All in the Family?!
It's often said that sporting club's are like "one big happy family" - and you'd need go no further than Sharks Touch Club to see that this is 100% true. Not discounting the number of family members involved in the club overall, or the number of close friendships that have been formed over the years, no less than 30 members representing Sharks in the 2018 TCHTA Grand Final matches were related!
Brothers Andrew & Nathan Searle took out the coveted Men's 1 premiership; while mother Rose was an invaluable member of the udefeated Women's 6 side. Joining the Searle's in Men's 1 were brothers Aaron, Joel and Jared Townson; and Sean Stringini's mother, Linda, managed the side. Young gun Brad Pardon in Men's 1 also comes from good stock, his father Eddie co-coaching the Sharks Women's 2 premiership side.
Moving down the grades, Josh Pierce joined his father Jason in taking out the Men's 3 Premiership; alongside another father-son duo in Dave & Ethan Beavis. In that same side were Kale Fryer and Brendan Hume, whose mothers, Trish & Lea-anne respectively, were in the winning Women's 6 contingent. Ross Goldsack in Men's 3 is also related to the Fryers!
Roz Kelly was fortunate to play alongside daughter Abby in the Women's 6; while sibling Chloe was a member of the Women's 3 team that just missed out on the chocolates. Not to be left out, we also had Michelle McCabe and Kayana Markowski in the Women's 6 side; and joining Chloe in W3 were yet another mother-daughter combo: Kath Sabatino & Rinnarta Williams!
Rounding out the family connection are Pia & Tasmyn Van Leeuwen, who joined the club this season, and took the gong in Women's 2, alongside Kassidy Westcott from the Pardon/Westcott household; and Amaya Murphy,whose father Glenn co-coached this young guns team!
It's a remarkable statistic across just five teams, and certainly supports the notion that Touch is "a sport for all".