Is a strong second grade side the key to winning the 2019 Shute Shield premiership?
It’s close to impossible to pick who’ll end up playing in the Shute Shield decider at Bankwest Stadium in a few weeks time following one of the tightest regular seasons of club footy we’ve seen. But one factor that will likely become crucial in the coming weeks is depth. After playing week after week for almost five months straight now, the majority of first grade squads are reasonably banged up and this year’s premiership could be decided by who can get the best 23 players fit and ready to play on August 24. Certain squads have been hit harder than others already, while some have players working overtime to get themselves ready to play each week. That’s why depth and the form of each club’s second grade side could prove crucial in the coming weeks. Sydney Uni have a considerable advantage in this regard. While they obviously have plenty of depth, coach Rob Taylor has also done a tremendous job rotating players throughout the year so that the majori