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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