The Sharks Womens team had already sewn up top spot in the AFL Scotlands Womens competition but the Men`s side had to battle it out with the Edinburgh Bloods on the last day of the Home/Away Season to claim the minor premiership.
The Womens team traveled to Linlithgow to play against the West Lothian Eagles and the Edinburgh Bloods in a carnival styled day where each team played two games. The Sharks played the Bloods first up in a tough game where the Bloods managed to rock the Sharks early and maintain their advantage to claim the win. A really strong showing for the Bloods saw them claim two victories on the day, defeating the Eagles in a similar dominant fashion, really good strong signs for the newly “Bled” team.
The Sharks finished their carnival with a win against the host side the Eagles, who it must be said have come a tremendously long way since their first game earlier this year, they have shown real grit and determination as well as a humble and fun attitude all year.
The day provided a lot to celebrate, first games for Mairi and Ciara, first goal for Fiona, couple of goals for Sarahmairead in her milestone game, strong performances from Orfhlaith, Lesley, Nicole and Anna PLUS Captain Stacey Hughes putting in a lot of effort to help raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a cause very close to her and the club hearts. The Womens team showed their support with their Orange Laces used during the game in the picture below, whereas the Mens team, who did have and wear Orange laces didnt have the sense of mind to take a well choreographed photo like the Womens Team!
The Men`s side faced down the benchmark of the SARFL Competition and the clubs rivals the Edinburgh Bloods at GHA Rugby Club in very wet very dreich conditions.
From the first quarter the game was a hotly contested match with surprisingly great skills given the weather conditions. The Sharks were able to out score the Bloods in all but the third quarter where a flurry of goals from the visitors but the Sharks on the back foot for a minute. The Sharks rallied in the last and assisted with the lead they had built up claimed the win and top spot in AFL Scotlands SARFL competition.
With the minor premiership in the bank the Men`s team now look toward this coming Saturday august 3rd where they will face the Bloods again in the Qualifying Final to see who goes through to the Grand Final August 24th. The loser of this coming game is still in with a chance of playing in the big dance as they would ply in the preliminary final between the winners of Giants and Tigers played also this coming Saturday August 3rd.
After the win the Men`s team gave an emphatic performance of the club song which you should be able to see below.