Holmes at home with Sharks’ finest ever

Rugby League Week - - News - By Ge­off Prenter, RLW Found­ing Ed­i­tor

GARY LESTER – THE player, writer, pub­lisher and the Sharks’ un­abashed great­est fan – has named boom winger Valen­tine Holmes in his best-ever Cronulla team.

Lester was one of the first play­ers to wear Cronulla’s colours, play­ing half­back for the 1963 Pres­i­dent’s Cup out­fit. Two ma­jor knee op­er­a­tions cur­tailed an au­to­matic en­try into the first-ever Cronulla pre­mier­ship side in 1967.

He’s since writ­ten a his­tory of the Sharks, Colour Me Black, White and Blue.

“He is the spark, the match-win­ner we have been crav­ing for too many years to re­mem­ber,” Lester says of Holmes.

“I’ve been asked, can the Sharks break their pre­mier­ship duck and win their first ti­tle this sea­son? Yes, due to two fac­tors: the tough­est pack the club has fielded since 1978 and the ar­rival of Valen­tine Holmes.”

His best-ever com­pos­ite team is: David Peachey; Mat Rogers, Steve Rogers, An­drew Et­ting­shausen, Valen­tine Holmes; Chris Well­man, Tommy Bishop (c); Greg Pierce, Paul Gallen, Gavin Miller, Cliff Wat­son, Ron Turner, Dane Sorensen.

The 1978 pack that Gary [pic­tured, left] rates su­pe­rior to any the club has fielded was Greg Pierce, Steve Kneen, Kurt Sorensen, Dane Sorensen, John McMartin and Paul Khan.

“They were as tough as you would find. Khan would knock his mother over to get to you and Kneen ate rusty nails for break­fast,” Gary reck­ons.

And fi­nally, Sharks coach Shane Flana­gan?

“Shane has held the club to­gether. He’s the rea­son the Sharks are where they are to­day. He’s been a mas­ter of tact and diplo­macy and he’s a bloody good coach to boot.”

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