To say the Rockingham Sharks have had a whirlwind season to date is an understatement.
After starting the season with two straight losses, the Sharks responded to rattle off four wins in a row including a dramatic comeback against the Fremantle Roosters before falling to the North Beach Sea Eagles in another tight affair in Round Seven.
Coach Darren Shaw says he was disappointed his side couldn’t build on their momentum.
“We got off to our best start of the season – we were up 14-0 after 25 minutes and looking very composed, credit to them (North Beach), they came back and got us.”
Rockingham’s 4-3 record places them third on the ladder, and Shaw hopes for more consistency after the General Bye.
“With the turnaround of player personnel we’ve had, it’s taken us a bit longer (to gel) with a lot of chopping and changing,” he said.
“We’ve been in every game and got a fair bit of footy to go.”
Despite this hurdle, Shaw says he’s impressed with how his team has performed in the last five rounds.
“It was just a matter of time (before they clicked),” he said.
“I’m looking forward to the back end of the season.”
A major reason for Rockingham’s form has been the performances of centre Tevita Pomale, who leads the team with seven tries.
“He’s just so powerful. He can create something out of nothing and we’re fortunate to have Logan Barclay on the other side,” Shaw said.
“We’re pretty blessed we have two great centres.”
Pomale is one of five Sharks who will represent WA at the Combined Affiliated States Championships next week, but Shaw has confidence in his depth.
“We’ve been fortunate a couple of the reserve grade guys have come up and done the job as it is,” he said.
After the Bye Round, the Sharks face a trip to South Perth to take on a Lions side fresh from an upset win over the Roosters.