Eastern Suburbs eye off Farrington Shield redemption against Taroona

Fri, May 5, 2023, 5:30 AM
TAS Rugby
by TAS Rugby

Eastern Suburbs are chasing more than competition points when they host Taroona in their Round 2 TRU Championship clash.

The Penguins ran out comfortable 65-7 winners last weekend but there’s something special up for grabs during the Roosters’ first home game against Taroona every season.

Saturday sees the two clubs play for the Geoff Farrington Shield – a trophy dear to both sides.

“The Farrington Shield means everything to us,” Roosters club president Kristi Leitch said.

“Geoff was like royalty and we only knew him as a supporter but before our time he did everything at the club - team manager, president, committee member – and he played a huge role in making our new club rooms a reality.

“Saturday is the most important game of the season for Easts and we’re usually joined by the three remaining Farrington children of Geoff - Wendy, Rob and Janine – they’re a very special part of Easts history.”

A British migrant, Geoff Farrington had strong connection with both Easts and Taroona with the Penguins first attempting to recruit him in 1948 before his long-standing relationship with the Roosters blossomed.

Geoff’s second wife Eleanor also had ties to Taroona, leading to the shield’s creation.

The Easts v Taroona match kicks off at 1pm and will be livestreamed via Tasmanian Rugby’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Easts are still actively recruiting men, women and juniors from 6 and onwards for the 2023 season - prospective players are encouraged to contact Kristi Leitch on 0415481381.