It was a day of mixed fortunes for the young Sharks junior rep teams with only the SG Ball side emerging victorious in week one finals action yesterday.
The SG Ball Sharks moved within one game of a Grand Final appearance with a strong win over the Panthers, however the results weren’t as positive for the other junior Sharks teams, with the Matthews Cup side beaten 30-10 by the Eels and the Tarsha Gale Cup girls going down by 26-20.
But it was a positive result for the under-18 Sharks who managed to reverse a loss to Penrith suffered just a few weeks ago, with their 28-20 win stamping them as a realistic challenger for the SG Ball title.
Due to finishing inside the top four after the none round regular season, both the Matthews Cup and Tarsha Gale teams live to fight another day, with both to play elimination finals next weekend.
In the SG Ball despite giving up a first half lead to their opponents they proved too good in the second period, with both sides scoring five tries with Luke Metcalf’s goal kicking proving the difference.
Melcalf kicked four goals as well as scoring a 90-metre try in the Sharks win.
The Sharks will now take a well-earned break next week before playing for a place in the Grand Final the following weekend.
The news wasn’t as bright for the Matthews Cup Sharks, with the Eels just a little too strong on the day in recording the 20-point win.
The Sharks battled hard despite losing prop Isaac Massima to what appears to be a serious knee injury and now face an elimination final next weekend.
As for the Tarsha Gale girls, they were were on track for a victory and a place in the Grand Final qualifying match only to have the Steelers fight back and take control on the later stages of the contest.
Three tries from Steeler Lily-Rose Bennett off-set the two four pointers scored by the Sharks Akira Kelly with the Cronulla girls now needing to win a sudden death game next week to progress.
Scores and scorers are listed below.
Cronulla Sharks 28 Franklin Pele, Joniah Lualua, James Roumanos, Bronson Xerri, Luke Metcalf tries; L Metcalf 4 goals
Penrith Panthers 20
J Hopgood 2, D Laurie, S Crichton, M Faauila tries
Parramatta Eels 30
C Byrd 2, T Masima, V Penisini B Bioni-Odo, S Hughes tries; T Field 3 goals
Cronulla Sharks 10 Jared Domazetovski, Damon Smith tries; Thomas Demeio goal
TARSHA GALE CUP
Cronulla Sharks 20
Akira Kelly 2, Olivia Quinn, Tayla Preston tries, Kelly 2 goals
Illawarra Stelers 26
Lilly-Rose Bennett 3, Keeley Davis, Leanne Jackson tries, Davis, Jackson, Nyeasha Hoskins-Moore goals