Nicknames: Sharks, The Shire, Sharkies
Ground: Endeavour Field
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The Cronulla Sharks are known for been a hard working team playing in the mould of their talismanic former captain Paul Gallen.
Although the Sharks entered Australia’s top flight competition in 1967, the club have yet to win a title with a 5th place finish the best they have managed in there NRL period and 3 runner up positions including one in the shirt live and ill-fated Super League.
The past few years have been difficult both on and off of the field but the Sharkies still manage to be a match for any team and are always capable of pulling off a shock victory of the big teams.
That makes the Sharks a great proposition for betters on the NRL as they are always value for money and always a great watch.
Cronulla Sharks NRL
The NRL is a competition where clubs can be at the top of the table one season and then drop down to battle it out at the foot of the table the next season and that is perhaps best shown by a club such as the Sharks who have enjoyed years at the bottom of the tables and years at the top of the table over the last decade.
The Sharkies are based in the Sutherland Shire, which is in the Southern parts of the iconic city of Sydney in New South Wales.
The area is known locally simply as The Shire and has a reputation as an affluent area and a region known for a number of reality tv programmes but non can match the entertainment on offers at the home of Sharks.
Unlike the majority of teams in the NRL, who play in shared council and state owned stadiums, the Sharks own their own stadium and whilst it is certainly not the biggest or most glamourous in the competition, it does offer one of the best atmospheres at it is also one of the stadiums that is almost always at capacity.
The stadium is know to supporters as Shark Park, which is probably as well as it has undergone a number of name changes since the club moved to the then Endeavour Field in 1969, just a couple of years after starting life in the top league.
Since then it has gone by the names of Ronson Field, Toyota Park, Toyota Stadium, Remondis Field, Southern Cross Stadium and PointsBet Stadium but no matter what you know it as, when there are 20,000+ fans in attendance for a Sharkies home game, it is one of the best grounds for players to play in in Australia thanks to offering a much more European like atmosphere.
As you would expect from a club based in the Rugby League mecca of Sydney, the Sharkies have a number of rivalries with some of the other clubs based in the city.
The cubs fiercest rivalry is with the St George Illawarra Dragons, who are also based in the south of Sydney and it is the matches between he 2 clubs that are known as the South Sydney Derbies and they are the matches that both sets of fans always look out for when the fixtures are announced.
One rivalry is with the nearby Manly Sea Eagles who are based on the northern beaches of Sydney, so it is no surprise that the matches between the 2 coastal clubs are known as the ‘Battle of the Beaches and winner of the matches between the clubs are also give the Steve Rogers Trophy.
The rivalry really ramped up in the 1970’s when the 2 met in in both the 1973 and the 1978 grand finals, 2 matches that were known for their brutality.
Another rivalry is with the Penrith Panthers as they are not just both based in and around the city of Sydney but they also joined the competition in the same year.
Colours / Playing Kit
The team are always easy to recognise when they take to the field due to their sky blue shirts and white shorts and although the exact style and make up changes from year to year, as the only club in the NRL with light blue shirts, they remain an easy to spot team.
They were founded by Peter Burns and stated life playing in their now familiar sky blue and white playing colours at the Sutherland Oval.
The first year was a struggle although they did manage to pick up a win in their first ever game when they beat the Eastern Suburbs at the Sydney Sports Ground.
After moving to their current home ground, it did not take long for the club to reach their first ever Grand Final when they met Manly in a losing effort in 1973.
In 1978, the 2 clubs met in the Final once more and the Sharks once again came up short after the game went to a replay but Cronulla had to field a weakened team due to injuries.
The 1980’s saw the club enjoy the highs and lows of the sport as the decade started with major financial problems and struggles on the field but by the end of the decade, they were facing the Broncos in the end of season finals semi-final stage.
The 1990’s was a similar decade in many regards as it too started with the club struggling with financial problems before they turned it around and became the first club to sign up to the breakaway Super League competition and they also reached the only Grand Final of that league, although they once again came up short against Brisbane.
In 1999, they in the Minor-Premiership of the re-combined competition and they started the early 200’s well but once more the decade was full of ups and downs and by the end of the decade, the club were once more beset by financial issues.
Things went from bad to worse as financial problems were added to by off of the field scandals and then on the field scandals, which culminated with a wooden spoon in 2014 but the club took dramatic steps to change the culture of the club and that saw them rebound quickly to pick up their first ever NRL Premiership in 2016 when they defeated the Melbourne Storm in a major shock.
Their were still issues off of the field however, with Ben Barba sacked due to recreational drug use which didn’t help their preparations for their first ever World Club Challenge appearance when they lost heavily to the Wigan Warriors.
Since then the club have never seemed to be too far from financial issues and there on the field performances continue to be inconsistent.
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