Dewar Shield

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Dewar Shield
Dewar Shieid logo.png
Sport Rugby union football
Founded 1909
No. of teams 9
Country Australia
Most recent
Harlequin (2017)

The Dewar Shield is a Rugby Union competition in Melbourne, Victoria. It is the premier grade for Rugby in Victoria. A total of nine 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 contested by nine 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 and Endeavour Hills were promoted to the Premier division for the 2011 season.

Media coverage[edit]

Local TV Channel 31 broadcasts one game a week on Wednesday evenings. The Rebel Army periodically have online text-based commentary of matches.

Premier Division clubs[edit]

Club Location Home ground Nickname Founded First season
Box Hill Box Hill RHL Sparks Reserve Broncos 1958 1966
Endeavour Hills Endeavour Hills Frog Hollow Reserve Eagles 1979 2007
Footscray Footscray Henry Turner Memorial Reserve Bulldogs 1928
Harlequin Ashwood 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 The Society 1933 1936
Southern Districts Seaford Riviera Park Pirates 1972

Dewar Shield winners[edit]

Victorian Rugby Union Premiership winners (from 1946 onwards):[1]

Former Premier Division clubs[edit]

(list may not be complete)

  • East Melbourne, St Kilda, South Melbourne
  • Hawthorne, Kiwi, Navy, R.A.A.F
  • Boroondara/Kiwi-Hawthorna

a Kiwi-Hawthorn now play in the Second Division A competition.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dewar Shield". Melbourne Rebels. 2014. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 

External links[edit]

Club websites[edit]