The only team to compete in every season of NSWRL's highest competition since its beginnings in 1908, the North Sydney Bears bring an aura of tradition that pits them as one of the most well-respected franchises in Rugby League. Playing out of the picturesque North Sydney Oval, a loyal and dedicated supporter base regularly turn out to watch 'Norths,' which has been a feeder for NRL club the South Sydney Rabbitohs since 2007. Having been affiliated with the Warriors and Melbourne Storm in the past, there has long been an effort to keep the red and black jersey alive, along with teams in the Harold Matthews and SG Ball competitions.
Having last won a reserve grade competition in 1993, the Bears are long overdue for a title in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW and will need to improve on last season's 10th-place finish. Coach Ben Gardiner retains the reins in 2017 and will have significant incoming young talent at his disposal, making the upcoming season an exciting one for Rabbitohs and Bears fans alike.
Heading into the Intrust Super Premiership NSW season, we will detail the preparation and chances of each team
After last year's competition came down to just a single point, the 2017 Intrust Super Premiership shapes up as one of the most intriguing ever
It was a season of two halves for the Bears, but 2017 promises a much improved result
In an up-and-down season for North Sydney, their halfback took the reins beautifully
Intrust Super Premiership NSW Match Report: North Sydney v Canterbury