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Held on Friday 7th July 2018
The Supporters Club once again went head to head with Altrincham FC Supporters at Ashley Cricket Club's Beer Festival on Friday evening (7th July). This year we reclaimed the 'David Jones Memorial Trophy' with a 101 all out to 88 for 6 victory. The Umpire, Mike Chidgey, decreed that because of an early rain storm a T20 format would not be possible in the time frame, so we played 16 overs each.
A selection of 10 beers and 4 ciders helped lubricate a most enjoyable evening with very tasty al fresco beef burgers and sausage rolls.
The plate was presented to Alex Read, SSSC by David Jones's grandson, Aaron Leaff with organiser Brian Birtles looking on.
The victorious Sale Sharks Supporters Club team: (L to R) Pete Mellor, Joe Parsonage, Alan Marks, Paul Garnett, Paul Ford, Alex Read, Andy Thomas, Andrew Hamer, Will Hamer and Dave Barlow.
SSSC £6,850 'ACADEMY PRESENTATION'
Sale Sharks Supporters Club have once again made a considerable donation to Sale Sharks Academy to help fund this year's pre-season tour to North Yorkshire, developing U16 & U18 morale and essential skills. Including pre-season 'friendlies' v Falcons & Ulster.
With the final figures now available for participating academy players travelling on tour now being 83 the SSSC have increased our donation to a final figure of £6,850.00 to help cover increased costs.
Brendan Thomas - Sale Sharks Academy Manager received a cheque for £6,750 from Joe Parsonage - SSSC Chairman. The presentation was made at the Sale Sharks Season Ticket holders Open Day / BBQ at Carrington High Performance HQ on Saturday, 7th July 2018.
Academy Manager Brendan Thomas says, "It's the first time we've taken two groups at once, so it'll be a challenge, staffing and resource-wise. Thanks to the financial help from the Supporters' Club (£6,850), and our own club obviously, we're in a position to go ahead.
"We'll initially be based at Queen Ethelburga's College near York, a boarding school with facilities so fantastic that they were available to international squads when the Rugby World Cup was here in 2015. They'll be perfect for us!
"Both age groups are playing games against Yorkshire Carnegie in shortened versions of the game, as it's outside of the season and it's also in preparation for the National Festivals the following week, when the same rules and timings will be in place.
"On the Monday, we'll stay for another day of recovery, using the pool and analysing what happened in the matches. On the Tuesday, we'll visit Action Zone, some fifteen miles away, where there's going to be combat warfare in teams, plus activities such as axe throwing, archery and shooting: time for team bonding among players and staff.
"We then head North to Durham, where we'll be staying at Barnard Castle School. We'll be sharing accommodation with Newcastle Falcons Under-18 and Under-16 squads overnight.
"On Wednesday morning, the Under-16's start us off with a game against the Falcons in the same format. In the afternoon, the Under-18's face the Newcastle and Ulster Academies in a three-way shortened tournament.
"Falcons are hosting a barbeque before we head back to Carrington, early evening. We'll always have between nine and eleven staff on hand. Neil Briggs, Warren Spragg, Noel Speed and Darren Lamon will be lead coaches.
"The best feedback that we receive from players and parents is that the quality time spent together builds up relationships, not only for the season, but for life. It's massively beneficial for what we're trying to achieve with the players in preparation for professional rugby."
WINNER OF Signed FRAMED SHIRT RAFFLE - Sat, 5 May 2018
Pink ticket - No. 393
Thank you to everyone who contributed to one of our so worthwhile and vital fund raising events. Your participation is most appreciated.
SSSC MEMBERSHIP - Important changes.
Membership has remained at £10 for 12 months since the inception of the SSSC in 2004. This season there will be a small increase in the Membership fee and a gradual change, encouraging members to pay by Bankers Order. Over the years payments by cash or cheque have proved to be very time consuming and by PayPal,very expensive.
FROM 1st October 2017 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP will be £12 for adults (or £1 per month, pro rata) when paying by, preferably Bankers Order or by cash, cheque or PayPal.
From 1st October 2018 Membership will be £12 per annum for everybody when paying exclusively by Bankers Order or £15 per annum for all other methods of payment.
Juniors' (U16) Membership will remain unchanged. FREE when joining with parent, grandparent or guardian.
'Southern Sharks Branch'
Gareth Williams is an enthusiastic Sale Sharks Supporter who, for various (legitimate) reasons has been exiled to southern climes and is keen to set up a southern branch for displaced Sharks supporters! Gareth is originally from the North West with his family and many of his friends still living in Alty/Sale.
Gareth says that his vision of this branch is to support the main (Sale based) branch but provide social opportunities for those who are displaced down south through work and/or marriage. He will be looking to set up a drinks social event for Southern Sharks once he gets a show of hands. Gareth went on to say that his ultimate aim would be to perhaps arrange a Fun Bus UP to the AJ Bell on occasion!
If you are a frustrated 'Southern Shark' or know of any (no matter where you reside in 'the south') and would like to be part of this great new initiative then send an email to Gareth at SSSC.SouthernBranch@salesupporters.co.uk who is waiting to hear from you!
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SSSC SPONSOR SALE SHARKS ACADEMY
Stephen Thomas has written the following article for which we are most grateful, relating to the Academy 3 day Tour to Exeter on 8/9/10 August:
Last week, Sale Sharks Academy went on tour to Bicton College in Exeter for a team-building trip, including some rugby. The Sale Sharks Supporters Club funded the tour, and everyone had a fantastic time.
We spoke to coaches Brendan Thomas and Noel Speed who saw massive benefits to this time of tour.
Thomas said: “It was a fantastic experience for the players, they got to know each other really quickly on a short tour and It was a great experience with the activities and the rugby itself. We hope it will benefit both sides in the long run.”
Both the U16’s & U18’s had a highly successful trip, starting off with the U16s who managed to win against Exeter Chiefs U16s. Coach Noel Speed said: “It was a really good result. The focus on us is to develop and improve the skills of the boys, then the result comes after that.”
“But the boys did all the things we had worked on and we spoke about how we wanted to play and the boys applied it in three 30 minute spells and got a good result by the final whistle.”
The U18s played against the Chiefs, and won 49-47 in a thriller, and Thomas said it was an exciting game: “We used 30 players and we went a few scores down in the middle session but it was really exciting stuff to bring it back and win”
Both coaches have praised the Supporters Club for helping funding the tour, calling it an essential part to their season, with Speed saying: “It’s great that the lads could access the full week away and that the Supporters Club can facilitate and fund it and it’s invaluable for the lads and I know they really appreciate it themselves and are just thankful that this has been provided for them early on in their rugby career.”
Thomas added: “We really are grateful of the support we get from the Supporters Club. It allows not only the players to get to know each other but the coaches, the volunteer coaches to get to know each other and it makes for a good season with this behind us. It’s the best thing the players do, consistently from these tours, the feedback we get from the players and the parents at the end of year is that they gained more benefit from this than any other part of the programme.”
In recognition to their contribution, the Supporters Club logo will be on the front of the Academy Matchday Shirts this season. And over the next week, you’ll get a
player diary from both captains of the sides to see how they found the trip.
Thank you Stephen and the Academy too! We are pleased that the tour was such a great success! We look forward to receiving the 'captain's diaries'!
CLICK HERE TO JOIN Sale Sharks Supporters Club.
For as little as £10 for 12 months (That’s just 19p per week!) you can take advantage of the many benefits that we offer giving vital help to local charities, Sale Sharks Academy and have the opportunity to meet our players at regular social events.
You will be entitled to a massive reduction of the cost for away travel on the Fun-Bus and to attend our social events for FREE!
As a member you will be guaranteed an invitation to the end of season 'SSSC Annual Dinner & Awards' evening and to cast a vote for the SSSC End of Season Awards including the 'Hall of Fame', which are presented on the night.
Annual membership is for 12 months from the date you join. Juniors join free (16 years and under) when a parent, grandparent or guardian is a member. So what are you waiting for?
CLICK HERE to join and to peruse a full list of benefits!
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