Over the coming weeks in continuing the clubs 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Sharks will release their Heritage Series, a collection of classic matches from days gone by.
Games featuring Sharks greats, against traditional rivals, home ground matches and clashes at away venues, games to be enjoyed for long-time Cronulla fans or those wanting a glimpse into the past and the illustrious history of our great club.
The first in our series, to coincide with the Sharks opponents this Friday night, is a game from 1998.
Sharks v Souths, from the then Shark Park, in what was the first day game held at home in almost two years.
The jersey's were loose and flowing, the style of football somewhat different to what we have now become accustomed to, while Southern Cross Group Stadium was a little unrecognisable, with no Monty Porter Stand, to the one we frequent today.
In Andrew Ettingshausen's absence Mitch Healey led a Sharks team that included the likes of Team of the Half Century nominees Nick Graham Chris McKenna, Russell Richardson and Martin Lang, as well as Mat Rogers, playing in the unfamiliar role of five-eighth. Australian and NSW rep, Sharks Team of the Half Century inductee Jason Stevens was in the front row.
In the opposition side the NRL 'villain' of the day, Julian O'Neil and the ever-elusive Darrell 'Tricky' Trindall.
In the coming weeks we will unveil more old games, matches against the Warriors, Raiders, Broncos, Cowboys, Roosters and Knights, all in the lead up to and coinciding with scheduled 2017 Sharks NRL fixtures.
We won't reveal the score for this the first match in our Heritage Series, so sit back and enjoy the action.
Sharks v Souths from 1998, now playing on Sharks TV, Channel 67