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Hugh Sinclair, holding the 94-year-old Shute Shield, is pictured here with the captains of the six 1st Grade teams who are in the finals line up.
“This year we have seen the growth of grassroots Club rugby with increased crowds and tribalism. The standard played by these top six teams is exciting running rugby and I urge everyone to get out and turn up to watch what are great rugby matches,” says Jack Burey.
“All games will be a tough struggle to make it to North Sydney Oval on August 26 and are hoping that supporters turn out to cheer them on.
“We wish our Norths boys the best of luck for;
Saturday 10.15am – to tunnel on 4th Grade against Warringah at Pittwater Rugby Park
Sunday 11.30 – 2nd Grade Colts v Sydney Uni at Chatswood Oval
Sunday 3.10 pm – 1st Grade v Southern Districts at Forshaw Rugby Park
The weather on Sunday is looking perfect for rugby at 23 degrees and if you can’t make it, you can catch it on 7Two at from 3pm,” says Jack.
For the historians amongst you, here’s the history behind the 1st Grade Shute Shield ;
The Shute Shield was struck in honour of the late Robert Elliott Stewart Shute, who died on 6 June 1922 aged 23, following a match at Manly Oval. Shute served as an infantryman in 30th Battery A.I.F. during World War One. On his return to Australia he took up his studies at the University of Sydney and joined the Sydney University rugby club as a front row forward in the first XV.
The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 7 June 1922 reported:
As a result of injuries received while playing at Manly in the Rugby football match between the team which toured New Zealand and the Next 15, Robert Elliott Shute, a front row forward in the latter team, died at a private hospital at Manly yesterday morning. The accident occurred during the latter portion of the first spell of the match. Shute secured the ball and when tackled fell heavily. He was removed to a private hospital, where it was ascertained that he was suffering from cerebral hemorrhage. Without recovering consciousness he died at 6am. A former pupil of Sydney Grammar School, Shute, who was 23 years of age, was a third year student at Sydney University and he played for the University first fifteen. He served in the AIF for four years.
The University club had the shield made following his death and donated it in 1923 to the NSWRU to be used as a perpetual trophy for the Sydney first grade competition.