The start of the Gold Coast A Grade season will either make or break the Bears, with coach Matt Foster concerned about complacency.
A later start to this year’s season means it’s been a long-winded pre-season for the Bears A Grade players.
“Majority of the boys in my side have been training with cup since last year,” Foster said.
Two big score-lines in the pre-season cup has labeled the Bears as ones to watch, downing Mudgeeraba 62-4 and Runaway Bay 36-6.
“To be honest it’s not something you like too see because you want competitive games.
“When you blow teams away like that it’s a little bit unrealistic to expect that every week.
“I don’t think it’s good for the development of players,” Foster said.
Seven trial matches and a 9s competition has given the Bears one up heading into the season.
“I think the longer preseason has given us the opportunity to hit the ground running a lot faster than majority of teams.”
His concern now is whether the Bears will maintain their hungry mentality.
“People can relax and definitely become complacent.
“It can work both ways and I guess it’s how hard we work on our mentality to not become blasé.
“It’s going to be up to the little things we do in games to create that result not just going out onto the field and expecting to win.”
The extra time spent together as a team has allowed some to stand out to Foster.
“They’re a pretty talented bunch, I genuinely believe everyone in our side has the potential to play in the Queensland Cup.
Lachlan Sheldon, Shallin Fuller and Taine Tuaupiki right at the top of that list.
“Those guys are running hot at the moment and I’m pretty confident they’ll get an opportunity at some point this year to play cup.”
Kick off against Currumbin is at 5pm on Saturday at Galleon Way, before they take on Tugun in their season opener on May 8.