Sharks head South
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan, captain Wade Graham and winger Sosaia Feki return from Leeton today following their community visit which saw them call in on schools, junior league clubs and the Mortimer Shield schools rugby league event.
The trio joined Leeton native Jeff Robson and Lake Cargelligo local Jaden Clarke on the trip to the Riverina, with Robson, Clarke and Sharks Community Engagement Officer George Nour scheduled to continue on to a number of other regional schools and junior football clubs today.
The visit was a part of an annual community tour of the area.
For more on the Riverina trip and the Sharks community program, go to the following link.
CLICK HERE for more information and stay tuned for a detailed report on the community visit next week. - http://www.sharks.com.au/news/2015/06/10/beach_to_bush_sharks.html
Knights on the horizon
In the absence of Shane Flanagan on Thursday Steve Price took over control of the Sharks bye week training session, with the players going through conditioning drills and games as well as some skill work.
High Performance coach Andrew Gray put the group through their regular strength session in the gym, with the focus now shifting to the Newcastle Knights and a game on Sunday, June 21.
The Sharks should be refreshed and well rested for the Knights clash, with Ricky Leutele to come into calculations for a centre berth after recovering from a shoulder problem.
The status of Ben Barba however remains unclear, with the fullback/five eighth battling a cracked rib.
The Sharks will also be hoping inspirational skipper Paul Gallen comes through the Origin game next Wednesday night unscathed.
The Newcastle match is scheduled for a 2.00pm kick-off at Hunter Stadium on Sunday, June 21.
To view training vision from Thursday’s field session, CLICK HERE - http://www.sharks.com.au/news/2015/06/11/training_video_i_thu.html
NSW 18’s Pathway Team
While the selection of four young Sharks chosen to represent NSW in the annual under-18’s match at the MCG next Wednesday night has been widely reported, also joining them in camp will be club Elite Development coach John Morris who was called in to assist the NSW Coaching staff.
Morris, who worked extensively with the successful Sharks Junior rep sides this season, has helped out coaches Todd Payten and Liam Fulton with team preparations and will be in camp with the squad at Narrabeen from today.
As for the Sharks quartet, both Curtis Scott and Daniel Vasquez have been named in the NSW starting side, with Brock Ilett and Billy Magoulias to come into the game off the interchange bench.
The NSW v Queensland 18’s match will be a curtain raiser to State of Origin game 2 next Wednesday night.
The Sharks website will inform as to a likely live stream of the 18’s match, with the 16’s game played before Origin 1, shown live on the NSWRL website.
For the full NSW 18’s team list, click on the link below.
Endeavour successful in GIO opener
Endeavour Sports High, featuring a number of Sharks junior representative players and coached by Sharks SG Ball head coach Dave Howlett, have begun their GIO Cup Schoolboy season with a 38-10 win over Illawarra Sports High.
The match, played at Remondis Stadium yesterday, was highlighted by three first half tries to Sharks and NSW Under-18’s centre Curtis Scott.
Scott was replaced shortly after half time and will now join his NSW 18’s teammates in camp ahead of their match against Queensland next Wednesday night.
The man of the match award, labelled the GIO Most Trusted Player, went to fullback Will Kennedy. An integral part of the Sharks SG Ball success this season, Kennedy has been promoted to the clubs’ NYC Under-20 squad and is likely to be given an opportunity in the higher grade at some point over the coming weeks.
For a full match report on Endeavour v Illawarra match, click on the links below to the ourfootyteam.com website.
Jets in Wollongong
While their NRL counterparts have the weekend off due to the bye, the Newtown Jets trave south to Wollongong this weekend to play the Illawarra Cutters in a round 14 match of the VB NSW Cup.
The match shapes as an important one for a Jets side that slipped to eighth place on what is a tightly bunched NSW Cup ladder with their last start loss to Wyong.
See the match preview and the Newtown and Illawarra team lists by clicking on the following link.
Sharks in the News
Most of the news this week has been about State of Origin, which means the spotlight has shone brightly on Sharks and NSW captain Paul Gallen.
Gallen has fronted the media on a number of occasions during the build up to Origin 2, with the skipper relaxed and ready to go.
See a SMH article from Michael Chammas about the mended relationship Gallen shares with NRL boss David Smith.
Gallen buries hatchet with NRL boss – Sydney Morning Herald – CLICK HERE http://readnow.isentia.com/Temp/78014/419654789.pdf
A chance for revenge
The second Sharks v Dragons derby for 2015 is just around the corner, Sunday, July 12 to be exact, and this time it’s on our turf.
The Dragons drew first blood with a comprehensive win at Kogarah in round 12 but the Sharks chance for revenge isn’t that far away.
And in recognising the significance of the ‘derby’ the Sharks are offering a Derby Membership, specific to the Dragons game in round 18.
With a seat included, it could be the perfect way of ensuring you have a prime position for what is always the biggest and most exciting Sharks home game of the season.
Follow the links below to find out more and get your ‘Derby Membership’ now.