|My first hero, Captain Cronulla, Steve Rogers|
|And no I don't mean this Captain Steve Rogers, either ;-)|
On my three week road-trip From Brisbane to Tasmania and back, I stopped in Cronulla for two nights and to catch the Sharks vs Cowboys game with my youngest son, who drove across from his home in Canberra.
I wrote a post about going to Canberra to visit my son and catch the Cronulla Sharks take on the Canberra Raiders earlier this year in this post in the red link below -
|Sharks vs Cowboys, 2016. Best seats in the house, I reckon ;-)|
|Sharks 13 defeated Cowboys 10, at Shark Park, 2016|
|The car crash outside Gosford|
|A crow that was there waiting for me at Cronulla, after me escaping a potential car crash|
|Elle Macpherson, Andrew (ET) Ettingshausen and Mark McGaw|
Elle Macpherson owned the #1 life member badge, having leapfrogged my badge number by bidding for the #1 badge successfully in an auction.
|My oldest son, who was born in 1991, with Andrew ET Ettingshausen|
|Andrew is now 50 years old, a year younger than me. Time flies...like a crow ;-)|
|I'm still wearing those '95 socks to Shark games|
|...or just an old fool?-)|
|Gavin Miller, another Shark's hero of mine|
To walk through the doors of a club I hadn't set foot in for over 25 years was like attending a family reunion and wondering where all those years had gone.
|My first Cronulla hero, Steve Rogers|
|I still have the letter from Steve, even though I accidentally wrote on it once thinking it was a piece of scrap paper.|
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Tragically Steve died in 2006 from an overdose.
"Steve Rogers died after swallowing a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol on 3 January 2006. In April 2006, the NSW state coroner ruled that the death was accidental, and that Rogers had not intended to commit suicide."
It was a sobering thought that Steve died aged 51...the same age I am now.
|Gavin Miller's photo on the club wall|
|Molly and his doppelgänger with the the 'Molly' soundtrack|
|John Paul Young was part of the 'APIA Good Times Tour' at the Hobart casino|
|John Paul Young on stage at Wrest Point Casino June 18th, 2016|
|Seat F8? Fate?-)|
|The drawings on the wall in the Shark's pool room. Pool Sharks?-)|
|The Shark's trophy cabinet isn't empty, it's just missing the big one|
But no longtime Sharky supporter is game enough to count the chickens before the trophy is handed over on grand final day, as the 1994 team's run ended in bitter disappointment and is still in the back of the mind of longtime supporters such as myself.
Whether we win the trophy, or not this year, it has still been one of the best seasons the club has seen and the 2016 team will enter the record books for the 15 (hopefully more) straight wins chalked up this season.
|A letter to Shark life members from Elle Macpherson's dad about a 'Super League'|
|My vote (reluctantly) was to join the 'Super League'.|
|Another hero of mine, David Peachey|
"Former Cronulla Sharks boss Peter Gow, nominated for life membership at this week’s annual general meeting, has revealed his behind-the-scenes battle to save the club through the Super League-ARL rugby league war."
Gow adds: “I would love that song to be played again, because it was very appropriate for the Sharks.
“We haven’t won a premiership yet, but I reckon we should get a cup for just surviving.”"
|1991, the year my first child was born and Big Artie was to take over as coach for '92 & '93|
|I think I've spotted my name on the 2016 member's jersey. ;-)|
|Where did those teen years go...not to mention that body?-)|
|Andrew (ET) Ettingshausen's Australian jersey hanging in the club|
|The good old days of cigarette sponsorship ;-)|