Bears target ‘key play makers’ for Rivalry Round

Saavanah Bourke

Sunday’s 70 to nil victory over the Brisbane Tigers couldn’t of started the Bears BHP season better, but coach Tahnee Norris says their not banking on that performance to carry them through the season.

“We can’t just rest on what we did on the weekend,” Norris said.

“Even though the score line was blown out, they (Tigers) were missing some really key players.

“Hats off to them for putting in a full effort for the entire 80 minutes.”

Norris said much of the weekend’s success came down to the Bears minimal errors.

“They were able to hold the ball really well.

“I think that’s where we shined through in comparison to other BHP teams.”

It’s an area that’s been targeted during pre-season.

“Having the Under 19s to train against has been a massive positive.

“The girls are doing a lot of oppose sessions rather than just playing against each other.

“I think that has had a big impact on the team and their completion rate.”

Hat-tricks from Bears fullback Tamika Upton, centre Shellie Long and winger Karina Brown were the standout in their season opener.

So much so Upton was named Hastings Deering player of the match in her Burleigh Bears debut.

The former Central Queensland Capras player is settling into life on the Coast, contributing to her success on the field.

“Living on the Gold Coast is a good change for her,” Norris said.

“I love to see country kids coming through. Although I don’t like seeing them move away from their area, playing tough footy week in week out is really going to benefit her.”

But this weekend is a ‘different kettle of fish’ for the Bears, who come up against the Tweed Heads Seagulls in Rivalry Round.

“I really like the fact that Rivalry Round isn’t only for the men but the women too,” Norris said.

“Tweeds got some amazing players this year. Their captain Georgia Hall is a former Kiwi Fern and an in and out worker for the full 80 minutes, and Taryn Aiken is just a superstar, she could win a game all on her own.

“So it’s just about how we can match up against their big play makers,” she said.

Kick off is from Piggabeen Sports Complex at 12pm this Saturday.

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