Me2 aka Mama Shark

A blogger’s perspective

Written by Elspeth Hassall (Me2 aka Mama Shark)

Posted in :Original Content on 16 Jan 2009 at 07:00

Hi everyone…as most of you know, I am, as far as I know, the senior member (in age) of Sharksworld!
Since we don’t have much to chat about on a Friday (that is until the S14 begins in earnest), I thought I would jot down some of my thoughts about blogging……

It is nearly two years since I got adsl (in order to “Skype” with Mary), and found the Sharks’ website blog and then later Sharksworld……what a difference it made to my life!

I was lonely and feeling starved of conversation with young people, my daughter being in London & not seeing as much of my son, who had moved into our granny flat …….but most of all, I was missing watching my kids play their sport and talking about sport with them!

At first I just read…..then I braved a comment or two…next thing, I had a whole lot of people to chat to, not only about my beloved Sharks, but rugby as a whole! This ole lady learned a lot more about the game and, as a result, enjoyed watching it more and more.

I found everyone willing to help clear up my ignorance, in the most patient way, especially about the laws, and when the elvs came along…..well ….. what a wonderful medium through which to discuss and debate and try to clarify what was going on!!

Then there are the wonderful “cyber friendships” that have sprung up during the passed 2 years. I am not going to mention names…….as there are far too many for me to remember! You all know who you are ;-).

People from all over the world chatting away to each other about rugby, sometimes serious, sometimes very serious, sometimes “taking the mickey”; and, then, the times when we just catch up on family & other news; find people with common interests, out side of rugby; watch a little cricket together; and even tell the odd joke or two (some good and others…well……??).

It has been an awesome experience!

Thanks to ALL of you for a wonderful relationship and here’s to South African Teams doing well in the Super 14.

No matter whom you support, how well or badly they fare…….keep the faith!


(Sorry could not resist that!)



  • i thought the article was me2 moaning about the bloggers at sharksworld. i thought i would see my name mentioned as prime prick. thank goodness she was speaking about everyone else. good one me2. no time to start writing some articles about rugby. 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.01.09 07:50:25 by try time Reply
  • sorry i meant now its time to start writing articles about rugby. how about a weekly article about a rugby hottie. i would write it but there are only a few hot cheerleaders. there are more rugby players for you girls.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.01.09 07:52:46 by try time Reply
  • maybe ice should do it as she has the qualifications required from her days of stalking.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.01.09 07:54:01 by try time Reply
  • Nice read… :mrgreen:

    Yeah…blogging is fun alright…and it doesn’t get any better than Sharksworld. 😉

    Let me take this opportunity o wish fellow blogger- PaarlBok a Happy Birthday! Have fun!

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.01.09 08:35:31 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • Happy Happy PaarlBok!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.01.09 08:38:33 by wpw Reply
  • What a nice thread to start the day…until the last line that is 😛

    Happy Mifty PAarlBok, have a good day boet!

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.01.09 08:42:05 by PJLD Reply
  • Nice article Me2.
    You put into words what I have got out of blogging.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.01.09 08:45:48 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Veels geluk Paarlbok.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.01.09 08:46:55 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 2) :
    Considering there are 5 SA Super 14 franchises who all have cheerleaders, by my reckoning, if you applied you talents to personally, properly assessing say 2 of them a week, I think you will have enough to write about for the entire season.

    Didnt the Stormers have some male cheerleaaders parading in Sailor suits at some stage?, could be interesting…. 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.01.09 09:03:40 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • thanks for this arti, Me2… and happy birthday to PB. BTW, the latter might just possibly challenge your opening statement, Me2 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.01.09 09:04:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : it could only be the Stormers… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.01.09 09:07:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : the problem is supersport doesn’t give the girls enough airtime, and the girls don’t wear name tags. maybe sharksworld will sponsor a field trip to get better material. 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.01.09 10:15:17 by try time Reply

  • just saw sharksrugby’s preseason photos and jean deysel looks like action man.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.01.09 10:16:02 by try time Reply

  • @PJLD (Comment 6) : 😛 to you toooo!!!
    @robdylan (Comment 10) : @robdylan (Comment 10) : I am definately the Senior lady!!

    Happy birthday PaarlBok! If you want to challenge for the “senior” title YOU will have to reveal Your age and then I’ll confirm…Yeah or Neah!!! 😀

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.01.09 10:16:45 by Me2 Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 13) : I’m sure the ladies would like him to play without a shirt. 😯

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.01.09 10:18:24 by McLovin Reply

  • Veels geluk liewe Paarlbok omdaaaat jy verjaaaar…… 😎

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.01.09 10:19:32 by McLovin Reply

  • @Me2 (Comment 14) : PaarlBok is a half ton(er)

    I know he doesn’t mind because he was bragging earlier

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.01.09 10:34:23 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 17) : 😎 Then I AM the “Senior” and by quite a way!!! 😀

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.01.09 10:39:42 by Me2 Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 15) : yeah i see the ladies aren’t on the blog today. probably still glued on those pics.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.01.09 10:56:15 by try time Reply

  • @PJLD (Comment 17) : yeah – fair point. Just noticed that myself

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.01.09 10:57:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 13) : good to see Neef Justin there 🙂

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.01.09 11:00:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Me2 (Comment 18) : Ok tannie :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.01.09 11:04:28 by PJLD Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : yes although we have brilliant loosies, we have to have the back up. we don’t have many enforcing loosies other than deysel. and we saw how quickly an injury puts a player out. lets hope neefs chance doesn’t come from another deysel injury.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.01.09 11:09:53 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 23) : Agreed!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.01.09 11:12:03 by Me2 Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 22) : Watch it!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.01.09 11:12:39 by Me2 Reply

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  • How come i didn’t know about this?

    …The Sharks host the Bulls in a preseason warm-up match at The Absa Stadium Durban (5pm kick-off) on Wednesday 4 February…

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.01.09 11:13:21 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 23) : amen!

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.01.09 11:26:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 26) :

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.01.09 11:27:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : Are you saying there I missed the article?

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.01.09 11:34:09 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • Hi every1. Thanks for the nice read ME2 and I share your feeling, I might have started blogging for a different reason but I feel the same as you.
    And about Jean Deysel, I just looked at the pics about 5 min. ago. If the rest of him looks as good as his arms, I would advise anyone to stay away from him in a match.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.01.09 11:38:32 by Nita Reply

  • @Nita (Comment 30) : Thanks Nita! How have u been….you have been not een around lately?

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.01.09 11:53:12 by Me2 Reply

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  • I’ve been reading everyday, just keeping an eye on things. School started so I’ve been a bit busy, wrapping a lot of books…lol.

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.01.09 12:00:37 by Nita Reply

  • @Nita (Comment 32) : Glad those days are long passed!!

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.01.09 12:10:45 by Me2 Reply

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  • I kinda like it the kids get so excited about school and love picking paper to cover the books.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.01.09 12:12:27 by Nita Reply

  • School = traffic = 👿

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.01.09 12:25:45 by PJLD Reply
  • Very nice post. Have a good weekend all. Let the rugga begin please!!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.01.09 16:05:34 by billy Reply

  • @try time (Comment 12) :
    I was definatly thinking field trips with one on one/two sessions. 😆

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.01.09 16:11:19 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • How did I miss this thread? 😯

    Good read Me2 😎

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.01.09 20:55:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I was just wondering, seeing as Superbru has opened their Super14 competition today, if there is going to be a Sharksworld pool again. If there are please email me the pool code. Thanks.

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.01.09 01:38:53 by Nita Reply

  • @Me2 (Comment 14) : No probs 50 but still not out. 😎
    Thanks to all of you and a nice thread.

    This is a Tjark forum but I have to admit myself as a Stormer support feel really at home here. Maybe it all had to do with the Stormers lot posting here. 😉

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.01.09 06:36:05 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 40) : We gota give some balance PB!Stormers 2009 S14 champs

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.01.09 09:11:58 by PJLD Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 40) : I think it is because we Sharks supporters are such nice people and are true fans of rugby & The SHarks…so we enjoy the dicussions 😉

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.01.09 11:41:29 by Me2 Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 42) : 😳 “discussions with supporters of other teams”!

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.01.09 11:42:36 by Me2 Reply

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  • Me2 True. Also some credit to Rob here. Think he do he very good job with the way he mod this place. Myself post on a few forums but surely the differense between the goon ones and the bad ones is that you get you just plain stirring , sarcastic ones like Keo and PR and the ones where you can share info and have a nice chat without some bitch fights. Called it the agreement to differs from one another and still have a useful conversation. Called it the rugby spirit, war on the field but still be able to share a beer when the end whistle goes.

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.01.09 16:17:31 by PaarlBok Reply

  • haai another suggestion here. Cant the posters start some threads man. Our Paarl Gimmies specially proud on our own legend Giniel de Villiers winning the Dakar. Myself know his parents quite well and was their neighbour for years. 😎 💡

  • Comment 45, posted at 18.01.09 17:40:38 by PaarlBok Reply

  • 🙂 Great article!

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.01.09 05:50:44 by Milissa (Expecting!! New Sharks Supporter due Aug '09) Reply

  • @Milissa (Expecting!! New Sharks Supporter due Aug ‘09) (Comment 46) :
    I note with great joy your new status. Congrats.

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.01.09 08:23:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 44) : Agree 100%

    @PaarlBok (Comment 45) : You can speak to the powers that be about upgrading your rights.

    Again- well done G. De Villiers!

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.01.09 08:23:44 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 45) : Good job Giniel, that win has been hiding from that dude for years, very chuffed he finally go it.

  • Comment 49, posted at 19.01.09 08:32:10 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 49) :
    Myself try to explain to Walters lot the interesting thing about Giniels dad. Been married to Jacques Theron, the canoeers mother. Jacques also a Paarl Gimmie and the first Gautenger (he stays there after he left Maties) to win the KWV Berg River Canoe marathon. Also in the news a few years back when he put on his Landrover “Springbok Canoeer” and was forced by the Olimpic lot to remove the Springbok name from his vehicle.

    When they build Paarl Gyms rugby clubhouse some years back they invited Smittie (Geniels dad) to the opening ceromy to raise funds. Well he did not stay long and attack the school master for only praising Paarl Gyms rugby players and leaving out the other sports people. They sure did correct that mistake pretty quick and you can see all sport people getting recodnition.

    anyway just some stuff you wont read in a newspaper. Myself living in the same street and knowing both his parents sure they are special people and my kids sure of green with jealocy when we drive past the de Villiers and the cars standing in the street.

    Giniel still living in Stellenbosch and only goes to Europe once the rally season starts over there. He did not play rugby because he was a smallies guy and Jacques got into canoeing because he had harsingskuddings in rugby and Chris Beukes, a BergRiver Canoe golden oldie and teacher at Gim got him into the sport.

    Sure they both have our secret ingredient called Gimmie Guts and we really are proud on this guys.

  • Comment 50, posted at 19.01.09 10:30:26 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 50) : Thats why we dig your posts Oom, always something interesting.

    By the way, you get the results from the Stormers vs UCT games?

  • Comment 51, posted at 19.01.09 10:45:57 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 51) :
    No nothing. Just know they score 8 tries vs Maties.

  • Comment 52, posted at 19.01.09 10:51:25 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 52) :
    stormers b/c side beat maties by 10 trys to nil…
    stormers b/? side bate uct by 16 trys to nil..

    According to what i’ve read the Tongan was massive and had a great outing,so did Fondse, Vermualen and Lukemaan.

    Oh and percy got rounded by a hooker.

  • Comment 53, posted at 19.01.09 11:02:41 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 53) : Dankie Boet. Good to hear the Tongaan was great.

  • Comment 54, posted at 19.01.09 11:04:38 by PaarlBok Reply


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