ROCKINGHAM SHARKS GRAND FINAL SQUAD 2017
No.1 Fullback Benton Leme. Age 22. PNG Speedster, First year with the Sharks, very good under the high ball, good evasive skills and a very dangerous open field runner who can cause problems for an opposition team’s defence, he also has the versatility to play in the halves.
No. 2 Right Wing Connor Hudson. Age 20. Local Sharks junior, 2014 U-18’s Premiership player. 2nd year in first grade, NRLWA leading try scorer 2016 and Perth City ANZAC Challenge Rep 2017, shows no fear and will not take a backward step in attack or defence regardless of the size of the opposition, has good pace and can create problems for an opposition defence if he makes a break.
No.3 Right Centre Logan Barclay. Age 21. Local Sharks junior, 2014 U-18’s Premiership player, 1st year in first grade having returned from a stint in rugby union, possesses good all round skills and pace and can create problems for opposition teams with the football in his hands, also very solid in defence.
No.4 Left Centre Geordie Connelly. Age 24. Former Maitland Pickers player who was awarded that club’s Best Player of the season 2016. Since his arrival at the Sharks this season he has proven to be a valuable asset and his performances on the field have shown why he was chosen as best player for his former club. He is a very busy player in attack and defence and sets an example to his teammates. His on field performances have earned him Representative honours in both the Perth City ANZAC Challenge Team and WA State Team and is highly regarded by his teammates and amongst opposition teams.
No. 5 Left Wing Hayden Dangen-Toby. Age 26. 2015 NRLWA leading try scorer, very solid in attack and defence, very good ball runner who is more than willing to come in and take the work load off the forwards, taking the hit ups and carrying the football forward.
No. 6 Five Eighth Anthony Bowman. Age 25. Former Halifax Blue Sox player from the UK, Bowie arrived at the Sharks last season but unfortunately a re-occurrence of a knee injury cut his season short before it really got started, however 2017 has proven to be a great season for him, initially starting at lock and later switching to Five Eighth. He has shown just what a good player he is, displaying all the skills gained from playing within a professional league team, he is a great team leader who has the respect of his teammates.
No. 7 Half Back Tyler Hunt. Age 17. Another Local Sharks junior who, having been a member of the 2017 West Coast Pirates SG Ball team, was given the opportunity to make his first grade debut this season and has proven just what a talent he is, possessing great pace and ball handling skills. He has proven to be a headache to opposition teams at just 17 years of age and has more than proven he has the ability to mix it with older, more experienced players within the competition and will only improve with further experience.
No. 8 Prop Reece Potter. Age 26. Team and CIub Captain, Reece has been at the Sharks a number of years now without tasting success come finals time and will be hoping to end that situation this Saturday. He is a tough, no frills courageous player who will not take a backward step in attack and de-fence and will do the hard yards to get his team on the front foot and going forward and will be doing his utmost to overcome the disappointments of past seasons.
No. 9 Hooker Andrew Jeffery. Age 27. AJ has been with the Sharks a number of years now and is a very experienced player having formerly played in NSW. He is a very quick elusive player who keeps an opposition team guessing, very quick out of dummy half and gets his side moving forward and despite his size he is a very solid defender who can put the biggest opposition players on their back, his on field performances have earned him Representative selection in Perth City ANZAC Challenge, WA State and CAS Teams.
No. 10 Prop Ben Bolth. Age 24. Bolthy joined the Sharks this season from Kurri Kurri in the Newcastle League, he is the team’s go forward man and an uncompromising frontrow forward, very good in attack and solid in defence and since his arrival at the Sharks has proven to be a valuable player and asset to his team and the Sharks.
No. 11 Second Row Julian Wilson Wyllie. Age 22. Having come through the Sharks U-18’s and lower grades, Julz this season has proven himself to be a valuable asset to the team with his Bull wrecking runs in attack and big hits in defence, and is a player who will not be leaving anything in the tank in his own personal effort towards the team’s success.
No. 12 Second Row Josh Bransby. Age 18. A local Sharks junior, Josh was awarded the Player of The Match in the Sharks 2016 U-18’s Premiership winning team. Having been a member of the 2017 West Coast Pirates, Josh was given the opportunity and made his debut in first grade – an opportunity he grabbed with both hands and has earned himself a regular position in the starting line-up. He has good size, is a strong runner of the football and a very strong defender and has proven to be an asset to the team.
No. 13 Lock Brandon Wright. Age 19, A local Sharks junior who made his first grade debut last season. Brandon has become a regular player in first grade and is an outstanding defender and regarded as the team’s tackling machine, regardless the size of the opposition players and will be doing his best this weekend to prevent the opposition from making ground and crossing the try line. He is also damaging in attack with an ability to offload to a supporting player.
No. 14 Matthew Rangiuia. Age 26. Matty joined the Sharks last year but due to FIFO work commitments he was restricted in the amount of games he could play and made his appearances in the club’s lower grades. This year a change in his work roster has allowed him to be available on a regular basis and he has proven himself to be a valuable backup utility forward. He is a strong runner with the ball, has good footwork at the line and is a solid defender.
No.15 Brandon Timlin. Age 26. Usually one of the first players picked in the team but Brandon picked up a longterm injury which has not only kept him out of the game for some time but also cost him selection for the WA State team. A very honest player normally a hooker, but does have the versatility to fill utility roles, he is very strong in attack where his runs from dummy half create problems for opposition teams. Also a strong defender and a very valuable player in the team.
No. 16 Richard Hicks. Age 27. Due to his FIFO employment Richie has been restricted from regular first grade selection, but when he has been called upon to do so his performances have always been outstanding – none more so than in last week’s Preliminary Final where he created problems with his long hard runs and strong defence, a performance which has seen him retain his position in the team for the Grand Final.
No. 17 Peter Worth. Age 31. Pump is the veteran in the team having joined the then Rockingham Raiders from Canterbury as an U-18 some years ago. Despite missing a considerable number of games through injuries he is still the first and as yet the only Centurion First Grade Player in the club’s history. He has represented both WA and CAS at Senior Level and has always been loyal and an asset both on and off the field for the club. Whenever he is in on the field you know what you are going get, the full effort from an outstanding and long time club player.
Darren is a former Ipswich, Queensland, junior player who also had a season with the North Beach Club in 1991 before returning to Queensland then headed to the UK to play initially with the London Broncos.
He has played at coached at a high level in the UK – over 150 first grade Super League games, a Challenge Cup Final win with Sheffield Eagles in 1998, 6 appearances for Scotland in the World Cup and Tri-Series matches as a player. Darren had 3 years coaching UK senior grade teams Rochdale and Leigh, which has given him with a wide range of league experience, which he has brought to the NRLWA competition. He previously coached the former Bunbury reserve grade team to their maiden premiership in their second year in the competition.
Darren has been very active giving opportunities for younger players to have a chance at first grade, which has proved a great benefit to the club with this year’s team comprising a considerable number of these young players. His personal demeanour and his coaching of the team has instilled within the young Sharks a very positive influence and personal belief and knowledge as to what is required to compete, remain in the contest and win football games. This attitude has led to a club which has not had a team in a grand final for 9 years and having missed out in making the finals last season, taking out a maiden Minor Premiership this season and playing in the Grand Final this weekend.
Darren will be his normal self on the bench, composed and sending out messages, working his interchanges and allowing the players in the team to do what they have been trained to do – and hopefully be in front on the scoreboard at the final siren.
- Our thanks to team manager Harry Brankstone for compiling these profiles
- Thanks to Nancye Perrin, Rachel Pitt and Phil Smith for photographs throughout the year.