ON Friday night the 30th of September the Kamaraigal Room at the Norths Leagues Club was the scene of the 2005 North Sydney First Grade Players Reunion. Many ex Bears including greats such as Frank Hyde, Peter Diversi, John Grey and Jason Taylor heard from Football General Manager Greg Florimo and Chairman Barry Glasgow before trading tall tales and true with their fellow players.Flo implored his fellow players to get behind the club by applying for membership and voting on the Team of the century in preparation for the Clubs big event of 2006. Barry Glasgow also spoke of supporting the club by joining up and of the renewed relationship between the Norths Leagues club and football club as both work towards the common goal of making the Bears a successful club and work towards the possibility of an NRL franchise on the Central Coast.See photos of the 1st Grade Players reunion in the Photos section of Norths Official Website www.northsydneybears.com.auPhoto: Two of the greats - Gary Larson and John Gray. Photo by: Steve Little
FOUNDATION and stand alone club North Sydney have attracted record numbers to their annual open trials in preparation for the 2006 season. In a strong indication of the future of league on the North Shore over 2 thirds of the 470 registrations were for the junior grades. "Very happy with the quality. There were some big units out there that performed well in the conditions" said S. G. Ball coach Michael Pobjie. While Jersey Flegg Coach Steve Carter had similar thoughts "Yes very happy, lots of talent to choose from".Very warm midday weather made it a hard day at the office for many players but General Manager Greg Florimo's debriefing after each game gave an indication of his appreciation, "Good effort out there today, It's very hot, summer conditions and it's off season so your fitness is probably down, but you performed very well today".Overwhelmed by the turn up the club will now conduct further invited trials next Sunday for both the S. G. Ball and Jersey Flegg teams, while selected Harold Matthews players will be invited for further training before a final trial in November. For details of times locations and invited players please go to the 2006 trials information page of the Bears website http://www.northsydneybears.com.au/Information/Registration.htm
LAST Wednesday (21st September) began the elite training for the Bears Harold Matthews and S. G. Ball teams. 30 players in all will attend tailor
made training programs for 4 weeks leading up to the Clubs open trails on the 8th and 9th of October. For details of registration for these open trials go to http://www.northsydneybears.com.au to register on line.
THE Bears Jersey Flegg team have finished their season within 2 points of beating the 3rd placed Parramatta after dominating the Eels in the first
12 Aug 2005: The North Sydney Jersey Flegg side has continued to improve and look to the 2006 season in its last home match of the season.
IN a virtual copy-cat performance to their Premier League counter parts the Bears Jersey Flegg team dominated and controlled the talented Sharks in the first half, the 12-10 narrow lead at the break not representative of the boys' performance. Cronulla hit back in the second with 3 tries before the Bears locked them out from scoring any more points.
THE Bears Jersey Flegg team recorded their highest points score of any match on Saturday achieving 5 tries to score 28 points.
THE Roosters Jersey Flegg team sent a shockwave through defending Premiers the Roosters at North Sydney Oval on Friday night, dominating the first half in front of a healthy local crowd. From the beginning the Bears took control with forwards Brad Price, Jessie Mileto and Premier League experienced Pat Galea making a tirade of metres, allowing two exceptional tries to blossom off the Bears backline. The first a well oiled sweep of the field to right wing Ryan Wilson scoring in the corner. Then Bears five-eighth Reece Watson broke the Roosters line and sent through fullback Anthony Beare to score. With Reece converting Norths were 10-0 in the lead. However, a turning point came when a Bears scrum feed went astray as Roosters lock Grant Millington took advantage scoring a try and giving the Roosters a 6 pointer. The Bears then switched their attention from attack to defence barring the Roosters from scoring for the remainder of the half.
IN a match that Jersey Flegg coach Gavin Catanatch feels was "lost in the first 20 minutes" the Magpies ran in 4 tries before half time. The Bears were unable to recover, the final score being 36-14 to Wests. Fullback Anthony Beare (pictured) was the coaches "standout" throughout the match and has been a great competitor all year. Other good players for the Bears were Brad Price, Reece Watson, Danny Chiha, Mitch Erickson and Michael Morris
CANBERRA led 16 to nil at halftime with the Bears playing well in parts but unable to cross the line. In the second half the Raiders scored 16 more points before the Bears scored their first. Then with 15 minutes left in the match Arnold Mano tackled a Raiders player which sparked an all in brawl. Arnold and Michael Morris were both sent off, while a Raiders player was sin binned. Final score 44-10 to the Raiders.