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October 20th, 2018 by admin

Sharks start planning for 2017’s campaign

Coach Shane Glass and some members of the Biripi Sharks senior team at this year’s State knockout played in Sydney. The side made the quarter-finals.FRESH from their most successful campaign at the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout, Biripi Sharks are already looking at the 2017 assault.
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The Sharks won the under 12s, were semi-finals in the 17s and quarter finalists in the seniors where they were eliminated by eventual champions, Redfern All Blacks (RAB). Sharks under 12’s victory was Biripi’s first success at the knockout. Coached by Doug Ferguson with Troy Cochrane the assistant, South defeated Kempsey 34-18 in the final.

Next year divisions will be 15s, 17s, women’s and seniors.

“We’ll be working towards fielding teams in each competition,’’ Biripi first grade manager Ralph Saunders said.

He added this year’s senior team dedicated their effort to the memory of former player Dennis Bungie, who passed away earlier this year.

“Big Den was one of the best knockout forwards to lace a boot,’’ Ralph said.

“Our coach Shane Glasssaid he wanted to do something tohonour Den. Wespoke to his family as asked if they wouldconsent to us putting his picture on the jumperforknockout.

“We went a step further by switchingback to the original South Taree colours of red green and black.’’

He said Big Den would have been proud of their efforts of all three teams at the knockout..

Biripi originally played as South Taree in the knockout. In 1981 the team under captain-coach Dave Russell made the final, where they were beaten by Redfern All Blacks.

Souths had to play the match almost immediately after the semi-final, while Redfern were well rested. This was South Taree’s best performance in the knockout.

There were similarities in Biripi’s campaign this year. The Sharks had to take on RAB in the quarter finaljust 35 minutes after playing their previous match. Redfern had nearly two hours break and came away comfortable winners over Biripi.

Ralph Saunders said while the Sharks can match it with the better teams in the knockout, there is still a gap to Redfern All Blacks.

“They play together week-in-week-out in a competition and that makes them even stronger,’’ he pointed out.

RAB went on to win the final played on Monday afternoon in convincing fashion. This was RAB’s second successive win in the knockout.

Redfern will host the event again next year.

Sharks won three matches to qualify for the quarter final –their best performance under the Biripi banner. Matches were played at two venues –Redfern Oval and Leichhardt Oval.

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