The End of the Road…thanks Frank Sinatra

Written by Iza Loubser (Ice)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Meet the bloggers, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby on 26 Jun 2011 at 16:03
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So, it’s the end of the road. So, what? To me, I am happy as a pig in poo. Okay, not really. Disappointed? Off course I am. I am a full-blooded Sharks fan after all!!

Let’s take this Superugby 2011 season that ended abruptly into perspective. Was it really going to be “The Year of the Shark”? What DID the crystal ball say?

As Sharks fans we are always feeling that “this year is ours!” Relax people – it is perfectly natural! Ask your Blue Bulls enemy at work – for him it was “The year of the Bull”. (And may I add to this that I get this “LEKKKEERRR” feeling right down to my little pinkie toe, that we ended it for them – one week short of our own death, but we DID!!

That song “Oh the shark babe has such pretty teeth, dear
And he shows them pearly white
Just a jack knife has ol’ MacHeath, babe
And he keeps it out of sight

You know when that shark bites with his teeth, dear
Scarlet billows start to spread
Fancy gloves though wears ol’ MacHeath, babe
So there’s never, never a trace of red “ spring to mind when I think back to 18 June 2011.

Yes – our boys delivered disappointing encounters and then manage to come up with a few VICTORIES, although grinded out, and then they came with performances like the Twickenham clash second half and the Bulls game as mentioned.  Pure JOY!!!

And THAT people – makes me hopeful for the future. Proud to be a G-Shark (Girls Sharks Supporter).

There are wonders in the bones of our boys, even without Silverware. The pure enjoyment that they manage to give us sometimes. (Even momentarily in a loosing game.)

Off course I was hoping for a miracle yesterday against the Crusaders. (At the Bulls clash I was praying and a guy asked my husband – “is she praying??”  But I had savvy enough to realise that there is just too many factors counting against us yesterday. Did it make me a bitter, negative fan – NO, it did not. But I was open-minded about it.

I will simply believe that we can defend our Currie Cup successfully –that is the natural, next step for me.

It was not meant to be. Live with it. Although I want to say to the Boys – you had a tough one after the Bulls clash last weekend. Travel, referee calls, the game of the season a week ago – you can be proud. Because I am.

I am particularly proud of Stefan Terblanche – for acknowledging the fact that the Crusaders had a tough season (not playing any “home games” and managed the rugby they did. They are a fine outfit. Let’s give credit where credit is due!

I am a little flustered as to what to do with the few weekends that lie ahead. Then it dawned upon me….

Thank you SHARKS for an exciting Superugby season. It is a tough comp and the new format does not make it easy on anyone. Bodies, spirit and mind has been put on the frontline. I, for one, never will believe that a professional outfit will put in only half an effort. Enjoy your week or two off. You made MY season as a fan exciting, emotional and full of wonderful weekends!

Regrets? I’ve had a few,
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course –
Each careful step along the byway,
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew,
When I bit off more than I could chew,
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way.

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried,
I’ve had my fill – my share of losing.
But now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that,
And may I say, not in a shy way –
Oh no. Oh no, not me.
I did it my way.

I have ONE team and ONE team only. But we have one South African Outfit that can keep the “South African dream” alive. The Stormers.

“And now, the end is near,
And so I face the final curtain.”



  • Excellent Ice! I feel the same can’t wait for cc though! Go Sharks!

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.06.11 16:16:21 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • We have the sharks first in the currie cup why oh why the sharks depressing indeed 😕 👿

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.06.11 16:21:48 by Muzi Reply

    I think this article sums up quite good.

    I think the New SR format is a failure. It lends itself to too many injuries, fatiques, questionable referee calls etc. Fail in my books….money in the Ausies…

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.06.11 16:23:33 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner Ice
  • At least we’ll always be assured of a sell-out crowd at Newlands. 😎

    They should play all the knock-out games there. 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.06.11 16:48:39 by McLovin Reply

  • The play-off/qtr final games are unnecessary imo.

    Top 4 to play semi’s.

    And back to everyone plays everyone.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.06.11 17:01:02 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin:comment5: agree

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.06.11 17:09:48 by bergshark Reply

  • Or what about a super 15,but all teams only play teams in other conferences(meaning no local derbies – just to keep the aussies happy 😉 )

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.06.11 17:11:29 by bergshark Reply

  • Agreed with mcloving old format was best – where each team played all other teams once and top 4 go through or IF there has to be quarter finals then the top 6 on the log should go through not reserve places for top of conference which could result a team with say 50 pnts host a quarter/semi over a team with 60 points.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.06.11 17:44:00 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Great read ice, yes we are going to support the stormers, but it wound be the same….

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.06.11 17:50:16 by franshark Reply
  • I really detest the non-neutral refereeing. It is absolutely absurd.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.06.11 19:31:18 by King Shark - Kanko at 12! Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 3) : Comparing the average number of tries in derbies versus inter-conferences for South African teams: the Bulls averaged 2.3 tries versus 2.8; Cheetahs 2.3 versus 3.3; Lions 2.0 versus 2.5; Sharks 1.9 versus 3.3; and Stormers 1.9 versus 2.3.

    Despite the Sharks average of 1.9 tries in derbies versus 3.3 in inter-conferences the ranges were 0.9-2.8 versus 2.0-4.5 respectively, so an overlap or not statistically significant.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.06.11 19:58:48 by RuckinGoodStats Reply

  • Well the emotion of the weekend has gone, so a good time to look at the game. Even if Bryce had blown the other way on Saturday the Sharks would have still lost. The same basic mistakes the Sharks made all season returned. Charls handling was poor, Bosman’s imagination on attack is lacking. The big ball carriers have no offloading ability, and the players give away dumb penalties when they least need to be giving away points. The Sharks cannot blame fatigue blah blah blah, they have to blame themselves.

    The one good thing that comes of this is Fred isn’t better than Lambie, it is more a case of some days the midfield play well other days they are poor. Doesn’t matter which flyhalf they have.

    The best news is that 75% of the Bok squad is resting up, while 90% of the Kiwi squad is playing more rugby.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.06.11 07:47:55 by waje Reply

  • What I find amazing is the Blues or Crusaders couldn’t fill their stadiums in a playoff match. And we have guys on this site whining about Kings Park averaging over 20 000 a game. Maybe rugby has become boring at the grounds.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.06.11 07:55:09 by waje Reply

  • a pity the sharks did no fair better. Hope the Stormers do well; from a South African perspective. From a Sharks fan perspective living in Cape Town, deep down I want them to falter because of all the negative talk I hear from Stormers fans about the Sharks in CT (probably the reverse in Durbs).
    I still think they had the best jersey! Pity they are so expensive – if we had made it to the finals I would have bought one.
    Here’s to next year! And wishing that the Sharks will shove their socks down the gullets of everyone who underrates them.
    and hoping that next year we get more depth at centre.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.06.11 08:27:25 by PhillipGibb Reply

  • The result wasn’t totally unexpected although the scoreline did flatter the Crusaders somewhat.

    To beat the Crusaders you need to be well ahead at half time. It’s near impossible to beat the Saders at home in any play-off game. The Sharks should never have been in that situation though and should have rather have been in a situation to play the Waratah’s or Blues.

    I still believe the format of the S15 is flawed and unless you end in the top 2 your very unlikely to win the competition.(Watch the Crusader prove me wrong 😉 )

    Typical Sharks season thought putting their fans through highs and lows but ultimately just not quite good enough to win it. They gave us hope and disappointed us.

    The loss to the Crusaders doesn’t hurt nearly as much as the missed opportunities earlier in the season that ended us in sixth position instead of possibly the top 2 or even 4.

    Many comments have been made about certain problems in the Sharks personal and game plan and ultimately it cost us.

    But am I a committed Sharks fan? HELL YEAH!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.06.11 08:50:50 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel:the chiefs were huge for the new zealanders_beat both the sharks and stormers ..!but the cheetahs upset the tahs in sydney and beat the saders in bloem-how huge was that?!
    But from a sharks perspective,the chiefs loss,woeful kicking and handling vs stormers in dbn,the missed pen kick after the hooter vs bulls in dbn cost sharks anything from 5-8 points.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.06.11 08:59:40 by bergshark Reply

  • @waje: in the first half,what if the sharks were given the pen instead stef t being pen (kiwi comms were also saying that saders player didn’t release the ball and stef t could feel hard done by-in sader 10m area).
    Or what about the one highlighted by supersport in studio comms when saders player was off side at the sharks line out?
    Or the call on jpp for obstructing and playing sbw off the ball?
    All these things happened with sharks still very much in the game.

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.06.11 09:05:47 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 17) : It would have mattered little. The Sharks wasted all the ball they got, and when they put phases together they went nowhere. The Sharks turned over far too much ball for anyone to blame the ref. Bryce was shocking and should be sidelined for the final after that performance, but he never lost the game for the Sharks, they did it themselves.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.06.11 09:29:25 by waje Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : Agree, the loss is well accepted and in some bizzare way the refs performance makes the loss easier. Please note the only thing Im blaming the ref for is for making the loss easier to stomach.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.06.11 09:54:41 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Comment 20, posted at 27.06.11 10:12:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @waje (Comment 13) : It’s overkill Waje…the administrators have become greedy and there are just TOO many games. The public can’t afford to go to every game so are picking and choosing and in addition they are getting bored with too many games. The new S15 format is only their for ONE reason…and that is to benefit the Aussies. This way they are guaranteed at least one side in the latter stages and also get to play their own version of the CC with all the derbies.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.06.11 12:08:54 by Villie Reply
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