From Castle to Ellis…..

Written by Frans Weyers (Franshark)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Reader Submissions on 1 Nov 2011 at 09:38
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That is shorthand for ”from Newcastle to Ellis(Coke)park courtesy of Sharksworld”…

So let me quickly tell you all my story unfolding at rapid pace since about 10am Friday morning. As it turned out KSA put up a post on Friday morning that one lucky(or more like blessed) Sharksworld blogger can get a generous sponsor to go and watch the game live at Ellis Park and this head of mine started working overtime. So first had to seek tickets, hahaha ja, tickets on a Friday before a CC final.

Again with some great posting of a fellow Sharksworld mate a la PTAShark and as I read later also KSA put up the number for the “@sharks” and the searched was on for tickets. After about 10 mails there and I think quite a few to KSA it all came together.

A trip to Sandton will earn me tickets, and then of we can go to Ellis.

At this stage my wife intervened and reminded me of the daughter’s extra maths classes on Saturday and that I should seek another companion, therefore my Sharks buddy and neighbour’s son got the surprise call and all was arranged.

We hit the road @ 5am, Sandton Garden Court hotel for the tickets, and then it was off to the stadium, with a breakfast at Kentucky across the road we found ourselves in front of closed gates before 11am.

Inside it was all calm and collected, inspecting, surveying and photographing the scenes that lay before us. The war zone was empty. From there on it was game one, U19, game two U21, and the big clash Lions vs Sharks.

No need to explain the happenings during the encounter as that is pulled apart already.

The plan was when we left on our trip that we will find place to sleep afterward, or even head to Van der Bijl Park, where we could sleep with family, but the disappointment got the better of our judgment and homeward bound we went. A stop at the fuel station just down the road on the N3, and some refreshments at Mugg and Bean found us confronted by one of the biggest lions out there, Kobus Wiese, a few minutes of chat a laugh and a joke later and of we went on to reach home just after midnight.

Sunday in a quest to please the wife, we went to town, me wearing my sharks-kit (not the same as Saturdays for those that’s frowning right now) I found a way different opinion from rugby supporters, also reading and listening to commentary found myself to believe that the awesome time we had by taking this trip has in some way softened the pain of the defeat the Sharks endured at the Tin.

So that’s my story. I am humble, privileged to first be part of this blog, to be blessed with such a great gift of being able to go to Ellis, and to support a team no matter the score be 53-9 in favour, or 42-16 in defeat I am proud to be a Sharks supporter.

Supporting the Sharks at Coke Park


  • Lekker. Pity about the result though!

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.11.11 10:20:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Having met Franshark yesterday, I can say that there could have not been a more deserving recipient of a Sharksworld sponsorship. The dude positively radiates with passion for the Sharks!

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.11.11 10:43:21 by Culling Song Reply
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    Culling Song
  • @Culling Song (Comment 2) : 😎

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.11.11 10:58:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Great one Fransie!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.11.11 11:03:57 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • @Ice Ice Bokkie (Comment 4) : thanks Ice 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.11.11 11:15:56 by Franshark Reply
  • Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

    Just a heads up on how the idea came about. One of the posters I can’t remember his name was bummed that there were no tickets available in Jhb but available in Dbn.

    We thought let’s kill 2 birds with one stone and send tickets up with someone who can then pick them up for him and deliver them in Jhb.

    Letgo jumped the gun and offered to take tickets up before we could make to offer, so the offer had to change slightly. A special thanks to Letgo fo taking tickets up.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.11.11 11:25:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice Ice Bokkie (Comment 4) : Time for another name change! 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.11.11 11:30:32 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : And I would just like to thank Letgo again for bringing those tickets up for me if she is here today! And also thank you KSA for giving through the info on where to get them!

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.11.11 11:32:34 by mbay-shark Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 7) : how on mobile?

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.11.11 11:40:44 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • Nice 🙂 It’s always great seeing your team ‘live’ even if they loose.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.11.11 11:41:32 by Nita Reply

  • @Ice Ice Bokkie (Comment 9) : Dunno.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.11.11 11:42:53 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ice Ice Bokkie (Comment 9) : at the bottom of the page there is an “exit mobile version” link and from there you do it as you would on a PC.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.11.11 11:54:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Other than the loss I hope your experience at Ellis Park was enjoyable and the locals behaved themselves 😛 ..also its a bonus finding your car waiting for you when the game is over .. 😀

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.11.11 12:22:42 by CoffeeshopBok ;-) Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :

    KSA kan ek vir jou n mooi rooi trei bestel .. ? 😉

    Ek weet mos die Leeus is jou tweede span 😎

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.11.11 12:24:20 by CoffeeshopBok ;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeshopBok 😉 (Comment 14) : Hulle is rerag my 2de span! 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.11.11 12:28:06 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 15) :

    If you intrested there is a meet ,greet and pic session tomorrow at Ellis Park from 10 o clock .. 😉

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.11.11 12:32:26 by CoffeeshopBok ;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeshopBok 😉 (Comment 16) : Okay let me rephrase. The Lions are my 4th team. Sharks are my number 1, 2 and 3! So no thank you! 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.11.11 12:38:32 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 17) :


  • Comment 18, posted at 01.11.11 12:50:33 by CoffeeshopBok ;-) Reply

  • Yes for @LETGO for playing her part in this so it worked out I could go 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.11.11 12:51:42 by Franshark Reply

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