Sharks slaughter Stingrays in ‘Shellharbour Showdown’

 Sharks' Ryan McCracken. Photo: COURTNEY WARD
Sharks' Ryan McCracken. Photo: COURTNEY WARD

THE Shellharbour City Sharks remain on top of the VB South Coast Group 7 competition ladder as they annihilated the Stingrays of Shellharbour by a whopping 82-12 at Ron Costello Oval on Sunday.

The home side notched up their 12th victory for the season in emphatic style and further stated their claim for why they are a serious premiership contender in 2017.

The Stingrays of Shellharbour had the afternoon from hell as they couldn’t match the exuberant attacking pace and perfect execution with the football that their opponents possessed.

The Sharks dominated the ruck for majority of the game and got on the front foot early through Jye Brooker who shrugged off a few defenders close to the Stingrays try line.

Minutes later Dylan McGregor assisted Jason Gray and Jesse Dee with their efforts before Matt Carroll landed three conversions which gave the Sharks an early 18-nil lead.

Off the back of an amazing 90 metre intercept from Stingrays winger Ravuama Sevula, the away side hit back through a barnstorming Jayden McKinnon as Andrew Reynolds added the extra two points. 

The Stingrays trailed Shellharbour by 18-6.

Shellharbour continued to make easy metres through the middle of the park as Jye Brooker secured a double, Jamie Manukonga flew down the western touchline and a pin point accurate cross field kick from Jason Gray paved the way for a miraculous diving catch from Michael McKinley.

Carroll slotted two more goals as the Sharks went into the break with a 34-6 lead.

The Sharks showed no signs of holding back as they peppered a tiresome Stingrays defensive side.

Dylan McCregor was unstoppable in the second period and produced a hat-trick in the space of 10 minutes.

Brendan Kelly bagged a double which included a 70 metre individual effort – while Ryan McCracken, Hans Schuster and Ian Catania also crossed the white chalk.

Matt Carroll had an incredible afternoon with the boot as he landed eight goals including two from the sideline.

The Stingrays certainly enjoyed having possession in enemy territory as Jimmy Scott crashed over from close range.

Andrew Reynolds converted as the Sharks conjured up the biggest winning margin in first grade in 2017 and ran out victors by 82-12.

For Shellharbour Dylan McGregor, Hans Schuster, Matt Carroll, Jye Brooker and Brendan Kelly were outstanding while Andrew Welsh, Jayden McKinnon and Dean Gray never stopped trying for the visitors.