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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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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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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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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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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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This month our KOE NSW Cup Head Coach, Pat Weisner, joined the Melbourne Storm NRL camp in Geelong alongside two of our Cup players, Jake Toby and Tui Katoa, and local junior and Bears Harold Matthews Cup player, Ben Stringer. Weisner spent the week engulfed in all things footy, canvassing for information, techniques and tactics that can be implemented back at the Bears. When he returned to Sydney, we caught up with our main man to find out some of his learnings and to see how the red & black are tracking five weeks out from comp kick off.
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The first test for our 2024 Knock-On Effect NSW Cup squad begins on Saturday 3rd February when we take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Hills Grammar. We have four trial games scheduled this season which is more than previous seasons and a great chance to prepare the entire squad for round 1. Every player in our 35-man squad will get decent game time in the trials, although not necessarily playing every game. "Every player can expect a good hit-out that’s more realistic in terms of fatigue and conditioning." commented Head Coach Pat Weisner.
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Q & A - Meet our Knock-On Effect NSW Cup Analyst and Assistant Coach, Joel Scrivener.
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Announcing our 2024 Harold Matthews Cup (Male U17s) final squad and leadership group. Congratulations to all selected and we look forward to watching you represent the red & black when the competition kicks off on Saturday 3rd February with home games at Hills Grammar.
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Announcing our 2024 SG Ball Cup (Male U19s) final squad and leadership group. Congratulations to all selected and we look forward to watching you represent the red & black when the competition kicks off on Saturday 3rd February with home games at Hills Grammar.
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As the rugby league world heads over to Las Vegas for the 2024 NRL Season Opening, we want to be there too. We are calling on any Bears members who are making the grand trip to Vegas to champion the red & black with a specially made, limited edition Bears Training Top. Wear the Bear in Vegas!
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This month we have three Bears contracted players who have earned their spot to train alongside Melbourne Storm. Jake Toby (left) and Tui Katoa (right) have joined the Storm's famous Geelong NRL summer camp. This camp is known for its intensive regime that primes the players for the season ahead. These opportunities with our pathway partner, Melbourne Storm, allows the Bears to attract the highest level of player to the club and gives the selected players valuable NRL experience that they then bring back to the red & black.
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After a defining 2023 season for the Bears, it is no surprise that our star halfback Jesse Marschke has caught the eye of NRL recruiters. Marschke played an integral part in our Knock-On Effect NSW Cup leading the team all the way to the 2023 Grand Final. First coming to the Bears in 2021 and having played 44 games in the red & black, the North Sydney Bears are pleased for Jesse to have the opportunity to now progress on to a full time NRL contract with the St George Illawarra Dragons.
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The North Sydney Bears are saddened to hear the news former player #616, Peter Harrison, passed away last week after a battle with cancer. Peter was 82.
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Joining our 2024 Tarsha Gale and Lisa Fiaola Cup squads this season are eight remarkable young women who have jumped at the opportunity to train with the Bears. These ladies have relocated from Townsville, where they have been attending boarding school, to join our female junior representative teams for the summer period. Nyeema Tuua is part of our Lisa Fiaola Cup (U17s) team and Bronte Morrison, Charlize Barrett, Lalita Kris, Latisha Kaitap, April Major, Lynette Bosuen and Ebony Sotheren-Hatton bolstering our Tarsha Gale Cup (U19s) squad. The group of talented indigenous players originate from across Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory, with some coming from as far as Moa Island in the Torres Strait Island archipelago.
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This week we announce two powerhouse prop signings for the 2024 season. Welcome back BT and KDL!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.