Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
16 February 2008
The North Sydney Harold Matthews team have fought the good fight and come away with a draw against the highly fancied Bulldogs at historic Belmore Oval on Saturday.
Showing grizzle in defense and pizzazz in attack, the young Bears produced a sparkilng display of attacking football backed up by a never say die attitude that had Bears and Bulldogs fans alike applauding the entertainment.
Alex Thompson opened the scoring with an individual effort, barging over directly from the play the ball after the Bears were awarded successive penalties. Bevan De Vries added the 2 points giving the Bears the lead 6-0.
An arm wrestle ensued with the Bears successfully repelling successive attacks however it was the Doggies that were next to score in a difficult to contain movement, spreading the ball wide for a 4 pointer and it was 6-4 to the Bears. An uncharacteristic mistake at the kick off gave the Bulldogs the opportunity to further record a converted try and the Bulldogs hit the lead 10-6.
After a penalty in the play the ball was awarded to the Bears the passes started to stick, allowing Bronson Forward to score in the left corner for Norths. Bevan De Vries