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The Rock-itt : October 2011
With 38 seconds of time rem aining, could the Bears make a further 6 points to send the game into golden point time? The Bears’ supporters were saying their Heil Marys as the sweep hand on the clock ticked its way to full time. Then if miraculously their prayers were answered, the Bears put it all together with some great team work to send Freddy Lussick flying over to notch another back to back try for the Bears bringing them within 2 points of Narrabeen. With time almost exhausted, the pressure points were left up to Bears’ player, Billy O’Toole. As Billy steadied himself he ran in and with his right boot sent the ball sailing toward the Narrabeen posts. A roar of cheers erupted from the Bears’ supporters as the leather pill cleared the crossbar and dropped right over the black dot. With the score tied to 18 all, the atmosphere around the ground had become electric as the game went into extra time. Now after their mighty come back the Bears had their heads up as the Narrabeen side seemed confused and in disarrayed. In a show of sheer brilliance, Bears player, Harry Wilson, took the ball and with a chip kick which he regathered, bolted to the line to score a great individual try. Ryan Pearson added the extras and now the Bears had hit the front. The whistle blew to signal the end of the first half of extra time and the second 5 minutes began. Narrabeen, determined not to let the game slip away, pounded the Bears defenc e, but our young Bears showed great courage in holding them out. W ith one minute left on the clock, the Bears regained possession and the ball found its way into the waiting arms of Freddy Lussick, 60 metres out from the Narrabeen line. Freddy breached the defence then turned on blistering speed to power to the Narrabeen goal line and place the ball down firmly for another Bears’ try and contributing another 4 points to make the final scor, Bears 28 Narrabeen 18. Champion side Beacon Hill Bears have played in the last five grand finals against Narrabeen, which Narrabeen have won three and now with the latest win under their belts the Bears have won two. These two sides certainly have what it takes to become future champions and possibly with som e hard work and a little luck may pull on the green and gold for Australia. In a wonderful game of club junior football, this young side of champions showed all the earmarks of not only a senior Bears’ premiership side but ultimately future Sea Eagles cham pions and NSW as well as Australian representative players. W ell done Bears on winning the Grand Final and let’s hope that our Mighty Sea Eagles can follow in your footsteps and beat the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday. We’ll be back with the Bears next season.......Paddy McClellan