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1st Grade Team Announcement – Semi Final

1st Grade Team Announcement – Semi Final

14/08/2019, New South Wales, Rugby, Shute Shield Rugby, Article # 29345860

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
1 Andrew Tuala 12
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)
10 Angus Sinclair 73
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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Semi Finals – Game Times

Semi Finals – Game Times

12/08/2019, New South Wales, Rugby, Shute Shield Rugby, Article # 29333262


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 
Game Time  Game  Time 
 1st Grade  3:10pm 2nd Colts 1:20pm



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Qualifying Finals, Results

Qualifying Finals, Results

12/08/2019, New South Wales, Rugby, Shute Shield Rugby, Article # 29333263


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

Women’s 7’s

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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Season Stats

Season Stats

08/08/2019, New South Wales, Rugby, Shute Shield Rugby, Article # 29313332

Season Stats

Sam Ryan 

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.


Josh Kay

Passed 750 points for the club last weekend (colts 2013-14, grade 2015-19).


Richie Woolf

Scored his 75th try for the club on the weekend. He is currently on 88 games played (grade only 2014-19)


Ben Martin

Scored his 25th try for the club on the weekend (grade only 2015-19).


Henry Mikkelsen

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

Hugh Sinclair – Raises the Bat

08/08/2019, New South Wales, Rugby, Shute Shield Rugby, Article # 29313147

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!!

Mark Cashman
CashCow Media Solutions

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2nd Colts – Flying the Flag

2nd Colts – Flying the Flag

07/08/2019, New South Wales, Rugby, Shute Shield Rugby, Article # 29308437


2nd Colts 

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”.

Previous Results
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 – Qualifying Final

1st Grade Team Announcement – Qualifying Final

07/08/2019, New South Wales, Rugby, Shute Shield Rugby, Article # 29308372

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
1 Andrew Tuala 11
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)
10 Angus Sinclair 72
11 Lachie Creagh 73 (82)
12 Harry Burey 58 (60)
13 Cameron Clark 21
14 Richard Woolf 67 (88)
15 Sam Giltrap 19 (21)

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Qualifying Finals – Game Times

Qualifying Finals – Game Times

05/08/2019, New South Wales, Rugby, Shute Shield Rugby, Article # 29299571

Qualifying Finals

Saturday, August 11th

1st Grade @ Rat Park – 3:10pm

2nd Colts @ Coogee Oval – 10:30am

Qualifying Finals 
Saturday, August 11th 
Rat Park  Coogee Oval
Game Time  Game  Time 
 1st Grade  3:10pm 2nd Colts  10:30 am



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Round 18, Results

Round 18, Results

05/08/2019, New South Wales, Rugby, Shute Shield Rugby, Article # 29299192


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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