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The thrilling final in the women’s 15-a-side rugby union competition between Sydney University and Warringah last weekend signalled the start of the Grand Final season in NSW rugby.
Warringah held on to a four point margin to beat the defending premiers by 21-17 to claim the Jack Scott Cup in a match that featured as part of a women’s rugby gala day at Boronia Park, Hunters Hill.
The Jack Scott Cup is the first of more than 120 grand finals to be played in rugby across the state.
Games will be decided on the grounds from the beachside suburbs to the inner city of Sydney, to the fields of the bush clubs in western NSW through to the Shute Shield final at North Sydney Oval.
This weekend NSW Suburban Rugby or Subbies will play the first of their 22 grand finals with a Colts (Under 21) match in the Radford Cup between Lane Cove II and Colleagues II at Tantallon Oval, Lane Cove.
The Executive Director of NSW Subbies, Tim Richards says the final is great news for rugby in a year when the number of sides fielding Colts has actually increased, from 19 teams last year to 30 teams this year.
“The Radford Cup Colts competition was offered to any senior club in Sydney, either in the premiership competition or in Subbies, and we saw the number of teams entered, increase,” said Richards.
“The numbers suggest that more colts aged players were looking to get a game and we’ve been able to provide a regular completion for those players, which has led to this weekend’s grand final.”
It will be another eight weeks before the last of the grand finals in NSW Rugby are played, with the Newcastle/ Hunter Men’s final to be played on September 23.
The NSWRU General Manager of Community Rugby, Mark Green says that the number of grand finals are a strong sign that rugby as a sport is going well with the number of players involved in the game increasing.
“The game is certainly growing, and that’s really good to see,” says Green.
“The numbers across the state are up, competition numbers are up, we have more colts team competitions than ever before and we have more women’s sevens competitions than ever before.
“There is a definite uplift in the number of finals that we’re going to see played across the state this year.”
Venues, times and dates for all finals will be listed on the NSWRU website.
Grand Finals to be played:
- Sydney Juniors, 58
- NSW Subbies, 22
- Sydney Premiership 7
- Sydney Women 1
- Country Zones 35
Dates of Sydney Grand Finals:
Shute Shield August 26 (Colts August 27)
NSW Subbies Div 2 to 6 Sept 2
NSW Subbies Div 1 Sept 9
Sydney Juniors Sept 1 and 3
Dates of Country Zone Grand Finals:
New England: August 12
Hunter Women: August 18
Lower Mid North Coast: August 19
Upper Mid North Coast: August 26
Central North: September 2
Illawarra: September 2
Far North Coast: September 9
Western Plains: September 9
Central Coast: September 16
Central West: September 16
Newcastle/ Hunter Men’s: September 23