Sharks To Stay In Cronulla

25 09 2013

Unfortunately this is not an exclusive breaking headline, but a letter to Mr. Dave Smith, NRL CEO

Dear Mr. Smith,

I know that you have said that there has been no thought to relocating any clubs at the moment, but with the news surrounding the possible relocation of Cronulla to southern Queensland, I’d like to present some reasons why it should never happen:

1) There is no denying that the Sharks are the great under achievers in the modern game, it’s an inescapable fact. But will moving the team 1500 km north change that? Queenslanders, with their current domination of Origin, are bred for success, so do you think that many fans in that part of the world will adopt a team that is 0 from 46?

2) What about players who have signed on with Cronulla and have young families? They would have signed with Cronulla thinking they could raise their family in Sydney. So will they be willing to pack up and make the trek north or will they want to opt out of their contract to sign with another Sydney team if location was their reason for signing in the first place?

3) When St. George merged with Illawarra and Balmain with Wests, I can imagine that it would have been hard on the supporters. But a small consolation for them was that they would get to see the merger play at the same ground as which ever team it was that they were following before. Will Sharks fans still get to see their team play at Shark Park (sorry, Remondis Stadium) 3 or 4 times a year?

This is not wanted thank you

This is not wanted thank you

4) Why south Queensland? The Central Coast has been crying out for their own team for years. They already have a stadium (Bluetounge) that is used for league and it would be easier for existing Shark fans to travel to.

5) How do you tell young kids who support the team that they can no longer go and see the Sharks play because the family can’t make it to Queensland every other weekend?

So please Mr. Smith, keep the Sharks in the Shire where they belong.

Sincerely,

A One-Eyed Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks supporter.

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Getting The Gong In The ‘Gong

18 08 2013

The scene: The Dragons dwindling down the bottom of the ladder in 14th, and missing their strikes players Merrin and Dugan (among others) to injury. The Sharks up in 6th coming off the back of a 4 point loss to Newcastle, but with a near full squad, only Graham out injured, and mentally battling the ongoing ASADA investigations.

The view from my seat.

The view from my seat.

History was against the Sharks, having not won in Wollongong since ’89 (but while that’s 24 years, it’s not 24 games as the Sharks don’t travel down every season). The TAB doesn’t look at history though and had installed the Sharks $1.25 favourites (Dragons were out at $4).

So how do you think I felt as Sharks fan when the Dragons raced out to a 12-0 in about 7 minutes? Clearly it wasn’t following the script that I had written in my head.

I went to high school with this guy (K. Brennan, Holden Cup player)

I went to high school with this guy (K. Brennan, Holden Cup player)

But all was to upward after half-time. After trailing 18-6 at the break (Pomeroy scored the only try for the Sharks in the first half. The number on the back of my jersey just so happened to be that of Pomeroy’s too. It was 3).

I thought Feki had scored in the corner in the opening exchanges after he wrestles his way over, but it was pulled back for a forward pass. That was the second try the Sharks had been disallowed after Gallen was denied for an obstruction.

Some ground was clawed back after De Gois crossed after about an hour and Carney was able convert, making it 18-12.

Ryan crossed in the right hand corner with a bit fortune on his side. But because of the tough angle of the kick, Carney missed leaving it 18-16 to the Dragons. After that, I honestly thought that it was game over, knowing that the Dragons can grind out a win just as well as the Sharks. And the Sharks aren’t really renowned for their attacking ability. But this is 2013 and the Sharks have arguably the best all round line-up of my life time.

90 seconds were on the clock and still it was the Dragons by 2, and a miracle was about to unfold. Andrew Fifita was to out-sprint some outside backs and score the match winning try. Or so I thought. The ref had gone upstairs, my sense of relief had been replaced by anxiety. But he ruled try and just wanted to check onside and grounding.

Luke Lewis after the game

Luke Lewis after the game

My seating position wasn’t the ideal place to see the big screen, unless it was just my eye-sight (which is always a possibility – ed.) However, on the hill in front of the big screen was a decent sized contingent of Sharks fans, so when they went up after all replays, I knew it was good.

And it was! Finally, we had finally won in the ‘Gong. I have been to numerous NRL games in my life, but only four where I genuinely cared for the result. The first time I saw Sharks at Wollongong (we lost, I think it was 18-4). When I went to the State of Origin in Sydney (QLD won 28-24. Again, I think that was the score). And last year when the Sharks came back to the ‘Gong and we lost 16-10 (I’m sure that was the score, you tend to forget these things when your team loses).

So last night was the first time I left a stadium genuinely overjoyed. Especially considering I was the ‘enemy’ and my friend, ‘Charlie’, was a Dragons supporter and had a bit of a flutter on the game given the good return the Dragons were offering.

So now that I can tick “See the Sharks win” of my to-do list, I now have to go to a game at Cronulla and watch the team win up there so when I start belting out the team song I won’t be given the evils.

“Up, up Cronulla. The boys in the Black, White and Blue…..”





Tatts Ugly

9 07 2012

I was watching channel Seven’s ‘Sunday Night’ last night (fancy that), and they ran this story, ‘Tattoo Or Not Tattoo on tattoos and the ever increasing popularity of them among the younger generations.

Lord Voldemort: he is out there. Somewhere.

It presented some interesting facts about tattoos that I wasn’t previously aware of, but didn’t really surprise me when I found out. It also pointed out some things that were obvious but amazing that people still don’t consider when getting a tattoo.

When tattoos go wrong…

The example of the 18 y.o. who got a tattoo in the honour of her brother who has cancer will never make sense to me; even in a million years time, I will still be baffled by it. Yes, okay, so it was a nice gesture, but it ain’t going to cure him is it? And you have to explain to everyone the significance of it. But your family is still going to love you if you get the tattoo or not aren’t they; so why go through a few hours of pain for something that will fade, sag with age and be totally forgotten after you go?

This bloke went through this for his family. So the opposite to everybode else then.

A picture in your purse or wallet would be much better. Why? Well every time you go to buy something, which is every day for most of us, you will see their smiling face looking back at you. It’s free to put the picture there; and you can update the photo every few years or so. You don’t have to go through a few hours of pain and it won’t stop you from potentially getting a job in the future.

He originally looked like this

Maybe I’m just old fashioned though, because I hate tattoos and I haven’t seen one that has really impressed me before, and I highly doubt that I will any time soon. I remember a while back on Facebook a chick I know said she was considering getting a tattoo, only a small one she said, but it was a tattoo none the less. Now I’m not a chance with this girl, and I doubt I ever will be, but I was mortified when I found this out. She really is a beautiful girl and getting a tattoo would spoil that, even if it is a small one on the back of her wrist. Fortunately though, I wasn’t the only one who thought like this, whether or not that has changed her mind or not, I don’t know.

He now looks like this. 25 operations later.

If we were intended to have all these fancy colours on our skin, wouldn’t we be born with small patches that would grow and develop over time? Just like piercings, if we were meant to have them, we would be born with holes that were perfect for them. I will admit though, pierced ears don’t bother me that much, if they are the right kind, not those big loop things that a lot of people are sporting nowadays. I was once told that the best thing to do to people with them was to run up behind them, put a lock on it and run like hell. This was so tempting.

Lock it in Eddie!

I wouldn’t get a tattoo if you paid me a million dollars (no, not even when the Sharks win their maiden premiership), and I honestly cannot see the appeal of them. You know what I think though: I think they are for people who are not happy with themselves. Why else would you put a picture or design on your shoulder or back; to distract people.





World Champion

7 06 2012

If you read my introductory post a few months back, you would know that I am not the sportiest person in the world but am more than willing to get in there and have a go. With the Olympics coming up soon, that got me thinking.

Why do will still keep official medal tallies? I got nothing wrong with handing out medals, if you’re in the top three in the world at what you do, good for you! But let’s be honest, we all pretty much know who’s going to end up on top.

Probably these guys

I say this because I love a good underdog story (I go for the Cronulla Sharks so of course I do. 45 years and counting. Come on Boys!) And who doesn’t? I always get more enjoyment out of watching someone who you’ve never heard of trumping the ‘champion’.

‘Up, up Cronulla’ has never been sung in October

So many people nowadays seemingly have heritage and bloodlines from multiple countries, and I have no problem with this, but when it gives you the chance to choose who you want to represent in sports, I think it’s a bit unfair. This belief may also stem from something that I hold close to my heart: State Of Origin.

It only happens three times a year

Over the years there have been many players for Queensland that are not actually from Queensland but claim dual eligibility. This came to light in recent times with the short ditty ‘That’s In Queensland’. This made me think about it on a bigger scale because I am eligible to represent many countries (if I was athletic enough). I could be Australian, Scottish, English possibly even German (as my dad was born there). So I have a pleasure that not everyone would.

Not only this, when watching the Olympics, we just want to be able to watch the best of the best, and that’s exactly what we get to do; so does it really matter where they are from? I had a thought the other day that went a little something like this: instead of having the participants walking around at the opening ceremony with their fellow countrymen and women, why not have them walk around with those who they will be competing against? So we’ll see all the shot-putters in a different group to the high jumpers. This means that we would then be able to appreciate the builds of the different participants that we’re going to be watching over the next fortnight.

This is where my idea gets a bit radical though. Scrap the national anthems. We all have favourite songs right? And we all love blaring them as loud as we can don’t we? Well, when someone gets gold, why not play their favourite song and encourage them to break out a few moves instead? Imagine the spectacle that would come with Usain Bolt dancing to the Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Got a Feeling’.

I gotta feelin’ (I’m going to run a sub-10 tonight)

Also, we now live in the age of multiculturalism where many people emigrate from country to country but still hold onto values from where they originally left. These days it is neigh on impossible to describe a typical Australian without excluding some minority group in society, and for these reasons I think that a few changes wouldn’t go astray.

How I expect many people to react to what I just said