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Bears Courageous In Defeat
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.
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 36 ( T Haberecht 2, B Davidson, W Tupou, J Nightingale, D Jaimeson, D Wicks tries; J Lewis 4 goals) d. North Sydney 16 (D Chiha, T Woodbine, A Mano tries R Wilson 2 goals).
1. Jono Freeman 2. Ryan Wilson 3. Danny Chiha 4. Lee Cameron 5. Joel Bennet 6. Reece Watson 7. Anthony Beare 8. Pat Galea 9. Tim Woodbine 10. Blake McLean (c) 11. Ryan Verlinden 12. Michael Morris 13. Jessie Mileto 14. Arnold Mano 15. Pio Rokomaqisa 16. Mitch Erickson 17. Oliver Saunders 18. Brad Price 19. Luke Hemsworth 20. Aziz Nanouh 21. Ken Petia 22. Pat Allendorf 23. Michael Mansour 24. Tyson Muscat
Coach - Gavin Catanach