2017 Shute Shield Season Preview: Gordon

After just missing the finals in 2015, there was plenty of optimism at Chatswood Oval heading into the 2016 season but a horrific run of injuries quickly crippled the club's performances in all four grades. Looking to put an 11th place finish behind them, new coach Mark Philp and the Gordon board have put some short and long term plans in place to stop the player drain from the North Shore to other clubs around Sydney as they attempt to rebuild the Highlanders back into a dominant Shute Shield force. Last year: 11th (2 wins) Ins/outs: Ins: Mark Johnson (returning), Callum McKenzie (Eastern Suburbs), Bill Freeman (Randwick), James Holden (Eastwood), Michael Kennedy (Sydney Uni), Fergus Mitra (Penrith). Outs: Tui Tuisavaii (Warringah). Captain: TBC Overview with Mark Philp: "We were nowhere near as successful last year as we would have liked to be. "You don’t want to make excuses but we did have a horrific amount of injuries, particularly in our tight five and that made thin
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