Bears v Magpies
North Sydney Oval, Sunday 19 July, 3:00pm
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The North Sydney Bears and Wentworthville Magpies meet for a classic Sunday afternoon of football, dubbed Fill the Hill at North Sydney Oval.
Both teams have vastly improved in the past month, with the Bears recording just one loss since Round nine, going for three wins and two thrilling draws against Mounties in that period.
“I expect a side that will fight as hard as they can as they have the past six weeks,” Bears coach Ben Gardiner said.
“Wentworthville have done a great job at keeping in the game and fighting. They’re a side that’s struggled with close games like us.
“Against Mounties, we were in position to win but we allowed them back into the game because we didn’t take the bull by the horns. If we go in with the same approach against Wenty, you have to be careful because they bounce back and stay in the game for the whole 80 minutes.”
Gardiner states the team has greatly benefited from bonding together.
“We’ve been working hard as a team and spending more time together,” Gardiner said. “When you work together as group, you start to get better performances because people are on the same page. I thought that would be difficult because like every club at the NSW Cup level, you’re dealing with people coming in and out of the NRL and Under 20s.
“That’s one of the challenges for the NSW Cup- you don’t always have everyone train with you. But we’ve been lucky to have everyone training for one or two sessions each week, which is obviously more effective because people have more cohesion in their roles.”
Gardiner is calling on a big show of support from the North Sydney faithful to get behind them against the Magpies.
“We’re trying to get as many people there as we possibly can whether they’re new or old fans or just fans who want to get out on a Sunday to enjoy themselves on the hill.
“It’s like in the NRL, where the more people you get at the ground with the more noise and support, whether it’s heckling or yelling or people barracking for you, it just gives you a rise because you know there are people there rooting for the same game as you are.”