CHICKEN may well be on the menu this Friday night at North Sydney Oval when the North Sydney Bears attempt to win 4 in a row at home as they take on the Sydney Roosters in the main match at 7:00 p.m.
THE Flegg boys put in a courageous performance for the bulk of the match against the top place Dragons. Reflecting the closeness of the match at one point ABC Radio noted it would be "a huge upset if Norths won given both teams positions on the table". The first half proved a tough arm wrestle finishing 6-4 to the Bears after a try to Bears Tim Woodbine and some courageous defence to protect the Bears line. The Dragons moved ahead with two tries early in the first, but the Bears hit back with a monster run from forward Arnold Mano to score after good work from Tim Woodbine made it 16 all with 12 minutes on the clock. Unfortunately the last 10 minutes was completely unrepresentative of the rest of the game for the team, the highly placed Dragons winning 34-16. "Although we lacked intensity in the last 10, all the boys performed well" claimed coach Gavin Catanach singling out second rower Mick Morris and giving a big wrap to Jono Freeman in his return match.
Pictured: try scorer Arnold Mano.
AT North Sydney Oval on Sunday the Bears Jersey Flegg team came up against the Central Coast Rip. While the first half was a scratchy affair for the Bears, the second was full of intensity and pride in defence. From a half-time score of 10 all the forwards, leed by Captain Blake McLean, busted the line and ran the ball up well in attack. In the backline came a tremendous show by centre Danny Chiha achieving a hat trick of tries. The final score 22-16 to the Mighty Bears. Coach Gavin Catanach who praised his team for their second half display commented, "The Rip were not an easy side. It was a tough win".
A Classic game of two halves was played out in the Jersey Flegg match between the Bears and the Tigers on Saturday at Leichhardt Oval. It was a good solid in the first half as the Bears back rowers of Michael Morris and Ryan Verlinden forced errors in the Tigers attack. The Bears had the lead 10-6 at the break. The second half however lacked the same intensity.
"In the second we gave away a number of penalties that gave the opposition good field position" claimed Coach Gavin Catanach. The coaches best were second rower Michael Morris, five-eight Anthony Beare, Hooker Tim Woodbine (pictured) and Ryan Verlinden - "Always plays well" said Coach Catanach.
The final score 28-14 to the Tigers.
IT was a similar game to the Premier League in the Flegg, the Roosters team highlighted by a number of players with Premier League experience. As in the seniors match there were some notable performances. Coach Gavin Catanach made special mention of Captain Blake McLean, Lock Jessie Meleto, second rower Ryan Verlinden and Anthony Beare playing at half back.
A try to Canterbury with only a few seconds left on the clock has cost the North Sydney Bears a win at the Sydney Showground. The Bulldogs scored in the 79th minute to level the scores at 30 all and with the successful conversion the Bulldogs won 32-30. Even more costly than the Bears last minute lapse in defence was a try to the Bulldogs 17 minutes earlier where the Bulldogs scored despite seemingly being pushed into touch and knocking on during the lead up.
THE North Sydney take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at the Sydney Showground, Homebush Bay. The "Wet Weather Bears" are in top form, keeping the opposition scoreless for the last 120 minutes of game time after beating Souths last week 14-0 and keeping the Cougars scoreless in the second half in their 36-14 win the week before (pictured in the wet are Billy Ngawini, Wayne McDade and Tevita Metuisela).
THE North Sydney Bears have been an exceptionally exciting team to watch throughout season 2005. However the Mighty Bears have let a few games that should and could have been won slip out of their grasp, exemplified by the recent 2 point loss with seconds to go against the Bulldogs.
NORTH Sydney produced a timely and superb win against South Sydney at North Sydney Oval on Friday night, with magnificent try line defence keeping the Bunnies scoreless for the full 80 minutes. Off the back of last week's second half performance against Penrith, where the Bears also held their opposition to nil, Coach Gary Freeman thought his team was "courageous and outstanding in the conditions".
ON 20th April 1908 North Sydney and South Sydney played the inaugural match of the NSWRL competition.