2019 Pre-Season Update

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears are looking to build upon the success of last year with the 2019 season just four weeks away.

Preparations for the new season began back in November, with the bulk of last year’s squad returning for this year’s campaign.

The Bears finished the regular season in second place and advanced all the way to the preliminary final in what was a highly successful 2018.

Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan said that they will not be reinventing the wheel, but rather taking what made them successful last year and look to further develop and improve this season.

“We made some changes last year and this year I think is a year where we’re building further upon some of the foundations that we laid down last year,” he said.

“It’s basically the same group, which is a good thing. Blokes are really liking being at the club … you just need a bit of luck to keep everybody on the field.”

Those changes included an overhaul of the attacking style and structure of the Intrust Super Cup team.


The new system resulted in plenty of points being scored and Lenihan believes his side has the opportunity to not only replicate that success but build upon it.

“I think we can improve a lot on what we did last year,” he said.

“Compared to this time last year, we’re a lot further down the track. We felt like we probably struggled a little bit with the new structures last year, but we still finished second overall for points scored. If we can improve on that further, it will certainly be really helpful for us.”

A senior group of 53 A Grade and Intrust Super Cup players have been training together since before the Christmas break, with that group to stay together until after the trials this month.

New faces in the group include Tyrone Roberts-Davis, who has joined the Bears from the Gold Coast Titans on a fulltime basis, as well as the likes of Jordan Scott (Souths Logan Magpies), Jacob Hind (Sunshine Coast Falcons), Oliver Percy (Central Capras) and Jack Buchanan (Toronto Wolfpac).

Along with a host of local recruits, Lenihan said the new faces have fit in nicely at the club and have helped freshen up the playing up group while providing more depth.

“I think the biggest thing is getting to round one healthy,” Lenihan said of the remainder of the pre-season.

“It’s not a rush to try and do everything in Round 1; there is plenty of time to build into a season, but defence is something you probably want fairly close at the start of the year and then your attack can build as you go.

“Defence is about taking full responsibility across the whole field with what your role is. It’s not just the person who is making a tackle. Tackling is an individual thing, but defence is a team thing.

“Even though there might be one or two guys making a tackle, the whole team has got to move in a pattern around that to give our defence a bit more stability and give us a better chance of making those individual tackles.”

The Bears season starts with a Sunday afternoon clash with the Norths Devils at Albert Bishop Park on March 10.


Written by Kevin Brayshner

More Fresh Blood For Burleigh Women

BURLEIGH believe they can benefit from fresh blood as they chase an extension of their stranglehold over the South East Queensland women’s division one rugby league competition.

The Bears head into this season targeting a fifth straight premiership.

With increased interest in women’s footy around the Coast, Burleigh are set to face more local rivalry than ever before.

Tweed Heads are pushing hard to have their new side entered in division one – and have had veteran former Bears prop Josina Singapu come on-board – while Maroons utility Rona Peters has headed to Runaway Bay to start a team.

However, the Bears have made some additions of their own to be battle-ready for the upcoming season.

Having already signed Wallaroos representative Millie Boyle, who will join the Bears after her Super W duties with Queensland, Burleigh have also gained French dual international Kris Sg Pch.

Sg Pch has previously played in the centres but is being assessed as a halves option at Pizzey Park too.

“She’s played league and union for the French team. She’s doing really good, she has been training really well,” said Bears coach Tahnee Norris.

To view the whole story head to Gold Coast Bulletin

Credit: Connor OBrian / Gold Coast Bulletin

Burleigh Women Picked for All Stars Teams

A HOST of NRL Premiership players, as well as ones who have represented Australia and New Zealand, are among the two women’s All Star teams named on Thursday.

The women’s game will be part of the triple header played at AAMI Park next month along with the men’s game and a touch football match.

The last time the women’s All Stars was played the Indigenous team took an historic first ever win in the series and they will be looking to continue that this year when they take on the Maori Ferns for the first time in the fixture.

NRL General Manager of the Women’s Elite Program, Tiffany Slater, said the match was a welcome return for women’s rugby league in 2019.

“Our women’s game had a landmark year in 2018, following the success of the Rugby League World Cup in 2017, where Australia took on New Zealand in the Final,” Slater said.

“It’s great to see the All Stars concept back again in 2019 and looking at the talent across both teams, fans should be set for an exciting match.”

Tickets are on sale, with NRL club member adult tickets starting at $20 and family passes from $45.

Indigenous Women’s All-Stars team: Akayla McQuire, Amber Pilley, Caitlan Johnston, Jenni-Sue Hoepper, Kandy Kennedy, Kyara Nean, Layla Fauid, Quincy Dodd, Rebecca Young, Samartha Leisha, Shakiah Tungai, Sharon McGrady, Shaylee Bent, Tahlia Hunter, Taleena Simon, Tallisha Harden, Terri-Ann Caine, Tommaya Kelly Sines. Coach: Dean Widders.

New Zealand Maori Ferns team: Acacia Claridge-Te Iwimate, Amber Kani, Botille Vette-Welsh, Harata (Charlette) Butler, Christyl Stowers, Hilda Mariu, Jonsal Tautari, Kahurangi Peters, Kararaina Wira-Kohu, Kathy Keremete, Kerehitina Matua, Krystal Rota, Rona Peters, Geneva Webber, Tazmin Gray, Te Aroha Hapuku, Tyler Birch, Zahara Temara. Coach: Rusty Matua.


Credit:News Corp / Courier Mail

Player Registration Information

Training Details

  • U/20’s and Reserve Grade – 6.00pm at Burleigh Seniors every Tuesday and Thursday
  • Womens –  6.00pm at Burleigh Seniors every Monday & Wednesday

Player Registration

All new and old players need to go to and register for the 2019 season. If you played at a different club in 2018 – you will require a transfer – please email Players are not covered by insurance until they are registered.

Player Information Form

All new and old players will need to complete the following online form prior to training –

2019 Registration Fees

  • U/20- $205
  • Seniors (Reserve Grade, A Grade, Women) – Option 1 $250 (includes basic Income Protection of %70 of your wage per week up to $1,000 if you get injured).
  • Seniors (Reserve Grade, A Grade, Women) – Option 2 $220 (no income protection).

Registration Inclusions

  • Training Apparel –Training Shirt and Shorts
  • Game Day Apparel – Club polo, playing shorts and socks
  • Presentation Night Invitation
  • Club Gym Usage
  • Medical – Strapping, Access to Club Doctor and Injury clinic
  • Insurance & Registration – QRL insurance
  • Leagues Club Membership – 30% discount for players at Club Bistro
  •       ** Optional ** Income Protection (conditions apply) – If Option 1 selected