Sharks On A Plane & it’s not the 49ers Hayne Plane!

Sharks On A Plane
Cronulla Sharks Mermaids at the NRLFinals

Cronulla Sharks Mermaids at the NRLFinals

When you think of “Sharks On A Plane” most people think of the hugely popular Hollywood B Grade cult classic SharkNado franchise, maybe the pending sequel to  “Snakes On A Plane” or maybe Rugby League – NFL 49ers convert Jarryd Hayne and the Hayne Plane

But you’d be mistaken!

This weekend the Cronulla Sharks Football  have chartered a special flight to take 100 passionate fans to the NRLFinals against the North Queensland Cowboys.

Sharks Skipper Paul Gallen and key forward Wade Graham are right behind the push.

 “I’ve heard seats are limited and expensive and getting to Townsville is difficult, but the Sharks plane is a great idea,” Gallen told Sportal.

“I hope they can fill it and we can get a few Sharks fans amongst that North Queensland crowd on Saturday.”

Graham added: “It’s hard for a lot of Sharkies fans to get up there so this is a great idea.

“It definitely means a lot to the community down here and it means a lot to us too. There’s a good feeling in the area.”

The media have been quick to pick up on the story with both Sharks tragics Phil “Buzz” Rothfield  and film director/ actor and new Footy Show Special Reporter Brendan Cowell getting on board the flight to capture the unique fan experience.  The Sharks will also feature live feeds via their website and social media pages

The challenge now is to quickly find an agile business partner to potentially sponsor and maximise the exposure and opportunity.

Some possible lessons we could all learn from Jarryd.

AND also win!  (then there is another trip to Melbourne)

#WeAreSharks #SharksOnAPlane #NRLFinals


#Dare2Dream #WeAreSharks

Wooden Spoon


It’s a Sunday morning, somewhere hidden in my house are my magical yellow socks.  Those socks are the key to us winning today’s do-or-die football game against the Russel Crowes and James Packers Bunnies.

Next door, my fellow Sharks supporter mate Don puts his left shoe on first.

Across town, a player’s wife picks her lucky black and white dress.

From Cronulla to Cooloongatta there’s a lot more of this happening right across the Sharks players, staff, members and supports  – our personal superstitions, our beliefs and hopes, every bit that may go towards breaking a near fifty year premiership drought and the hangover of the 2014 NRL Wooden Spoon.


This time last year some funny bastard left this on my window – last year was, in the simplest of terms “a tough year” (on so many fronts), BUT (and you know there is always a ‘but’), the old adage of “persistence” – that tough times don’t last – that what makes you stronger – has never been so true.

2014 Cronulla Sharks Wooden Spoon

2014 Cronulla Sharks Wooden Spoon

To look back for a moment to see how far things have come fills one with deep pride.

Fast forward to this morning and the sun rising over the Bay has never seemed so bright. Yes, certainly you can’t get too far ahead of yourself and need to embrace the moment BUT without a destination you may wander aimlessly.


The goal is in clear sight and the road ahead not devoid of danger. As a famous photographer once said – the best view from the mountain top is always closest to the edge.

Bring on the week. Woo haaaaa. Now to work out how we get a plane full of Sharks fans to Townsville! Sort of sounds like the title of a movie!

Passion-Shark 08-Tuesday

Sharks Updated - always next year :c(

Could this be the year?

Sharks Updated - always next year :c(My Sharks play in the NRL Finals this Friday night against the Melbourne Storm.

Could this be the year?….a pause…. the question goes very deep to every Shark.  It’s hard to explain what it is like to be a Sharks Supporter for all this time.

Rugby League Supercoach Jack Gibson once said “waiting for the Sharks to win a Grand Final is like leaving the porch light on for Harold Hold”

This year, like many Sharks supporters (and a bit like the team’s approach), I’ve played it pretty cool – we watched, we’ve celebrated our wins, there’s been no wild declarations.  It’s been very tradesmen like – not pretty but getting on with the job (and no apologies to any tradesmen).  Defense has been fantastic and from that attack builds.

Break my heart

You gotta love the footy, it’s a great escape.  So many memories with family and friends, the shared community emotion and passion.

We’ve had our hearts broken time and time again for such a long time – 41 years to be exact – all my life.  I’m not sure there are many professional teams and their supporters who have had to wait that long for our first title? There’s even a Facebook Group called Sharks win a grandfinal before I die

I think of Tommy Bishop, Cliffy Watson, Steve Rogers and the family, Andrew Ettinghausen, good family mate Steve Kneen, Como old boy Roland Beckett, the hundreds of other players and thousands of supporters and never forgetting my dad who died last year – a passionate Sharkies supporter – a tear and a smile – he was buried in his Sharks jumper.

It was the picture of the young bloke on the front page of the Telegraph yesterday that really made me smile – his bedroom emblazoned.

In 1973, at seven years old my Brother Brett and I sat at the SCG with mum and dad watching the Sharks versus Manly.

In 1978, we were there again against Many. (Hartley you suck!)

For a few years, “The Maxys” – Brett, Dad and I performed at the Sharks Home Game Players Presentation in the Auditorium.  There’s nothing like a happy Shark.

It’s passion which makes life interesting – in whatever fashion – whether that’s business, music, art, family or the footy.

Could this be  “The Year”? we ask again

It stops and makes you wonder what makes a successful team?

My dad told me this several years ago this question about business success.

“It’s not about how big or small, nor how much money you do or don’t have, nor the latest tool and technique, it’s about the people and the way they work together”

The same can be said for any endeavor – whether sport, business or social cause.

To Ricky and the guys, you’ve done a great job, we’re behind you all the way, go out and have some fun – we’re looking forward to next week like you could not believe.