The Sharks: The fairy tale that was not meant to be

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*THUMP*

What’s that sound? Oh, not to worry… that’s just me falling back to earth after the Cronulla Sharks loss to the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night. It doesn’t feel great to be here.

It’s no secret that I love a fairy tale and for me the Sharks were indeed the fairy tale of the 2015 season. I wanted more than anything to believe that they could deliver something they have never been able to deliver – an elusive Premiership. The last time that the Sharks were in a Grand Final was 1997 (during Super League). Apart from the poor old Raiders, this is the longest grand final drought currently in the NRL.

With a very good record against all the teams in the top 4, I really thought they could do it.

The Cronulla Sharks have always been a team I have had a soft spot for. Putting aside the Parramatta players that have left the Eels to call the Shire home (think Jeff Robson, John Morris, Eric Grothe), but they are underdogs in the truest sense. I also have a lot of love for guys like Michael Gordon, Jack Bird, Chris Heighington and Luke Lewis.

But enough of me and my love for the Sharks.

Let’s remember back to where this Club was 12 months ago.

Following one of the most difficult years in the Club’s history, the Cronulla Sharks finished the 2014 season as wooden spooners. With the impact of ASADA being felt and still looming – the Sharks were out for the count.

As we came into the 2015 season, few in the NRL community were confident that the Sharkies could bounce back – but my goodness, bounce back they did.

The Sharks have been one of my favourite teams to watch this year. Michael Ennis has indeed been one of the buys of the season (rivaled only possibly by Blake Austin for the Canberra Raiders). Youngster Jack Bird has been exciting to watch and I have enjoyed watching the joy that the success of the Sharks has brought to the community in the Shire this year – it has been magic.

From chartered planes up to North Queensland, to the fans that attended the monsoon rain game against the Bunnies, to the warm reception Mick Ennis has received at the Club this year, the Sharks not only were the fairy tale… but they were also the feel good story of 2015.

I want to take a moment to congratulate the Sharks on what they have achieved this year. They were undoubtedly outschooled, outclassed and outplayed on Saturday night by the North Queensland Cowboys (who very much look like the real deal), but that does not take away from what they have achieved this year.

Sharks fans, I hope you are as proud of your Club as I am this week.

The next real test will be to see whether they can back it up in 2016. I’m confident that they can and perhaps they can truly be the fairy tale of 2016.

#upupCronulla

Love,

Ladies who League xxx