Team of the Half Century: Mat Rogers
The son of a Club Immortal, a young Mat Rogers burst onto the Sharks scene to carve his own piece of history to become one of the nominations for the winger in our ‘Team of the Half Century’.
From beginning his time as ball boy for the Sharks, Mat Rogers become a representative winger who lit up matches both home and away in the black, white and blue with a highlight reel to die for.
Debuting in Round 1 of the 1995 season against the Newcastle Knights following a Grand Final winning year in the Presidents Cup in 1994.
From here, Rogers would go on to eclipse Sharks point-scoring records, set by his father Steve, and solidify himself as a true Sharks great.
Rogers’ evasiveness and evasiveness made him a real match-winner and partnered with players such as Peachey and Ettingshausen, the Sharks backline proved potent.
In his time in Sharks colours, Rogers made 11 appearances for the Kangaroos and eight (3 x Super League, 5 x ARL) State of Origin appearances for Queensland.
Rogers left the Club following the 2001 season to play Rugby Union however will always be regarded as one of the special players.