The Dewar Shield is a Rugby Union competition in Melbourne. It is the premier grade for Rugby in Victoria. A total of nine teams from the Victorian Rugby Union compete for the trophy. Local TV Channel 31 broadcasts one game a week on Wednesday evenings. The Rebel Army periodically have online text-based commentary of matches.

Dewar Shield
Dewar Shieid logo.png
SportRugby union
Founded1909; 111 years ago (1909)
No. of teams9; See teams
CountryMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
Melbourne (2018)

HistoryEdit

The Victorian Rugby Union senior competition was established in 1909 with five teams, namely East Melbourne, Melbourne, South Melbourne, St Kilda and University. The Melbourne Rugby Club of that time won the first year of the five-team competition for the new trophy the Dewar Shield (donated by the Scotch Whisky Distillery John Dewar and Sons). One hundred years later in 2009 the current Melbourne Rugby Club is the reigning premiers, defeating Box Hill in the Grand Final for the same Dewar Shield.

The Premier competition is contested by nine clubs with each club fielding three teams (Premier 1, Premier 2, and Premier 3). Other senior competitions offered are Metro 2nd Division with an A, B & C Grade, Colts (U20), Country, Women and Masters (over 35s).

During this time, a number of clubs have dominated the 1st Grade results. Melbourne Rugby Club has the most number of Premierships with 17. Moorabbin holds the record for consecutive Premierships, winning six in a row from 1981 to 1986. Other prominent clubs during this 100-year period include Melbourne University, Power House and Navy.[1]

Footscray and Endeavour Hills were promoted to the Premier division for the 2011 season.

Premier Division clubsEdit

Club Location Home ground Nickname Founded First season
Box Hill Box Hill RHL Sparks Reserve Broncos 1958 1966
Endeavour Hills Endeavour Hills Frog Hollow Reserve Eagles 1979 2007
Footscray Footscray Henry Turner Memorial Reserve Bulldogs 1928
Harlequin Ashwood Ashwood Reserve Quins 1928 1930
Melbourne Armadale Romanis Reserve, Orrong Park Unicorns 1909 1929
Melbourne University Parkville Royal Park Students 1909 1910
Moorabbin Moorabbin Keys Rd Reserve Rams 1965
Power House Albert Park Albert Park The Society 1933 1936
Southern Districts Seaford Riviera Park Pirates 1972

Dewar Shield winnersEdit

Victorian Rugby Union Premiership winners (from 1946 onwards):[1]

  • 1946 Navy
  • 1947 Navy
  • 1948 Melbourne
  • 1949 Melbourne
  • 1950 Melbourne
  • 1951 Navy
  • 1952 Navy
  • 1953 Navy
  • 1954 Melbourne
  • 1955 Harlequin
  • 1956 Power House
  • 1957 Navy
  • 1958 Power House
  • 1959 Melbourne University
  • 1960 Melbourne University
  • 1961 Melbourne University
  • 1962 Harlequin
  • 1963 Melbourne University
  • 1964 Melbourne University
  • 1965 Melbourne
  • 1966 Melbourne
  • 1967 Melbourne University
  • 1968 Power House
  • 1969 Melbourne
  • 1970 Kiwis
  • 1971 Kiwis
  • 1972 Kiwis
  • 1973 Power House
  • 1974 Power House
  • 1975 Harlequin
  • 1976 Kiwis
  • 1977 Kiwis
  • 1978 Moorabbin
  • 1979 Kiwis
  • 1980 Kiwis
  • 1981 Moorabbin
  • 1982 Moorabbin
  • 1983 Moorabbin
  • 1984 Moorabbin
  • 1985 Moorabbin
  • 1986 Moorabbin
  • 1987 Power House
  • 1988 Moorabbin
  • 1989 Harlequin
  • 1990 Moorabbin
  • 1991 Moorabbin
  • 1992 Harlequin
  • 1993 Kiwi-Hawthorn
  • 1994 Moorabbin
  • 1995 Moorabbin
  • 1996 Kiwi-Hawthorn
  • 1997 Power House
  • 1998 Melbourne
  • 1999 Box Hill
  • 2000 Box Hill
  • 2001 Box Hill
  • 2002 Moorabbin
  • 2003 Melbourne
  • 2004 Harlequin
  • 2005 Moorabbin
  • 2006 Power House
  • 2007 Power House
  • 2008 Power House
  • 2009 Melbourne
  • 2010 Melbourne
  • 2011 Melbourne
  • 2012 Moorabbin
  • 2013 Harlequin
  • 2014 Harlequin
  • 2015 Harlequin
  • 2016 Melbourne
  • 2017 Harlequin
  • 2018 Melbourne
  • 2019 Melbourne

Former Premier Division clubsEdit

(list may not be complete)

  • East Melbourne
  • South Melbourne
  • St Kilda
  • Hawthorn
  • Kiwi
  • Navy
  • R.A.A.F
  • Boroondara/Kiwi-Hawthorna
  • South Melbourne
  • Southern Districts RUC

a Kiwi-Hawthorn now play in the Second Division A competition.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Dewar Shield". Melbourne Rebels. 2014. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014.

External linksEdit

Club websitesEdit