* Singapore Sharks Perth Trip

The Singapore Sharks were greeted with a typical Perth winters day when they arrived at Patersons Stadium for the big half time game during the West Coast Eagles v North Melbourne clash last weekend. Early cloud and rain, however soon gave way to sunshine and clear skies.

Unlike the Eagles who lost Nic Naitanui to a last minute hamstring the sharks players were all fit and raring to go.   As the mums and dads tucked into their second pie and enjoyed what was a close game, the Singapore kids were down in the change rooms warming up.

After splitting into two teams (the Blacks and the Reds), the half time siren sounded in the minor game  and it was time to hit the park. The pre game warm up paid dividends as both teams hit the ground running. The Reds with Taj Massey leading the way in the ruck was the first team to hit the scoreboard and they looked likely to add to that as Harrison Hook in the midfield picked up a number of early possessions. The Blacks however, soon got their forward press working and were threatening the Red’s goal until young Steven Simopoulis, at full back for the Reds, decided the best form of defence was to knock the goal posts over (an interesting strategy). Undeterred, the Blacks continued to push forward, Coach McNee was particularly pleased to see some good use of the handball to bring team mates into play, with young James McNee and Ruben Berry at one stage, exchanging a series of handballs as they bamboozled the opposition (and themselves).  The Reds then made the move to bring Damon Ablett into the pivot (with a name like Ablett, the coach’s first thought was to put him at full forward, however he has more of Gary Juniors skills so into the guts it was). The teams exchanged goals as Lachlan Talbot, James Vaughan and Toby Davies all picked up a number of possessions. Mai Carmody was proving elusive up forward for the Blacks and was a continual headache for the  Reds defence.  With both teams now going with the forward press, there was a mad scramble for the ball, however Felix Brown came up with it courtesy of a head high tackle (he had been watching the Eagles). Liam Harrington got on the end of his resultant kick and managed to score for the Reds and the game looked like going to the wire, however a couple of late goals to the Blacks saw them take out the win.

The siren sounded and it was time to do a lap of honour and the kids got a big cheer as they high fived the lucky punters on the boundary line. Thanks very much to Dads Mark Ablett and Sam Simopoulis for their great performance as goal umpires (with out the benefit of the video replay as well !) Mum Felicity Carmody went crazy with her camera and we look forward to sharing some of the photos with everyone soon.

All in it was a very enjoyable day, thanks goes to Josephine Ong and Rob Shaefer for making it happen and the WA Footy Commission for the hospitality.

Coach McNee
* Fundraising auction bidding update:  

   Guernseys - Current Bids

.           Sydney            $750
.           Richmond         $450
.           Hawthorn         $400
.           Carlton             $300
.           Collingwood      $300
.           W Bulldogs       $300
.           Brisbane           $201
.           St Kilda            $200
Dutch Club Membership - Current Bid $4,000

* All items being auctioned for fundraising purposes are subject to a silent auction, to be finalised by a live auction at the Trivia Night on Sat 19 May at the Dutch Club. Please look for the bidding sheet at the desk on Sat or lodge your bid via 'Contact Us' on the website.

* There will be no footy on Jun 9 because the oval is needed by the school for the inaugural AIS games that day.

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