Paul Gallen bobbed for apples with students from Kurnell Public School, Valentine Holmes, Chad Townsend and Sharks women’s team captain Ruan Sims posed for photos next to watermelons with their images carved into them, while James Maloney was happy to talk to the kids about the benefits of fruit, vegetables and fresh food.

The gathering was all in the interests of announcing Woolworths as the Sharks new ‘Fresh partner’ as well as the naming rights partner of the Family Hill at Southern Cross Group Stadium for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

In addition to their sign sitting prominently on the Family Hill, Woolworths have pledged to bring fresh food back to the footy, with free fruit to be made available to kids at Sharks home games this year.

Woolworths are also intent on helping to enable healthier food choices for kids in the community as they look to promote healthy lifestyles and to ‘feed the footy stars of the future’.

A listed retail company, covering a range of areas including fresh food, food and grocery, liquor, petrol, general merchandise and consumer electronics, Woolworths employs over 190,00 staff, making it one of the largest private sectors employers in Australia.

Woolworths mission statement centres around good food, good acts and good people and were looking forward to the partnership with the Sharks, the first of its kind between Australia’s largest food retailer and an NRL club.

The partnership announcement coincided with a special ‘apple bobbing’ competition, with Gallen leading the way and joined by the youngsters from Kurnell.  After he partially dunked his captain in the apple barrel, Maloney declined to take part in case his little stunt was reciprocated.

Sharks TV was on hand at the Woolworths partnership announcement yesterday.