Our 15 Seconds of Fame

You would have had trouble picking up the Northern Daily Leader this week and not find an article about one of our Bears players or coaches gracing the pages.

Monday saw a very complimentary article about our three grades securing places in the Grand Final with a big shout out to the amazing team behind them - the Coaches. U16 and U18 coaches Kieron Fisher and Matt Walsh were interviewed for the article and both praised their teams for being a coaches dream. Not only are the two teams full of strong players but they have great personality to boot, this means the boys blend together really well making them a strong force to be reckoned with.

Today's paper had the wrap up of West Lions coach, Tony La Chiusa, picking a 'Best of the Rest' team as he hangs up the boots following 16 years coaching First Grade.


Many former Bears players were some of his top picks including:
  • Luke Taylor (Former NSW country player & Bears premiership winning captain-coach)                
  • Warwick Colley (Former NSW country player of the year winner)                                 
  • Matt Munro (Former Balmain Tigers, Parramatta Eels & South Sydney Rabbittoh’s player)                                 
  • Matt Parsons (Former South Sydney Rabbitto’s and Newcastle Knights player & Bears premiership winning captain-coach)                                 
  • John Johnson (Former NSW country player of the year winner)                                 
  • Peter Driscoll ( 2 x time Australian school boy & former South Sydney Rabbittoh’s player)                                  
  • Kenny Anderson (Former Newcastle Knights & Manly Sea Eagles lower grade player. Currently plays for Wee Waa)
Yesterday we posted about the celebration of our younger Bears players who fought it out against Dubbo College in the University Shield. It has graced the papers and news coverage for the last few days and furthermore our very own Callum Hayne was the cover model on the back of today's Leader.
If you think the name sounds familiar than you are correct! Callum is the son of former Gunnedah First Grader, Sean Hayne, so football is in his blood. Callum had an outstanding performance this week as fullback for Farrer but will put on the Number 5 jersey as winger for Bears First Grade this weekend alongside school and team mates Dylan Manicaros and Jake Cocking. Let's see if the boys can make it three wins in one week when we head to Wee Waa!
Speaking of Wee Waa, it looks like the Panthers might be down a few key players heading in to this weekends preliminary final which should put us in good stead.
Bears First Grade Coach, Brad McManus, has named an unchanged team to take on Wee Waa on Sunday. McManus predicts that the teams youth and agility should see the boys running rings around the Panthers!
We strive to achieve a positive culture within our club and love to see when this is recognised and reflected by our local media. Well done boys for an amazing week of footy and we hope the celebration and praises continue with a win in Wee Waa on Sunday!


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