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Northern Suburbs skipper Hugh Sinclair has many happy memories of his games against the Warringah Rats.
As the 26-year-old prepared himself to play his 100th grade game for the Shoremen on Saturday at Pittwater Rugby Park Sinclair recalled his first grade debut in the red and black back in 2013.
“It was Round Two at North Sydney Oval under lights against Warringah and we won 15-14,” Sinclair recalled this week.
“Corey Brown kicked a goal from the sidelines with not much time left on the clock and we got the right result.”
Now a ton of games, and a few injuries, down the track Sinclair has the Rats on his mind once again.
“We’re all very excited about what lies ahead in the finals and I feel that we will be in good shape if we play to our potential. We’re excited about what lies ahead,” he said.
“The team is scoring points but what we haven’t been doing in recent weeks is stopping other teams scoring against us.
“But we’ve played Warringah twice this year and won both of them.
“Our form line I must say hasn’t been all that great but in a way that means that we will come into this game as underdogs.
“Finals are completely different competition from the home and away stuff and we’d all love to repay our families and supporters with a memorable performance and keep our season alive.”
On his looming century Sinclair added: “Yeah it’s a pretty special moment. It took a while to get there with a few injuries along the way (a broken jaw and a bad wrist injury included).
“You know when you start out you never think that you would clock up milestones like this so it will be good to share.
“When I first came to play colts at Norths back in 2011 I must admit that I was more a cricketer than a rugby player but things evolve.”
Sinclair said the Shute Shield premiership under Simon Cron in 2016 has been a highlight of his time at Norths but a game at TG Millner Field in Round Three earlier this year is certainly in the grand final.
That afternoon Hugh led Norths onto the field followed by his brother flyhalf Angus and younger brother Hamish.
“Family has always been important to me and to play first grade with Angus and Hamish was great,” Sinclair said.
What transpired was one of Norths better performances of 2018 as they played a controlled and open style of rugby against the Woodies to win 44-14.
Sinclair’s mother and father, fiancé Alice sister and sometimes grandmother are fixtures on the sidelines at most Norths games.
They travel up from Cowra from their cattle, sheep and cropping farm most weekends to take in some Shute Shield.
“It’s great to have them there and of course dad is always there to give us some feedback on how we went,” Sinclair added. “Family is pretty special.”
Sinclair made his Super Rugby debut in 2017 for the Melbourne Rebels in Durban against the Sharks, running onto the field at the same time as Will Miller. The game ended in a 9-all draw.
This year saw him make his presence felt at the Waratahs and he got on the field for three games.
Go well Hughie!!
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