Dewar Shield

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Dewar Shield
Current season, competition or edition:
2010 Dewar Shield Season
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1909
No. of teams 10
Country  Australia
Most recent champion(s) Moorabbin (2012)
Official website

The Dewar Shield is a Rugby Union competition in Melbourne, Victoria. It is the premier grade for Rugby in Victoria. A total of ten teams from the Victorian Rugby Union compete for the trophy.


The Victorian Rugby Union senior competition was established in 1909 with five teams namely East Melbourne, Melbourne, South Melbourne, St Kilda and University. The Melbourne Rugby Club of that time won the first year of the five-team competition for the new trophy the Dewar Shield (donated by the Scotch Whisky Distillery John Dewar and Sons). One hundred years later in 2009 the current Melbourne Rugby Club is the reigning premiers, defeating Box Hill in the Grand Final for the same Dewar Shield.

The Premier competition is between ten clubs with each club fielding three teams (Premier 1, Premier 2, and Premier 3). Other senior competitions offered are Metro 2nd Division with an A, B & C Grade, Colts (U20), Country, Women and Masters (over 35s).

During this time, a number of clubs have dominated the 1st Grade results. Melbourne Rugby Club has the most number of Premierships with 17. Moorabbin holds the record for consecutive Premierships, winning six in a row from 1981-1986. Other prominent clubs during this 100 year period include Melbourne University, Power House and Navy. [1]

Footscray/Melbourne Chargers and Endeavour Hills were recently promoted to the premier division for the 2011 season.


Club Location Home Ground Nickname Founded First season
Box Hill Box Hill RHL Sparks Reserve Broncos
Endeavour Hills Endeavour Hills Frog Hollow Reserve 1979 1980
Footscray Footscray Henry Turner Memorial Reserve Bulldogs 1928
Harlequin Holmesglen Ashwood Reserve Quins 1928 1930
Melbourne Armadale Romanis Reserve, Orrong Park Unicorns 1909 1929
Melbourne University Parkville Royal Park Students 1909 1910
Moorabbin Moorabbin Keys Rd Reserve Rams 1965
Power House Albert Park Albert Park
Southern Districts Seaford Riviera Park Pirates

Media Coverage[edit]

The Rebel Army periodically have online text-based commentary of matches. The internet site of Victoria Rugby posts online comments to each round and the local TV Channel 31 broadcasts one game a week on Wednesday evenings.

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