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Postby H » Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:26 pm

A LINK TO THEIR HOMEPAGE.
http://www.northernpride.com.au/
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Re: NORTHERN PRIDE

Postby H » Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:05 am

Pride Return to Form With Win Over Sea Eagles
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Courtesy Sunshine Coast Daily
15/04/2013 9:17:45 AM

SHATTERED Sunshine Coast captain Callum Klein says his side let its supporters down with an "unacceptable" Intrust Super Cup loss to Northern Pride at Bokarina yesterday.

In a lamentable showing, the Sea Eagles were overwhelmed 48-6 by the Pride after slipping to an 18-0 halftime deficit.

“I'm very disappointed with our efforts,” Klein said.

“We've let ourselves down, we let the crowd down and we let the coach down.
“The 17 men who took to the field have to take that on their shoulders and wear that and think about that next week when we run out."

After struggling to make an impact last season, there was some renewed hope for the Sunshine Coast when it won two of its first three games of the 2013 campaign.

But losses to Souths Logan and the ladder-leading Pride have sent the side tumbling to 10th place on the 12-team ladder.

It was yesterday’s crushing defeat, compounded by injuries, which hurt most.
“I can take a loss if we play well and all that sort of thing, but putting in an effort like we did today, it wasn't acceptable,” Klein said.

“I'm devastated we turned in that performance, absolutely devastated.”

Pride centre Ty Williams opened the scoring for the Pride early and when Sea Eagles replacement Mitch McMahon dropped the ball on his first hit-up, Pride halfback Sam Obst made the hosts pay.

He linked with backrower Ethan Lowe who went past Klein to score.

Fleet-footed Pride fullback Hezron Murgha then pierced through Justin Otto and Jye Ballinger to give the visitors a handy 18-0 lead.

A brace of tries to second-rower David Crampton and four-pointers to debutant Mervyn Walker and Obst provided the Pride with a 42-0 lead.

Murgha then produced a neat grubber down the sideline, behind winger Tye Ingebrigtsen.

He collected the ball and passed to pivot Ryan Ghietti to score.

The Sea Eagles nabbed a consolation intercept try through Otto.

“They had a lot of ball and that was from our silly errors in crucial parts of the game,” Klein said.

“When you give a side like that ball, they're always going to punish you.

“We just felt like we were tackling all day. Mentally and physically we were out-muscled.

“We've got to really improve and improve fast because that can't happen again, especially at home.”

Centre Ballinger was replaced at halftime with a suspected fractured hand while livewire Jordan Meads went off during the second half with a lacerated lip.

Klein also said changes could be made to the team after its dismal display and added “the way I played today, I've got to pull my finger out.”

For the Pride – it was a pleasing performance that saw them take the out-right lead on the competition ladder.

This weekend they will travel to North Ipswich Reserve to play the Ipswich Jets who were poor in their loss to the Souths Logan Magpies.
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Re: NORTHERN PRIDE

Postby H » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:55 pm

Obst guides Pride to impressive win
By ANDREW PIVA @ THE CAIRNS POST | Published: 15/04/2013



SAM Obst is shaping as one of the buys of the season after the playmaker turned in a five-star performance to guide the Northern Pride to a 48-6 victory over the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles in Kawana yesterday.



Wearing the No.7, Obst looked at home directing the Pride’s attack and combined superbly with five-eighth Ryan Ghietti to help keep the club on top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder.



Another standout for the Pride was fullback Hezron Murgha. The former Yarrabah junior tormented the Sea Eagles whenever he touched the ball and orchestrated the try of the match in the second half.



After he was put into space down the right touchline, Murgha grubbered past his opponent and regathered before throwing a miraculous inside pass to Ghietti, who crossed untouched.



Pride coach Jason Demetriou said Murgha provided a potent attacking option for his side.



‘‘Hezzy was a constant threat all game and has been very consistent for us all year,’’ he said.



‘‘Today he was just at another level. He was dangerous every time he touched the footy and it looked like something would happen every time the ball was in his hands.



‘‘In saying that, he was also coming off some good game speed generated by our big men in the middle.’’



Demetriou praised Cowboys prop Ricky Thorby for his metre-making efforts, with NRL teammate Felise Kaufusi and Aidan Smith also proving hard to bring down.



The Pride scored four tries in each half and could have crossed for a couple more either side of the break if they showed more patience and didn’t push the extra pass when it wasn’t needed.



But Demetriou said the risk taking was a result of the ground his players were making every set.



‘‘I felt like we were making metres easy and creating plenty of opportunities,’’ he said.



‘‘But we were probably pushing it and over playing it because of the game speed we were generating.’’



The Sea Eagles produced little to threaten the Pride’s defence, with their only try coming courtesy of an intercept to halfback Justin Otto late in the second half.



The Pride are away to Ipswich on Saturday but may be without Cowboys hooker Scott Moore (shoulder) and winger Kyle Feldt (ribs) after the duo picked up injuries.
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Re: NORTHERN PRIDE

Postby Northern_Union » Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:42 pm

Wasn't Thorby with the Dragons?
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Re: NORTHERN PRIDE

Postby H » Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:55 pm

Thorby was a Dragon . Played about 20 games for them.Been in NQ for a while now.
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Re: NORTHERN PRIDE

Postby H » Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:51 am

Watch Pride and U18s live – for FREE
By PRIDE MEDIA | Published: 18/04/2013

In an historic first for an Intrust Super Cup club, Northern Pride will be streaming 2 games live on its website at the same time – FOR FREE:
Intrust Super Cup Round 6 – Ipswich v Pride, 3pm KO
Mal Meninga Cup semi-finals, Redcliffe U18s v Pride U18s, 3.45pm KO

This is quite an achievement for an Intrust Super Cup club to provide this service to our fans and the local footy community. Watch our senior side try to maintain their lead at the top of the Intrust Super Cup table, while also seeing if our young U18 stars can continue their run in the Qld U18s comp.

You have to be a 2013 Pride Member to watch the games, which will be at http://www.northernpride.com.au/live-stream– you can sign up to be a 2013 Pride Member from as little as $20 at http://www.morethanpride.com.au (which gives you a whole host of freebies, including a membership pack worth up to $350, and FREE access to the live stream for all Pride games for the season).
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Re: NORTHERN PRIDE

Postby H » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:08 pm

Sheppard Resigns as Pride CEO
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23/04/2013 11:36:50 AM

Northern Pride Rugby League Football Club has announced that Chris Sheppard has resigned as its Chief Executive Officer.

Sheppard, who first joined the Pride as a player and Operations Manager in 2007 before the club was even accepted into the then Queensland Cup, took over the reins as CEO at Barlow Park in November 2010 after a successful NRL and State competition playing career.

During his two-and-a-half years in the top job, the 32-year-old has steered the club successfully both on and off the field.

The club’s notable achievements during Sheppard’s tenure include:

• The inaugural 2010 Intrust Super Cup Grand Final win
• Continuing the club’s commitment towards local players and staff
• The expansion of the Northern Pride Academy system, which will see more than 200 locals aged 12-20 with development and pathways direct to elite levels
• The first rugby league club in Australia to implement a Reconciliation Action Plan
• Assisting to make an NRL game a reality in Cairns
• The driving force behind remote games (including Bamaga and Mount Isa), which has led to the Queensland Rugby League having a full round of ‘Country Week’
• Negotiating a deal to bring Intrust Super Cup games to regional centres (Innisfail, Mareeba, Tully, Atherton) this year, and for the next three years
• Engaging with the local rugby league fraternity to deliver outcomes to make the game sustainable in the short, medium and long-term
• The community work the club has designed and implemented from scratch through its award-winning Take Pride Program.

Sheppard said he was extremely proud of his achievements both as a player and CEO at the Pride, and was standing down for family reasons.

“At this stage, I will remain locally and spend some much needed time with my family before assessing what I’ll do in the next chapter of my life,” he said.

“I have four children under eight and a wife that has been fantastic while I’ve played a role in cementing the future of the Pride, and it is now their turn to get my full attention.

“I am very proud of everything we have achieved during my time here, both on and off the field especially.

“I greatly value the people involved with the club. Every person involved goes above and beyond what could reasonably be expected of them so that this club can compete, grow and prosper, and this is the secret to the club’s success.

“I leave the club in a strong position to grow and prosper into the future, and I look forward to supporting the club forever.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to serve this great game, work with so many fantastic people, and play a leading hand in setting up a club that will provide opportunities for local people long into the future.”

Sheppard said he had initially approached Northern Pride chairman Bob Fowler last month about possibly stepping down before informing the club of his final decision to resign late last week.

Sheppard will officially stand down this Friday.

Mr Fowler said: "Our CEO is responsible for both the Rugby League Administration (Northern Pride RLFC) and our extensive community support regime (Take Pride Program), and the position does require specialist knowledge.

"Our Business Development Manager Brock Schaefer has been working closely with Chris in both these areas, and his appointment as interim CEO will ensure a smooth transition while the Board considers the appointment process.”
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