Last weekend saw Round 1 of the 2010 Shute Shield, with some interesting results. West Harbour went down to Northern Suburbs 29-31 at Concord Oval, in what I regarded as a surprise, given the Shoremen had a relatively poor 2009.
Eastwood defeated Warringah 43-19 in a high scoring affair at T. G. Millner Field.
It was nice to see Beau Robinson fronting up for the Rats again, and surely Rod MacQueen should be measuring the young man up for a Rebels jersey? Why did NSW and Italian rugby let him go, or am I missing something?
Gordon went down to Southern Districts 20-34 at Chatswood Oval in another surprise. Gordon were great performers last year with no Super 14 players, whereas the Rebels have tended to be up and down and better under the powerlines at home at Foreshaw Park.
Manly whalloped Parramatta 111-0 at Manly Oval, indicating it could be a long season for the Two Blues.
Moral and financial support from the other clubs doesn’t buy you tries, and they’d need to pick their act up not to spiral further, given players don’t like fronting up week after week or season after season for drubbings.
In the surprise of the round, Sydney University lost at home for the first time since Noah was building the Ark (well, almost five years) to perennial rivals of recent seasons, Randwick, 7-37.
Other clubs will have been celebrating almost as much as the Wicks that Uni’s run at home has come to an end.
The game also saw Uni lose the Sir Roden Cutler Cup to the Wicks.
Penrith went down to Eastern Suburbs 39-55 at Nepean Rugby Park in a high scoring affair where 14 tries were scored. From a quick look at the team lists last week, a number of former Two Blues players are fronting up at the Emus this season, meaning they are likely to be a bit more competitive this year, although clearly the Beasties can score a try or two as well in a game that suggests the tackle bags might get a work out at training this week.
Of course, if Parramatta and Penrith just swap roles, that’s hardly an improvement in the greater scheme of things.