Bears ready to rumble for annual 9s
Saturday’s annual 9 A Side tournament will see Pizzey Park play host to 15 games across the afternoon, where eight teams will battle it out for $7000 worth of prize money.
With the Gold Coast A Grade season still more than two months away, Bears A Grade coach Matt Foster said it’s the perfect chance for players to put their four months of pre-season training into practise.
“It’s been a very long pre-season for us, so something like a 9s comp is good fun and a great way to get back into a bit of footy,” Foster said.
His side will be feeling the pressure, last year’s reining champs no doubt looking to defend their title.
“It is a very competitive competition and I’d expect the same thing this year,” Foster said.
And with a young lineup, their chances of doing so are looking promising.
“Everyones always in it to win it,” he said.
“You’ve only got nine players across the park so there’s a whole lot more energy expended.
“We’ve got quite a young side so I could imagine they are going to have a fair bit of energy out on the field.”
But the key message for his players is to just enjoy playing footy.
“It’s almost like going back to backyard footy when your growing up.
“I want them to just enjoy playing with the extra space and see what they can do.”
And despite the impressive amount of prize money up for grabs, Foster said that doesn’t play part in their motivation to win.
“To be honest none of our boys have even asked me if they are going to get any money for playing the comp.
“The good thing is the boys just want to get out onto the park and play footy.
“It’s not so much about the money, it’s just about the experience.”
Burleigh’s A Grade team aren’t the only Bears lining up, the Hasting Deering Colts and Reserve Grade are also set to take the field, alongside teams from Southport, Tugun, Lismore and a combined Gold Coast Indigenous side.
All the action is set to kick off from Pizzey Park at 12pm, with finals to take place at 6.45pm.
Tickets are available at the gate, adults $7, concession $5 and children under 16 free.
- Taine Tuaupiki
- Regan Muir Ogle
- Will Evans
- Latrell Howe
- Lofi Khan Pereira
- Connor Tioa
- Cole Geyer
- Isaac Fa’asuamaluai
- Ben Valeni
- Lochlyn Sheldon
- Brett Stratton
- Jake Gleeson
- Reece O’Brien
- Andrew Scougall
- JJ Massive
- Shaq Gafa