Darby Loudon (17)
Not sure that they were that keen on playing Joeys - IIRC a parent from the team posted something to the effect that they had had injuries and lopsided scorelines against Kings, Newington and Joeys prior to withdrawing. Scots 15s with half the year group away would have been ok - they may have even played that game.
The boys were largely happy to play Joeys (& View & Scots) but the school made the decision to withdraw from the entire comp on their behalf after a review of the situation. Safety was the issue with Kings and Newington with serious mismatches in player size between Shore & these 2 sides. Those two particular sides seemed to grow significantly and find some new faces between 2016 to 2017 for some unknown reason . Whilst they did get beaten by Joeys as well, the difference was more a skill and organisation issue early in the season. They played Scots later on and won that game (admittedly against a fairly depleted Scots outfit).
Loiterers post #236 above accurately describes what happened last year where the start of the season saw their larger backs and some key forwards missing plus there were a lot of rowers in the 15A's last year so training started very late hence early season was a real struggle. The second half of the season saw key players (5-6) return plus some external coaching input and accordingly they were a different team.
I dont know what will happen this season in 16A's. They have lost some key larger players to opens however they played and lost 14-7 against a very large Waverley team on the weekend and played with a lot of heart although it was a scrappy game dominated by mistakes and the ref. I suspect a call to proceed will be made after the trials.