Shute Shield 2021: Souths hope that they can play the numbers game

By MARK CASHMAN

In a world where data is king, the numbers in and around Southern Districts’ 2020 Shute Shield season tell quite a story.

The Rebels finished just out of the playoffs in seventh place on 35 points, but along the way collected a few significant scalps including an extra-time TV thriller over Sydney Uni at Uni and a tidy win over eventual grand finalists Eastwood at home early in the season.

But if we dig a little deeper into those numbers the enormity of what the club achieved in the circumstances augers well for their future under the guidance of head coach Todd Louden.

Louden used 54 in first grade throughout the abbreviated season with 31 of those debutants. Throw in the fact that reserve grade used 65 players and that’s one hell of a churn of personnel at Forshaw.

But according to Louden that season you hope you never have again has Souths in a good place as they ready themselves for 2021.