Bears pride and passion on display
in trial wins

The Bears Harold Matthews team has applied a combination of pride, passion and teamwork to defeat their Manly counter-parts on Sunday. In a solid win, momentum built as the talk of pride in being a Bear brought on a renewed aggression in attack and defence. Resisting the urge to name any standouts coach Kevin Nichols said, ?Everyone put in and everyone stood up and worked together, showing pride in their jersey and the passion of the Bears?.

In their first hit out of the season The North Sydney Premier League team hammered a combination A grade/Jim Beam Cup Windsor side 60 to nil. The Bears started off by taking on Windsor A-Grade in two 20-minute halves. Then using the same 19-man squad played two more 20-minute halves against Windsor?s Jim Beam Cup side who won the Cup last year.

The most impressive aspect of the display was that Windsor was unable to cross the Bears try line, due to urgency in defence and pride in the line shown by the team. An added bonus was that all 10 kicks for goal were successful.

Also against Manly on Sunday the Bears S.G. Ball side upped the tempo to play a competitive match against a Sea Eagles team that finished in 4th spot in 2005. The forwards in particular impressed for the Bears. Hard-hitting and hard to bring down the Bears regrouped well after their hit out against Penrith last week. On hand for support were Liam Foran and Premier league?s Ben Black.

PHOTO: Harold Matts? player ?Junior Rika? snatches the ball mid air on his way to a spectacular try against Manly. Photo: Steve Little

Next week sees the first trial match of the Steve Carter coached Jersey Flegg team against the Roosters at Henson Park at 2:00pm on Saturday the 11th February. On the same day the Premier League side will play the Newtown Jets at 5:00pm. While the Junior Reps sides play one more trial against Mt Annan on the 18th February before the season proper.

For more action photos of the North Sydney Junior Reps and Premier League over the weekend go to the photos section -

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