Cronulla Sharks

Cronulla SharksOfficially called the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, this NRL team is based in Cronulla, New South Wales in the Sutherland Shire. It was founded in 1963 under the Cronulla-Caringbah banner. The team’s first years were spent playing other clubs in the Sydney area, but they entered into the New South Wales Rugby Football League (predecessor to the Australian Rugby League and eventual NRL) in 1967.

Cronulla Sharks Information

Established: 1967
Home Ground: Toyota Stadium
Colours: Blue and Black
Mascot: Reefy
Number of Premierships Won: 0
Number of Minor Premierships Won: 2 (1988, 1999)

History

Overall, the Cronulla Sharks’ history has been turbulent to say the least. Dogged by financial and on field troubles, the team has struggled throughout their 40-plus years – though it hasn’t been without its bright moments. They reached the Grand Final for the first time in 1973 when they faced off against the Manly Sea Eagles, but lost the match 10-7. They met Manly again just five years later, but didn’t have any more success as they were eventually shut out 16-0 by the Sea Eagles.

1985 marked a successful period for the team with the arrival of ‘super coach’ Jack Gibson. He heavily improved the team over the next two years, leaving them in 1987 in good shape. In fact, they won the Minor Premiership in 1988 under new coach Gavin Miller and followed it up with a deep run into the finals. They were eventually knocked out in the semi final round.

1994 marked the beginning of another successful period for the Cronulla Sharks under coach John Lang. The team made the semi finals every year from 1995 to 2001 with the exception of 1998. They were one of the first teams to join the Super League in 1995 where they reached the inaugural (and only) Grand Final of the newly formed league. They lost to Brisbane 26-12.

After Lang left in 2001, the team began a slow decline with their season records getting progressively worse. During this time they suffered the worst defeat in the club’s history, posted their longest losing streak (10 games), and became mired in financial troubles and controversy. The Cronulla Sharks have yet to fully pull themselves out of this difficult period.

Emblem, Colours & Jerseys

From Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour to a shark to a white star-shaped design, the Cronulla Sharks’ emblem has gone through a few changes over the years. The current emblem is a shark over a shield in their team colours of black and blue. The current home jerseys feature a shirt with white shoulders and a blue midsection, worn with black shorts. The away jerseys are mostly black with blue accents under the arms, and are also worn with black shorts.

Football Club

Located in Woolooware, New South Wales, the Cronulla Sharks play all of their home matches at Toyota Stadium. It has a capacity of approximately 22,500. This is also their training ground. If you’re a fan of the Cronulla Sharks, there is no better way to support the team than through club membership. Adult membership ranges from $100 per annum all the way up to $850 for the platinum package. They also offer family packages and Cov’s Club for kids 12 and under. Cronulla Sharks membership gives fans plenty of perks, including seating at all of their home games as well as extras such as the newly created membership jersey and other exclusive Sharks merchandise.

Mascot

Reefy the Shark is the mascot for the Cronulla Sharks. Coming in at 220cm and 260kg, he’s a fierce looking creature that loves to swim circles around the opposition.

Best Bet to Make

The Sharks have consistently finished near the bottom of the ladder over recent seasons, making a wooden spoon bet something to consider. As far as regular season betting goes, a bet on the Sharks to win at the home grounds is pretty safe as the Sharks are known for pulling out all the stops in Shark Park. Check out Ladbrokes.com.au for all of the latest odds on the 2010 season.