Match Report – the North Sydney Bears Women’s Team start their 2018 season

“I thought it was a really good first hit out.” Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership Coach Ben Gardiner.

The North Sydney Bears Women’s Premiership team have contested their first match of 2018 going down 30-12 in a competitive match that was still in the balance in the second half.

“The opposition were very good, to put it in perspective the opposition has played together for 4 or 5 years” claimed coach Ben Gardiner.

“This is our first match together, so to be in the game with minutes to go still fighting to potentially win, was a really good effort for us.”

The key to the Bears competitiveness were crucial periods of pressure restricting the Mounties time in possession particularly in the first half.

“We weren’t sure what to expect, whether we were going to come out and run all over the other team, or they would run all over us,” said Gardiner.

“What we’ve been given is a really good baseline, a starting point.”

“I said to the girls after the game we can only get better than that now.”

SOW Award [Strong Outstanding Women Award]

Jamie Blazejewski, backed by Josie Bavatu.

“They had outstanding games,” said Ben Gardiner.

“Jamie has played a lot of footy for the Forestville Ferrets (our feeder club) and now joining us, she was excellent.”

“Josie has moved around a little bit. She played for Cronulla and trialled out at Wentworthville.”

“We think she has found a home now at the Bears and we’re really happy to have her on the team and if she keeps playing like that we’ll be even happier.”

The Bears Women’s team have a bye next weekend followed by a featured home match at North Sydney Oval on 8 April in round 3 against Penrith Brothers.

MT PRITCHARD MOUNTIES 30 (tries: Tommaya Kelly-Sines, Monique Donovan 2, Simaima Taufa 3, conversions: Janelle Williams 3),
defeated NORTH SYDNEY BEARS 12 (tries: Claudia Bell, Josephine Maejiirs, Pier Pritchard).
Tuesday team | match day team