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The Fitzroy-Gracemere Sharks Rugby League club bring out a weekly newsletter with a wrap of how things are going and comments from the coaching staff of the three senoir sides.

Under-19s by coach John Curran The first game of the season was against Norths on Sunday, March 6. The first half produced some big defence from both sides. It was a hard fought encounter with the scores locked at 14-all at half time.

The greens stepped up in the second half to out score Norths 40-4. The boys completed 90% of their sets in the second half and picked up there defence.

Players to stand out in the 54-18 victory were James Prosser, Chris Littleboy, Dave Taylor, Ben Curran, Yoren Major, Daniel Roberts, Eddie Wason and Andrew Trimms.

Man of the match was a tough decision to make but went to Eddie Wason who had a big game in defence and attack.

Reserve Grade by coach David Doyle A good win to start the season off for the reserve grade side, all players gave 100%. I was surprisingly happy with the defensive efforts and committment shown by all players.

The players of the match were Keith Comollatti and Scott Shepherd. Both players had outstanding workrates and contributed greatly to all aspects of the victory.

Other players that stood out were Francis Dow, who scored two solo tries and Shaun Curtis who was wonderful in defence. Overall it was a great team effort.

This weekend we play Brothers at Saleyards Park on a Saturday night and all three grades are looking to win. Good luck to the under-19s and A-grade in their matches.

A-Grade by coach Rex Gamble Our first round loss against Norths was a good indication of what the boy's need to work on. Too many drop balls seen us give Norths the advantage and the ball in our end far too often so it was only a matter of time before the pressure seen us break.

On a positive note our boys never gave in and played until the very end. For the amount of defence we did, we can be happy that the lose wasn't by 50 points.

Congratulations to the under-19s and reserve grade sides for their great first up wins and the a-grade side for an excellent effort against the 2004 CQ Extended League grand finalists who got away to a great start. I cannot comment too much on the game as I didn't get to see much football but I know we outscored Norths in the second half. The round one efforts against Norths gave a lot of people around town a shock. Top effort to all grades.

Presidents View by Cameron Strang Player support at raffles on a Friday night at the Cambridge Hotel have been great over the last few weeks with the players fund reaching $482. The players fund will go towards the end of season trip.

Getting back to football, numbers at training have been steadily building each week which is very promising for the club as a whole because it keeps pressure on all players in all grades, which leads to a stronger club.

I would like to thank Mr Mitchell (u-19s), Elgan Tobane (reserve grade) and Brett Harkin (a-grade) for their assistance with the respective grades. A special thanks goes to Jake Crear and James Prosser for showing true club loyality when they featured in the under-19s victory and then stuck around to run water for the A-grade side.

All the best to all grades this weekend against Brothers.

The 19s kick off at 4pm, reserve grade at 5.30pm with the main game to kick off at 7pm at Saleyards Park on Saturday, March 12.

The Fitzroy-Gracemere Sharks would like to thank the following for their continued support in 2005 - DC Motors, The Cambridge Hotel, Red Lion Hotel, Arrow Property Maintenance, John Harbin, True Value Hardware and Kirsten Livermore MP.

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