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TBT | The origins of the Porter Cup

TBT | The origins of the Porter Cup

The Sharks and Dragons will once more do battle for the Monty Porter Cup on Sunday afternoon, in recognition of the late Monty Porter, a six-time premiership winner with the Dragons and the inaugural captain of the Sharks.

Porter –  who signed on with the Sharks ahead of their maiden year – would play only the 1967 season with Cronulla, before retiring to fulfil a successful career in sports administration.

Former Rugby League great Darryl Brohman praised what Porter brought to both the Sharks and the Dragons throughout his time in first grade, saying that Porter was an legend of the sport.

“Monty was an icon of Australian Rugby League throughout the 1960s,” Brohman said.

“He was a great player, a great coach coach, but perhaps greater still, an amazing family man.

“Before his time at the Sharks, he was an outstanding player for the St George Dragons, who dominated Rugby League in that era as we know.”

Porter is one of the many Sharks and Dragons to have previously played for the local rival before switching allegiances to the other club.

Names like Steve Rogers, Trent Barrett, Colin Best and Lance Thompson went before current-day players Jack Bird, Gerard Beale and Tyson Frizell, who have once before played for the rival club.

The Porter Cup symbolises the great rivalry between the Sharks and the Dragons, whilst also embodying the great work done by Porter in his time after playing the game, and now the foundation in his name.

The Sharks are current holders of the Monty Porter Cup, having defeated the Dragons when the side’s last met in Round 18 last season.

The Monty Porter Memorial Sports Foundation is the Sharks Round 2 Game Day Community Partner. For more information on the work done by the foundation, click HERE.

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