Rugby: Rockingham Sharks’ season over

The victorious Sharks under-13s side.
The victorious Sharks under-13s side.

THE season is over for the Rockingham Coastal Sharks after they lost the major semi-final to Fremantle Roosters 52-24 last Saturday.

The Sharks were blown away in the opening minutes, finding themselves 16-0 behind after just seven minutes.

Despite the disappointing end to the season, 2015 can be considered a success for the Sharks, who improved on last season’s sixth place finish by ending the season in third and missing out on a grand final appearance at the last hurdle.

The Sharks rallied late in the first half to be 12 points behind at the break, 32-20, but the damage had been done.

The Roosters inflicted more pain in the opening passages of the second half, pushing out to a 42-20 lead with two quick tries.

Five-eighth Andrew Jeffrey was arguably the Sharks’ best, continuing to marshal the side despite the score, while Craig Madden and Regy Manu also toiled hard.

The Roosters’ win sets up a rematch of last season’s grand final against South Perth, which the Lions won in a two-point thriller.

The Sharks reserves side defeated Joondalup 28-16 to advance to the grand final where they will take on South Perth.

The Sharks reserves and third grade, who qualified for the grand final by defeating South Perth two weeks ago, play their grand finals at George Burnett Park, Karawara from 10.30am (thirds) and 1.50pm (reserves) tomorrow.

The season is over for the Sharks under-18s, who lost to Fremantle 22-14.

Only one of the club’s three representatives in last weekend’s junior grand finals was victorious, with the under-13s side topping their undefeated regular season with a win, while the under-12s and under- 11s lost their grand finals.