The Bears will be gunning for their fifth win in a row when they take on rivals the Redcliffe Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium on Saturday evening.
Burleigh have moved up to third place on the Intrust Super Cup ladder after beating the Souths Logan Magpies, Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Mackay Cutters and PNG Hunters in consecutive weeks.
Their most recent win was a 56-4 win over the Hunters on Anzac Day, where the Bears celebrated coach Jimmy Lenihan’s 200th game in charge in the best way possible.
It was a dominant display, with the Bears breaking 40 tackles and making 10 line-breaks as they amassed the 10-try victory.
Troy Leo continued his outstanding season with 154 running metres, nine tackle breaks, two line breaks and two tries, while starting props Luke Page and Jack Buchanan laid a brilliant platform with 172 and 150 running metres respectively.
Josh Rogers, who has come into the side while five-eighth Dylan Phythian has been unavailable, was named man of the match after running for 143 metres and producing two line break assists and two try assists in a breakout performance.
Jordan Scott, who joined the Bears this season, is another player who has been in the team over the last month and he produced a stand out display of his own – scoring a try and laying on two others.
This run of wins has been a testament to the Bears depth as they have had some struggles with injuries and suspensions, only to still string wins together.
Back-rower Hayden Schwass said that the entire playing group has been preparing for these scenarios since the off-season so that everybody who pulls on a Bears jersey is ready to go at Cup level.
“Everyone knows they need to be playing good footy and up to the standard of Queensland Cup, so that when they do get the chance then they can just fill that spot,” he said.
“I think it’s about working as a team. We’ve been working hard at training at making sure everyone knows their role within the team, and I think we’ve been doing that well lately.”
Burleigh take on a Redcliffe team who have had an uncharacteristically slow start to the season, sitting 10th with just two wins from their eight appearances.
Despite their slow start, the Dolphins have still named a very strong side and will be hungry to beat a Bears team that they have been strong rivals with in recent years.
Kick-off between the Bears and the Dolphins is 6pm this Saturday night. The game will be live-streamed on BearsTV and will be available from Burleigh Bears social media pages.
On Saturday, they face a Redcliffe side who are winless through the first eight rounds.
Mahon said his players can’t afford to look at ladder positions and expect an easy afternoon because Redcliffe will be ready to cause an upset at home.
“Redcliffe are a proud club, and while they’re not performing at the moment, I’m sure they’re not far away from getting back to their best and we’ve got to be on our game to perform well against them,” he said.
“When you’re up the top of the competition, those are always good scalps to try and get, especially for some of the teams lower on the ladder.”
The shield will be presented to the winning team at the conclusion of the game and many members of the Kitching family will be in attendance.