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.
THE Bears have notched up another big win against the Penrith/St Marys Cougars at North Sydney Oval on Sunday. The Bears forward pack including Kyle Arnold, Matt Thurston and Michael Harper smashed the Cougars up the middle in defence, setting the platform for quick play the balls and spectacular tries showcasing both the skill and strength of the Bears in 2005.
AT Henson Park on Saturday the Bears (still hit with a number of injuries and without any first grade Storm players) felt the full force of an accomplished Roosters Premier League side. With the Roosters boasting Brett Firman at half back and a top performance from lock Ned Catic, it was a tough ask for the boys, but emerging from the battle were some fine performances from the North Sydney team. Outstanding throughout was Norths hooker Ben Ellis (pictured), topping the tackle count yet again and always looking dangerous in attack. Other good performances came from Matt Thurston at lock and Captain Kyle Arnold who both worked hard and consistently in defence. Jono Freeman in his second game positioned himself well in receiving kicks and Pat Galea slotted effortlessly into the forwards backing up from his performance in the Jersey Flegg team.
EX Kiwi international and current North Sydney Bears Rugby League Coach Gary Freeman, has called on all Bears fans past and present to "Get off their collective backsides" and get down to North Sydney Oval on Sunday 19th June for the Bears first home match in four weeks. "Whiz" wants a big game from his boys as they tackle one of his former clubs, Penrith. Gary's two years (1994, 1995) with the Panthers included 21 tries as well as The Player of the Year award in 1994. Whiz also captained the Kiwi side in 1995.
OUR Premier League boys put on some crash-hot tries in their match against the St George /Illawarra Dragons. With the major loss of centre Namila Davui (ankle) and winger Scott Webb, the Bears still put it together in fine fashion including a try by Chris Tuatara that showed skill in juggling the ball, worthy of a performance under the big top. At one point the Bears were down 18-0 and having to work hard in defence. However the boys climbed back to within 4 points at 18-14 to the Dragons. Slotting into the back line Andrew Moodie had a whale of a game, involved with many plays while Ben Ellis topped the tackle count. Matt Thurston put in a typically furious performance while Kyle Arnold as captain was equally revved up in defence. In the last quarter the Dragons put on more tries. But the boys hit back when Chris Tuatara shot a pass to Lester Salanoa who made a spectacular run to the try line finishing the match 34-20 to the Dragons. Bears Assistant coach Michael Pobjie praised the work of Andrew Moodie and had a special word for Rookie Pat Galea who had his first run on for the Premier League.
THE night of Wednesday the 25th of May marks the day of one of the most exciting State of Origins of all time. But it also marks a highly successful night of fund rasing for the North Sydney Football Club as they held an Origin Legends Night.