It seemed appropriate during NRL Heritage Week to launch a special new section of the Sharks website.
In a week where the rich history of rugby league is being celebrated across the NRL at the eight games this weekend, the Sharks website will take it first steps towards recognising the players to have made the Cronulla club what it is today.
The ‘Heritage’ section will become available as a part of the ‘About’ drop down menu section of the website and features a complete listing of all past First Grade and/or NRL players, with a link to statistical information for 10 of the greatest to have pulled on the blue, black and white jersey.
In round two of the 2014 season David Fifita, twin brother of Kangaroo forward Andrew, became the 486th player to proudly wear the Cronulla club strip in a top grade game, carrying on the tradition started by player number one, the Sharks first captain Monty Porter.
Fifita followed in the footsteps of some of the greats of the game, international players, Origin representatives and a selection of the most dedicated clubmen to play for the Sharks.
The list will include each player to represent the club at the highest level, once upon a time the NSWRL First Grade competition, now the NRL, with all players having recieved a club number to signify their top grade debut.
Since 1967, the Sharks first year in the elite NSWRL competition, the number is 486 players – and counting.
While the Sharks might have and a future to look forward to, they also have a past to be proud of and with the clubs’ 50th year approaching, now is the perfect time to start to recgonise those who have gone before.
Follow the link and see the complete list of former Sharks top grade players.
And 11 of our former legends
1 1967 Monty Porter
48 1969 Greg Pierce
50 1969 Tommy Bishop
70 1971 Cliff Watson
84 1973 Steve Rogers
132 1979 David Hatch
137 1980 Gavin Miller
166 1983 Andrew Ettingshausen
178 1984 Mark McGaw
292 1994 David Peachey
301 1995 Mat Rogers