Season Preview: Belconnen United Sharks

A strong recruitment campaign sees the Belconnen United Sharks aiming of a top four finish in 2018.

Where they excel

The Sharks regularly started well in 2017, as the sides big pack made early inroads into the opposition defence.

The additions of Jack Elliot and Channon McAskill improve their forward pack enormously and add experience to last year’s cellar dwellars.

Room to improve

The Sharks conceded 730 points last season and massive improvement is needed if their finals aspirations are to become a reality.

Although the Sharks started games well, they faded badly after the opening half hour.

With Scott Logan having a full pre-season to implement his game plan and fitness regime, the side will undoubtedly improve. The question is by how much.

Coach’s comments

“I let some fitness stuff go early last season because I wanted to get some structure in but this year the focus has been on defence and fitness. We didn’t do much attack at all until late on. I’m pleased with where we are at currently but the proof will be in the pudding.” – Scott Logan

The rookie

“I’m looking for Jordan Mecham-Crane to have a big season. He can play in the halves and at fullback, he’s very good at OzTag and Touch Football and he’s in his third season playing First Grade. He played First Grade at a younger age given the club he was at and the depth we had. However, Jordan is better for that now.” – Scott Logan

Gains and Losses

Gains:

Channon McAskill (Gungahlin Bulls)
Aidan Greenwood (West Belconnen Warriors)
Trent Vaughan (Gungahlin Bulls)
Craig Finnerty (West Belconnen Warriors)
Anthony Onorato (Gungahlin Bulls)
Jack Elliot (Gungahlin Bulls)
Andrew McDonald (West Belconnen Warriors)
Isaac Hamad (unattached)
Daniel Pumpa (unattached)

Losses:

Andrew Pelasio
Shane Gorman

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