Hungry Bears on roll with double
IT APPEARS City Bears’ youth policy is paying dividends with last year’s premiers notching two wins on the weekend.
Bears defeated Royals 5-1 in a catch-up game last Friday night then backed up on Sunday to dispose of a hapless Sailors team 8-0.
Bears coach Dave Dart said he expected a much tougher game against Royals who held a strong Southside team to an exciting draw last week.
“We expected a hard game but the boys were on fire,” Dart said.
“They (Royals) dominated play early on but we kept them out and counter-attacked which they didn’t expect.
“Ryan Cameron was a standout in that department, playing a sweeping role. He continually turned defence into attack with his raw speed.”
Bears’ main strike weapon Mark Pollock has been well below his best this season but according to Dart is not far from producing his best. “It was Mark’s best game of the season and he hammered in a couple of handy goals,” he said.
On Sunday, Bears faced a Sailors side still looking for that elusive victory and showed little mercy running out winners 8-0.
It was panic stations for the Bears early on with key players missing in action which resulted in a reshuffle of their forward line.
“Mitch Lollback was late for the game and I was out with a back injury I suffered on Friday night,” Dart said.
“Our forward line consisted of Chris Jurd, Brent Russ, Darby Fahey and Harry Fahey ... I think Mick Russ was the only old head on the field.”
Ryan Cameron backed up his Friday night performance with another impressive effort and Chris Jurd netted two goals playing up front.
“Ryan was brilliant, they’d (Sailors) would be attacking and Ryan would intercept the ball and the next second we would be up the other end on the attack,” Dart said
“When Mitch finally arrived, he carved them up and ‘Jurdy’ (Chris Jurd) was rewarded with a couple of goals.”
Barbarians held off a fast-finishing Coffs Southside to win 4-3 in the battle of the big guns on Sunday.
Leading 2-0 at the break, Barbarians surged further ahead to lead 4-1 until two late goals by Southside narrowed the gap.
Barbarians Peter Ryder said the final score was not a true indication of a game which his side dominated for the majority of the match.
“They (Southside) scored a good goal late in the match and were awarded another on the siren after the ball appeared to come off one of their player’s feet,” Ryder said.
“In actual fact, in the end the scoreline flattered them.”
Ryder did, however, admit his side went to sleep in the final 10 minutes and fitness levels let his side down.
“We need to work more on our fitness but overall I think it was the best game we played all year,” he said.
“We were also down a couple of key players with Dan Shipman and goalkeeper Dan Seymour unavailable. We used our B grade goalie Aiden Banks who didn’t let us down and did a terrific job.”
But it was the Yamba connection of Troy and Laurie Urquhart which impressed Ryder the most.
“Troy and Laurie were just sensational. They work so well together and know where each other is on the field,” Ryder said.
“I’m usually a bit critical of players but they were brilliant ... at times they toyed with the opposition.”
Royals v Barbarians – Saturday 4.10pm
Southside v Bears – Sunday 2.15pm.