Club Corner: Catch up on Premier Grade action from around the country

by Loryn Ettridge

Premier Grade competitions are slowly ramping up across the country with South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory in the thick of their seasons.

Take a look back at all the action from the weekend's competitions.

Western Australia

Round two of the Fortescue Premier Grade delivered some scintillating rugby. 

2019 champions Palmyra put on a dominant performance over Wests Scarborough which saw them claim a 16-point win thanks to former Perth Spirit fullback Manihera Eden.

Associates, Cottesloe and Nedlands also took home wins and UWA managed to out-maneuvered a strong Wanneroo side through using handy ball skills to overrun North.

Young guns Connor O’Sullivan and Jack Bromley were key assets in Uni’s victory, asserting themselves as players to watch this season.

This week’s match of the round will feature ARKs and Curtin University at Harrisdale Community Sporting Pavilion at 5pm AWST, streamed LIVE on wa.rugby. 

After tough starts to the year, this weekend's clash will no doubt be a chance for them to prove themselves.

South Australia

Round three of the Coopers Premier Grade saw big crowds supporting all ten teams across the state. Long-time rivals Onkaparinga and Port Adelaide were handed Match of the Round honours, which was made extra special with a traditional smoking ceremony to celebrate NAIDOC week. Following a close first half Onkaparinga soon stole the show and claimed a 31-19 win.

Next weekend Elizabeth and Woodville will take the spotlight for match of the round with the game being streamed LIVE https://www.facebook.com/SARugbyUnion/ from 3:30pm local time.

Northern Territory

The University Pirates have kept their spot at the top of the chain after defeating South Darwin 19-17 in round seven of the Darwin Premier Grade Rugby comp.

The Pirates now sit atop both the A & B grades with finals just three weeks away.

Looking ahead the Darwin Dragons and Casuarina Cougars will take match of the round this weekend kicking off at 7:00pm CST at Rugby Park.

North Ward Rugby Club. Photo: Brendan Hertel

Queensland

While the wait for South-east Queensland's Hospital Challenge Cup’s return is nearly over with the competition set to kick off on August 1, Townsville led grassroots rugby’s return in Queensland this past weekend.

Senior men’s and women’s matches were all played at Mike Carney Toyota Park, with five-time premiers Teacher’s West continuing their impressive run of form, securing a 20-0 win over Western Suburbs, while North Ward claimed a commanding 63-7 win over Burdekin and Brothers Townsville secured a 27-5 win over Lavarack Army Rugby Club.

Regional competitions will continue to resume around Queensland this coming weekend, with Queensland Suburban Rugby, Darling Down’s Risdon Cup, Central Highlands Rugby, Far North Queensland Rugby and Brisbane Junior Rugby Union all returning to action.

NSW

The Shute Shield returns to Sydney’s shores this weekend with an expanded 13-team competition starting on Saturday.

The one to watch will be the 2019 Grand Final re-match between Warringah and Sydney Uni at 3pm local time. Fans can also catch all the action on Channel 7Two.

ACT

ACT Rugby had pencilled in July 25 for their competition kick-off but new COVID restrictions mean that is in doubt. An announcement on the competition is likely to be made this Thursday.

Tasmania

TAS Rugby is still on track to kick off July 25 whilst VIC Rugby have had to put their plans on hold but are still hopeful to have rugby back on the agenda this season.