Eight team finals series to finish off Shute Shield season?

By MARK CASHMAN

The Shute Shield season is far from dead in the water with plans being hatched to move straight into a finals series in order to make most use of any window that Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown gives over the next couple of months.

One of the radical ideas being explored to give finality to the 2021 season is an eight-team finals series based on the standings when the competition hit the pause button.

The eight-team playoffs series is the one used by the National Rugby League and the Australian Football League and would need four weekends to get a grand final played and Shute Shield champion decided.