The 2017 Legends Shield, an annual seven-a-side rugby league tournament for both boys and girl’s teams bringing together over 50 teams from 23 different regions, was played at Macquarie University playing fields this week.
The Primary School tournament was contested on Wednesday, before the girl’s event took place earlier today.
In the Primary Schools event the Sutherland Shire was represented by Holy Family at Menai who in May this year were successful in winning the ET Shield.
Sharks legend Andrew Ettingshausen, after who the event is named, was on hand to present the ET Shield to the winning team earlier in the year and was also at the State Final on Wednesday.
Holy Family progressed through to the final of the under 11’s Legends Shield in what was an outstanding effort from all concerned.
Then on Thursday it was the turn of the girls, with Cronulla High in the under 14’s and Woolooware in the 16’s, a team coached by Sharks Women’s Series and Jillaroos player Allana Ferguson, representing the local area.
Both teams performed admirably but were eliminated in the pool stage after winning one of their three games contested.
Shontelle Stowers and Monique Luff from the Sharks Women’s Series side appeared on Thursday to support the girl’s competition, while injured Sharks NRL squad member Tony Williams attended the boys event on Wednesday.
The Legends Shield is an annual tournament and an NRL Initiative, with NRL players, former legends and NRL ambassadors appearing over the course of the two-day event.
The competition is run by NRL Gamed Development.