In what has been a tough year in many respects for the Cronulla Sharks, their 2013 season can end on a high note, as their NSW Cup side won the 2013 premiership, overpowering the Windsor Wolves and confirming that they were the benchmark of the competition in 2013.
With ASADA looming behind the scenes throughout most of their season, the off-field battles have been at times, hard to overcome, but the Sharks NSW Cup win is something that has made the club ecstatic.
Overcoming a disappointing start to the game, it was NRL veterans in the side that led the way for the Sharks, as they collected their first piece of lower-grade silverware in 17 years.
At times, hard to cope with the ongoing ASADA investigation, Cronulla Sharks Chairman Damien Keogh was full of praise for the NSW Cup side and acknowledged their ability to simply focus on footy.
“I think it’s a credit to the coaching staff and the players at all the levels this year that through all the turmoil, they’ve been able to focus on the core job and that’s playing football,” Keogh said.
With several players having played their last game for the club, this was used as additional motivation to help them succeed.
“(It was a) massive motivation because it’s the last time we’re playing together potentially if we don’t play together when we’re older,” Sharks half Chad Townsend.
It was the Wolves who started the better as in-form winger Eto Nabuli continued his good try-scoring form, before the Sharks ran away with it and took the game out 36-8.
Not one to make excuses, Wolves coach Guy Missio admits that the Sharks were just too good for his side.
“We did have our chances and didn’t grab them at the right time. They were too good on the day,” said Missio.
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