Bears get the Chocolates

Story courtesy of Johh Bartley and QRL

The Burleigh Bears have shown just why they’re one of the top teams in the early stages of the 2019 Intrust Super Cup competition, downing Mackay Cutters at BB Print Stadium tonight.

For small periods of the contest, the Cutters showed they could match it with one of the premier sides of the competition, but it wouldn’t prove enough as the Bears roared to a comfortable 24-10 victory.

The Cutters were denied the opening try of the night when a chaser was ruled offside from a grubber kick to the in-goal.

The cruel blow was compounded when the Bears rolled downfield, forcing a repeat set from the hosts, before Jeff Lynch broke through a tackle with a powerful surge to the try-line to put the visitors on the board first.

Reuben Cotter would give the hosts a deserved reward after a resolute defensive display, catching the Bears napping on the last tackle as he darted from dummy half to score on the right flank.

However, the Bears landed a crucial blow on the stroke of halftime when a midfield grubber kick slipped past the Cutters defence and into the arms of a flying Jamal Fogarty, who would convert his own try to send the visitors into halftime leading 12-4.

The margin remained unchanged despite the Cutters crossing the try line for the third time in the game, a determined double movement robbing them of any early second half momentum.

The Bears rubbed salt in the wounds a short time later, extending their advantage further off the back of a spilled midfield bomb; NRL-regular Brenko Lee scooped up the loose ball and raced away to score.

Kurtis Rowe would be the benefactor of a friendly bounce off a kick into Cutters territory, to ice the game for the visitors; Cotter bagging his second try for the Cutters in the final minutes for mere consolation.

The 14-point loss shows the Cutters the work ahead of them as the season rolls on.

“I think that try on halftime was the real turning point tonight,” Cutters coach Steve Sheppard said.

“They won the short dropout then went down and scored; three tries off kicks and that was pretty much the ball game.

“There were some good efforts… our middle stood up really well, but we lost some key moments and we didn’t play smart tonight.

“I hear it all the time (from other coaches) about how good this team is on its day, but we need to work out why we’re not clicking and how to apply it better so we can get these results.”


This week our Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears will be playing Mackay … Let’s take a look at this weeks team.

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Posted by Burleigh Bears on Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Millie Boyle impresses in her Burleigh debut as Bears put Toowoomba to the sword – Gold Coast Bulletin

Connor O’Brien, Gold Coast Bulletin

BURLEIGH recruit Millie Boyle has shown she will be a wrecking ball for opposition South East Queensland women’s division one teams to fear after helping the defending premiers obliterate a powerless Toowoomba outfit.

The Bears piled on try after try on Saturday night in a 66-0 scoreline that would have been steeper had it not been for a number of missed conversions.

While the backs generally reaped the rewards out wide, coach Tahnee Norris was excited but what she saw in the middle third at Pizzey Park.

“Millie, she was a beast,” Norris smiled of the 20-year-old’s club debut.




We’ve had an incredible weekend here at Burleigh Bears winning 6 out of 7 games. Our Under 20’s local team lost by just one converted try but continued putting in 110% under the finishing siren. Our men and women put in an outstanding effort and represented our club with pride. #WeAreBurleighBears


Intrust Super Cup – win

26 – 18

Hastings Deering – win

50 – 20

Mal Meninga – win

23 – 22

Women’s – win

66 – 0

U20’s – loss
28 – 24

Reserve Grade – win

24 – 10

A Grade – win

24 – 10

The fun never stops at Burleigh Bears. VICTORIOUS DAY FOR OUR BOYS ! Well done to our ISC, MM and HDC and WOMENS teams on their big wins this afternoon. #WeAreBurlieghBears

Posted by Burleigh Bears on Saturday, 13 April 2019
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Bears women make it 3 from 3

The Burleigh Bears womens Div 1 team have made it 3 from 3 to start the season after a 66-0 win over Toowoomba. The Bears led 34-0 at halftime and never let up in the second half to go on with the win.

In the GCRL the Bears U20 team went down 28-24 after leading 24 -0.

Bears Claim win over Wynnum

Kevin Braysher

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears have outlasted the Wynnum Manly Seagulls 26-18 in a slugfest at Pizzey Park.

The top four battle delivered a spectacle worthy of their ladder positions with a Jesse Arthars double and two massive second half plays from fullback Kurtis Rowe proving the difference.

With their fourth victory of the year the Bears now move into third place on the ladder after six rounds.

“The really good part of that victory comes from the fact that we beat a really good side who I think are probably a top four side this year,” Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan said of beating the Seagulls.

“We’ve probably been a bit stuttered this year with the way we’ve been performing and coming up against Wynnum forced us to focus a lot this week and it’s just pleasing to put in a good performance.”

Burleigh got away to a remarkable start, with Jesse Arthars charging through a gap and stepping his way around two defenders in the backfield to score an electric try in just the second minute of the game.

Arthars, already the competition’s leading try-scorer, made it an early double in the 18th minute when he stood up his opposite man for pace on the right hand side of the field, before weaving his way back under the posts to score his 7th try of the season.

Despite the poor start, Wynnum Manly were resilient and started turning the tide late in the first half.

The result was a pair of tries for back-row partners Alex Barr and Maitu Love-Henry to bring the scores level.

A Jamal Fogarty penalty goal on the stroke of halftime gave the Bears a two-point lead at the break.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first half, with the Bears scoring an electric try just two minutes after the resumption of play.

This time it was Kurtis Rowe who sliced through the defence on the right-hand side of the field, before digging back infield to score next to the posts.

The Seagulls remained in touch with a Mitch Cronin try from dummy half in the 50th minute, before another scintillating run from Kurtis Rowe setup Troy Leo in the corner.

That try gave the Bears an 8-point lead which they held until the death despite repeated Wynnum Manly raids in the final 20 minutes.

Five-eighth Dylan Phythian and back-rower Jacob Hind both failed to finish the game with separate HIA issues and will have time against them as they look to line up against the Mackay Cutters next Thursday.

Earlier in the day the Bears Mal Meninga Cup side finished their season with a 23-22 win while the Colts continued their run of form with a 50-20 victory.