For the first time, the Welsh Piggot shield is in Sharks hands ;-). A well constructed 2 goal win by the battle harden Sharks after completing 3 games in the first two weeks of the year will see them etched onto the shield as victors.
A beautiful 25-30 degree day with a slight northerly blowing greeted us at Hands Oval. The siren sounded to end the reserves preseason grand final and it was The Masters turn to light up the big stage. No need to warm up as Muzza’s forehead indicated with beads of sweat already creating a pattern like the stromatolites on the sea floor at Shark Bay (geo geek sneaking out, my apols). A quick end to end, Hutto showed everyone where we were playing which included some surprise moves designed to run the potentially leg weary Sharks off their legs and we were ready to go.
The Sharks had recruited well in the off season and boasted 4 to 5 newbies. These new Sharks got some early ball and we started to see why they had given Collie a lesson in the first game and had the confidence to go to the Wongan Hills carnival the following week and acquit themselves well. Anyway, enough about them i hear you say…what about the boys from the Country Club of the year 2012 and 2013 ?
Juice, Miller, Corey and The Blanket were the starting engine room and were up for the fight. Haousty used the rocket fuel that was still slopping around in his guts from Friday night to make the square his own with half a doz possessions and in particular a nice link up and goal with the other half of the HA HA duo in The Pest. The heat was telling and there were a few relieved souls when the siren blew to signal the finish of Q1. Gunja had a some encouraging words as the voice was good on the ground but we needed to clean up the kicking efficiency and man up those floating into the forward half so that was the focus for the next quarter. The Sharks kicked 2 goals in a row to start Q2 so it started to look like this was not going to be our day. To the boys credit the 2nd half of the quarter and Q3 was a narrow win to the Dinos with Muzza carrying on from his pewter mug winning form in the first game, Juice and Mill mopping up the loose ball, Jonah providing a target, PD proving he can play anywhere down the spine and Hally showing it would take more than a being bitten by one of our deadliest spiders (Reddy) that morning to keep him away from the contest (I am told his arm, at the time of writing, looks like a watermelon so, big up for commitment). The last quarter was a bit of a let down as the Sharks won the quarter and the game. Hutto let us know that the support for each other in the final quarter was below an acceptable prehistoric standard and something to work on for the games ahead.
BOT awards: PD, Gunja, Hally, and The Medallist (pays to stick around for the presos)
A quick beer with the Sharks in the rooms, a shower (perspex dividers supporting a puppet show or three), the presos, few beers and watching the league preseason grand final made for a top afternoon.
A big thanks to Leon for the rub downs before the game again, Junior Fanta / Reever / Griever kids for running water and the supporters who came to watch. Our next game is vs Margs for our first game on the hallowed turf of Jurassic Park so let’s train like demons and be ready as we had a very close game last year against them.
The first international delegation of Dinosaurs takes off to China today (Wharton, Hall, Haoust, Keech). We will be wearing the dino shirts while at a big trade fair for the first couple of days so should have a bit of content for the website by weeks end and expect to recruit a few nippy rovers for 2015 and support staff for Leon.