- For the Australian rules football club previously known as the Northern Eagles, see Zillmere Eagles Australian Football Club.
|Full name||Northern Eagles Rugby League Football Club|
|Competition||National Rugby League|
|2002||9th of 15|
The Northern Eagles were a rugby league team, that competed in the National Rugby League (NRL) between 2000 and 2002. The club was formed during the rationalisation process of the NRL by the merger of the North Sydney Bears and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in 2000. The team shared home games between Brookvale Oval and Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, New South Wales.
Little success was had during three seasons (2000-2002), finishing 12th, 10th, and 9th, winning 30 of 76 games. Also, the new club's decision to play games in Gosford instead of the Bears home ground at North Sydney Oval alienated several North Sydney fans, despite North Sydney's planned move to the new Central Coast Stadium, which had been rebuilt for the Bears on the site of the old Grahame Park ground. In spite of this, the club provided more players for the 2001 State of Origin series' New South Wales team than any other club. The partnership foundered in 2002, with Manly emerging as the stand-alone entity. The 2002 season was played under the Northern Eagles name, although effectively the club was the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles by another name. Halfway through the season, the Eagles even abandoned playing games at Gosford, due to a sharp decline in attendances. The people of Gosford preferred to wait until a home grown team was based there. The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles name and colours returned to the NRL in 2003.
North Sydney now field a team in the New South Wales Cup, the competition immediately below NRL level, as a feeder to the South Sydney Rabbitohs. There are plans to again be part of the NRL again in coming years as the Central Coast Bears.
The Northern Eagles shared their home games between Brookvale Oval in Sydney and Grahame Park in Gosford. The record attendance for the club was 20,059 for the club's opening game against the Newcastle Knights at Grahame Park on 6 February 2000. The record attendance for the club at Brookvale Oval was 14,521 against Cronulla on 21 July 2002.
State of Origin
New South Wales
City Vs Country origin
- Steve Menzies (2001)
- Brett Kimmorley (2001)
Most consecutive wins
- 2 matches, 21–26 February 2000
- 2 matches, 23–29 April 2000
- 2 matches, 25 June - 2 July 2000
- 2 matches, 22–28 April 2001
- 2 matches, 23–29 June 2002
- 2 matches, 4–11 August 2002
Most consecutive losses
- 4 matches, 25 March - 15 April 2000
- 4 matches, 9–30 July 2000
- 4 matches, 25 August 2001 – 30 March 2002
Most points in a season
- Ben Walker - 279 (18 tries, 103 goals, 1 field goal) in 2001
- 20,059 vs Newcastle Knights at NorthPower Stadium, 6 February 2000
- 14,521 vs Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at Brookvale Oval, 21 July 2002
Since the Northern Eagles folded at the end of 2002, the Manly Sea Eagles and North Sydney Bears have gone their separate ways.
Manly officially returned to the NRL in 2003 (playing out of Brookvale Oval, though they played at least two games per season in Gosford until 2015) and have since played in four NRL Grand Finals (2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013), winning the premiership in 2008 and 2011.
North Sydney began playing in the NSW Cup (formerly known as Reserve Grade) at their traditional base, North Sydney Oval, where they are the feeder team to the South Sydney Rabbitohs. As of 2014, there have been several attempts for the Bears to come back into the NRL by being based at the Central Coast, Perth, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Tasmania and many more locations. Former North Sydney internationals Greg Florimo and David Fairleigh play a prominent role in the club's push to join the NRL. So far they have failed to gain a licence to re-enter the NRL with the latest push of buying the Manly Sea Eagles licence from Penn Sports for $6,000,000 after a failed attempt by Qatar to buy Manly for $22,000,000 a week earlier.
- Northern Eagles rugbyleagueproject.org
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