Shute Shield Season Preview: SOUTHERN DISTRICTS with Matt Barr

by Paul Cook - Southern Districts have been one of the success stories of the Shute Shield over the last few years. Cellar dwellers as recently as 2008, the club has reversed its fortunes in dramatic style to become an annual challenger for the Premiership having reached three Preliminary Finals in the last four seasons and contested the club’s first ever Grand Final, a narrow one point loss to Sydney University, in 2011. Guiding them over the last couple of years was Cam Blades, a front rower who put together a side with a steely pack but one that played the game with plenty of attacking verve and when the former Waratah and Wallaby prop took up the opportunity to coach the Australian U20’s forwards, the club turned to his right hand man, Matt Barr, to pick up the baton. While the experience of Blades will be sorely missed, Barr has the luxury of a first class repla
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