Entries by Bears Admin

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Jason Taylor Life Member

It was with great pleasure that Jason Taylor was unanimously voted in as the newest North Sydney Bears Life Member at the AGM on Tuesday 26th March 2024. JT played 147 games for the Bears between 1994 and 1999 as well as being selected on three occasions for the New South Wales and City Origin representative sides. In 1996 JT was awarded the Rothmans Medal for the Best and Fairest Player in the ARL competition. 

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2024 Board of Directors Elected

Our current board ran unopposed at the Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 26th March 2024 at Norths in Cammeray. All seven directors were deemed eligible and therefore elected to comprise the club’s board for the next three years. Congratulations to the elected directors Daniel Dickson (Chairman), Peter McGrath (Vice Chair), Marty Lawson, Justin Owen, Billy Moore, Michael Chetner and Guy Gunasekera. The motion to appoint Tony Crawford as a Sponsor Director was also successful and we welcome Tony to the board also for the next three year. The director positions on the board are all voluntary and unpaid.

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Axis Medical Update 27th March 2024

“Working in a part-time environment can be very challenging for all players and medical/performance staff managing injuries. This year we are really focusing on working with the players, so they understand how to best manage their injury in their daily lives including in their full-time jobs, alongside setting them up with specific gym and field-based rehab plans.” stated the teams Head Physiotherapist George Davis from Axis Athletic Performance Lab.

BEARS BOW OUT OF HNWP

Following an update to members at this week’s AGM, the North Sydney Bears have now confirmed that the club will not be registering a team in the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership in 2024. Over the last five years our senior women’s program has experienced immense growth including taking out the coveted award of Minor Premiers in both 2022 and 2023, making this a very difficult and disappointing decision for the club. The HNWP competition structure was changed this year by the NSWRL and in consultation with the NRL will run the season alongside the NRLW competition effectively as a feeder (reserve grade) and pathway program.

Team Lists: 2024 Junior Reps Round 9

It’s hard to imagine that we are already closing in on the end of the 2024 Junior Representative season. This Saturday our junior reps teams are spread between Wollongong and Sydney Olympic Park. Our SG Ball and Harold Matthews teams take a trip down the coast to take on Illawarra Steelers at Collegians Sporting Complex and our Lisa Fiaola and Tarsha Gale Cup squads will brave the Easter Show crowds to play the Newcastle Knights at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence. Last game of the season, go out with a bang Bears!

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Axis Medical Update March 2024

Although our Knock-On Effect NSW Cup has been able to bring home two solid wins from two games so far this season, the team has been battling numerous injuries. Our medical partner Axis Athletic Performance, who supports the team with physiotherapy, medical and strength & conditioning, updates on the players curent injuries and when they may be able to return to play.

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Team Lists: 2024 KOE NSW Cup Round 7

This Sunday we go again and return back to Bear Park to take on the second place Canberra Raiders for our ANZAC Round. Weisner has the team working hard at training this week and commented “We need to improve our defence this weekend and if we can do that, I’m confident we can cause an upset vs the Raiders”. Now it’s time for Bears fans, young and old, to come on out to North Sydney Oval to cheer the boys home to a win.

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Team Lists: 2024 KOE NSW Cup Round 6

As the red & black and white & black retro jerseys and Junior Bears piled into North Sydney Oval, the excitement was high to be finally back at Bear Park for the 2024 season. After extreme weather hit the east coast on Friday, the sight of blue sky and a blaring sun on game day was welcomed by all. And the oval really was a thing of beauty! The grass was brilliant green, the historic Ken Irvine Scoreboard in action, the cold Bear Park Brews flowed, the live bland blared its retro tunes and the footy on the field was on fire. What a way to kick off our home game series than with Bears v Magpies in the first clash of the Jason Taylor Cup. To commemorate Retro Round, the Bears team donned the iconic red & black hoops “Heritage” jersey for the game.

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Team Lists: 2024 KOE NSW Cup Round 5

Fresh from four days off over the Easter long weekend the team are pumped and raring to get back out onto the field. This Sunday we return to North Sydney Oval for our first home game day of the 2024 season. It’s the first clash of the Jason Taylor Cup where we take on the Western Suburbs Magpies and winner is awarded over two games on aggregate points. Bears currently hold the trophy and are keen to keep it that way. Check out the players named to pull on a red & black jersey this Sunday and it’s a solid looking team. We see the return of Regan Hughes who has been recovering from injury and is biting at the bit to get back in and play. Big Nelson Asofa-Solomona returns, he has shaken off the nerves from his first game as a Bear and is ready to make an impact on the field. If you want to see some top shelf footy, this is the game to be at!

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Team Lists: 2024 KOE NSW Cup Round 3

The trip across the Tasman didn’t slow our Cup team down, as they came out all guns blazing in Pukekohe. From the get go the team was switched on and worked hard to take a good lead keeping the Warriors to just one try in the first half. Sua Fa’alogo got the Bears on the board with a beautiful chip and chase converted by Keagan Russell-Smith. Only moments later Bears were attacking the line again, Russell-Smith puts through a sweat grubber to the corner that is easily picked up by Kieran Hayman and grounded. Six minutes along and Fa’alogo makes a break off a Russell-Smith offload and darts for the white line, Russell-Smith converts.

Team Lists: 2024 Junior Reps Round 8

This Saturday our four junior reps teams are all at Eric Tweedale Stadium to take on the Parramatta Eels while our U16 Academy is at Brookvale Oval to play the Sea Eagles. All four games against the Eels will be live streamed on the NSWRL TV app.

Team Lists: 2024 Junior Reps Round 7

This weekend all four Junior Reps teams head out to HE Laybutt to take on the Sea Eagles while our U16 Academy are set for a tough clash against the Penrith Panthers at Doug Rennie Oval. Round 6 saw our inaugural Lisa Fiaola Cup team secure a draw against the Bunnies, a great step forward on their rugby league journey. Our U16 Academy put on another show of great strength as they defeated the Rabbitohs on Saturday. This local junior league focused development squad have been growing in skills and confidence every round and has been wonderful to watch.

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Team Lists: 2024 KOE NSW Cup Round 2

In hot and windy conditions, we got our Knock-On Effect NSW Cup 2024 season underway last Sunday as we took on St George Illawarra Dragons in Wollongong. Only five minutes in, Ben Talty got the Bears on the board with a straight and strong push for the line. The Dragons quickly answered jumping on a Bears mistake to even the scores at 4 a piece, and there the score remained for the rest of the half. Both sides seemed to be finding their combinations in the first half, and although the boys in the red & black made a number of errors, mostly in over enthusiasm, their fierce defence kept them in the game. “They had 10 sets attacking our tryline and didn’t score, so we knew if we could control the ball, we would be in with a chance despite using a lot of petrol in the 1st half.” stated Head Coach Pat Weisner. On the field, our captain, Kurt De Luis, could be clearly heard throughout the venue applauding the team every time they held out a set of six. His leadership and positive energy infectious.

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Team Lists: 2024 KOE NSW Cup Round 1

With the glitz and glamour of Vegas now done, it’s time for the real season to begin and what a clanger of a game we have for Round 1 of the 2024 Knock-On Effect NSW Cup. We travel to Wollongong on Sunday to take on the Dragons who will be headed up by ex-Bear Jesse Marschke. Historically, we do not fair well at Collegians Sporting Complex but this year has a fresh feel and the boys are red hot and ready to rumble. Head Coach Weisner has the team training hard and with Kurt De Luis at our helm we are heading in a good direction. This season has a lot to live up to, after coming so close to the top prize in 2023, but our focus is on taking it one game at a time. Let’s bring the heat Bears! Check out your Round 1 team below >>

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Team Lists: 2024 Junior Reps Round 6

While the big boys head into round 1, our junior reps teams are heading into round 6 taking on the Bunnies at Redfern Oval and the U16s Academy play locally at Epping Boys High. Only four games remain of the regular season and all our teams are out to prove what they can do on the field. Scroll down to see the teams named in each age group. Stay up to date with the draw and results throughout the 2024 season via the button below.

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2024 SEASON LAUNCH

In the final days of summer on a beautiful warm night at The Greens North Sydney, we brought together our corporate partners, sponsors, members, staff and senior playing group to celebrate the launch of the North Sydney Bears 2024 Knock-On Effect NSW Cup season. Guests sipped on chilled Bear Park Brews and Grizzly Gin-gers, featuring our very own Bear Park Gin, consumed delicious morsels of bao buns, sliders, arancini balls and gourmet sausage rolls and reveled in the feeling that only the anticipation of a new season brings. With one week until comp kick off to go, pre-season is almost done, trial games successfully completed and now the big job of tackling the next 26 rounds begins.

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2024 KNOCK-ON EFFECT NSW CUP LEADERSHIP GROUP

At training on Tuesday, the team gathered around Head Coach Pat Weisner with eager anticipation for the announcement of our 2024 Knock-On Effect NSW Cup Leadership Team. With some on bended knee and others standing, all fixated on their head coach, listening with respect and admiration, you could feel the bond this year’s playing group already has. As Weisner says, winning the two main pre-season trials helps in creating a happy group, and he is so right however the connection goes deeper than this and we hope to see their combined strength continue forward into the competition when it kicks off next weekend.

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Boston Bears Play Vegas

As all of the rugby league world looks to Vegas this weekend, we are proud to have the Bears represented too. In a club first, the North Sydney Bears have partnered with the Boston Thirteens in a move that will see the team play in the NRL Vegas 9’s tournament as the Boston Bears. Wearing our iconic red & black hoops and featuring a bespoke version of the Bears shield logo on the chest, with the addition of the text “Boston”, the team is set to make headlines.

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Team Lists: 2024 Junior Reps Round 5

All teams are back at the summer home of the Bears, Hills Grammar School, this Saturday. Our male teams take on the Sydney Roosters and our female teams go up against the Bulldogs. Big games for the half way mark of the junior representative season. Our Knock-On Effect NSW Cup team has no games now until round1, Bears v Dragons in Wollongong on Sunday 10th March. All focus for our senior team is now on refining the playing team and preparing mentally for a big season ahead. Get on down to Hills Grammar this Saturday to cheer on your junior Bears!

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CIP Returns For 2024

Coming back for their fourth year as a sponsor, we welcome Chris Haslehurst and the team at CIP back on board for 2024. Our Knock-On Effect NSW Cup team are proud to wear the CIP logo on both sleeves as they run out for every game this season, both home and away. The logo also features on the sleeves of both our male junior reps teams, Harold Matthews Cup and SG Ball Cup.

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Team Lists: 2024 Junior Reps Round 4

Round 3 didn’t produce the results we were looking for in our Junior Representative teams and highlighted some areas of growth required. We go again this weekend with our teams split across two days. On Saturday our U16 Academy team take on fellow foundation club, Balmain Tigers, while our two female junior reps teams play the Wests Tigers on home soil at Leichhardt Oval. The Tigers teams are notoriously tough, and the teams are preparing for a good, strong clash.

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New Player Signings NSW Cup February 2024

Weisner continues to adjust and bolster the team and recently signed three new players. Trey Peni swaps his stripes to come across to the Bears from the Wests Tigers. Peni has come through the Wests Tigers pathway program having played Harold Matts, SG Ball and Jersey Flegg in the orange and black. He was also called up to play in the Tigers 2023 NRL preseason challenge, scoring the first try for the team.

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Team Lists: 2024 Junior Reps Round 3

This Saturday we return to the summer home of the Bears, Hills Grammar, to host all five of our Junior Representative and Academy games. Our local U16s Academy get the day rolling with a 9.15am kick off against the St George Illawarra Dragons. Followed by Lisa Fiaola Cup and Tarsha Gale Cup taking on the Illawarra Steelers at 10.30am and 11.45am respectively. Harold Matthews Cup play the Dragons at 1pm and we finish off the day with our SG Ball Cup team also taking on the Dragons at 2.15pm.