Bears ready to rumble for BHP

Saavanah Bourke

The Bears are ‘chomping at the bit’ ahead of their BHP season opener against the Brisbane Tigers this weekend.

With Covid cancelling the competition last year, coach Tahnee Norris said it’s been a long time in the making.

“The girls can’t wait, they’re very keen and we are really looking forward to it,” Norris said.

It’s been a week full of wet weather training, conditions that only improve their game day preparation.

“The girls have really adapted to it and they just keep getting on with the job.”

This weekend will see the women’s Harvey Norman U19’s competition wrap up, with a few players expected to stay on and continue training alongside the Bears BHP side.

“We’ll have a few of those girls that will continue on training and really developing that pathway into BHP,” Norris said. 

“That’s the the whole point of keeping them on is to push them up into that top 17.

“There are some quality players coming through and I’ll give them every chance to try and get into that top side.”

But it won’t be easy, making the 17 is a competition within itself.

“It’s very competitive to just be able to play in our top 17.

“That is a really good sign for us and the girls are working hard to fight for their spots.”

Fullback Karina Brown and five-eight Lauren Brown are among those hard workers, alongside forward Millie Boyle.

Centre Shelly Long has also been a standout for Norris during pre-season.

“She’s been great. I’m expecting really big things from her this weekend.

“She’s coming back from a pretty significant injury and she’s really stood up in pre-season and I can’t wait to see her back out on the park.”

Chelsea Lenarduzzi is also coming back from injury and has been named in the reserves.

“We’ve been working her back into training after a minor knee injury so she should be ready to go.”

Kick off is at 12.15pm on Sunday from Brisbane’s Totally Workwear Stadium.

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