If you’re heading down to Coogee Oval to take in Randwick vs Gordon on Saturday, make sure you’re there early to see the ‘Wicks pay tribute to past greats Sir Nick Shehadie, Ken Catchpole and Peter Johnson.
The club lost all three former Wallabies over the off-season and have invited their families along to take part in a short service, led by president Bob Dwyer, before the first grade game kicks off.
The Cauliflower hears club greats Mark, Glen and Gary Ella will be there, plus Bob Outterside, who played alongside Shehadie, Catchpole and Johnson.
The club is also reintroducing an old tradition. Both 1st grade teams will line up opposite each other and shake hands prior to kick off.
Nostalgic Cheika keen for club rugby
The Wallabies coach made an appearance at the Shute Shield launch on Wednesday night and reminisced about his time at Randwick.
“Some of my favourite moments I remember are 4.15pm, Saturday afternoon at Coogee Oval and the sun’s going down in the west,” Cheika said. “It was an instrumental path for me in my rugby experience and has guided me from what I learnt at my club there and other clubs to what is inside me today. You know when you heard a good song when you were a kid and it reminds you of that time when you hear that song again? You go to grounds and you remember the great times you had there, the bad times you had there. Going back there I really enjoy watching.”
Cheika also joked that even though his sons were playing junior rugby for the Clovelly Eagles at present, they were Buckley's chance of running out for Easts when they were older. Cue laughter from a room full of rugby lovers.