Sharks bury pink hoodoo
The curse of the pink jersey nearly came back to haunt the Rockingham Sharks again on Saturday in their Smarter Than Smoking Premiership clash with the South Perth Lions at Franklin Offshore Sportsplex.
The Sharks wore a special pink kit to celebrate Women in League round — an event in previous years in which they have always lost — and for much of the second half of this pulsating game, it looked as if history would repeat itself, as the Sharks, with several key players injured, had to survive an onslaught from the visitors to edge home 14-10.
It didn’t start that way though, with the home side dominant in a first half in which they were camped in opposition territory, but only two tries to the good at the half-time break.
Steve Widders grabbed the first, after some excellent build-up play from fellow half-back Caleb Reedy in the fourth minute, and with Reedy’s conversion good, the Sharks took an early 6-0 lead.
The Sharks added a second try in the 28th minute
Jordan Jacobs burst through to score the Lions’ first, as fatigue started to show in the Sharks’ defence. Then the siege lifted, as the Sharks quickly found momentum.
Jacobs scored again, scooting down the wing, but the Sharks managed to hold on in a tense finish.