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It was a disappointing second half for the North Sydney Bears' Premier League team against the Bulldogs.
Having finished the first half 14 all, Norths were unable to maintain ball control and were slow off the line in defence, finding it tough to move the ball out wide as the Bulldogs' speed of play overtook the Bears.
The lack of possession took it's toll on the Norths forward pack who put in a massive effort. Melbourne forwards Tevita Metuisela, Jamie Feeney, Ian Donnelly together with Kyle Arnold and Michael Harper (pictured) worked hard, while Matt Thurston and Jamie Feeney topped the tackle count for the team.
Coming back from a neck injury Coach Gary Freeman thought Tevita Metuisela's performance was outstanding. Other injures included Scott Webb and a dislocated thumb to John Russell. The game finishing 44-20 to the Dogs.
Bulldogs 44 ( F Filiga 2, N Barry 2, T Cutler, I Kaufmann, J Wells, J Hickey tries N Armit 5, L Young goals) defeated, North Sydney 20 (J Russell, J Swamy, C Tuatara, S Hales tries R Retimana 2 goals)
The Senior boys next play the Balmain/Ryde-Eastwood side at Leichhardt Oval at 2:30pm on 28 May 2005.
For more information on the Mighty North Sydney Bears visit http://www.northsydneybears.com.au