The ultimate underdog story

OVER THE MOON: Lake Albert's over 35s celebrate a 2-1 victory over Henwood Park at Equex on Saturday. Picture: Les Smith

OVER THE MOON: Lake Albert's over 35s celebrate a 2-1 victory over Henwood Park at Equex on Saturday. Picture: Les Smith

A disbelieving Lake Albert Sharks squad claimed the Nankivell title at Equex on Saturday afternoon.

Sharks defeated clear favourites, Henwood Park Hawks, 2-1.

“It was amazing, we were the underdogs,” Sharks’ coach Andrew Earl said.

“Most people didn’t think we could beat them, including most of our players.

“We’ve only won about five games this year.”

The over 35’s team scraped into the finals series with a win in the last preliminary round.

Sharks went on to pick-off Wagga United in the minor semi-final and minor premier Tolland in the preliminary final last week.

Most people didn’t think we could beat them, including most of our players. We’ve only won about five games this year - Sharks' coach Andrew Earl

Joel Lowrie was man of the match in his first year of senior soccer.

“Put it this way, at half-time he asked what the offside rule was,” Earl said.

“He plays in the spirit of the game. He ran hard, defended staunchly and kept up the positive talk.”

Sharks wore down Hawks’ strong defence and limited their key striker Shane Bush.

“He’s easily the best striker in the over 35’s,” Earl said.

“We were aware of him as a danger.”

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