Our Intrust Super Cup boys take on the North Devils this Saturday down at Pizzey Park … here is your ISC team for Round 14:
The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears will be hoping to defeat the Norths Devils for the first time since 2016 in their Round 14 clash at Pizzey Park this Saturday.
The Devils have had the wood on Burleigh in recent years, winning their last four encounters including a 28-22 win back in Round 1.
Burleigh defeated Norths twice back in 2016 but have been unable to crack the Devils in the two and a half seasons since.
The good news for Burleigh fans is that the Bears are in excellent shape right now, with eight wins in their last nine games including a dominant 36-4 win over Easts Tigers last weekend.
Troy Leo’s breakout year continued with three more tries, while Kurtis Rowe produced two try-assists and 235 running metres in arguably his best game of the year.
Luke Page was named man of the match with 169 running metres and 23 tackles, while his front-row partner Jack Buchanan also put up huge numbers with 164 running metres and 28 tackles.
Coach Jimmy Lenihan will be looking for similar output this week against a Devils side who have steadily marched up the ladder with seven wins in their last nine games. They currently sit in fourth, just one win behind the Bears in third.
Burleigh’s outstanding for-and-against (currently at +269) means they cannot drop any lower regardless of the result, but with Wynnum and Sunshine Coast facing off on Sunday, a Burleigh win could see them push back into second place.
Intrust Super Cup Round 14
Burleigh Bears v Norths Devil – Saturday June 15 at Pizzey Park, 4pm
Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears
1 Kurtis Rowe 2 Troy Leo 3 Sami Sauiluma 4 Brenko Lee 5 Tyronne Roberts-Davis 6 Dylan Phythian 7 Jamal Fogarty 8 Luke Page (c) 9 Pat Politoni 10 Jack Buchanan 11 Hayden Schwass 12 Jacob Hind 13 Sam Coster 14 Jeff Lynch 15 Josh Rogers 16 Josh Ailaomai 17 Oliver Percy
Coach: Jimmy Lenihan fff
The Burleigh Bears reserve grade side will look to continue their charge up the Doug Lipp Cup competition ladder when they host Southport Tigers this Saturday afternoon.
After losing two of their first three games, the Bears have gone unbeaten in their last six, with a draw and five straight wins elevating them to second place.
While they have been attacking well, their run up the ladder has been built on the best defensive record in the competition.
They have the longest active win streak in the competition and sit just one-point behind the first-placed Currumbin Eagles.
Burleigh can move into the lead if they can win again on Saturday, provided the Eagles lose to Runaway Bay on Sunday.
On the flip side, a Burleigh loss could see them drop as low as fourth should other results go against them.
This week, the Bears take on a Southport Tigers side who currently sit in sixth place but will be full of confidence on the back of a 58-0 win over Ormeau last weekend.
2019 QTOP Doug Lipp Cup (reserve grade) Round 12
Burleigh Bears v Southport Tigers – Saturday June 15 at Pizzey Park, 2.15pm
The undefeated Burleigh Bears take on second-placed Southport Tigers this Saturday evening at Pizzey Park in Round 12 of the QTOP A Grade Competition.
With nine wins and a draw from ten appearances, the Bears have set the standard in the Gold Coast A Grade competition this season and currently sit five-points clear at the top of the ladder.
Last weekend they kept the roll going with a comprehensive 40-4 win over the Bilambil Jets, with seven different try-scorers getting on the board.
One of those try-scorers was Connor Toia, who leads the competition with six tries for the season so far, while Reece Tapine, a regular in the Colts side, continued his successful jump by slotting six goals.
They were also boosted by the return of Matt Egan from representative duty as well as Api Noema and Josh Berkers who returned from the Cup side. All three crossed for tries in the big win.
This week they take on Southport who have enjoyed a successful season in their own right. They’ve won six games this year, including four of their last five, and currently sit in second place.
These sides last met back in Round 5 with the Bears winning 24-10.
2019 QTOP A Grade Competition Round 12
Burleigh Bears v Southport Tigers – Saturday June 15 at Pizzey Park, 5.45pm
BURLEIGH have clinched a crucial win as a tricky representative season looms.
The Bears scored five tries to three at Pizzey Park on Sunday afternoon but only snuck home 22-18 against Souths.
They managed that without Millie Boyle, Akayla McQuire and Zahara Temara, who is still yet to take the field in 2019 due to injury.
It’s just a taste of what’s to come in the next fortnight: Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Tallisha Harden, Tazmin Gray and Amber Pilley have all been selected for Queensland, Boyle has been picked for NSW and Chante Temara made the Queensland under-18 team.
Lenarduzzi conceded it would be a “mission” for their next two South East Queensland division one matches away against Easts and Toowoomba.
ISC Burleigh 36 def Easts 4
HDC Easts 32 def Burleigh 12
A Grade Burleigh 34 def Bilambil 4
Res Grade Bye
U20 Burleigh 26 def Southport 22
Women Burleigh 22 def Souths 18
The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears have returned to their best with a rousing 36-4 win over the Easts Tigers at Pizzey Park.
The Bears flew out of the gates to lead 20-4 at halftime, before going on with the job in the second half for a comprehensive victory.
Troy Leo was again outstanding, scoring three tries to take his season tally to 15, while Kurtis Rowe was also in excellent touch with two try-assists and faultless positional play at the back.
It was Leo who scored the opening try in the 9th minute after the Bears decided to spread the ball wide from inside their own half.
The ball came to Sami Sauiluma, who stepped past his opposite number and drew in two more defenders, before feeding the ball to Leo who ran the remaining 50 metres to score an exciting try.
After consecutive penalties, Dylan Phythian played short to Jacob Hind, who crashed over for Burleigh’s second.
Rowe and Leo combined to go the length of the field in the 30th minute, with Rowe cutting through the Easts defence from a kick return and racing over half way before giving the ball to Leo who ran the rest of the way.
Easts Tigers were on the ropes and responded through a classy Scott Drinkwater cut-out pass that caught the Bears defence short and put Matt Cooper over in the corner.
It would prove to be the only points of the afternoon for the Tigers, though, as Burleigh put together a second half shutout.
Leo completed his hat-trick in the 48th minute by again combining with Rowe on the left, before an injury to Sami Sauiluma caused a reshuffle.
Five-eighth Dylan Phythian moved into the centres with Josh Rogers coming off the bench and making an immediate impact in the halves.
He took the line on himself in the 56th minute, stepping past the defence and scoring under the sticks, before slipping a lovely short ball to send Sam Coster over untouched in the 75th.
Skipper Luke Page was terrific in the middle and was named Hastings Deering Man of the Match.
The win was Burleigh’s 10th of the season and their 8th in their last nine games and ensures they remain in third place on the competition ladder.
Burleigh Bears 36 (Troy Leo 3, Jacob Hind, Josh Rogers, Sam Coster tries Jamal Fogarty 6 goals) def Easts Tigers 4 (Matt Cooper try)
By Kevin Braysher
The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears will host their annual Pink Day this Sunday afternoon when they face-off against the Easts Tigers at Pizzey Park.
Every year the Bears wear special pink jerseys and dedicate the day to raising money for charity.
“Pink Day is a massive day for us, it will be a really good turnout,” Bears captain Luke Page said.
“I don’t think we’ve lost a pink game in a couple of years. The boys love running around in a bit of pink and it’s a really good cause.”
This year they host the Easts Tigers in an important fixture. Last week’s 32-16 loss to the Sunshine Coast was Burleigh’s first since Round 4 and saw the Bears slip to third spot on the ladder.
Another loss to the Tigers could see the Bears drop down to fourth, and lock Sam Coster said it is important to follow up a loss with a good performance.
“If you look at successful teams, they very rarely lose back-to-back games,” he said.
“Being back home on Pink Day – we just want to make sure we put in a good performance because it doesn’t get any easier against Easts who are a quality side.
“We can see now where the bar is for the top of the competition. I think we weren’t too far away, there were just a few lapses in concentration that just really hurt us. I think we’ll take more positives than negatives out of the game for sure.”
The Tigers currently sit in sixth place and last week broke a three-game losing streak with a 40-22 win over the Northern Pride, but they opened their season with seven wins in their first eight games proving that they are one of the competition’s elite teams.
Kick-off between the Bears and Tigers is this Sunday afternoon at 1.10pm. Channel Nine will be broadcasting the game live.
The top-of-the-table Burleigh Colts team is in action at 11.25am, while the four-time defending champion Bears women’s team is in action against Souths Logan at 3pm.
Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears vs Easts Tigers – Sunday June 9 at Pizzey Park, 1.10pm
1 Kurtis Rowe 2 Troy Leo 3 Sami Sauiluma 4 Josh Berkers 5 Tyronne Roberts-Davis 6 Josh Rogers 7 Jamal Fogarty 8 Luke Page (c) 9 Pat Politoni 10 Jack Buchanan 11 Hayden Schwass 12 Jacob Hind 13 Sam Coster 14 Dylan Phythian 15 Josh Ailaomai 17 Jeff lynch 19 Api Noema
Coach: Jimmy Lenihan
The Burleigh Bears women’s team will return to action when they take on Souths Logan as part of the club’s annual Pink Day celebrations this Sunday afternoon at Pizzey Park.
Their Round 8 SEQW Division 1 clash will kick-off at 3pm, immediately following the Intrust Super Cup fixture.
With the bulk of the representative season now in the rear-view mirror, the Burleigh Bears can turn their attention to the remainder of the club competition.
The competition has been put on hold three times since Round 3, with the Bears also having an additional bye thrown in, meaning they have played just three games together since mid-April and not at all since a May 18 win over Brothers Ipswich.
Plenty of Bears have still been highly active, however. Nine Bears competed in last week’s National Women’s Championship, while three others competed in the QRL State A Grade Men’s and Women’s Carnival.
Millie Boyle and Tallisha Harden were particular standouts at the National Championships, while Sasha Mahuika made a name for herself at the State Carnival, crossing for four tries in two games.
With those representative carnivals now complete, the SEQW competition will not break again with just seven games left until semi-finals.
The Bears currently sit in third spot on the ladder, while Souths Logan are fifth. These sides last met in Round 1, where the Bears secured a tight 16-12 win.
SEQW Division 1 Round 8
Burleigh Bears vs Souths Logan Magpies – Sunday June 9 at Pizzey Park, 3pm