Sharlene Pacckree
2 minute read
10 Oct 2008
00:00

Love in black and white

Sharlene Pacckree

Branding: From g-strings to braai sets, it’s all Sharks. Pink G-strings, sleeping bags and doggy jerseys are just some of the merchandise that fly off the Shark Cage’s shelves just before a big game.

Pink G-strings, sleeping bags and doggy jerseys are just some of the merchandise that fly off the Shark Cage’s shelves just before a big game.

Whether you are looking for a Sharks bikini, T-shirt or even a braai utensil set, the Shark Cage is the place to be and has even been described as a Sharks’ fan’s paradise.

While the replica Sharks jerseys are the best-selling items, other memorabilia like scatter cushions, flags and hair gel are becoming favourites among die-hard Sharks fans.

There is no doubt that fans will be decked out in their Sharks gear when the team take on the Lions in the Currie Cup semi-final at Absa Stadium today.

Shark Cage manager Junaid Motala said fans flood the store in the build-up to a game and that a visit to the store is an experience every fan should have.

He said that extra staff have to be hired to deal with the influx of excited fans who want to buy some item that will show their support for the team.

“Fans love the store. It’s filled with great stuff that appeals to everyone. Even fans of other rugby teams visit the store and love it,” Motala said.

The most popular items on match days are flags, caps and Sharky mascot toys.

“People love the team and I think that by buying memorabilia, they feel that they have a piece of the team. It’s amazing how much the team is loved,” he said.

It’s not just local fans who love the Sharks memorabilia; fans from United Kingdom and even Japan order their goodies online.

“There are lots of fans who live abroad and still support their top team. One of our biggest buyers is a fan from Japan who orders memorabilia every month,” he said.