Weekend Preview

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears have named an unchanged line-up to take on the Ipswich Jets in Round 2 of the Intrust Super Cup this Saturday. The Bears went down narrowly in Round 1 butshowed enough to make fans believe not too much needs to change in orderto snare their first win. “There was good and bad,” Bears five-eighth Dylan Phythian said of the Round 1 performance. “We were a bit patchy as Round 1 sort of is. We’ve got a lot to improve, but I think there are some good signs early which is a good thing.”Phythian, who joined the Bears mid-season in 2018, said that the Bears needed to not overplay their hand and get the little things right against the Jets. That opinion is sharedby his halves partner, Jamal Fogarty.“I think we just need to work on a few simple little things,” Fogartysaid. “Hopefully we can work on those things at training and lay the platform for the start of the season. “Last weekend wasn’t the best result for us, but the good thing is we’ve got this weekend to try and turn it around and work on those things and show each other that we want to work hard and get the result for each other.”They take on the Ipswich Jets, who suffered a 34-6 loss at the hands ofthe Townsville Blackhawks last weekend. Saturday’s Round 2 fixture with the Jets willalsobe a celebration for the Bears, who last weekend became just the seventh club to play 500 Intrust Super Cup games. “It’s a great achievement for the club and the past players, coaching staff and everyone who has been around the club,” Fogarty said. “As a player to be a part of it is something pretty special and I think some of the boys will be thriving on it. The Burleigh Bears club and its history has a special place in my heart.” In those 500 games, the Bears have racked up 281 wins, 19 draws and tasted defeat 200 times. Shane O’Flanagan is the most capped player, with 201 appearances. Reggie Cressbrook is the leading point scorer with 964 and current Bear Henare Wells holds the club record for tries in a single game, scoring 6 against the Sunshine Coast in 2014. The day will start off at 11am, with the Burleigh women’s team taking on Wests Panthers in a trial game, before Mal Meninga Cup at 12.45pm, Hastings Deering Colts at 2.15pm and the Intrust Super Cup game at 4pm. BearsTV will be livestreaming the Intrust Super Cup game.

Kevin Braysher

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