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Bears bounce back at N.S. Oval

A home ground advantage of North Sydney Oval and the knowledge that destiny was in their own hands with no storm players available has inspired Josh White?s Bears to give a passionate performance against heavyweights St George-Illawarra.Another possible inspiration was the pre-match tribute (a minute?s silence) to one of Norths and rugby league?s greatest point scorers Allan Arkey who gathered a total of 689 points in his career. Also wearing black arm bands in memory of the super boot/fullback the Bears began their campaign.With some positional changes: Dan Russell to lock, Luke Fatnowna to the second row and Liam Foran making his Premier League debut at halfback, Norths had renewed momentum in attack and defence, most noticeable committing hard for a full 75 minutes, the match only being lost in the last minutes with the Dragons finally breaking through on the wing to score three tries in the last 5. The final score, 30-14 to the Dragons.For their part the Bears were able to restrain the Dragons trade mark scoring out wide for the majority of the game and hit back with attacks from their back line of their own. Karl Johnson ran strong and Scott Perrin worked hard for effective off loads while John Russell gave all back in his trademark roll at halfback. The new half pairing of James Maloney and Liam Foran worked well including a 20/40 kick by James early in the match to get the Bears rolling.With only three substitutes used in the first half, the North Sydney forward pack put in big time Aaron Trinder was players player and was aggressive in attack and defence, and terrorising the Dragons up front was the big boy Eddie Sua.In an indication of the Bears efforts Dragons coach Steve Price confided to Bears coach Josh White the tough performance the Bears put up against his team. While in the sheds General Manager Greg Florimo echoed Josh Whites?s sentiments and congratulated the team on the improved performance.ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS 30 Tries: J. Nightingale 3, B. Ryan, R.Williams, G. Ndaira Goals: L. Te maari 3, defeated NORTH SYDNEY BEARS 14Tries: J. Maloney, A. Beare Goals: R. Russell 3.In Jersey Flegg it was also an improved performance against the Cronulla Sharks.Changes to the line-up included Bears junior Michael Radocay coming onto the wing with Chris Heasman going in to centre.The first half score was 6-22. The Bears try was scored by Siaosi Liumauna and was converted by Ryan Wilson. It was close until Cronulla scored a few quick tries.In the second half the Bears started well and scored tries to Michael Morris (which was converted by Ryan Wilson) and Tupou Peaua to get the Bears back in the game at 16-22. Unfortunately the Sharks were able to make some breaks and ended up winning. The final score was Cronulla 40Bears 16.

Bears v Cougars report

THE North Sydney Bears have continued their strong showing in the second half but have lost out to the St Marys-Penrith Cougars at Beautiful North Sydney Oval.The game was virtually lost in the first quarter after the Cougars opened the scoring with 3 tries, before Standout half back James Maloney chip kicked and re-gathered to get the Bears in good field position and from there the ball was spread wide to Filinga ?Fingers? Filiga to score on the left. The Cougars scored twice more before Fingers offloaded to Andrew Moodie to score. Halftime score was 28-10.The second half was again a strong performance by the Bears with the Cougars only able to register 6 points (a penalty kick plus one try). The Bears scored a try through Matthew Bartlett after spectacular lead up work and Daniel Russell converted as the match closed 36-16 to the Cougars.Players? Player Karl Johnson was one of the best, KJ ran strong down the middle and linked well with Fingers for the first two tries. James Maloney?s skill with the ball shone and Luke Fatnowna and Bede Tuohy made a sizable impact from the bench.Making their debuts for the Bears were Brad Barrett and Sosaia Makisi. Brad, a big forward with big impact played for South Sydney in Premier League last year. ?I went alright and I got a bit of time. I don?t have match fitness yet. I guess we?ll see how I go? said Brad. Sosaia, a tall running centre previously played with Canterbury, Cronulla and up until round 12 this year with the Western Suburbs Magpies. Good luck boys!The score line in the Jersey Flegg match 46-16 to the Panthers was a poor reflection of how Norths play. The boys were competitive for long periods throughout. In the first half the Panthers scored 2 tries to be leading 12-nil. But the Bears were able to get some possession and Tupou Peaua and Chris Heasman were able to score. With 1 conversion to Gavin Duncan Norths were only trailing by 2 points at halftime and possibly deserved to be in front.In the second half the Panthers were able to score 6 tries with some wonderful attacking football and the Bears were able to score only 1 try to Jake Foster as the match finished 46-16 to Penrith.The Flegg played dominating aggressive football and showed great pride in the first half to fight back. ?They worked together as a team today? said Coach Steve Carter ?but the second half was very disappointing. I feel sorry for the players that put in?. ?I felt Bladen Baird was a standout, Tupo Peaua went well and Mick Morris faired better this week?.PICTURED: 'A try ref a try!' Norths Karl Johnson pleads his case for a try against the Cougars on Sunday. Photo: Steve Little.

Bears to play Cougars at home

THIS week the North Sydney Club will welcome the Penrith Club to North Sydney Oval in a replay of round six. Both teams will be champing at the bit to meet up, but for differing reasons.The Bears Jersey Flegg side while losing to the Panthers 34-22, played one of their most competitive and entertaining matches which featured the golden boot of James Maloney and a great individual performance from centre Matt ?Mad Dog? McDougall. No doubt the boys see a win in their sights and will pull-out all the stops to achieve it this Sunday.However James Maloney has since been promoted to Premier League and will join his team mates in a revenge attack on the team that beat them [the Cougars] 66-24. Statistically this season, the next match played after the bye was the Bears best game of the season winning against the Bulldogs athome 42-32.The Jersey Flegg will battle the Penrith Panthers at 1:00 p.m. while the Premier League will seek revenge against the St Marys/Perith Cougars at 2:30 p.m. at North Sydney Oval on Sunday 18th June. BE THERE!PICTURED: Norths Flegg prop Mitchell Erickson takes a run against the Roosters. Photo: Steve LittleThe North Sydney Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860,by e-mail [email protected], or check out the website at WEEKENDS TEAMSNorth Sydney Premier League v St Marys-Penrith1. Richard Retimana2. Anthony Beare3. Ryan Shortland4. Filinga Filiga5. Karl Johnson6. Daniel Russell (c)7. James Maloney8. Aaron Trinder9. Ben Ellis10. Michael Harper11. Chris Saab12. Matt Bartlett13. Brad Domek14. Ryan Russell15. Bede Tuohy16. Scott Perrin17. Andrew Moodie22. Eddie SuaCoach - Josh WhiteNorth Sydney Jersey Flegg v St Marys-Penrith1. Matt McDougall2. Chris Heasman3. Bladen Baird4. Daniel Phillips5. Ryan Wilson6. Jason Saliba7. Liam Foran8. Mitchell Erickson9. Gavin Duncan10. Pio Rokomaqisa11. Mick Morris12. Arnold Mano13. Chris Dears14. Tim McDonald15. Michael Jones16. Tupo PeauaCoach - Steve Carter

Bears JF hit their straps

THE North Sydney under 20s team has again improved on their previous form to play a competitive match against the Raiders who won 30-22. ?We are beginning to put opposition teams under a bit more pressure? Claimed Ex-Penrith stalwart and now Bears Jersey Flegg coach Steve Carter.With an improved completion rate the boys hit the Raiders with more metres gained and more effective hits in defence. On a number of occasions the Bears defence forced errors in the Raiders attack. The Bears were unlucky in the second half when Canberra scored an intercept try against the runof play.There was a solid and vocal performance from Jason Saliba playing in the centres, good work from five-eighth Bladen Baird (who scored the Bears first try) and great work from forwards Pio Rokomaqisa, Michael Jones, Arnold Mano and Michael Morris. Arnold and Mick Morris were rewarded with promotion to the Premier League bench. Winger Ryan Wilson was terrific in attack including the scoring of two tries in the left and right corners of the Canberra in goal.But Coach Carter reserved his praise for today?s fullback. ?It?s hard to single out anyone they all played well however, Matt McDougall who has been moved from winger to centre to fullback had an outstanding game?. Matt scored a fantastic try running 90 metres down the left wing to score, possibly inspired by the sight of one of the Honey Bears Cheer Girls having her picture taken at the score board end of the field.?It?s definitely a performance to build on again for next week? said the Coach.In a penalty stricken match the Premier League suffered a defeat to the Raiders 54-10. Without regular Storm players Ben Cross and Matt Bartlett, injuries to Jamie Feeney and Ryan Shortland and the continued loss of back John Russell the Bears were unable to repeat their enthusiastic performance against Manly.PICTURED: Winger Ryan Wilson scored 2 tries against the Raiders for his steadily improving Flegg team. PHOTO: Steve Little

Bears Round 12 Lineups

THIS weekend the Bears are back at North Sydney Oval for a what should be a couple of tough matches against the Canberra Raiders. Barring any injuries to Melbourne Storm Origin players, both Chris Walker and Jamie Feeney should hopefully be available for the Red and Blacks.Jersey Flegg will play at 1:00 p.m. followed by the the Premier Leaguematch at 2:30 p.m. Bears Weekend LineupsPremier League1. Andrew Moodie 2. Daniel Watkins 3. Ryan Shortland 4. Filinga Filiga 5. Karl Johnson 6. Daniel Russell (c) 7. James Maloney 8. Aaron Trinder 9. Ben Ellis 10. Ben Cross 11. Scott Perrin 12. Matt Bartlett 13. Luke Fatnowna 14. Ryan Russell 15. Bede Tuohy 16. Michael Harper 17. Anthony Beare 20. Brad Domek 21. Chris Saab 22. Eddie Sua Jersey Flegg1. Daniel Phillips 2. Chris Heasman 3. Matt McDougall 4. Jason Saliba 5. Ryan Wilson 6. Blayden Baird 7. Gavin Duncan 8. Mafi Lolohea 9. Chris Dears 10. Pio Rokomaqisa 11. Mick Morris 12. Arnold Mano 13. Blayne Davis 14. Tala Ah-Fa 15. James Vainakolo 16. Michael Jones 17. Sean Bovis 18. Liam Foran 19. Tim McDonald 20. Tupou Peaua

North Sydney team v Manly

THIS weekend the Bears travel to Brookvale for a classic local Derby against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles to be played prior to the first grade match between Manly and the Melbourne Storm on Saturday 20th May.Jersey Flegg will play at 3:45 p.m. followed by the the Premier League match at 5:15 p.m. The first grade match between Melbourne and Manly will begin at 7:30 p.m.PICTURED: Norths forward Mick Morris in action. The Bears will take on Manly on Saturday in Flegg and Premier League. Photo: Steve LittleTHIS WEEKENDS TEAMSNorth Sydney Premier League v Manly-Warringah1. Andrew Moodie2. Daniel Watkins3. Ryan Shortland4. Filinga Filiga5. Karl Johnson6. Daniel Russell (c)7. James Maloney8. Aaron Trinder9. Ben Ellis10. Ben Cross11. Scott Perrin12. Chris Saab13. Luke Fatnowna14. Ryan Russell15. Bede Tuohy16. Michael Harper17. Richard Retimana18. Brad Domek19. Anthony Beare22. Eddie SuaCoach - Josh WhiteNorth Sydney Jersey Flegg v Manly-Warringah1. Daniel Phillips2. Matt McDougall3. Chris Heasman4. Jason Saliba5. Ryan Wilson6. Bladen Baird7. Liam Foran8. Tupo Peaua9. Chris Dears10. Pio Rokomaqisa11. Mick Morris12. Arnold Mano13. Blayne Davis14. Tala Ah-Fa15. James Vainakolo16. Michael Jones17. Sean Bovis18. Gavin Duncan19. Tim McDonald20. Mafi Lolohea21. Paddy KilmurrayCoach - Steve Carter

Norths Origin Legends Night

IT'S on again! NSW V QLD in one of the most passionately contested sporting events in the World - 'STATE OF ORIGIN'.Here's your chance to rub shoulders with some of the very players that forged that passion and your chance to help the Bears.The North Sydney Club is holding it's annual 'ORIGIN LEGENDS NIGHT' fund raiser on the 14th June 2006. State of Origin 2 will be displayed on the big screens in the Celebrity Room at the NORTHS Club, Miller street, Cammeray and selected tickets will be available on tables hosted by former Origin and North Sydney greats including -LES KISS, MICHAEL BUETTNER, ADAM MUIR, GREG FLORIMO, STAN JURD, JASON TAYLOR, DAVID HALL, DON MCKINNON, MATT SEERS, JOSH STUART AND GAVIN JONES.The night will include guest speakers, silent and open auctions and of course the BIG GAME on the BIG SCREENS to round out the night.Legend tables will be $80 a head and all other seats $55 a head. The night will start at 6:30pm with pre game drinks for an 8:00pm kick off. Dinner and drinks are included in the price. Dress in blue, black & red or maroon. All bookings to be made through NORTHS on (02) 9466 8888.To download the official ORIGIN LEGENDS NIGHT Flyer - CLICK HERE.

Storm backs Bears with win over Bulldogs

THE inclusion of no less than seven Melbourne Storm players in the Bears line up has helped Norths defeat the Bulldogs at North Sydney Oval on Saturday. Scott Hill, Jamie Feeney, Ryan Shortland, Chris Walker, Adam Blair, Ben Scott and Mathew Bartlett all made an appearance in the famous red and black.

Bears vs Manly

THE North Sydney Rugby League Club will be honouring one of the legends of the North Shore, Fred Orreill, who recently passed the milestone of his 101st birthday. All members of the New South Wales Fire Brigades are invited to come and support him when he kicks off the greatest local derby in rugby league; the Bears verse the Sea Eagles at beautiful North Sydney Oval. New South Wales Fire Brigade members will receive free entry to the game (just show your ID at the gate).Last weekend the Mighty North Sydney Bears defeated Western Suburbs 40 points to 20 and will be champing at the bit to go round again with the Sea Eagles this weekend.Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and a full program of football will be on show as well as all the latest Bears merchandise for sale. And there will be appearances by the sensational HONEY BEARS (the official North Sydney Cheer Girl Squad).FULL DAYS PROGRAMAPPEARANCES BY THE HONEY BEARS (Official North Sydney Cheer Girls)Harold Matthews (U16s) Bears V Roosters 10:30 a.m.S. G. Ball (U18s) Bears V Roosters 12:00 p.m.Jersey Flegg (U20s) Bears V Sea Eagles 1:30 p.m.APPEARANCE by FRED ORREILL 2:55 p.m.PREMIER LEAGUE ? BEARS V SEA EAGLES 3:00 p.m.

North Sydney score timely win

THE North Sydney Bears have posted a win against the Magpies at T G Milner Field with a solid second half, rolling on from a 14-8 lead at half time. Improving on their completion rate in the second half, North Sydney took control of the match and won 40-20.The Bears Filinga ?Fingers? Filiga scored first for the Bears to make it 4 points all after lead up work from Daniel Watkins and Ben Black. After the Maggies hit back again, Ben Black sent Daniel Watkins in to score in the corner levelling the score once again to 8 all. Then after looking for gaps for most of the half Chris Walker hit the floor running off a Ben Black pass and ran 40 metres, scoring under the posts and giving an easy conversion for Daniel Russell to make a half time score of 14-8 to Norths.In the second half the Magpies scored early to level the score for the last time. Then North Sydney captain Daniel Russell did great work to dodge a number of defenders to get to the line and convert his own try, and soon after he added a penalty goal to the growing score. Daniel Russell then set up Ben Black to score twice. Once with a pass to find a hole for Ben in the line and second a chip kick over the defence in to the hands of Ben to score. A final try to Wests occurred before Ben Black set up Ben Ellis to score. With Dan Russell successful with 6 from 8 kicks the score blew out to 40-20.Players Player Ben Black and hooker Ben Ellis shined in the second half. Coach White felt Blackie?s passing and kicking game and the controlled service from dummy half of Ben Ellis were major contributions to the successful second half. Daniel Russell (sporting a new peroxide hair cut) and a hard running Aaron Trinder were also major contributors to the win. ?We played ugly football but achieved the objective of getting the two points,? said Coach Josh White.Bears Harold Matthews team have only just missed out on the 2 points losing to the Magpies 28-26 in the last minutes of the match. Leading at the half way mark 20-6 a mistake at the kick off after the final try gave the Magpies the impetus to score 2 tries and over take the Bears.Coach Kevin Nicholls said ?We did very well in defence and scored some great tries?, Coach Nicholls named Junior Rika, Tom Scrivener and Kenneth Cheer as his best performers. This game also saw the return from injury of the talented back Paul Nguyen scoring a try on his return.PICTURED: Norths Daniel Watkins scores in the corner to help his team to a 40-20 win over Western Suburbs on Sunday. Photo: Steve Little

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