Bears women building for success in 2021

Saavanah Bourke

Behind every successful team is a hardworking coach, and for the Burleigh Bears women, there’s no better leader than former Queensland representative player, Tahnee Norris. 

Norris already has a glistering resume with the club, winning five premierships.

But her coaching responsibilities will be kicked up a notch later this year, after being appointed the Harvey Norman Maroons coach.

“I honestly can’t believe it. I still can’t wipe the smile off my face,” Norris said.

Before that however, the Bears have some unfinished business in the BHP Premiership to attend to first.

“Win the BHP Premiership was our goal last year but obviously Covid turned that season into the Holcim Cup,” Norris said.

“We’ve ticked that (Holcim Cup) box now, so this year we have the intent to carry on that same goal from last year.”

Last year’s late representative commitments set back the Bears start to pre-season this year, but their combined training sessions with the Harvey Norman U19’s has been beneficial for both aged groups.

“We’ve all been training together and we have had some really good sessions with great intensity,” Norris said.

“It’s a good opportunity for both sides especially the younger girls to learn from the older and more experienced players.”

And in a short six round competition with only three games, the young Bears will take all the advise they can get.

“The challenge is trying to give them as much skill and knowledge of the game in such a short season.”

They’ve done all the right things so far, which started with an impressive 60-6 victory over Ipswich.

“They’re trying to take in so much but they only have 3 games.

“Now it’s about how we can educate them as much as possible without overloading them at the same time.”

Their next challenge will be against Souths Logan at Davies Park this Sunday.

While the BHP Premiership will kick off for the Bears on Sunday April 11 against the Brisbane Tigers.

And for both sides, this is just the beginning.

“There is so much talent on the Gold Coast and it is great we can provide pathways here.

“If we have some really good quality coaching and squads in place we can give these girls the absolute best chance of being able to represent not only the bears, but that next level too.”

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