Following an excellent day of competitive football last week in Leicester, the Sharks headed for a more relaxed environment in Hastings on Sunday, to compete in the Hastings Extreme Games.
The event organised by local governement funded ‘Active Hastings’, hosted a mini flag football tournament, in amongst other events such as 5-a-side football, skateboarding, basketball and kite buggying.
In addition to the Sharks, Hastings entered their two rookie teams – the Serpents and the Conquerors. With 15 players available the Sharks split into two teams – Sharks A, led by Thierry and Sharks B, led by Nick Watson, in his first guest appearance for the Sharks since his departure in 2004/5.
The lack of experience from the Hastings teams was evident with boths the Serpents and Conquerors being on the wrong side of some lopsided defeats by the Sharks teams. They were a determined bunch however, and put up a good fight throughout the day.
With a bit more training and development, both teams should be able to participate in the ESFL. To help them with this, we have spoken to their coach about inviting them to Chichester for a scrimmage or training and hopefully they’ll take us up on this offer.
I don’t have the scores for the day (anyone got them??) but the final table looked like this:
Chichester B – 3-0
Chichester A – 2-1
Conquerors – 1-2
Serpents – 0-3
We done to all that played Sunday. Special mention goes to Mike the Ninja, who had his best day of competion in a Sharks jersey – playing a blinder on Defense. Maybe a switch from his usual position on O is in the offing…?
Other defensive highlights include great plays by Billy, Toby and Ewan. On the O there were several sightings of Julian hauling in the catches, likewise some crucial catches for big gains for JP.
Unfortunately, most of those were against my Sharks A! Well done also for Thierry for shaking off the rust after a month or so out of training.
Anyone else have any comments to add? Please feel free to do so below.
(mike, do you have any team photos you could send me please? firstname.lastname@example.org)