Your chance to be a Shark

Pete RoweSound Telegraph
The Sharks have been busy in pre-season preparing for another crack at the NRLWA premiership.
Camera IconThe Sharks have been busy in pre-season preparing for another crack at the NRLWA premiership. Credit: Picture: Nancye Perrin/Rockingham Sharks

NRLWA Minor Premiers Rockingham Sharks have returned to action after their summer break, with all senior squads back in pre-season training at their Larkhill, Port Kennedy base.

Last year’s coach of the year Darren Shaw will once again lead the Sharks, with Dave Tito coaching reserve grade and Matty Pora in charge of Val Murphy third grade.

“We are welcoming back a good squad for 2018, plus some key additions, but if there’s anyone out there who has played the game and fancies a run-out, we would love to see them,” coach Shaw said.

If you fancy a trial with the Sharks, Tuesdays and Thursdays are training nights for all senior and women’s teams.

One of the biggest growth areas of most sports is in women’s participation, and rugby league is no exception.

The Sharks women will be hoping to put out two tackle sides (14s and 16s) as well as flag teams this season. Junior registration nights have begun, with the international age groups (11-16) back in training for their trial games in a few weeks.

Women’s participation continues to grow in rugby league.
Camera IconWomen’s participation continues to grow in rugby league. Credit: Rockingham Sharks

Mini and Mod football (6-10) begin training on March 13.

Training and playing is very safe, with mouth guards and headgear compulsory for the younger age groups.

“It’s a great way of giving the kids physical exercise and learning team and people skills,” club director Dale Christy said.

All registrations to play rugby league are now online.

Go to nrl.com/play and follow the prompts.

Registration fees for juniors have been held for another year, starting at $180 for 6-7 age groups, $200 for 8-10 and $220 for competition football, 11s and up, girls’ league tag and girls’ 14-16 tackle.

The Sharks’ first grade side kick off the NRLWA season on April 7 with a 2017 grand final rematch against the Fremantle Roosters.

Senior sides play on Saturdays, with the juniors turning out on Sundays, in what is an action-packed day of league.

The club has excellent facilities at its Port Kennedy base, with clubrooms, a licensed bar and canteen, and is run by volunteers.

“Its always a battle, because we are all volunteers, but to see the faces on the kids enjoying the game is priceless,” Christy said.

The Sharks will kick off 2018 with a pre-season round against the Willagee Bears this weekend, with first grade starting at 3.30pm.

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