Randwick v Eastwood
On the eve of the 2019 Shute Shield, Randwick held their season launch at the Coogee Beach Club which was hosted by club legend Simon Poidevin, with representation from sponsors, players, life members, and special guests including newly elected Labor member Marjorie O’Neill, the Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Wallaby coach and former Randwick player Michael Cheika, Therese Manns, Randwick Council GM and others. Simon Poidevin interviewed the Panel of Michael Cheika, Nick Wilkinson (Randwick Club Captain) David Vea (1st Grade Captain) Arabella McKenzie and Kennedy Cherrington (both Super W, Randwick 7s and 15s players) who spoke of the club significance for them.
David Vea also spoke of the hard work in the pre-season. “One thing that was apparent from the launch was the incredible people supporting the club through sponsorship, coaches, board members, volunteers, and all involved no matter big or small. Through this they create a village, ‘it takes a village to raise a child” and Randwick is that village raising that child, and we see today some great testament to this child raised by Randwick, Likes of Poido, Dwyer, Ella brothers and many more these are outstanding individuals contributing to the community in every way possible. Randwick Rugby is not just a rugby club it’s way more than just the rugby played on Saturday afternoon. It brings the community together to raise and foster outstanding citizens with a genuine community sense.”
The season proper kicked off with a home game against Eastwood, with the new Wicks team largely made up of graduate Colts, confident of doing well in 2019. Despite being behind on the score board, the boys started well and looked good in attack for the first 30 minutes. At no stage did they appear troubled in defence against Eastwood, only paying the price when failing to transition well against a good team when they turned over the ball.
Stand out player was Christian Poidevin following in his father’s footsteps, scoring a 50 metre try in his first grade debut.
Randwick 12 Eastwood 40
Second grade played well in a tightly fought game against Eastwood, to run out winners coming from behind with two late tries. Inside centre Ben Starkey scored the winning try.
Randwick 26 Eastwood 19
In third grade, tackling did not seem to be a priority for either side. While Fly Half Morgan Steyn scored two tries and converted both, the boys unfortunately went down.
Randwick 36 Eastwood 50
In fourth grade, luck was not on Randwick’s side with them going down.
Randwick 10 Eastwood 26