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DANGER – SHARKS EAT TOURISTS!

Back to back Saturdays at Braidholm (June 16th and June 23rd) saw the Tyne Tees Tigers travel up from the North East of England to take on the top of the table Glasgow Sharks men’s team while the Port Malmo Lynx boarded their longboats and sailed west to face the women’s team.

Glasgow Sharks vs Tyne Tees Tigers

After a prolonged spell of good weather not seen in Scotland ever, both teams were in good spirits as they arrived at the ground, the travelling side coming by coach and in good numbers. Any hopes of playing for a second week in a row with a dry ball was short lived however as 15 minutes before ball up the rain arrived, and brought it’s pals thunder and lightning with it.

The game began a soggy affair with both sides struggling for clean possession out of the middle. From the word go it was clear that both teams were playing for keeps and had physicality in their game plans with big bumps and heavy tackles being laid in an effort to gain an edge. This struggle didn’t make for much free flowing footy and goals were somewhat scrappy and opportune until the end of the first half with the Sharks winning the majority of the up and over from the ruck and the in and under from the contest.

At the major break: Glasgow Sharks 62 – 24 Tyne Tees Tigers

The second half saw the clouds part, the wind pick up and the ball get stickier letting an overall higher quality of football break out. Where marks were being spilled in the first half due to the greasy pill, now they were being taken and targets hit. This was most notable in the forward line where Liam Dolling was coming more and more into the game. The Sharks top goal scorer didn’t have it all his own way, a persistent and tactically aware Tyne Tees full back keeping the young forward honest throughout. Every goal scoring opportunity having to be earned in his toughest test of the season so far.

*Liam has since been selected to represent Great Britain in a contest against the Netherlands in August. We wish him every success as he continues his footy development.*

With the ramifications of victory being a guaranteed entry into the finals series, the Sharks were able to maintain the pressure and intensity which has seen them overcome every team in the competition thus far. Slick interchanges to rest fatigued players and replacements being of equal quality meant no rest for the Tigers who had suffered a few knocks to key players throughout the 80 minutes. Locking the door and throwing away the key in defence saw the Tigers add little to the scoreboard in the second half and accurate kicking from the home side attack kept the blue numbers ticking over steadily. This was no picnic as the physical nature of the game and effort to the end from the Tigers meant that the league leaders knew this was a win they had had to take rather than be given it, the final score gave no comment on the efforts of the visiting team.

Final Score Glasgow Sharks 155 – 37 Tyne Tees Tigers

 

Glasgow Sharks vs Port Malmo Lynx

Having avoided each other at major tournaments the Port Malmo Lynx accepted the Glasgow Sharks invitation for a women’s match to test each other and keep skills sharp as international season approaches. The Lynx, who make up the majority of the Swedish National Team, travelled in fantastic numbers even bringing with them some supporters and cheerleaders to campaign for the cause. Showing the strength of the ladies’ game in Scotland, the Sharks fielded a team of 11 with the contest being played 7 a side over 4 x 12-minute quarters.

Impressive roving from super troupers Orfhlaith McCaughey, Jen Treacy and Caroline Sellar kept the midfield ticking over with (ironically Scandinavian) reliability and showed that desire for the footy is the name of the game. Quick handballs in tight spaces created gaps in the midfield which were exploited to great effect. Strong lead up play and soft hands in the forward third left the scorekeeper without a minute to himself all day. A second quarter overhead snap earning captain Stacey Hughes first prize in the Eurovision Goal of the Day Contest.

In defence the Sharks began resolute and steadfast, locking down and protecting key areas to thwart the fresh legged Swedes. Carolyn Baker and Ellie Sutherland delighted in clearing all but the most dangerous of attacks as the Lynx struggled to get a solid foothold in the game, their periods of possession coming in areas where they were unable to affect the scoreboard impactfully.

As the game grew so did confidence with defensive players and attacking players swapping roles freely with the fluidity of a side that had trained for years and played 100+ games together. This seamless cohesion seemed to come naturally for the group and was the most pleasing aspect of the performance according to coach Stephen Connor who also commented that the men’s team could learn some serious lessons in that regard.

Noticeable throughout the entire game, even when under pressure from an undeterred Port Malmo team, was the communication of the home team. Minor scores, missed tackles and skill errors were met with encouragement and positivity from every player at every turn. The fruits of this often-overlooked aspect of the game were clear to see in the second and third efforts being put in by the players on the pitch. Another indicator that this team is considerably more seasoned than it appears on paper.

Overall the Sharks skilled, accurate and savvy ball use coupled with tireless running and fierce tackling left the Lynx needing Fernando to send out an S.O.S on their behalf… Mamma Mia!

Final score: Glasgow Sharks 93 – 30 Port Malmo Lynx

 

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Champagne Sharks Set The Standard

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Match Report

The Glasgow Sharks swam into Saturday’s encounter looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the 2018 domestic campaign. After a tough season opener at GHA which saw the Blue and the White come out on top, it was time for the Sharks to travel to Nethercraigs Sports Complex for the away fixture against reigning Premiers, The Greater Glasgow Giants.

 

With conditions more akin to Western Australia than the West of Scotland it was clear that the Sharks turned up to play footy, not work on their tan.

 

First Quarter.

The collective intent of the visitors was clear from the first ball up to the last with excellent ruck work from John McIntyre and Alex Young. At times rising early into the contest, winning the tap, and at others making good use of body and space, this gave the Sharks midfield first possession of the ball more often than not. This was a tactic which would prove lethal throughout the course of the game with seamless rotation between McIntyre and Young and the use of differing rucking styles confusing their opposite numbers to devastating effect.

The midfield combination of Hancock and Hespe began strongly and linked together beautifully with intricate handball play before delivering 5-star, silver service to the forward line which was not wasted by Dolling, McManus and Wolfenden. A ten goal first quarter serving as proof that the ‘perennial slow starters’ moniker given to the Sharks may be close to expiry.

 

Giants 13 – 66 Sharks

 

Second Quarter

With confidence sky high as faith in the game plan grew, the Sharks began the second quarter as they ended the first, with intent!

Quality delivery into the path of quality leads from forward players led to the scoreboard ticking over frequently 6 points at a time. Dolling and Wolfenden embarking on a tit-for-tat goal scoring contest between themselves.

While the Giants tried in vain to penetrate a miserly Sharks defence bolstered by full back Bruce McLintock and marauding half back Derek Smith, it was Lewis Collett, in his breakout season, who shone brightest. Impressive performances in previous rounds have seen him demand more and more game time and his attitude was no different here. Particularly of note being his ability to make repeated efforts and a mentality which suggests he believes he is never out of the contest. Without doubt such enthusiasm will not go unnoticed and will certainly prove a headache for coach Stephen Connor in upcoming selections.

 

Midway through the 2nd quarter the game came to a halt as Giants Forward Michael Douglas went down with a serious injury.  Thankfully between supporters and volunteers at the match there was a sufficient amount of expertise on hand to care for Michael until an ambulance arrived to escort him to hospital. Early reports are that Michael suffered a concussion and bruising to the spine but has been discharged from hospital to recover at home. The Glasgow Sharks would like to thank all those in attendance for their help and selflessness under these circumstances and we wish Michael a swift and full recovery.

 

Giants 28 – Sharks 105

 

Third Quarter

With an expanded league and the potential for percentage to be a factor in determining the final standings the Sharks’ focus during the break was on maintaining intensity until the final whistle. With narrow defeats to the Giants in recent matches lingering in the memory, it didn’t take much of a team talk to keep the Sharks hungry for victory. Hungry for the ball and hungry for the contest was Phil Daly who broke from half back, through midfield and into the forward line repeatedly to set up easy set shots for Dolling.

Adopting more of a free role after the major break Brett Wolfenden took a grip of the game and showed his experience with excellent roving and retrieval skills (on one occasion retrieving his own kick and hitting a leading McManus lace out on the chest).

Having been used in a number of different roles for the day Robert McKinlay encapsulated the teams mindset, never being out of the contest. McKinlay made a marking contest which he couldnt complete though followed up with a terrific tackle that was rewarded with a free kick, feeling the energy on the field Robert played on and kick a lengthy goal.

Working at both ends of the pitch was Daniel Hespe who, while quiet (by his own standards) on the goal scoring sheet, was everywhere. Putting out fires at one end of the pitch and starting them at the other. His composure on the ball and calmness in playing backwards to go forward was a real catalyst for the runaway Sharks train.

 

Giants 29 – 163 Sharks

 

Fourth Quarter

Any notion that the fourth quarter would offer any respite for the reigning champions was short lived as the Sharks were adamant about making a statement. Relentless defensive pressure from Neil Alexander from back to front and Andrew McManus from front to back forced errors from the home side that were snapped up by the Sharks and fed into the Great White trio up front.

Alexander Clark had been working hard throughout the day and showed great intelligence while the ball was in the air, getting to the right spots and mopping up from the middle to the Sharks back line to deny any advance from the opposition.

The feeding frenzy in front of goal continued until the clock ran out and the Sharks solidified their position at the top of the ladder with a performance that will put other teams on notice for the rest of the year.

 

Final Score

Giants 38 – 225 Sharks

 

The forward trio of Dolling, McManus and Wolfenden managed to score thirty goals between them with The Wolf taking home half of those as well as Best on Ground Honours from his peers.

 

The Sharks take on the Tyne Tees Tigers next at GHA on Saturday June 16th.

DETAILS

Date Time Competition Season
June 9, 2018 2:00 pm SARFL 2018

RESULTS

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Goals Behinds Total
Greater Glasgow Giants 13 28 29 38 5 8 38
Glasgow Sharks 66 105 163 225 35 15 225

GLASGOW SHARKS

Player Position Goals
Robert McKinlay Forward 1
Derek Smith Defender 0
Alexander Clark Midfield 0
Andrew McManus Forward 5
James Hancock Midfield 3
Neil Alexander Midfield 0
Liam Dolling Forward 10
Lewis Collett Defender 0
Alex Young Ruckman 0
Brett Wolfenden Forward 15
Bruce McLintock Defender 0
Philip Daly Defender 1
Daniel Hespe Midfield 0
John McIntyre Ruckman 0
Adam Jack Defender 0
Total 35
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Sharks Stamp Authority On Season

 Kingdom Kangaroos  vs 

Match Report

The Sharks third game saw them travel to Kirkcaldy to take on the Kangaroos in an attempt to seal an undefeated start to the season. Having played most of the clubs away games, bar one, for the year the win would set up a finals assault in the knowledge most of the travelling was done. The sun was out and the temperature was high, all in all a very good day for footy.
The squad took a slightly different shape to the previous two games with some key personnel picking up some injuries. Some players playing their first game for the Sharks stood up and didn’t skip a beat, showing the clubs depth in its playing list.
The first quarter was important for the Sharks. Having started slowly the first two games the coaches were keen to emphasise how fatal giving a tough side like the Kangaroos an early ascendancy was. The Sharks took a minute to click but then started firing on all cylinders with the first goal coming from some great ball use out of the back line and to James Hancock who had worked hard to get to the goal square. Jimbob took the mark and slotted to the goal to open his account for the day. The Sharks backline had a new look in this game but didn’t look phased as they limited the Kangaroos scoring but more importantly helped spearhead a damaging counter attack. Bruce McLintock and Robert McKinlay imposing miserly attitude towards their opposition.
Beginning the second quarter without missing a step the Sharks continued to press their dominance. Liam Dolling had started to open his own goal scoring account for the day as Daniel Hespe and the midfield were giving great delivery to the young forward. Some of the defenders were getting in on the goal scoring too as Derek Smith collected a ground ball, broke passed a couple of Kangaroos and kicked a great goal. Alexander Clark had been threatening to take some great marks and managed to grab a couple of strong overhead marks in congested space.
Going into the second half the Sharks knew they had the chance to put some mileage on the scoreboard. The Kangaroos were tiring and the Sharks were gaining their second wind. The third quarter showed the midfields dominance grow and having been a commanding presence at the ruck contests John McIntyre was driving that growth. Robert McDowall in his first game for the club had an earlier chance on goal miss the sticks but bounce out for a ball up. He got on the end of a clean ruck tap from this and slotted a goal with a right foot banana. Lewis Collett had been working hard all day in the back line and his confidence has grown in each game played this year. Lewis had the composure to deliver a perfect pass out to the forward line while under immense pressure and had many more instances like this.
The last stanza of this match opened like the previous three and the Sharks had put together their first four quarter performance this season. Having taken a while to work himself into the game Danny Neal took his opportunity to pick up his first goal for the club in his first game. Daniel Connor had been putting pressure on in the forward line all game and had been the focus of some attention earlier in the game but he never stood back, his intensity grew throughout the game.  Alex Young gave his all at the ruck contests and was negating someone who had previously been a danger for the Kangaroos in that role. In his first game for the club this year Neil Alexander slotted into the back line and at times the midfield. Neil performed well and showed how well he can read the play, especially when coming from the back line. Duncan Bertram competed well as a forward and kept his running intensity up throughout the game finishing well and showed some great leadership at times.
The Sharks start the season three convincing wins out of three and look forward to a few home based games in the coming weeks.
Best on ground was awarded to John McIntyre for his dominance in the ruck enabling the Sharks midfield to shine on an already sunny day.

DETAILS

Date Time Competition Season
May 19, 2018 2:00 pm SARFL 2018

RESULTS

Team Goals Behinds Total
Kingdom Kangaroos 10 12 72
Glasgow Sharks 25 9 159

GLASGOW SHARKS

# Player Position Goals
Daniel Connor Forward 0
Robert McKinlay Defender 0
Derek Smith Defender 1
Alexander Clark Midfield 2
Duncan Bertram Forward 0
James Hancock Midfield 8
Neil Alexander Midfield 1
Liam Dolling Forward 8
Lewis Collett Defender 0
Alex Young Ruckman 1
Bruce McLintock Defender 0
Robert McDowall Forward 1
Daniel Hespe Midfield 2
John McIntyre Ruckman 0
Danny Neal Forward 1
Total 25
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Sharks Take First Blood Against Rivals

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Match Report

The Sharks traveled to Edinburgh for the second game in the SARFL May 12th. Both the Sharks and the bloods had comprehensive wins in their first games and the two rivals were looking to extend their winning ways.
As the first quarter started it was quick to see the Sharks had started slowly. The Bloods were taking advantage of the time and space the Sharks were allowing them, getting on the score board early. The Sharks kept in touch and with more shots on goal inaccuracy was an issue, big goals from the forwards meant the Sharks went into the first break having been outplayed but up by 3 points.
The Sharks sluggish start continued into the second quarter and the teams structure had fallen aside. The Bloods pushed to take hold of the game but could not assert a commanding lead the Sharks didn’t improve much on the score board but had seemingly weathered the most their opposition could throw being down only 9 points.
The third quarter is where the Sharks took charge and tightened up their play. The Sharks midfield had been dominant all day but were finally getting real reward for their effort. James Hancock having been instrumental in keeping the Sharks close on the score board was getting more time and space around the ball, Alex Young competing well in the Ruck to give the midfield their chances. Liam Dolling had been unusually quiet to half time made amends in this quarter and made his presence felt up forward. Heading into the last quarter the Sharks overturned their deficit and took a 16 point lead.
Heading into the last quarter the Sharks had all the momentum and belief in their ability to run out games strongly and this belief proved to be well founded. The midfield continued their dominance and was allowing for the Sharks forwards to capitalise. The quarter finished with the hard work having been done early and the Sharks coming away with their second with in a row, away from home.
The Sharks player of the day was Liam Dolling for his hard work to get himself into the game.
The club backs up next week with another away trip to the Kangaroos on the 19th.

DETAILS

Date Time Competition Season
May 12, 2018 2:00 pm SARFL 2018

RESULTS

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Goals Behinds Total
Edinburgh Bloods 21 40 55 71 10 11 71
Glasgow Sharks 23 31 71 100 14 16 100

GLASGOW SHARKS

# Player Position Goals
Daniel Connor Forward
Robert McKinlay Defender
Derek Smith Defender
Alexander Clark Midfield
Duncan Bertram Forward
James Hancock Midfield 5
Danny Kay Defender
Liam Dolling Forward 4
Lewis Collett Defender
Alex Young Ruckman
Brett Wolfenden Forward 5
Philip Daly Defender
Daniel Hespe Midfield
John McIntyre Ruckman
Adam Jack Defender
Total 14
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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