Around the Traps Column: The heat is on as Shute Shield hits the halfway mark

By MARK CASHMAN We’re into the sixth round of the Shute Shield competition and the phone has been ringing hot with all the news and views from the greatest club competition in Australia. Here’s what we are hearing:  As we hit the halfway mark in what has been a highly unusual SHUTE SHIELD competition its appropriate that we have a close look at how the competition table looks ands where it will head in the next couple of months. At the moment Randwick are on the top of the pile with 23 points, closely followed by Sydney Uni (21), Gordon (20), Southern Districts (20), Northern Suburbs (19) and Eastwood (19). There is then a nine-point break to Warringah on 10 points with Manly (9) and Eastern Suburbs (8) not far behind the leading chaser. The ladder then tails off with the Hunter Wildfires on three points and Penrith, West Harbour and the Western Sydney Two Blues yet to open their accounts. You could suggest that the top six is done and dusted but if you dig aa bi