Medowie excitement machine Shane Fielding grabs silver medal for NSW at Australian Deaf Rugby Games

Medowie Rugby Club sensation Shane Fielding turned in classy performances for NSW at the Australian Deaf Rugby Games in Newcastle.

HAVE speed will travel is the motto for Medowie Rugby Club excitement machine Shane Fielding.

Local rugby enthusiasts have marvelled at the utility back’s attacking skills in the Hunter Suburban Rugby competition in recent seasons where he has proved a prolific try scorer for his beloved Marauders.

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Earlier this year, the fleet footed Fielding was rewarded for those dashing performances by earning himself a representative jumper with the NSW Deaf team.

Shane was a key member of the NSW side that finished runners up to Fiji at this year’s Australian and Oceania Deaf Games staged in Newcastle and later participated in the National Deaf Rugby Camp at Dapto.

A dynamic running fullback or winger, Fielding made a huge impact for the NSW outfit at the Games with his speed off the mark and powerful bursts, turning in consistent displays to impress keen judges and be considered as one of the players of the tournament.

He shone in the Blues’ 31-5 victory over the Barbarians – nabbing three scintillating tries in a best on ground performance and played strongly against the flamboyant Fijians, who were crowned gold medallists after finishing the tournament with an undefeated record.

The Medowie flyer hopes to push his claims for selection in the Australian Deaf Rugby squad that will tour South Africa in August.

Fielding is a late bloomer and began his rugby journey back in 2021 with the Medowie club as a rookie 25-year-old.

He shares a strong passion for the code, is a keen student of the game and continues to develop in leaps and
bounds as a player in all facets.
The sharp runner is saddling up for his fourth consecutive season in the Hunter Suburban Rugby competition in 2004.

“I enjoy playing fullback and on the wing where I can finish off attacking moves,” the Medowie speedster told News Of The Area.

“Representing NSW at the Deaf Games was a huge honour and lifetime opportunity and one that I’m grateful for,” he beamed.

Club stalwart Daniel Carmody says Fielding is a popular figure at the Marauders and described the elusive back as “one heck of a rugby player”.

“Shane is a trump card on the field and difficult to contain with his speed off the mark, overall strength and tricky footwork,” revealed the experienced top grade forward.

“He deserved that NSW jumper and will again be an asset to our club this season,” said Carmody.

Under the guidance of leading coach Josh Murphy, the Marauders should be a force in Hunter Suburban Rugby this season.

The versatile Fielding hopes to play in the fly-half position for Medowie where he can get his hands on the ball and spark the attack with a roving commission.

By Chris KARAS

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