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Preview | Sydney Shield Grand Final 2019

Cabramatta look to finish a special year with a Grand Final win in their 100th season while Ryde-Eastwood Hawks look to cap off a remkarkable first year in the Sydney Shield. 

Cabramatta Two Blues v Ryde-Eastwood Hawks
Saturday 28 September
Leichhardt Oval

History will be made when Cabramatta and Ryde-Eastwood Hawks face off in the Sydney Shield Grand Final with both teams looking to capture their first premiership since the competition started in 2012.

A win would cap a special year for either side with Cabramatta celebrating their 100th season since they were founded in 1919, while Ryde-Eastwood have enjoyed a memorable first year in the Sydney Shield competition.
Cabramatta finished with the Minor Premiership having remained undefeated until Round 18 and recording just three losses all year, although Ryde Eastwood hold a significant edge over their Grand Final opponents with wins in their past two fixtures.    

Their first was a convincing 36-18 victory in Round 20 before recording an enthralling 26-22 win in week one of the finals.

Cabramatta survived a scare in Finals Week Two with a heart-stopping 38-34 win over Asquith Magpies, before storming into the decider with a comprehensive 42-16 victory over last year’s premiers, East Campbelltown Eagles.

Both teams now come into the decider with a wealth of confidence in attack although Cabramatta boast the best defensive record in the competition, conceding just 18.3 points per game.

It sets up an exciting clash against Ryde-Eastwood as they boast plenty of attacking prowess, particularly through the duo of Josh Rizk and Tristan Evans-Tsoi who have crossed for seven and eight tries respectively in their past five games.

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