3rd Grade | Grand Final Preview -

3rd Grade | Grand Final Preview

3rd Grade | Grand Final Preview

Source: http://www.shuteshield.com/grand-final-previews-third-grade/

By Cameron Caccamo, Club Rugby TV Correspondent
North Sydney fans don’t have to travel far to watch all the action of Grand Final day, and they’ll have two of their own teams to cheer for. In the Fourth Grade preview it was mentioned that Norths scraped through and put together some great Finals performances to make it to the big dance; well, Third Grade had a harder run and made it through. Now they face a third tough Finals game in a row against Eastern Suburbs to complete a very unlikely run to the Henderson Shield – either team could take this one home.


Eastern Suburbs (2):
Regular Season: 13-3-2 (69), against Top Six: 4-3-1
Qualifying Final: def. Randwick 27-10
Semi Final: def Warringah 26-10
Northern Suburbs (6):
Regular Season: 11-7 (55), against Top Six: 2-5
Qualifying Final: def. Warringah 33-29
Semi Final: def. Sydney University 42-20
Met in: Round 10 (Easts 55-28), Round 17 (Easts 22-16)
During the regular season, only one team managed to best a dominant Warringah side. Of course, we all know anything can happen in the Finals: now we have two teams that upset the Rats in the Qualifying and Semi Final facing off for the Henderson ShieldYesterday’s Fourth Grade preview started by saying that not many people would have predicted that match-up – well, fewer still would have guessed this one.
Eastern Suburbs had a remarkable season across all of their Grade teams, and this Third Grade squad has every chance of adding a bit of silverware to itAfter a solid thirteen-win season that saw them take second place, they made two statement wins in the FinalsRandwick came into the Finals with a strong run home, knocking off Sydney University and Norths; Easts rose to the challenge however, only allowing them a single penalty for most of the game while racking up four tries of their own.
They had a harder game against Warringah; the match was evenly poised until two yellow cards against Easts seem to spur them into action, and they left the Rats in their wakeWith two strong performances behind them, and having beaten Norths already twice this year, they will certainly fancy their chances at hoisting the Henderson Shield this Saturday.
The Shoremen can hold their head high; it is an incredible achievement just to have made it this far. Heading into the Qualifying Finals, Norths had lost their last two games against fellow top-six sides Easts and Randwick, and had to face the near-unbeatable Warringah at Rat Park to avoid getting knocked outLo and behold, they did the unthinkable; two late tries stunned the Rats and meant an unlikely upset win for the ShoremenIn the Semi Final they played at home against another strong side in Sydney University – this time they did not need a late surge, instead outplaying the Students from the beginning on their way to a six-try win.
Now they get to play at home again; and with Norths’ Fourth Grade team playing right before them, chances are they will have a loud home crowd cheering them homeGiven their results against Easts this year – with one of those games happening just weeks ago – they might need that support to cause a third consecutive upset.

The Intrust Super Shute Shield Grade Finals takes place Saturday, September 1st, don’t miss the action, secure your ticket NOW from IWANNATICKET priced at $5 for Juniors (Under 18), $25 for adults, $5 for seniors and $50 for reserved Grand Stand seating.

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