|April 28, 2018||2:00 pm||SARFL||2018|
|Greater Glasgow Giants||24||46||70||91||12||20||91|
After our final training session on Tuesday night the coaches had a look at the list of players available for the Haggis Cup and have selected strong sides going into the tournament.
With a few injuries to both the mens and womens sides the selections show the level of depth we have at the club. Speaking about the squads, Head Coach Stephen Connor had this to say “We are tremendously pleased with the level of enthusiasm everyone has show to this Tournament and for the year ahead, we all believe as a club we can achieve great things. The playing group as a whole came together just before preseason and decided that they would put in a lot of hard work to make sure they gave themselves the best possible chance of succeeding. We are looking forward to seeing how some of the structures and plans we have worked on over the winter come together in a competitive game environment and give us a chance to see what we need to work on before the start if the SARFL season at the end of the month. Coming away from the tournament injury free, seeing that everyone knows and understands how we want to play football and more importantly making sure everyone has enjoyed the day is my first goal, walking away with some silver ware would be great though that is secondary to me.”
Both Mens and Womens sides are listed below, make sure you get along to West of Scotland Rugby Club this Saturday 14th!
The Haggis Cup is the AFL Scotland pre-season cup tournament which attracts mens and womens teams from across the UK to compete in the one day style event.
The Sharks have been playing in the Tournament since its inception and will competing again in 2018. Being held at West of Scotland Rugby Club Milngavie on April 14th, the mens team will be using the tournament as final preparations for the SARFL season and the womens team will be looking to back up an impressive performance at the Leprechaun Cup last month.
Our men and women have been polishing their skills and preparing for the season coming in our CAFL competition and there have been some exciting games and great performances from some players who will no doubt be pushing for selection in the Haggis Cup. A few players featuring highly on the CAFL MVP Points table will surely give the coaches something to think about should they be available.
From the Womens team Caroline Sellar, Stacey Hughes and first year player Jennifer Treacey all stand out on the CAFL MVP Points table. The three competed and did a terrific job for the club while at the Leprechaun Cup and each bring their own unique talents and abilities to the team. Head Coach Stephen Connor had this to say – ” Our womens team have gone from strength to strength this year with some valuable additions to the side and some of our key players taking their game up a notch. Caroline Sellar and Stacey Hughes are helping shape our club in a positive manner, influencing club standards and continually improving themselves to show the way forward to other members of the playing group and Jennifer Treacey who comes from a Gaelic background has been terrific for the team, she really takes the game on and thats pleasing to see from a newer player.”
There are a couple of first year mens players that feature very highly on the CAFL MVP Points table and should they put their hands up for selection the coaches would be looking to try and fit them into the side, Joe Perry and Pat Cremin both came to the club at the end of 2017 and impressed early on with their fitness and natural ability. The newcomers paired with some established and improving talent at the club all give the coaches difficult choices coming up. Some of our well known Sharks having started the year well in Adam Jack, Derek Smith and John McIntyre all have scored well in their CAFL games Coach Stephen Connor spoke about the mens team “Joe and Pat are both a welcome addition to the team and since joining the club at the end of last season they have had a full pre-season to get to grips with the game, their CAFL performances have been great to see and they certainly deserve to feature so highly on the votes table. The other players you mention here have all fully bought into the clubs ethos set at an early stage in our pre-season, the whole playing group got together to discuss what they wanted to get out of the season ahead and how they were going to accomplish that. The standards set have been driven by a bunch of players but Adam Jack as club Captain has certainly been keen to make sure we capitalize on the playing groups mind set and professionalism. Derek Smith has held our clubs 5k time trial record for sometime now but has been constantly improving his time over the winter and has gotten it down to a very respectable time, Derek own self competitiveness is definitely helping drive some of the playing group to better themselves. John McIntyre has been putting a lot of effort into his own fitness, this coupled with keeping the whole playing group accountable to the team rules has certainly shown his leadership ability grow again this year.
Keep an eye out this week as our Haggis Cup squad selections will be announced.
The last scheduled round of the CAFL was a high scoring and tough affair!
Both sides were competing for something, the Tigers were looking for the first win of the season and the Makos looking to finish first on the ladder.
The first quarter saw the Makos make a strong statement with some great center work and a couple of quick back to back goals John McIntyre giving Daniel Hespe first use of the ball and working together for midfield clearances. The Tigers had some great passages of play with Lewis Collett and Liam Dolling combining for a coast to coast goal which seemed to spark the Tigers into action.
The second quarter had the Tigers charging on to close the gap in scoreline, Joe Perry and Alexander Clark working hard to wrestle the ball out of the midfield and get it down to Stacey Hughes and Carolyn Baker in the forward line. The Makos defense in Derek Smith and Bruce McKlintock working hard to move the ball back to the tigers forward line.
In the third quarter the Makos again came out swinging with some quick goals, their forward line getting on the end of some great midfield work, Daniel Connor and Lynsey Torrance keeping the Tigers defense busy with Adam Jack and Jordan Le-Roy managing to curtail the scoring in the later half of the quarter.
By the last quarter it was beginning to show both sides were tiring and the game opened up for a bag of goals. The Makos in Robert McKinlay and Robert McDowall had been great throughout but helped take the game on and show composure when needed.
The Makos ran the game out winners in a very tight game and the player of the day award was shared by two Makos in Daniel Hespe and John McIntyre.
Although this was the last schedule CAFL game there will likely be more dates added and played before the finals so keep an eye out.
|March 31, 2018||11:00 am||CAFL|
After a few very snowy weeks in Glasgow the conditions on the pitch had cleared – weren’t the best but was playable – with the persistent rainfall and soft under foot conditions the game was shortened to two halves.
The first half saw a close battle with surprisingly open passages of play given the conditions both midfields up and about early, the cards dominated the clearances with John McIntyre giving Bruce McLintock and Danny Kay first use of the ball and the Tigers working hard to wrestle back possession with Adam Jack, James Hancock and Joe Perry working well together. The two teams traded goal for goal and going into the break the Cards led by one goal.
The second half saw another tight contest and some impressive work from both defenses Derek Smith of the cards keeping the momentum going and his team on their feet switching into the midfield giving some of the cards a needed rest. Duncan Bertram of the tigers taking some great grabs and working well below his knees to clear the danger in the Tigers back half. The ever dangerous Caroline Sellar keeping the cards defence honest was working hard to move , create space and get to as many contests as possible. The cards forward option Andrew McManus always knew where the goals were and had the confidence to take his shots.
The Cards ran the game out winners and Bruce McLintock gained the player of the day award.
|March 10, 2018||11:00 am||CAFL|
Round 4 started cold and firm underfoot which gave the players on the day something to warm through.
The First Quarter was dominated by Daniel Hepse who was able to break free from the midfield early to give quality service to the Makos forward line with Lewis Collett getting onto a few goals. Although the Makos seemed to have all the momentum and possession the Cards were able to keep the score line tight Pat Cremin working hard to keep the scores close.
Heading into the second exchange the Cards came out swinging and hit the score line more ferocity Richard Swift driving the midfield engine with Caroline Sellar and John McIntyre providing a goal or two shifting the games momentum in favor of the Cards and Bruce McLintock keeping the Makos forward line quiet.
After the half time break the Makos managed to arrest the intensity shift and began to claw back the lead the Cards had accumulated in the second quarter Liam Dolling getting onto a few goals and being assisted around the ground with Melanie McDevitt they managed to get the game to within a kick.
The last quarter of the day was an arm wrestle as both teams had tired from the conditions with both sides utilizing their defense as an offensive option and plenty of run coming from the backline Jimmy Treacy and Adam Jack of the Makos were trying hard to support Joe Perry in the Midfield, while the Cards defense in Derek Smith and Neil Alexander were doing a stellar job, Neil managed to find himself sneaking up forwards and taking a mark as the siren sounded. With his team 5 points down – even though he didnt know this – he took the responsibility to claim the win for the Card Sharks.
The player of the day, and for two rounds in a row, was Daniel Hespe. His two way running really showed how damaging hard effort can be.
|February 24, 2018||11:00 am||CAFL|
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.
|February 10, 2018||12:00 pm||CAFL|
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