Posts by sharky:
- Beer Olympics (legendary day of ‘sporting events’ found a couple Sharks on the winning team)
- Union & League share the same stage at the Donnybrook Cup (which found the Hibernians beating the NE Irish 43-5, despite what the AMNRL website says)
- Recent fundraising efforts raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation & the St. Baldrick’s Foundation (see shirts at the bottom of this page)
- Sharks Beef & Beer raised money to cover some operating expenses and support some of our sponsors
- and much more …
It was a beautiful day at Shark Park as the Bucks County Sharks kicked off their 2013 campaign against the New York Raiders. The game was scheduled to kick off at 2PM but due to some transportation issues that impacted the Raiders it started around around 3PM. It was a true test of discipline for the young Sharks to remain poised and focused during the warm-up routine knowing that the exact kickoff time was unknown. “I wanted the lads to put all the delays out of their heads and just focus on completing our sets,” said coach Steve ‘Tomo’ Thompson. Complete their sets they did – from end to end the Sharks maintained control of the game with a high tempo pace. There were some rusty moments where guys ran the wrong lines but thankfully the playmakers were able to make adjustments on the fly. “Plus 2 double A?!? I’m a prop, what the hell is that?!?” exclaimed long time front rower Justin Zadnik as a play unfolded in front of him. The final line was 54-8 and there were a lot of positive aspects of the game to build off of. “I think we executed our game plan effectively,” said Captain Steve ‘Velvet Fog’ Tormey who needed to have a big day after botching the opening ceremonies. All in all it was a great day of footy – and we look forward to improving as the season progresses. To that end, it is worth mentioning the celebrity couple in attendance; Phil ‘Dirty Phil’ Shipos and Dan ‘Gator Scroat’ McGovern (a.k.a. Hans and Frans) … could they be plotting their return to Rugby League? Only time will tell, but seeing the boys having so much fun on the pitch can be contagious. Heck, even one of the ‘founding fathers’ decided to suit up yesterday. ‘The Ageless’ Fred Backhaus stepped on the pitch yesterday to prove that he is still more than capable, and the new fellas were treated to some flawless execution as he moved the ball around the paddock.
Tough week of practice ahead as the Sharks prepare for another home match against the Northern Virginia Eagles. Details to follow as times and locations are finalized.
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The Sharks ended last nights training session in the rain on a high note, then proceeded to congregate at our newest sponsor – ‘The Five Four’. As you can see, the fellas were lured there by their beverage specials and tasty wings. The energy around the table was intoxicating as many new players are eager to take the field this weekend against the New York Raiders. “This is a statement game and we need to use our home field advantage to show our new teammates how to get physical” said long time Shark Tim McCall. With all the new faces in the lineup it will be crucial to have a disciplined attack this weekend; but more importantly our defense needs to be tenacious. “We’ve put a strong emphasis on defense in all our training sessions thus far, so I’m expecting the lads to come up off the line with a sense of purpose” expelled Steve ‘Tomo’ Thompson. Ol’ Sharky is pretty pumped for the weekend – there is nothing like the first hit of the season. See you at Shark Park at 2PM this Saturday.
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The Sharks prepare to host the New York Knights under the lights at majestic ‘Shark Park’ in the heart of Levittown, Friday, June 22nd – 7:30PM.
This will be the first time in league history that NY has traveled to Shark Park and the boys are pumped up. After two crushing defeats last year in NYC, the young Sharks have a chip on their shoulder and have something to prove.
The Knights are coming off a tough loss against the Bulls so they will definitely be looking to get back into it with a strong showing against the Sharks. Many of the young Sharks consider the Knights to be our largest rival, but the old heads still consider the Bulls to be the toughest rivalry. Stay tuned for more information … the Sharks are excited to bring back the ‘Friday Night Footy’ to the area and are looking to make a big night of it.
The Sharks win their home opener against a newly formed rival – The Northern Raiders by a score of 28-8. Playing the same team in back to back weeks created a lot of tension between the clubs and tempers flared as the game moved along. Zach Padgett (you are reading this correctly) got the scoring started early on as the Sharks jumped out ahead in the opening minutes. Some costly mistakes deep in our zone allowed the Raiders to get right back into the match. Johnny ‘pocket rocket’ Vella ducked through some tight spaces to give the Sharks the upper hand by halftime. The Sharks knew that they needed to put it away early in the second half and really wanted to keep the Raiders from picking up their bonus point. The big boys for the Sharks put in some hard yards throughout the match which kept the Raiders on their heels.
The second half opened with a strange grub kick from Steve ‘Lightfoot’ Thompson which opened the door for the Raiders to advance the ball inside the Sharks 22 in the opening moments of the 2nd half. Some tough defense kept the Raiders from getting the ball in the try zone and the Sharks battled their way into the Raiders side of the field. In an interesting development Sal ‘Just let me play 5 minutes’ Ranniello managed to execute the Levittown trifecta in record time by committing a penalty, get into a fight, and get thrown out within the opening moments of the 2nd half. We haven’t seen a performance like that since Shmitty stopped playing league over 5 years ago. Sal’s performance got the Raiders aggressive juices flowing and they tried to throw everything they could at the Sharks who refused to let them gain any momentum. Sadly the game ended with some more shenanigans as the Raiders again started throwing punches after clean, hard hits. Justin ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a butterfly’ Zadnik evaded an angry Raider with moves he didn’t know he had. “I win fights by not fighting” said Zadnik in an attempt to sound Zen like which nobody believed. Thankfully we all live to fight again, or run again, depending on who it is.
Another big story on the day was the first ever Sharks ‘Reserve Grade’ match which showcased some young fellas who are getting to know the game.
Man of the Match – Dan Johnson
Reserve Game Man of the Match – Dennis ‘Spillz’ Lynch
Goose of the Week – Justin Zadnik
(picture below is some boat races at the after match drink up. Sadly, the Raiders were only able to send a handful of players to represent their club, but a good time was had by those in attendance)
**UPDATED WITH NEW DATES**
Sharks tentative Summer schedule announced. It’s got some of the standard fixtures we have come to expect; including a pivotal game in the middle of the season against our long time rivals – The Bulls. Many of the younger players see the Knights as our biggest rival, but ask any Shark who has been around for a while and they will share their ‘Bulls’ story. Some of the greatest games the AMNRL has ever seen have been contested between the Sharks and Bulls. Some new teams in the competition opens the door to create more rivalries, and you can bet that the Sharks are up for the challenge. Every game counts, could this be the year of the Shark?
Saturday, June 2nd – Sharks @ Raiders
Saturday, June 9th – Raiders @ Sharks
Saturday, June 16th – NOVA @ Sharks
Saturday, June 23rd – Knights @ Sharks (possibly playing Friday, June 22nd under the lights at Shark Park)
Saturday, June 30th – Sharks @ Bulls
Saturday, July 7th – BYE WEEK (perhaps Shipos will host one of his legendary 4th of July parties)
Saturday, July 14th – Sharks @ NOVA
Saturday, July 21st – OPEN WEEK – MAKE UP GAMES; POTENTIAL NORTH VS SOUTH – USA B @ TORONTO B
Saturday, July 28th – War at Shore – Sharks vs Cats
Saturday, Aug 4th
1 vs 4
2 vs 3
Saturday Aug 11th – Grand Final – Location TBD
WOW! What a crazy month. We kicked off March with some notes and memories about the camaraderie and brotherhood that Footy fosters; and the past month has been a tremendous demonstration of everything positive that we love about the game. (and it’s off the field connections) Here is a quick list of what has been going on this month:
We would like to thank our sponsors that made a lot of this possible:
April is shaping up to be just as action packed as the Hibernians are fully engaged in their season, and the Sharks players/board members continue to work diligently on the upcoming Summer campaign. Plenty of Footy for everyone so stay tuned for all things Sharks!
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Shirts:
Tune in for everything you wanted to know and more about Steve ‘The Velvet Fog’ Tormey.
Interview with long time Shark Ryan Sodano about the past, present & upcoming season.
Hear the captivating story of how Steve ‘Tomo’ Thompson ended up in the States playing in the AMNRL and much much more in this fascinating tail of endurance and intrigue.