Sydney Shield Previews Rd 5
The Sydney Shield is entering Round 5 of the competition with the first four rounds producing a plethora of points. Each game is averaging more than 50 points, providing plenty of entertainment from the expansive brand of footy.
The Hills District Bulls, Windsor Wolves and Wentworthville Magpies remain undefeated on the top of the competition after some very strong performances since opening their campaigns last month.
It is two of these teams, Hills District and Wentworthville, that provide the competition with its feature game this weekend, with only one team to remain undefeated and with it solidifying their position in the top four.
The match which kicks off at 1pm Sunday promises to be one hell of a spectacle for anyone who is able to get down to Ringrose Park. Hills have their biggest test so far this season, while Wenty are hoping last week’s washout doesn’t halt their momentum.
It has been a fantastic start to the season for both teams but in particular Hills who failed to make the semi-finals last season.
There has been a major improvement in the side for the 2015 season, which Hills coach Paul Griffin puts down to “player attitude and commitment to the cause”.
“They are all putting in and doing what is asked of them, and it’s working at the moment”, Griffin explains.
When asked about the team’s main goal for the 2015 Griffin states it is just “win our next game”.
Although cliché, the Hills' approach has proven a success this year with Griffin crediting the competition for positions every week being the key factor.
The new relationship of portability between Hills and Concord-Burwood is helping the depth of both clubs and therefore giving a lot more competition for spots.
This weekend’s clash typifies the strength of this year’s Sydney Shield.
“This is my third year of coaching, and I’ll tell you it keeps stepping up every year. As soon as you take for granted [that] you know what’s happening, it’s gone up another level and you’re left behind,” Griffin said of the Sydney Shield.
In this week’s other matches Blacktown face Guildford, Asquith encounter Peninsula, Western Suburbs clash with Mounties, Cabramatta contest Windsor and East Campbelltown battle Auburn, while Belrose have the bye.