#SharksNewsToday – April 13
Andrew to possibly miss four matches
The Sharks have until tomorrow at 1.00pm to decide whether to challenge a grade three dangerous throw charge levelled against Andrew Fifita from a tackle in the match against Newcastle last Friday night.
The tackle was on hooker Adam Clydesdale in the 11th minute, with the charge attracting a 472 point penalty and a four game suspension should he accept an early guilty plea. Were Fifita to challenge and be unsuccessful it would be a 630 point penalty and a six match ban.
The potential suspension comes at an unfortunate time for Fifita who had his most productive outing of the season so far in his teams win over the Knights and was re-entering calculations for rep berths with teams selections upcoming.
And David sidelined as well
While his brother decides whether to accept a four-week suspension David Fifita has little choice other than to spend four to six weeks on the sideline after suffering a fracture to his fibula in the match on the weekend.
The injury comes as a blow for David who had cemented a place in the Sharks 17 with a series of strong performances over the first six rounds of the competition.
Luckily for the Sharks they have good forward depth to cover for the injured Fifita with Sam Tagataese, Tinirau Arona, Jayson Bukuya and Junior Roqica just some of those playing for the Newtown Jets in what was their fourth consecutive win on Sunday.
News better on Barba
The news may not be so encouraging regarding the Fifita’s however the early diagnosis on Ben Barba’s knee injury is more positive, with the Sharks utility hopeful of being fit to play against Souths next Monday night.
Barba was assisted from the field late in the Newcastle match, with the early fears being a serious injury which potentially could have kept him out for an extended period of time.
After being checked on the night by Sharks Doctor George Pitsis, Barba was sent for scans, with the results confirming the Doctors initial diagnosis with no ligament damage apparent.
It is hoped Barba will be fit to train by mid-week and available for the Sharks clash with the Premiers Souths Sydney on Monday night.
Congratulations to Sharks member Anne Latu who was the winner of the Sharks Lucky Member $1,000 prize from the match against the Knights.
Members must be present at the games to win, with their membership card activated upon entry to Remondis Stadium. The draw then takes place at half time of the main game.
If you’re a Sharks member be at the game to have your chance to win.
Ennis Man of the Match
Congratulations to Michael Ennis for being awarded the Harvey Norman Man of the Match for his outstanding performance in the Sharks victory over the Newcastle Knights.
In possibly his best game since joining the Sharks this season, Ennis was in the thick of the action throughout, with his defence at its usual high standard and his work with the football helping to get his team on the front foot all evening.
On accepting the award Ennis donated his prize, a Television courtesy of Harvey Norman, to the De La Salle Caringbah club, the club where two of his young sons play their junior league.
See Ennis’s post match interview with Sharks TV – CLICK HERE - http://www.sharks.com.au/news/2015/04/13/from_the_sheds_micha.html
Junior Sharks Finals bound
The Sharks Harold Matthews and SG Ball teams have qualified for the Junior Rep Finals which commence this Saturday, April 18.
A win in their final round match against Souths saw the Ball Sharks sneak into the finals in eighth position and they will take on the fifth placed Parramatta Eels in an elimination final.
In the Matthews Cup the Sharks were beaten in their final game at Redfern Oval on Saturday and slipped from fourth into fifth spot on the ladder, setting up another elimination game where they will play the Manly Sea Eagles.
Unfortunately the two teams are at different venue on Saturday, with details of their finals matches as follows:
SG BALL – Sharks (8th) v Parramatta (5th) – 11.30am KO @ Pepper Stadium (Mulgoa Rd, Penrith)
HAROLD MATTHEWS – Sharks (5th) v Manly (8th ) – 2.30pm KO @ Campbelltown Stadium (Pembroke Rd, Leumeah)
Women in League Function
The Cronulla Sharks are proud to announce the launch of our Women In League cocktail function for 2015.
This year’s celebrations will take place between 6:30-9:30 pm on Thursday, May 14 at the Harvey Norman Commercial Showroom Taren Point.
Along with live entertainment and a number of Sharks players on hand, Fox Sports presenters Matt Shirvington and Lara Pitt will host the evening’s festivities.
Make sure you get along to this event and secure your seat today.
See the Sharks facebook page for more information and for how to book – CLICK HERE.
Sharks in the News
On the back of two wins in succession the media was on the whole positive surrounding the Sharks, with match reports and an NRL.COM feature on Jack Bird covering off on the Knights win, while Fox Sports suggested the Sharks were a team on the rise after turning around their slow start to the season.
Big League meanwhile had an in depth Q & A piece on Sharks Group CEO Lyall Gorman.
See what they were saying about the Sharks in the news this week.
Counting the Cost – Sportal – CLICK HERE
Sharks on the Up – Fox Sports – CLICK HERE
Lyall Gorman – Big League – CLICK HERE
Bird Super Start – NRL.COM – CLICK HERE