Challenge shield introduced for Australia’s Sunshine Coast Rugby Union

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
A grade rugby union teams on Australia‘s Sunshine Coast, Queensland, are to compete for a challenge shield from this season. Reigning Sunshine Coast Rugby Union A grade premier Noosa were presented the SGQ Shield as initial holders at Thursday’s season launch with their first scheduled defence against Caloundra on April 24.

Maroochydore (blue) hosted Noosa in round 1. Caloundra (yellow) will challenge Noosa for the SGQ Shield in round 3. (Image: Patrick Gillett)

“The next time Noosa will play at home they will be challenged for the shield and whoever holds it will then be challenged again at their next home game”, Sunshine Coast Rugby Union Competition’s Manager Mike Aronsten said. “It is only challenged at home games which replicates the Ranfurly Shield concept [in New Zealand]” Aronsten further added.

The Coast’s senior women’s sides will also have their own challenge shield. Caboolture are the initial holders of the Matai Shield having defeated Noosa in last seasons Grand Final. They are schedule to defend the shield for the first time on May 15 against Nambour.

“Good luck to all [of] the girls, and thanks to Matai for making this happen,” Caboolture A grade coach Jason de Kock said on accepting the shield.

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