Victoria Rugby



20/03/2015, Victoria, Rugby, Victorian Premier Rugby, Article # 8878762



The 2015 Direct Connect Dewar Shield, Victoria's premier Club Rugby competition, kicks off tomorrow with ten members of the Rebels full playing squad in action, led by Wallaby Radike Samo.

Samo will play his first game since moving to Melbourne alongside scrumhalf Ben Meehan, as last year's runners up battle with Rebels prop Tim Metcher, making his Dewar Shield debut for Moorabbin.

The Direct Connect Dewar Shield Match of the Round, which will be live tweeted from3:10pm AEDT on the @melbournerebels Twitter handle, sees Melbourne Unicorns visit Footscray, where experienced lock Cadeyrn Neville returns for the Dogs. The Unicorns side features Jordy Reid and Telusa Veianu, as well as a Dewar Shield debut for Cam Crawford.

Tom Kingston returns from a long-term injury as Power House travel to Endeavour Hills looking for revenge following a big loss in the corresponding fixture last season, while Rebels lock Sam Jeffries will do battle with prop Jed Gillespie as Melbourne Uni travel to two-time defending champions Harlequin.

Click here to read the full Round One Direct Connect Dewar Shield preview.

We encourage all media outlets to cover the competition, and no accreditation is required to photograph matches. To interview Rebels players competing in the Dewar Shield this week, please contact:




11/03/2015, Victoria, Rugby, Victorian Premier Rugby, Article # 8610582



The Victorian Rugby Union (VRU) is pleased to announce the signing of Direct Connect ( as the Official Naming Rights Partner of the 2015 Dewar Shield competition and a supporter of the Victorian Schools Rugby Union (VSRU).

Direct Connect is Australia’s leading utilities/service re-connection provider for people moving homes.

Direct Connect has been the primary supporter of the Melbourne University Rugby Football Club over the past five years and the company sees this as a great opportunity to step-up and support the broader rugby community in Victoria.

Rebels’ General Manager of Community Rugby Simon Davis believes that the partnership with Direct Connect is a wonderful boost for Victorian Rugby.

“We are delighted to welcome the Direct Connect team to support grassroots rugby in this great state and we look forward to working together to develop local talent in to future RaboDirect Melbourne Rebels,” he said.

Direct Connect CEO Paul Docherty said “Direct Connect has a strong history of community based partnerships; fundamental to those partnerships is an alignment of values.” “We can see through careful assessment of both the VRU and the RaboDirect Rebels that there’s a very strong focus on values both on and off the field and across all ages”.

“It’s incumbent on businesses such as Direct Connect to develop and strengthen these community based partnerships for the good of the community and rugby in general”. “There’s no better vehicle to do that than through a strengthening VRU and the Melbourne Rebels rugby community.” “We are proud to be a partner” said Paul.

Direct Connect works closely with a range of leading industry groups and suppliers of electricity, gas phone & internet, pay TV, insurance, removalists, truck hire and cleaning services to make moving easy. The company is headquartered in Melbourne with over 150 staff Australia-wide.

The Victorian Rugby Union was founded in 1909 with five clubs: Melbourne; East Melbourne; South Melbourne; St Kilda and the University of Melbourne competing for the inaugural trophy which was a shield donated by the Scotch Whisky Distillery John Dewar and Sons of Perth, named the Dewar Shield.

The 2014 Dewar Shield was a defining year, with all contracted Rebels players allocated to a Premier Rugby club to represent if not selected in the match-day 23 players for that weekend of Super Rugby.

The 2015 Direct Connect Dewar Shield promises to be one of high playing standards and tough competition with nine clubs competing for this prestigious award.

The season will commence on Saturday 21 March and will be held over 18 rounds of competition followed by 3 rounds of finals with the Grand Final to be held on Saturday 15 August 2015. For more information please visit here.

In addition to supporting the club competition, Direct Connect will be a strong supporter of the Victorian Schools Rugby Union (VSRU) in 2015 through:

  • support of the VSRU/Xavier 7s that will be held at Xavier College on Saturday 18 April 2015;
  • support of the VSRU tours to the United Kingdom (U18) and Tasmanian (U16) in 2015; and
  • support of the VSRU Grand Finals day to be held at Marcellin College on Saturday 8 August 2015.


19/12/2014, Victoria, Rugby, Victorian Premier Rugby, Article # 6541947

The 2015 Dewar Shield fixture has been released, and with it an exciting array of clashes that are highlighted by a full fixture of clashes on a Friday night. Round One of the Dewar Shield kicks off onSaturday March 21st, with the highlight looking to be a clash between 2014 finalists Box Hill and Moorabbin. Defending champions Harlequin host Melbourne Uni, Footscray host the Melbourne Unicorns and Power House travel to Endeavour Hills, while Southern Districts have the bye.

The Pirates travel to Endeavour Hills to begin their season in Round Two, while Box Hill’s first home game in the same round is a Grand Final replay against two-time defending champions Harlequin.

Queen’s Birthday weekend sees three matches played under lights on Friday June 5th, with the second Grand Final replay of the season between Box Hill and Harlequin to be played at AAMI Park on Saturday June 6th, before the RaboDirect Rebels host the Bulls at 3:30pm on the same afternoon.

Melbourne Uni will host Power House on University Oval, the first time in the Club’s history that they have played on the main oval on campus, while Moorabbin host Footscray under lights and Southern Districts will play under their new match quality lights for the first time as they host Endeavour Hills. There will be no other competitions scheduled on Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Other highlights of the fixture include matches between Moorabbin and Foostcray in Rounds Two and Eleven, after each Club won one narrow encounter apiece in 2014, and Power House and Harlequin clashing in Rounds Four and Thirteen after they shared the spoils last season with each claiming a two-point victory.

Melbourne will be hoping their good form continues against Southern Districts from 2014, where they won both clashes, continues as they will face off against the Pirates in Rounds Nine and Eighteen, the final round before finals. Endeavour Hills lost a number of nail biters in 2014, but they did manage a draw against Melbourne Uni and will be hoping to go one better when those sides clash in Rounds Eight and Sixteen, while the Box Hill Broncos conclude the regular season with a trip to Melbourne Uni.

A three week finals series, the same in format as in 2014 and featuring the top four sides, will take place between August 1st and August 15th.

Click here to download the 2015 Dewar Shield fixture as a PDF.

It is an expectation that all Dewar Shield Clubs enter a Premier 2 and Premier 3 side; their competitions will follow the same fixture and format as that of the Dewar Shield.

Stay tuned after Christmas for the release of all other senior and junior Rugby draws, with team entries still being sought for Second Division, Third Division, Colts and Women’s teams.

It should be noted that access to grounds in March has affected the capabilities for some Clubs to host home fixtures over the first two rounds. 

VRU Grand Final Results 14th Sep

VRU Grand Final Results 14th Sep

14/09/2013, Victoria, Rugby, Victorian Premier Rugby, Article # 533979

Victorian Rugby Union Results 14 September


Dewar Shield:


Prem 1: Harlequins 29 bt Melbourne 26

Prem 2: Harlequins 31 bt Melbourne 29

Prem 3: Melbourne 36 bt P House 18  

Prem 4: P House 27 bt Sth Districts 0

A Grade: Northern 36 bt Geelong 15

B Grade: Melton 32 bt Northern 27

Third Div: Bendigo 52 bt Shepparton 25

Women’s: Melbourne 22 bt P House 16


Victorian Rugby Union Results 7 September

Victorian Rugby Union Results 7 September

07/09/2013, Victoria, Rugby, Victorian Premier Rugby, Article # 472033

Victorian Rugby Union Results 7 September


Dewar Shield:


Prem 1: Harlequin 32 def Power House 5, Melbourne 30 def Moorabbin 7

Prem 2: Harlequin 28 def Melbourne Uni 14,

Prem 3:  Power House 19 def Harlequin 18, Melbourne 55 def Moorabbin 3

Prem 4: Southern Districts 56 def Harlequin 12,

A Grade: Northern 20 def Melbourne 15, Geelong 13 def Eltham 5

B Grade: Northern 24 def Melbourne 20

Third Div: Shepparton 28 def Ballarat 0, Bendigo 45 def BARC 21

Women’s: Melbourne 69 def Endeavour Hills 0, Power House 48 def Western Districts 0

U18: Moorabbin 15 def Power House 12

U16a: Endeavour Hills 31 def Northern 29

U16b: Melbourne 25 def Southern Districts 24

U14a: Southern Districts 22 def Endeavour Hills 17

U14b: Footscray 41 def Melton/Geelong 24

U12a: Wyndham City 39 def Power House 14

U12b: Melbourne 26 def Box Hill 19

U11a:  Melbourne Green 24 def Box Hill 0

U11b:  Maroondah 24 drew Harlequin 24



Victorian Rugby Union Semi Final Results 31 Aug

Victorian Rugby Union Semi Final Results 31 Aug

01/09/2013, Victoria, Rugby, Victorian Premier Rugby, Article # 416122

Victorian Rugby Union Semi Final Results 31 Aug


Dewar Shield:


Prem 1: P House 15 bt Footscray 12

Prem 2: Melbourne Uni 20 bt Footscray 17

Prem 3: Moorabbin 48 bt Endeavour 7

Prem 4:

A Grade: Northern 79 bt Monash 14, Geelong 29 bt Melbourne 15

B Grade: Maroondah 22 bt Northern 17, Melbourne 35 bt Geelong 15, Melton 34 bt Eltham 10

Third Div: Puckapunyal 28 bt Warrnambool 0, Bendigo 56 bt Ballarat 8


Women’s: Endeavour 28 bt Northern 0

U18: P House 31 bt Sth Districts 18, Moorabbin 43 bt Endeavour 34

U16a: Northern 38 bt Moorabbin 22, Endeavour 33 bt P House 19

U16b: Melbourne 33 bt Foots/Geel 7, Sth Districts 46 bt Maroondah 17

U14a: Sth Districts 22 bt Northern 5, Endeavour 31 bt P House 0

U14b: Footscray 22 bt Box Hill 17, Melt/Geel 33 bt Maroondah 25

U12a: P House 35 bt Endeavour 26, Wyndham 22 bt Sth Districts 19

U12b: Melbourne 35 bt Footscray 14, Box Hill 19 bt Northern 17

U11a: Melbourne 26 bt Endeavour 21, Box Hill 24 bt Wyndham 10

U11b: Maroondah 27 bt Melt/Geel 24, Harlequin 35 bt Box Hill 10


Victorian Rugby Union Results 24 Aug

Victorian Rugby Union Results 24 Aug

24/08/2013, Victoria, Rugby, Victorian Premier Rugby, Article # 59

Victorian Rugby Union Results 24 Aug


Dewar Shield:


Prem 1: Harlequin 41 bt Endeavour 21, P House 38 bt Melbourne Uni 25, Footscray 27 bt Moorabbin 24,

Sth Districts 27 drew Melbourne 27

Prem 2: Harlequin 97 bt Endeavour 0, Footscray 47 bt Moorabbin 27, P House 32 bt Melbourne Uni 10,

Melbourne 38 bt Sth Districts 5

Prem 3: Harlequin 31 bt Endeavour 18, Moorabbin 40 bt Footscray 14, P House 61 bt Melbourne Uni 5

Melbourne 54 bt Cerberus 7

Prem 4: Melbourne Chargers 28 bt Moorabbin 0, P House 56 bt Melbourne Uni 0, Sth Districts 74 bt Melbourne 12

A Grade: Northern 52 bt Eltham 10

B Grade: Northern 46 bt Eltham 5

Third Div: BARC 48 bt Ballarat 29


Women’s: Melbourne 28 bt Northern 0, Western Dist 14 bt Sth Dist/Box Hill 7, P House 78 bt Endeavour 0

U18: Endeavour 50 bt Wyndham 10, Sth Districts 24 bt Eltham 20

U16a: Northern 32 bt Endeavour 12, Wyndham 22 bt P House 15, Moorabbin 54 bt Box Hill 0

U16b: Sth Districts 63 bt Harlequin 12, Melbourne 39 bt Maroondah 10, Foot/Geel 28 bt Eltham 0,

U14a: Northern 51 bt Wyndham 6, Endeavour 53 bt P House 10, Sth Districts 25 bt Moorabbin 12

U14b: Boroondara 53 bt Eltham 12, Box Hill 57 bt Melbourne 7

U12a: Endeavour 32 bt Harlequin 5, Sth Districts 50 bt Moorabbin 10, Wyndham 51 bt P House 5

U12b: Footscray 17 drew Box Hill 17, Melbourne 24 bt Eltham 7

U11a: Endeavour 19 bt Box Hill 12, Boroondara 33 bt Sth Districts 24, Melbourne Blue 24 bt Moorabbin 20

U11b: Harlequin 45 bt Box Hill 12, Maroondah 46 bt Melbourne 17, Melt/Geel 29 bt Eltham 15,

Melbourne Blue 24 bt Moorabbin 20



Victorian Rugby Union Results 17 Aug

Victorian Rugby Union Results 17 Aug

19/08/2013, Victoria, Rugby, Victorian Premier Rugby, Article # 56

Victorian Rugby Union Results 17 Aug


Dewar Shield:


Prem 1: Harlequin 19 drew Moorabbin 19, Sth Districts 74 bt Box Hill 0, Footscray 28 bt Melbourne Uni 27,

P House 26 bt Melbourne 19

Prem 2: Footscray 29 bt Melbourne Uni 17, Harlequin 62 bt Moorabbin 3, Sth Districts 24 bt Box Hill 7,

P House 33 bt Melbourne 30

Prem 3: Footscray 21 bt Melbourne Uni 13, Harlequin 26 bt Moorabbin 0, Boroondara 19 bt Cerberus 14,

Melbourne 35 bt P House 14

Prem 4: Harlequin 28 bt Moorabbin 0, P House 31 bt Melbourne 27,

A Grade: Geelong 20 bt Eltham 13, Melbourne 55 bt Monash 0

B Grade: Northern 32 bt Melton 12, Eltham 19 bt Geelong 8, Melbourne 25 bt Maroondah 21

Third Div: Ballarat 31 bt Puckapunyal 18


Women’s: P House 43 bt Sth Districts/Box Hill 0, Western Dist 53 bt Northern 20

U18: Wyndham 17 bt P House 15, Moorabbin 64 bt Eltham 15

U16a: Northern 33 bt Moorabbin 5, Endeavour 26 bt P House 17, Wyndham 36 bt Box Hill 10

U16b: Melbourne 19 bt Foot/Geel 17, Eltham 30 bt Harlequin 17

U14a: Sth Districts 46 bt Endeavour 12, Northern 37 bt P House 14, Moorabbin 27 bt Wyndham 12

U14b: Footscray 27 bt Box Hill 20, Boroondara 43 bt Maroondah 7, RamaQuins 75 bt Eltham 27

U12a: Endeavour 36 bt Wyndham 31, Sth Districts 49 bt P House 31, Harlequin 47 bt Moorabbin 10,

U12b: Melbourne 43 bt Box Hill 33, Northern 17 bt Footscray 12, Eltham 25 bt Maroondah 22

U11a: Box Hill 22 bt Sth Districts 19, Wyndham 27 bt Endeavour 12, Melbourne Green 45 bt Boroondara 10

U11b: Moorabbin 22 bt Harlequin 19,


Victorian Rugby Union Results 10 Aug

Victorian Rugby Union Results 10 Aug

10/08/2013, Victoria, Rugby, Victorian Premier Rugby, Article # 53

Victorian Rugby Union Results 10 Aug


Dewar Shield:


Prem 1: Moorabbin 42 bt P House 19, Endeavour Hills 37 bt B Hill 0, Harlequin 37 bt Sth District 36,

Footscray 21 bt Melbourne 18

Prem 2: P House 48 bt Moorabbin 26, Endeavour Hills 39 bt Box Hill 34, Harlequin 31 bt Sth Dist 10,

 Melbourne 29 bt Footscray 5

Prem 3: P House 15 bt Moorabbin 14, Endeavour Hills 36 bt Boroondara 12, Harlequins 56 bt Cerberus 10,

Melbourne 29 bt Footscray 0

Prem 4: P House 28 bt Moorabbin 0, Sth Dist 26 bt Harlequin 12, Melbourne 47 bt Melbourne Charges 0

A Grade: Northern 53 bt Melbourne 5, Eltham 35 bt Monash Uni 8

B Grade: Melbourne 31 bt Northern 17, Melton 14 bt Geelong 12, Eltham 12 bt Maroondah 5

Third Div: Shepparton 62 bt Ballarat 8, Bendigo 28 bt Warnambool 10

Masters: Box Hill 5 drew Maroondah 5

Women’s: Melbourne 47 bt Western Dist 7

U18: Eltham 13 bt End Hills 7, Sth Dist 63 bt Easts 5, Moorabbin 24 bt P House 15

U16a: P House 20 bt Northern 19, End Hills 58 bt Box Hill 7

U16b: Foots/Geel 12 bt Maroondah 7

U14a: Sth Dist 28 bt Wyndham 0, End Hills 52 bt Northern 5, P House 22 bt Moorabbin 10

U14b: Maroondah 28 bt Eltham 0, RamaQuins 24 bt Boroon 22, Melt/Geel 56 bt Box Hill 5

U12a:  P House 28 bt End Hills 20, Sth Dist 29 bt Harlequin 12

U12b: Melbourne 38 bt Footscray 12, Box Hill 24 bt Maroondah 10, Northern 52 bt Eltham 0

U11a: Melb Green 21 bt Box Hill 1 7, Sth Dist 28 bt End Hills 26

U11b: Moorabbin 27 bt Eltham 24, Maroondah 26 bt Melt/Geel 12



1st XV : St. Kevin’s 24 bt Melbourne Grammar 22, Xavier 22 bt Scotch 17, Trinity 24 bt Haileybury 7,

Geelong 41 bt Brighton 24

2nd XV: St. Kevin’s 18 bt Scotch 17, Xavier 58 bt St. Francis Xavier 7

1st XV Div2: St. Patrick’s 29 bt Marcellin 27, Geelong 41 bt Brighton 24