Social Events - ARCHIVES 1
Q & A EVENING
Wednesday, 19th November
Sale F.C. Clubhouse Heywood Road
SSSC September Social
MEET THE NEW PLAYERS
The 1st SSSC social of the new season is a ‘meet the new players’ evening at Heywood Road. Always a great night, it allows supporters to get to know the lads who are putting on the shirt for the first time, both recognised 1st team players and the younger lads breaking into the Jets. Find out all about their careers to date, why they chose Sale and how they are settling in here in the North West. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and get some all-important photos with the players and autographs and enjoy an interesting night with fellow supporters. The bar will be open throughout. Joining us on the night will be Sale’s old boy ‘newcomer’ Magnus Lund who can give us an insight into chasing the waves in Biarritz, Nathan Hines who should be able to answer any of your ‘what to do in Clermont’ questions, Chris Cusiter who can tell us about touring with the British Lions, Sale’s two Azzurri Internationals Alberto Di Marchi and Luke McLean and younger new lads Darren Fearn, Tom Morton, George Nott, John O’Donnell, Liam Parfitt. It may also provide a first sighting of Shalva Mamukashvili and last but certainly not least, Sale’s new flying winger Tahir El Mahdi, surely the only rugby professional who can boast of appearing on the X Factor!
SSSC SUMMER SOCIAL
Friday, 11th July 2014
Sale Sharks Supporters v Altrincham FC Supporters
T20 Cricket exhibition match
Ashley Cricket Club
The balmy summer weather and pre-match hype in the Manchester Evening News and on BBC Radio Manchester ensured a good crowd turned up to watch a classic football v rugby cross code challenge as the Sale Sharks Supporters Club and Sale Sharks Community Coaches took on an Altrincham FC Supporters and staff side at the neutral sport of T20 cricket; a match sponsored by Plas Coch to open the Ashley Beer and Food Festival.
Sale made early inroads into the Alty batting with Sharks Community Coach Darren Lamon taking a wicket in the 1st over and a good spell of spin bowling from ex-Sale and England international Hendre Faurie. However as time went on Alty got into their stride and were able to post a highly competitive score of 144 from their 20 overs.
SSSC member Ben Smith and Darren Lamon strode to the crease in confident manner but both returned to the stands in the first over of Sale's run chase. Runs were coming but unfortunately wickets were tumbling as Sale collapsed to 66-8 after 10 overs. Just when all seemed lost, SSSC member Joe Parsonage and Community Coach Andy Broadhurst were able to put on a 20 run partnership which edged us to within 60 runs of our target before Joe was clean bowled. Cometh the hour, cometh the man and for Sale that man was number 11 batsman Paul Garnett who came out and literally smashed the Alty attack all over the field. Boundary after boundary came off Paul's bat to the point that we got to the last over needing just 16 runs to win. Unfortunately despite chants of SAAYYLLLL echoing around the ground Paul couldn't quite pull off the Great Escape as he was run out on the 2nd ball of the over leaving us tantalizingly only 14 short of our target.
Of course its much easier to accept defeat on a hot summer's night when a beer festival is in full flow and both sides joined spectators in sampling the delightful ales on offer well into the evening.
10th Anniversary Dinner & Awards
Tuesday, 6th May 2014
The Sale Sharks players and coaching staff joined 100 supporters for the Sale Sharks Supporters Club 10th Anniversary Dinner and Awards evening. All around the room conversation flowed as supporters were able to chat informally to their favorite Shark stars over a delicious 3 course meal. Players and supporters were able to share their memories and stories about what has been an excellent season and socialise in a way that is often no longer possible at matches in the modern era.
After the dinner came the awards. First up was the Selorm Kuadey award for outstanding contribution to Sale's community programme. This year's recipient, as voted by the Sale Sharks Community Team was Sam Tuitupou. After receiving his award, Sam explained to the audience that he still remembers the impact on his career of receiving coaching from his idols in his junior days and he enjoys now being able to give something back to today's youngsters, especially as he now has a child of his own that he can bring along with him.
Then came the awards voted on by the SSSC members. The Outstanding Contribution to the Club, which can be awarded to anyone within the playing, coaching or administrative set-up at the club, went to Mike Forshaw. He talked us through his playing career which spanned 3 decades and included Great Britain caps, winning both Super League Grand Finals and World Club Challenges as well as a stint playing Union for Saracens and his new role as defense coach at Sale.
Next up it was the Best Newcomer award which went to Michael Paterson. He advised us of why he had left New Zealand and headed to Europe, firstly with Cardiff and then to Sale and talked about playing both in the 2nd and back rows since arriving here.
The big award of the evening is of course the Supporters Player of the Year and the 2014 recipient is Sale Sharks club captain Dan Braid. Interviewing Dan after he received his award, SSSC member Dee Rowan reminded him of the interview he had given to the Manchester Evening News on arriving in Manchester in January 2013, in which he had said "I want to come in here, play well and contribute to the team, and earn another contract.” Dee pointed out that winning the supporters best newcomer award last season, despite only joining half way through the campaign, being made club captain and now receiving the supporter's player of the year award constituted 'job done' on that front! He told us that he had settled well into the North West of England and was already looking forward to the chance to play against Europe's finest teams in next season's Champions Cup. He also dismissed England's chances in the upcoming 3 match Test Series in New Zealand, saying they might run the All Blacks close in one of the tests.
The final award of the night was the Hall of Fame. This is only awarded in years that the SSSC Committee feel there is a worthy candidate and the previous inductees are a veritable who's who of Sale Sharks legends including Jason Robinson, Charlie Hodgson, Mark Cueto and Andrew Sheridan. After 6 seasons giving his all for the Sale cause it was with great pleasure that we were able to induct departing player Dwayne Peel into the SSSC Hall of Fame.
As is tradition at the dinner, there was time set aside during the evening for supporters to mingle with the players and get some all important photos and autographs.
Finally, before concluding the evening, there was a raffle and auction with prizes generously donated by AJ Bell, Flowcrete, Land Rover Guy Salmon, Marriott Hotel Worsley Park, MBNA, Plas Coch Holiday Homes and USN. Thanks for your support guys!
Both players and supporters had enjoyed a great evening in each other's company after a thoroughly enjoyable season and already thoughts were turning to the next campaign... roll on Saturday afternoons at the AJ Bell!
'SPEED CHATTING' - April Social
Tuesday 15th April - Heywood Road
Adrian's take on our April Social Evening:
Last night was one of the most enjoyable SSSC socials I've attended. The
final player line-up of Tom Brady, Andy Forsyth, Nick Macleod, Ross Harrison, James Mitchell and Andrew Hughes were a perfect blend of established 1st team stars and Academy lads breaking into the
squad, allowing us to find out about all aspects of the club. Split into 3 groups the lads rotated every 25 minutes and it was great to sit and chat informally with the lads who were all very
articulate. The agenda was down to the fans as they asked the questions.
On my table first up we had Nick Macleod and Tom Brady. We found out about which were the best worst grounds to play at, their opinions of who were the better referees on the circuit, the differences between this season and last in performance and confidence. Nick discussed his take on what was happening in Welsh rugby and central contracts. We discussed why we had lost to Quins and some of the things they were working on for Exeter (which will not be put on a public forum the week of the match- you had to be there!!!). The lads (all 6 mentioned this) were full of praise for the work Mike Forshaw is doing. Interestingly they said he never raises his voice but all the players have a feeling of letting him down if they mess up defensively in a match and they are all desperate not to disappoint him. The conversation flowed and the 25 minutes seemed to be up all too quickly when Stan jumped up to wave a 1950s rattle to signal the 1st changeover.
Next up we had Ross Harrison and Andy Forsyth. We discussed at length with Ross the last 15 minutes of the Bath match. He also explained the strains a match places on his body. He confirmed what I already suspected, that Andrei Ostrikov provides incredible power in the scrum. Andy talked us through the training regime and exactly what it was like to go in that cryogenic chamber at -130c.
Last up we had James Mitchell and Andrew Hughes. This for me was the most interesting part of the evening as they were 2 Academy lads just making the breakthrough into the Sale squad. They discussed the transition from being a big fish in schoolboy/ age group rugby to being, in James's case, the 4th choice scrum half at Sale. They told us that although they had always considered themselves fit, their first experience of pre-season training had blown them away. They were full of praise for the guidance and help they received from the established 1st team players. We discussed the current A League set up and how frustrating it can be for the Academy players that their league finishes before Christmas. Both had been out on loan this season and they explained the process for deciding whether they should go out and get some game time away from Sale. Interestingly they said it was a 2 way process with both the club and the player coming to a decision as to whether they would benefit. James had enjoyed a very beneficial spell at Chester this season whereas Andrew had gone to Rotherham to find a settled team that didn't really want to make a short term change. The players talked about diet and training. Sale no longer operate shared housing for the Academy players so they tend to live with their parents and commute to training- in Andrew's case from Preston in time for an 8am start! They let us know just how it felt to make their 1st team debuts this season... James especially with the easy task of coming on for a certain Cips! Interestingly both players although just starting out on their rugby careers were aware that they should plan for the future and talked about how they were encouraged by the club to get other qualifications. Andrew will be starting a part time degree next year and James is taking courses in physical education. We learnt that one established player reaching the end of his career is training to be a plumber!
Many thanks to the lads for a fascinating evening and we will definitely be repeating the exercise next season.
Question of Sharks in aid of the Kieran Flynn Trust
Tuesday 18th March - Crewe & Nantwich RUFC
A GREAT EVENING....
£400+ was raised towards the Kieran Flynn Trust!
A message from Kieran....
for an unbelievable night at Crewe and Nantwich RUFC raising money for my trust in a 'question of sharks'. Despite some people not being able to count and the Sale lads winning by one point we raised over £400 for my trust fund and we gained a couple of raffle and auction prizes for our next fundraiser, the sporting dinner on April 24th. Massive massive thanks to the sale sharks supporters club, sale sharks and the four players for giving up their time to help me out and also to Pembo, Twig and Scotty for their support. Had a great laugh. A huge huge thanks to everybody that came out on a Tuesday night to support me. Great to see you all there and great of you to support me. Sorry if I didn't get chance to speak to you. There was a number of people who I would of loved to speak to a little more that I didn't get chance to and also people who I actually didn't get to speak to at all. I really can't thank you all enough for supporting me. The support since August 15th has been amazing. It really brings tears to my eyes thinking about it. I am so well supported by you all and I feel so fortunate and blessed to be given the opportunity to smile and live my life, some people don't get that privilege. I'd also like to say that I will be home from Friday and will continue my rehab at Manchester Neurological Physio Centre. I've been assured that these are some of the best in the business by Hobbs Rehabilitation who have wonderfully taken me this far. Thank you all so much and hopefully see you soon.
Fantastic Social Evening at Heywood Road
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
S S Chairman, GORDON McKIE - D.O.R Steve Diamond, Bryan Redpath & Pete Anglesea
The SSSC January social at Heywood Road was very much a night of two halves, addressing matters on the pitch with the Sale Sharks coaching team Steve Diamond, Bryan Redpath and Pete Anglesea, followed by matters off the pitch with new Sale Sharks Chairman Gordon McKie and Steve Diamond.
Supporters Meal - OYONNAX
Wednesday, 4th December 2013
The SSSC pre-match meal at 'Brasserie Le Zola', Oyonnax was a great success with 21 supporters enjoying a local gastronomic delight.
SSSC host 'Question of Sharks' at Ellesmere Port RUFC
Tuesday, 26th November 2013
In the photo: Amongst the Ellesmere Port supporters, (L to R) Josh Beaumont, Ross Harrison, Tommy Taylor, Will Cliff and Dee Rowan (SSSC Secretary) / 'Sue Barker'.
For our November social the SSSC went 'on the road' as host club Ellesmere Port RUFC took on Sale Sharks in the 2nd installment of 'Question of Sharks'. Based loosely on a popular BBC sporting quiz and presented by the SSSC's Dee 'Sue Barker' Rowan, it was a fun night of banter, sporting challenges and even a bit of knowledge!
Ross Harrison in the wheelbarrow race with his legs supported by one of the juniors was a sight to behold although Ellesmere Port captain Steve Jefferies came from behind to win the challenge after Ross couldn't work out how to blow up his Pumpaloon (look it up). Will Cliff showed that a slow, measured approach is best when 'poking the hole' and the jury is still out as to whether Tommy Taylor cheated in the egg and spoon race. Josh Beaumont was the font of all sporting knowledge but a special mention for all 4 of our professional rugby players who, after conferring, wrongly answered the question 'how many different ways are there to score points in rugby union?' Just to help you out fellows, the answer is 5... try, penalty, drop-goal, conversion and... PENALTY TRY!!
The quiz was keenly contested with both teams tied going into the final 'on the buzzer' round, but in the end Sale Sharks were able to avenge last year's quiz defeat and win 35-30 and a delighted Sharks captain Will Cliff accepted the winning trophy from an Ellesmere Port junior.
One of the raffle prizes, a pair of worn (still muddy) signed Danny Cipriani boots, caused quite a stir and the winner of the Sale uncovered signed calendar was able to get a special message from Ross, Tommy and Will written on their months!
MEET THE NEW PLAYERS EVENING
Tuesday, 15th October 2013
MEET THE REF. EVENING
Thursday, 12th September 2013
For our opening social of the new season the Supporters Club were delighted to renew our acquaintance with Premiership referee David Rose. In an age where professionalism has changed the face of the rugby world as we know it, with vast sums of money involved, Rosie is a throw-back to a bygone era of amateurism. Juggling full time employment with all the training, fitness and travelling required of a modern day Premiership referee, it was obvious listening to him that his primary reason for putting on his shorts on a weekend was a love for the game. Not that this love always equated to a love of referees, admitting that in his playing days he was the kind of player who was always in a referee’s face. Indeed, as he worked up the refereeing leagues, he used to dread matches where players remembered him from his playing days.
Rosie regaled us with anecdotes from his 14 years as a rugby official, 10 of those refereeing at the highest domestic level in the Premiership. We could sympathise as he talked of the day he ran the line at Thomond Park for a Heineken Cup match in which local hero Paul O’Connell was making his comeback after a lengthy spell out through injury. Just 10 minutes into this comeback Rosie looked on in horror as O’Connell swung a right hook smashing the nose of an opposition Ospreys forward and in a split second he realised that if he raised his flag he would go down in history as the guy who got an Irish rugby god sent off at his home bastion of Thomond Park just 10 minutes into his comeback.
Rosie answered every question thrown at him from the floor. Not surprisingly the new scrum laws topped the agenda and we learnt that he was very much in favour. He believed that these would bring back the old fashioned scrummaging which had eroded away over the years. We would see a return to ‘fat boy’ props whose primary duty was the set piece. With less dynamic all-round forwards there would be a proper contest at the scrum, fewer resets and more space and opportunity for the backs to run through moves.
The evening ended with some video analysis of incidents from the opening round of matches. Of particular relevance for the Sale supporters was the yellow card shown to Billy Twelvetrees for a tackle on Dwayne Peel. Having seen the incident again the floor debated whether the punishment had been suitable with many arguing that a red should have been branded. Having listened to our debate, Rosie explained that the incident had been reviewed, as a matter of course, by the refereeing adjudicators and the yellow card had been deemed the correct punishment. He explained that referees are not permitted to judge intent but must base their decisions on the facts of the incidents. On spear type tackles they would look firstly at how the player lands and secondly how he is brought down to the ground. So for a red card you would need the player to land on his head or shoulders and/ or a situation when the defending player thrusts him towards the ground. In this case, Peel had landed on his arms and had been dropped (rather than thrust) to the ground, hence the yellow.
It was a fascinating evening full of humour and revelation, as per usual very well received by the numerous supporters present.
2013 ANNUAL DINNER & AWARDS EVENING
Tuesday, 16th April 2013
The 2013 Sale Sharks Supporters Club dinner and awards evening once again provided the opportunity for our club’s loyal supporters to enjoy a meal in the company of the Sale Sharks and Jets players and coaching staff.
The evening started with a delicious 3 course meal. The supporters had one or more Sale stars sat at each table, which provided us with the ideal opportunity to get to know the lads who wear our club shirt each week, whilst the players could find out more about our legendary ‘16th man’ support. At our table we heard from Will Cliff about his rehabilitation programme aimed at getting him fit for the start of next season whilst he had plenty of questions about what we thought of our new ground and how we travelled to away matches. At neighbouring tables supporters and players alike were discussing life as a player and supporter, with plenty of witty anecdotes from both sides.
The SSSC were delighted to invite two members of our charity partner, the West Coast Crash Wheelchair Rugby Club to the dinner. The charity is the only representative from the north-west region in the national wheelchair rugby league, which they won for the first time last season and provided one player, Myles Pearson to the Team GB squad for the recent London 2012 Paralympics. They have several more players in the GB development squad looking ahead to Rio. Based at the regional spinal injuries unit in Southport, the charity stresses the importance of sport in rehabilitation and provides sporting opportunity to people with a disability. Following on from the success of London 2012, the league has expanded to two divisions with Crash providing one team in each division. West Coast Crash coach Chris Ellis accepted a donation of £1000 on the night made up of £500 from the SSSC and generously matched by a £500 donation from Sale Sharks principal sponsor MBNA. The photo shows Sale Sharks club captain David Seymour presenting the cheque to Chris on behalf of the SSSC and MBNA.
There was also a mention of the admirable job currently being done by Sale player Johnny Leota in raising funds for little 4 year old Luca who tragically lost both his legs to meningitis, to which SSSC have donated £100. Johnny, or should that be Mr T, has so far raised £1,700 and supporters can continue to donate through the webpage
Diners were then treated to a question and answer session with Sale players Dwayne Peel and Cameron Shepherd and Coaches Steve Diamond and Bryan Redpath. As well as wrapping up this season, they discussed the forthcoming Lions tour to Australia, giving us a valuable insight from Dwayne about what it means to be selected for a Lions team and from Cameron as to the excitement and anticipation Down Under for this summer’s tour.
The main event of the night was the 2013 SSSC player awards, voted by the members of the supporters club.
A big thanks from us all to those four and the rest of the players for all their efforts this season.
The evening ended with an auction and raffle to raise funds for the SSSC with generous donations from MBNA, Flowcrete, Guy Salmon Land Rover, Talacre Beach Caravan & Leisure Park in North Wales and The Botanist Restaurant in Alderley Edge... Thanks for your support guys!
It was a most enjoyable evening and we wish the team all the best at Northampton on Saturday before the season finale at home to Wasps on Saturday
Dan Braid (Cpt) - Mike Haley - Will Cliff - Johnny Leota
Supporters Club Team:
Ben Smith (Cpt) - Carol Thomas - Graeme Bowers - Barry Mackleston
The Sale FC clubhouse, Heywood Road, was the venue for a titanic battle between the SSSC Allstars and the Sale Sharks Players in the grand final of Question of Sharks. A big thank you to Dan Braid, Will Cliff, Johnny Leota and Mike Haley for being such good sports and to Sam Tuitupou for his banter from the audience.
Undoubted highlights were Johnny Leota showing off with a hula hoop and a blindfolded Dan Braid 'poking the hole' (if you weren't there you may never know...).
A special mention in dispatches to Carol Thomas on the SSSC team who admitted to buying Andrew Sheridan's 1st album but couldn't remember what it was called and to Sam Tuitupou who did not know the answer to the question 'Which Sale player made his international debut against England in June 2004?' The Answer, of course, was Sam Tuitupou!
Anyway, after a keenly contested evening, where the scores were tied going into the final 'on the buzzer' round, I'm please to say that the SSSC team of Graeme Bowers, Barry Mackleston, Carol Thomas and skippered by Ben Smith, emerged victorious by 30 points to 22.
Be sure to watch out for what will no doubt be a grudge rematch next season.
HIGHLIGHTS of the EVENING:
Courtesy of Jen Unwin
Q & A - 'DIMES EVENING' at Heywood Road
Tuesday, 19th February 2013
Billed as 'An evening with Dimes. You ask the awkward questions... You get the straight answers', the SSSC February social evening certainly lived up to expectation.
At the top table: Steve Diamond, Sale Sharks Director of Rugby, seemed at ease in his old stomping ground, no doubt aided by a run of 4 straight wins. He was joined by Dave Swanton, Sale Sharks Media and PR Director and our very own Roger Bowen, SSSC Vice Chairman and MC for the evening.
In excess of 80 Sale supporters crammed into the Sale FC club house at Heywood Road and the very 1st question resulted in an important revelation- the club recognised that it had been a mistake to remove Sale and 1861 from the jersey and these would be back next season.
In all, Dimes fielded 37 questions over 2 hours. We learnt that the current coaching set up of Dimes as Director of Rugby and Bryan Redpath as Backs Coach would continue next season. The club had been determined to keep Bryan as although his tenure as DoR had not been a success, he was one of the best coaches out there. Two new coaches, probably a kicking and defence coach, will be recruited for next season.
Player recruitment and retention had been put on hold until after the London Welsh match but new contracts had now been offered to 10 of the 16 players who would be out of contract at the end of the season. He was looking to recruit a new tight-head prop, ball carrying number 6 and outside back with serious gas. The club currently spends the full salary cap and would continue to do so.
Away from the pitch, Dimes recognised that the move to Barton had been rushed and caused problems for fans. However, the new access road in 2014 would help, smart cards next season would facilitate entry through the turnstiles for season ticket holders, a big screen would be brought in and the supporters bar would receive a major face lift over the off season. The takeover of Salford Reds did not alter the fact that Sale Sharks had primacy of tenancy and stadium naming rights for 25 years.
Finally, Dimes acknowledged the supporters. He stated that the whole team had been blown away by the support at Baton for the Exeter match and the hundreds who travelled down to London Welsh-which he said compared favourably in atmosphere to the 20,000 who had travelled to Twickenham for the Cup Final in his day.
Thanks to all who attended and asked a question. Look out for details of our March social and also our end of season supporters & player dinner, which will be announced shortly.
'FAMILY FUN DAY'
Saturday, 26 January 2013 at SCS.
Five year old Amy showing Sharks fans at the Supporters Club 'Family Fun Day' that Sale Sharks aren’t the only guys able to show Scarlets a trick or two on Saturday afternoon at Salford City Stadium!
The event was a fantastic success with the kids winning prizes.... Free match tickets, Sweets and Autographed Players Cards. They also met their favourite hero 'Sharky' and had their photographs taken with Andy Powell & Mark Easter!
We’ll do it again next season! :)
1st SSSC SOCIAL EVENT of the SEASON.
EVENING MEAL .in .MONTPELLIER
86 . SUPPORTERS !
17 Boulevard Sarrail, Montpellier
Saturday, 20th October 2012
7:00pm for 7:30pm
Our good friends Dominique and his wife, Florence
who we met on our last visit to Montpellier in 2008 will be joining us as our guests on the night.
SSSC Dinner and Annual Awards - 2012.
Tuesday, 17th April 2012
Yet another fantastic social evening with nothing but praise from all who attended!
One of the highlights was Comedian & TV Personality, Ted Robbins who entertained everyone with his hilarious banter. Chief Exec. Steve Diamond also addressed the throng with a humorous interlude and also elaberated on our progress towards a successful move to Salford City Stadium.
The Raffle and Auction were also a resounding success! Thanks to everybody for your generous donations towards the development of our Sharks Academy and to our selected charities.
SSSC Annual Awards - 2012
. . . *. 'Player of the Year' - David Seymour.
. . . *. ‘Best New Player of the Year’ - Andy Powell.
. . . *. ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Club' - Nick Macleod & Alan Blease.
. . . *. ‘Hall of Fame’ - Andrew Sheridan.
. . . *. The 'Selorm Kuadey Memorial Award' for work in the Community -
. . . . . .Tom Brady
Award Winner's details - Click here
Meet the Ref. with David Rose evening - 2012
QUOTE from a happy Supporter....
"David Rose is an excellent speaker, passionate, committed and above all, a rugby enthusiast. Without the likes of David, where would we be?
His explanations and Insights are exceptionally informative and have changed the way I view games. I couldn't do what they do but I respect those who can.
He's also very, very funny :-)
Plus, I have to be honest, I failed the observation test :-( . . No more shouts at the TV of "Ref, get a grip !"
Well done SSSC"