#SharksNewsToday

Membership renewal period extended
The period to renew your Sharks membership for the 2015 season has been extended until December 15.

This extension gives 2014 members ample opportunity to secure THEIR seats and that favourite vantage point at Remondis Stadium for what promises to be an exciting 2015 season for the Sharks.

Memberships for new members are also on sale now –with seat allocations to take place after the December 15 renewal deadline.

Also, for the information of members mark down in your diary the Members Christmas Party, scheduled for December 19. Click on the following link to find out more – X-Mas Barbeque

And in more membership news stay turned to find out how you could win your way to the upcoming Auckland Nines Competition as a guest of the Sharks by becoming a member for the 2015 season.

Go to the membership link on the Sharks website for more info.

 

Pathways Camp
Aspiring young players from Queensland, New Zealand and country regions of NSW have arrived at Sharks headquarters for the Pathways Camp which began today.

In all 16 youngsters aged from 15 to 18 years listened to an induction from Pathways Camp leaders John Morris and Vinh Tran, before heading to the gym for some words of wisdom from NRL coach Shane Flanagan and some testing with Sharks physios and training staff.

The camp will continue over the next three days with skills and physical training sessions, including an introduction to the famous Wanda sand hills, interaction with the Sharks NRL playing group and a game against a touring Samoan Under-18s team on Saturday.

 

Club Training Session
In an initiative designed to open the eyes of the young ‘Sharks of the future’ to the possibilities and to enable them to train and interact with the clubs’ NRL stars, the Sharks will hold a club training session this Friday afternoon.

Arranged at the instigation and suggestion of coach Shane Flanagan, the Club training session will see all four Sharks teams - under 16’s Matthews Cup, Under 18’s SG Ball, the Holden Cup Under-20’s and the NRL squad, all train together on the one field at the same time.

Players from the Sharks Pathways Camp will also take part.

Flanagan and his senior coaches Steve Price and James Shepherd will be hands on in coaching the players, with the assistance of junior rep and 20’s coaching staff.

Young Sharks lead the way
Sharks Australian Schoolboys Connor Tracey and Ashleigh Nisbet were impressive in a 38-24 win over the Leeds Academy team.

NIsbet was given the honour of captaining the Australian Schoolboys while Tracey kicked five goals and played an instrumental role in the win over the Rhinos Under-19’s Academy in a match played at Headingley Carnegie.  

Both Nisbet and Keenan Yorsten, who joins the Sharks from Brisbane at the conclusion of the Schoolboys Tour, got across the line for a tries in the win, while Tracey was impressive with the ball in hand, setting up an early Australian try. The Sharks 20’s halfback and De La Salle junior also pulled off a try saving tackle in his teams’ win in a solid display.

The victory was the third for the Australian Schoolboys, following on from an 86-6 win over the Combined Regional Academies and a 36-18 triumph over Wigan Warriors Academy.

For video highlights of the Australian Schoolboys v Leeds Academy clash – CLICK HERE

Note: Connor Tracey is in jersey 7, Ash Nisbet 12, Jayden Brailey 14 and Keenan Yorsten 3.

 

NRL Press release – NRL competition committee
A landmark Competition Committee meeting has viewed and analysed comprehensive research into how rugby league has evolved over the past decade with a view to shaping how the game will look in 2024.

Meeting over two days in Sydney, the Committee discussed a number of topics in the game, including the size of players in 2014 compared to a decade ago, the evolution of infringements and judiciary charges, training and playing workload, referees, the match review committee as well as the overall look of the game.

“We have been analysing the data for several months and it was important to show the people who are helping to shape the game, our Competition Committee,” NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg said.

“We have former players, current and former coaches on the panel, with thousands of matches of experience and expertise in rugby league. The data highlights how the game has progressed as a professional code in the past decade, and also gave us a chance to look into the future.

“This was the first time the Competition Committee has met over such a period and it was also the first time it has been given such thorough research to bring to the table. That can only help them make the right decisions for the future.”

The Competition Committee includes Wayne Bennett, Trent Robinson, Tim Sheens, Darren Lockyer, John Lang, Laurie Daley, Daniel Anderson, Tony Archer, Mark O’Neill, Michael Buettner as well as NRL chief executive Dave Smith and ARL Commission Chairman John Grant and Commissioner Wayne Pearce.

“The meeting was a thorough and worthwhile exercise,” Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson said. “We discussed a range of issues which are important to consider in the future direction of the game and I’m confident that we will enhance the code as a result.

Sharks get ‘Wet and Wild’
Click on the link to Sharks TV and see what the boys got up to today at the Wet and Wild water park in a team activity held after today’s morning training session.

The NRL group were appreciative of the hospitality shown by Wet and Wild staff and thoroughly enjoyed their time.

See Sharks TV to see some of the action from today at Wet and Wild – CLICK HERE  

 

Finally – Good Luck Gal
Last but not least for Sharks News Today, good luck to skipper Paul Gallen in his bout with former teammate Anthony Watts, with the pair stepping into the ring on the undercard of the Daniel Geale-Jarrdo Fletcher fight at the Hordern Pavillion tonight.

Gal was confident of success, however there are no guarantees in the boxing ring  and he will need to be on his game against Watts, who has certainly grown out of his ‘halfback body’ and bulked up since his days in rugby league.

Sharkies Leagues Club will show the fight through the Main Event Channel.