Warringah Rugby Club
Jun 26 2020

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.

Warringah Rugby Club
Consisting of four grades, a strong Colts program and an outstanding, high-achieving Women’s 15 side we are a thriving and engaged Rugby Club. Over the years our Club has been proudly and prominently represented at both national and international level. We believe that our Sponsors, Supporters and Players are our finest assets. They are characterised by qualities such as loyalty, commitment and generosity which make the strong foundation of our ‘family’. It’s this “family” that you’ll see and hear down at Rat Park on a Saturday cheering on every game and every grade, socialising afterwards in victory and in defeat. It’s this “family” that comes rain, hail or shine which makes things down here all the more special. Our side lines are laced with the finest of physicians and management and our grand stand filled with the most passionate of supporters. We’re a rugby club whose history spans more than 50 years and has shaped and defined the core of who we are. We are rich in culture, passion, great sportsmanship and of course a deep love for the game of Rugby. We're known as “The Rats” and the name holds significant value for us. After experiencing several difficult years with many humiliating defeats the players were reminded by Doug Leslie Snr - a Rat of Tobruk - that to give up in the face of adversity is never an option. The tradition of the Rats of Tobruk, of bonding together and making commitments in the true spirit of mateship should always be remembered. From that time on the Club became known as the Green Rats and our long held friendship with the Rats of Tobruk Veterans Association and their legacy is honoured by a memorial on the hill at the southern end of ‘Rat Park’.
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