Where are they now? – Warringah’s 2005 Shute Shield Premiership Winning Side

By Paul Cook Note: This article was originally published in July 2016 After 11 years, Warringah are back playing in a Shute Shield grand final and for Sydney's most northern Shute Shield club, it will be the biggest match since the Rats faced Sydney Uni at Rat Park in the 2005 decider. On that day, more than 8,000 packed into Rat Park to see the home side upset the visitors 29-23 in a classic, lifting their one and only 1st grade trophy to date in the process. The only caveat to that achievement is that at the time, the Shute Shield wasn’t the premier club competition. That title belonged to the Tooheys New Cup, a second competition that started in 2002 and ran for five years, overtaking the Shield in importance in both 2005 and 2006. Back then, the Shield ran for 11 rounds in tandem with Super Rugby, which mercifully only had 12 competing sides, was a lot less complicated, but ran for just three months. After that, the non-Wallaby professional players returned to their
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