Parramatta captain Adrian Musico wants his club to parlay a historic Ken Catchpole Medal win into tangible growth for rugby in western Sydney.
Musico became the first Two Blues player in the history of the Shute Shield to take out the top individual honour on Tuesday night.
The openside breakaway, who also captained his side this season, polled 17 votes, holding off West Harbour flanker Kelly Meafua (16) and Southern Districts captain Marcus Carbone (15).
The result was announced to huge cheers from the audience at the Hilton Hotel, and came as a surprise to Musico given the Two Blues’ 10th-place finish in the Sydney club competition. Sydney University won the Shield after beating Warringah 45-12 on Saturday.
“It was a huge shock to be honest, I had no idea,” Musico said.
It’s finally good to get a win [for the club]. Personal accolade aside, it’s just a small win considering what’s going on with rugby in western Sydney, but it’s a step in the right direction for the club and we can hopefully build on it.”
Two Blues president Brian Blacklock said the win was a reflection of the competition’s values.
“We were completely shocked and blown away but when you know Adrian and what a great character he is, he’s not only an excellent player over the ball, who topped the tackle count last year, but he also has the respect of the referees,” Blacklock said.
“There was a lot of applause from a lot of the clubs. I guess they were partly cheering for us because we wear the underdog tag and they were also cheering in acknowledgement of Adrian and how well respected he is.”
The award was also a boost for the Sydney and NSW Rugby Unions, who are under pressure to do more in western Sydney.
Blacklock revealed the club was working on a major overhaul in the lead-up to next season, involving a new name, a bigger catchment and the $11 million redevelopment of their Granville Park home.
“We are re-branding to the Western Sydney Two Blues to broaden our reach beyond Parramatta,” he said.
“Our juniors are from Baulkham Hills, to Hawkesbury and down to Liverpool, so being isolated as ‘Parramatta’ doesn’t resonate with everybody. We also live in the shadow of the Eels [rugby league team], so this is a great opportunity to re-establish rugby as a sport and as a viable pathway to the elite levels.”
The Two Blues are pleased to announce and congratulate Adrian Musico as the Two Blues First Grade Captain for season 2018. The Shute Shields top tackler in 2017 Muso leads by example and is set to lead the Two Blues troops out in round one this Saturday v Sydney University.
Nasinu RFC from Fiji claimed the inaugural Biu Blacklock Shield at the weekends first trial for the Two Blues. In a highly entertaining match Nasinu claimed the game with a conversion on full time to snatch victory 36-34.
The Two Blues and Nasinu have joined forces entering into a sister club association with the two clubs touring to contest the Biu Blacklock shield named after current club presidents Paula Biu and Brian Blacklock.
The game was a great first hit out for the year for the Two Blues with some exciting rugby played by both sides.
The Two Blues now work towards the next trial v Gordon on the 17th March followed by final trials v Manly on 24th March all at Granville Park featuring both colts and grade.
18 December 2017 – Media Release – Cumberland Council
A western Sydney stadium so run-down that visiting teams dubbed it “death valley” is set to get a new lease of life, with Cumberland Councillors unanimously passing a motion to build a new stadium with function facilities at Granville Park.
The current stadium is home to the first grade Two Blues Rugby Union team, which was founded in 1879, and currently boasts both men and women playing in the national squads.
However the world class players are let down by worn out and dilapidated facilities that have increasingly become a target for vandals.
Mayor Greg Cummings said a report is being prepared that will identify the resourcing requirements of the new facility.
“This decision is a win for both Granville and Greater Western Sydney, and an investment in the health and well-being of the local community,” Mayor Cummings said.
“The stadium and grounds at Granville Park are simply not up to scratch.
“The building is on its last legs; there are holes in the walls, the change rooms are falling apart, and there is wide spread damage to the roof and guttering.
“Western Sydney, and Granville Park in particular, routinely produces world class athletes. Unfortunately the stadiums and grounds they train and compete on are rarely of the same calibre.
“Cumberland Council has decided it’s time they get the facilities to match.”
The decision follows the release of early concept artwork in August 2017 that envisioned replacing the out-dated structure along Montrose Avenue with a new, state-of-the art pavilion and carrying out major upgrades to the playing fields.
The concept artwork shows a modern facility boasting ample elevated seating for a better crowd experience, four change rooms for male and female athletes, a strength and conditioning gym, plus separate rooms for time keepers and referees.
Granville Park was once the main sporting venue for the Parramatta district; originally a venue for horse-racing, cricket and athletics, rugby union and then rugby league.