Waratah Shield

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The Waratah Shield is a rugby union knock-out competition for high school teams from New South Wales, Australia. First contested in 1963, it is organised by New South Wales Rugby Union in conjunction with NSW Schools' Rugby Union and NSW Combined High Schools and attracts around 100 entries each year. St Edmund's College, Canberra is the most successful school with fourteen victories. The competition was open to all high schools in NSW, until 2004, the ACT was released due to their dominance.[1]

Notable players[edit]

Leading St Edmund's to victory in the Waratah Shield at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1984 brought Ricky Stuart to the attention of the sporting public.[1] Stuart went on to represent the Wallabies on their 1987 tour to Argentina before switching to an illustrious career in rugby league, winning three premierships with Canberra and representing the Blues and the Kangaroos. Other prominent footballers who have played in the Waratah Shield include: Matt Giteau, David Furner, George Gregan, Matt Henjak, Anthony Fainga'a and Saia Fainga'a – all, inclusive of Stuart, hail from St Edmund's College. Other notable players include Joe Roff who played in Marist College, Canberra's 1992 and 1993 victories and George Smith, who played for Cromer High School in their 1998 loss to St Edmunds.

Number of victories[edit]

A total of 18 schools have won the Waratah Shield since it began in 1963. St. Edmund's College, Canberra is the most successful school in the history of the Waratah Shield with a total of 14 victories, seven more than the next most successful schools, St Augustine's College, Brookvale, with eight titles.

School Victories Years won
St. Edmund's College, Canberra 14 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
St Augustine's College, Brookvale 8 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Matraville Sports High School 5 1972, 1976, 1977, 1983, 2007
Randwick Boys High School 4 1963, 1975, 1978, 1982
St Stanislaus' College 4 1974, 1980, 1981, 1995
Epping Boys High School 3 1967, 1968, 1969
Marist College, Canberra 3 1988, 1992, 1993
Manly Boys High School 2 1966, 1970
North Sydney Boys High School 2 1971, 1973
Hurlstone Agricultural College 1 1964
Homebush Boys High School 1 1965
James Ruse Agricultural High School 1 1979
The Scots College 1 1990
Oakhill College 1 1994
St Patrick's College, Strathfield 1 1996
Westfields Sports High School 1 2005
Barker College 1 2006
The Hills Sports High School 1 2010

Waratah Shield premiers[edit]

The following table sets out winners and notable players over the history of the Waratah Shield.[2]

Year Champions Runners-up Score Notable players
1963 Randwick Boys High School
1964 Hurlstone Agricultural College [3]
1965[4] Homebush Boys' High School Oakhill College 8-3 Gordon Bray
1966 Manly Boys' High School
1967 Epping Boys' High School
1968[5] Epping Boys' High School Manly Boys' High School
1969 [6] Epping Boys' High School Matraville Sports High School
1970 Manly Boys' High School
1971 [7][8] North Sydney Boys' High School Randwick Boys High School
1972 Matraville Sports High School
1973 [9] North Sydney Boys' High School Randwick Boy's High School 6-3
1974 [10][11] St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst Lyneham High School, Canberra 16-10
1975 [12] Randwick Boys' High School St Stanislaus' College, Bathust 17-13
1976 [13] Matraville High School North Sydney High 12-3 Gary Ella, Mark Ella & Glen Ella [14] Llord Walker[15]
1977 [16] Matraville High School Randwick Boys' High School 25-3 Mark Ella
1978 [17] Randwick Boys' High School Chevalier College 7-0
1979 [18] James Ruse Agricultural High School Birrong Boys High 15-7
1980 [19] St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst North Sydney Boys High 26-15
1981 [20] St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst Matraville High School James Grant
1982 [21][22] Randwick Boys' High School St Edmund's College, Canberra 10-6
1983 [23][24] Matraville High School St. Stanislaus' College, Bathurst 13-9
1984 [25][26] St Edmund's College, Canberra Cranbrook School, Sydney 14-4 Ricky Stuart
1985 [27] St Edmund's College, Canberra Oakhill College 22-4
1986 [28] St Edmund's College, Canberra Killarney Heights High School 38-0 David Furner, Matt Pini
1987 [29][30] St Edmund's College, Canberra Randwick Boy's High 11-3
1988 [31][32] Marist College, Canberra Oakhill College 13-3
1989 [33][34] St Edmund's College, Canberra St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst 9-6 George Gregan
1990 [35][36] The Scots College St Edmund's College, Canberra 6-0
1991 [37][38] St Edmund's College, Canberra Scots College, Sydney 25-18
1992 [39] Marist College, Canberra St Stanislaus College, Bathurst 38-8 Joe Roff
1993 [40] Marist College, Canberra Oakhill College 29-14
1994 [41][42] Oakhill College Marist College, Canberra 24-20
1995 [43] St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst Daramalan College, Canberra 22-15
1996 [44][45] St Patrick's College, Strathfield Marist College, Canberra 24-23
1997 St Edmund's College, Canberra St Patrick's College, Strathfield 50-7
1998 [46] St Edmund's College, Canberra Cromer High School 45-22 George Smith
1999 [47] St Edmund's College, Canberra St Patrick's College, Strathfield 27-15 Matt Giteau, Matt Henjak
2000 St Edmund's College, Canberra
2001 St Edmund's College, Canberra
2002 [48][49] St Edmund's College, Canberra St. Stanislaus' College, Bathurst 41-22
2003 [50] St Edmund's College, Canberra Prairiewood High School 51-0 Anthony Fainga'a, Saia Fainga'a
2004 [51][52] St Edmund's College, Canberra Rankwick Boys High School
2005 [53][54] Westfields Sports High School Barker College
2006 [55] Barker College
2007 [56] Matraville Sports High School
2008 [57] St. Augustine's College, Brookvale St. Stanislaus' College, Bathurst 26–16
2009 [58] St. Augustine's College, Brookvale St. Stanislaus' College, Bathurst 18–13
2010 [59] The Hills Sports High School St. Augustine's College, Brookvale 38–18
2011 [60] St. Augustine's College, Brookvale The Hills Sports High School 20–13
2012 [61][62] St. Augustine's College, Brookvale Oakhill College 27-17
2013 [63] St. Augustine's College, Brookvale Oakhill College 64-21
2014 [64] St. Augustine's College, Brookvale Oakhill College 20-13
2015 [65] St. Augustine's College, Brookvale Hills Sport High School 26-16
2016 [66] St. Augustine's College, Brookvale Oakhill College 13-10

See also[edit]

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