 13 5 186 413 16 13 3 143 549 8
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SHUTE SHIELD 2013 REVIEW 116 games and 6,216 points later and we arrive at the finale of another terrific Shute Shield season. A year that saw the future of Sydney club rugby under the spotlight once again has been blessed with a healthy dose of entertainment on the pitch and the emergence of a host of potential young stars.
by Paul Cook
It’s nine Grand Finals in a row for Davidson and Uni now and the stalwart clubman can hang up his boots this evening, win or lose, safe in the knowledge that he has helped to oversee the integration of another batch of young talent to carry the Students forward – Tom Boidin and Greg Jeloudev perhaps to the fore. The move of Tom Kingston to fullback has been a revelation. Former coach Phil Blake returned to the Village Green mid-season to replace France-bound Tim Lane and the league legend turned around Manly’s inconsistent start to lead them to the final four once more. The future looks bright for the Marlins with players such as Malietoa Hingano and Dave Porecki on board, a dominant halves partnership and a sudden death mentality will take them to that elusive Grand Final. Southern Districts enjoyed another impressive season under Cam Blades as they procured a second top four finish and went one game shy of matching their 2012 achievements. The Rebels did well to maintain such consistency given their list of injuries and player movements but in truth, they never quite seemed to hit top gear. And somebody please give Rohan Saifoloi and Alex Gibbon a Super Rugby contract.
Greg Jeloudev: A real speedster and 2013 top try scorer.
Eastwood and Sydney University dominate proceedings on this final day of drama with the two clubs providing all eight Grand finalists for the first time in history and it’s perhaps no coincidence that both first grade teams are led by two of the finest captains to have graced Sydney’s rugby fields in Hugh Perrett and Tim Davidson. Under coach John Manenti, the Woodies have now secured four Minor Premierships in a row and have reached their second Shute Shield decider in three years. The boys from TG Millner continue to play a brand of attacking rugby off the back of a hardworking pack and in the Batger brothers – Ben and Nick – have two point-scoring siblings that have lit the touch paper for many of their victories. 24
Dave Porecki: Tremendous attitude and determination has produced a great year with Manly.
It was a breakthrough year for West Harbour as new coach Matt Briggs managed to meld the excitement machine that is Pirates’ rugby with a formidable pack, greater discipline and an improving defence. Cohen Masson was a standout while Jack Debreczeni is one to watch. Exciting times ahead at Concord Oval. Eastern Suburbs were the only side to knock over both Grand Finalists in the regular season but also had days where they simply didn’t turn up. Mark Bakewell’s second year at the helm has seen holistic progress throughout Woollahra Oval and they have players of promise in Will Fay, Henry Hudson and Ryan Hodson. The 2014 off-season will be all about consistency and concentration. On face value, 2013 was a backwards step for Northern Suburbs who reached the Preliminary Finals last year. They topped the ladder with a 100% record after four rounds this year before the wheels came off and while they recovered in time to scrape into the finals, they never truly threatened. Coach Scotty Fava will already be working on restoring the Shoremen to title contenders. Their ladder position may only have improved two places from the nadir of 2012 but look beyond the mere statistics at Randwick and you’ll find the famous club turning things around nicely under
the stewardship of Wade Kelly. A young and exciting side will only get better and in Peter Samu they’ve found a genuine talent at 6, 8 or 12. Watch this space. Warringah provided some of the most entertaining rugby of the year up at Rat Park with Dave Feltscheer again a highlight. Josh Holmes showed why he should still have a Super Rugby contract
Peter Samu: A young, genuine talent.
Alex Gibbon: A swag of tries for the winger who is one of the best finishers playing Shute Shield.
but high on coach Haig Sare’s tick list for 2014 must be improvements in defence and at scrum time. It wasn’t the season departing coach Glen Christini hoped for at Parramatta, injuries cruelling the Two Blues’ hopes of a successive year of finals football or beyond. Christini has worked wonders in his three year tenure, the platform is in place for further progression. It was a long season at Chatswood Oval as Gordon recorded a year to forget with only three wins to their name. Former Western Force assistant coach Geoff Townsend is taking the reins next season and with a new board turning things around off the field, it is hoped the Highlanders are on the way back. Finally, Penrith endured another tough year at the foot of the mountains but the inclusion of hooker Kerren Straker on the NSW Barbarians trip to Argentina was a big fillip for all involved with the Emus. In coach Teki Tuipolotu, they have a man on a mission. Bring on 2014! 25
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2013 COLTS GRAND FINAL WINNERS
Sydney University First Grade colts defeated Manly 36 to 35.
Sydney University Colts II won 25-12 over Eastwood.
Eastern Suburbs Colts III defeated Sydney Uni 21 to 15
WILSO’S WHISPERS by Bob Wilson
Rugby in Montenegro officially started in May 2011 but there is a story going around that there was an attempt to start the game in the 70's when two rival groups of thugs tried to legally brawl with each other in the form of a Rugby match. The sport was subsequently frowned upon and not ever really considered serious, though news would come back from neighbouring countries Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia of its growth especially during the UN missions to Kosovo where you had internationals from Australia, UK, New Zealand, Ireland and Fijians regularly competing in 7’s tournaments in nearby Serbia. The sport has been slowly growing in the Balkans but is strongest in Croatia which is home to the famous Nada Club in Split which regularly wins the regional tournament. After independence, Montenegro became very attractive for hotel and residential development, given the beauty and attractive tax incentives investors flocked to the country. The biggest of projects to begin was Porto Montenegro in 2008, a 600 million euro marina project situated in Tivat within the Bay of Kotor. This project began the rebirth of Rugby there. The directors are Ollie Corlette, who is a former Cranbrook and Eastern Suburbs player, Beckett Tucker also a Cranbrook Alumni, Eastern Suburbs Rugby and Cricket Club player as well as Scotsman, Malcolm Blaxall. The company started a regular game of Touch Football and soon local kids and other workers started to join in. It led to a challenge from one of the construction companies from Sarejevo for a Rugby match against the Sarajevo Dragons. Talk quickly spread amongst the town of Tivat that there was to be a Rugby match and with the help of some Australian, South African and French yacht crews the game went ahead. Since that first match, Rugby has gone from strength to strength as the Montenegro people are the tallest and biggest in the world which makes Rugby a natural fit. Sport is the most prestigious occupation and Montenegro is consistently competitive in Basketball, Soccer and Handball with the biggest sport being Water Polo. For such a small population 28
of 625,000 they have produced many sports stars playing NBA and European Football. Montenegrin, Michel Milovic grew up in France and played for French Schoolboys, Under 21's and French 7’s in the early 90's. Milovic is living in France but is now Coach of the Montenegro Rugby Team as well as Montpellier in France. Also they have former international Samoan player, Rambo Tavana as coach of the Tivat Arsenal Rugby Club and former Serbian National coaches Marko Zervaci and Nedejlko Savic who played Rugby for Suburbs Rugby Club in Auckland. Former Easts, Super Rugby and Russian representative player, Adam Byrnes did a coaching session on his recent holiday in Montenegro while All Black Great, Sean Fitzpatrick will conduct a Rugby Camp next year. Today there are three registered clubs in Montenegro those being Kotor Krstas (Crusaders), Podgorica Buducnost (Future) and the inaugural founding club Tivat Arsenal with plans of expanding with more clubs being Herceg Novi, Budva and Niksic. Development is a huge financial challenge and securing fields to play and train on is difficult with soccer clubs sensitive to lending their fields. It is also good from a tourism point of view as many Rugby Tour Clubs visit Montenegro. This year two of the clubs, Tivat and Podgorica are playing in newly formed Adriatic League with teams from Croatia and Bosnia. Next year they plan on entering the Regional Rugby Championship which includes the top teams from the Balkans those being Austria, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia and Greece. It is their version of Super Rugby while they are planning a 7’s Festival near stunning Jazz Beach next year. Sounds like a good place for an end of season tour! Thank you to all the people and clubs who have provided stories and information this year, it is most appreciated. One positive in the off season is hopefully I won’t receive annoying messages from one particular serial pest with irrelevant statements but then again he won’t be able to help himself as he probably has nothing better to do. Finally all the best to the teams in today’s Grand Finals and hopefully the best teams will win for Rugby.
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