Bears play for first Nathan Boundy memorial shield

SHIELD PRESENTATION: The Nathan Boundy is presented to the Kandos Waratahs team on Saturday. Picture: SUPPLIED.
SHIELD PRESENTATION: The Nathan Boundy is presented to the Kandos Waratahs team on Saturday. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Nathan Boundy was a former player to both the Lithgow Bears and Kandos Waratahs.

He sadly lost his life after a struggle with mental illness earlier this year.

In his memory the two clubs have come to together to play for an annual shield. Both rugby league teams desperately wanted to win in Nathan’s name and be the first club to have their name engraved on the shield.

The full time score was 36-32 to Kandos. 

The next memorial game will be played in Lithgow early in July, with the Bears having another chance for the win and be on for the shield for the 2017 season.

At he start of the rugby league game both teams (men and women), and supporters paid tribute with a minute’s silence.

The game was also attended by Nathan's family and friends, with his sister presenting the shield and naming the player of the match.

The Lithgow Bears presented the game awards at the Lithgow Workmen’s Club, which is the Bears’ major sponsor for the 2017 season.

The Lithgow Bears would like to thank all sponsors who have come on board this season and supporters of the Bears.

This Saturday, May 20 the Bears will be playing a local derby against the top of the leader board for both rugby league and league tag, the Wallerawang Warriors at Wallerawang.

The girls league tag will start at 1.30pm and the boys’ rugby league game will start at 2.30pm.

The club hopes to see a good crowd all at the games to cheer on the Bears.

A tough match-up

Round 3 for the Lithgow Bears Rugby League Club saw the Bears up against the Kandos Waratahs in the 2017 New Era Cup competition. 

The full time score for the Bears was 36-32 to Kandos and 48-0 to Kandos for the girls League Tag.

The boys’ rugby league game was a feisty, hard, strong game with the Bears going down by only one try. The game was close for the whole 80 minutes with Kandos scoring the first try and the Bears retaliating for a try soon after. 

This try was scored by the Bears fullback Blake Collins who then converted his own try. Kandos found the Bears’ defensive gaps and were able to go over the try line a few more times in the first half. 

That didn’t stop the Bears, who fought back and scored another try. At half time the score was 20 to 10 with Kandos in the lead. 

The Bears came out of the dressing sheds strong, and were able to bring the score closer to Kandos. The game started to get heated due to a few Bears tries being disallowed. 

This was the first game that the Bears saw the two Bilby brothers play together. They may not have much height or muscle on them but they are quick and were able to run around the Kandos players, with Jack scoring his first try after a return to football from a few years’ break. 

Blake also doesn’t have much height but he didn’t let any Kandos players have the chance to run. He was in the right position at the right time and tackled around the legs to slow the attackers down. 

Jacob Monoghan managed to score his first try in a long time after he was tackled over the try line and was unsure whether he placed the ball on the ground or not but luckily the ref blew the whistle for a try. 

Brenton Dunn used his strength and managed to score another try for the Bears for the third time this season. Young Ryan Peters-Chapman, Warren Stevens, Kaleb Richey and David Pender also played strong defence and tackled really well. 

Players player points this week went to Blake Collins (3), Jack Bilby (2) and Mark Northey (1). Kaleb Richey received one point from the referee.

It was a different story for the Bears League Tag Team going down to the 2016 grand finalist Kandos Waratahs 48-0. 

With an unfortunate kickoff and the Bears not ready, Kandos managed to score a quick try within the first minute of the game.

The Bears girls haven’t connected yet in the game and unfortunately had interruptions from off the field comments that did not help.

The girls showed sportsmanship to the Kandos girls and, while frustrated with their performance, still managed to have fun. 

Like every week, it was a tough decision for players player this week as this week there was a four-way tie between Ashlee Northey, Shanaya Callaghan, Tamika Kelly and Katie Jeffrey.