The Shoremen Report // Bye Week

19 days ago

As players and spectators alike catch their breath through the bye week. We cast our eye over the remaining 8 rounds in the lead-up to finals time in the closest and most fiercly competitive competition in recent years.

State of Play

After 10 rounds of regular competition, 1 match remains in the first full round of fixtures. Thanks largely to a full swag of Bonus Points, Norths sit "one out, one back" in 4th position, 1-point off 3rd placed Eastwood and 3 points clear of 5th placed Warringah.

With a Top 8 finals structure (1v4/2v3 and 5v8/6v7) it's crucial to finish inside the top 4 to avoid an elimination final in week 1 & hopefully earn the week's rest, by winning through to week 3, Major Semi-Final.

Worth noting, that no team has won the Shute Shield from outside the top 4 in over 10 years.

The Run Home

In what is always the anomaly of the competition, the run home following the full round can be the make or break of the season.

After a run of away games at the beginning of the season, Norths sit in an enviable position with 6 Home Games from the final 8 rounds.

  • Hunter - 7th (Home)
  • Manly - 2nd (Home)
  • West Harbour - 12th (Away)
  • Gordon - 10th (Home)
  • Eastwood - 3rd (Home)
  • Southern Districts -11th (Away)
  • WS Two Blues - 8th (Home)
  • Eastern Suburbs - 9th (Home)

The Casualty Ward

Head Coach, Zak Beer's selection whiteboard has been getting a workout in the past 3 weeks as he deals with a mid-season injury toll worth a combined total of 259 1st Grade experience.

  • Angus Sinclair - Ankle (Round 17, TBC)
  • Reece Mau'u - Knee (Round 16, TBC)
  • Harry Burey - Concussion (Round 12, TBC)
  • Charlie Jeavons-Fellows - Concussion (Round 12, TBC)

Max Burey & James Turner made their long-awaited returns in round 10, having both only been available for 2 games each this season so far. These will two will play a big role in the final outcome of the season.

Around the Grounds

With an eye on each of the teams around Norths on the ladder, these 4 games over the next month will have the most impact:

  • Round 11 - Sydney University v Manly
  • Round 12 - Warringah v Eastwood
  • Round 13 - Eastwood v Hunter
  • Round 14 - Warringah v Randwick

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