This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
Honouring Stan Carpenter...
45 hours ago
A new coach, a smattering of youth in the halves
and the backline and a world class pack of old hard heads is something
that should have everyone in the Shire salivating.
But, much to their chagrin, they have sorely missed having a consistent quality halfback in the side since Kimmorely left after 2008. And after Tim Smith's 2010 campaign, there are still some question marks in this all so vital position.
A full season and off-season for Tim Smith, a youthful and exciting halves partner in former Panther Wade Graham and all of a sudden, the Sharks begin to look a little more exciting.
That pair stand behind one of the most awesome looking forward packs assembled in many years in the NRL, on paper at least, with new recruit, Kiwi test player Jeremy Smith joining Kangaroo's Paul Gallen and Anthony Tupou up front, with ever reliable front rowers Kade Snowden and Luke Douglas.
In the backline, the Sharks have Colin Best returning to join exciting young guns Nathan Gardner, Nathan Stapleton and Isaac Gordon as well as seasoned players like Ben Pomeroy, Dean Collis and John Williams.
The Sharks, to their credit have removed the deadwood, backed a lot of youth in key positions and look set to be playing with the attitude of