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Experienced Ramm steps up as interim Sharks coach

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Experienced country footballer and former Peel Thunder player Jamie Ramm has taken the reins of the Albany Sharks league side after Stewart MacTaggart stepped down from the head coaching role, which he accepted in December last year. The Sharks were on the hunt for a new coach at the end of last season, in which they won one game under Kim Mayfield, and they promoted MacTaggart from the reserves to take the reins in the 2020 Great Southern Football League campaign. Last Thursday, the Sharks confirmed the change with MacTaggart stepping away because of personal reasons. Ramm, pictured, was announced as the immediate replacement but only in an interim capacity as the Sharks search for a full-time league coach ahead of the GSFL season, which starts in April. The Sharks… Read More »Experienced Ramm steps up as interim Sharks coach

Mayfield

Sharks get a few nibbles for league job

Albany Sharks are on the hunt for a new senior coach after confirming Kim Mayfield has stood down following three years at the helm of the league team. Mayfield, who is highly regarded within the game, joined the Sharks at the start of the 2017 season as a co-coach. Mayfield led the Sharks to their second-ever league victory earlier this year when they defeated Denmark-Walpole by 21 points in round one.

Budding star back from Boomerangs triumph

Emerging Albany talent Luke Mowaljarlai Jr has returned home after helping the Flying Boomerangs take a clean sweep of their exhibition games in Melbourne last week. Mowaljarlai Jr and Lake Grace youngster Jackson Callope were both part of the Flying Boomerangs team that beat the World Team at Trevor Barker Oval in Melbourne twice last week. Playing a variety of positions across the two games, Mowaljarlai Jr found plenty of the ball as one of six WA representatives in the Boomerangs team. The 15-year-old and his teammates were too strong in the opening game, winning 14.8 (92) to 6.7 (43) at full-time last Tuesday. In their second match on Friday the Boomerangs were big winners in wet conditions, prevailing 10.14 (74) to 1.4 (10).

Sharks snap losing streak with second-ever win

Albany have recorded a breakthrough win in the Great Southern Football League, notching their second-ever league win and snapping a 45-game losing streak after powering past Denmark-Walpole on Sunday afternoon. There were jubilant scenes post-match, usually not seen in a home-and-away game, as the Sharks won only their second league game in 106 matches after the 21-point triumph over the Magpies at Centennial Stadium.

Sharks savour second win

Albany have snapped a 45-game losing streak, storming to their second-ever league victory with a polished 21-point triumph over Denmark-Walpole at Centennial Stadium. In the final game of the opening round in the Great Southern Football League competition, the Sharks duly stole the headlines as they tasted victory for the first time since 2015. After kicking the first two goals of the match, the Sharks trailed at quarter time and then again at half time and then conceded the first major of the second half.

Key recruits boost Sharks’ stocks

Buoyed by a busy pre-season of recruiting, Albany will take a new level of optimism into their eighth season in the Great Southern Football League competition, according to coach Kim Mayfield. Previously hampered by an inability to attract quality league players to their club, the Sharks have been the busiest in the off-season, boosting their stocks as they aim for their second win in the competition. Read the full story at The Advertiser

Jake Stuart

More to footy than wins for loyal Shark

For loyal Albany servant Jake Stuart there is more to football than just winning. Stuart will create a special piece of Sharks history on Sunday, becoming the first player in the club to reach the 100 league game milestone after missing only three matches since their inception in 2012 as a league team. Most country footballers reflect on the good times, the memorable wins or premierships when reaching personal milestones but things are a little different for Stuart given he’s played in 98 losses. He may have one of the worst win- loss records in country football but never for a moment has Stuart considered walking away or switching clubs, in a sign of his resilience and loyalty to the Great Southern Football League’s newest club. “It’s obviously a big… Read More »More to footy than wins for loyal Shark

Kim Mayfield

Why Kim Mayfield should be coach of the year

The idea that a coach with a win-loss record of 0-11 should be considered as the coach of the year in the Great Southern Football League to many is inconceivable. But in the case of Albany coach Kim Mayfield, he should well and truly be in the conversation. It has been a case of so close but so far for the Sharks this season as they chase that elusive second ever win since entering the league competition in 2012. Their three-point loss to ladder leaders Railways almost a fortnight ago was their 100th match in the competition and their 20-point loss to Denmark-Walpole last Sunday was their 100th loss. When it comes to development and growth of a team, the Sharks are without doubt the big improvers. You can see… Read More »Why Kim Mayfield should be coach of the year

Navy team ready to take on Sharks

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The Royal Australian Navy will be looking to square the ledger against the Albany Sharks when they travel for the second annual exhibition match on Saturday at Collingwood Park. The inaugural match last year coincided with the Anzac centenary commemorations and attracted a strong crowd of about 500 to Collingwood Park. The Sharks went on to win the match by 38 points, the first time the league side had tasted a win before their first premiership points in round 15 last season. With hope of turning the match into an annual event, the Navy will return better prepared for the clash, according to team manager Matt Vaisey. “This year we have done a fair bit of training for about six to eight weeks, so I would say as a team… Read More »Navy team ready to take on Sharks

Tyron in State side

Selectors had seen enough from one trial match to give talented Albany Sharks youngster Tyron Smallwood the nod to represent WA in the State Schooboys 15s team in the School Sport Australia AFL Championships. Despite being sidelined with a hip injury suffered in his Great Southern Football League debut in round 1 in April, which prevented him from taking part in the final two trials, Tyron was unexpectedly announced in the final squad of 25 last week to travel to Geelong for the championships, which start on July 19. “I was basically speechless,” he said. “I had only played the first game, so I was really surprised.” The lively forward who booted 43 goals in the GSFL under-17s competition last season – including a best-on-ground six goals in the Sharks’… Read More »Tyron in State side