Shute Shield: Norths head to Rat Park at the end of the 2020 season

By MARK CASHMAN

Like many clubs in the Shute Shield Northern Suburbs will take to the road at the back end of the competition to play their home games and will base much of the second half of their season at Rat Park.

Norths will take their Round Eight match against Eastwood, their Round Nine game v Randwick and their Round 11 match against Southern Districts to Pittwater Rugby Park with North Sydney Oval out of play because of first class cricket commitments.

The Shoremen will also play the final home and away round against Warringah at Rat Park with that match being a home game for the Rats.

That means four of their final five weeks of the season will be on the peninsula, an area where many of the club’s members have gravitated to in recent years.

Norths will also take their Round Seven home game against the Western Sydney Two Blues to Camden, an area where they have played a number of times in recent seasons.

Their other two home games against Penrith in Round Two and the fixture against Newcastle in Round Five will be played at Bon Andrew Oval.

“The three venue program allows the club to kick the season off in its traditional heartland of North Sydney, the opportunity to take a game regionally to Camden and finally, provide Norths Members, Sponsors and Norths Community the opportunity to enjoy a more traditional home game at another terrific Shute Shield venue,” a club spokesman said.

“A big thank you has got to go to the management of the Warringah Rugby Club for assisting with the use of Rat Park. We’ll be decking it out in red and black and making sure it’s a great experience for our players, members, sponsors and fans.”

West Harbour are another club that is affected by cricket commitments. The early season games against Norths (Round One) and Randwick (Round Four) will be played at Drummoyne Oval but at this stage they are yet to sort out their Round Five (Manly), Six (Gordon) and Eleven (Two Blues) home game venues with inner west council authorities.