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The Rock-itt : October 2011
Our Beacon Hill Bears champion under 11’s team who were undefeated throughout the 2011 season and won the minor premiership, have added another prestigious award to their tally by taking out the grand final at Brookvale oval defeating Narrabeen last month, bringing the trophy home to be mounted in the Bears’ clubhouse. On a Saturday last month the pride of the Beacon Hill Bears Rugby League club ran onto the hallowed turf at Brookvale Oval to face off against rivals, Narrabeen. With a good crowd in attendance to cheer their teams on, it was expected to be a tough encounter as both sides had battled hard all season to win the honour of being grand finalists. Right from the kick-off Beacon Hill took charge, throwing the ball around, looking for a weakness in the Narrabeen def ence which held firm until a spiralling pass from Matt Swain found its way into the waiting arms of Albert Hopoate, who split the defence then showed a clean pair of heels to scoot 30 metres to score. Bears’ kicker, Matt Swain, added the extras and the Bears went to the lead 6 nil on the score board. But Narrabeen weren’t going to take it lying down and began punching away at the Bears’ defence, looking for a gap which they eventually found, putting the ball down over the Bears’ line and converting the try. Not long after, Narrabeen levelled the scores. The whistle blew signalling the end of the first half which saw both teams locked together at 6 all. The second half got under way favouring Narrabeen, who put on a great display of attacking football to blitz the Bears and ran in two quick tries in succession to boot them into the lead 18 to 6. At first the Bears went into shock knowing that there was a chance that all their hard work throughout the season could be lost if they didn’t rally and re-group, and the much coveted trophy would be heading back to Narrabeen. But to the delight of the Bears’ supporters, with six minutes left on the clock, a great break away run saw Bears player, Luke Vanbokhoven, cut through the defence and scurry over the line to score a 4 pointer with Harry Wilson taking the conversion this time, taking the score to 18 to 6 in favour of Narrabeen.