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It was Friday night under lights. North Sydney had suffered a beating from the Eels at Parramatta Stadium only 6 days prior. The Bears were on the way to the Central Coast in the New Year and faced a sudden death fight to continue on to a Premiership in what was expected to be their last year ever at North Sydney Oval.
The date was 12th of September 1998, the scene of the Bears last home final. The Bears lost to Canterbury 23-2 and the year that followed was a tumultuous one, losing their bid to relocate to the Coast and ultimately entering into a joint venture with Manly-Warringah.
A little over 10 years later the Bears are not only still fighting for a return to the NRL but a place in this year