Junior Bears Run In The Footsteps Of Their Seniors

IN October 2004 the North Sydney Premier League side began their arduous training schedule with a visit to one of the icons of Rugby League training - the Cooper Park Stairs.12 months later the Bears S. G. Ball side have attempted to emulate their elders by attempting to run those very same stairs.Twenty gruelling laps of stairs in two gruelling hours was the target.Egged on by support staff including inspirational Premier League Fullback John Russell, the boys put in a huge effort. But it was not just running the stairs. The newly appointed Bears were also asked to bunny hop and sidewind up each and every step.The day finished with a revealing speech from one of the icons of the club, fullback John Russell. John talked of how hard and tough he liked to play his football as the discussion continued on the importance of communicating and playing as a team."It was a very hard day" said Coach Michael Pobjie. "But the boys will remember this. When times are tough during the season the catch cry will be 'Cooper Park'".See more photos of the Cooper Park training run in the Photos section at www.northsydneybears.com.Photo: Bears do the bunny-hop during the gruelling training session by the S. B. Ball team at the Cooper Park stairs. Photo: Steve Little

Jim Lawson Appointed To Bears Board Of Directors

THE Club would like to welcome successful businessman Jim Lawson to the North Sydney Football Club Board of Directors.Bears General Manager Greg Florimo was delighted with the appointment, "I'm very happy to have Jim on board. His business knowledge and his passion for the Bears will be a tremendous asset to the Club".Already Jim has speed up preparations for the new range of North Sydney on-line merchandise which will be available in November 2005.For more news go to the Bears official website at www.northsydneybears.com.au

Sculthorpe on season long loan to Castleford

WIGAN can today confirm that Danny Sculthorpe, the 26 year old prop forward, will be going on a season long loan to Castleford Tigers during the 2006 season.

R2K invited to enter team into 2005 St.George Relay for Life

FOLLOWING R2K's participation and fundraising efforts in the 2004 St.George Relay for Life event, the NSW Cancer Council has invited R2K to again enter a team in the 2005 event.

World Club Challenge to be played in Britain

HOPES to have the World Club Challenge (WCC) be held in Australia next year were dashed this week, with the NRL confirming the game will be held in the UK. While a push to play the fixture on Australian shores had gained momentum earlier in the season, NRL officials have preferred to stick to the tried and true formula of playing the clash in the cooler climate of Britain.

Exclusive interview with Mal Meninga

IN the first instalment of our new regular feature of League Unlimited interviews, resident Leaguie Matt Starkey has a chat with newly appointed Queensland coach Mal Meninga.

Former skipper Kearney back in the Storm fold

FORMER captain Stephen Kearney has returned to the Melbourne Storm as one of the club?s two assistant coaches for season 2006, focussing on the players? defence and forward structure.

Flying Kiwis claim victory over rusty Lions

FULLTIME score: Round III, Tri Nations Great Britain Lions 26 v New Zealand Kiwis 42

Mander to Officiate Euro Decider

TOP Australian whistler Tim Mander - who officiated at the recent NRL Grand Final between Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys - is set take charge of the deciding European Nations Cup Group A game in Dublin on Saturday afternoon.

Game III: Great Britain v New Zealand

ISN?T it great to see some real rivalry developing between the Kiwis and the Brits?

Bags are Packed They're Ready to Go

BAGS are packed and boots are polished for the 23 Kangaroos who depart for London on a 4.30pm flight this afternoon for the 2005 Tri Nations series.

Wolfhounds looking to slay the Dragons

THE Irish Wolfhounds Rugby League team have reported a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday?s ?winner takes all? European Nations Cup semi-final against Wales at Terenure College RFC this Saturday.

Wiki reveals magic potion

RUBEN Wiki, who will become the most capped player in world rugby league when he leads New Zealand out against Great Britain at Loftus Road on Saturday, has revealed the secret of his record-breaking success - the ?magic potion? he consumes after every match.

European Nations Cup Week 3

IRELAND vs Wales at Terenure College RFC, Dublin, Saturday 29th October, 3pm

Brian McClennan names his squad for game 3 of Tri - Nations

STACEY Jones has been named in the Kiwis' squad to play against Great Britain on Saturday night at London's Loftus Road Stadium.

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