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Umpire scholars

Former Parramatta captain Greg Davidson is one of two umpires Cricket Australia has nominated for the 2014 national officiating scholarship. The other is Tony Wilds, and they are being mentored by Simon Taufel and Graham Chudleigh respectively.

Shute Shield

Parramatta will host Gordon on March 29 as the start of their 2014 Shute Shield first-grade rugby union campaign. The Two Blues will play Manly in a trial match this Sunday.

Eagles v Fraser Park

Parramatta Eagles will host Fraser Park FC in round one of the premier league soccer competition on Sunday, March 23. The premier league Parramatta FC teams will play Granville association teams and participate in the crossbar challenge at the club's annual charity day this Sunday. Attendance will be a gold-coin donation to the Children's Hospital at Westmead.

Wanderers return

While the heat from Saturday night's incendiary Sydney derby is yet to cool down, 3-1 losers Western Sydney Wanderers return home this Saturday night with one thing on their mind, three vital competition points.

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