The Bears Jersey Flegg team have finished their season within 2 points of beating the 3rd placed Parramatta after dominating the Eels in the first half.
"You've made a lot of people stand up and take notice today" was Flegg coach Gavin Catanach's comment after on of the Bears best performances of the year.
After a strong showing last week against the Central Coast side, the Bears forward pack showed unyielding pride and passion. A highlight being the outstanding performance of prop Mitch Erickson eating up the metres, barging and tackling hard in defense. He was partnered by fellow front man Michael Morris who regained possession for the Bears on a number of occasions with courageous hits against the Parra attack. Anthony Beare, a consistently talented player all year, received special mention again from an impressed coach and there was a pulsating performance from school boy rep Liam Foran who blitzed his opposite in the half back role with a superb and mature kicking game. A highlight of the match was a stunning length of field try from five-eight Reece Watson intercepted 10 metres from the Bears line as the Eels were on the attack.
Coach Gavin Catanach had some final words for the boys - "Firstly thank you to all the support staff. Congratulations boys that was an outstanding performance to come up against 3rd place on the ladder, it was a big challenge, you've made a lot of people stand up and take notice today". And finally General Manager Greg Florimo thanked the boys for a "huge effort this year, as was said, it was 3rd place against 2nd last, it was an outstanding performance. And thank you to all the parents who have joined us here in the change rooms, thank you for your support through out the year'.
PHOTO: Brad Price, Luke Hemsworth and Danny Chiha show the power and the passion of the Bears performance against the Eels. By Steve Little
PARRAMATTA 24 (K Inu, J Tavinor, D Cahalane, T Waicokacola tries D Williams 4 goals) defeated NORTH SYDNEY 22 (Luke Hemsworth, Reece Watson, Anthony Beare, Ryan Wilson tries R Watson 3 goals).