Welcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things
Rugby Season 2021 gets
underway in earnest this week with Super Rugby kicking off on Friday night. Locally
the Macarthur Sevens are on Saturday at Camden and the reigning Shute Shield
Champions Gordon are in residence at Kiama for a training camp this weekend. The
Waratahs travel to Brisbane to open their campaign against the Qld Reds in what
will be a huge assignment for the young but enthusiastic Waratahs squad. Don’t
forget the Annual Kiama 7’s are also on Saturday week at Kiama Showground.
The Macarthur 10’s
continues to progress with twenty teams nominating for this year’s tournament
at Wire Lane on Saturday. The famous Deadwood Timberwolves will be making
another appearance to try and scoop the prize pool once again. Two Shute Shield
clubs, the Warringah Rats and the Western Sydney Two Blues have entered with host
Club Camden joined by local clubs Campbelltown, Tech Waratahs and Shoalhaven to
compete for some of $9000.00 Cash Prize. Teams are coming from across Sydney,
up from the ACT, Bungendore and Bathurst. Other interesting teams include the
Fijian Warriors, Collie Dawgs, Naitasiri Highlanders, Jaguar Couriers Nabua
Rugby, Jetest Babas, Pristine Warriors, and the Baravi Brothers. Matches start
on two fields at 8.00AM with the Final set down for 6.45PM. Admission is $10
with Pensioners and kids under 16 free.
Last year’s Shute
Shield Champs the Gordon Highlanders will be holding a Training session at
Kiama Showground from 10.00AM on Saturday. Everyone is welcome to attend and
see how the big boys go about their preparations for the defense of their hard
won Sydney title. Later in the day the Kiama club will be putting on a junior training
session for all age groups. Should be big day for all!
The IDRU Board has
taken the lead in regard to whether or not there will be a Third Grade Comp in
2021. Clubs were to report back to the next Rugby Committee meeting on the 8th
March as to if they would be fielding a third grade side or not in 2021. Quite
rightly the Board has taken the view that things should be finalized in a
quicker fashion than that and has instructed all clubs to advise the Board by
the 1st March if they are entering a side or not. Currently three clubs Shoalhaven,
Kiama and Avondale have advised they will not be competing in Thirds and my
information is that up to four more clubs will almost certainly fail to reach
the numbers required by the deadline. The Board is looking at alternatives and
hopefully will be able to cobble together a worthwhile format for all clubs to
go forward with. Perhaps the suggestion of an U85Kg/Under Age competition of
some sort could be the answer.
Friday night is the
opening night of Super Rugby AU with two matches, the Reds V Waratahs in
Brisbane at 7.45 and later in the night the Western Force hosts the Brumbies
over in Perth at 10.00PM our time. The Rebels get the first Bye and will be
watching with interest as we all get the first look at the sides for 2021. For
me the Brumbies remain the team to beat but I also think we can expect improvement
again from both The Reds and the Force. I think the Waratahs are in for a long
year for no other reason than for their lack of experience at this level. My
tips for this week are the Reds and Brumbies to win.
Kiama – 20th February
– Shute Shield Premiers, Gordon Training Camp at Kiama Showground. Open to all
from 10.00AM. The day will include a Junior Training session with the Premiers.
Macarthur 10’s- 20th
IDRU Season Launch
Luncheon – 12th March.
IDRU Round 1 – 19th / 20th
NSW Country Week –
IDRU Grand Final – 4th
opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not
be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.