In a landmark agreement for female rugby league at a club level, the Sharks have partnered with Australian Solar Designs (ASD) to be the major front of jersey sponsor of the Sharks Women’s team for 2017.
After confirming the deal earlier on Friday, it marked the first time a commercial entity has shown interest and been prepared to partner up with a Women’s team connected with an NRL club.
ASD Owners Scott Mason and Wes Green were excited to be joining the Sharks corporate family and proud their initial arrangement with the club was with the Women’s rugby league program.
“I’m over the moon, it’s an exciting time for Australian Solar Designs,” Mason said. “It’s the first year for the women and the 50th Anniversary for the Sharks and this partnership is unique and different.
“Actually the support of women’s rugby league probably should have happened a long time ago,” he added.
Established in 2009 by Mason, a Licensed Electrician with a passion for contributing to Australia’s clean energy future, Australian Solar Designs has strong links to and has formed alliances with companies such as Harvey Norman Commercial, RF Industries Pty Ltd, ACT Government and the Sharks new NRL front of jersey partner Opal Solar.
“The Sharks new major partner Opal Solar and Australian Solar Designs are good mates, so it was also a good fit for us to join with them at the Sharks,” Mason added.
Also coming on board as sternum and back of jersey sponsor of the Women’s team is AirBoard Co, a Cronulla based company producing Australia’s best inflatable Stand up Paddle Boards and unique inflatable Air Rescue Board that fold up and fit into a back pack.
After confirming the two new partnerships the Women’s jerseys were quickly emblazoned with the ASD and AirBoard Co logos ready for the Sharks Women to tackle the Dragons in the curtain-raiser to the NRL clash later tonight.
Last year’s clash was an exciting affair, with the Sharks only just getting out of jail with a last minute try and conversion, with tonight’s game promising to be a similarly hard fought encounter.
The Women’s game, which will be played in a 9-a-side format and over two 12-minute halves, is scheduled for a 5.15pm kick off, following the Sharks v Dragons NYC match and prior to the start of the NRL fixture.
For more on Australian Solar Designs go to www.australiansolardesigns.com.au or call from Australia wide on 1300 233 736.
And for more information on AirBoard Co go to www.Airboardco.com.au
Lead pic - Sharks women's team captain Ruan Sims modelling the new ASD logoed jersey
Photo: Sharks team member Corbin McGregor with Scott Mason from Australian Solar Designs