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Titans VS Bears

Before the 2020 Season kicks off we are inviting you to watch our NRL Trial Game!!

The 2019 Intrust Super Cup Premiers ‘Burleigh Bears’ will be going HEAD to HEAD with the Gold Coast Titans in February! Join us on February 21st for a 7.00pm kick off and remember … BACK YOUR BEARS

Tickets will be available for purchasing at the main gate of Pizzey Park.
$10 PP and Children u18 FREE

Bears renew affiliation agreement with Titans

Intrust Super Cup premiers the Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears have agreed to an extension of the clubs’ affiliation agreement with the Gold Coast Titans until the end of 2022. This ensures that Gold Coast players and staff have a direct pathway to the elite level of our game via the Bears without having to leave the region.

The Burleigh Bears currently compete in the State wide U18, U20 and Intrust Super Cup competitions. In 2020 the Bears will also be part of the inaugural QLD women’s State Competition.

“ We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Titans and providing players from the Gold Coast the opportunity to play at the highest level without leaving home.” Said Bears CEO Damian Driscoll

2020 GCRL REGISTRATION

DIRECT LOGIN LINK: https://profile.mysideline.com.au/register/loginrequired

How to register for the 2020 season:
1. Head to PlayRugbyLeague.com
2. Search using your postcode, suburb or club name.
3. Browse the list of results or use the filter to narrow down your search.
4. Choose the club you wish to join and click Register.
5. Login with your NRL Account or create a new account. Any existing registration profiles from previous seasons which used the same email as your NRL Account will automatically link for your convenience. 
6. Select the participant you wish to register or add a new participant.
7. Complete the registration form.

If you require additional help with registering for the 2020 season please contact the following:

Jodie Berkers: Jodie@burleighbears.com.au | 5617 6444

Somha Sleeth: rladmin@burleighbears.com.au | 5617 6444

Burleigh Bears Charity Partnership 2020 : Applications Open Now!

Applications are now open for Gold Coast based charities to become a 2020 Charity Partner of the Burleigh Bears. Please refer to the program’s application for more information and eligibility criteria.

Applications Close December 16th, 2019.

Partnership Inclusions:

  • Financial Donations from Charity Events
  • Charity Logo displayed on Mal Meninga Cup Jersey
  • Social Media Exposure
  • Brand Awareness
  • Game Day exposure from Commentary Box
  • Two invitations to each Charity Event

Criteria:

  • Must Support the Gold Coast community
  • Evidence must be shown that the financial benefit from the partnership goes towards a nominated program/project
  • Must attend Charity Days
  • Hold a set amount of values that align with our Club
  • Mutual support on Social Media platforms
  • All charities applying for the program must be endorsed by the Australia Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) under the Income Assessment Act 1997

LINK TO APPLICATION: https://forms.gle/cbZCr6rPLuDNHiv49

If you have any questions or request further information please contact rladmin@burleighbears.com.au


A 15-year journey around the country and across the globe has led Rick Stone back to where it began as coach of the Essential Coffee Burleigh Bear

A 15-year journey around the country and across the globe has led Rick Stone back to where it began as coach of the Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears. 

Stone led the Bears for more than 200 games between 1995 and 2005, winning premierships in 1999 and 2004 before taking up an assistant coach position at the Newcastle Knights. 

He went on to become head coach of the Knights as well as the Fiji national team, before heading to the English Super League to coach Huddersfield in 2016. 

In 2019 he coached the Sydney Roosters NRLW team before agreeing to return to Burleigh on a two-year deal earlier this month. 

“I’m just excited to be back and it’s funny how footy works sometimes and comes full circle,” he said. 

“When I was at Burleigh I didn’t think I was going to move and then when I was at Newcastle I didn’t think I was going to leave there either, but sometimes you take that initial step and it turns into a really good adventure which it has for me over the last 20 years. 

“I have followed Burleigh ever since I left and taken an interest in where things have gone to. It’s good to see Jimmy (Lenihan, former Bears coach who was recently recruited by the Gold Coast Titans) get some promotion in his coaching career and hopefully I can continue some of the success the boys have been having here over the last couple of years.” 

Until Lenihan’s historic 2019 season, it was Rick Stone who held every measure of coaching success at Burleigh, taking the Bears to grand finals in 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2005. 

In his years away from the club he has not been a stranger, regularly making appearances at club reunions and other functions over the last 15 years. His impact was felt long after his departure and he is excited to return to the fold for the 2020 season. 

“The Q Cup has evolved into almost every club having a mini-NRL setup,” he said. “You’ve got the 18s and the 20s playing in parallel competitions as well, so it has evolved as everybody puts more time and resources into their Queensland Cup team. 

“Probably the difference between the NSW Cup clubs and the Q Cup clubs is that all of these teams want to stand on their own two feet. Sure, they’ll get some help from some NRL players, but generally they are proud and successful clubs that have a good tradition that they want to continue.” 

Burleigh’s ingrained culture and sense of identity was a factor in Rick’s decision to return and he said he was excited to get to know his playing group and help continue their success in the years ahead. 

“I’m looking forward to taking care of a team that from the outside looking in looks like they have a strong culture and there are a few senior players that appear to be custodians of that culture,” he said. 

“They’re proud of where they’ve gotten to and they want to continue going in the right way and I’d like to be able to help them with that and hopefully continue the success that they’ve had in the last couple of years. 

“Jimmy and Drisco and the coaching staff have done a really good job of building a foundation of hard work, discipline and strong defence and they’ve made themselves into a really consistent, competitive footy team.” 

Many players from across the senior divisions have already returned to training, with preparations for Burleigh’s 2020 Intrust Super Cup premiership defence to begin in earnest in early December.

QRL Women’s Open-Aged State Wide Competition for 2020!

The Burleigh Bears are more than excited to announce that we will be taking part in the new QRL Open-Aged Female State Competition! 

“The Queensland Rugby League is pleased to outline its plans to strengthen female pathways for aspirational participants throughout the state. 

On the back of a rise in participation numbers and other significant developments for women’s rugby league, clubs have been invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in a new open-aged female competition in 2020.

Importantly, it has the backing of the Australian Rugby League Commission, which has approved a funding request from the QRL to get the competition up and running next year.”

CONTINUE READING: https://www.qrl.com.au/…/boost-for-female-pathways-as-stat…/

We encourage all female Rugby League players to complete an Expression of Interest form as we lead into our 2020 Pre Season. Pre Season training will commence Saturday 23rd, November and will continue on Monday’s and Saturday’s at the Bears. 

Expression of Interest: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSf-0dz7j3pS-b2QGj…/viewform

Bears Appoint New Coach

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears are pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Stone as Head Coach for the next two seasons.

The two-time Intrust Super Cup premiership-winning coach is no stranger to the Bears having previously coached over 200 games at the club from 1995 to 2005. In that time Stone lead the Club to premierships in 1999 and 2004.
Stone left the Bears in 2005 to take up an assistant coaching role with the Newcastle Knights where he ultimately became Head Coach. Stone has also held coaching positions with Huddersfield Giants (Super League), the Fiji Bati National Team, Sydney Roosters NRLW (2019) and is the current Lebanon National team Head Coach.

Bears CEO Damian Driscoll said the Club had been inundated with applications for the position and securing a coach of Stones ilk is the best outcome to lead the club forward.
“We are very excited to have Rick returning to the Club as Head Coach. Rick has a thorough knowledge of our Club and community, which are qualities that are important at the Bears.
Rick has an extensive coaching resume and we look forward to what he will bring to the Bears.’’ Driscoll said.

Stone said he was excited about the challenge of being back where it started.
“The Burleigh Bears mean a lot to me as they gave me my first opportunity to coach in the Intrust Super Cup. I have great memories from my previous time at the Club and look forward to more success. Jimmy (Lenihan) has left the club in great shape and I am excited to work with the current group of players and next generation of Intrust Super Cup players pushing through the Clubs Development system. There is a lot to look forward to.”

Rick Stone will be available for a media opportunity on Monday 11 November when he commences with the Bears. If you would like to speak to Rick before Monday he is available on 0417 769 939 or alternatively CEO Damian Driscoll is available on 0422663224.