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)