THE North Sydney Club are celebrating their biggest winning margin since leaving the NRL with the Balmain Tigers feeling the full force of a 10 to 2 try win at Bear Park on Friday night (12 Aug).
A big day out was had by all on a glorious day at North Sydney Oval, with no fewer than 5 matches of Rugby League of various grades, with many close and exciting finishes.
WHILE "A game of two halves" is a much over used sporting clich? as the final leg of the Frank Hyde Shield played out at Henson Park on Saturday the clich? seemed made for this match with the Bears playing top quality and dominating football in the first (18-0 in front at the break), but handing control over to the Jets in the second, the full time score 32-28 to Newtown.
AN extra dimension will be added to the North Sydney Bears next Premier League Match as they take on traditional rivals Newtown in the final leg of the Frank Hyde Shield. With the Jets having won the first two legs the Bears will be aching for a win.
THE Bears effort was unquestionable, but the Roosters dominance in possession put the North Sydney side on the back foot as some positional re-shuffling weakened the Bears attack. In the first half with patches of rock solid defence from the Norths forwards, Bears half Aaron Heremaia showed a glimmer of his team's current form, unfortunately with no result. In the end the Roosters dominated the first period going to a 24-2 lead at half time. In the second the Bears Billy Ngawini was able to spark a resurgence with a try, after the Norths forwards headed by Michael Harper, Alex Chan and Tevita Metuisela bounced back to form and managed to lay a platform to work from, but the Roosters hit back with a length of the field intercept try. Lester Salanoa finished the Bears scoring off with final score 36-14 to the Roosters
THE North Sydney "Flair Bears" put on a stunning last quarter performance in front of a packed Newcastle crowd on Saturday afternoon at Energy Australia Stadium.
IT'S coming down to the wire as two original foundation clubs, North Sydney and Balmain titter on the edge of the top eight and possible finals glory.
THE Bears have moved one step closer to the finals with a solid win against Western Suburbs at Campbelltown on Saturday. The Magpies inability to constrain their opposition gave the Bears the opportunity to wreak havoc up the right side of the field via a superb running and passing game from Lester Salanoa and Chris Tuatara. They were fed by a never stopping Billy Ngawini at dummy half always looking dangerous while massive Alex Chan controlled the ruck. The Salanoa and Tuatara combination produced some flashy tries including Lester cutting through the Magpies line to almost score and Chris finishing off to run in the try. And in the second half Chris elegantly took a bomb put up by Wests and ran 60 metres followed by Lester making another break through the Wests defence to score celebrating with a summersault (pictured). The only disappointment of the match, letting Wests in for two concolation tries in the dying minutes of the match. The final score of 30-20 did not fully reflect the Bears dominance.
THE North Sydney Bears finals dreams are well and truly alive after winning an exciting second half of football against third placed Canberra 26 to 20. Achieving their third straight win at Bear Park Captain Kyle Arnold lead one of the most mature and consistent defensive performances to date in the second half. While the flashy back line showed spectacular flair and agility running in 5 tries to 4.
THIS Saturday the Mighty North Sydney Bears head west to Campbelltown Stadium to take on fellow foundation club Western Suburbs. The Magpies have now lost 6 on the trot while the Bears have won 3 at home and achieved a narrow loss against the fifth placed Bulldogs.