Princes Park Touch Summer 2023-24

In 2023-24 the tradition of “Social touch Football in Melbourne’s heart” continues with PPT’s Summer season.
If you are interested in entering a team please visit the website, where you can find more information and the team entry process.

Individual players should leave their details here.

Unethical thieves:

Several months ago I received an offer to buy the domain I am currently using for the LocalHero. A price couldn’t be agreed

However I also pointed out to the domain name broker that given I have been using the name LocalHero in the area of local news are services for longer than 3 years I also have a common law trademark on the name in that category. She assured me she had passed this information on to her client.

A week ago I discovered that a Californian company LocalHero Inc offering local services are now trading under the name LocalHero (the same capitalization as my organization). This behaviour is likely illegal, being in contravention of my common law trademark to the term LocalHero in this category. More importantly this behaviour is definitely unethical and high hypocritical for a company for company dedicated to “helping people”.

It is likely i will be taking legal action however I have already started to prosecute this in the court of public opinion and therefore will be putting together a shame file of the people responsible. Stay tuned.

Peter Shaw

The goal of this blog is to combine my personal interests in amongst other things; technology, programming, sports, fitness, finance, and politics. Hopefully my short life story will help you understand how I developed those interests…

Peter Shaw
Peter Shaw

I am the oldest of three children, born in Ballarat and raised on a farm at Dunneworthy near Ararat.

I studied Commerce at the University of Melbourne, and whilst studying played rugby at club and state level.

After graduating I gave semi-professional rugby a go in England. But was frustrated by a broken leg and a lack of talent and after two year overseas I returned to Australia.

On my return I discovered the incompetence of English doctors, they had set my broken leg at 25 degrees. This required another operation. Determined to use my recovery well I taught myself the rudiments of computer programming.

After a short period working back on the farm I finally commenced my official career and i have worked full time in the finance industry since 2001.

During my spare time I have brought together my lifelong interest in sport and politics with my emerging interests in technology and finance. In 2007 I founded LocalHero. A website/application to link local content to local people. It has had several stages but remains an obsession.

In my spare time I like keeping fit by playing sports including touch football and rugby. I am president and founder of Princes Park Touch , the convenor of the E.M. Shaw Cup.

Melbourne Grammar versus St. Kevins rugby 2006

Fawkner Park was the venue as one of Victorian rugbys fiercest rivalrys was resumed to kick off the Victorian Schoolboys rugby season. Both schools were represented by teams at under 16, second, and first XV level. And all three games were crackers.


In the Under 16’s Melbourne Grammar came back after conceding an early try to score four out of the next five to run out comfortable winners.
Highlights follow:

  1. A fumbled from a kick leads to the opening try to St. Kevins:
  2. St. Kevins turn the ball over in a maul near their own line, and Grammar score:
  3. A rumbling run from a quick tap leads to a Grammar try besides the posts:
  4. The Grammar No. 8 scores from a rumbling run from the back of the scrum
  5. Grammar keep the ball alive through several phases before a great run to score:
  6. St. Kevins peg one back but is to little to late:

Second Grade was dominated by St. Kevins who scored 4 unanswerred tries in a comprehensive win.
Highlights follow:

  1. St. Kevins scrore of a well worked line out move and some poor tackling from MGS:
  2. Grammar think the ball is out but St Kevins score in the corner after keeping the ball alive through several sets of hands:
  3. St. Kevins taake advantage of some stretched MGS defence:
  4. A jinking step takes advantage of tired Grammar defence:

In first grade Melbourne Grammar School started strongly but St. Kevins slowly turned the tide to run out ultimate winners 29 to 7.
Highlights follow:

  1. The Melbourne Grammar fly half scores a fine solo try from seconds after the kickoff:
  2. St. Kevins hit back by taking advantage of some over eager Melbourne Grammar defence:
  3. St. Kevins keep the ball alive through several phases until a beautiful dummy opens up the MGS defence:
  4. St. Kevins score with a great backline move from a scrum:
  5. St. Kevins take a quick tap and spin the ball to score their fourth:
  6. Finally a gallery of the various images from the day:

2002 Masters Games Rugby Grand Final

The 2002 Masters games premier rugby grand final was a much anticipated game played in front of a large crowd in Parkville, Melbourne.

The Melbourne Vikings team were heavily favoured to dispatch Harlequin Academicals having some extremely talented and experienced players. And although it took a while for them to open the scoring against their plucky opponents they ultimately didn’t disappoint.

  1. The vikings bust out down the right wing to score the opening try:
  2. A beautiful move of the back of the scrum leads to a try under the posts:
  3. Standing up the winger to score in the left corner:
  4. More class backline moves from the back of the scrum:
  5. Bursting through from the back of a maul:
  6. A great example of keeping the ball alive:
  7. What an offload:
  8. The Vikings drive and then scyth through a tiring defence:
  9. A right foot step sets up a great try:
  10. Another try for the fullback:
  11. The Vikings post match celebrations:

Words and video by Peter Shaw