Sharks Strike Gold in WA!
The Goldfields Touch Association 2018/19 summer season has drawn to a close over in WA; with both Sharks Mixed teams making their respective A & D grade grand finals.
Sharks A Grade
Sharks started the game very well with brilliant attack and strong defence, putting NVUS under pressure from the outset and it wasn’t long before Sharks scored. Sharks defence put endless pressure on NVUs resulting in a lot of dropped ball and early turn-overs, allowing Sharks to turn defence into attack in good field position and put even more pressure on their opposition. The entire first half played out the same way with Sharks going into the half time break leading 4 – 0.
Although a great start to the game, nothing can be taken for granted and a momentum shift was expected. The first 5 minutes or so of the second half was a tight affair with the ball being run from end to end by both teams with neither team being able to score. After a period of time NVUS pushed through the Sharks defence and were able to register their first try of the evening. Unfortunately, this was followed by two more quick tries to NVUS taking the score-line to 4 – 3. Sharks rallied and were able to score again pulling away to a 5 – 3 lead before NVUS scored to narrow the margin again. Sharks scored again to put the score-line out to 6 – 4 and that was the final result with Sharks taking out the A grade premiership in their inaugural year in the Goldfields Touch Association competition.
Sharks D Grade
After a great game to knock out the top team in the semi-finals, Sharks were up against NVUS in the Grand Final, another team of predominantly younger players.
NVUS were quick out of the blocks and racked up 2 tries before Sharks had settled with the remainder of the first half being a tight battle with both teams attacking and defending well. NVUS had a bit more pace than Sharks but the young Sharks put everything on the line, diving to make try saving touches on several occasions. With the half time siren sounding, Sharks went into the break down 3 – 5.
The second half started just as quick as the first but this time it was Sharks who drew first blood and pulled the score-line back to 4 – 5 and were looking strong. The next 10-15 minutes saw both teams struggle to get over the line to gain the ascendancy, with the ball being taken from end to end. Although Sharks were giving their all and pushing their limits, the speed of the game started to take its toll and with about 5 minutes left to play, NVUS were able to get over the line to score and take their lead out to two. This unfortunately opened the flood gates in the dying minutes with the Sharks dead on their feet and the final score being Sharks 4 and NVUS 9. The final score flattered the opposition and did not show how close the game really was and how well the young Sharks had played.
A Grade Awards
- MVP Male – Tyrell Walker
- MVP Female – Rose Heke
- Players Player Male – Sam Stafford
- Players Player Female – Rose Heke
- Club Person – Aaron Green
D Grade Awards
- MVP Male – Charlie Wells
- MVP Female – Tanika Lala
- Players Player – Daniel Hogan
Special mention goes out to Paul & Alannah Gent who coach the Sharks D Grade and Juniors; young gun & captain, Dereck De Thierry, who led the A Grade crew; and Kate Heke - the club's #1supporter, and who has done amazing things off the field, including taking team photos and aiding with fundraisers - a real backbone of our WA chapter.