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MATCH REPORT - NORTH SYDNEY RUGBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL CLUB 23rd July 2006
North Sydney Premier League have fought out a two point win in the last minutes against the Magpies at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday.
"I've go to give to you you're line defence was great" claimed Bears Coach Josh White after the Bears survived consecutive attacks by the Magpies in the first half. With the Pies attacking left and right Norths put in a 100% defensive effort to ward them off.
Having survived in defence the Bears went on attack, with Karl Johnson and Ryan Russell making heroic runs allowing the back line to spark as Andrew Moodie ran in two tries, the second a break away run from half way. With Dan Russell converting from the sideline the Bears were up 10-0.
But the game soon developed into a more even contest when the Magpies ran in a converted try to make it 10-6 to Norths.
The Bears were next to score again out wide via the unstoppable legs of winger Filinga Filiga as the lead went to 14-6.
Then the Western Suburbs put on their own display of defence up the middle allowing them two successive six pointers to take the lead to 14-18.
With 6 minutes left in the match all previous conventions of the year were thrown out the window as Moods scored his hat trick of tries off the rough and ready performance of Players Player prop Aaron Trinder. The scores were now even (18-18) with a win teetering on the conversion kick from Dan Russell from the side line. The crowd held their breath, covered their eyes as Dan hit the sweet spot with a successful kick to give the Bears the win.
The Jersey Flegg boys travelled to Sohier Park near Ourimbah to face the Central Coast RIP. In very muddy conditions the Bears effort was commendable. However a dearth of penalties to the Coast allowed then to snatch a draw 16 all. Tupou Peaua was named Man of the Match.
PICTURED: The Bears Karl Johnson gives the Magpie defence something to contend with. PHOTO: Steve Little.