Shute Shield

Shute Shield

Logo introduced for the 2015 season
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1923
No. of teams 12
Country Australia
Most recent
Northern Suburbs
TV partner(s) 7Two
Official website

The Shute Shield is a rugby union competition in Sydney, New South Wales. It is the premier grade rugby trophy in NSW rugby. The Shute Shield is awarded at the end of the Sydney Club Rugby season to the team that wins the Grand Final. The Shield is contested by the twelve SRU clubs.


The first Sydney club competition was in 1874, contested by Balmain, Newington College, Sydney University Football Club and The King's School. The Shute Shield is seen as the traditional successor.

The Shute Shield was struck in honour of the late Robert Elliott Stewart Shute, who died on 6 June 1922 aged 23,[1] following a match at Manly Oval. Shute served as an infantryman in 30th Battery A.I.F. during World War One. On his return to Australia he took up his studies at the University of Sydney and joined the Sydney University rugby club as a front row forward in the first XV. The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 7 June 1922[2] reported:

As a result of injuries received while playing at Manly in the Rugby football match between the team which toured New Zealand and the Next 15, Robert Elliott Shute, a front row forward in the latter team, died at a private hospital at Manly yesterday morning. The accident occurred during the latter portion of the first spell of the match. Shute secured the ball and when tackled fell heavily. He was removed to a private hospital, where it was ascertained that he was suffering from cerebral hemorrhage. Without recovering consciousness he died at 6am. A former pupil of Sydney Grammar School, Shute, who was 23 years of age, was a third year student at Sydney University and he played for the University first fifteen. He served in the AIF for four years.

The University club had the shield made following his death and donated it in 1923 to the NSWRU to be used as a perpetual trophy for the Sydney first grade competition.[3]


There are currently twelve clubs that compete for the Shute Shield.

Teams in the Shute Shield
Jersey Club Location Home ground Nickname First season
Eastern Suburbs Upper Eastern Suburbs (Rose Bay) Woolahra Oval The Beasties 1900
Eastwood Northern Suburbs (Eastwood) T G Millner Field The Woodies 1947
Gordon Upper North Shore (Chatswood) Chatswood Oval Highlanders 1936
Manly Lower Northern Beaches (Manly) Manly Oval The Marlins 1906
Northern Suburbs Lower North Shore (North  Sydney) North Sydney Oval The Shoremen, Norths, The Red and Blacks 1900
Parramatta Parramatta Granville Park Two Blues 1879 (as Cumberland, 1900 name change)
Penrith Penrith Nepean Rugby Park Emus 1965 (Shute Shield admittance 1995)
Randwick Lower Eastern Suburbs (Randwick/Coogee) Coogee Oval Galloping Greens, The wicks 1882
Southern Districts St George and The Shire Forshaw Park The Rebels 1989, (St George DRC – 1906, Port Hacking RC – 1957)
Sydney University Sydney (Camperdown) University Oval No.2 The Students 1863
Warringah Upper Northern Beaches (Narabeen) Pittwater Park The Rats, Ratties 1963
West Harbour Inner West (Concord) Concord Oval Pirates 1900 (as Western Suburbs DRFC)


In previous seasons clubs from outside of the Sydney metropolitan area, such as the Illawarriors and Central Coast Waves have competed but do not continue to compete.

Competition Format

The competition format currently involves an 18-week round-robin competition which is followed by a four-week play-off series culminating in a grand final. The playoffs are contested by the top eight placed teams following the round-robin. The eight finalists are initially split into two pools comprising the top four finalists and bottom four finalists. The first week of the play-offs sees 1st play 4th, 2nd play 3rd, 5th play 8th and 6th play 7th. The lowest ranked losers are eliminated and the highest ranked winners proceed directly to week 3 of the play-offs. Week 2 sees the highest ranked losers play the lowest ranked winners for the right to proceed to week 3 and play the two highest ranked winners from week 1. The two winners from week 3 proceed to the Grand Final in week 4.

Tooheys New Cup and ARC

From 2002 through 2007 the Tooheys New Cup was run to fill the void between Grade Rugby and Super Rugby in Australia. This competition was merged into the Shute Shield to become the Tooheys New Shute Shield when an attempt at an Australian wide domestic rugby competition, the Australian Rugby Championship, was started and stopped within one season in 2007. The Shute Shield competition was then extended to a full 22 match home and away round robin competition, culminating in the Grand Final in early October. With the commencement of the National Rugby Championship in 2014, the Shute Shield season was shortened to 18 rounds with a Finals series in July and Grand Final in early August.

Similar competitions

Other premier rugby competitions in Australia:

Media coverage

From 1957 until 2014, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation had broadcast the Match of the Day from the Shute Shield competition in NSW/ACT every Saturday afternoon and replayed nationally on Tuesday mornings. The ABC ended its 57-year partnership with the competition at the completion of the 2014 season, following the Australian Government's decision to cut funding to the national broadcaster.

On 17 March 2015, Sydney Rugby formally announced that the Seven Network would become the new free to air Match of the Day broadcasters of the Shute Shield in NSW, commencing on 21 March on 7TWO at 3pm between Eastern Suburbs and Gordon. The Prime Network will broadcast to regional areas of NSW.

Results and Grand Finals

In the years preceding (and including) 1931, a "Challenge Final" was played only if the runner-up side was two or less points behind the Minor Premiers on the Premiership table. Otherwise, the Minor Premiers were declared Premiers.

Shute Shield Era

Year Premiers Runners-up Score
2016 Northern Suburbs Sydney University28-15
2015 Eastwood Manly15-12
2014 Eastwood Southern Districts33-13
2013 Sydney University Eastwood51-6
2012 Sydney University Southern Districts15-14
2011 Eastwood Sydney University19-16
2010 Sydney University Randwick46-6
2009 Sydney University Randwick24-19
2008 Sydney University Randwick45-20
2007 Sydney University Eastern Suburbs34-11
2006 Sydney University Randwick16-10
2005 Warringah Sydney University29-23
2004 Randwick Eastwood35-22
2003 Eastwood Randwick29-14
2002 Eastwood Sydney University19-15
2001 Sydney University Eastwood27-20
2000 Randwick Sydney University36-30
1999 Eastwood Sydney University34-17
1998 Gordon Northern Suburbs40-17
1997 Manly Eastwood34-19
1996 Randwick Warringah28-6
1995 Gordon Canberra24-11
1994 Randwick Warringah36-16
1993 Gordon Warringah23-19
1992 Randwick Gordon28-14
1991 Randwick Eastern Suburbs28-9
1990 Randwick Eastern Suburbs32-9
1989 Randwick Eastwood19-6
1988 Randwick Warringah26-13
1987 Randwick Warringah19-16
1986 Parramatta Randwick30-12
1985 Parramatta Randwick19-12
1984 Randwick Parramatta21-9

Year Premiers Runners-up Score
1983 Manly Randwick12-10
1982 Randwick Warringah21-12
1981 Randwick Manly33-15
1980 Randwick Gordon41-3
1979 Randwick Parramatta34-3
1978 Randwick Eastern Suburbs22-10
1977 Parramatta Randwick17-9
1976 Gordon Eastwood33-4
1975 Northern Suburbs Parramatta9-6
1974 Randwick Parramatta10-9
1973 Randwick Western Suburbs15-12
1972 Sydney University Gordon10-6
1971 Randwick Manly21-3
1970 Sydney University Eastern Suburbs24-14
1969 Eastern Suburbs Gordon16-12
1968 Sydney University Manly22-6
1967 Randwick Gordon19-16
1966 Randwick Eastwood30-11
1965 Randwick Northern Suburbs26-5
1964 Northern Suburbs Sydney University27-13
1963 Northern Suburbs Sydney University21-12
1962 Sydney University Randwick14-0
1961 Sydney University Drummoyne6-0
1960 Northern Suburbs Manly21-3
1959 Randwick Northern Suburbs16-0
1958 Gordon Manly13-3
1957 St George Gordon21-3
1956 Gordon St George13-11
1955 Sydney University Gordon21-8
1954 Sydney University St George22-17
1953 Sydney University Eastern Suburbs29-6

Year Premiers Runners-up Score
1952 Gordon Manly19-6
1951 Sydney University Eastern Suburbs22-16
1950 Manly Gordon21-15
1949 Gordon Sydney University12-3
1948 Randwick Manly27-14
1947 Eastern Suburbs Manly32-6
1946 Eastern Suburbs Randwick23-12
1945 Sydney University Parramatta11-3
1944 Eastern Suburbs Sydney University7-3
1943 Manly Eastern Suburbs5-0
1942 Manly Sydney University22-6
1941 Eastern Suburbs Sydney University9-6
1940 Randwick Manly20-10
1939 Sydney University Randwick25-17
1938 Randwick Western Suburbs26-12
1937 Sydney University Western Suburbs14-3
1936 Drummoyne Sydney University19-18
1935 Northern Suburbs Manly22-5
1934 Randwick Manly13-12
1933 Northern Suburbs Manly8-6
1932 Manly Drummoyne12-9
1931 Eastern Suburbs Manly16-9
1930 RandwickRound Robin
1929 Western Suburbs Northern Suburbs18-9
1928 Sydney UniversityYMCA Sydney38-11
1927 Sydney UniversityRound Robin
1926 Sydney University Randwick19-15
1925 Glebe-BalmainRound Robin
1924 Sydney University Western Suburbs19-10
1923 Sydney University Glebe-Balmain23-14

Sydney Premiership Era

Year Premiers Runners-up Score
1922 Manly Glebe-Balmain6-6
1921 Eastern Suburbs Manly9-6
1920 Sydney UniversityRound Robin
1919 Sydney UniversityRound Robin
1918no competition
1917no competition
1916no competition
1915no competition
1914 GlebeRound Robin
1913 Eastern SuburbsRound Robin
1912 Glebe Western Suburbs6-5
1911 Newtown Sydney University27-10
1910 Newtown Round Robin
1909 Glebe South Sydney 17-6
1908 Newtown Sydney University17-0
1907 Glebe Sydney University13-0

Year Premiers Runners-up Score
1906 Glebe Round Robin
1905 South Sydney Round Robin
1904 Sydney University Round Robin
1903 Eastern Suburbs Round Robin
1902 Western Suburbs Round Robin
1901 Glebe
Sydney University
Round Robin
(Joint Premiers)
1900 Glebe Round Robin
1899 Wallaroos Sydney University16-8
1898 Pirates Sydney University9-3
1897 Randwick Pirates 17-6
1896 Randwick Wentworth 12-3
1895 Randwick Wallaroos 13-8
1894 Randwick Wallaroos 8-0
1893 Sydney University Randwick3-0
1892 Wallaroos Sydney University3-0
1891 Sydney University Zealandia 28-8

Year Premiers Runners-up Score
1890 Sydney University Strathfield 31-6
1889 Sydney University Round Robin
1888 Sydney University Round Robin
1887 Sydney University Round Robin
1886 GordonRound Robin
1885 Sydney University Round Robin
1884 Burwood Round Robin
1883 Redfern Round Robin
1882 Sydney University Round Robin
1881 Sydney University Round Robin
1880 Wallaroos Round Robin
1879 Wallaroos Round Robin
1878 Wallaroos Round Robin
1877 Wallaroos Round Robin
1876 Wallaroos Round Robin
1875 Balmain Round Robin
1874 Waratah Round Robin

Individual Awards

Ken Catchpole Medal

Year Player Team
1981 Australia Neale Murphy Western Suburbs
1982 Australia Geoff Richards Eastern Suburbs
1983 Australia Peter Lucas St. George
1984 Wales Richard Moriarty Western Suburbs
1985 Australia Phillip Cox Manly
1986 Australia Peter Lucas St. George
1986 United States David Niu St. George
1986 Tonga Sione Tahaafe Eastwood
1987 Australia Steven Lidbury Warringah
1988 Australia Jim Fewtrell Warringah
1989 Australia Simon Poidevin Randwick
1990 Australia Matt Foldi Warringah
1991 Australia Marty Roebuck Eastwood
1992 Australia Ross Reynolds Gordon
1993 Australia Phil Kearns Randwick
1994 Australia Mark Catchpole Warringah
1995 Australia Nick Harvey Northern Suburbs
1996 Australia Dirk Williams Eastern Suburbs
1997 Australia Adam Leach Eastwood
1998 Australia Mark Catchpole Sydney University
1999 Australia Peter Besseling Penrith
1999 Ireland Keith Gleeson Northern Suburbs
2000 New Zealand Sam Harris Warringah
2001 Samoa Des Tuiavi'i West Harbour
2002 Australia Scott Fava Eastwood
2003 Australia Scott Fava Eastwood
2004 Australia Scott Fava Eastwood
2005 Australia Tim Donnelly Eastwood
2006 Australia Peter Hewat Manly
2007 United States Gavin DeBartolo Eastern Suburbs
2008 Australia Scott Fardy Warringah
2008 Australia Dave Harvey Gordon
2009 Australia Andrew Smith Northern Suburbs
2010 Australia Brendan McKibbin Eastern Suburbs
2011 Australia Dave Harvey Northern Suburbs
2012 Australia Hamish Angus Warringah
2013 Australia Hugh Perrett Eastwood
2014 Australia Hamish Angus Warringah
2015 Australia David Horwitz Randwick
2016 Australia Will Miller Northern Suburbs

Fairfax/Herald Cup

Year Player Team
1949 Australia Bill Barry Manly
1950 Australia Alan Cameron St. George
1951 Australia R. Jacobs Sydney University
1952 Australia Brian Johnson Gordon
1953 Australia Boyd Blackburn Northern Suburbs
1954 Australia Alan Cameron St. George
1955 Australia R. Love Drummoyne
1956 Australia David Emanuel Eastern Suburbs
1957 Australia Don Logan Gordon
1958 Australia Ken Thornett Randwick
1959 Australia Ken Catchpole Randwick
1960 Australia Ken Catchpole Randwick
1961 Australia David Jackson Eastwood
1962 Australia Alan Cameron St. George
1962 Australia Terry Casey St. George
1963 Australia Jim Briggs Randwick
1964 Australia Ivan Mann Parramatta
1965 Australia Jim Briggs Randwick
1966 Australia Bill Harris UNSW
1966 Australia Bruce Battishall St. George
1967 Australia Ken Catchpole Randwick
1968 Australia Peter Crittle Eastern Suburbs
1969 Australia Michael Stynes Randwick
1970 Australia Rex Batterham Gordon
1971 Australia Russell Fairfax Randwick
1976 Australia Ken Bousfield Western Suburbs
1977 Australia Rupert Rosenblum Sydney University
1978 Australia Geoff Richards Eastern Suburbs
1979 Australia Grant Andrews Warringah
1980 Australia Grant Andrews Warringah
1981 Australia Peter Lucas St. George
1982 Australia Geoff Richards Eastern Suburbs
1983 Australia Mick Mathers Eastwood
1984 Wales Richard Moriarty Western Suburbs
1985 Australia Neale Murphy Western Suburbs
1986 Australia Peter Lucas St. George
1987 Tonga Fetaiaki Langi Western Suburbs

See also


  1. "FOOTBALL FATALITY". The Brisbane Courier. Brisbane, Queensland: The Brisbane Courier. 7 June 1922. p. 4. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. "FOOTBALLER'S DEATH". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, New South Wales: The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 June 1922. p. 10. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. "Local History from Manly Library". Manly Library. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
Shute Shield seasons
  • 1874
  • 1906-1914
  • 1919-2008
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