THE pre-season hype machine rolled into overdrive. We've had a better preparation. A complete pre-season. New purchases which will plug the deficiencies of seasons past. We've turned over a new leaf, we'll play more attractive football, and so on, and so forth. When it comes to generating truckloads of repetitive pre-season garble, Cronulla has it down pat.
THE Sharks Den, unofficial home of the Cronulla Sharks, has been relaunched for season 2005. It returns with a collection of great new features.
SHARKS coach Stuart Raper has selected his team for this Sunday's game against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. With Brett Kimmorley sidelined with suspension, Adam Dykes slots into halfback with Greg Bird moving into a familiar five eighth position.
COACH Stuart Raper has announced the team which will play the Panthers this Saturday night at Toyota Park. New recruits Hutch Maiava and Luke Covell are the only new faces in the team, while Adam Dykes makes a predictable return to his old five eighth position.
IT was a fairly dismal season for Cronulla fans, but amid the chaos a number of players stood up and showed what they were capable of.
THEY'VE duked it out for 26 rounds. One by one, they've fallen by the wayside - voted out by the fans for all manner of reasons. Some were done for bad form, some for injury, others for suspension and others still for simply not standing out enough on the park.
BEING a Sharks fan feels good again. No more anger, no more frustration. Little desire to scrape my eyeballs on sandpaper to distract me from the anguish of losing? again. There can be no doubting it ? Stuart Raper is the right man for the job.
CONFIRMATION today that current Parramatta half Adam Dykes will return to his former club, Cronulla, in 2005. He has signed to a deal which will see him wear the black, white and blue for three years in a major boost for the Shire team.
CURRENT Castleford back, Paul Mellor, has signed a deal which will see him return to the Cronulla Sharks in 2005. Mellor, a Shark between 1999 and 2002, originally left the Shire amid controversial circumstances amid the tenure of former coach Chris Anderson.
CRONULLA halfback Brett Kimmorley has pulled out of Saturday's crucial match with Parramatta after scans revealed his troublesome hamstring had not yet fully healed. Kimmorley has been absent from the Sharks line up since tearing the muscle during State of Origin training.