It was a tough and wet game last Saturday when we took on the Panthers in a qualifying final and unfortunately the Bears didn’t walk away with the win. After a good start that saw Siua Wong bust through the Panthers line for the first try of the game, and Adam Keighran converting, to give the Bears an early lead, the Red & Black spent the rest of the first half on the back foot. Numerous unforced errors and unnecessary penalties near our try line gave too much advantage to the opposition and saw the side tire from endless defensive work. At the change of ends the black cats were up 16 – 6 and the Bears had their work cut out for them.

Bears seemed to regroup well and came out strong, Kieran Hayman forced his way across the line but the four points went unanswered with the kick waived away. Nearly ten minutes passed as the two teams tussled for possession eventually leading to Panthers securing their only try of the second half and pushing them out to 22 points. The Red & Black fought on and within five minutes Keighran found the white line from some swift back line ball but unfortunately, with a strong wind rising, he failed to convert his own try. The remaining seventeen minutes of the game saw both teams holted as each pushed forward but were held back and the Red & Black showed potential of rising to the task. Even with the scoreboard hitting the 80th minute the game continued following a string of penalties that saw Daeon Amituana from the Panthers sin binned and the Bears desperately trying to push their way down the field. Too little, too late and Panthers took the win to progress on to play the Jets in a qualifying major final this weekend.


This week the team resets, refocuses and will go again this Saturday as we play the Bulldogs in an elimination minor semi-final. It’s do or die time, and the team knows what’s at stake and what needs to be done. We are all behind you boys and believe you can bring the heat to push forward to week 3 of the finals series. COME ON YOU BEARS!

Bears v Bulldogs kicks off at 5pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah and we encourage our members and fans to get on down and cheer on the team. This game will be live streamed on the NSWRL Facebook page only, not available on TV, Foxtel or Kayo.

Check out Head Coach, Jason Taylor’s team to get the job done this Saturday >>

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