This article first appeared on NSWRL.com.au.
A dispute with North Sydney Council means the Bears are unable to play on their spiritual home ground until Round 7, but that hasn’t stopped the playing group stringing together four victories on the trot to begin the 2017 Intrust Super Premiership NSW season.
North Sydney Oval has nostalgic value for long-time fans, but they are starved of watching their team play at home to start the year due to adjustments not being made around cricket season for the Rugby League side. Like the playing group, however, the supporters have stepped up in the first month of the 2017 season and have travelled around the state to cheer on the Bears.
While it’s not an ideal situation for the club, coach Ben Gardiner is incredibly satisfied with his players’ ability to overcome the adversity to win four games in a row, and credits the fans that have followed them from Wentworthville, to Blacktown, up to Newcastle and back to Liverpool.
“We’re off North Sydney Oval but we’ve prepared well for our away games, and we have made a few adjustments to make it a little bit better [than previous years],” Gardiner tells NSWRL.com.au.