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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!

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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.