One up, one down for junior Sharks
The Tarsha Gale Sharks progressed to a Grand Final qualifier courtesy of a win over the Raiders, while the Matthews Cup Sharks bowed out following a disappointing loss in Junior rep semi-final action on Saturday.
The Tarsha Gale girls started well in establishing a big lead over the Raiders and went on with the job with a 30-12 win, while in the under-16 Matthews Cup it was a contrasting story, with the boys squandering a first half lead in going down by 30-22 to the young Canberra side.
In the Tarsha Gale the Sharks faced a much stiffer opposition to the Raiders team they thrashed 56-14 in their previous encounter but with Quincy Dodd showing the way with three tries still proved too good.
The Tarsha Gale Cup Sharks now move on to a Grand Final qualifying match against the Canterbury Bulldogs who claimed the minor premiership after finishing on top of the table after the nine rounds of the regular season.
In the Matthews Cup is was a sad ending for the Sharks after a season which had promised so much.
The Sharks jumped out to a handy first half lead only for lapses in concentration and intensity to prove costly in the second period of the match, with an enthusiastic Raiders team coming home over the top and winning through to a finals clash with the Newcastle Knights next weekend.
The Matthews Cup Sharks won seven of eight regular season games only to lose consecutive matches to Parramatta and Canberra in bowing out of the premiership race.
The Tarsha Gale girls now join the SG Ball Sharks in playing for a place in the respective Grand Finals, with the under 18 boys to play the Illawarra Steelers.
Match details will be communicated once they become available.
Canberra Raiders 30
T Kelly 2, J Williams, T Croker, N Hall tries; J Tupou 5 goals
Cronulla Sharks 22
Douglas Levi 2, Kai Parker, Damon Smith tries; Thomas Demeio 3 goals
TARSHA GALE CUP
Cronulla Sharks 30
Quincy Dodd 3, Tayla Preston 2, Mackenzie Beames tries; Preston 2, Akira Kelly goals
Canberra Raiders 12
N Ngan-Woo, A Fraser, M Bullock tries