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1st Grade Team Announcement
The John Thornett Cup goes up for grabs for the third time this season, but in this clash, it’s a ticket to the big dance next week that will be the prized possession.
Norths were fortunate their early-season efforts held them in good stead and 4th placed overall position has landed them a second look at the shield.
Whilst the two teams this week have taken very different routes and very different form lines, only 80 minutes separate them when the whistle blows.
The students come into this week’s Semi-Final as minor premiers and even a 1st half scare against Manly wasn’t enough to have them anything but clear favorites. While the Shoremen will relish the underdog tag.
Back Home to North Sydney Oval, this weekend will see an epic doubleheader with both 1st Grade Games played back to back at the same venue.
The Shoremen have gown down to Uni on both occasions throughout the season. Round 6 by the slim margin 29 – 24, before things blew out on the eve of finals in Round 17, 66 – 17.
After failing a fitness test last week, Lawrance Hunting will be given every chance to take his place in the front row this week. Meanwhile, Connor Vest who left the field with a shoulder injury on Saturday will be in a race to prove his fitness and take a bench position, replaced at Lock by captain Hugh Sinclair.
Junior Wallaby backrower Patrick Tafa will make just his second start this season at the back of the scrum and the backline remains unchanged.
OUT: Max Ma’a, Connor Vest
IN: Lawrance Hunting, Patrick Tafa
Semi-Final v Sydney University @ North Sydney Oval. Saturday, August 17th 3:10 pm
|1st Grade||1st Grade Caps|
|2||Sam Kitchen||68 (90)|
|3||Lawrance Hunting||82 (100)|
|4||Hugh Sinclair||84 (100)|
|5||Nick Palmer||64 (77)|
|6||Michael Wells||39 (42)|
|7||Will Miller||92 (103)|
|8||Patrick Tafa||11 (13)|
|9||Michael Dowsett||20 (30)|
|11||Lachie Creagh||74 (83)|
|12||Jack Lindsay||11 (12)|
|13||Nathan Russell||21 (31)|
|14||Richard Woolf||66 (87)|
|15||Harry Burey||59 (61)|
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Saturday, August 17th
1st Grade @ North Sydney Oval – 3:10pm
Sunday, August 18th
2nd Colts @ Chatswood Oval – 1:20pm
|Saturday, August 17th / Sunday, August 18th|
|North Sydney Oval||Chatswood Oval|
|1st Grade||3:10pm||2nd Colts||1:20pm|
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Qualifying Finals, Results
1st Grade – Northern Suburbs 7 def by Warringah 24
Tries: Nathan Russell
Goals: Angus Sinclair 1 Con
2nd Grade – Northern Suburbs 26 def by Sydney University 40
Game 1: loss to West Harbour 40 – 5
Game 2: loss to Manly 26 – 10
Game 3: loss to Souths 47 – 10
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Passed 200 points for the club last weekend (colts 2017-18, grade 2019).
Continued his consecutive successful goal streak by kicking 3 conversions to take his tally to 24 in a row.
Passed 750 points for the club last weekend (colts 2013-14, grade 2015-19).
Scored his 75th try for the club on the weekend. He is currently on 88 games played (grade only 2014-19)
Scored his 25th try for the club on the weekend (grade only 2015-19).
Scored his 30th fourth grade try on the weekend (2014-19). Total club tries including colts, 56.
Three players have now scored 100 points or more for the season – Sam Ryan 127, Josh Kay 110 and Connor Winchester 104.
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Hugh Sinclair – Raises the Bat
Northern Suburbs skipper Hugh Sinclair has many happy memories of his games against the Warringah Rats.
As the 26-year-old prepared himself to play his 100th grade game for the Shoremen on Saturday at Pittwater Rugby Park Sinclair recalled his first grade debut in the red and black back in 2013.
“It was Round Two at North Sydney Oval under lights against Warringah and we won 15-14,” Sinclair recalled this week.
“Corey Brown kicked a goal from the sidelines with not much time left on the clock and we got the right result.”
Now a ton of games, and a few injuries, down the track Sinclair has the Rats on his mind once again.
“We’re all very excited about what lies ahead in the finals and I feel that we will be in good shape if we play to our potential. We’re excited about what lies ahead,” he said.
“The team is scoring points but what we haven’t been doing in recent weeks is stopping other teams scoring against us.
“But we’ve played Warringah twice this year and won both of them.
“Our form line I must say hasn’t been all that great but in a way that means that we will come into this game as underdogs.
“Finals are completely different competition from the home and away stuff and we’d all love to repay our families and supporters with a memorable performance and keep our season alive.”
On his looming century Sinclair added: “Yeah it’s a pretty special moment. It took a while to get there with a few injuries along the way (a broken jaw and a bad wrist injury included).
“You know when you start out you never think that you would clock up milestones like this so it will be good to share.
“When I first came to play colts at Norths back in 2011 I must admit that I was more a cricketer than a rugby player but things evolve.”
Sinclair said the Shute Shield premiership under Simon Cron in 2016 has been a highlight of his time at Norths but a game at TG Millner Field in Round Three earlier this year is certainly in the grand final.
That afternoon Hugh led Norths onto the field followed by his brother flyhalf Angus and younger brother Hamish.
“Family has always been important to me and to play first grade with Angus and Hamish was great,” Sinclair said.
What transpired was one of Norths better performances of 2018 as they played a controlled and open style of rugby against the Woodies to win 44-14.
Sinclair’s mother and father, sister and sometimes grand mother are fixtures on the sidelines at most Norths games.
They travel up from Cowra from their cattle, sheep and cropping farm most weekends to take in some Shute Shield.
“It’s great to have them there and of course dad is always there to give us some feedback on how we went,” Sinclair added. “Family is pretty special.”
Sinclair made his Super Rugby debut in 2017 for the Melbourne Rebels in Durban against the Sharks, running onto the field at the same time as Will Miller. The game ended in a 9-all draw.
This year saw him make his presence felt at the Waratahs and he got on the field for three games.
Go well Hughie!!
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Final Position: 4th
Season Results: 12 Wins, 5 Losses, 13 Bonus Points
Flying the flag in the colts finals for the 3rd consecutive season. 2nd Colts have quietly gone about building their season under the radar, despite being the only team to win on my then one occasion.
Undefeated after 7 rounds, they set themselves up well for a finals appearance as Head Coach Ben Molloy looks to take his team 2 games further than 2018.
“This team is a top 2 team without a doubt and learning how to remain mentally strong when under opposition pressure is key to going deep in the finals series.”
“We had some minor hiccups throughout the year against a strong Gordon outfit and uncharacteristic losses to Easts and Manly, each has been good learning opportunities for the boys and I have no doubt we’re ready for the challenge over the next couple of weeks.”
With the top 6 having been set now for a number of weeks, 2nd colts have been eyeing off this game against Sydney University and kick off the clubs finals campaign at the seaside Coogee Oval on Saturday morning.
“There has been a number of players who have really stood out this season, the returning colts from last year. Maclean Dombkins, Liam Janson, Pat McCormack have been great in building on last season and have helped bring the new colts on board this year. New colts Angus Collison, Tom Nicholl and Sifa Amone Tooks have all been in terrific form this season and continue to grow as players”.
Round 6, Northern Suburbs 33 defeated Sydney University 17
Round 17, Northern Suburbs 22 defeated by Sydney University 31
Player to Watch:
Dylan Saunders is an impressive young tighthead prop. Still in year 12 at Windsor State High School, Dylan was recently the NSW 1 tighthead and selected for the Australian Barbarians.
Last week the front row really went to work and helped set a strong platform in their win over Randwick.
Qualifying Final v Sydney University @ Coogee Oval. Saturday, August 10th 10:30am
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1st Grade Team Announcement
The caravan rolls on! With the regular season behind us, all that matters is winning this weekend!
Its Finals Time and the real competition starts again.
After a bizarre weekend of results in round 18 resulting in a real shake-up of the top 3. Northern Suburbs head north to Rat Park to tackle Warringah in the 3rd v 4th battle.
A qualifying final match up, not many people saw coming.
The Shoremen have got the better of the rats on both occasions throughout the season when they kicked off Round 1 running out winners 35 – 14, before backing that up in Round 14 at North Sydney Oval 25 – 10.
This weeks qualifying final adds to the rivalry storyline between these two clubs who after their last 7 encounters are separated by 8 points.
2017 Round 1, Rat Park: Warringah 26 – Norths 28
2017 Round 18, NSO: Norths 11 – Warringah 18
2017 Grand Final, NSO: Norths 25 – Warringah 30
2018 Round 1, NSO: Norths 27 – Warringah 18
2018 Semi-Final, NSO: Norths 22 – Warringah 25
2019 Round 1, Rat Park: Warringah 14 – Norths 35
2019 Round 14, NSO: Norths 25 – Warringah 10
This weeks Team Announcement is headlined by Captain, Hugh Sinclair playing his 100th Grade Game.
A reshuffled front row sees Andrew Tuala shift from Hooker to Loosehead, with Sam Kitchen recalled to the starting hooker position. On the other side of the scrum, Lawrance Hunting looks set to retake his position at tighthead subject to a fitness test on a calf injury which kept him sidelined in round 18.
The back five of the scum remains unchanged with Connor Vest and Nick Palmer partnering each other at lock and a super rugby back row of Wells, Miller and H.Sinclair.
No change to the halves pairing of Dowsett and A.Sinclair. While Harry Burey returns to midfield to partner Cam Clark, with Jack Lindsay returning to the bench.
Crowd favorite Richie Woolf regains his starting position on the right-wing, he joins regular winger Lachie Creagh & unsighted in 1st Grade since round 1 Sam Giltrap has forced his way back into the back three after a return via 3rd and 2nd grade in recent weeks.
OUT: Daniel Solofa (Neck), Max Maa’ (Bench), Jack Lindsay (Bench), Nathan Russell (Bench)
IN: Sam Kitchen, Lawrance Hunting, Sam Giltrap, Ricard Woolf
Qualifying Final v Warringah @ Rat Park. Saturday, August 10th 3:10 pm
|1st Grade||1st Grade Caps|
|2||Sam Kitchen||67 (89)|
|3||Lawrance Hunting||82 (100)|
|4||Connor Vest||57 (82)|
|5||Nick Palmer||63 (76)|
|6||Michael Wells||38 (41)|
|7||Will Miller||91 (102)|
|8||Hugh Sinclair (c)||83 (99)|
|9||Michael Dowsett||19 (29)|
|11||Lachie Creagh||73 (82)|
|12||Harry Burey||58 (60)|
|14||Richard Woolf||67 (88)|
|15||Sam Giltrap||19 (21)|
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Saturday, August 11th
1st Grade @ Rat Park – 3:10pm
2nd Colts @ Coogee Oval – 10:30am
|Saturday, August 11th|
|Rat Park||Coogee Oval|
|1st Grade||3:10pm||2nd Colts||10:30 am|
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Round 18, Results
1st Grade – Northern Suburbs 30 def by Randwick 32
Tries: Andrew Tuala 2, Cameron Clark, Harry Burey, Richard Woolf
Goals: Angus Sinclair 1 Con, Nathan Russell 1 Pen
2nd Grade – Northern Suburbs 12 def Randwick 46
3rd Grade – Northern Suburbs 30 def Randwick 17
4th Grade – Northern Suburbs 21 def Randwick 19
1st Colts – Northern Suburbs 0 def by Randwick 59
2nd Grade – Northern Suburbs 17 def Randwick 14
3rd Colts – Northern Suburbs 10 def by Randwick 24
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