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.
FOR the Premier League boys it was a tale of contrasting halves. Forward Kyle Arnold devastated his opponents in defence, showing enormous courage and Michael Harper showed skill with the offload and power with his hit ups. Former North Sydney Junior (now on loan from the Storm) Alex Chan also met the challenge equalling his team mates passion and talking up the team from the side line when not on the field. Lester Salonoa was successful in attack contributing to one try and scoring one himself. In the second half the Tigers ran away with the match as the Bears were unable to maintain ball control and took some wrong options in attack. The final score 40-12 to Balmain.
Pictured: Tevita Metuisela.
IT was a disappointing second half for the North Sydney Bears' Premier League team against the Bulldogs.
AFTER a drop in form of late the North Sydney Bears have arisen once more with a thrilling win over the Western Suburbs Magpies on Mothers Day at North Sydney Oval.
THE Mighty North Sydney Bears found their winning formula once more on Saturday, with an emphatic win against South Sydney at Aussie Stadium. The Bears backline put it together in spectacular fashion. They played confidently, not afraid to move the ball around, backing each other up and finding space to move. They tackled well and in numbers winning 34 to 10.
THE NORTH SYDNEY BEARS are holding an 'Origin Legends Night', for State of Origin 1 on Wednesday May 25 at 6.30pm.