The 2018 season is over for the Matthews Cup Sharks following a 46-6 loss to the Parramatta Eels in their week two elimination finals clash.
The young Sharks were unable to match their rivals, conceding eight tries in what was a disappointing finish to what has been a solid 2018 campaign.
The writing was on the wall early, the Eels gaining the ascendency with three tries in the opening 10 minutes, putting the Sharks on the back foot as they jumped out to an 18-0 lead.
Another try shortly after made it 24-0 to Parramatta, until an individual effort from Jed Hardy, the youngster crashing through the middle of the Eels ruck, converted by Dane Courtney, gave them a glimmer of hope at 24-6 down.
However from there it was all the Eels, four more tries, while keeping the Sharks scoreless, rounding off a convincing win and stamping them as genuine contenders for the Matthews Cup title.
In what was the first year of junior representative football for the majority of the squad, the Daniel Holdsworth-coached team finished the regular season in fifth position, before scoring a strong 22-18 win over the Balmain Tigers in last week's finals encounter.
Unfortunately they were founding wanting in today's match against the Eels however during the course of the season the Sharks have uncovered a number of exciting prospects for the years to come.
Jed Hardy try, Dane Courtney goal