Monday 7th September, 2015
The Caloundra Sharks 2nd Division side managed to do what their Senior and Junior sides could not accomplish when they brought home the Pool B Grand Final trophy on Saturday. Their opponents were a tough Pomona/Cooran side and they stretched the Sharks side to their limits.
In a see-sawing 1st half, both sides matched each other try for try as they came into the sheds at half time locked up at 12-12. Caloundra managed to jump away then Pomona quickly levelled the score again and it was anyone’s game in the second half.
The Shark’s skipped away early in the second half and led by 22-12 with 30 minutes to go. Pomona refused to lay down and slowly clawed their way back into the game with a try in the 54th and the try of the match in the 62nd minute to get within 2 points of the Sharks at 22-20. Both sides had their chances but Caloundra’s defence held strong and hung on to a much deserved 22-20 Grand Final victory.
Cameron Sullivan was the best for the Sharks for his gutsy exits from his own goal line when Pomona kept on coming in waves at the Caloundra line.
Presentation Night will be on the 18th September at the clubhouse......see you there......Sharkman
Tries: Cameron Sullivan 1, Blair Howard 2, Trent Prygoda 1
Goals: Tony Ainsworth 3
DEF Pomona-Cooran 20
Tries: Jake Garlick 2, Shane Hart 1, Jake Scanlan 1, Tim Payne 1
Monday 1st September, 2015
Caloundra’s Under 18 side came up against a pumped up Caboolture team on Saturday and went down by 24-20. The Sharks survived an early onslaught from the Snakes then took control to lead by 14-6 until Caboolture scored against the run of play on half time to go in to the dressing rooms with a 14-12 lead.
Caboolture’s big boy’s got a roll on and were very hard to hold back as they slowly pegged back Caloundra’s lead. Caloundra lost 2 players to the sin bin within 30 seconds which enabled Caboolture to get on top and come away with a shock 24-20 victory and finish Caloundra’s quest for an U/18’s Premiership. Best for the young Sharks side was Robbie Barwick.
With only one side remaining in this Saturday’s Grand finals, the Sharks fans will have to focus their attention onto the 2nd Division side when they take on Pomona/Cooran for the B Pool Premiership. The B final will be played on the Kawana Stockland Park field at 1.40pm
Tries: Mitchell Denman 1, Teneke Robertson 1, Sua Aiiloilo 3
Goals: Hayden Evans 2
DEF Caloundra 20
Tries: Samuel Piva 1, Dalton Smith 1, Dakota Tolhurst 1, Robbie Barwick 1
Goals: Kayl Ferguson 2
Monday 24th August, 2015
The Caloundra Sharks have ended their quest for back to back Premierships after the Northern Outlaws narrowly defeated them on Saturday night. The Knock-Out final had it all, plenty of tries, plenty of fire and the usual dubious refereeing decisions.
The Outlaws were first on the board after only 4 minutes followed by a very tough 20 minute period. Caloundra’s Lochie Turner scored in the corner after 24 minutes and the Sharks drew level at 4-4. Lance Ainsworth put the Sharks ahead 10-6 then crossed again minutes later to give them a handy 16-4 lead, minutes before the break. A lack of concentration allowed the Outlaws to score out wide and claw back into the game with Caloundra leading 16-8 at half time. The first half was dominated by the Outlaws for the first 20 minutes but Caloundra had the better of the last 20 minutes.
Caloundra had a handy lead but the Outlaws slowly fought their way back with 2 tries in the space of 10 minutes to tie the game up at 16-16. Lance Ainsworth grabbed his third try of the day with 20 minutes to go and the Sharks skipped to a narrow 22-16 lead. Caloundra seemed brittle out wide and the Outlaws were quick to notice, crossing for 3 quick tries and sending a shudder through Caloundra’s bench. The Outlaws had a match winning 28-22 lead with 4 minutes to go and Caloundra seemed to have run out of petrol. A knock on from the Outlaws on their own line gave the Sharks a glimmer of hope. From the scrum, Brett Doherty hoisted the ball high and Caloundra’s Jamie Irwin grabbed the ball from a defenders deflection and placed the ball down under the posts as the siren sounded. The Sharks crowd was ecstatic, only to be brought back to earth with a disappointing off side decision from the referee and a penalty to the Outlaws. Caloundra were devastated and the reality had set in that they were eliminated from this season’s premiership race with the Outlaws coming out victors by 28-22 in a very tough semi final.
The Under 18’s put in their worst effort for the year and went down to a red hot Kawana by 44-10. They will have to regroup and hopefully get their form back against Caboolture next Saturday. The 2nd division side have cemented their place in the Pool “B” grand final with a 34-20 victory over Mary Valley and will meet the winner of Mary Valley and Pomona/Cooran at the Stadium in 2 weeks time. With 2 sides still competing in the final’s, we are confident of raising the cup on Grand final day
Northern Outlaws 28
Tries: R McDowall 2, B. Ashford 2, T. Wyvill 2, K. Fleming 1 Tries
DEF CAloundra 22
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 3, Lochie Turner 1
Goals: Chris Ainsworth 3
Monday 10th August, 2015
The Caloundra Sharks can now make their Premiership defence a reality after they snuck into the final four, even after going down to the Northern Outlaws by 30-24 on Saturday night. The equation was simple, just win over the Outlaws and then there was no problem if Caboolture defeated Kawana. The equation had a huge twist if the Sharks were beaten as Caboolture pushed Kawana to the limit and the Sharks had to wait frantically for the final Kawana result. The win by the Dolphins ensured the Sharks a top 4 finish and now the Caloundra side will ponder their next move to hopefully find their way to another Grand final.
The Outlaws raced to an embarrassing 24-0 lead after only 30 minutes and the Sharks seemed down and out. Tom Rafter scored for the Sharks, followed by a Kenny Stewart special and Caloundra managed to claw their way back into the game, trailing by 24-10 at the break.
The danger period just after half time finally went the Shark’s way with Lochie Turner and Kenny Stewart scoring 4 pointers. Caloundra were breathing down the Northern Outlaws necks to trail by 24-18 with 25 minutes to go. The Sharks drew level at 24-24 at the 65th minute mark after Lochie Turner defied all the odds and it was game on.
The Outlaws were in deep trouble and struggled to hold off the rejuvenated Shark’s side. Lance Ainsworth was denied a certain try after a forward pass and Jamie Irwin was called back after a strip from the Outlaws. It was all Caloundra until Ben Ashford plucked a high ball out of Dalton Smith’s grasp and race over for the Outlaws winning try. Caloundra were the far better side in the second half and can take a lot of positives from their 30-24 defeat. Best for the Sharks was debutante Dalton Smith.
Caloundra’s U/18 side finished equal first with Kawana but will move to second on for and against. Both sides will meet in the first final with the young Sharks side holding the upper hand. Tyson Emmerson was the best for Caloundra in their 34-6 victory over Gympie. Unfortunately the 2nd division side could not back up their last week’s sizzling form to go down by 28-10 to Noosa. They now will play in the “B” division play offs. Their opponents this Saturday will be a rematch against Noosa at Noosa. 1st Division and U/18’s will have a week off and will return on the 22nd August. The senior side will take on the Northern Outlaws and the U/18’s will take on Kawana at Maroochydore.
Northern Outlaws 30
Tries: Tom White 1, Benjamin Ashford 2, Timothy Wyvill 1, Sam Young 1
Goals: Sam Young 5
DEF Caloundra 24
Tries: Tom Rafter 1, Lochie Turner 2, Kenny Stewart 2
Goals: Chris Ainsworth 2
Monday 3rd August, 2015
The Caloundra Sharks had to dig deep on Saturday Night to hold off a tenacious Caboolture side and keep their finals hopes alive. It was a must win situation for the 4th placed Sharks as they balance on a tightrope with one game remaining.
Jamie Irwin got the Sharks on the board after 10 minutes but Caboolture edged ahead shortly after to take a 6-4 lead. Dalton Smith scored for the Sharks to take back the lead and when Lochie Turner scored out wide, the Caloundra side had fought to a 14-6 lead at the break.
Caloundra’s danger 10 minute period after half time seemed safe this time until Caboolture crashed over near the posts to trail the Sharks by 2 points. Tom Rafter found a small gap and sliced through the Snakes defence to give the Sharks a more comfortable 20-12 lead with 20 minutes to go. Dalton Smith crossed over for his second try for the day and seemed to have put a seal on the game at 26-12 with 10 minutes to go.
Caboolture rallied and through a comedy of errors and mixed referee decisions, slowly edged towards Caloundra’s score. Two tries in the 70th and 75th minute had Caboolture breathing down Caloundra’s neck but the Sharks hung on to a very tough 26-22 victory. It was a day for the debutante 2nd Division players who stood up and help lift their side over the line. Of those players, Joel Bissett was awarded the Player of the Match.
The Second Division side finally got their Mojo running to completely outplay 4th place Beachmere and came away with a much needed 38-16 victory. Travis Makeire was best on the field for the Sharks. The Under 18 side had a tough match on their hands but managed to snuff out any chance Caboolture had of getting their 2nd spot on the ladder by defeating them by 30-6. Rory Parfrement was the best for the Under 18’s. This Saturday at Shark Park is once again a must win situation against the Northern Outlaws and will seal a finals place with a victory.
Tries: Dalton Smith 2, Lachlan Turner 1, Tom Rafter 1, Jamie Irwin 1
Goals: Brett Doherty 3
DEF Caboolture 22
Tries: James Kerr 1, Matthew Stewart 1, Rowan Simpson 1, Sam Sotogi 1
Goals: Rowan Simpson 3
Wed 29th July, 2015
The Maroochydore Swans were hoping to break their “Shark” hoodoo at their home ground on Saturday night but did not expect the huge scare that they received. A very determined Shark’s outfit made it difficult for the Maroochydore side to gain the upper hand throughout the game and had to rely on their toughness to stop a fast finishing Caloundra side.
Maroochydore posted first points after 5 minutes and after a very even period, Caloundra’s Lochie Turner drew the scores level at 6-6. The Swans could not shake off the Sharks but just before half time they crossed over and went into the break leading by 10-6.
The turning point of the game was that 10 minute period after half time where Maroochydore quickly disposed of any Shark’s hopes with 2 tries to race to a 20-6 lead. Caloundra once again had let a game slip from their grasp by not capitalising on that crucial 10 minute period. Lance Ainsworth gave the Sharks a glimmer of hope with a try in the 64th minute but Maroochydore jumped away again with a dubious try under the posts after their half back was awarded a try even though was seemed held up over the line.
With 8 minutes remaining, Caloundra’s Man of the Match, Kenny Stewart sent a tremor through the Swans pack with a try out wide to have the score at 26-16. Caloundra were coming home stronger and Maroochydore were just hanging on. The Sharks had one last dig at the Swans line and when Rowan Klein crossed over for a try, all hopes of a Shark’s grandstand finish were dashed as the referee judged Klein as being held up. Caloundra kept coming at the Swans but they held on for a tough 26-16 victory. It was a crucial result for Caloundra as they now slip into 5th place with 2 rounds remaining but they are confident of winning their last two games and regaining that all important 4th place final position.
The Under 18’s game ended in a forfeit to Caloundra after a Maroochydore player was taken from the field with a suspected broken leg. The Sharks received 20 points for the forfeit but that was not enough for them to sit on top of the equally placed Kawana on for and against. The Second Division side had a bye and still sit in the mix for a finals berth.
This Saturday we have a smorgasbord of Rugby League at Shark Park with the 1st division side taking on Caboolture in a must win game. There will be 4 other games on the day which will also be celebrated as WAGS day (Wives and GirlfriendsDay)
Tries: Josh Buckland 1, Reuben Baille 1, Luke Mendham 1, Troy Mendham 1, Nathaneal Taber 1
Goals: Josh Buckland 1, Troy Mendham 2
DEF Caloundra 16
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Kenny Stewart 1, Lochie Turner 1
Goals: Chris Ainsworth 2
Monday 20th July, 2015
The Caloundra Sharks shivered in their boots on Saturday Night and it wasn’t from the bitter cold of the air. The Kawana Dolphins handed the Sharks a football lesson and disposed of their neighbours by 40-4. The Sharks could not shut down the Kawana playmakers, Gilliman, Forrest and the fresh English import Jordan Meads and came away licking their wounds with the finals looming. Caloundra still cling on to 4th place but cannot afford another heavy loss with 3 rounds to go.
Kawana piled on the points as their go to men scored at will and came into the sheds with a commanding 26-4 lead after Lance Ainsworth scored the Sharks only try. Once again the lack of go-forward play did not allow the speedy Sharks backs to make any sought of dent into the Kawana outfit.
Caloundra did come out for the second half with a different attitude and temporarily shut down the Kawana speedsters to hold them at bay for the first 15 minutes. A dubious penalty to Kawana with the Sharks in possession resulted in another try feast to the Dolphins and when Lance Ainsworth was bundled into touch close to his line, Kawana again made the Sharks pay. The points did dry up for the final 10 minutes but Kawana had inflicted a huge mental defeat on the Sharks to come away with a resounding 40-4 victory. Travis Marshall once again was the best for the Sharks and was awarded the Australia Zoo adult pass for his efforts. Caloundra were flat on the night and just could not match the speed and guile of Kawana.
The highlight of the day was definitely the Under 18’s victory over the top placed Kawana by 24-10 in a very good game before an appreciative crowd. Tim Venning was the best for the young Sharks who now sit equal 1st with Kawana. The 2nd Division side came up against a very strong Beerwah squad and after trailing by 24-0 at half time, managed to give the Bulldogs a scare as they came back in the second half to go down 24-12. Tony Ainsworth was awarded the Australia Zoo Adult pass for Caloundra’s Player of the Match and Beerwah’s Lachlan Pill took home the Australia Zoo award for the opposition.
This Saturday we travel to Maroochydore to take on the top of the table Swans and after suffering a heavy defeat to the Sharks in the second round will no doubt be on the defensive
Tries: Karyss Adams 1, Arthur Brown 1, Alex Forrest 2, James Sumpton 1, Jordan Meads 2, Devlin Long 1
Goals: Alex Forrest 4
DEF Caloundra 4
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1
Monday 13th July, 2015
The Caloundra Sharks survived a late fightback from the Nambour Crushers on Saturday night to cement their 4th position on the table. With 15 minutes to go, Caloundra seemed in total control until a few unforced errors and a change of luck to their opponents had them digging deep to come away with the points. Both sides were very even for the first 10 minutes until Nambour added a converted try to take the lead. Caloundra grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck in the next thirty minutes with tries to Doherty, Stewart and Turner to jump to a handy 14-6 lead. Chris Ainsworth put the icing on the cake on half time with another try and the Sharks were confident with a 20-6 lead at the half time break.
Caloundra kept their dominance of the game flowing as Lance Ainsworth scored under the posts to give the visitors a handy 26-6 lead. The tide turned quickly after a few Shark errors and some lucky breaks to Nambour and the game started to tighten up. Two quick tries at the 6o minute mark had the Crushers sniffing a major comeback but when Dom Mazzoleni crashed over with 10 to go, the Sharks seemed home and hosed at 30-16.
Nambour sniffed a tiring Shark side and scored two late tries to get within 4 points but Caloundra dug deep and managed to stave off a fast finishing Crusher side. Despite Nambour’s late flurry, Caloundra were the better side on the day to get the 30-26 victory. Travis Marshall was the best for the Sharks in a side which included 3 Ainsworth brothers for the first time.
The 2nd division clash was easily won by the Sharks to keep their final hopes alive against Nambour. Blair Howard was the best for Caloundra who came away with a 50-14 victory. The under 18’s also had a good win over Nambour with a 36-24 victory.
This Saturday we meet Kawana at Shark Park which will be a very good indication on where the Sharks are currently fairing in the competition. The 2nd Division clash against Beerwah will be a huge local derby with Australia Zoo sponsoring the Player of the Match.
Tries: Doherty, Stewart, Turner, Chris Ainsworth, Lance Ainsworth, Mazzoleni
Goals: Chris Ainsworth 3
DEF Nambour 26
Monday 29th June, 2015
The Caloundra Sharks suffered a heavy defeat in atrocious weather conditions on Saturday by the Northern Outlaws at Noosa. As the rain tumbled down, Caloundra found it difficult to go forward and the Outlaws seemed to relish in the mud to defeat the Sharks by 42-22.
Caloundra’s woes were evident very early when hardman, Andrew Fullagar was taken from the field after only a minute and did not return. The Outlaws scored after 5 minutes but the game settled into an armwrestle for the next twenty until Rueben Olive crossed over for the Sharks to bring them to 6-4 behind.
The Outlaws seemed to grow web feet in the rain as they piled on 3 tries to wash away any chance Caloundra had in the game to go to the break with a commanding 22-4 lead over the Sharks. Except for the last 10 minute onslaught by the Outlaws, the game was quite close with both sides having their chances early but the wet ball was difficult to control.
The rain continued to tumble down as the second half resumed and the home side once again seemed to enjoy the mud as they stretched their lead to 32-4 after 2 more quick tries. The heavy conditions made it almost impossible for the Outlaws big men to be tackled as they broke Caloundra’s defence with ease. As the rain eased, the Ainsworth’s regained their footing and started to carve up the tired Outlaw defence.
Two tries to Chris Ainsworth and a Lance Ainsworth special brought the Sharks a little closer at 32-22 but the rain returned and once again the Outlaws managed to slide over the line for a couple more tries to come away with a 42-22 victory. On a dry track I think the result would have much different but credit to the Outlaws as they managed to control their game much better in the conditions. The Ainsworth’s were once again brilliant in patches but Caloundra’s Kenny Stewart was the best for the Sharks.
The Under 18’s had an impressive win over a strong Gympie side and came away with a 26-12 victory to keep their second place on the table and the 2nd division side slipped further down the ladder after narrowly going down to Mary Valley by 14-12. There is a bye this weekend and the following weekend we will meet a revitalised Nambour at Nambour which is a must win game to regain 4th place on the table.
Northern Outlaws 42
Tries: Tim Wyvill 3, Shaun Wilson 1, Terry Carroll 3, Mitch Brockwell 1
Goals: Hayden Trask 5
DEF Caloundra 22
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Chris Ainsworth 2, Rueben Olive 1
Goals: Chris Ainsworth 3
Monday 22nd June, 2015
The Caloundra Sharks won their second consecutive game on Saturday against a very determined Caboolture side. With the score teetering on 12-10 to Caboolture at the break, Caloundra overcame a very tenacious Snakes side to win in the end by 28-23, moving them into 4th place clear on the table.
Caboolture got an early jump on the Sharks with two quick tries and it wasn’t until the 12th minute when Caloundra’s Kenny Stewart got the Sharks on the scoreboard with a try in the corner. The Snakes skipped further away with 17 minutes remaining in the half but Kenny Stewart bagged his second for the day to have the Sharks trailing by 12-10 with 10 minutes to go. Both sides toughed it out until the siren with Caboolture going into the break with a slender 2 point lead.
Caloundra has had a bad habit of lacking energy after the break and many sides have taken advantage of this to gain the upper hand. The Sharks turned things around this time and when Dom Mazzoleni crashed over after only 3 minutes, Caloundra had the lead back at 16-12.
Caboolture failed to give in and levelled the score at 16-16 then skipped further ahead at the 60 minute mark with another converted try. Caloundra had to dig deep now to avoid their opposition from getting further ahead. Lance Ainsworth gave the Sharks the energy they needed with a try next to the posts. With the scores all tied up at 22-22, Caboolture seemed to snatch victory with a deflection field goal with two minutes to go. The Sharks had one last dig at the Snakes and Man of the Match Dom Mazzoleni spotted a small gap and carried 3 defenders over the line for an impressive 28-23 Sharks victory. Last week’s victory over Maroochydore gave the young Caloundra side the confidence they needed to defeat a very tough Caboolture squad.
The Under 18’s overpowered Caboolture by 34-8 with Jarrod Bradicich scoring 3 very good wingers tries and the luckless Sharks 2nd Division side went down to Caboolture by 34-12. This Saturday we travel to Noosa to take on the Northern Outlaws who will be hurting bad after a touch up from Maroochydore. Caloundra to win again in a very tight match
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Kenny Stewart 2, Dominic Mazzoleni 2
Goals: Chris Ainsworth 4
DEF Caboolture 23
Tries: Matthew Stewart 1, Rowan Simpson 1, Adam Otter 2, Brodie Lovell 1
Goals: Rowan Simpson 1, Field Goals: Rowan Simpson 1
Tuesday 16th June, 2015
In the boilover of the season, the Caloundra Sharks managed to do what no other club has been able to achieve when they brought down the competition heavyweights Maroochydore on Saturday night. With Caloundra sitting at the bottom of the table and the Swans way out in front after an undefeated 7 rounds, the Sharks found something big as they pondered their fate after 4 key players were unavailable. The newer players seemed to gel with the existing players and a few positional changes all added up to a remarkable turnaround from the cellar dwellers.
The Sharks lifted to the occasion and matched the Swans in every aspect and at times had their opponents struggling with silly errors and poor ball handling. After a 4-4 deadlock until the 30th minute, Caloundra’s Brett Doherty put his stamp on the game with a great try under the posts and minutes before half time, Shark’s debutante Beau Lynagh who was replacing his brother Kayne, scored next to the posts to give the home side a surprising 16-4 lead at half time.
It was the Caloundra’s guts and determination that had returned that gave them the upper hand in the first half which had Maroochydore in total disarray. Caloundra’s back line was firing and the forwards were making huge inroads into the Swans defence.
Caloundra was aware that the job was not done and after Maroochydore crossed straight after the break, the Sharks had to dig deep to stay in the game. A turning point in the game was when Maroochydore’s winger was denied a try in the corner by some magical Jarrod Crook defence which would have brought the Swans within 2 points. Brett Doherty and Lochie Turner both scored soon after for the Sharks which stamped their authority on the game.
Maroochydore added two tries at the 65th and 74th minute to edge closer but Caloundra’s Rowan Klein put an end to their pain just before full time with a try in the corner. Marshall added the extras to give the Sharks a remarkable 32-18 victory with Brett Doherty being a standout for Player of the Match. It was a huge team effort and now that the Sharks have their “Mojo” back, look out Caboolture next week.
Caloundra’s 2nd Division side was soundly beaten in a disappointing 26-10 loss which will have their coach thinking of a way to get them back to winning form. The Under 18’s survived a huge scare from a 10 man Maroochydore side to eventually come out on top by 30-16 with Dakota Tolhurst being best on the field for the Sharks.
This Saturday we travel to Bribie Island to take on Caboolture who had a huge win over Nambour so both sides will be keen to keep up their winning form.
Tries: Thomas Clarke 1, Brett Doherty 2, Beau Lynagh 1, Lochlan Turner 1, Rowan Klein 1
Goals: Brett Doherty 3, Travis Marshall 1
DEF Maroochydore-Coolum 18
Tries: Joshua Buckland 2, Tom Hines 1, Thomas Jeffery 1
Goals: Joshua Buckland 1
Tuesday 10th June, 2015
The Caloundra Sharks came back to earth with a thud on Saturday night after Kawana disposed of them with ease. Caloundra at times matched the more fancied side but Kawana’s speed and defence made a meal of the Sharks.
After a solid start, both sides settled into a tit for tat game until Kawana crossed for 3 easy tries, giving them a handy 16-0 lead after 27 minutes. Caloundra’s Brett Doherty danced through some feeble Kawana defence to have the Sharks on the board at 16-6. That seemed to be the half time score until Kawana was given a dubious try right on the siren and stretch their lead to 22-6.
A couple of soft tries to Kawana gave them the upper hand in the first half but the Sharks did fight back towards the end of the half and troubled the dolphins until the try on the siren.
Kawana piled on the points straight after the break and when Caloundra’s Trent Prygoda was sent from the field for a dangerous tackle, the Sharks hopes of any revival were dashed down to 12 men. Lance Ainsworth scored for the Sharks with 15 minutes to go but Kawana added another two tries before the siren to give them a convincing 40-12 victory. Best for the Sharks was Kenny Stewart.
The Under 18’s went down to Kawana by 20-14 in an entertaining game which could have gone both ways and the 2nd Division side had a well earned 38-28 win over the Dolphins. This Saturday we take on the undefeated Maroochydore Swans at Shark Park which hopefully will be an upset on the cards
Tries: Samuel Wright 2, Alex Forrest 1, Zac Bernhard 1, Matthew Gilliman 1, Travis Long 1, Kai Busiko 1, Liam Taylor 1
Goals: Alex Forrest 4
DEF Caloundra 12
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Brett Doherty 1
Goals: Justin Otto 2
Wednesday 3rd June, 2015
The Caloundra Sharks woke from their deep sleep on Saturday to dispose of Nambour at Cooran. Languishing at the bottom of the table after 5 losses, Caloundra desperately needed to get their back to back premiership hope’s on track again.
Nambour scored first after 14 minutes, with the Sharks defending their line desperately and it wasn’t till 10 minutes before the break that Caloundra evened the score at 6-6 when Doherty set up Lance Ainsworth under the posts. The lead stretched to 18-6 after Rueben Olive and Jamie Irwin both scored for the Sharks and the badly needed victory was looking good at the break.
Nambour needed a lift after the break but Lance Ainsworth hurt the Crushers with a double in the second half and Justin Otto’s magic boot piled on the points as Caloundra raced away to a 32-22 victory over the struggling Nambour side. Caloundra’s poor defence and errors did creep into the midway stages of the second half, allowing Nambour back into the game, but the Sharks did enough to come away with the win. Otto converted a penalty goal on the siren to give them a much needed victory by 36-22.
Jon Meuleners was once again best for the Sharks and the game was a huge confidence builder with some tough encounters coming up. 2nd Division had an easy victory over Yandina by 40-4 and the Under 18’s are back on track with a 28-12 victory over Nambour. Caloundra’s Dalton Smith was a standout in the 18’s victory.
This Saturday we are up the road to take on the almighty Kawana Dolphins which could be a different story this time around....see you there.....Sharkman
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 3, Justin Otto 1, Jamie Irwin 1, Rueben Olive 1
Goals: Justin Otto 6
DEF Nambour 22
Tries: Jake Madsen 1, Cory Forrest 1, Paul McKewin 2
Goals: Dan Brook 1, Mitch Oakes 2
Monday 25th May, 2015
It’s not often that the Caloundra Sharks end up winless at Shark Park but Gympie handed the struggling Caloundra team’s a football lesson in all 3 grades on Saturday. The 2nd Division clash against the Gympie Devils was a top of the table event but Gympie completely outplayed the more fancied Shark’s side to embarrass them with a 48-16 thumping. A few key players were missing as they stepped up to 1st division but they were far from the premiership winning side from last year.
Gympie once again dominated the Under 18’s game and after leading by 22-0 at the break, looked as though they were going to hand another hiding to a Sharks side. Caloundra did regroup at the break and came home stronger but Gympie took the game by 22-18 in the end.
In the main game, a much improved Shark’s side held the Northern Outlaws scoreless for the first 20 minutes but after defending 4 sets of tackles on their line, allowed the visitors over. Shortly after, the Gympie/Noosa side crossed again and the Sharks found themselves down by 10-0 just before the break. Jake Harney showed a glimpse of what was to come when he potted a 45 metre penalty goal right on half time to give the Outlaws a handy 12-0 lead.
Harney played a major role when he blew the Sharks off the park straight after half time. The Outlaws half back scored 2 tries and set up a third in 12 minutes to have his side race to an unbeatable 30-0 lead. Caloundra did manage to stop the flood of points but it wasn’t till the 79th minute when Lochie Turner crossed out wide that the Sharks got on the scoreboard.
The first half was even, despite the 12-0 deficit, but the Outlaws half back Jake Harney, was the difference in the second half as he led the Northern side to an emphatic 30-4 victory. Once again, Justin Otto was best for the Sharks, but the lack of up front power is not allowing the speedy Caloundra backs to show their talents.
Next week’s game is against Nambour at Nambour in 1st Division and U/18’s and the 2nd Division side will play Yandina at Maroochydore, both on Saturday.....see you there....Sharkman
Monday 18th May, 2015
Caloundra’s back to back premiership hopes suffered another agonising blow on Saturday night when they went down to Caboolture at the Snake Pit. The Sharks did manage to get the first points on the board this time through the sheer speed of Callum Klein but in the wink of an eye, Caboolture crossed twice and raced to a 10-6 lead.
Caloundra’s hopes were dashed when Callum Klein was carried from the field after only 20 minutes and did not return. Klein did look the goods in the short time he was there and his loss seemed to rattle the Sharks. Almost straight away, Caboolture found holes everywhere and added another try to stretch their lead to 16-6 but to Caloundra’s credit they hit back with Kenny Stewart scoring out wide to have the Sharks trailing by 16-10 at the break.
Even with the inclusion of 3 Falcons players, Caloundra still struggled at times with ball handling errors and soft defence, but to trail by only 6 at the break, the Sharks were determined to get on top.
Caboolture had other thoughts in the second half and blew Caloundra off the park after only 15 minutes to take the game by the scruff of the neck by 32-10. Caloundra could not match the pace and once again could not complete their sets and paid the price. Chris Ainsworth picked up a loose ball on his own line and raced 90 metres to score and when Jon Meuleners crashed over on full time, Caloundra had left their run too late to go down by 32-20. Caloundra’s Blair Howard was best for the Sharks with Kenny Stewart a close second.
Caloundra’s 2nd division side had a good victory over Caboolture 2 which kept them in second position on the table. Warner Taumalolo was impressive in their 28-14 victory. The Under 18’s suffered their first loss of the season with key players missing, going down to Caboolture by 26-18. Caloundra’s No.7 Kayl Ferguson was the best for the young Sharks side.
Caloundra will take on the combined Gympie/Noosa side, aptly called the Northern Outlaws, this Saturday at Shark Park with the minor grades both playing Gympie. The Sharks are in dire need of a victory so grab your blanket and come on down to Shark Park and get the boy’s over the line. They are only a victory away from getting back on track.....see you there.....Sharkman
Tries: Troy Coggins 1, Cory McGrady 1, Scott Maddick 1, Mitchell Floyd 1, Joseph Oloapu 1, Sam Sotogi 1
Goals: Cory McGrady 2, Scott Maddick 2
DEF Caloundra 20
Tries: Ainsworth 1,Kenny Stewart 1, Callum Klein 1, Jonathan Meuleners 1
Goals: Chris Ainsworth 2
Monday 11th May, 2015
The Caloundra Sharks are sitting in unfamiliar territory on the table after a third straight loss, this time to premiership contenders Maroochydore. After only 11 minutes, the Swans had raced to a 16-0 lead after the Sharks seemed to be hiding under a rock. Caloundra did manage to get on the board after tries to Tom Clarke and Jarrod Crook, but Maroochydore dominated the first half and came into the sheds with a commanding 32-10 lead.
The second half did see a much improved Sharks outfit but feeble defence at crucial times were their greatest downfall. After tries to Lance Ainsworth(2) and Jarrod Cook’s second, the Sharks did look an outside chance of maybe making a game of it trailing by 36-20 with 15 minutes to go. Maroochydore once again broke some feeble defence to put the game right out of reach, defeating the Sharks in the end by 42-24. Justin Otto was once again a stand out in a very poor showing from last year’s Premiers.
The 2nd Division side put on a much more entertaining show with a 72-12 demolition of an injury depleted Kilcoy. Tony Ainsworth was best for the Sharks. The U/18’s kept their unbeaten record intact with another impressive 52-12 victory over Maroochydore. Dalton Smith was the best on the field for the young Sharks.
Next week we travel to the Snake Pit at Caboolture, who are also struggling in this year’s competition, so a much needed Sharks victory could be on the cards.......see you there...Sharkman
Monday 27th April, 2015
The Caloundra Sharks have suffered their second consecutive defeat of the 2015 season with a disappointing 25-12 loss to Kawana at Shark Park on Saturday Night. Coming off a tough game against Nambour last week, the Sharks were on the lookout for a determined Kawana side which also suffered a defeat in the first round.
The Dolphins were on fire early and piled on 3 quick tries to go to a shock 18-0 lead at the half time break. Caloundra were starved of possession throughout the first 40 minutes and at 18-0 down, the Sharks needed some inspiration to claw back into the game.
Minutes after the break, Caloundra’s Connor Ferguson scored out wide and with Otto’s conversion, the Sharks were back on track. Kawana’s game breaker, Alex Forrest had other ideas as he single handedly crushed any Sharks comeback. With a personal tally of 17 points, the Falcons fringe player had the Sharks in a state of confusion. Caloundra got within reach after a try to Jarrod Crook and another Otto sideline conversion with 10 minutes to go but Kawana’s Forrest added a try and a field goal just before the siren to give Kawana a 25-12 victory. The game did grind to a halt midway through the second half after a nasty Kawana injury and some strong Sharks defence but Kawana were too strong on the night. Caloundra’s Jon Meuleners was the best on the field for the Sharks.
Caloundra’s 2nd Division side also went down to a very determined Bribie Island squad who clinched the victory late in the game by 14-12. Caloundra’s Blair Howard was best on the field but Bribie came home a little stronger to get the points. In the game of the day, Caloundra’s U/18 side came from behind to edge out their more fancied Kawana opponents, with Player of the Match Tom Rafter, popping a game breaking field goal close to siren and take the victory by 17-14. The young Shark’s side were brilliant and showed the appreciative crowd that the future of the club is in great hands.
Tries: Forrest 2, Long 1, Gilliman 1
Goals: Forrest 4, 1 field goal
DEF Caloundra 12
Tries: Connor Ferguson 1, Jarrod Crook 1
Goals: Justin Otto 2
Monday 20th April, 2015
If this season’s premiership race was thought to be an easy assignment by any club, Nambour has put their hand up early as a strong contender. Caloundra added the early points through a try to Lochie Turner but Nambour ran rampant to build a massive 26-4 lead at half time.
Lance Ainsworth started the long haul back into the game shortly after the break and after a double to newcomer Jarrod Crook, the Sharks were within striking distance with 15 minutes to go.
Nambour stretched their lead to 32-20 but the Sharks were not done with yet when Ricky Shaxson crashed over to get the Sharks back to trail by 32-26. With 5 minutes remaining, Nambour halted the Shark’s comeback with a converted try and added a field goal on the siren to come out 39-26. Victors.
Justin Otto was Caloundra’s best and with a bit of luck, the Sharks could have reversed to result but full points to Nambour for keeping in control for 90% of the game.
Reserve Grade had a good victory over Pomona Cooran by 34-12 and the young 18’s side were too strong for Nambour, coming out victors by 50-6
DEF Caloundra 26
Tries: Jarrod Crook (2), Lochie Turner, Lance Ainsworth, Ricky Shaxson
Goals: Justin Otto 3
Monday 8th September, 2014
The Caloundra Sharks managed to pull off an amazing feat on Saturday by claiming both the A Grade and Reserve Grade premierships. It was a huge effort as to getting an A Grade side into the Grand Final usually puts a huge strain on the Reserve Grade.
Caloundra were the first to add points when Luke Gillett scored out wide until Maroochydore’s Troy Mendham scored a double to race to a 10-4 lead. Caloundra had to stick to the Swans and not let them get too far in front. Bryson Mahon brought the Sharks back level to 10-10 at the 26th minute mark which kept the Swans at bay. That seemed to be the half time score until Maroochydore added a converted try and Caloundra’s Ryan Stroud also crossing over on the half time siren, locking the scores up at 16-16 at the break. In a see-sawing first half, neither side dominated, setting up a tantalising second half arm wrestle.
The Sharks came out hungry and determined to put the Swans away, slowly gaining the upper hand. In the space of 10 minutes, tries to Bryson Mahon, Chris Ainsworth and Ryan Stroud changed the whole complex of the game as the Sharks raced to a match winning 34-16 lead with 15 to go. Maroochydore did stem the flow of points and added a try but when Kayne Lynagh scored and Justin Otto converted from the sideline, the Sharks had racked up a massive 40 points and the Swans were stunned after the 10 minute “Shark Attack”. Justin Otto’s goal kicking in the blustery conditions was in a class of its own as he plotted goals from anywhere and everywhere.
Chris Ainsworth and Justin Otto were dually awarded the Mal Meninga Medal whilst Bryson Mahon came away with Players Player. These 3 players were the standouts but it was a team effort that got the Sharks over the line in a convincing 40-20 victory.
The Caloundra Reserve grade started the day on a high note when they defeated Caboolture in a tough see-sawing game by 22-18. Another outstanding effort by the whole team but Louis Peoples was magnificent, even with a smashed ankle, and was awarded the Mal Meninga medal. It was emotional to see 4 players from the 2009 A Grade side making a comeback this year to help lift the Reserves to the Premiership.
Presentation night will not be far away, so stay tuned for what will be an even bigger day at the Sharks clubhouse.....see you there......Sharkman
Tries: Ryan Stroud 2, Chris Ainsworth 1, Luke Gillett 1, Bryson Mahon 2, Kayne Lynagh 1
Goals: Justin Otto 6
DEF Maroochydore-Coolum 20
Tries: Josh Buckland 2, Troy Mendham 2
Goals: Troy Mendham 1, Brad Reed 1
Tries: Chris Farrow 1, Coady Bell 1, Louis Peoples 1, Richard Salu 1
Goals: Fred Phillips 3
DEF Caboolture 18
Tries: Tra Kennedy 2, Dan Smith 1, Mark Stimson 1
Goals: Nathan Thomsen 1
Monday 25rd August, 2014
Caloundra’s A Grade and Reserve Grade will both be present on Grand Final day after very strong victories on Saturday at Shark Park. As the rain tumbled down and the crowd scurried for shelter, the Sharks went on their way to secure a spot on the big day.
Maroochydore were first to score and held a 4-0 lead until Caloundra’s Luke Gillett scored out wide. Otto’s conversion in the wet was brilliant from the sideline and the Sharks led 6-4. Another piece of Ainsworth magic had Chris linking up with Lance to score and put the Sharks ahead by 12-4 mid way into the first half.
Maroochydore’s Brad Reed brought the Swans back into the game with a converted try then Luke Barton put the Swans into the lead 5 minutes before the break. Maroochydore seemed to have gained the upper hand until Caloundra’s Lance Ainsworth broke their backs with a try right on half time. It was a tough first 40 minutes in atrocious conditions but the Sharks did enough to go into the break with an 18-14 lead.
The Sharks revelled in the dismal second half conditions and put pay to any Swans attack with brilliant wet weather defence. Luke Gillett added his second try to edge the Sharks further ahead by 22-14 and the game turned into a real arm wrestle. Maroochydore hammered the Sharks line and at one stage with 15 minutes to go, Caloundra had to defend 8 sets of tackles on their line. This in the end was the winning formula to the Sharks victory as their defence was greater than a Zulu Army.
Caloundra’s Ricky Shaxson put the icing on the cake with 2 minutes remaining to score beside the posts. Otto added the extras and the Sharks had completely shut down Marrochydores second half assault with an incredible 28-14 victory. Best for the Sharks was Ricky Shaxson with the Ainsworth duo also having a blinder in the miserable conditions.
The Reserve Grade side bounced back from their first final loss to Caboolture with a convincing 28-6 victory. Caloundra revelled in the wet and gave the Snakes no chance of victory. Brad Ibbs grew an extra leg in the wet and was unstoppable, showing all his tricks of old.
Unfortunately the under 18’s season came to an end on Sunday when they went down to Caboolture by 12-8 in a great game of footy. Bad luck boys but there is so much talent in that side I’m sure the Shark’s future ranks will be overflowing.
The scenario now is Caloundra’s A Grade and Reserve Grade will play on Grand Final day in two weeks time at the Sunshine Coast Stadium and rumour is the “Sharkman” will be out in full force after lying low with other committments......see you there.
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 2, Ricky Shaxson 1, Luke Gillett 2
Goals: Justin Otto 4
DEF Mdore-Coolum 14
Tries: Josh Buckland 1, Luke Barton 1, Brad Reed 1
Goals: Troy Mendham 1
Monday 18th August, 2014
With the A Grade Sharks having their well earned week’s rest, it was up to the Reserves and the Under 18’s to keep the Shark flag flying this weekend. The Reserves bounced back from their previous week’s shock loss to Caboolture to grind Kawana further into the mud on a miserable rainy night at Quad Park. Kawana had no reply to the Sharks enthusiasm, even in the wet to go down by 32-10.
Caloundra will now meet Caboolture again at Shark Park this Saturday which hopefully will be a totally different matter as the Sharks have held the upper hand over the Snakes all season. The Under 18’s also kept their finals hopes alive with a 22-12 victory over Nambour. The young Caloundra side will now meet Caboolture at Kawana this Sunday to hopefully move into the next stage of the finals.
Caloundra’s A Grade side will come up against their arch enemy Maroochydore after the Swans disposed of Kawana in the mud on Saturday night to set up this week’s classic final at Shark Park. Come on all you Sharks fans and get down to Shark Park this Saturday at 5.00 pm to cheer on your local team to hopefully win and move straight into the Grand Final a fortnight away. If the A Grade and Reserves win, that will give us two teams in the Grand Final with the Under 18’s still in the mix.....see you there......Sharkman
Monday 11rd August, 2014
After three losses to Kawana this season, the Caloundra Sharks had to overcome the “Dolphin” hoodoo if they wanted to progress in this season’s finals. It was a huge ask but the coaching staff at Shark Park were quietly confident that their boys were up to the task.
Kawana hammered the Sharks line early and found a glitch in the 6th minute to cross over close to the posts and grab an early 6-0 lead. The game tightened up for 20 minutes as the Sharks slowly snuffed out most of Kawana’s attacking raids but out of nothing, the Dolphins posted another 4 pointer to sneak away to a 10-0 lead. Caloundra still managed to hold back the Kawana onslaught and they were rewarded with a try to Luke Gillett off a Ryan Stroud cut out pass to get the Sharks on the board. Caloundra then raised their intensity and stung Kawana with a Joel Kendall try, bringing them within 2 points at 10-8 on the half time siren.
After Kawana had raced to a handy 10-0 lead, Caloundra had learnt from their previous defeats that they only had to stay in touch with the Premiers and apply some pressure and the game could sway in their favour. Caloundra managed to claw their way back in the last 20 minutes of the first half and had Kawana shaking in their boots at the break.
Justin Otto turned the game on it’s head 2 minutes after the break when he intercepted a Kawana pass to race 60 metres and score under the posts. With the conversion, Caloundra had now tightened their grip on the game to lead the Dolphins by 14-10. Panic began to set in to Kawana’s game and Caloundra’s intensity reached a peak. When Lance Ainsworth grounded an Otto grubber minutes later, the Sharks bench now sniffed a victory, leading by 18-10.
Both sides had their chances in the final 10 minutes but Caloundra kept their cool and managed to hold back any Dolphin’s raids. With 2 minutes remaining, Kawana sent a scare through the Sharks camp when they scored under the posts. Caloundra led 18-16 with a minute to go but the quick thinking Justin Otto had other ideas as his restart managed to dissect 3 Kawana players to go dead in goal and chew up the valuable time that Kawana needed.
Caloundra’s victory by 18-16 was tight but it showed that this season’s Shark side was a real premiership contender. B.J. Adams was unstoppable and he was rewarded with the Man of the Match award with Justin Otto and Ricky Shaxson not far behind.
Caloundra has earned a week off then will regroup at Shark Park in a fortnight to possibly face Kawana again or the dangerous Maroochydore. The Reserve Grade side suffered a shock 16-6 loss to Caboolture and will now meet Kawana at Kawana next Saturday to progress. This could be the Year of the Shark so get your Black and Gold jumpers and streamers together and bring them to Shark Park in a fortnight’s time......see you there.....Sharkman.
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Joel Kendall 1, Luke Gillett 1, Justin Otto 1
Goals: Justin Otto 1
DEF Kawana 16
Tries: Alex Copelin 1, Louis Fesolai 1, Joel Fitzgerald 1
Goals: James Brown 2
Monday 28th July, 2014
In what can be described as a fitting end to the seasons club games before the finals, Caloundra and Maroochydore could not be separated. With both sides receiving a point, Caloundra edged out the Swans for second place. The Sharks will now meet the Premiers Kawana in a blockbuster final at Kawana in 2 weeks.
Maroochydore raced to an early 6-0 lead then caught the Sharks napping minutes later to shock the home side, leading them by 12-0 after 20 minutes. It was not the start Caloundra wanted but they stuck to their guns and prevented any more points. Caloundra’s Luke Blumke gave the Sharks a much needed boost when he scored next to the posts and with Otto’s conversion, found themselves behind by 12-6. Kyle Van Klaveren then fleet footed the Maroochydore defence to run 70 metres and score out wide. Otto’s conversion faded away but the Sharks had now almost pegged back the difference going into half time just behind at 12-10.
The Swans drew first blood after the break and went to a 16-10 lead but it was once again Luke Blumke who brought the Sharks back into the game with his second try next to the posts. Otto added the extras and the game was now all tied up at 16-16 with 15 minutes to go. Maroochydore stunned the large crowd when they added another 6 pointer and the Sharks now had to dig deep to save defeat and also relinquish 2nd place on the ladder.
A certain try was bombed by the Sharks with 10 minutes remaining when Jake Christie spilled the ball on the line. Maroochydore attempted a field goal to stretch their lead but it missed and gave the Sharks the possession they needed. Caloundra’s forward pack smashed Maroochydore and made huge inroads into their territory setting up a match saving try to Mr Rubber Man, Andrew Fullagar who managed to force the ball with 4 Maroochydore defenders holding him. Otto converted and the game was deadlocked at 22-22 with 5 minutes to go.
Maroochydore had one last chance at a field goal but decided to run it, eventually giving possession back to Caloundra. With a minute remaining, Justin Otto had a shot at a field goal but it was unsuccessful, fading away to the left. As the siren sounded, both sides slumped to the ground in exhaustion but Caloundra had done enough to seal second spot on the table and have a shot at the glamour Kawana in two weeks. Caloundra’s Luke Blumke earned himself the Player of the Match award with his two try haul at very crucial stages of the 22 all draw.
The Reserve Grade had a huge 58-10 victory ensuring their Minor Premiership trophy for 2014 with Luke Beare being a standout for the Sharks. Our Under 18 side went down to Caboolture by 38-22 but are still in the hunt with 2 games remaining. A Grade and Reserve Grade have a rest next week then will fire up again at Kawana the following weekend.
Tries: Andrew Fullager 1, Luke Blunke 2, Kyle Van Klaveren 1
Goals: Justin Otto 3
DREW Maroochydore 22
Tries: Josh Buckland 2, Clinton Eastell 1, Brad Reed 1
Goals: Troy Mendham 3
Monday 21st July, 2014
The last time Caloundra played Noosa/Gympie, the Sharks were lucky to come away with the two points and last Sunday’s game at Noosa also sent a huge scare through the Shark’s camp. With nothing to lose, the cellar dwellers came out strong and threatened to break the Sharks line many times in the opening 5 minutes. Caloundra held on and resisted the onslaught.
Kenny Stewart broke the opposition’s heart when he posted a try for the Sharks after 6 minutes then Lance Ainsworth scored under the posts shortly after to increase the Shark’s lead by 10-0. Noosa-Gympie had a glut of possession and topped it off with a try out wide but Chris Ainsworth stretched Caloundra’s lead to 16-4 after 20 minutes.
Noosa-Gympie once again revelled in possession and crossed over under the posts, keeping them close enough at 16-10. Lance Ainsworth danced his way through some feeble defence to score his second try for the day and the Sharks went into the break leading by 22-10. Caloundra seemed to have the upper hand most of the first half but Noosa-Gympie kept on coming back at them, setting up an interesting second half.
Caloundra knew they were in for a hard last 40 minutes if they wanted the 2 points and Noosa-Gympie hit back in the first minute after the break to trail by 22-16 then posted another try minutes later and it was game on at 22-20 to Caloundra. Jake Christie relieved the pressure with 20 minutes to go but Otto’s conversion grazed the posts, giving Caloundra a slender 26-20 lead.
Noosa-Gympie shocked the visiting side by scoring under the posts and with 10 to go, Caloundra seemed to be in a spot of trouble, the game all tied up at 26-26. Caloundra were just hanging on and the home side were coming at the Sharks from all angles. B.J. Adams took control of the game when he crashed through 3 or 4 defenders on half way to slip a perfect pass to Brenton Stonier who then put Lance Ainsworth into the clear to score his third try for the afternoon with minutes remaining.
The Sharks had survived a major scare to come away from Noosa with a very hard earned 32-26 victory. Chris Ainsworth tackled everything that moved which won him Man of the Match Award with Ricky Shaxson and Justin Otto also playing a huge part in the Sharks victory.
Caloundra’s Reserve Grade side assured themselves of the Minor Premiership with a resounding 38-6 victory over Noosa-Gympie with Andrew Blumke coming away the Man of the Match Award. The Under 18’s also kept Caloundra’s Club Championship’s hopes alive with a tight 26-18 victory over Noosa. Tom Welsh was by far the best player for the young Sharks.
Next Saturday 26th July, Caloundra takes on Maroochydore at Shark Park which will determine 2nd and 3rd spot coming into the finals. A huge day is planned with the Old Boys getting together and the Sponsors being treated to a smorgasbord of food and football. Local Band “Classic Vinyl” will fire up after the game which will go into the dark hours of Saturday Night..........see you there.......Sharkman
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 3, Kenny Stewart 1, Jake Christie 1, Chris Ainsworth 1
Goals: Justin Otto 4
DEF Noosa/Gympie 26
Tries: Brock Dalgleish 1, Tom Prosser 1, Terry Carroll 2, Tevita Jurgensen 1
Goals: Joel James 3
Monday 14rd July, 2014
It is usually a tough assignment to win one game at Caboolture but to come away with a double is a feat in itself. The Caloundra Sharks managed this effort after their A Grade disposed of Caboolture 36-16 and the Reserves moved to top of the ladder with a 50-18 victory.
Luke Gillett scored for the Sharks after 5 minutes then Justin Otto pounced on a loose ball and fleet-footed his way 75 metres to the line to give Caloundra an early 12-0 lead. Caloundra found it hard to get out of their own territory and after 6 sets of tackles, Caboolture managed to find a way through to score under the posts. Chris Ainsworth spotted a gap on the blind side and sent Jake Christie over next to the posts. Otto added the extras and with minutes to go to the break, Caloundra held a handy 18-6 lead. As the siren sounded, Bryson Mahon crashed over close to the uprights, giving the Sharks a 24-6 half time lead. Caloundra did have a slow patch in the first half but they held the upper hand at all times and managed to repel any Snakes raids with solid defence.
Caboolture had to be the first to score if they wanted to pressure the Sharks and they obliged shortly after the break. With the score at 24-10, Caboolture applied plenty of pressure but Caloundra did not crack. Otto put a perfectly placed bomb for Tom Clarke to place down, then slotted the conversion from the sideline to have the Sharks up by 30-10 with 20 minutes to go.
Caboolture had one last dig and crossed over 10 minutes out from the siren but Caloundra once again shrugged off any Snakes late fightback when Ryan Stroud put the icing on the cake 5 minutes before full time. Caloundra in the end came away with a comfortable 36-16 victory with Luke Gillett being awarded the Player of the Match.
Caloundra’s Reserve Grade came up against the ladder leaders Caboolture, which on paper was looking as the game of the round but the Sharks blew the Snakes off the park from the opening minute. Once again Toby Adams was brilliant, with Brad Ibbs chiming in with a blinder but it was the workhorse Adam Sharp who came away with the Man of the Match.
The Under 18’s bounced back to their winning form with a 56-0 trouncing of a weakened Maroochydore. The Shark’s number 1 Tom Rafter was awarded best on the field. Next Sunday we travel to Noosa to take on the Noosa/Gympie side which cannot be taken lightly but with a few good victories under Calounda’s belt, we should come away with the cookies.......see you there......Sharkman
Tries: Tom Clarke 1, Jake Christie 1, Ryan Stroud 1, Justin Otto 1, Luke Gillett 1, Bryson Mahon 1
Goals: Justin Otto 6
DEF Caboolture 16
Tries: Willem Pretorius 1, Josh McArdle 2
Goals: Scott Maddick 2
Monday 7th July, 2014
After last week’s disappointing loss to ladder leaders Kawana, the Caloundra Sharks bounced back with a resounding victory over the Nambour Crushers. The onslaught began within minutes when Caloundra’s winger, Tom Clarke crossed over out wide. Otto slotted the conversion from the sideline and the Sharks were up 6-0. Jake Christie, Joel Kendall and Kenny Stewart piled on 3 more tries as Caloundra raced to a 20-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Nambour could not contain the rampant Shark side as Jake Christie crossed for his second then Ricky Shaxson slipped a miracle ball to Lance Ainsworth who found his brother Chris as usual, travelling side by side, setting him up under the posts to have the home side up by 30-0 at the break.
It was a display of electrifying attack in the first half from the Sharks, wearing their specially designed NAIDOC jerseys, as their big forwards dominated up front and the smaller backs stripped the Nambour defence to shreds. The Ainsworth brothers were brilliant once again with Ricky “Shack” Shaxson doing the hard work up front. Caloundra kept the intensity flowing into the second half as another piece of Ainsworth magic had Lance putting Chris over for his second try and Tom Clarke making it a double out wide. Otto converted, giving the Sharks an unbeatable 42-0 lead with 20 minutes to go.
Lance Ainsworth showed his class with a try under the posts and Nambour were done and dusted. The Caloundra attack stepped back a cog and their defence allowed a soft Nambour try with 10 minutes to go but a late order revival was not on the cards as Caloundra regrouped and shut any Crushers raids down.
With minutes to go, Caloundra’s winger Tom Clarke looked certain to score but as he was about to be bundled into touch, slipped a miraculous ball back into play to allow Otto to score under the posts. With the conversion, Caloundra had regained their confidence from last week to totally annihilate a sluggish Nambour side, coming away with a 54-4 victory. The score could have been greater as most of Caloundra’s tries were scored out wide making it difficult for Justin Otto to add the extras. Best for the Sharks was Chris Ainsworth who won the Player of the Match and was awarded a striking hand painted aboriginal plate which was proudly donated by Steps Group Australia.
Reserve Grade’s Player of the Match Toby Adams, ensured they would not go down to the lower rated Nambour side by helping the Sharks to a 48-12 thumping. Toby relished in the conditions to rip holes in the Nambour defence, scoring a double and setting up numerous others.
The Under 18’s are currently in a form slump as they went down to a more determined Kawana outfit by 44-6, slipping them into 4th spot on the table. Next Saturday we travel to Caboolture to take on the Caboolture Snakes which is always a tough job but with Sharks confidence on a high, they should get the 2 points......see you there...Sharkman
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Tom Clarke 2, Joel Kendall 1, Kenny Stewart 1, Jake Christie 2, Justin Otto 1, Chris Ainsworth 2
Goals: Justin Otto 7
DEF Nambour 4
Tries: Tom Hearn 1
Monday 30th June, 2014
The top of the table clash between Caloundra and Kawana ended in a disappointing result with Kawana eventually coming out on top with a 36-20 victory. With both sides missing key members, the game did not quite reach it’s expectations.
Kawana raced to an early 12-0 lead after the Sharks put on a woeful display of defence until Joel Kendall crossed over out wide to have the Sharks on the board at 12-4. When Kawana increased their lead to 18-4, it seemed as though any Shark upset was now not possible. Caloundra began to string a few sets of six together and gained some momentum, allowing Brenton Stonier and Kenny Stewart to score before half time and send the Kawana bench into panic.
Feeble defence from both sides and lack of attack did not provide too much excitement for the fans in the first half but with the score at 18-14 at the break, the crowd knew that either side could now take the victory.
Kawana showed their dominance by slowly wearing down the Sharks defence and seemed to score at will with no resistance. Three tries after the break managed to shut the Sharks down and end any hope of toppling the ladder leaders. At 32 -14 it seemed as though Kawana was once again going to pile on the points but Caloundra did manage to get back into a rhythm and put pressure on to the Dolphins.
Joel Kendall scored next to the posts to give Chris Ainsworth and easy conversion with 10 minutes to go and Caloundra seemed to have one more chance. More dropped ball and missed tackles enabled Kawana to end their hopes when the Dolphins crossed over with 3 minutes to go, giving them a scrappy 36-20 victory. There were some stand outs in both sides with Caloundra’s B.J. Adams putting in a 100% effort to win him the Man of the Match Award. Kawana’s Alex Forrest also stood out with his 20 point haul and it was his effort which eventually shut down the Sharks.
The Reserve’s also thought they were in for a tough game but their class completely ended any chance that Kawana had to come away with a convincing 48-12 victory. Fred Phillips again was a standout and came away with the Player of the Match. The Under 18’s had a dismal trip to Gympie on Friday night to go down to the strong Devil’s side by 36-6. Kelvin Bambling was Caloundra’s best on the night.
Next Saturday night we take on Nambour at Shark Park which also will be our NAIDOC round where there will be aboriginal dancers and music to entertain the crowd......see you there......Sharkman
Tries: Tyson Teys 1, Louis Fesolai 1, Alex Forrest 3, Jeremy Halls 1, Adam Sutton 1
Goals: Alex Forrest 4
DEF Caloundra 20
Tries: Joel Kendall 2, Kenny Stewart 1, Brenton Stonier 1
Goals: Chris Ainsworth 2
Monday 16th June, 2014
In a see-sawing game on Sunday afternoon at Maroochydore, the Caloundra Sharks saved their best for the last ten minutes to shut down their arch enemy Maroochydore, and put them into clear second spot on the ladder behind Kawana. The Swans scored in the first minute after the Sharks spilled a spiralling bomb but Justin Otto settled things down shortly after by scoring next to the posts and locking it up at 6-6.
Maroochydore then knocked on in front of their posts and from the pursuing scrum, Lance Ainsworth danced through the defence to add another 4 pointer. Otto converted and the Sharks had overcome their bad start to lead by 12-6 after 15 minutes. Caloundra’s defence lapsed and Maroochydore pounced by crashing through some feeble defence under the posts and tie the score up at 12-12, ten minutes before the break.
Minutes before half time, Caloundra’s Joel Kendall finished off a spirited raid to score out wide. Otto’s conversion faded to the left and Caloundra went to the break with a 16-12 lead. Both sides suffered a case of the fumbles in the first half but Caloundra always seemed to hold the upper hand. Maroochydore just hung in there and waited for the Shark’s mistakes.
The first 15 minutes of the second half was even until Kayne Lynagh crashed over next to the posts. Caloundra had no sting in attack or defence and seemed very flat which allowed the Swans back into the game. Two quick tries to Maroochydore and the scores were all tied up again at 22-22 with 10 minutes to go.
Instead of going into a shell, the Sharks went up a gear and after tries to Stroud, Otto and Chris Ainsworth, completely blew the Swans off the park in the dying stages to come away with a resounding 40-22 victory. Best for the Sharks was Bryson Mahon who ripped the defence to shreds in the final stages.
The Reserve Grade side also had a huge victory over Maroochydore, coming away with a 60-6 hiding. Best for “Reggies” was Gene Dale after a huge game. The Under 18’s had a bye and receive 2 points. Next week sees a bye to all grades then we travel to Stockland Park for the Clash of the Titans against heavyweights Kawana. See you there on the 28th June......Sharkman
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Joel Kendall 1, Ryan Stroud 1, Justin Otto 2, Chris Ainsworth 1, Kayne Lynagh 1
Goals: Justin Otto 6
DEF Maroochydore 22
Tries: Luke Barton 1, Troy Mendham 1, Paul Backhaus 2
Goals: Troy Mendham 3
Monday 9th June, 2014
The amalgamation of the Noosa Pirates and the Gympie Devils was frowned upon when first mentioned but after a handful of games, this joint venture is now a strong contender for this year’s competition. The Caloundra Sharks nearly succumbed to their determination and sheer guts on Sunday as Noosa-Gympie almost came away with a rare Shark Park victory.
Five minutes into the game, Lance Ainsworth ran 70 metres to score out wide and with Otto’s conversion, the Sharks led 6-0. Noosa-Gympie hit back almost straight away to level it up at 6-6. Tom Clarke scored out wide for the Sharks but Otto’s conversion was off line. Ryan Stroud added another try and when Tom Clarke blitzed the defence to run 65 metres untouched, Caloundra had a handy 22-6 lead at the break.
Noosa-Gympie had to pull something out of the bag to slow down the Sharks scoring and ten minutes after the break, they started their slow crawl back into the game with another converted try. At 22-12, Otto flicked a remarkable pass to Kenny Stewart to score in the corner and giving the Sharks a strong 26-12 lead. The opposition could easily have given in but to Noosa-Gympie’s credit, they hung in there and slowly pegged the difference back. A try 10 minutes before full time made the difference 8 points and the Sharks momentum seemed to have ceased.
As the full time siren rang, Noosa-Gympie again crossed the Sharks line and with the touch line conversion, came within 2 points of creating a huge upset. The merger of the two clubs has definitely strengthened this year’s competition as Caloundra had to fight hard all the way to gain victory by 26-24 and escape with a huge scare.
Player of the Match was the new face of Simon Pearson after he showed all of his English skills, particularly his body jarring attacking raids. Reserve Grade once again went on their winning way by disposing of Noosa-Gympie by 40-4 with Dennis Blumsom being named best on field. The Under 18’s also made it 3 from 3 when they overcame a determined Nambour by 16-10. Brock Hancock was named Player of the Match for the Sharks.
Next Sunday we travel to Maroochydore to take on the Swans in what will also be a huge test for the boys but winning form is good form and I think they will come away with the 2 points.......see you there.......Sharkman
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Tom Clarke 2, Kenny Stewart 1, Ryan Stroud 1
Goals: Justin Otto 3
DEF Noosa/Gympie 24
Tries: Ryan Gardner 2, Kurt Fleming 1, Josh Greaves 1
Goals: Joel James 4
Monday 2nd June, 2014
The Caloundra Sharks added another victim to their ever growing casualty list when they disposed of a gritty Caboolture side on Sunday. Both sides matched up to each other in the early stages until Caloundra’s Chris Ainsworth touched down next to the posts and Luke Gillett scored minutes later to have the Sharks up by 12-0 at the 20 minute mark.
Caboolture managed to score a soft try before Justin Otto put the ball down under the posts to give the Sharks an 18-6 lead. Caboolture once again broke the Sharks soft defence but when they crossed for a well constructed try, the Snakes were well and truly in the game, trailing by 18-16. On the stroke of half time, Caboolture added a field goal and went into the sheds one point behind at 18-17.
Caloundra seemed in control throughout the first half but to Caboolture’s credit, they just did not go away and set up what promised to be a cracker of a second half. Eight minutes into the second half, Caloundra’s John O’Sullivan crashed over and with Otto’s conversion, the Sharks snuck away to a 24-17 lead.
The next 25 minutes was a grind with both sides dishing it out to each other. With 7 minutes remaining, Justin Otto showed his brilliance once again to set up Jamie Irwin next to posts then another piece of Ainsworth magic had Lance mesmerising the defence just before the siren to cross out wide. Otto’s conversion from the sideline was spot on and the Sharks had done enough to fend off the persistent Snakes, defeating them in the end by 36-17. It wasn’t a pretty win by the Sharks but they showed grit and determination when it was needed. Best for the Sharks was John O’Sullivan with both Ainsworth brothers once again in the mix.
The Reserve grade had a huge job on their hands with first placed Caboolture always holding the edge in past battles. That battle was reversed as Caloundra finally defeated their hoodoo side, coming away with a very good 36-20 victory. Sharp Shooter Fred Phillips increased his successful goal tally to 23 after adding another 6 from 6 and taking home Reserves player of the match.
The Under 18’s started the day on a high note, also toppling the second placed Caboolture side in a tight 24-22 victory. Beau Lynagh was best for young Sharks side. Next Sunday we take on Noosa-Gympie at Shark Park so come on down and support the Sharks.....see you there......Sharkman
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Justin Otto 1, Chris Ainsworth 1, Luke Gillet 1, Jamie Irwin 1, John O’Sullivan 1
Goals: Justin Otto 6
DEF Caboolture 17
Tries: Willem Pretorius 1, Dayne Rogers 1, Jackson Moule 1
Goals: Scott Maddick 2 – Goals, 1 – Field Goal
Monday 26 May, 2014
The Caloundra Sharks staved off a determined Nambour side on Saturday night at Crusher Park to win in the end by a comfortable 36-10.
Kenny Stewart scored for the Sharks then Chris Ainsworth put the ball down under the posts to give Caloundra a hard earned 10-0 lead midway through the first half. Tom Clarke finished off an enterprising raid to score out wide and with Otto’s conversion, the Sharks had raced to commanding 16-0 lead taking them in to the break. Despite Nambour’s dominance in the early stages of the first half, Caloundra kept their cool and pounced on almost every Crusher error to punish them.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first with Nambour once again coming out strong but Caloundra’s patience held on and they were rewarded with a try to Luke Gillett. Otto’s conversion grazed the posts but in another Ainsworth brother’s special, Chris set up Lance to score under the posts to stretch their lead to 26-0. Caloundra began to put their foot down and Nambour’s defence began to buckle as tries to Kendall and Stroud had the Sharks in full control at 36-0.
The Sharks allowed Nambour to put on two soft tries in the dying stages but they had weathered the storm and came away with an emphatic 36-10 victory. Caloundra’s best was Luke Blumke with Lance Ainsworth and Ryan Stroud following closely behind.
Reserve Grade continued on their winning way with a 54-16 demolition of Nambour. It wasn’t an easy win as Nambour did measure up for at least 60 minutes but the Sharks attack wore them down in the last 20 minutes. The Under 18’s had an easy win over Noosa by 66-4 to keep them in the top 4 and are now showing their potential.
Next Sunday will be a showdown in all grades as we meet Caboolture at Shark Park in what will be a cracker of a day’s Rugby League.....see you there.......Sharkman
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Tom Clarke 1, Joel Kendall 1, Kenny Stewart 1, Ryan Stroud 1, Chris Ainsworth 1, Luke Gillett 1
Goals: Justin Otto 4
DEF Nambour 10
Tries: Isaak Stains 1, Paul McKewin 1
Goals: Dan Brook 1
Monday 19rd Ma7h, 2014
The Caloundra Sharks missed a golden opportunity on Saturday night to bring down the competition giants by giving Kawana one hell of a scare. Kawana showed their dominance early and raced to a 12-0 lead after 20 minutes. Caloundra kept applying the pressure and Ryan Stroud slipped a perfect pass to Lance Ainsworth to score under the posts bringing the Sharks within 6 points.
A costly error minutes later handed Kawana a gift 6 points and at 18-6, the game looked like slipping away from the Sharks. Ryan Stroud once again showed his brilliance to set up Lance Ainsworth for his double just before the siren and the Sharks went in to the sheds, trailing by 18-12.
It was a very tough game of football in the first half with the Sharks dominating but Kawana still found a way to stick their nose in front. For the first time this season, the Dolphins had a game on their hands and the Sharks still had plenty of petrol in their tanks.
After setting up 2 tries, Ryan Stroud finished off a brilliant attacking raid to score out wide five minutes after the break. Otto failed with his conversion but the Sharks were now within 2 points and sending shock waves through the Kawana camp. The Dolphins managed to score three quick tries from nothing and the Sharks were shell shocked, trailing by 34-16 with 15 minutes remaining. Lance Ainsworth gave the Sharks a final chance with his third try to bring the score within striking distance at 34-22 but Kawana snuffed out any upset with a try minutes from the siren.
Caloundra’s Justin Otto scored a brilliant individual try on the siren and with his conversion, the Sharks just failed to peg back the winners. Full time score was 38-28 with Kawana now looking over their shoulders at a hungry Shark’s pack. Both sides will meet again in the 3rd round which will be a cracker of a game. Best for the Sharks was Ricky Shaxson after his huge tackle count and numerous barnstorming runs.
Caloundra’s Reserve Grade had a huge win over Kawana by 48-20 with Toby “Peachey” Adams bagging a treble and taking the Man of the Match. The Under 18’s played a 26-26 draw against Maroochydore. Next Saturday we travel to Nambour to take on the Crushers in all 3 Grades....see you there.....Sharkman
Tries: Joseph Wright 2, Paul Cohen 3, Kai Busiko 1, Tyson Teys 1
Goals: Alex Forrest 5
DEF Caloundra 28
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 3, Ryan Stroud 1, Justin Otto 1
Goals: Justin Otto 4
Monday 5th May, 2014
Caloundra’s 18’s had a tough win over the Kawana Dolphins on Friday night coming away with a 22-16 win. No A grade or Reserve grade games were played.
Tries: Patrick Quinn 1, Darcy Braden 4
Goals: Darcy Braden 1
DEF Kawana 16
Tries: Kieran Forde-Hurrell 1, Lachlan Davidson 1, Lucas Brown 1
Goals: James Brown 2
Monday 28th April, 2014
NO A-grade & Reg GAME THIS WEEKEND - DRAW BEING UPDATED
After a disappointing forfeit win against Gympie last Saturday, the Caloundra Sharks are still focused to take on the Kawana Dolphin’s and come away with the goods. Kawana has not put a foot wrong this year and have struggled to find a competitor that will give them some trouble but a much improved Caloundra side think they have the speed and talent to upset the Premiers.
Caboolture sent a scare through the Dolphins camp on Saturday Night with Kawana holding a slender 10-6 lead at half time. As a champion side can do, Kawana quickly gained the upper hand early in the second half and Caboolture failed to add to their first half effort to go down in the end by 28-6. Caloundra will certainly learn from that game that the Premiers can be beaten and this coming Saturday night at Shark Park will be a huge game for both sides.
Kawana sits on top of the competition ladder with the Sharks breathing down their necks in second place. This game could decide who are the real contender’s for this year’s premiership so for some fantastic top of the table Rugby League
Come on down to Shark Park on Saturday night for what will certainly be a cracker of a game......
See you there.....Sharkman
NO A-grade & Reg GAME THIS WEEKEND - DRAW BEING UPDATED
Monday 14rd April, 2014
The Bribie Island Warrigals ended their 2014 season on a sour note after Caloundra basically wiped them off the map with an emphatic 64-0 whitewash on Sunday. Bribie will now finish the season with only their Reserve Grade and Under 18’s competing after failing to win a game in A grade in the first round thus forfeiting the rest of the season.
It was a try-athon in the first half with the Sharks piling on 7 tries to go to the break, embarrassing Bribie at 34-0. The Warrigals defence was at a minimum and Caloundra’s slick attack ripped holes in them and seemed to score at will. Boston Watling and Ritchie Salu reeked havoc and paved the way for the Sharks cricket score.
Bribie had to somehow save their face from a possible century score and to their credit, they staved off a Shark onslaught for the first 15 minutes of the second half to finally allow Caloundra’s brilliant attack to once again add to the score. Tries to Phillips, Salu, Kendall, Ainsworth and a treble to Stewart, had the Warrigals reeling. Bribie did try hard but in the end Caloundra piled on 64 unanswered points to keep their second spot on the ladder safe.
Best for the Sharks was Ritchie Salu who has improved greatly after stepping up from Reserve Grade three weeks ago. Joel Kendall and Boston Watling also had huge games. The wet weather somehow dampened Bribie’s spirits and also added to some poor handling from both sides but it was a godsend for Bribie as the score could have been anything on a dry track.
Reserve Grade also hammered Bribie to keep their second spot on the table safe with a 42-14 drubbing. Toby Adams was a standout and showed many of his younger teammates that there is plenty of life left in his “old” legs.
Easter sees a break from football then Caloundra will take on Gympie at Shark Park on Saturday 26th April. It will be a huge day at Shark Park with all of the Coast’s A Grade sides playing on the same day with Kawana meeting Caboolture and Maroochydore facing Noosa in the other games. So if you want a feast of local Rugby League, come on down to Shark Park on the 26th for a great day....see you there........Sharkman
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Trent Prygoda 1, Joel Kendall 2, Kenny Stewart 4, Fred Phillips 2, Justin Otto 1, Chris Ainsworth 1, Ritchie Salu 1
Goals: Justin Otto 6
DEF Bribie Island 0
Monday 7rd April, 2014
In what was billed on paper as a close tussle, the Nambour Crushers failed to impress and were left to ponder their direction for 2014. Caloundra dominated for the full 80 minutes in a somewhat scrappy game and at times looked the goods but silly errors and lack of structure let them down. Nambour were lucky that the score did not escalate and hung in there for most of the match but still could not gain the upper hand at any stage.
The match was two minutes old when Lance Ainsworth put his stamp on the game in setting up Stewart out wide. Otto’s conversion grazed the posts, giving the Sharks an early 4-0 lead. The next 25 minutes was mistake ridden by both sides with Caloundra unable to complete their sets whilst making too many fundamental errors. Lucky for them, Nambour could not capitalise until a huge Sharks hole opened up and Nambour crossed for a six pointer. The Sharks hit back straight away through Smyth then a bit more of Lance Ainsworth magic setting up brother Chris for a try under the posts, giving Caloundra a handy 16-6 lead at the break.
Six minutes after the break, the Ainsworth brothers once again stole the show, this time Chris setting up Lance for brilliant try. Otto added the extras to give the Sharks a 22-6 buffer but Nambour hung on and posted a couple of tries in succession to once again be breathing down the Shark’s necks at 22-14 with 15 minutes remaining.
Both sides struggled to lift their intensity and in the dying seconds, Justin Otto sealed the game with a runaway try under the posts, With his conversion, the Sharks had done enough to fend off a disappointing Nambour in a 28-14 victory. Kayne Lynagh and Chris Ainsworth were brilliant but it was the electrifying speed of Lance Ainsworth which gave him the Man of the Match award.
Reserve Grade once again showed their muscle in a 46-10 thumping of Nambour which now has both sides sitting in second place in their respective grades. Next Sunday we travel to Bribie Island to take on the Warrigals.....See you there.....Sharkman
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Kenny Stewart 1, Justin Otto 1, Chris Ainsworth 1, Dale Smyth 1
Goals: Justin Otto 4
DEF Nambour 14
Tries: Eli Evans 1, Kenny Knight 1, Robert Cordwell 1
Goals: Dan Brook 1
Monday 31st March, 2014
The Caloundra Sharks showed on Saturday night that they will be a threat to other sides in this year’s competition with a 34-12 victory over the 2nd placed Caboolture Snakes. After seemingly repelling many Snakes raids, the Sharks had a rest in the 6th minute to allow Caboolture over for an easy six pointer. After more bone jarring defence, Otto put the Sharks on the board after slicing through a tiny gap to score under the posts, evening up the score at 6-6.
Man of the Match Ricky Shaxson, crashed through the Snakes defence to squeeze a miraculous pass to Lance Ainsworth who put the ball down near the posts. Otto converted and the Sharks led 12-6 with five minutes remaining in the first half. Kenny Stewart found his way over the line after Caloundra relentlessly raided the Snakes line to take the Sharks to a handy 16-6 buffer at the break.
The first 10 minutes of the second half was tough as each side tried to gain the ascendancy until Lance Ainsworth once again troubled the defence to score and with Otto adding the extras, Caloundra had now a possible winning lead at 22-6. Caboolture rallied for one last raid and caught the Sharks napping to score their second, bringing them back into the game at 22-12 with 20 minutes remaining.
The game was now on a knife’s edge but with the aid of some Kenny Stewart magic, Joel Kendall scored in the corner. Otto nailed the sideline attempt, giving the Sharks a match winning lead of 28-12 with 5 minutes to go. Brenton Stonier put the icing on the cake with a great individual try and with Otto adding the extras, Caloundra came away with a convincing 34-12 victory.
Kenny Stewart and Lance Ainsworth were brilliant once again but it was the huge tackle count and barnstorming hit ups of Ricky Shaxson which gave him the Man of the Match. Richard Salu deserves a huge rap also after backing up from Reserve Grade. The Sharks travel to Nambour next Sunday which will be another huge test, but on current form, Caloundra look the goods.
The Reserves were denied a spot on the top of the table after a dubious disallowed try in the dying minutes then a field goal by Caboolture handed them their first defeat of the season by 19-18. Man of the Match for the Reserves was work horse Richard Salu. The Under 18’s still have not started their season but shaped up well against Caboolture in “another” trial game.
See you at Nambour on Sunday......Sharkman
Tries: Ainsworth 2, Joel Kendall 1, Kenny Stewart 1, Justin Otto 1, Brenton Stonier 1
Goals: Justin Otto 5
DEF Caboolture 12
Tries: Scott Maddick 1, Jake Tyler 1
Goals: Scott Maddick 2
Monday 10th March, 2014
The Caloundra Sharks have bounced back from two defeats with an emphatic victory over a hapless Noosa side. Justin Otto took control from the first minute and Noosa could not handle his direction and dominance of the game.
Caloundra raced to a 14-0 lead after tries to Kendall, Van Klaveren and rookie, Richie Sulu then a serious injury to a Noosa player held the game up for half an hour. Caloundra kept their cool after the interruption and piled on more tries through Filiga and Van Klaveren, but Noosa got one back right on the half time bell with Caloundra going to the break leading by 26-6.
It was all one way traffic in the second half with Shaxson and Van Klaveren giving the Sharks an unbeatable lead at 38-6 after Van Klaveren broke the defence and ran 80 metres to bag his 3rd try. Otto was at his best, setting up a Luke Brown double then putting Dale Middleton through a yawning gap to have the Sharks leading by 54-6 with 10 minutes to go.
Dale Middleton scored his double then Van Klaveren topped his game off with his fourth for the day, totally annihilating Noosa in the end by 64-6. Otto was brilliant but Caloundra’s No. 4 Kenny Stewart was a standout and was awarded the Player of the Match.
The Reserves also had a big win over Noosa, coming away in the end by 38-18 with Andrew Blumke having a blinder of a game, winning Player of the Match. This Saturday night we take on the Caboolture Snakes, which will be another test for the boys but their confidence is sky high and no one likes to travel to Shark Park and take on a much improved and pumped up Caloundra side.
Tries: Kyle Van Klaveren 4, Joel Kendall 1, Dale Middleton 2, Ricky Shaxson 1, Richie Salu 1, Luke Brown 2, Filinga Filiga 1
Goals: Justin Otto 7, Dale Smyth 1
DEF Noosa 6
Tries: Seaton Reid 1
Goals: Joel James 1
Monday 17th March, 2014
Caloundra Sharks showed in last Friday night’s game against Maroochydore that they had shrugged off their disappointing show against Kawana the week before by almost upsetting the other undefeated team in the competition. Caloundra once again had a poor start to the game allowing Maroochydore to race to an 8-0 lead after only 10 minutes. The Sharks alarm bells were sounding but the team dug deep and retaliated in defence and attack.
Maroochydore were stunned as the Sharks scored in the 20th minute through Kenny Stewart next to the posts. With Smythe adding the extras, Caloundra were breathing down the Swans necks. Lance Ainsworth finished off some brilliant Sharks attack to score again beside the uprights to take them to a 12-8 lead at the 30 minute mark. Some feeble defence from the Sharks enabled Maroochydore to add a 6 pointer just before the break, giving them a slim 14-12 lead at half time.
Caloundra had themselves to blame for not taking a lead into half time with some feeble defence and too many errors early in their tackle count but their attack at times was brilliant. Maroochydore stung Caloundra almost straight away and raced to a 20-12 lead early into the second half and the Sharks were rattled. Dale Smythe pounced on a loose Swans ball and scored out wide in the 50th minute but failed with his attempt at goal. The Sharks began to get a sniff trailing by only 20-16 but two tries in succession to Maroochydore seemed to seal the game as the Sharks could not get the bounce of the ball with many dubious decisions going against them. It seemed as if each time they managed to gain the upper hand, the ball would bounce in opposite directions or an attacking raid would end only metres from the line.
With 10 minutes remaining, Caloundra had one last dig at Maroochydore with a try to Ryan Stroud, which brought them within 10 points. The Sharks came home the strongest but still could not get the bounce of the ball and Maroochydore hung on grimly to come away with a 30-20 victory.
Kayne Lynagh’s debut into A grade was brilliant but the man of the match award went to Ricky Shaxson after some brilliant defence and numerous hit ups. The Ainsworth brothers also chimed in with their personal flair giving the Sharks a much needed lift against next Sunday’s opponents Noosa at Noosa.
Caloundra’s Reserve Grade side had a heart stopping win against the Swans and came home with a 28-24 victory after being well behind at half time. They sit safely in the top 5 after 2 wins and a draw.
Next week we travel to Noosa on Sunday to take on the Pirates.....see you there.....Sharkman
Tries: Luke Barton 1, Brad Reed 1, Tom Hines 1, Troy Mendham 1, Cameron Collis 1, Luke Lanham 1 – Tries
Goals: Brad Reed 3
DEF Caloundra 20
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Dale Smyth 1, Ryan Stroud 1, Kenny Stewart 1
Goals: Dale Smyth 2
Monday 10th March, 2014
Caloundra Sharks unfortunately ran in to a red hot Dolphins outfit and came off the weeks high to go down convincingly in last Saturday’s second round clash. Kawana raced to an 18-0 lead after only 8 minutes and the Sharks were in shock, trying to stem the flow of more points.
Caloundra managed to stem the flow in the 13th minute with a Jake Christie try and again minutes later through Luke Brown but Kawana savaged Caloundra’s defence and went into the break with a 34-8 lead.
The Sharks had to regroup after the break to regain some pride and Jake Christie obliged in the 44th minute. That seemed to sting Kawana back into action as they ran in another four tries in quick succession to completely deflate Caloundra’s hopes. At 56-12, the score could have got embarrassing for the Sharks but they managed to save some face with Lance Ainsworth and Luke Brown crossing over late in the game. A piece of Chris Ainsworth magic went horribly wrong as Kawana’s No. 9 plucked the chip kick out of thin air and raced over untouched with seconds to go under the posts. It was a sad ending to a Sharks revival as they left the field in dismay after last week’s annihilation of Gympie.
Kawana once again showed what a threat they are to this year’s competition with Caloundra having to go back to the basics and stiffen up their defence. Caloundra’s attack at times was brilliant, having Kawana in loads of trouble but it was their defence which let them down. Kawana came away in the end to win convincingly by 62-22.
The Reserve Grade clash was a very tight game with Caloundra having the upper hand for 81 minutes of the game until Kawana received a penalty after the final siren which resulted in a try out wide. Kawana missed the conversion and both sides came away with a 12-12 draw.
The Under 18’s have a full round of trial games until they get their season underway and with plenty of young talent at hand, they will once again go very close to winning this season.
This Friday night the Sharks take on the undefeated Maroochydore Swans, who sit on top of the table with Kawana. Come and support the Sharks under the lights.
Main game is at 8.00pm.....see you there.....Sharkman
Tries: Joseph Wright 2, Brock Leger 1, Jordan Meads 2, Mattew Gilliman 4, Jeremy Halls 1, Jason Wardrop 1
Goals: Jordan Meads 9
DEF Caloundra 22
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 1, Luke Brown 2, Jake Christie 2
Goals: Lance Ainsworth 1
Monday 3rd March, 2014
Caloundra Sharks were on the receiving end of some high scores last year but they seem to have turned that around after totally demolishing Gympie at Shark Park on Saturday night. After securing the Nine a Side title, the Sharks were hungry for more victory. Gympie surprised them with an early try but that only spurred the boys on as they struck back almost straight away and went to a 24-6 lead at the break.
The second half was all Caloundra as they dominated Gympie in all respects with Lance Ainsworth crossing for 3 tries after all the hard work was done up front by Adams, Blumke, Shaxson, Prygoda and Pluis. It was a solid performance against a below par Gympie side but Caloundra will be without back rower Dane Blewitt for the season after rupturing his left bicep. With the likes of Filinga, Mahon, Fullager and Kayne Lynagh to return from injury, Blewitt’s unfortunate loss will well and truly be covered.
Caloundra in the end seemed to score at will and piled on a cricket score over their more fancied rivals, securing the game by 78-6. Best on the field for the Sharks was new fullback Lance Ainsworth with Luke Blumke and Kyle Pluis both putting in huge games.
The Sharks will take on Premiers Kawana this Saturday at Kawana which is expected to be a bone rattler. Kawana will not take the Sharks lightly and will have their hands full against a rampant Caloundra side.........see you there ......SHARKMAN
Tries: Lance Ainsworth 3, Jacob Wrigley 1, Frederick Phillips 1, Justin Otto 1, Luke Blumke 1, Christopher Ainsworth 1, Jake Christie 1, Trent Prygoda 1, Jamie Irwin 1, Ricky Shaxson 1, Kyle Pluis 1, Dale Smyth 1
Goals: Justin Otto 11
DEF Gympie 6
Tries: Dean Bull 1
Goals: Jacob Harney 1
Monday 10th February, 2014
The Sharks A Grade side will take on the Nambour Crushers at Stockland Stadium in a curtain raiser to the Falcons V Men of League Allstars game on Saturday 15th February.
The Reserve Grade side will take on Sunnybank and the Under 18's will play Nambour on Friday the 14th February under the new lights at Shark Park. Reserves play at 6.00pm and the U/18's will follow at 7.40pm. Come on down and cheer on the Sharks in their first hit out for the year.
Saturday 7th September, 2013
The Caloundra Sharks Rugby League season came to an end on Saturday with both teams failing to pull off the big one. Reserve Grade came up against a more determined Caboolture side and could not bridge the half time gap that the Snakes created in the first half.
Caloundra did show signs of a recovery but credit to Caboolture for taking out the crown and relegating the Sharks to second. In the end, Caboolture secured a fairly easy 50-24 victory and congratulations to all their reserve grade side.
The Under 18’s Grand Final looked like being a carbon copy with Caboolture racing to a 26-4 half time lead. Caloundra knew that they were in for a hard second half if they wanted to get back into the game and they did not let us down. Slowly they clawed their way back but the half time score once again was the telling tale of the game. Caboolture came away with a 26-12 victory and thoroughly deserved the 2013 crown. Caloundra can hold their heads up high as they did manage to keep Caboolture scoreless in the second half.
Congratulations to both Sharks sides for being Runners-Up and it only shows that we will be a force to reckon with in the upcoming years. That is about it for the Sharkman in the 2013 season except for our upcoming presentations results on the 12th October.
Thank you to all our supporters and let’s make next season even better.........Sharkman
Saturday 31st August, 2013
The Caloundra U/18's will now be joined by the Shark's Reserve Grade side in next Saturday's Grand Final day as they disposed of favourites Bribie Island on Saturday night. Bribie were the Minor Premiers and deserved the favourites tag but against a more determined Sharks side, could not lift enough to get over the line.
Big Drew Jackson smashed his way through Bribie's defence to get the Sharks on the board after 11 minutes and a try to Lance Ainsworth 6 minutes before the break, had the Sharks up by 10-0 at the whistle. Honours in the first half definitely went to Caloundra as they repelled Bribie in every aspect of the game.
Caloundra looked like taking the game by the scruff of the neck when Luke Broadhurst scored shortly after the restart. At 16-0, Caloundra were slightly confident but the pendulum slowly swung back to Bribie as they ground their way back, inch by inch, to level the scores at 16-16 at the 58th minute. A Jake Christie special jolted Bribie's comeback as Caloundra edged in front by 22-16 with 14 minutes to go. A series of 40-20 kicks had both sides trying to gain the upper hand but Fred Phillips put Bribie out of their misery with a penalty goal minutes before the siren.
Caloundra's defence was rock solid and that was the telling tale of their 24-16 victory. Coach Glenn Irwin was ecstatic at his boy's gutsy effort and especially praised Drew Jackson for his huge impact on the game, awarding him with Player of the Match.
Saturday's Grand finals will be played at Stockland Stadium with the Reserves taking on Caboolture at 1.40pm and the Under 18's also meeting Caboolture in the Curtain Raiser at 3.30pm before the Kawana and Bribie Island A Grade "smashathon".
If you are a Sharks fan or simply want to support your local team, try and make it to Saturday's Grand Final Day which will be full of entertainment and guaranteed to have 3 great games of Rugby League.....see you there....Sharkman......
GO THE SHARKIES!!!!!!!!
Sunday 25th August, 2013
Caloundra's Under 18's proved that their form throughout this season was no fluke as they fought off a late Caboolture comeback to snatch victory in Sunday's main final. The young Sharks side will now wait for the winner of Maroochydore and Caboolture to see who they meet in the Grand Final. Lochie Turner was outstanding in his side's 16-12 victory with great support from Dan Bryant and Bryson Mahon.
Caloundra had a handy 10-6 lead at the break with tries to Turner and Bryant and stretched that lead to 16-6 with Turner's double 10 minutes into the second half. Caboolture rallied and fought back within four points with six minutes remaining. Caloundra was reduced to 11 players after two dubious sin bins but the squad dug deep and held out Caboolture for a gutsy 16-12 win. Great effort from the boys as they now have a week off until the big one at Stockland Stadium in two weeks.
Caloundra's Reserve Grade stayed alive with a heart stopping 28-16 victory over Caboolture and will face the Bribie Island Warrigals in next Saturday's elimination final at Kawana. A win there will also put a Sharks side on the Stockland Stadium paddock on Grand Final Day. Dennis Blumson and Adam Sharp were outstanding in attack and defence and will certainly be hard to hold back in next Saturday's final
Good luck to Bomber's Reggies on Saturday 31st August at Kawana's Quad Park at 4.40pm. Try to get along and watch the game as Bribie will no doubt bring a huge crowd with them and we hope to match their support.....see you there......Sharkman
Saturday 17th August, 2013
It may have been the long bus trip to Bribie Island or perhaps the bus fumes but whatever it was, Caloundra's Reserve Grade side never looked like getting going against Caboolture on Sunday.
The Snakes raced to an early 16-0 lead before the Sharks decided to trouble the scorer and at 16-10, the game was in the balance. Caboolture capitalised on weak Sharks defence and lacklustre attack to stretch their lead to 26-10 at the break.
Caloundra needed some sort of miracle but it did not come their way as Caboolture piled on the points in the second half to come away with a convincing 50-14 victory. Hopefully it was a slight hic-up from the Sharks as they will meet Nambour in next Saturday's knock out elimination final at Bribie.
Caloundra's Under 18's will play Caboolture at Kawana on Sunday to hopefully progress to the Grand Final. These two teams finished 1st and 2nd on the table so this will be a great game of football.
The Shark's 18's will take the field at Kawana on Sunday at 11.30am.
The Reserve's will take on Nambour on Saturday at 4.40pm at Bribie Island......
See you there.....Sharkman
Saturday 10th August, 2013
It may have been a tough year for the Caloundra Sharks A Grade side but our future ranks are looking exceptional after the Under 18's finished on top of the ladder after a tough 18-10 victory over Caboolture. Both teams will no doubt meet again in the Grand Final as they were the form sides all season. Dan Bryant was once again the mainstay of Caloundra's victory and he was awarded the Sharkies Kitchen Player of the Match.
Glenn Irwin's Reserve Grade also made it to the finals finishing 3rd on the ladder after a gutsy 24-22 victory against the higher placed Snakes.
Caloundra's A Grade had a hard task against 3rd placed Caboolture and after 2 early tries, the Sharks were down 10-0. The Sharks lifted in front of their home crowd and clawed their way back to 14-12 just before the break. Caboolture gained the upper hand right on the whistle with a try to go to an 18-12 lead at half time.
Caloundra persisted throughout the second half but Caboolture were too strong in the end to come away with a very tough 36-22 win. It was a huge effort from the Sharks to keep their opposition at bay and it showed much promise for our young side for next year. Good luck to our final's teams and I will keep you informed of their progress........Sharkman
Saturday 3rd August, 2013
The Nambour Crushers might have won all in 3 grades on Saturday Night but the A Grade game was the highlight. Both sides are out of the finals equation but that didn't stop either team from trying to go out on a high.
Nambour quickly got the scoreboard ticking over with a try in the 5th minute but Caloundra's Corey Healey got the Sharks back on track soon after with a try out wide. A try to Nambour at the 20 minute mark had the Crushers back in front at 10-6 then stretched that lead to 14-6 just before the break.
Caloundra had to score first after half time but Nambour caught the Sharks napping almost immediately after the kick off and pulled away to a 20-6 lead. It was not what Caloundra needed and on top of that, the Sharks injury toll began to creep up. The Sharks with a depleted bench, did not give up and through the skills of Ryan Stroud, managed to claw back into the game with a try out wide. Slowly the Sharks regained momentum and once again Ryan Stroud bamboozled the defence to score, bringing Caloundra within 6 points at 20-14.
Nambour had the glut of possession for the next 5 sets of tackles and finally broke Caloundra's defence to score near the posts but failed to convert. The Crusher's now had a handy 24-14 lead and they seemed to gain the upper hand but "Stroudy" had other ideas. After breaking the Nambour defence, he then beat numerous tackles to score under the posts. With the conversion, Caloundra had muscled their way back to within 4 points with 5 minutes to go.
Nambour received a penalty right in front of their posts and went for the 2 points. The conversion was successful and despite a few Shark raids, Nambour hung on and posted a thrilling 26-20 win. Despite Ryan Stroud's 3 try haul and seemingly bringing Nambour undone on his own, it was Brendan Adams who won the Project Plant Rental Player of the Match with his huge tackle count and relentless number of hit-ups.
Reserve Grade had a minor hiccup two weeks out from the finals as they went down to a more determined Nambour side by 36-20. With a few key players returning next week against Caboolture, I'm sure they will get back on track. The Under 18's also met a rampant Nambour side as they never really got out of the dressing sheds and went down in a shock 56-6 loss. Damion Trevitt was one of the few Shark's Players to actually make an impression as he took out the Player of the Match.
Caboolture will travel to Shark Park this Saturday to try and show their dominance in all grades but we will be waiting for them with "baited" breath. It will also be Sponsors Day and Old Boys Day so a record crowd is expected for the clash..........see you there.....Sharkman
Sunday 28th July, 2013
The Maroochydore Swans showed on Sunday why they are this year's final hopefuls with a grinding victory at Shark Park. Racing to an early 12-0 lead, the Swans did not expect Caloundra to put up so much resistance from then on. Caloundra's Ryan Stroud crossed over out wide in the 30th minute followed by a try to young Lochie Turner off a great Stroud cut out pass and the Sharks were back in the game, trailing by 12-10 close to half time. Maroochydore managed to gain the upper hand with a try on the hooter, giving them a 16-10 lead at the break.
Both sides refused to give in for the first 15 minutes of the second half until Maroochydore broke the ice with a try under the posts. The Swans were worried about their tough opponents as they elected to kick a penalty goal from 40 metres out to stretch their lead over two converted tries at 24-10. Another try next to the posts at the 60 minute mark seemed to seal the victory for Maroochydore. Ainsworth set up Jake Christie for a great try in the 70th minute but at 30-16, time was running out for the Sharks. Despite some gutsy defence by the Sharks, Maroochydore crossed for two late tries to come away with a hard earned 42-16 victory. Project Plant Rental Player of the Match went to Luke Brown with Brendan Adams also putting in a huge effort.
The Reserves moved a step closer to the finals with a resounding 48-0 drubbing of Maroochydore. Fred Phillips once again took out the Golden Beach Pizza Player of the Match with his 5 try haul. They sit safely in 3rd position with two rounds remaining.
Coach Adrian Harch was impressed with his team's 32-20 victory over the Swans with Kayne Lynagh showing he will be a player of the future with his Sharkie's Kitchen Player of the match award. This win puts the young Sharks on their own at the top of the table but with two tough games remaining they have to keep their minds on keeping in front.
The Sharks travel to Nambour's Crusher Park on Saturday which will once again be a tough task in all grades. Main game is at 6.30pm......see you there.....Sharkman
Sunday 21th July, 2013
The Caloundra Sharks travelled to Noosa to take on the Pirates which can be a hard task at times. Sitting above Caloundra on the points table, Noosa were keen to show their dominance. Noosa opened the scoring with a try under the posts but Caloundra's Ryan Stroud crossed minutes later to even up the score at 6-6.
Stroudy once again caught Noosa napping and took the Sharks to a 12-6 lead. Jordi Taylor opened up a huge hole in Noosa's defence to put Joel Kendall over and stretch the Sharks lead to 18-6 with 10 minutes to go until the break. Filinga Filiga crashed through 5 defenders to set up Ainsworth right on the half time siren to set up a 24-6 lead. The field resembled a 4 wheel drive track after heavy rain and two previous games and the Sharks lead at the break seemed to be possibly out of reach for the Noosa pirates.
Noosa came out hard in the second half but to Caloundra's credit, all of Noosa's resurgence seemed to be snuffed out until the Pirates snuck through to score next to the posts. That seemed to spur Noosa on as they slowly pegged back the score, inch by inch, getting within 6 points with 10 minutes to go. Caloundra lost a player to an infringement which left them with 12 players. Noosa slowly wore down the Sharks and with 4 minutes to go, the Pirates crossed out wide and the conversion was successful. At 24-24 and minutes to go, Caloundra's 12 had to find something special but were unable to break Noosa's defence. A last second field goal was an option but Caloundra spilled the ball and the game was over, ending in a thrilling 24 all draw.
Luke Broadhurst's return to A Grade was rewarded with the Project Plant Rental Player of the Match with Alex Hardaker and Ryan Stroud also proving a handful. The Reserve Grade had a good win, concreting their place in the top 3 and the Under 18's suffered a shock loss going down by 20-16. Dan Bryant once again was the Sharkie's Kitchen Player of the Match for the 18's.
Next Sunday we meet Maroochydore at Shark Park which is also our NAIDOC Round. The Sharks will be wearing a special indigenous strip which will be the Sharks way of putting back into the local community. Main game will be at 3.00pm with possibly a few entertainment surprises before and after the game....
See you there......Sharkman
Sunday 14th July, 2013
The Caloundra Sharks were expected to be a pushover for the Gympie Devils but tenacity and a very vocal home crowd lifted the Sharks to nearly cause a huge upset. Sitting third on the ladder, Gympie did not expect to be pushed to the limit and almost at various stages, possibly losing the game.
The first half was almost even with both sides muscling up and taming their opponents. Two lucky breaks had the Devils going into the half time break with a 12-0 lead. Caloundra definitely had lifted their game and Gympie was stunned at times, trying to repel the Shark attack.
Straight from the second half kickoff, Caloundra's Filinga Filiga broke the Devil's defence and set up Luke Brown to score under the posts. Ainsworth converted and the Sharks were on the board at 12-6. Ten minutes later, Ainsworth darted between two defenders and placed the ball under the posts. With his conversion the score was all tied up at 12-12.
Caloundra seemed to drop their intensity and Gympie pounced with two quick tries, giving them a 24-12 lead at the 60 minute mark. Project Plant Rental Player of the Match, Ryan Stroud burrowed over next to the posts with 14 minutes to go to give the Sharks another chance, only trailing by 24-18. Gympie once again found a gaping hole in the Sharks defence and seemed to score the winning try with 10 minutes to go. Caloundra had one more crack at them and Filiga crossed out wide with minutes to go, but the clock eventually beat them, going down in the end by 30-22. It was a huge effort by the Caloundra players and their moral is far from down as they thanked the crowd for their support and huddled in a group to urge themselves on for their next game.
The Reserve Grade had a huge win by 90-6 with Gympie down to 11 men at one stage but the Devils hung in there till the siren. Best for Caloundra was Dane McDonald who takes home the Golden Beach Pizza Player of the Match. The Under 18's met a much tougher Gympie side than the first round but still managed to edge them out by 34-24. The Sharkies Kitchen Player of the Match went to Dan Bryant. The boys now lead the competition and are looking very strong with the finals looming.
Next Sunday we travel to Noosa to take on the Pirates which is always a tough encounter in all grades. Main game is at 3.00pm......
See you there......Sharkman
Sunday 7th July, 2013
The Caloundra Sharks travelled to Bribie Island on Sunday to take on the Sea Eagles / Warrigals. The Under 18's came away with a resounding 46-10 victory. Isaac Marsh claimed the Sharkie's Kitchen Player of the Match with a very strong game. The Reserve grade clash was very tough with Bribie eventually coming out on top with a 22-10 victory. The Golden Beach Pizza Player of the match went to Toby Adams after his attacking raids and solid defence.
The A Grade side once again ran into a very strong opponent and that was obvious after only 20 minutes with Bribie racing to an 18-0 lead. The Sea Eagles piled on more points before the break and had a commanding 30-0 lead at half time.
Caloundra's woes continued almost immediately after the break as Bribie continually found the Sharks wanting in defence to score at will. The score almost got embarrassing at 52-0 but Caloundra dug deep and pulled themselve's out of a hole to finally add points in the last 15 minutes.
Bribie, to their credit, had done enough damage earlier to enable them to come away with a convincing 52-10 win. The Project Plant Rental Player of the Match for the Sharks went to hard working forward Trent Prygoda who never gave up and played his heart out for the full 80 minutes.
Next Sunday we take on Gympie at Shark Park which no doubt will be Caloundra's revenge game in response to their first round 33-32 loss.
See you there.....Sharkman
Saturday 29nd June, 2013
Meeting Kawana at their home ground is always a tough encounter and last Saturday night's tussle was not made any easier for the Sharks with many key injuries. Kawana once again showed why they are the favourites for this year's premiership with a convincing win.
Caloundra managed to stay with the Dolphins for the first 20 minutes and only trail by 8-0 but the Sharks were gradually worn down and went to the break trailing by 24-0. Kawana upped the tempo almost straight away and piled on the points with Caloundra's bench reduced to one after the injuries took their toll.
Josh Osbourne crossed late in the game to save a whitewash but Kawana had piled on enough points to take the game by 54-6. The Project Plant Hire Player of the Match for Caloundra went to Ryan Stroud with Alex Hardaker once again putting in 100% effort.
Reserve Grade suffered their second defeat of the season after Kawana managed to keep coming back and in the end just snuck over the line to win by 28-26. Thai Popata was the best for the Sharks and wins the Golden Beach Pizza Player of the Match.
The Under 18's had a tougher than expected game but still managed to snuff out any Kawana fight back to win in the end by 34-26. Jacob Wrigley was the best on the field and he takes away the Sharkie's Kitchen Player of the Match.
On Sunday we travel to Bribie Island to take on the Sea Eagles. Main game is at 3.00pm.....
See you there.....Sharkman
Saturday 22nd June, 2013
A trip to the dreaded snake pit at Caboolture is always an unknown factor and once again that Snake hoodoo struck at the Sharks. An early try to Caloundra's Bryson Mahon had the Sharks dominating for the first 20 minutes as Caboolture struggled to gain the upper hand. Caloundra seemed to let the pressure off and the Snakes pounced with 4 quick tries before half time giving them a 20-6 lead. Caloundra at times seemed to be finding their way but once again fundamental errors let Caboolture back in the game.
Both sides ground it out for the first 20 minutes of the second half until Caboolture finally slid through the Sharks defence to score out wide and stretch their lead to 26-6. With 10 minutes remaining, Caloundra's Chris Ainsworth gave the visitors a glimmer of hope with a converted try but Caboolture had enough of a lead to take the game by 26-12.
Once again the Sharks showed a much improved effort in the second half and surely will break their drought in the next few rounds. Project Plant Rental Player of the Match went to Bryson Mahon with last week's Reserve Player of the Match Josh Osbourne showing he will stand up to the plate with another huge game.
The undefeated Reserve Grade side had their first loss of the year when they went down by 32-4. A huge list of injuries to the Sharks seemed to be the key factor as Caboolture dominated most of the game. Many players will return for next week's Kawana clash. Best for the Reserves was Mick Button who once again won the Golden Beach Pizza Player of the Match.
The under 18's continued on their winning way with a hard fought 10-6 victory. Caboolture were undefeated and the Sharks now draw even on points after the top of the table clash. Best for the U/18's was Lochie Turner with Harry Langer also making his presence felt in attack and defence.
The Sharks head to Kawana next Saturday to play competition front runners in what will be a tough encounter........Come and support the Sharks. Main game at 6.30.
Sunday 16th June, 2013
The Nambour Crushers showed that last week's defeat of Caboolture was no fluke as they overpowered Caloundra at Shark Park on Sunday. Nambour raced to a seemingly match winning 24-0 lead at the break, virtually shutting the Sharks out in all departments. Coach Danny Gray laid down the law in the dressing rooms and Caloundra came back out with more enthusiasm.
Minutes into the second half, Jordi Taylor set up Ryan Stroud to score in the corner. Ainsworth converted and the Sharks seemed to be clawing back. Nambour struck back with 2 quick tries and the Crushers built up a 34-6 lead at the 60 minute mark.
Ainsworth crossed for the Sharks second before Nambour finished off with a try under the posts to lead by 40-12 with 5 minutes to go. Luke Brown scored a late try for the Sharks but Nambour managed to keep the Sharks at bay to win by 40-18. The Project Plant Rental Player of the Match went to Alex Hardaker as he lifted Caloundra to a much improved second half.
Caloundra's Reserve Grade kept it's unbeaten record intact as they disposed of Nambour by 34-22 after a minor comeback from the Crushers. The Golden Beach Pizza Player of the Match for the Reggies went to newcomer Josh Osbourne. The Under 18's bounced back from a shock defeat last week with a resounding 50-6 victory. The Sharkie's Kitchen Player of the Match went to Damien Trevitt.
Next Saturday night we travel to Caboolture to take on the Snakes. Main game is at 6.30pm, Reserves at 4.45pm and Under 18's at 3.15pm. .....See you there....Sharkman
Saturday 8th June, 2013
The Maroochydore Swans overpowered Caloundra on Saturday night at Maroochydore with a no frills victory. The Sharks are still trying to find their feet but Maroochydore managed to grind out a convincing victory.
The Swans raced to an early 20-0 lead by mid first half but Caloundra managed to peg the lead back to 24-6 at the break with a try to Mitch Hodel. Fundamental errors once again cost the Sharks dearly as they defended for 90% of the first half and could not hold on to the ball for more than 4 tackles. Maroochydore capitalised on these errors and had the upper hand throughout most of the game.
The Shark's errors continued in the second half, despite some encourageing raids and a try to Dale Newton, Maroochydore was never troubled and came away with an easy 38-12 victory. The Project Plant Rental Player of the Match went to Dennis Blumson who at times managed to lift the Sharks out of their hole with sheer gutsy defence.
Reserve Grade's coach Glenn Irwin once again had his players primed for one of their toughest battles to date as they still remain undefeated in the competition with a hard fought 18-4 victory. Golden Beach Pizza's Player of the Match for Reserve grade went to Adam Sharp for his huge input into the game.
The Under 18's lost their first game of the year after they seemed to have the match in control but a few hot headed moments cost them dearly near the end as Maroochydore came from behind to snatch a 36-28 victory. The Sharkie's Kitchen Player of the Match went to Harry Elliott-Howell.
Next Sunday we meet Nambour at home and this is a game the A Grade has to win to get back on track. Come down and get behind the boys as a huge local crowd could be the ignition that these boys need to roll the Nambour Crushers.......
See you there.......Sharkman
Sunday 2nd June, 2013
The Caloundra Sharks and Noosa Pirates have both had a slow start to the season and both sides badly needed a victory to get on to the points board for 2013. Noosa was without 2 of their play makers in Goldthorpe and Hill, so it was a great chance for the Sharks to take victory.
Two minutes into the game, Noosa crossed out wide but Caloundra hit back soon after through Josh Marjanovic to equal the scores at 4-4. Ainsworth split the defence to put Irwin over next to the posts to give Caloundra a handy 10-4 lead. Two quick tries to Noosa had the Pirates edging away to a 16-10 lead at the break.
The lead stretched to 22-10 soon after the break but Caloundra managed to peg a few points back with a try to Mitchell Thompson which had the Sharks trailing by 22-14. The game was taken out of Caloundra's grasp when Noosa scored in the 60th minute, giving them a 28-14 lead. Jordi Taylor crossed for a late Sharks try but Noosa had done enough to deny the Sharks their first win of the season, going down by 28-18 at the siren.
The Project Plant Rental Player of the Match for Caloundra was Mitchell Hodell with Josh Trewin and Dennis Blumson having big games as well. The Reserves had another huge victory, coming away with a 54-12 win against Noosa and the Under 18's had their game cut short at half time as Noosa ran out of players with the score at 18-4 at that stage. The Golden Beach Pizza Player of the Match for Reserve Grade went to Luke Beare.
Next Saturday we travel to Maroochydore to play the Swans.
U/18's kick off at 3.15pm, Reserves at 4.45pm and the main game is at 6.30pm.......
See you there.......Sharkman
Saturday 25th May, 2013
The Caloundra Sharks can take many positives from their clash with Gympie on Saturday night. They outmuscled, outplayed and outgunned their rivals but still could not get the victory they surely needed. Caloundra raced to an early 10-0 lead after tries to Stroud and Ainsworth then upped the ante with Filiga and another piece of Ainsworth magic, handing the Sharks a 22-0 lead at the 30th minute mark.
Gympie managed to get on the board just before the break but the Sharks had a commanding 22-4 lead at half time. Gympie is renowned for their second half comebacks and after Filiga bagged his double for the Sharks, the momentum drastically changed in favour of the Devils.
A try to Gympie at the 50 minute mark started the resurgence then they backed up with another 6 pointer to get within a sniff of the Sharks at 26-20. At this time the game had swung Gympie's way completely and the proof of that was the awarding of a dubious penalty try which tied the game up at 26 -26. The ref's decision seemed to upset Caloundra as they let Gympie take the lead through one of the most bizarre tries seen on the coast for many seasons. It was like the ball was magnetised to the Gympie players as they kicked, dribbled, kicked again, fumbled and eventually forced the ball with millimetres to spare in the corner.
The Sharks had now relinquished all their advantage and had to fight hard not to let the game get out of hand. With Gympie leading by 32-26 with 7 minutes to go, the Sharks stung the Devils with another piece of Ainsworth magic to level the score at 32-32. The field goal now came into play and almost straight away, Caloundra fumbled close to their line and Gympie pounced and at the end of their sixth, potted the field goal to take the lead.
With a matter of seconds remaining, Caloundra had one last shot at the Devils and pulled off a remarkable backline move to cross over right on the siren. The cheers soon turned to grief as the referee called a forward pass and the game was over, the Sharkies going down by a point at 33-32.
Project Plant Rental Player of the Match went to Chris Ainsworth after he displayed all of his tricks in setting up many of his team's tries and crossing for two himself. The Reserve's had a huge lead at the break but went to sleep for a while in the second half and eventually came away with a 68-20 drubbing of Gympie. Golden Beach Pizza Player of the Match for the Reserves went to Clayton Reece.
Next Sunday we host Noosa at home with the main game at 3.00 pm....see you there.....Sharkman
Saturday 18th May, 2013
The Bribie Island Sea Eagles showed on Saturday night that they will be very hard to beat in this year's Caloundra RSL Cup Competition with an emphatic win on Saturday night. Caloundra were at times were equal to the task but let themselves down with many basic errors. Bribie seemed to pounce at every opportunity but to Caloundra's credit, the Sharks kept themselves within reach until a try to Bribie on half time blew out the score.
Caloundra's coach Danny Gray was wrapped in his boy's efforts as they defended for most of the half and only trailed by 24-4 at the break. Jamie Irwin crossed for the Sharks at 12-4 but Bribie managed to edge away.
The second half had the Sharks defending once again but they managed to slow down the scoring until Bribie capitalised on more Sharks errors and score 18 unanswered points to take the game by 42-4. Caloundra will have to improve on their error list but the defence was rock solid and at times had Bribie pedalling backwards.
The Project Plant Rental Player of the Match went to hard working Filiga Filinga who peppered the Bribie defence and also pulled off some great try saving tackles. Alex Hardaker and Ryan Stroud also proved to be a handful against the Bribie side.
Glen Irwin's Reserve Grade side made it 2 from 2 as they disposed of the Bribie side by 34-22. It was a very good victory for the Sharks as Bribie's team consisted of many of their A Grade players from last year. The Sharkie's Kitchen Player of the Match for Reserve Grade went to Danny Joyner who once again showed there is still plenty of fire left in him yet.
The Under 18's also made it 2 from 2 with a very strong victory over their sometimes feisty Bribie opponents. Bribie had a player sent off and Caloundra had two in the bin towards the end but the Sharks came away with an easy 46-12 win. The Golden Beach Pizza Player of the Match went to Jack Welsh who showed that he will definitely be a player to watch in the coming years.
Next Saturday we travel to Gympie to do battle with the Devils. A bus will leave the clubhouse on Saturday for players and staff and some valued supporters so phone the club for a booking.
Until next week....see you.....Sharkman
Sunday 5th May, 2013
Two out of three ain't bad was the result from Shark Park on Sunday. The Kawana Dolphins are usually very strong in all grades, but Caloundra had the wood on them this time.
The Under 18's came away with an enthusiastic 28-14 victory but had to fight a second half comeback from the Dolphins. Golden Beach Pizza Player of the Match for the U/18's went to Kayne Lynagh.
Reserve Grades Mick Button won the "Sharkies Kitchen" Player of the Match with an impressive display against his more fancied rivals in the Reserve Grade clash. Button tore the defence to shreds to set up many tries and cross over himself in the Sharks 48-18 victory. Michael Thompson also impressed with two tries.
A Grade faced an uphill battle from the start, running into a rampant Kawana outfit. Their size and sheer speed was too much for the young Sharks as Kawana came away with an easy victory. The Project Plant Rental Player of the Match for A Grade went to dual recipients, Josh Trewin and young gun Liam Pedroni.
Next week there is a bye due to the 47th Battalion Competition at Gladstone and the week after we take on the Bribie Island Sea Eagles at Shark Park which will be another huge test for our young Sharks.
See you on Saturday the 18th of May at Shark Park.....Sharkman