Hello and welcome shark’s fans. Sunday saw the second mixed intra club game of the season. This was another highly contested game played between John McIntyre’s Dockers and Scott O’Hara’s Convicts. With 20 players down at the green and slightly better weather conditions than in recent weeks this one shaped to be an intriguing contest. The Dockers won the toss and decided to kick to the city end of Glasgow green into slight breeze.
As the first quarter got under way it was evident that this was going to be a battle of the midfields. Both teams were fighting hard to gain the ascendancy but having little effect as both backlines were defending staunchly repelling most forward thrusts. On the rare occasions the ball did venture deeper into the forward lines both sets of forwards seemed to have left their kicking boots in their bags as not a single major was kicked in the quarter. It was the Dockers who went into the first change with their noses just in front.
The second stanza started with both teams seaming to take advantage of the better weather conditions being able to clear the congestion in the middle with fluent ball movement by both hand and foot. The new players to the club were also showing a high level of maturity and confidence showing the value of the experience gained by playing in the game last month. The forwards on both teams were also taking advantage of the now fluent ball movement and having now found their kicking boots the teams traded goals for the rest of the quarter. It was the Dockers who were able to slightly extend their lead at the main change.
The third quarter started in the same fashion as the second. It was the Convicts though who seemed to move up a gear and were rewarded for their hard work with early goals to narrow the Dockers lead. The Dockers upped their intensity to match the Convicts half way through the quarter and the game was back in the balance. With both teams not wanting to concede bodies were flying in at every contest. The girls on both teams were also showing their willingness to put their heads over the footy showing no signs of intimidation collecting possessions at both ends of the ground as the intensity lifted. The Dockers managed to kick a steadying goal late in the quarter and reopen their lead going into the last change.
The final stanza started in a flurry with an early goal for the determined looking Dockers that almost had them out of sight. The Convicts not to be out done answered straight back with a 9 point goal almost immediately after the restart keeping them interested bringing the margin back to a manageable deficit. With the game back in the balance it quickly turned into an arm wrestle with both teams working hard to give their respective forwards first use. Both backlines were standing up well under intense pressure and scoring became difficult. Both teams managed late goals but in the end the Dockers ran out comfortable victors.
Hello and welcome to all the sharks’ fans out there. Well if your hearing from me that can only mean one thing, that’s right footy is back and what a sight for sore eyes it was. As usual its full steam ahead for the sharks who have recruited well over the off season and are also in the early stages of forming a women’s team meaning they are regularly getting numbers in excess of 20 at training on both Tuesday and Sunday sessions.
On Sunday 22nd we got to see the first action for the 2012 season as the sharks held their first ever mixed intra club game. It was a cold and wet morning at Glasgow green but that did not deter anyone from going down. With fantastic numbers of 27 people in all, including 10 first gamers arriving for the 10 o’clock start it was to be a 12 a side game with the others performing game day duties. The teams were picked into the Convicts captained by Scott O Hara and the Dockers captained by Robert McKinley. The game was played under full AFL rules with the inclusion of goals kicked by any of the women would be worth 9 points instead of the usual 6. This was to help encourage the women to be involved in the play and show everyone the results of team play.
The first quarter saw the Convicts kicking with a 2 to 3 goal breeze and after some good play from the middle quickly skipped out to a 3 goal lead. It wasn’t until half way through the stanza that the Dockers steadied and managed to kick back to back goals to narrow the Convicts lead. With the first gamers on both sides now getting a feel for the game and growing in confidence, the rest of the quarter stayed a very even affair with the Convicts taking a small lead into the first change.
The second term gave the Dockers the chance to use the breeze and use it they did kicking early unanswered goals to take the lead and looked ready to take the game by the scruff of the neck. It was to be the Convicts though who were next to hit the scoreboard and took the wind out of the Dockers sails. With both teams backlines working well rebounding most forward attacks the game quickly turned into an arm wrestle and the quarter came to an end with very little separating the teams.
Both captains must have given inspirational half time talks as the intensity clearly lifted at the start of the third with both teams showing a willingness to put their heads over the ball. This courage and aggression for the ball was paying dividends and as an indication of how evenly matched both teams were they were back trading goals. It would be the Dockers though to take the smallest of margins into the last change setting up a tasty last quarter.
The final stanza started with both teams hard at it but with tired legs, heavy ground and a now very slippery ball both teams were finding it hard to score majors. It was the Convicts though who managed to get their noses in front. Then with minutes to go and the Dockers down by 3 points Hazel Stevenson swooped in to crumb a pack 15 meters out and sent a tumbling punt goal-wards and put herself into the sharks history books by kicking the sharks first ever 9 point goal and put the Dockers up by 1 straight kick. From the resulting ball up the Dockers managed to get the ball forward and scramble a point on the siren to run out 7 point victors in a highly entertaining game.
The SARFL Season commenced on Saturday March 26th and Glasgow Sharks had been drawn to play the Aberdeen Dingoes. The Sharks had a good build up to the match during the pre-season and had managed to fit in and win a friendly against a North east England select at Hartlepool 2 weeks prior to the season opener.
The Sharks took the opportunity to play some new Scottish players who had joined the club over the close season, Gary Bruce & Robert McKinley. The first quarter started well for the Sharks and it was debutant Gary Bruce who was to score a goal with his first touch of the ball. The Sharks were winning good ball from the centre with Dubojski & Mason working well in tandem. The Sharks controlled the quarter well and although the Dingoes were getting the ball down into the scoring zone they couldn’t make any in roads to the scoreboard due to good defensive work and managed 2 behinds to the Sharks 5 goals 3 behinds.
In the 2nd quarter the dingoes played more fluently with Chris Bettridge in particular appearing all over the park and linking defence to attack better than they had at the start. Tom Drake was playing well for them at the back and Phil Scott was working himself more into the game in the Ruck and at spells up forward. The Sharks intensity had dropped a little but they managed to keep the scoreboard moving along kicking 4 goals straight for the quarter to the Dingoes 3 goals 1 behind.
After a half time talk it was the Sharks who came out the stronger in the 3rd quarter Adam Jack playing well both in defence and up forward. Andy Butler foiled several good attacks for the Dingoes and was crucial in the Sharks ability to rebound and set up attacks themselves. For the early part the scores were going from end to end with both teams responding to each other. The Sharks had operated a rotating Ruck duo in John McIntyre and Alex Young and this began to pay off in the later stages of this quarter with good first usage to the on balers getting the Sharks several late goals to increase their lead.
The last quarter went along the same lines as the third quarter with both teams trading blows until the Sharks gained the upper hand. Ross Thomson, Marc Mason and Andy Dubojski had run the show well for the Sharks in midfield all day and continued to drive the ball forward where Adam Jack and Darren Chadwick were making the most of their chances. The Sharks scored 6 goals 3 behinds for the quarter to the Dingoes 2 goals 3 behinds.
It was the first game of the season and both sides will be better for clearing the cob webs out. For the Dingoes Chris Bettridge, Andy Miller and Phil Scott all played well and some of the new players will have gained experience that will serve them well this season. The Sharks had good contributors all over the field especially in defence where Andy Butler, Scott O’Hara and Gus Thomson had kept the potent Dingoes forward line unusually quiet.
Saturday the 9th of April saw Glasgow host the Haggis Cup at Scotstoun Stadium. The Event was to be the biggest in its history and it had the weather to match the occasion.
The Glasgow Sharks were in a tough group with Milano Footy Club, Aberdeen Dingoes and Wimbledon Hawks. In the first game of the group the Sharks took on Milano. The sharks showed how their pre-season had helped improve their fitness and skill. This helped the sharks take the early initiative and start the campaign off with a win.
The Sharks met the Aberdeen Dingoes in round two of the competition and having just beaten the dingoes in the SARFL both sides knew what was required to come away with the win. The sharks came away with the win knowing that they were through to the semi finals.
In the last game of the Group stage the Sharks were set to take on the Wimbledon Hawks who like the sharks were currently undefeated. The sharks seemed to have switched off during this game not showing the same intensity as before losing to the Hawks.
In the Draw for the semi Finals the Sharks were to play fierce rivals the Edinburgh Bloods. The match lived up to the expectation with a very intense and close game. The bloods were up by one point at the end of the siren but Adam Jack for the Glasgow sharks had received a free kick before the siren blew, at the half way line. Which meant that Adam had to kick the Goal to win the match and in a tense moment every player on the field was standing on the Bloods goal line and every player on the bench was praying. Adam kicked the goal to send the Sharks to a Grand Final against Wimbledon Hawks.
The Shark seemed to have picked up their intensity for the Grand Final and were out for revenge against the Hawks. The Sharks didn’t stop from beginning to end and showcased some of their best footy of the day. The Sharks kept the Hawks under pressure throughout the match and deserved the win. The Sharks sang their club song as loud as they could before walking off the pitch.
Saturday 16th January saw the Outback Bar in Stirling as the venue again for this year’s Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Australian Football League. With the extreme weather conditions we have been experiencing both prior to and after the Christmas period this was the third attempt to have the meeting.
A big congratulations to 2 of our Sharks who were elected to positions on the committee, Andy Butler was re-elected to the position of League Treasurer while John McIntyre our website administrator was elected to the position of Secretary. Former Sharks player Dougie Hunter was also re-elected to the President’s position.
It was again agreed that each club would have 2 representatives on the committee to ensure each club was involved in any decision making. The fixtures for this season were agreed in principle and they along with a copy of minutes for the meeting will appear on our website shortly.
A full committee list is below
President Douglas Hunter (Neutral/Umpires)
Secretary John McIntyre (Glasgow Sharks)
Treasurer Andy Butler (Glasgow Sharks)
Committee Member Phil Scott (Aberdeen Dingoes)
Committee Member Chris Bettridge (Aberdeen Dingoes)
Committee Member Alan McSparron (Edinburgh Bloods)
Committee Member Finlay McDonald (Edinburgh Bloods)