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It's official - North Sydney have given everybody else enough start for the season!
Following their 4th consecutive loss on Friday night the Bears have crashed out of the top 8 claiming 9th position this week. But on 12 points the Bears plan to keep the 8 well in their sights. While there is not too much wrong with the way the Mighty Bears Premier League have performed, their starts have not been up to their usual standard (a fault that also struck the otherwise talented Jersey Flegg team in their last match against Canberra).
While it was great to see the likes of Joe Williams and Daniel Irvine in the Red and Black for the first time this year, even they couldn't procure a win on the night against the Dragons last week who won 34-16. With new players in the important 7 and 9 positions the lack of combination is something that the Bears hope to turn around this week when they face 3rd placed Penrith on Saturday at Bear Park.
Shannon Hegarty makes his debut for the Bears in the number 4 jumper and old hand Joe Galuvao returns to the side. Jardine Bobongie moves up from lock to five eighth for the injured Beau Champion. Joe Falemaka and Luke Grant will start either side of Hooker Daniel Irvine while Clark Webb returns to the side and will start on the bench.
Norths Jersey Flegg v Manly play at 1pm and Norths Premier league v Penrith play at 2.30pm at North Sydney Oval this Saturday 9th June.
PICTURED: Norths Luke Grant moves into the starting line up against Penrith on Saturday. Photo: Steve Little.
The North Sydney District Rugby League Football Club can be contacted on 9466 8860, by e-mail at [email protected], or check out the website at http://www.northsydneybears.com.au.