New venue a winner
With maintenance on-going on the main deck at Remondis Stadium and the outside fields inconvenienced as works begin on the Woolooware Bay residential precinct, the Sharks NRL squad has transferred their training sessions to a new venue.
From last week the Sharks began taking their field sessions to the newly constructed grounds at Cronulla High School, an impressive facility which is set to become an outstanding community asset.
The renovated playing fields are to the south of the Cronulla High classrooms and feature two full size rugby league fields, with a two-story club-house and admin building adjacent to the fields on the western side closest to the road.
The two fields enable the Sharks to spread their training out, with scrimmage and ball work on the eastern field and conditioning sessions on the ground nearest to the clubhouse.
The Sharks NYC team have also utilised the fields, while the junior rep teams are exploring the possibility of playing one of their upcoming trial matches at the venue.
As for the club house, while Cronulla Caringbah will take over the second floor facility ahead of the next junior league season getting underway, the Sharks will move their secondary gym, used by the junior rep and academy squads, to a new room on the ground floor and within the clubhouse structure.
Today the NRL squad went through a ball work-skills session with coaches Shane Flanagan, Steve Price and James Shepherd, before being handed over to High Performance Manager Andrew Gray who put them through an arduous series of conditioning drills.
With the Auckland Nines, the unofficial start of the 2015 season, just a matter of weeks away, the signs were good for the Sharks, with only the Fifita twins sitting out the training drills.
Andrew is continuing his recovery from thumb and wrist injuries, while David has a stress fracture to his foot and is undergoing alternative training as a part of his rehabilitation process which keeps him off his feet.
Both are expected to be fit for the start of the season proper come March 8.
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The view from the balcony at the new clubhouse and the Sharks training on the western field at Cronulla High