The Bears were active in the Rugby League Community in 2019, with many players attending Junior League club training over the year. It didn’t matter that our players aren’t the superstars they see on TV, the kids just loved having the Bears around and were eager to learn and train. We visited all of the North Sydney Junior League clubs, Berowra Wallabies, Asquith Magpies, Pennant Hills/Cherrybrook Stags, Hills hawks, Ku-ring-gai Cubs, Lane Cove Tigers, Willoughby Roos and North Sydney Brothers, with players taking time off their busy work and training schedule to help out.
We also had some of the Bears current players sit the NRL Club Coaches Course with the aim of going back to their junior clubs and coaching.
Players from the Jersey Flegg, Canterbury Cup and the Women’s team all getting involved with the North Sydney Junior League, lending their expertise and time to help develop the young players of today.
The Old Bears day at North Sydney oval was a great success this season, with ex players attending to support
24 the Canterbury Cup team. This year there were close to 100 medals handed out to ex players and families of past players at this event, with the families of famous names such as Sullivan, Ambrum and Irvine coming along. The Old Bears were there to form a guard of honour for the players and witnessed a victory over the Bulldogs.
The annual reunion was held at Norths in October, as many of the ex players and officials gathered to celebrate their time at the Bears.
Crows Nest Festival
This was the first year that all of Norths Collective – Norths, Norths Fitness, The Alcott Lane Cove, The Greens North Sydney and North Sydney Bears were all under one stall.
Barney the Bear enjoyed the day playing pass the ball with kids, Bears players Brad Deitz and James Tuitahi and coach Jason Taylor. We had a lot of visitors to the Bears stall buying merchandise and membership for 2020 and just generally interested in chatting about the upcoming season. It was great to see the excitement and interest out there in the Community for the Mighty Bears.