2009 starts on Sunday!

That’s right, we’ve had a week off to get over the disappointment of no playoffs, so now its time to get back to business. As said in the comments after the tournament, the way the season ended left a bad taste in our mouths.

I for one, don’t want to experience that again, so I’m looking forward to training this Sunday so I can start preparing for the 2009 season. Anyone care to join me?

Usual place, 10 a.m. sharp.

The 2009 season motto…’Finish’.

Sharks Fall At Final Hurdle

It could have been oh so different. In a day where very little went our way, the Sharks lost to fellow playoff contenders, the Jets and Eagles and missed out on a trip to the semi-finals/finals.

The day started badly when we heard that the Mildenhall Mayhem had decided to forfeit their remaining fixtures – gifting Leicester and Coventry two wins each – a killer considering we played the Mayhem earlier in the year and had narrowly lost. This put our rivals in a good position, not having to face the tough americans.

The finals scores on the day were:

Jets 58-34 Sharks

Eagles 48-47 Sharks

We just missed out in a tense final game against the Eagles. It wasn’t any single play, we just didn’t make enough plays on the day and it hurt us.

I will write up a little more, but its still too disappointing to think about. So come back in a couple of days to read more.

The final thing I’d like to say is that I was very proud of the way everyone kept fighting for the win yesterday-  it just demonstrated how great a TEAM we are. The Sharks will back!!

Saturday Fixture: @ Coventry

This Saturday sees the Sharks (10-1) travel to Coventry for a crunch match against the Jets (9-2). This is a key match for both teams as they fight for the 2 playoff spots, along with the Mildenhall Mayhem and the Leicester Eagles.

Kickoff is at noon. However, as its a Saturday and traffic could be poor, the Chichester lot will need to leave Chichester at 7.30am, arriving at Hedge End by 8am to meet Neil and Gareth. Dayle will arrange a departure time with the Horsham based players. We’ll all meet up at the Warwick services at 10am.

Neil and Gary will be driving – passengers don’t forget the petrol money!

See you Saturday

Upcoming Weeks

Dayle mentioned this in the comments of the previous post, but I thought I’d better highlight it with a post of its own. Here is the plan for the next few weeks. Please make every effort to be available for each date.

Sunday 10 August: training from 10.00 in Chichester

SATURDAY 16 August: tournament in Coventry

Sunday 24 August: HOME tournament at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham

Sunday 31 August: training from 10.00 in Chichester (possible friendly tbc)

SATURDAY 6 September: National Finals in Doncaster (if qualify)

News Round Up: Two Forfeits, Two Wins for Sharks

* Due to a shortage of players for their remaining fixtures, The West Kent Wing Dings have announced that they regretably will have to forfeit their remaining fixtures. We were due to play the Wing Dings on the 16th August in Coventry – we’ll now be awarded the win for this match up

* Due to the Kent Exiles failing to make alternative arrangements for their fixture with Chichester, the league has confirmed that they are awarding the win to the Sharks.

Neither win is particularly satisfactory for us, it would have been better to play the games. However, it does now mean that we have a record of 10-1, with three games remaining.

Those 3 games are incredibly important. We play against Coventry, Leicester and Mildenhall – all challengers for the 2 playoff spots. It is essential that as many people as possible are available to play in those games, so please clear your diaries!