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Coasting : Issue 9 Mar 2010
23 www.coastingtoday.com .au COASTING FEATURE The Mean Machine Central Coast Sharks head coach Peter Tos first got involved in American football when, in 1984, he responded to a recruitment poster for the code in a shop window. “ The only thing I knew about American football was from the Burt Reynolds movie, The Mean Machine,” he joked. But he was immediately hooked, and has been involved in the sport as a player, coach and administrator ever since. “ I wasn’t a rugby league or union player before I got involved in American football. In fact, I’d been a musician,” Peter said. Today, the Central Coast Sharks boast players from a variety of sporting backgrounds, he said. high-flying action! Casey’s Toys & Hobbies • 24 Karalta Road, Erina Phone 02 4365 1131 • caseystoysandhobbies.com.au JustLike The Real Thing! • 4WD Drivetrain • 5.4” Mud Thrasher Tires • Reversible electronic speedcontrol • Automatic setup and reverse • Full ball bearings • Long Travel Suspension • Quick-change 7.2V 1500mAh Ni-Cd battery slot • Rear wheelie bar • Fully Painted and Detailed Body The Wheely King 4X4 True-to-scale Monster Truck now $299 for Coasting readers who mention this ad was $499 A8696567-4Mar COASTING SPORT “ It’s very specialised, so it appeals to a range of different body shapes and sizes, and different athletic abilities,” Tos said. And discipline is a big part of the code. “ We try to have a firm but fair approach to the sport, and every part of it is disciplined. The kids really enjoy the boundaries and buy into that discipline.” And what young bloke wouldn’t want to try on all of the fabulous gear and evoke the gladiator within? “ Yes, all of the hardware is also something that the boys enjoy,” Tos said. It costs each player about $500 a season to play – and about $300 to $350 of that is the initial cost of the equipment – so it stacks up pretty well when compared to some other sports, Tos said. The Sharks junior team began its season last month. The senior team begins its season in August, and a favourable draw will see the locals play eight of their nine matches at home. New players are welcome in both teams. The teams train at Killarney Vale Athletics Oval on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. Phone 0408 215 168 or go to www.centralcoastsharks.com for details. HARDWARE: Nathan Thompson is pictured wearing the Central Coast Sharks uniform and protective equipment which can cost between $300 and $350. UNITY: Gridiron is big on the team ethos, where every player is required to perform a specific duty on every play .
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