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Dean is a throw back player who relies heavily on his work ethic and grit to get the job done on the field. Having never played a game of Rugby League before we could see right away that there was going to be a short learning curve as he hit the line at pace to exploit gaps in the defensive line. His skills and awareness on the field improved with each training session and he even filled in non-Center spots on the field to learn the game from different angles. His ferocious defense had an immediate impact to our back line, and we look forward to his continued development. Let’s hope he doesn’t develop any lazy ‘Union’ habits as he looks to wrap up his collegiate career and join the Sharks full time.
Name: Dean Schofield
Increased Offensive Role, Better Ball Skills, Speed and Fitness Improvement in the Offseason
Playing against great athletes from all over the world that have a natural understanding of the game, as opposed to myself and many of my teammates that come from a football or wrestling background.
It means competing for an AMNRL Championship and supporting the growth of Rugby League in America, all while playing alongside athletes in my area that are both my teammates and friends.
Win an AMNRL Championship / Play for a U.S. National Team
Recruitment and Community Support
New York Knights
Teammates my age. As we are learning the game together, we are constantly pushing each other to get better.
With a lot of time on their hands the young Sharks have devised a new training routine that is based loosely on the “World’s Strongest Man” training principles. Their sessions have attracted quite a crowd of spectators that view what can only be perceived as some sort of hazing ritual. Timmy McCall has led the charge by supplying tractor trailer tires, parachutes for spring work, heavy bags, and some other torturous devices that look like something out of the dark ages. When asked what he is doing with the tire, on and off again player Dan ‘Gator-Scrote’ McGovern said, “I pick things up, and I put them down.” You can’t argue with that. They have their work cut out for them with the season less than 6 months away, but one things for certain, they look just crazy enough to make a run at the title this year.
Check out some photos here … more photos to be posted on our site shortly.
Ol’ Sharky was impressed with Jeff’s play from the first moment he saw him on the field. Having never played the game he has amazing awareness and is deceptively elusive. Don’t let the fact that his height, weight, and depth are all the same dimensions (earning him the nickname ‘Spud’) fool you, he can get around the field quite effectively. A more lasting impression of his natural feel for the game was his ability to stand in as Hooker for multiple Rugby Union matches with the Hibernians without any formal training. His off the field shenanigans are equally impressive due to the fact he rocks a minivan, and manages to look cool in the process. Jeff has been a solid addition to the club, and we look forward to his development on and off the field.
Name: Jeff Pesature
Position: Center/Second row
What was your greatest experience during the 2011 season?
The whole season was great an a ton of fun. I don’t think I could pick one thing .
What is the greatest strength you brought to The Sharks this year?
I would have to say my tackling.
What do you plan to bring to team in your sophomore season?
I want to be more involved on the offensive side of the ball.
Most Challenging aspect of playing rugby league in the AMNRL and for the Sharks?
The most challenging part was the rule changes from league to union.
Goals for the 2012 season:
Make it to the finals
What does playing for The Sharks mean to you?
It’s mean a lot because of the history of the team.
What is your rugby league career goal?
To have a long, healthy career. Maybe play in a different country at some point.
What is most important to The Sharks success moving forward?
Keep growing with committed players.
Name one team in the AMNRL that you want to beat more than any other:
New York Knights
Who is your greatest influence in Rugby league?
I’d have to say Tim McCall. I wouldn’t be playing if it wasn’t for him harassing me every year to play.
The Bucks County Sharks are excited about the 2012 campaign. As they embark on the new season they will be keeping the world updated with a new website. Check back later for all things Sharks!!!