Entries by Bears Admin

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Alashooty Joins The Bears

Taking on the Bears Knock On Effect NSW Cup Assistant Coach role for the 2024 season is the well-experienced Andy Alashooty. Working alongside Head Coach Pat Weisner, Alashooty has hit the ground running with 5 weeks of preseason now under his belt. “It feels like I’ve been here for years already. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms and I’m really enjoying it” commented Alashooty. Having worked with player pathway programs at the Parramatta Eels, Manly Sea Eagles and more locally with the Asquith Magpies,

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Coach Chat – Pat Weisner Nov 2023

As the clouds darkened and threatened to unleash on Tuesday afternoon, the guys started to roll in for the first training session of the new season. A buzz was in the air, some new faces, returning players and a new Head Coach. It’s always exciting to get a new season underway, and off the back of such a successful 2023 season for our Knock-On Effect NSW Cup team this one was filled with a sense of even more promise of what is installed for the mighty red & black in 2024.

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Lisa Fiaola Preseason Begins 2024

This month the Bears portfolio of teams grew again with the introduction of our new Lisa Fiaola Cup squad. The Lisa Fiaola Cup is a NSWRL junior representative tackle competition for female players aged under 17 and is an important part of the pathways program leading on to the Tarsha Gale Cup (U19 Females) and beyond.

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Bears Raid Tigers

Heavy hitting recruitment continues for our Knock-On Effect NSW Cup team with four strong signings changing their stripes for 2024. Big welcome to Rua Ngatikaura, Christian Ma’anaima, Israel Ogden and Jack Boyling. Ngatikaura (Hooker) and Ma’anaima (Prop) both featured in the Wests Tigers top 30 NRL squad in 2023 and bring with them top tier experience.

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SINALLI X BEARS

We are pleased to announce the extension of our partnership with Sinalli for the next two years as our on-field and training apparel supplier. Sinalli has been an integral part of the Bears success over the last 16 years and helped our teams excel both on and off the field via innovative quality apparel and accessories. “It is great to have a partnership that recognises the strength of the Bears brand and the importance of apparel innovation and quality. We look forward to building our already successful merchandise program even further over the next two seasons” stated Gareth Holmes, CEO North Sydney Bears.

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Bears Bid For The Pacific

As talks heat up regarding the NRL’s plans for an 18th team, the Bears remain front and centre in discussions among key stakeholders. Media speculation has gone wild again this week on the back of two things, firstly Prime Minister Albanese’s plan of large scale backing of a PNG NRL team as a political alignment to help counter China’s flexing muscles in the local region and secondly, the release of the Bears plans to bolster league in the Pacific, including PNG initially. Based on previous advice and direction from the NRL, the club has been working on a proposal that brings together the strength, talent and passion of the Pacific nations with the heritage, governance, pathways and iconic branding of the Bears.

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Quest North Sydney

The North Sydney Bears are proud to announce a corporate partnership with Quest North Sydney for 2024 & 2025. “This partnership recognises the importance of local businesses supporting their local team! The benefits to our members, fans, our sponsors and the broader community highlights the importance of this partnership. Being only a short walk from Bear Park makes it the destination of choice for anyone traveling to a game or even the place for a Sydney weekend stay. I am pleased to welcome Quest North Sydney as a partner of the Bears” commented Gareth Holmes, Bears Chief Executive Officer.

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Bear Park Gin 2024

Be the first to own the new release Bear Park Gin, a gin born from a collaboration between two North Sydney locals – Finders Distillery and the North Sydney Bears. Bear Park Gin pays homage to our iconic club and the place we call home, North Sydney Oval. As you enter Bear Park, you are welcomed with the smell of freshly cut grass and the sight of the majestic Moreton Bay Fig Tree standing pride of place. This gin see’s Finders Distillery’s Internationally Acclaimed Australian Dry Gin re-imagined with the addition of sweet fig & vibrant lemongrass to encapsulate the spirit of Bear Park. These will be a great memorabilia piece and make a wonderful gift.

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2024 NSW Cup Head Coach Announced

Taking the helm of our Knock-On Effect NSW Cup team, we are pleased to announce Pat Weisner as Head Coach for 2024 and 2025. Weisner has been with the club for the past three years as our Head of Recruitment and KOE NSW Cup Assistant Coach, working directly alongside Jason Taylor. He comes backed with impressive international experience and knowledge as both a player and coach.

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Jake Toby Signs for 2024

The latest to join the red & black is fullback Jake Toby who will take on the #1 jersey in our KOE NSW Cup team for 2024. Jake played with the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles in 2022 and 2023, having also completed pre-season with the Manly Sea Eagles NRL squad earlier this year.

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Matt Stimson Signs for 2024

From big cats to grizzly bears, we welcome all action centre Matt Stimson to the Bears Knock On Effect NSW Cup team in 2024. Stimson played the last two seasons with the Penrith Panthers making an impact when on the field.

Old Bears Reunion 2023

A pleasure to host the annual Old Bears Reunion at Norths Cammeray last Friday. It was great to see almost 60 of the old cohort get together and reminisce on their time as Bears and chat about how the club is going now. Thank you to Norths Cammeray for your ongoing support of this great event.

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2023 Awards Evening

Oh what a night! Last Thursday, we celebrated the end of the 2023 season at The Glasshouse Artarmon and acknowledged our award winners from both on and off the field. Bringing together both of our senior teams, Knock On Effect NSW Cup and the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership for a night of great food, Bear Park Brews and banter.

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Jason Taylor Makes NRL Move

We wish to advise our members that Jason Taylor, Knock On Effect NSW Cup Head Coach, will be leaving the Bears to take on the assistant coaching role at the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2024. Taylor was appointed as our NSW Cup Head Coach in late 2018 and has now completed five successful seasons. Under his guidance the Bears football program has continued to raise the bar of professionalism and the 2023 season is tribute to the hard work and dedication he has maintained during his tenure with the Bears.

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Vale John “Chow” Hayes

We wish to advise our members that Jason Taylor, Knock On Effect NSW Cup Head Coach, will be leaving the Bears to take on the assistant coaching role at the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2024. Taylor was appointed as our NSW Cup Head Coach in late 2018 and has now completed five successful seasons. Under his guidance the Bears football program has continued to raise the bar of professionalism and the 2023 season is tribute to the hard work and dedication he has maintained during his tenure with the Bears.

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2023 Grand Final Day Information

As the other semi-finalists in the Knock On Effect NSW Cup battled it out last Saturday at North Sydney Oval, the Bears enjoyed the week off. A week off from game day that is, the team has been working extra hard on the training field and in the gym. Securing the minor premiership was a fantastic achievement, but the job is not done yet and all at the club are fully focused on taking it all the way this season. That said, finals are a journey, and the next step is taking on the Rabbitohs at Leichhardt Oval this Saturday.

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2024 Junior Representative Summer Squads Announced

The North Sydney Bears are pleased to announce our 2024 Harold Matthews Cup (U17 Males), Tarsha Gale Cup (U19 Females) and SG Ball Cup (U19 Males) Summer Squads. Furthermore, we are proud to welcome our first Lisa Fiaola Cup (U17s Females) squad to the club. This summer squad has been selected from players within our homegrown female pathway competition. The female tackle game has grown exponentially over the last two seasons, leading to the formation of the squad and the completion of a true tackle pathway from U6s to Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership competition for all female players in the North Sydney District.

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2023 Team Lists: Grand Final

What an achievement to get this far, a Grand Final! This is what we have worked hard for all year, this is what the grueling training sessions has been all about, this is what the fans have been dreaming of for 16 long years and this Sunday we get a chance to go all the way and turn our Minor Premiership into a Premiership. Two proud foundation clubs going head-to-head, in essence the real final of the inaugural Mario Fenech Cup.

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2023 Team Lists: Preliminary Final

As the other semi-finalists in the Knock On Effect NSW Cup battled it out last Saturday at North Sydney Oval, the Bears enjoyed the week off. A week off from game day that is, the team has been working extra hard on the training field and in the gym. Securing the minor premiership was a fantastic achievement, but the job is not done yet and all at the club are fully focused on taking it all the way this season. That said, finals are a journey, and the next step is taking on the Rabbitohs at Leichhardt Oval this Saturday.

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2023 Team Lists: Major Semi Final

As the other semi-finalists in the Knock On Effect NSW Cup battled it out last Saturday at North Sydney Oval, the Bears enjoyed the week off. A week off from game day that is, the team has been working extra hard on the training field and in the gym. Securing the minor premiership was a fantastic achievement, but the job is not done yet and all at the club are fully focused on taking it all the way this season. That said, finals are a journey, and the next step is taking on the Rabbitohs at Leichhardt Oval this Saturday.

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Vote for the 2023 Player of the Year

As we head towards the end of the 2023 footy season, we call on our members and fans to help us in choosing the 2023 North Sydney Bears Player of the Year for both our Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s teams. This year, we have selected the top five players from each team. Did a particular player stand out to you this year? Then jump online now and let them know by voting for them! Click below to vote for your favourite.

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2023 Team Lists: NSW Cup Semi Finals Week 1

While our Bears team gets a week off to focus on training, four of the Knock On Effect NSW Cup teams will go head-to-head at North Sydney Oval on Saturday in the first week of semifinals. Rabbitohs (2nd) v Warriors (3rd) at 11am, followed by Sea Eagles (5th) v Raiders (4th) at 3pm. The winner of the first game, Rabbitohs v Warriors, will go on to play the Bears at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday 9th September for a spot in the Grand Final. Gates open at 10.30am as we kick off the day with the Panthers v Eels Jersey Flegg semi-final at 11am. The pies will be hot, the beers flowing, and tickets are only $10 per adult, kids U16 get in FREE. Bears members with valid 2023 members card get in for free too! Tickets can be purchased online via the link below or at the gate on game day (cash & card accepted).

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2023 Team Lists: Round 26 NSW Cup

This Sunday is the last game of the regular Knock On Effect NSW Cup comp and our last home game of the 2023 season. What a year we have had so far! Our two senior men’s and women’s teams were minor premiers in their respective competitions, we have welcomed over 20,000 members and fans through the gates of North Sydney Oval (a 30% increase on the 2022 season) and this weekend we go again as we take on the green machine, Canberra Raiders. The Raiders are currently in fourth position on the ladder and need this win to ensure they make the finals series – they will be coming in hard and strong for this game. We are calling on the red and black army to come out and support your Bears, be entertained by some great footy and enjoy the magic of Bear Park. #FILLTHEHILL