By Kevin Braysher
The Burleigh Bears SEQW team returns to action this week to take on the Wests Brisbane Panthers on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears will be looking to bounce back from their 22-18 loss to Tweed in Round 4.
That loss was Burleigh’s first defeat in 12-months and brought to an end a 13-game win streak that included last year’s grand final, their fourth premiership in succession.
They take on a Panthers side that is yet to taste defeat this season, with two wins and a draw in their three appearances.
Wests Brisbane narrowly lead the competition ahead of the second placed Bears, and the Bears have had two weeks to prepare for this top-of-the-table contest.
The SEQW Division 1 competition took a break last weekend due to the SEQ Women’s Development Camp, in which 13 Bears took part.
The development camp will be followed by the announcement of two SEQ representative teams to compete in the QRL State Carnival to be held on the weekend of May 31 to June 2.
With the representative season looming, a bounce-back performance against Wests Brisbane would not only put the Bears back on top of the ladder but help Burleigh’s best push their claims for selection.
Burleigh’s Round 5 SEQW Division 1 clash with the Wests Brisbane Panthers is this Saturday afternoon at Frank Lind Oval from 3pm.
Bears players who took part in the SEQ Women’s Development Camp;
Akayla McGuire, Amber Pilley, Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Jasmin Kemp, Kadison-Tyra Robertson, Laken Paitai, Millie Boyle, Sasha Mahuika, Tallisha Harden, Tazmin Gray, Tyler Birch, Zahara Temara, Zoey Holland