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Sharks Start Season Ferociously

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Match Report

In the season opener of SARFL the Sharks hosted the Giants at GHA Rugby Club.
Some overcast conditions before first whistle saw some hail come and go quickly but the day was perfectly set up for a tough encounter.
The Sharks ran out in their new kit looking to start the season with a win and the first quarter saw an arm wrestle between the two sides as both sides took some time to get into gear. The  Sharks defence was tested early in the first quarter and managed to hold off a quick start from the Giants. Captain Adam Jack acclimatising to the new role coach Connor challenged him to embrace, working from half back with his footy intelligence and high skill level. Jacko and Danny Kay worked hard to deflect the early attack and clear their lines. The Sharks slowly gained traction and towards the end of the quarter seemed to collect a buzz around their play. Duncan Bertram putting his head over the ball collected a much needed free kick to set up Liam Dolling in the Sharks forward line with a kick straight in front of goals to keep the Sharks close heading into the first break.
The second quarter started and the Sharks picked up where they had left off in the last term working hard with their run and leg speed, Phil Daly showing how damaging some outside run could be, with time to deliver decent ball to the forward line. Daniel Connor putting on pressure up forward helped lock the ball in the Sharks attacking half. The Sharks stormed passed the Giants lead with relentless ferocity in this second term and this was driven by a hard working midfield Alex Young doing his all to neutralise what had been a dominant performance from the Giants ruckman in the first term allowed James Hancock time to gather and get the ball going the Sharks way.
Heading into the third stanza and with a great belief and confidence the Sharks put the pedal to the floor and put some distance on the score board. The Sharks young forward line had started to work as a unit and complimented each other well. Liam Dolling delivered a stand out performance that would send shivers up the rest of the competition as he will only improve as he gets older, dominating in the air Liam ammased a bag full of goals and took some impressive marks. The Sharks defense was working tirelessly all day and Derek Smith should his endurance with some great pressure acts and shut down work. The Sharks now with a commanding lead went into the final break with one thing on their minds, finishing the job.
The last quarter had the Giants arrest some momentum early but the Sharks midfield had other plans and were not going to let their lead slip. John McIntyre gave the Sharks midfielders first use and didn’t give any ground, the Giants had lost their key weapon and the Sharks smelt blood, Daniel Hespe capitalised this and used his gut running to tee up Andrew McManus for some shots at goal. McManus with a cool head took his chances well and helped guide the Sharks home to win the match on what was a tough day.
The Giants gave the Sharks a great game, they were inaccurate in front of goal costing them some chances at building momentum but never stopped getting to the next contest.
The Sharks sang the song in the club rooms with Lewis Collett being soaked during as this was his first league win.
Player of the day was given to Andrew McManus for his relentless effort yet cool composure when looking for the right option.
Next game is May 12th as the Sharks are hosted by the Edinburgh Bloods.

Details

Date Time Competition Season
April 28, 2018 2:00 pm SARFL 2018

Results

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Goals Behinds Total
Glasgow Sharks 15 52 90 129 20 8 129
Greater Glasgow Giants 24 46 70 91 12 20 91

Glasgow Sharks

Player Position Goals
Duncan Bertram Forward 0
Alexander Clark Midfield 1
Daniel Connor Forward 1
Philip Daly Defender 0
Liam Dolling Forward 8
James Hancock Midfield 0
Daniel Hespe Midfield 6
Adam Jack Forward 1
Danny Kay Defender 0
John McIntyre Ruckman 0
Robert McKinlay Forward 0
Andrew McManus Forward 3
Derek Smith Defender 0
Alex Young Ruckman 0
Lewis Collett Defender 0
EMG Jordan Le-Roy Forward 0
EMG Robert McDowall Forward 0
EMG Alex Young Ruckman 0
Total 20
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Sharks New 2018 Kit

The club unveiled its new 2018 playing tops on Tuesday night.
The club have been working with local company PSL in the creation of the new kit. Similar to our existing design these tops have one special feature, they are reversible. The club has saw occasions where the blue and white colors may clash with other clubs, we took the opportunity to explore options where this wouldnt be an issue for us down the line.
Club president John McIntyre commented on the new tops – PSL have been terrific for us, they offered to set up an online store for us to make buying club merchandise much easier. When we started the process of designing the new tops we explained we might be looking at an away or clash top, PSL suggested they may be able to do a reversible top with a little added cost so it was something we became interested and excited by. The tops are great quality, lightweight and durable, ive played in a few different makes of top all also high quality but they have felt quite heavy before, these PSL tops feel very breathable.
The tops come as part of a sponsorship agreement with Top Mark Solutions, a growing claims management company in Glasgow that has recently launched a new website showcasing its continued development.
Thanks to SM Photography for the pictures.
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Haggis Cup 2018 Team Announcement

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!

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Haggis Cup Build Up

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.

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Makos Fight Hard For Win

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Match Report

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.

DETAILS

Date Time Competition
March 31, 2018 11:00 am CAFL

RESULTS

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Goals Behinds Total
Mako Sharks 33 47 75 96 14 12 96
Tiger Sharks 9 36 63 82 12 10 82

MAKO SHARKS

# Player Position CAFL MVP Points
Daniel Connor Forward 9
Robert McKinlay Forward 9
Derek Smith Defender 13
Bruce McLintock Defender 13
Lynsey Torrance Forward 3
John McIntyre Ruckman 17
Daniel Hespe Midfielder 17
Robert McDowall Midfielder 11
DNP Sarahmairead McLachlan 3
Total 95

TIGER SHARKS

# Player Position CAFL MVP Points
Alexander Clark Midfield 15
Stacey Hughes Forward 9
Liam Dolling Forward 3
Lewis Collett Defender 3
Carolyn Baker Defender 3
Joe Perry Ruckman 11
Adam Jack Midfielder 15
Jordan Le-Roy Defender 3
Total 62
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Cards Keep Momentum

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Match Report

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.

DETAILS

Date Time Competition
March 10, 2018 11:00 am CAFL

RESULTS

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Goals Behinds Total
Tiger Sharks 0 0 10 35 4 11 35
Card Sharks 0 0 16 54 6 8 54

TIGER SHARKS

# Player Position CAFL MVP Points
Caroline Sellar Forward 8
Duncan Bertram Defender 10
James Hancock Midfield 12
Joe Perry Ruckman 9
Adam Jack Midfielder 13
Total 52

CARD SHARKS

# Player Position CAFL MVP Points
DNP Daniel Connor Forward 3
Derek Smith Defender 11
Andrew McManus Forward 15
Danny Kay Midfielder 15
Bruce McLintock Midfielder 17
John McIntyre Ruckman 16
Total 77

Cards Steal Win At The End

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Match Report

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.

DETAILS

Date Time Competition
February 24, 2018 11:00 am CAFL

RESULTS

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Goals Behinds Total
Card Sharks 15 48 65 83 12 11 83
Mako Sharks 22 28 59 82 12 10 82

CARD SHARKS

# Player Position CAFL MVP Points
Derek Smith Defender 9
Caroline Sellar Forward 8
Neil Alexander Defender 11
Richard Swift Midfielder 15
Bruce McLintock Defender 6
Pat Cremin Midfield 13
John McIntyre Ruckman 14
Total 76

MAKO SHARKS

# Player Position CAFL MVP Points
Liam Dolling Forward 7
Lewis Collett Forward 5
Melanie McDevitt Forward 4
Jimmy Treacy Defender 10
Joe Perry Ruckman 16
Adam Jack Forward 12
Daniel Hespe Midfielder 17
Total 71
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Makos Withstand Tiger Attack

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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.

 

DETAILS

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

RESULTS

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

TIGER SHARKS

# 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

MAKO SHARKS

# 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