Makos Withstand Tiger Attack


Match Report







Round three was held indoors at Toryglen regional football centre and while the sharks train there regularly on a Tuesday night the size of the pitch is not appreciated until fully opened out and a game played.

The length and width of the pitch is more than we normally play on which leant itself to a higher scoring game less congested and allowing for good ball users to kick to smart leads and hard runners to utilise the space well.

The first quarter saw the Tigers hit the ground running, their midfield breaking out and getting the score on the board early and keeping the pressure on John McIntyre winning the ruck taps and combining with Brett Wolfenden and Alexander Clark often. The Makos fought hard and kept themselves in the game with some great passages of play.

The second quarter kept a similar dynamic from the first, the Tigers using the ball well from the midfield, delivering the ball to Andrew McManus and the forward line and Danny Kay marshalling his side from the back line. The Makos were still in the contest with Duncan Bertram and Pat Cremin working hard to get the ball in dangerous areas.

After half time the Makos found a little spark and hit back with a frantic display with Daniel Hespe providing a contest in the ruck and helping his midfield on the ground too, Joe Perry and Daniel Connor running hard and helping to make the difference in the premiership quarter saw the Makos overturn the advantage the Tigers had and put a little breathing space between them.

Heading into the last the Makos seemingly had a tough job of making sure they kept up the momentum, but they fired on all cylinders and blazed away in the last stanza. Kicking goals hadnt been a problem all day for Caroline Sellar but added a few more in the last. The Tigers tried to mount a come back near the end but with the game ending it was a little late.

Player of the day was Daniel Hespe, keeping his side in the game early on and being instrumental in mounting the Makos resurgence saw him poll well in the votes. Most of the votes on the day (over 75%) being shared between four people! The longer and wider ground showing a different tack and style of play clearly suited to better runners.



Date Time Competition
February 10, 2018 12:00 pm CAFL


Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Goals Behinds Total
Tiger Sharks 36 69 83 97 14 13 97
Mako Sharks 22 40 97 123 19 19 123


# Player Position CAFL MVP Votes
Robert McKinlay Defender 7
Alexander Clark Midfield 10
Andrew McManus Forward 10
James Hancock Midfield 7
Danny Kay Defender 3
Lewis Collett Forward 7
Sean Carroll Forward 3
Brett Wolfenden Midfielder 15
Jamesey Drury Defender 2
Andrew Kerr Midfielder 4
John McIntyre Ruckman 11
Total 79


# Player Position CAFL MVP Votes
Daniel Connor Midfielder 2
Derek Smith Defender 3
Caroline Sellar Forward 14
Duncan Bertram Forward 2
Alex Young Ruckman 4
Pat Cremin Midfielder 13
Joe Perry Ruckman 10
Lachie Geddes Forward 3
Simon Bayliss Defender 3
Daniel Hespe Ruckman 16
DNP Sarahmairead McLachlan Forward 2
Total 72

Cards make it second time lucky!


Match Report

After a great opening round that was relatively dry round 2 came as a wet and muddy affair!

The conditions however did not dampen the spirits, enthusiasm or effort of those who took part and for those watching it was a very good game with a variety of close scrappy play and free flowing passages of play.

The first quarter saw the cards come out the traps quick. Adam Jack setting up some nice passages to help team mates finish off with a goal. A Potent forward line of Liam Dolling and Jennifer Treacy gave the cards a clear edge in the first. The Tigers although working hard were having trouble in front of goal, with similar scoring chances they never converted any for a major score.

The Tigers straightened the ship in the second and managed to out score the cards in this quarter. Bruce McLintock was excellent down back providing a clear presence and a rebound to engage with the forward line, who didnt waste a chance in this quarter, Caroline Sellar and Lewis Collett working hard to see their team catch up to the Cards.

The third quarter saw the Tigers mount another hard and impressive performance, the midfield getting on top and the defenders chopping most entries coming their way Pat Cremin showing he is a talent to watch as he took the game on and with Danny Kay providing him the defensive support to run with the ball the Tigers had cut the margin to 11 points going into the last.

The last quarter saw the cards pull away early, with a dominant display from their midfield, Alex Young, James Hancock and Richard Swift taking the game in their hands to drive their team on wards were also assisted with some great overlap to keep the Tigers at bay in the last quarter of the game.

Player of the day was tied between Tigers players Bruce McLintock and Pat Cremin. Both had great games in different areas of the field and were instrumental in the Tiger resurgence in the second and third quarters.


Date Time Competition
January 27, 2018 11:00 am CAFL


Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Goals Behinds Total
Card Sharks 24 50 69 110 17 8 110
Tiger Sharks 5 36 58 78 11 12 78


# Player Position CAFL MVP Votes
Alexander Clark Midfield 2
Sarahmairead McLachlan Forward 3
Andrew McManus Forward 2
Duncan Bertram Forward 4
James Hancock Midfield 13
Liam Dolling Forward 14
Richard Swift Ruckman 8
Jarrad Williams Defender 11
Alex Young Ruckman 5
Jennifer Treacy Forward 13
Joe Perry Defender 10
Adam Jack Forward 6
Total 91


# Player Position CAFL MVP Votes
Daniel Connor Midfielder 3
Grant Murray Forward 3
Caroline Sellar Forward 10
Danny Kay Defender 10
Lewis Collett Forward 3
Melanie McDevitt Defender 3
Bruce McLintock Defender 16
Pat Cremin Midfielder 16
John McIntyre Ruckman 8
Derek Smith Midfielder 2
Total 74

Makos Hold Off Cards In Electric Opener








The first round of the CAFL for 2018 got off to a flying start and showcased a lot of new and exciting talent!

In the first quarter of the game the players were still finding their feet after the off-season, a lot of chances missed saw the Makos keep the gate open for the Cards who were using the ball well but couldnt get much use forward of center. Some strong leadership from Danny Kay in the Makos kept their defence tight and focused helping the Makos keep their lead at quarter time.

Leading into the second quarter the Cards were energized and their midfield clicked into gear James Hancock winning a few clean possessions and busting through to deliver to their forward line, Lewis Collett opened his goal scoring account shrugging of a tackle to kick a great goal. The Makos however straightened up their kicking and kept their advantage going into half time.

The Third quarter was frantic, with tiring legs but a determination to push on both teams gave themselves plenty of shots at goal, Brett Wolfenden and Alexander Clark from the Makos showing their running ability and pulling the Makos along. Andrew McManus from the Cards slotted a good goal turning out of trouble to size up the stick.

Heading into the last quarter it was closer than most people thought, with the Makos having a lot of possession but the Cards working hard and using the ball well when they did have possession the scores meant it was all to play for. The Cards didnt stop, with Caroline Sellar trying to create some line breaking run from the back line the Cards kept pressing. In the Midfield John McIntyre for the Cards and Alex Young for the Makos battled hard in the ruck trying to give their play makers first use of the ball. In the end however it was the Makos forward line of Stacey Hughes and Jen Treacey that made the difference firing on all cylinders in the last. The Makos ran out the last quarter well and made the score line reflect the effort they had put in all game.

Player of the day went to Lewis Collett who kicked half the goals for the Cards. Lewis has taken his game to a new level and we hope to see this continue on.


Date Time Competition Season
January 13, 2018 11:00 am CAFL 2018


Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Goals Behinds Total
Mako Sharks 2.5 6.7 1.8.10 4.10.13 16 13 109
Card Sharks 1.2 4.6 7.9 10.12 10 12 72


# Player Position CAFL MVP Votes
Alex Young Ruckman 9
Alexander Clark Midfield 11
Grant Murray Forward 3
Stacey Hughes Forward 3
Danny Kay Defender 10
Jarrad Williams Defender 3
Melanie McDevitt Forward 3
Brett Wolfenden Forward 13
Jennifer Treacy Forward 4
Joe Perry Defender 11
DNP Daniel Connor Forward 3
DNP Mark MacFarlane Forward 3
DNP Sarahmairead McLachlan Forward 2
Total 78


# Player Position CAFL MVP Votes
Derek Smith Defender 2
Andrew McManus Forward 7
Caroline Sellar Forward 8
Duncan Bertram Forward 3
James Hancock Midfield 8
Lewis Collett Defender 14
Andrew Kerr Midfielder 2
Orfhlaith McCaughey Defender 3
John McIntyre Ruckman 5
Adam Jack Forward 3
Total 55

Leadership Ground Making Waves

Club captain Adam Jack recently formed his leadership group going forward for the club and already they are stamping their mark on the club and driving standards and building a structured culture.

In discussing the members of the group Jacko said this – “Its a pretty well-rounded group and one I think will help to shape the club in a positive direction. We all bring something else to the group – Competitive passion, Calm and Calculating, charisma, and in-depth knowledge of the game. I challenged them early to set standards while keeping things open to the whole group and I feel they have done that, making the playing group know there are penalties for being late to training and making sure when Stevie (the coach) is talking everyone is listening.”

Daniel Connor, James Hancock, John McIntyre and Adam Jack form the four-person leadership group and as said above have already put some rules/standards in place first of which was being late at training. Being late to training (missing the start of the warm up) will result in two laps of the full pitch being trained on (3 laps if you also didn’t notify anyone you would be late).

The group are looking forward to the year ahead and hope that continued driving forwards of these standards will help build a positive culture around the club.


Preseason Interclub Game

The Sharks held a pre-season interclub friendly Saturday 18th of November at GHA Rugby Club.

The club tried out the new AFL-X rules in the game with an eye on fine tuning how the CAFL would function in 2018.  AFL-X is a shortened format of Aussie Rules.  Designed by the AFL as the way to play the game on Soccer and Rugby fields around the world (which are more accessible than the cricket pitches AFL is normally played on) the game is played with 7 players on the field (two defenders and two attackers must stay within each of the marked out 40 metre arcs before the central bounce) 3 players on the bench.  There are two 40 metre arcs, around both goals, normal scoring is seen within the arcs though and goals scored from outside 40m arc are given 10 points instead of the normal 6.  Quarters are 10 minutes long, the last person to touch the ball before it goes out of play has a free kick payed against them and kicks to team mates behind the kickers position does not incur a mark, instead play continues.  After every goal and behind play starts from a kick in that must be taken from behind the goal line i.e. no goal square.

The interclub game was a fast, free flowing affair with a soft ground everyone tired quickly.  Lots of new faces along mixed with experienced heads meant that there was plenty of opportunities to for our leaders to show how the game is played.  Our more seasoned players took the lead during the game and helped to highlight just how much the AFL-X is focused on quick scoring, end to end football where turning the ball over is much more costly than ever.  Though more impressively our newer players stole the limelight.  Adapting to the sport very quickly and showing a willingness to take the game on was very encouraging.  The game ended in a one point victory with the siren making the last kick of the game, though would have meant a draw, wasn’t counted.

After the game and discussing some aspects of play that suited and those didn’t the CAFL and it’s intention to improve players game understanding, knowledge and skills some of the rules will be adapted for the next outing.

Stephen Connor, Head Coach and umpire during the game said “The style and format of the game was really exciting, scoring was high and I definitely saw that people were encouraged to have a shot from 40m when presented with the option of 10 points and most had the ability to do so, this may help players feel more comfortable scoring from distance. All in all I think this was a great game to watch.”

The club is still looking for newer players and with another interclub game set during December and a few Tuesday trainings between now and then it’s a great time to get along and see what the sports all about. Make sure you let anyone interested know about how to contact us.


CAFL for 2018

The CAFL (Caledonian Australian Football League) is our own interclub league designed to help improve the game knowledge and understanding of our players in a proper game environment while still being fun and non-competitive.

For 2018 we will be taking some aspects from the new AFL-X competition. Designed by the AFL as to how the game should be played on soccer pitches this new format looks fast and free flowing. With 7 players on the field, 3 on the bench, kick ins after goals, last person to touch the ball before it leaves the field of play has a free kick awarded against them and 10-minute quarters, it certainly won’t look too similar to the normal game. Some of the rules we will adopt and some we will trial out.

The dates for our CAFL games have been selected (though we are waiting on final confirmation from GHA rugby club on some dates) these are listed below.

January 13th – Round 1 – GHA Rugby Club – 11am ball up – Makos v Cards

January 27th – Round 2  – GHA Rugby Club – 11am ball up – Cards v Tigers

February 10th – Round 3 – Toryglen Regional Football Centre (Indoors) – 12pm ball up – Tigers v Makos

February 24th – Round 4 – GHA Rugby Club – 11am ball up – Cards v Makos

March 10th – Round 5 – GHA Rugby Club – 11am ball up – Tigers v Cards

March 24th – Round 6 – GHA Rugby Club – 11am ball up – Makos v Tigers


2018 Memberships

Prices for memberships in 2018 will remain the same as 2017. Though with expected price rises from AFL Scotland/SARFL registrations fees and our public Liability Insurance costs also this will be reviewed for 2019 should these costs be increased.

However, for 2018 our costs will remain the same as before. At the club we try and minimise the financial restraints in participating in sport by keeping our membership costs low, however asking that everyone attends our annual Race Night fundraiser. Without these two revenue streams we wouldn’t not be able to provide access for people to experience and learn our great sport and at the end of the day that is what our club is about getting more people participating in Aussie Rules.

There are two main kinds on Memberships – Playing Membership and Social/Supporting Membership.

Playing members are those who train regularly and intend on playing in at least one of the organised games the club facilitates, be that CAFL, SARFL, Haggis cup or some other tournament. The cost for a playing membership helps to fund and pay for the costs to – AFL Scotland and SARFL registration fees – GHA Rugby Club membership – Public Liabilities Insurance – Costs for umpires from out with the club – Club Trophies/Awards for the Presentation Night. The cost of a playing membership is £50 (£25 if you are a student/apprentice).

Another option for playing members is a Great White Membership. This covers the costs explained above but also covers all your training sessions for the year (01/12/17 – 30/10/18). All indoor and outdoor training sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays (any other training sessions organised out with these dates would not be covered). A great White Membership costs £150 and can be paid over three instalments.

Social/Supporting Members are those who perhaps cannot commit to training regularly and will not intend on playing any organised games during the year but still wish to contribute to the club. a social/supporting membership is £10.

Memberships will be able to be purchased from the 5th of December at training, you can still forward the monies straight into the club bank account (which is the preferred option) so long as you use your name as a reference and inform either John McIntyre or Daniel Connor that you have taken this option.

All memberships for 2018 must have been bought by February 10th or you must have spoken with John McIntyre or Daniel Connor to discuss how and when you intend to pay your membership.

The Club bank account details to forward your membership payments to  – HSBC  – Sort Code 40-22-47 – Account Number 51196286 – Remember to use your full name as a reference.


2018 Season Look Ahead

Coming off a busy 2017 the club is taking its deep breath to prepare for the 2018 season.

Although we are not officially taking a break as we normally do through November, we have had many newer players along to training in the recent weeks and we are getting more and more enquiries every day from people wanting to take up the sport. This is encouraging with numbers of participants set to increase again going into 2018, training has had a certain buzz around and its certainly got something to do with the outlook going into the new year.

The new CAFL season is due to start off on the 13th of January at GHA Rugby Club but with so many newer players coming along a rethink may be in order looking at increasing the number of game days and possibly entering a new team into the competition. With the rules set to reflect the new AFL-X competition, being championed by the AFL as the way to play the sport on soccer sized fields, we will be locking in seven aside games, with games spaced two weeks apart. If we continue to attract as many newer players as recently there will be more women competing in the mixed league than ever before.

We are looking to participate in two – one-day cup tournaments early in the year. As with previous years we will be looking to field a team in the Haggis Cup tournament on April 14th, as always it should be an enjoyable day and a good warm-up for the start of the SARFL season. On March 24th we will be hoping to get a team together for the Leprechaun Cup in Belfast. This would be the first time the club competed at the tournament but by all accounts, it is a fantastic day out and great tournament.

Building from the official start of our pre-season in December Stephen Connor and his coaching staff will be putting the playing group through a lot of fitness work mixed into game play drills, with playing style, structure and tactics being a key focus from February to reinforce how we want to play football in SARFL and going forward.

Our annual race night was revamped this year and was a considerable success, thanks go to both Adam Jack and Robert McKinlay who put in a lot of hard work to make our essential fundraising event as entertaining as it was. A big push and effort will be made in 2018 to see as many people along to the night as possible with plans already being discussed as to how to make the night bigger again! Watch out for news on when this must-see night will be.

Our Sharks females did the club proud this year, cementing the club as one of the biggest women’s teams in the UK with 7sharks representing Great Britain at the International cup in Melbourne with the GB Swans. We will be looking to push forward with their success and try and organise some Sharks women’s games home and away against some of the other women’s teams in the UK.

Lastly with our sponsorship deal with TopMark Claims Management we currently have a local company designing our new playing kit, this will be ready for the start of the 2018 season!

Keep an eye out for more updates in the coming weeks with news on Memberships, merchandise and the coming CAFL fixtures!