A look back at Eastern Suburbs 1969 Shute Shield premiership

Originally published on September 27, 1969

Today the curtain goes down on the 1969 Rugby season when the grand finals in the First, Reserve and Third Grades are played on the Sports Ground. The First Grade grand final will be given a wide spectator interest through television.

Twenty-two years is a long time between drinks and First Grade premierships! But it is a fact that Eastern Suburbs are on the verge of breaking the drought and winning a First Grade premiership for the first time since 1947.

Consistent performers throughout the 1969 season, Easts finished the competition rounds seven points clear of Sydney University.

They have built up an enviable defensive record, allowing an average of only eight points a match. No side has scored a try against them in the last four matches.

Let there be no bones about it, the 1st XV is a very experienced team, with an aggregate 901 plus First Grade games to their credit.

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