Shute Shield: Shoremen Turning the Tide?

by Paul Cook - One swallow doesn’t make a summer as they say and a win in your first game of the new season, while an obvious positive, is not necessarily an indication that long term success will follow. But for Northern Suburbs last Saturday, their opening day win over West Harbour, 32-7 at Concord Oval, did feel a lot like a breath of fresh air. A team that had peaked with a semi-final appearance in 2012, has experienced a revolving door of players ever since with inconsistency a natural by-product as a result, culminating in last year’s hugely disappointing 11th place. The off-season then saw the departure of head coach Scott Fava after five years at the helm, as well as the retirements of two of the club’s stalwarts in Nick Lah and Scott Podmore. It was time for change. Step up Simon Cron. Having overseen the most successful
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