3 tries in the final minutes gives Norths a bonus point win in Round 1
1st Grade: Norths 32 def West Harbour 3
Tries: Jayden Lynch, Isaac Cavu, Connor Winchester, George Murrin
Goals: Angus Sinclair (2 Pen), Connor Winchester (3 Cons)
2nd Grade: Norths 45 def West Harbour 23
1st Colts: Norths 68 def West Harbour 7
Tries: Braedyn Collins 4, Liam Dalibozak 2, Sam Shepherd, Boston Kerapa, Matt Ryan, Josh Fraser, Luke Ryan, Charlie Radford
Goals: Josh Fraser (2 Cons), Matt Ryan (Con), David Vei (Con)
Women's 7's: Norths Sirens 0 def by Manly Mermaids 31
It was a bruising encounter to open the season at Drummoyne Oval. As both teams traded penalties through the opening half with tries hard to come by, Norths went into sheds 6 - 3 up at the break.
West Harbour were reduced to 14 men in the 38th minute after they were shown red. The second period was just as fierce, despite a Try to Jayden Lynch in his starting debut in the 53rd minute the game still hung on a knifes edge.
The pirates peppered Norths line and looked certain to score but not for an ankle tap and a marvelous tackle from reserve hooker Gary Bautz, to force the player held up in goal. A a pivotal moment that would swing the momentum of the match.
In the final 5 minutes, Norths laid on 3 tries to reserve prop Isaac Cavu (debut), reserve fullback Connor Winchester & reserve forward George Murrin to walk away with a bonus point victory at 32 - 3.
A huge reward for a strong defensive effort and conditioning that kept the foot on the gas right to the 80minute.
Congratulations to 9 debutants: Jayden Lynch (starting debut), James Margan, Ryan Lomas, Brad Hemopo, Heinrich Brendel, Max Burey, Jack Brewer, Isaac Cavu (reserve) & Tommy Gilbert.
Meanwhile, 2nd Grade had a strong win as did 1st Colts thanks to a 4-try effort to backrower Braedyn Collins.
Elsewhere, Norths took on Randwick at Latham park across all lower grades and colts in a round of friendlies.
Norths will take on the re-emerged Penrith Emus at Bon Andrews Oval in Round 2.