Rugby Victoria today announces the draw for the 2018 Dewar Shield as well as a restructure of Rugby Victoria's Senior Competitions.
2018 DEWAR SHIELD DRAW
The 2018 Dewar Shield will be kicking off on the 21st April with the last regular season fixtures taking place on the 28th July. The eight-team competition will involve 14 rounds with each team playing each other both home and away. The 2018 Dewar Shield season will culminate on Grand Final Day which will take place on Saturday the 18th of August.
Click Here to view the 2018 Dewar Shield Draw.
RUGBY VICTORIA SENIOR COMPETITIONS RESTRUCTURE
Throughout 2017, Rugby Victoria conducted a comprehensive review of the Victorian senior rugby competitions. Through this process, Rugby Victoria invited involvement from all clubs to take part and provide suggestions and insight. Following the review a sub-committee provided the Rugby Victoria Board with a report including several recommendations. The key themes from these recommendations contained clear criteria for what is expected of clubs to participate in all respective senior competitions.
These key themes have been acted upon through this restructure, with clarity provided around the requirements for clubs to participate in each grade, along with a rebranding of the Senior Competitions aligning with these changes.
Will Nicholson, Rugby Victoria Rugby Services Manager said "The competition review was a very thorough process. There were a large number of different models looked at moving forward but we felt the new criteria and competition structure decided upon will provide the Senior Rugby competitions in Victoria with a clear direction moving forward".
Find below the rebranding and 2018 Competition Grades. All Clubs/Draws apart from Dewar Shield TBC by early 2018.
- 3 team clubs
- Dewar Shield, Dewar Shield Reserves (Penwill Cup) and 3rd Grade (Mawhinney Cup) Competitions
- 2 team clubs
- Premiership (Ward Shield) and Premiership Reserves Competitions
- 1 team clubs
- Championship Competition
- Lindroth Cup
COLTS COMPETITION (U20's)
- Bolton Cup
- 10 week competition in 2018, will culminate in the Grand Final at AAMI Park as Curtain Raiser to Rebels home game