Round 3 - Norths vs Balmain (PL) + Junior Reps vs Manly

 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:56 am    Post subject: Round 3 - Norths vs Balmain (PL) + Junior Reps vs Manly Reply with quote

This Sunday the Bears Premier League team take on Balmain RE Tigers at Leichhardt Oval. The match starts at 2.00pm.

The Junior Reps are also at Leichhardt Oval when they play Manly. Harold Matthews starts at 11.00am and SG Ball starts at 12.30.

The Junior Reps should be great matches.

Here is the Bears Premier League line up as shown in Big League:
1 John Russell
2 Andrew Moodie
3 Karl Johnson
4 Daniel Watkins
5 Richard Retimana
6 Daniel Russell (c)
7 Ben Black
8 Aaron Trinder
9 Ben Ellis
10 Eddie Sua
11 Matthew Bartlett
12 Scott Perrin
13 Luke Fatnowna

14 Brendon Crabb
15 Ryan Russell
16 Bede Tuohy
17 Anthony Beare
20 Michael Harper
21 Reihana Peters

- I wonder why Chris Saab hasn't been named. If he is out it should be a good opportunity for Reihana Peters to get a game.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is BreT's line-up
1 Shannon McDonnell
2 Corey Niwa
3 Keith Eshman
4 Frank Samia
5 Ben Jeffrey
6 Jono Rolfe
7 David Marando
8 Stacey Katu
9 Rangi Chase
10 Sam Moa
11 Thomas Gemmell
12 Tevita Metuisela
13 Jarrod Farlow

14 Ewan Cameron
15 Jamie Nowland
16 Peter Taylor
17 John Sinisa

Watch out for Tevita Metuisela who played for the Bears last year. He is very hard to tackle.
- 7 players in their line-up are still eligible for Flegg.
Watch out for McDonnell, Chase, Jeffeery and Moa.

Cameron is the only forward on their bench.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.leagueunlimited.com/article.asp?ID=10094
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Balmain won a narrow victory at Leichhardt oval today beating North Sydney by 20 points to 18 in a mistake ridden match where both teams struggled to complete sets.

Balmain took an early lead when Shannon McDonnell slipped past the Norths defence to score and Ben Jeffery converted from in front of the posts. However it was not long before Norths hit and five minutes later Captain Daniel Russell dragged two defenders over the line and went on to convert his own try leveling the scores.

Russell scored again in the 26th minute after his expertly aimed kick rebounded off the upright and he regathered to score, he once again converted his own try and Norths gained a 12-6 lead.

Shortly afterwards Norths scored a controversial try when Johno Rolfe was penalised for what appeared to be a one on one strip 20m out from his own line and then Norths hooker Ben Ellis ran behind his own teammates to score untouched. Russell once again added the extras and Norths went into the sheds at half-time leading by eighteen points to six.

It was a rejuvenated Balmain team that ran out for the second half and two quick trys saw them well and truly back in the game. In the 50th minute winger Ben Jeffery capitalised on a Norths mistake, picking up a spilled ball and racing past the norths defence to score out wide. Jeffrey was unable to convert his own try but just two minutes later teammate Frank Samia scored in the opposite corner after diving on a kick by Johno Rolfe. Jeffery was again unable to convert leaving Balmain trailing by four points with just under half an hour left to play.

The next twenty minutes saw some very scrappy play from both teams as they struggled to get on top of one another but despite Balmain spending much of their time camped in Norths half it wasn’t until the 75th minute that they were able to take the lead when Corey Niwa scored the match winning try off a Sam Harris run and Rolfe converted.

The best for Balmain were 5/8th Rolfe, fullback McDonnell and back rower Tevita Metuisela while 5/8th Daniel Russell and hooker Ben Ellis shined for Norths.
That is a pretty fair account of the game written by a Balmain supporter.

The Bears lost both Junior Rep games. HM: 30-10. SGB: 54-10.

I'll post more comments later.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

go those mighty Eagles juniors Razz


the Bears Premier league team has 7 ex manly players, thats more than half the team, old Josh doesnt muck around when he leaves a club

johnson, watkins, black, peters, crabb,trinder and ellis.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SG ball coach really does look like an idiot now doesnt he. Dead set there going really really bad. I'll tell you why because half the team dont want to be there. They got brought in from other clubs which they wanted to play 4. They dont have the desire in them to push themselves to the wire for norths.

Cooper Park Boys!!

Cooper what? whats cooper park??? You on drugs boy? WTF is cooper park? Man these north boys are weirdos . I wish parramatta didnt drop me.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starting line-up was:

5. Richard Retimana
23. Filinga Filiga (new player - was with Balmain this year/ Bulldogs in 05)
3. Karl Johnson
4. Daniel Watkins
17. Anthony Beare
6. Daniel Russell ©
7. Ben Black
8. Aaron Trinder
9. Ben Ellis
10. Eddie Sua
11. Matthew Bartlett
12. Scott Perrin
13. Luke Fatnowna

20. Michael Harper
15. Ryan Russell
21. Reihana Peters
16. Bede Tuohy

Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 20 defeated Norths 18 (Daniel Russell 2, Ben Ellis tries; Daniel Russell 3 goals)

Some of the players to stand out included:
Daniel Russell – who did well to score two tries and looked dangerous when he ran the ball and he put some good kicks in.
Karl Johnson – was physical in defence and made strong runs
Filinga Filiga – played well for his first game with the Bears. He made some strong runs and some good tackles.
Ben Ellis – worked hard in defence and was dangerous with the ball. He played a lot of the game in the backrow.
Ben Black also played well.

Our forwards tried hard.

I thought Ryan Russell and Reihana Peters played well off the bench.

The Tigers had the late additions of Sam Harris and Taniela Tuiaki (18th &19th men from Wests Tigers) and Shane Elford (back from injury). That experience helped them in the end.

We were going really well in the first half. We had a lot of possession and probably should have created a bigger lead for ourselves. In the second half Balmain had most of the possession and field position as the Bears started making errors and giving away penalties.

There is nothing worse than seeing us lose in the last five minutes. We could have and probably should have won.

I didn’t see any injuries out of the match.

John Russell failed a fitness test during the week but hopefully he will be back next week. Also I hope Chris Saab and Casey Ellis will be back soon to add some go-forward to our backrow. I don't know why Andrew Moodie didn't play - hopefully he is back next week.

Also Mighty Tiger on the Wests Tigers forums posted this:
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Bears defence was great IMO they restricted the forwards in the 1st half brilliantly, they just ran out of puff during the 2nd half much like the Bulldogs the week before

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in a beaten side Russel and Ellis where great, Black looked alright at times but went missing alot during the game for the Bears but Russel setup 2 tries and caused a fair bit of trouble and Ellis I'm certain would of racked up close to 50-60 tackles he defended brilliantly and cleaned up alot of halfbreaks the Tigers made.



In the Harold Matthew Tom Scrivener scored our first try and Casey Faets scored the second try which Junior Rika converted. Halftime: 20-4. Fulltime: 30-10.

Best players were probably Junior Rika, Josh Nicholls, Jaye Bass, James Maher and Josh Moses. Justin Joudo was injured.


In the SG Ball Auatama Iese scored our first try in the corner which was converted by Liam Foran. Tim McDonald barged over for our second try. Halftime: 22-6. Fulltime: 54-10.

Jake Foster and James Hollis-Tuilau were both injured in the opening minutes and didn’t come back on.

I don’t know why we let them score so many points against us.

Best players for the Bears were Tim McDonald, Siaosi Liumauna, Nathan Searle, Isaac Vaisagote and Daniel Casa.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What did everyone else think of the match?

Here is the North Shore Times article:

Bears left bewildered
David Rowlands

28Mar06

IF the people that produce rugby league DVDs ever want to do one on how to throw a game away, they would only need to duplicate the second half of Sunday's Premier League match at Leichhardt Oval.

The North Sydney camp was shattered and bewildered after yielding 20-18 to Balmain in a game they should've won handsomely.

The Bears looked like world-beaters in the first half and seemed in complete control when they went to the break leading 18-6.

It could've been an even bigger advantage, for they squandered some healthy chances to score.

The Tigers were then gifted three second-half tries.

The first came early when Balmain shifted the ball wide immediately from a Norths handling error and the second one followed just two minutes later when defenders made a hash of cleaning up a grubber kick.

The match-winner was a heart-breaker, five minutes from fulltime, that again could have been shut down, only for a tiring defence to let attacking Tigers roam at will.

A justifiably furious coach Josh White took the extraordinary step of pointing the finger at specific players in the dressing room.

``The forwards let us down,'' he said simply, before absolving hardworking hooker-secondrower Ben Ellis from any criticism.

White was angry that his side had strayed from the formula that founded their lead.

Instead of going straight up the middle, where they had torn the Tigers apart, they suddenly became overly-adventurous.

Norths' second half completion rate was a diabolical 40 per cent and in 27 degree heat, it could only lead to being ``badly fatigued''.

Their efforts to progress from their own territory weren't helped by receiving just one penalty in the last 40 minutes.

``We tried to do all the fancy stuff instead of the hard yards,'' White said.

The players didn't shy away from the blame, with halfback Ben Black confessing: ``we played some dumb football towards the end''.

Norths meet the Magpies in Premier League at TG Millner Field on Sunday afternoon.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That makes me wince reading that article. If there's anything to take heart from, there's an article in this week's "Big League" about the Wests Tigers new policy for Premier League that the "top squad players not in the NRL side every week (will) play for Balmain Ryde" (with an implication that next season they might play for Western Suburbs). There was some coverage on Mighty Bears last year about this decision, but the article says "the results are already demonstrating the concentration of talent with Balmain Ryde undefeated at the top of the table".

So if North Sydney is throwing away games against sides that are getting wraps in BL, the long-term view for the season augurs well. However, in previous years, the Premier League has always been more even in the earlier part of the year - later in the season the PL sides are strengthened by blokes who've had games in the NRL, and NS can be at a disadvantage. Last year we did well having blokes like Alex Chan and Tevita Metuisela for the latter part of the year - two players with NRL experience can make a difference.

The articles also quotes Magpies coach John Dorahy referring to "a strong competition like Premier League and gain great experience". It also notes that Isaac De Grois was promoted from the Magpies to play NRL last weekend, so the NRL path is not completely closed to the Magpies.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Instead of going straight up the middle, where they had torn the Tigers apart, they suddenly became overly-adventurous.

Norths' second half completion rate was a diabolical 40 per cent and in 27 degree heat, it could only lead to being ``badly fatigued''


I don't totally agree with Rowlands comments. The completion rate in the second half was shocking. But it was not due to over adventourous plays.
Numerous mistakes where simple errors, such as loosing the ball on one out dummy half runs and forward passes from dummy half. It wasn't has though we were throwing the ball all around the park. It was simply very poor exeuction.

The first half performance was brilliant especially to score 18 straight points. Daniel Russell was superb in giving Ben Black a second option.

In the end the size and strength of the Balmain forward with Tevita Metsuala, Sam Harris and co took its toll.
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