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Hunter Rugby: Wanderers-Merewether Carlton head into battle for ANZAC Shield


The Wanderers Rugby Club (WRC) will face its own battle when it hosts the Adams-Halter ANZAC Shield at No. 2 Sportsground on 25 April.

Not only is the organisation preparing to tackle long-time foes Merewether Carlton on one of the biggest days on the nation’s calendar, it’s yet to taste success in the annual clash, now in its fourth year.

While deeply rooted in the local community, and boasting rich histories of sporting excellence, both outfits are committed to fostering a culture of camaraderie, respect and tradition… on and off the field.

That’s never more evident than the ANZAC Shield, marking a poignant union of rivalry and remembrance in the Hunter Rugby fraternity.

This esteemed event stands as a testament to the enduring comradeship between two cross-town rivals while honouring the cherished Anzac Day legacy.

Named in homage to legends and ex-servicemen Neil “Noodles” Adams and John “Fats” Halter, the silverware serves as a symbol of admiration and unity within the rugby community.

“The Adams-Halter ANZAC Shield is a fantastic way to commemorate the Anzac tradition and celebrate the strong rivalry the Wanderers and Merewether Carlton enjoy,” WRC president Peter Chrystal said.

“The line-up of matches and events, along with the Anzac Medal, adds a meaningful touch to the day.

“It’s great to see everyone come together for such a special occasion.”

Gates will open at 10.30am on Thursday.

Union enthusiasts can then sit back and watch the women’s, Premier 3, 2 and 1 teams in action.

“We’re promising a day of thrilling rugby,” Chrystal said.

“In addition to the on-field excitement, attendees are able to indulge in a culinary feast courtesy of Smokin Hot & Saucy BBQ, complemented by locally-crafted beers from Taphaus, ensuring a vibrant atmosphere for all.”

Highlighting the essence of the Anzac spirit, the coveted Anzac Medal will be awarded to the player who best exemplifies traits of skill, courage, self-sacrifice, teamwork and fair play during the matches.

Amid the enjoyment, a brief Anzac Day service is scheduled to take place at 3.30pm, providing a solemn moment of reflection and gratitude for the sacrifices made by servicemen and women.

“The Adams-Halter ANZAC Shield represents more than just a rugby fixture,” Chrystal said.

“It stands as a symbol of community, tradition and remembrance.

“Join us on Thursday as we come together to honour our history, celebrate our rivalry, and pay tribute to the Anzac legacy.”

Hunter Rugby

Round two results:

  • Merewether Carlton d University of Newcastle 28-19
  • Maitland d Wanderers 22-13
  • Hamilton Hawks d Southern Beaches 41-0

Round three draw:

Thursday 25 April

  • 4.15pm: Wanderers v Merewether Carlton (No.2 Sportsground)

Saturday 27 April

  • 3.30pm: Maitland v Southern Beaches (Marcellin Park)
  • 3.30pm: Hamilton Hawks v University of Newcastle (Passmore Oval)

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