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with Angus Sinclair
An exciting weekend ahead for our 1st and 2nd grade as we head to Cowra to take on Eastwood in an important clash.
It’s a special occasion for both sides with strong country connections within both ranks. In our top two sides alone we have the Miller brothers from Berry, Harry Burey from Wagga Wagga, Nick Duffy from Dubbo, Lochie Creagh, Connor Vest, Sam Giltrap & Connor Winchester from the Far North Coast, the Clancy brothers from Tumut, Ollie Stump from Walgett, Josh Noonan from Picton, Harry Cudmore from Quirindi, Hugh Taylor from Goulburn and there are numerous others throughout the lower grades and colts teams.
It is even more special for our family who now lives 25km out of Cowra near a town tiny called Greenethorpe. Hugh, Hamish and I have all played junior games for the mighty Eagles over the years and to be able to run out in the Norths jersey in Cowra is something I never imagined would happen. It would be a dream come true if all 3 of us were able to run out together but we will have to wait until next year with Hugh and Hamish both injured with a broken Jaw and torn Medial Ligament respectively.
Country towns are so passionate about sport, especially rugby, and the facilities are often top notch.
Easts have had tremendous success taking a game to Orange for the last two years and we have enjoyed taking on Sydney Uni the past two seasons in Bowral. As you can see from above a lot of the boys playing in the Shute Shield are from these areas and its really important to build strong connections to give more and more players from these regions the chance to play Shute Shield, Super Rugby and for the Wallabies.
There are some tremendous facilities in Dubbo, Mudgee, Wagga, Tamworth the list goes on and it would be amazing to see more fixtures out in the bush every year.
The game itself is important for both teams, who are both sitting in the top 6 but coming off losses in their last appearances. Both will be hunting for a win on Saturday to start to build some momentum leading into the second half of the season with strong finals ambitions.
Two byes in the last 3 weeks has allowed us to reinvigorate some bodies and work on some aspects of our game that have slipped below our internal standards. We had a hard look at ourselves and a great week of training last week so it’s time to put words in action this weekend.
I would encourage everyone to make the trip to beautiful Cowra, the town is anticipating a bumper crowd on Saturday to watch the high flying Eagles rip in to Bathurst and to witness the first ever Shute Shield fixture on these grounds.
The game will also on Channel 7Two from 3pm for those who can’t make it.