The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears are Primed and Prepped to defend their Premiership Status in 2020

By Kevin Braysher

A happy and stable off-season has the Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears primed for the start of their Intrust Super Cup title defence.

Burleigh will enter the 2020 season on March 15 as the defending champions with the majority of the championship winning team back in Bears colours for another year.

Rick Stone’s return to the role of coach has been a smooth transition, with the two-time premiership winning mentor praising the professionalism and leadership of his squad.

“These boys have been terrific to work with,” he said. “Their structures and footy principals are sound, so it’s been really enjoyable working with them.

“We’ve got some good young up-and-coming players and some really good leaders within the group who make sure that they’re not comfortable just staying where they’re at and they want to continue to improve.”

The vast majority of the 2019 premiership winning side ran out for Burleigh’s 18-16 trial win over the Gold Coast Titans at Pizzey Park.

Grand final man of the match Kurtis Rowe scored a double, while skipper Luke Page also went over for a try of his own.

Page will again lead the Bears in 2020, with Jamal Fogarty and Pat Politoni in charge of steering the team around the park.

“It’s a unique leadership combination; Luke Page is our captain and our inspirational leader, while Jamal Fogarty and Pat Politoni are the guys who pull all the strings and manage the team on the park,” Stone said.

“I think everybody loves the way Pagey plays and how he gets the boys to follow him, which is great. His style is terrific, and he probably had one of the best seasons of his career last year. He didn’t get back until January, but he came back jumping around, enthusiastic and ready to play footy again.

“When we start talking about a bit of game planning and figuring out what we’re doing, Fogarty and Politoni are the two boys steering the ship for us. Everybody is pretty comfortable with that arrangement and we’ll be going forward like that.”

The Bears will be without lock Sam Coster for the first four to six weeks of the season due to off-season groin surgery, but otherwise look likely to be at full strength for their grand final rematch with Wynnum Manly Seagulls in Round 1.

Stone said the remainder of the pre-season will be about locking in his Round 1 side and continuing to fine-tune their attack. 

“Trials are trails, so you can’t look too far into results, but our boys were hungry and worked hard for each other,” he said of their performance against the Titans.

“Defensively we looked good, we probably need to keep fine tuning our attack, but it was a good solid hit out, we got through it without any injuries and the boys enjoyed themselves.

“They’re pretty comfortable around each other, these lads. They’ve been together for a while and know their jobs well.”

Burleigh’s season kicks off on March 15 at Pizzey Park when they host the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

Bears V Titans | Team List Tuesday

Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears Coach Rick Stone has named a strong team for Friday’s clash against the Gold Coast Titans.

Ten of last years Intrust Super Cup premiership winning team will take to the field for the first time in 2020 along with a host of fresh faces looking to stake their claim for a spot in the Bears team.

Among the new faces are a host of U20 players from 2019 along with members of the premiership winning A grade team.


Training Details

U/20’s and Reserve Grade – 6.30pm at Bond Pirates (preseason) every Monday and Wednesday.

Player Registration

All new and old players need to go to https://profile.mysideline.com.au/register/clubsearch?criteria=4220&type=&activity=&gender=&agemin=&agemax=&comptype=&source=rugby-league and register for the 2020 season. Once prompted to select the Club you will play with it will give you 3 Burleigh options. You need to enter Burleigh Heads RLFC inc (Gold Coast).

If you played at a different club in 2019 – you will require a transfer – please emailroy@burleighbears.com.au. 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 – https://forms.gle/kYSP6hM5NvJ6bDtYA.

2020 Registration Fees

Seniors (Reserve Grade, A Grade, U/20) – $250

Included in your registration is:

•             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

Bear’s Marking their Paw Print Off the Field

By Kevin Braysher 

With an eye towards life after football, Burleigh Colts gun Daniel Shannon has spent his off-season getting his foot in the door of corporate Australia. 

19-year-old Daniel is one of the many success stories of young, talented football players setting themselves up for life away from the field while still competing at high levels of the game. 

In his third year of studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in finance at Griffith University, Daniel is also working with IAG in Brisbane while still training the house down with his Burleigh teammates ahead of the 2020 Hastings Deering Colts season. 

“I started interning for IAG in November and I have just started a new job here last week, so I’m staying on,” he said. 

“Over the summer I did a few different things and I got to see all different parts of the business. It was very interesting because it’s such a large company. It’s the biggest insurance company in Australia and there is a lot of different parts of it that you wouldn’t know about from the outside.” 

A proud indigenous man, Daniel teamed up with the CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program which helped him land his opportunity with IAG. 

CareerTrackers has spent the last decade working to help indigenous students attend and graduate university with high marks and the chance to move into the workplace. 

“They’re an indigenous not for profit organisation set up to help indigenous students get corporate internships,” Daniel said. 

“It’s pretty cool what they do. I went to their Gala Dinner in Melbourne where 2,500 students were there for this big dinner and got to do some personal development workshops and they had a lot of interesting keynote speakers. Malcolm Turnbull was there, Alan Joyce, the CEO of QANTAS, was there to speak to us as well. It was really interesting.” 

Juggling his work and university life with his rugby league commitments is a lot to ask of one man, but Daniel said the chance to “throw a bit of banter around and have fun” with his mates at the Bears helps him get through the long days. 

“I found it a little difficult at the start due to the commute,” he said. “It’s a long day. Getting up early to travel to work and then work all day – looking forward to having training in the afternoon is a big driver, honestly. Even though it’s tough training and hard work, it can really make the day feel worth it.” 

Daniel’s is a path many others choose to take, with the knowledge that even those who make it to the NRL only have a limited window to make a living from the game they love. 

According to NRL statistics, 25% of players who make it to the top-level play 10 games or less, while 50% play less than 60 games. 

It’s important for young players to set themselves up for life after football, and Daniel believes for many people it’s a matter of taking the chance and opening themselves up to the world around them. 

“Uni is not for everyone, but you don’t always need to have a degree to have this kind of job,” he said. 

“It would be good for some people to see that there are more opportunities out there in corporate Australia. I think a lot of people get very focused on the surroundings that they’re currently in and have trouble getting out.” 

CareerTrackers: https://www.careertrackers.org.au/about/

Pre Season Clash | Burleigh VS Titans | Conditions of Entry and Game Day Information

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

Conditions of Entry 

Game day Schedule 

Friday 21 February 

Gates open at 5.25pm 

Junior Rep Game 5.30pm 

Burleigh v Titans 7.00pm 


Adults $10 

Concession $5 

Children U18 Free 

Holders of an Aged Pension (AGE) Concession card, a Disability (DSP) Concession card and Student Card may purchase a Concession ticket for this event. The appropriate Concession card must be produced upon request of event & ticketing staff

The Child price is applicable to children aged U18 years (ID may need to be provided) at the date of the event. Persons aged 18 years and older are classified as an Adult or Concession (see above) for this event 

Persons under 12 years of age will not be permitted entry unless under the direct supervision of an adult 18 years of age or over. 


There will be one entry gate at the Pacific Avenue entrance. 

No Alcohol is permitted to be taken into the venue 

Commercial food from takeaway and fast food outlets (e.g. McDonalds, Subway, KFC, Pizza,) is not permitted 

No hard eskies 

Personal water bottle filled with water – may be checked for alcohol

No Glass of any description can be taken into the venue

No Pets will be allowed entry 

No Refunds 

Baggage checks will be made upon entry at every gate.Patrons who refuse inspections or searches may be denied entry to Pizzey Park.

Pass-outs may be issued at the discretion of the Ground management. 


Alcohol free areas at Southern end 

The Burleigh Bears is a Responsible Service of Alcohol compliant venue as per Liquor Licensing Laws. In line with government licensing requirements no fluids of any description (excluding medical related) will be permitted into the venue. Identification must be shown to access alcohol serviced areas 

If you plan to purchase alcohol at the event, make sure you have your License/18+ Card 

Alcoholic beverages must not be taken into or out of Pizzey Park. It is an offence for minors to purchase or consume alcohol or for persons to supply alcohol to minors.

Alcohol may only be consumed in clearly marked areas of the Stadium. 


Pizzey Park consists of General Admission viewing areas. For your comfort, it is recommended that you bring your own picnic blanket for the grassed hill areas. 

Disabled seating area on the western side of the ground 

There are a number of small uncovered Grandstands • Standing only will apply to most other areas.

Low profile Deck Chairs at the back of the hill areas.( if space is available) • Limited shelter in viewing areas

Alcohol free area at Southern end 

No viewing from the Leagues Club

Several food/drink outlets are placed around the grounds 


Off-street parking is available as well as at Burleigh Junior Rugby League Field 

Avoid parking in the Burleigh Leagues Club Car Park due to limited parking 

General Terms and Conditions

The right of admission is reserved. The Burleigh Bears reserve the right to refuse entry to, or to remove from, Pizzey Park any persons who are drunk or disorderly or whose conduct is unlawful or offensive or who are not entitled to attend the event or match. Any person who causes a disturbance or who refuses to comply with reasonable requests from the Owner or the Hirer may be removed. Unauthorised persons are prohibited from entering the playing area and any other area not accessible by the public. Items which, in the opinion of management, have the potential to cause injury or a nuisance or inconvenience to any other person will not be permitted into Pizzey Park. These include controlled, dangerous or illegal substances, cans, bottles, flares, fireworks, laser pointers, loud hailers and weapons of any description and may include certain musical instruments, flags and flagpoles and any other items considered by management to have the potential to cause injury or a nuisance or inconvenience to any other person. Patrons assume all risk of any damage or loss (including property damage, personal injury, economic and consequential loss) however it arises at Pizzey Park. Patrons bring personal effects onto the premises at their own risk. The Burleigh Bears will not be responsible for any damage to or loss or theft of a customer’s personal property. Under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 (Qld) smoking is prohibited in all areas of Pizzey Park and its precincts except for the designated areas. Patrons who smoke in non designated areas at Pizzey Park: 

(a) commit an offence against the Act, to which fines apply; and

(b) may be immediately evicted from Pizzey Park.

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