The secret advantage Eastwood may have over their Shute Shield rivals

There’s no shortage of great clubs in Sydney rugby, but few are quite like Eastwood.  While Sydney Uni have undoubtedly been the dominant force over the past 20 years, Eastwood aren’t far behind, having featured in 10 of the past 20 Shute Shield grand finals and winning on five occasions.  In the past, they haven’t had the same resources as rival clubs but have relied on a strong junior base to prosper.  It’s the hidden advantage that premiership winning captain Hugh Perrett thinks could be the difference for the Woodies in the coming fortnight.  “As a young kid playing juniors, I had dreams of playing first grade for Eastwood, not the Wallabies and I think most kids down the club were the same,” he said.  “My old man would take me to TG Milner every Saturday to watch the Woodies play and that was about as good as it got back then.” Perrett captained Eastwood to back to back premierships in 2014 and 2015 in a side that featured his good mate and c