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.
IT was another disappointing second half for the bears Jersey Flegg team, the Bulldogs inflicting a 62-4 shellacking on the boys. Norths first 20 minutes was close to dominating but the commitment dropped away as the Bulldogs took control of the play. While Coach Gavin Catanach named Pat Allendorf, Jessie Mileto, Joel Bennett and Arnold Mano as his best he felt "Our pride was lacking. We need to have more respect in the Bears Jersey. But next week is a new match and a new chance to make amends.
IT was big highs and lows for the Flegg boys this week as they took on the Penrith Panthers. A great performance in the first began with captain Brad McLean barging over to score. The Bears gathered momentum by putting the pressure on and forcing many penalties in their favour. Great hits by Pio Rokomaqisa and Arnold Mano allowed Danny Chiha and Tim Woodbine to combine to get the ball out to Ryan Wilson to score in the corner. The half time score 10-4 to the Bears.
NORTHS General Manager Greg Florimo has announced a new coaching and training line up for 2006. An even blend of both coaching and playing experience together with local knowledge will feature with an expanded support staff. "Next year plans to be huge. We have spent the past couple of seasons doing it pretty tough, however I think we have turned the corner and I expect that we will profit both on and off the park, having built some solid foundations" said Flo.
IT'S still the local derby par excellence - Norths V Manly and it's on again this Sunday at picturesque North Sydney Oval.
THE North Sydney Football Club Fund Raiser Raffle is a year long raffle that will be drawn on 23rd of September 2005.