by Ryan Selvage
Throughout the mid-to-late 1990s, the Donaghy surname featured in a backline alongside the likes of Peachey, Rogers and Ettingshausen.
Fast-forward to 2015, and the name is still making an appearance when the Sharks play host at Remondis Stadium.
14-year-old Taylah Donaghy, daughter of former outside back Paul Donaghy, is just one of the many Shark Crew volunteers helping to improve the game-day experience at Cronulla.
Although she has not witnessed her father play Rugby League, Taylah says she is proud of what her father achieved in his time in the black, white and blue; adding that he isn’t one to boast about his time in the top grade.
“He always tried to avoid those type of stories … he talks about how many injuries he had,” she said.
The family’s ties have played an obvious role in Taylah registering with the Shark Crew. Sharing the same name as her father, Taylah says our courageous captain remains her favourite player.
“Paul Gallen – because his name is Paul. And my brother, when he was little, he ran out of the sheds with him. I’ve liked him ever since then,” she said.
Having joined the Shark Crew program at the start of the season Taylah balances schoolwork and her volunteer commitments, finding time for study, footy and fun.
"I’m doing a Duke of Edinburgh award this year, so (The Shark Crew) is also a part of my volunteering,” said Taylah.
“I also love going to the football each week and having fun running on the field with all the little kids.”
Assisting with game day operations, Taylah does her bit to ensure the half-time entertainment runs smoothly, and she is only too happy to help the club that she loves.
“We take the little children onto the field. They play little mini-mod games of football, or touch and tag games,” she said.
“I absolutely enjoy going down (to Remondis Stadium to assist in the Shark Crew) because then we get to watch the game afterwards.
“On Friday I introduced my friend to Shark Crew and now she has joined as well!”
Away from Remondis Stadium, Taylah’s love for all things footy does not fail. A keen Oz Tag player, Donaghy was a member of Cronulla’s successful U13 girls side who remained undefeated at the 2013 State Cup.
Taylah partnered former Sharks centre Paul Mellor’s daughter – also named Taylah – in that side.
“That was good. I enjoy playing Oz Tag,” she said.
If you’re interested in joining Taylah and her fellow Sharkies in the Shark Crew, it’s never too late to get involved! To register your interest, CLICK HERE.
This article was a part of the #SharkCrew Profile series