Up, up Cronulla! Sharkies break into the big time

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Play­ing su­perb at­tack­ing foot­ball, Cronulla took the ini­tia­tive from the open­ing whis­tle and af­ter only 23 min­utes’ play had forged a 14-0 lead. — The Sun­day Tele­graph’s re­port of the round 4, 1967, vic­tory against Par­ra­matta

CRONULLA AND PEN­RITH WERE ad­mit­ted to the NSWRL pre­mier­ship in 1967, which was the first time new clubs had been added since Par­ra­matta and Man­lyWar­ringah 20 years ear­lier. Monty Porter was named as the Sharks’ in­au­gu­ral cap­tain. He brought pre­mier­ship­win­ning ex­pe­ri­ence to the club, hav­ing never lost a grand fi­nal dur­ing his eight years with St Ge­orge in that spe­cial era of the 1950s and ’60s. And one of the big­gest cogs in the Dragons’ in­cred­i­ble 11-sea­son run, Ken Kear­ney, took the reins as coach as the team played out of Suther­land Oval.

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