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The 2017 Shute Shield season didn’t end the way we wanted it to. After the high of the 2016 grand final, the 2017 edition was tough to take.
We were just as motivated as 2016. The feeling on the field when the final whistle went after the last try against Sydney University was truly amazing and we were determined to replicate that.
The crowd at North Sydney Oval was amazing – 22,000 to a club rugby match is something to be proud of and speaks volumes of the love and tribal support of community rugby.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to execute our processes as we would have liked and ran into a Warringah side who played better than us on the day and thoroughly deserved to win.
Those feelings, the joy of winning and the pain of losing are driving us to reach the summit this season.
The majority of the playing group is back again and we have added some fresh new faces to the top squad as well as some promising colts.
First up is a grand final rematch against Warringah at North Sydney Oval. For us this game isn’t about redemption, last year’s result is in the books and can’t be changed.
It’s about getting the season off to a good start, sticking to our processes and playing the way we want to play.
Pre-season has been slightly different with our Head Coach from the past three years, Simon Cron, now at Waratahs and our backs coach, Will Eggleston and S&C boss Rob Fowkes moving on to other opportunities.
Those three were instrumental in the club’s success over the past couple of years and have set up a professional environment for continued individual and collective success.
Shannon Fraser has taken over as Head Coach, assisted by Sape Misa, and it has been a really smooth transition.
Shannon is a different coach to Simon but comes in with a wealth of experience and technical knowledge. Like Simon he likes winning.
Rather than reinvent the wheel we have been looking at small tweaks here and there to make sure we give ourselves the best shot at winning the comp.
It will be a great day as always down at North Sydney Oval and we would love your support! Fourth grade kicks off at 9:30am, Women’s 7s 2:50pm, Shute Shield from 3:10pm.
As featured in the Mosman Daily | http://newslocal.smedia.com.au/mosman-daily/
By Angus Sinclair
Northern Suburbs Fly Half