Sharks push for home semi-final in Shire

Cronulla will on Monday meet with NRL boss Todd Greenberg in an attempt to convince him to allow a potential home semi-final to be played at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

The Sharks continued their relentless march towards the minor premiership – and a home fixture in week one of the finals – when they recorded their 15th straight win with a 36-4 rout of Newcastle on Sunday.

Under NRL rules, the Sharks would be forced to take a home semi-final to Allianz Stadium or ANZ Stadium.

And while North Queensland, Canberra and Melbourne would be able to play in front of their home fans, Sharks supporters would be forced to travel from the Shire to see their team play in the first week of the finals.

“This isn’t an assault on the NRL over where the finals series will be played but as (coach) Shane (Flanagan) pointed out, (1300 Smiles Stadium) will have one, AAMI will, Canberra would as well,” Sharks chief executive Lyall Gorman said.

“So `why not us’ would be the question and what do we have to do we get one?”.

Gorman will broach the subject of home semi-finals during a scheduled meeting with Greenberg at Rugby League Central on Monday.

Veteran hooker Michael Ennis proved the catalyst for the idea, saying commercially there wasn’t a lot of difference between playing the games at Shark Park or Allianz Stadium.

The Sharks attracted 27,031 to Allianz Stadium for their home qualifying final against South Sydney last year while Southern Cross Group Stadium has a 22,000 capacity.

Ennis said all Sydney clubs should be afforded the right to host home semi-finals at their traditional suburban grounds.

“The home fans deserve it and they come out and support their teams,” Ennis said.

“We’re forever asking them for memberships, asking to give to the club to help fund it and do what it does day-to-day.

“When a semi-final comes around we tell them we’re going to drag it into the city.

“They’ve been coming here and turning out week after week and the boys have been playing their hearts out here.

“We deserve the advantage too so we’ll keep fighting for it.”

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