Welcome returned the genuine jewel in rugby’s crown
The actual believers are glad once more, with NSW Rugby’s “protest vote” competition beginning the day after today. The revival of the Shute Shield has been one of the most rousing rugby memories in recent years. The Sydney club premiership has been attracting large aid, as proven by the “house full” grand finals at North Sydney Oval for a previous couple of seasons. These finals have effortlessly been the spotlight of the local rugby scene.
A high purpose for the Shute Shield revival is that a lot of the game’s coronary heart-and-soul kinds are sick and tired of things at the pinnacle degree and want to be worried in an opposition that is tribal, way something, is simple to apprehend and attracts folks that want to position something lower back into the game, in preference to the usage of rugby as a company networking tool.
R&M regularly hears from enthusiasts who’re now a ways greater interested by going to their suburban grounds on a Saturday and being part of the community spirit that they’re in looking to work out who’s who in Super Rugby, or what’s the which means of the National Rugby Championship, a complete lemon of a match, or being let down by using the Wallabies. Many are turning their backs on the highest tiers of the game and alternatively enjoying right, old school, grass-roots football, where everybody is running toward a common motive. Long might also the Shute Shield thrive, mainly because it operates at the scent of an oily rag.
As we choose to promote the best ’uns, R&M will this season be celebrating the nice membership volunteers, the great membership food, the nice club revel in – whether it’s town or bush and at any stage of the sport. Send your nominations
Tackling the large problems, Iggys style
Old Ignatians will collect on Saturday night time to rejoice the Sydney sub-district membership’s 50th birthday. High on the agenda may be a retelling of the infamous R&M “Great Rugby Sting of 2002”. An object in R&M that 12 months nearly led to Iggies struggling a walkout of gamers, resignations of key club figures and an administrative coup.
The item described how Iggys’ fifth-grade group had an attempt-scoring opposition involving some of the over-40s players. The winner would win a case of beer. There become drama while two Iggys players, Tony Anderson and Rob Keogh, chased after the ball towards University of NSW simplest for Keogh to tackle his teammate to prevent him from scoring. Mischievous members of the Ignatians hierarchy decided the item became the car to play a problematic practical shaggy dog story on Keogh.
He was instructed that following court cases from the NSW Suburban Rugby Union, he had to attend an authentic listening to for “bringing the club into disrepute.” Then the whisper was given out that when R&M had heard about it, Keogh could be suspended for six months.
A livid Keogh provided a written submission, describing club officers as “weasels in brown cardigans.” He became then told he would be suspended for three months. This led to protest conferences and threats of mass walkouts. It finally ended while president Paul Timmins released the “Official Report from the Rob Keogh Hearing,” which read: “This whole affair become just ONE BIG GEE UP !!!!!!!! Thank you for your interest and contributions. You can all line up with Rob Keogh for payback time. The Keogh case is now formally closed. Paul Timmons (The Sting).”
Brown cardigans may be worn day after today night time. And the fiftieth birthday venue is perfect: Luna Park.