?35 degrees against the Premiers ? can?t get a bigger test up front than that,? commented Norths General Manager Greg Florimo as the Bears Harold Matthews squad tested their mental in 1 & half hours of 20-minute quarters against Penrith.With a possession of 2:1 in favour of Penrith the Bears will head into their next trials with a clear plan of what to improve and work on. ?It came down to simple mistakes: controlling the play, drop ball allowing Penrith to hit back and probably a lack of experience in aggression.All fixable problems? said Co-coach Kevin Nichols. ?It?s absolutely fixable, we will turn this experience into a positive,? said fellow coach Gary Armstrong.The SG Ball camp are confident of a competitive year with the under 18 boys at times dominating the Penrith side. An even matched affair till the Penrith club brought on fresh teams to trial, the aggressive and talkative North Sydney side performed admirably against the Panthers.It was a tough encounter with Norths Brock Harmer being knocked out and a strong performance by John Faletau. But just like that well-known TV show, assistant coach Jamie Papa felt ?there?s room for improvement?. Jamie trained one of the most competitive Bears Premier League sides in a number of years in the 2005 season.The Bears next trial will be against the Manly Sea Eagles on the 4thFebruary.PHOTO: S.G. Balls' John Faletau crossing the line in a extraordinarily tough trial match against Penrith. Photo: Steve LittleFor more action photos of the Junior Reps trial against Penrith go here - http://www.northsydneybears.com.au/Photos/Junior%20Reps/20060121vpenrithtr/20060121%20-%20TR%20JR%20V%20Penrith.htmThe North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website athttp://www.northsydneybears.com.au.
MATT Seers, Greg Florimo, Josh Stuart and Craig Wilson are some of the North Sydney stars that will be on show at the Orara Valley Sevens held between 27th and 29th of January 2006. Four days of festivities will include demonstration matches by the ?Old Boys? of North Sydney, St George and that mixed bag team ?The Barbarians?, a legends golf day and dinner as well as 2 days of sevens football in the beautiful Orara Valley. And so the North Sydney Bears will battle the St George Old Boys team on the evening of Australia Day at Coffs Coast International Stadium and will play again on Saturday at Coramba Sports Ground against a Coast and Valley Old Boys team. In between the boys will be playing golf and dinning for charity.TEAM LIST:Adam Muir Andrew King Anthony Peredis Brenton Pomery Craig Wilson Greg Florimo Josh Stuart Matt Seers Michael Buettner Peter Phillips Wayne Portlock Willie Leyshon
MATT Seers, Greg Florimo, Josh Stuart and Craig Wilson are some of the North Sydney stars that will be on show at the Orara Valley Sevens held between 27th and 29th of January 2006.
THE Bears feeder club agreement with NRL club Melbourne Storm has given a chance for some of Norths talented young stars to join other young players from around the Eastern states, in an intensive week of training at Storm headquarters down south.Premier League and Kiwi junior rep Reihana Peters has joined Jersey Flegg recruit James Maloney, S.G. Ball?s Liam Foran and Bears head coach Josh White in Melbourne for 5 days of skills, conditioning sessions and sports related forums on leadership and sports science.?It?s very exciting. There are 26 young players here from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, even the Northern Territory! Today [Wednesday] we had a skills session with coaching staff Craig Bellamy & Michael Maguire and former first grade player Steve Kearney? said former Magpies first grader Josh White.Local Junior and SG Ball star Liam Foran said, ?It?s very exciting and a great experience!?The Norths crew fly back to Sydney on Saturday afternoon and ready themselves for what promises to be a huge season for the Bears.PHOTO: Bears under 20s halfback James Maloney and Premier League Coach Josh White at training prior to heading for Melbourne. Photo: Steve LittleThe North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website athttp://www.northsydneybears.com.au.
ONEIN person at the North Sydney Markets.Come visit the North Sydney Bears Merchandise stall at the North Sydney Markets this Saturday 10th December 2006.North Sydney Markets are on every 2nd Saturday of every month (from 9 am to 4 pm), you can wander through the parkland environment with 160 stalls offering: arts, crafts and plants clothes, hats and jewellery, books, bric a brac and antiques, freshly baked cakes, jams, honey, and preserves, massage treatments and of course BEARS MERCHANDISE.Also enjoy the live entertainment from 11 am to 1 pm.Where: Miller Street, North Sydney (between Ridge and McLaren Streets).On rainy days the markets will be on the top floor of the Ridge Street carpark.Parking: plenty of free parking in Ridge Street carpark.---------------------------------------------------------------TWOBy mail direct from the Football ClubGo to the Merchandise page of the Bears official website at http://www.northsydneybears.com.au and download the Bears official merchandise brochure, make your selection, then download the order form and send your chq or money order to the Club.If you have any questions contact the Club on (02) 9466 8860 or email: [email protected] North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website athttp://www.northsydneybears.com.au.
FOUR training squads and two gruelling hours was the scene on Saturday morning at Palm Beach in Northern Sydney. Steve Carter?s Jersey Flegg squad joined the Clubs? Premier League & S G Ball teams as well as Asquith?s Jim Beam Cup side in one of the hardest training sessions yet.Renowned fitness trainer Rob Roland-Smith (the Sand Hill Warrior), who?s other trainees include Kelly Slater and the Wests Tigers NRL team, combined up hill sand running with core resistance exercises and motivational talk.Typical of the talk was Rob?s opening words. ?I will give you 100% of me and I expect 100% back. I want positive talk. I want you to train as a team, if some of your team mates are falling behind help each other out?.Bears Jersey Flegg coach and Penrith great Steve Carter was keen to see how his team coped with the workload, commenting ?This will sort the fit players from the rest?. Steve has mentored many players during his career and is looking forward to 2006, ?It?s great to work with the young players and see them develop?.At the end of one of the toughest sessions the Sand Hill Warrior gave the Bears his fitness score card. ?You did very well out there today. I said I would give you some feedback; you need to work harder on your endurance, watch your diet and I can tell from the core exercises you did that you need to do more resistance exercises. It?s been great training with you and great meeting you today?.The Bears will return to Palm Beach in two weeks time when Rob claims he will up the anti!Rob has been running his personnel training business out of Palm Beach for many years. At over 50 years old why does he still do it? ? ?I love it? he states.PHOTO: The Bears slug it out in their toughest training session under the guidance of 'the Sandhill Warrior'. Photo: Steve LittleTo see more photos of the Bears training hard at Palm Beach go to the photos section of the Bears website http://www.northsydneybears.com.au.The North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website athttp://www.northsydneybears.com.au.
COME visit the North Sydney Bears Merchandise stall at the North Sydney Markets this Saturday 10th December 2006.North Sydney Markets are on every 2nd Saturday of every month (from 9 am to 4 pm), you can wander through the parkland environment with 160 stalls offering: arts, crafts and plants clothes, hats and jewellery, books, bric a brac and antiques, freshly baked cakes, jams, honey, and preserves, massage treatments and of course BEARS MERCHANDISE.Also enjoy the live entertainment from 11 am to 1 pm.Where: Miller Street, North Sydney (between Ridge and McLaren Streets). On rainy days the markets will be on the top floor of the Ridge Street carpark. Parking: plenty of free parking in Ridge Street carpark.
SEVEN time winner of the Uncle Toby?s Iron Man Series and multi-champion ironman Guy Leech has introduced the North Sydney Premier League squad to his unique style of water and beach based fitness training, at his OzPaddle headquarters at the Manly Pavilion. Early Sunday mornings most of us are lying in bed enjoying a sleep-in. But not Guy Leech and not the North Sydney Bears. In the first of 4 training sessions Guy has combined kayak work and beach running in a 2 hour session. The players were split into 2 groups, with one kayaking out to about one kilometre, rounding the post and heading back and the other group combining sand running with sit ups and push ups. The session then ended with a combined relay race on Manly beach. But this is only an introduction to more intensive training, ?I want to have the boys for 2 more one hour sessions before a final Iron-Man style event in the New Year. We want to train them in alternate groups of forwards and backs because their abilities vary. It will be more intensive. We will take them further out to the National Park?.Ironman Champ Guy Leech issues directions to the Bears Premier League team on Sunday. Photo: Steve LittleTo see more Photos of the Bears training with Guy go to the photos section of the Bears website http://www.northsydneybears.com.au.For more information on Guy Leech?s OzPaddle training programs go tohttp://www.ozpaddle.com.au.The North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website at http://www.northsydneybears.com.au.
SELECTION trials are not always the greatest spectacles due to the fact they are usually held in the off season, not to mention the heat that comes along at this time of year. The quality of the recent trials is testimony to the training program undertaken by the 2 squads over the past 5 weeks. The players were fit, skilled and hungry for their chance to represent the red and black. The result was a clearer indication of the talent on show and some spectacular footy with great tactical kicking, defence and running football. Then comes the difficult task of culling the current training squads down to the final 2006 teams. A task made more difficult for training staff after over seeing the 4 weeks of training. ?This is the most difficult cut because we have spent 4 weeks already with these kids and got to know them really well. I really do wish all of them that missed out well in the future? said SG Ball Manager Darren Allard. As the day finished a warning was issued to the boys ?The training will get harder from here on in boys. You may want to think about that when you make your decision to play? said Harold Matthews coach Kevin Nichols, comments that were echoed in the SG Ball camp. The North Sydney Club would like to sincerely thank all players that have missed out, for the effort they have put in over the past 5 weeks and wish you all good luck in the world of Rugby League. Greg Florimo tries to keep his cool while refereeing at the final Junior Rep trials for 2006. Photo: Steve LittleFor details of the final playing squads and to see more photos from the final junior rep trial day go to the Bears websitehttp://www.northsydneybears.com.au.The North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website at http://www.northsydneybears.com.au.
JUNIOR Kiwi star, Reihana Peters has signed on with the North Sydney Bears Premier League side for season 2006.Like his 2005 counterpart, Chris Tuatara, ?Razor? is hoping to cement a starting position in the Bears Premier League squad at just 19 years of age.Still eligible to play Jersey Flegg for 2006, North Sydney have secured his signature which 3 other clubs were vying for.Reihana played for the Junior Kiwis in 2003 in which they were successful over the Australian Schoolboys 12-8. Playing for Australia that day were no other than Benji Marshall and Karmichael Hunt.The young Kiwi started the 2005 season playing for the Narraweena Hawks A grade side under coach Chris Reilly. After just a few games Josh White saw something special in the kid and gave him a go in the Manly Sea Eagles Jersey Flegg side. Once in the side he started the rest of his games in the 2nd row and made the position his own.Chris Reilly explained, "Reihana is such a classy player. He takes the ball up all day and constantly puts on the big hits. He is a tremendous team player" Alongside Reihana in the Narraweena side were Cliffy Lyons and Jim Serdaris. "He has played with and against some world class players and has shown he can mix it with the best".PHOTO: Keen to be a Bear - Reihana 'Razor' Peters is ready to make his mark at Norths. Photo: Steve Little.The North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website at http://www.northsydneybears.com.au