I know it's only July but since the Shute Shield clubs and the NSWRU (and SRU?) have been discussing the format of the SS for next year for "the last 18 months" maybe we should canvas ideas from those who care most ie us! My suggestion is 12 teams, full home and away, 5 team playoffs. Playoffs week 1: (1) 4 v 5 [loser eliminated] (2) 2 v 3 Playoffs week 2: (3) winner of (1) v loser of 2 [loser eliminated] (4) 1 v winner of (2) [winner to GF] Playoffs week 3: (5) winner of (3) v loser of (4) [winner to GF, loser eliminated] Playoffs week 4: GF So teams finishing 1 and 2 have a second bite at the cherry if beaten and the minor premier gets a week off. 7 teams who miss out to play in a knockout plate competition in parallel to the playoffs. Season to last 26 weeks (no breaks) compared to 24 weeks this year (which included 1 week with no games and 1 split round) GO FOR IT !!!