2022 Shute Shield Season Review: Eastern Suburbs

Former Crusaders Academy coach Simon Kneebone arrived at Woollahra last summer to mentor an Eastern Suburbs outfit desperate for first grade success. While it didn't come in the top grade, four premierships across lower grades and colts suggest Kneebone's influence is working and a first grade flag may finally be within reach for the Beasties. Overview with Simon Kneebone: “For me, this year was a fantastic introduction into what the Shute Shield is all about. It was a pretty tough introduction as coaches and as a playing group because the playing standard was just so high all year,” the New Zealand born coach said.  "We had some constraints to deal with. We had new coaches and we were playing with a new attacking shape and that took the players a wee bit of time to adjust to.  “We saw some development around the midway point of the season and managed to make the top eight, which was pleasing. But overall we didn’t reach the goals that we had set as a group and
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