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The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears and their biggest Clash of the Year !

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears will take on the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the 2019 Intrust Super Cup grand final this Sunday afternoon at Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe. 

It will be Burleigh’s sixth trip to the grand final in the Cup era and Bears fans will be out in force for their first appearance since winning the 2016 title. 

Burleigh have won three of their five visits to the grand final. They won 12-10 over Redcliffe in 1999, 22-18 over Easts Tigers in extra time in 2004 and most recently claimed a 26-18 win over Redcliffe in 2016. 

Six players from that premiership winning squad – Kurtis Rowe, Sami Sauiluma, Jamal Fogarty, Luke Page, Pat Politoni and Hayden Schwass – are named in this week’s grand final team, while Josh Ailaomai and Jeff Lynch have both been regulars in the squad throughout the season. 

The stability and consistency of the playing group has led to two grand finals and a preliminary final in the last four seasons; Burleigh’s longest period of sustained success since contesting three consecutive grand finals in 2003, 2004 and 2005. 

“I think it definitely plays a part when we’ve got players that can stick together for a couple of years at the club – we sort of know how each other play and what we’re going to do,” Bears halfback and 2016 premiership winning captain Jamal Fogarty said. 

“Jimmy (Lenihan) and the coaching staff have done an awesome job to keep everybody happy. We’ve got guys from Sydney and all over the place that have relocated here and made it a home.” 

After falling one game short of the grand final in 2018, the Bears came back this season with some new ideas and attacking structures. 

They also reinforced the depth of the forward pack with the addition of Jack Buchanan, Jacob Hind and Oliver Percy, all of whom have had a huge impact at various stages of the season. 

The result has been 19 wins from 25 appearances and the competition’s second-best attack and defence, finishing the regular season in third place. 

So far, they have saved their best for the finals series, defeating the top two ranked teams in consecutive games to advance to the grand final. 

Their win last week over Sunshine Coast was arguably their most complete performance of the year, dominating the competition favourites to secure a 24-6 win. 

Their clash with Wynnum on Sunday will be a replay of their thrilling encounter in the first week of the finals, a game the Bears won 34-32 at Kougari Oval. Burleigh also won the other clash between the sides played this year, 26-18 back in Round 6. 

After losing to the Bears in the first week of the finals the Seagulls were forced to take the long road to the grand final.

They defeated Redcliffe 20-16 in an elimination final before travelling to Townsville and winning their preliminary final 26-14. 

“The grand final itself should be enough hopefully to get us up, but we’re certainly mindful of making sure we put our best foot forward going into next week,” Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan said. 

“No doubt (Wynnum) have got quality players all over the place – Edene Gebbie, Sam Scarlett, their forward pack is really good, Mitch Cronin. They’re probably not that much different to Sunny Coast either. 

“Making the grand final is reward for a good year, now hopefully winning it tops it off.” 

Intrust Super Cup grand final – Sunday September 29 at Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe. 3.15pm 

Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears v Wynnum Manly Seagulls 

Burleigh Bears 

1 Kurtis Rowe 2 Tyronne Roberts-Davis 3 Sami Sauiluma 4 Josh Berkers 5 Anthony Don 6 Dylan Phythian 7 Jamal Fogarty 8 Luke Page (c) 9 Pat Politoni 10 Jack Buchanan 11 Hayden Schwass 12 Blake Leary 13 Sam Coster 14 Matt Robinson 15 Josh Rogers 16 Oliver Percy 17 Api Noema-Matenga 

Coach: Jimmy Lenihan 

Burleigh Bears Intrust Super Cup grand final record 

· 1999: Burleigh 12 def Redcliffe 10 

· 2003: Redcliffe 31 def Burleigh 18 

· 2004: Burleigh 22 def Easts 18 (extra time) 

· 2005: NQ Young Guns 36 def Burleigh 6 

· 2016: Burleigh 26 def Redcliffe 16

Intrust Super Cup Grand Final | KEY INFORMATION

It’s game on at Dolphin Stadium, the new home of the Intrust Super Cup Grand Final!

Come join us on Sunday, 29th September to soak up five blockbuster games of football. With gates open from 8:15am, there’s plenty to keep the family occupied with free activities at our official kids’ zone, plenty of food and beverages and live entertainment on offer.

📅 Sunday, September 29th, 2019

📍 Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe (Dolphin Stadium, Klingner Rd & Ashmole Rd, Redcliffe QLD 4020)

🕗 Schedule

8:15am – General Public Gates Open

8:30am – NRL Development Cup Final

9:35am – QLD U16’s City vs Country

11:00am – Civoniceva Lounge Opens

11:00am – Australian Schoolboys vs Junior Kiwis

1:00pm – Hastings Deering Colts Grand Final

3:10pm – Intrust Super Cup Grand Final

5:00pm – Presentation

🎟️ Family passes available for only $40 (2 adults + 2 junior) and adult tickets from $20 for five games of footy. All tickets can be purchased from Ticketek 👉 https://bit.ly/2OQW8UG and include free Public Transport on selected services. Check the train timetable here 👉 https://bit.ly/2KzUcMi .

🚆 Dolphin Stadium is located less than 2km from the Kippa-Ring Train Station. A free shuttle bus will be available at Kippa-Ring station from 8.30am-3pm and again from 5-6pm for fans to catch a ride directly to the stadium.

🍽️ Corporate Hospitality is now available for purchase with a two-course luncheon and four-hour beverage package in the Civoniceva Lounge inside the Redcliffe Leagues Club. Tickets and tables available at Ticketek 👉 https://bit.ly/2HbvxLP or visit www.qrlhospitality.com.au for more information.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 The Family Fun Zone will be in full swing from 9am with activities that the whole family will enjoy. Located next to Ticket Gate 2.

👍 To stay updated for the Grand Final action, download the Intrust Super Cup App from the App Store or Google Play. Make sure to follow our Intrust Super Cup social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for Grand Final updates, or visit our website www.qrl.com.au.

Want to ride with the Bears to the game? Jump on the Bears Grand Final supporter bus for $20pp, the bus will be departing from the Leagues Club at 11.30am SPACES ARE LIMITED so call 5617 6444 to secure your space #BackYourBears children under 15 can ride the supporter bus for $10

*** THERE WILL BE THE OPTION OF A DRY BUS***
Please inform Leagues Club Reception on which bus you would prefer to travel on (Only one dry bus is available so book quickly)


The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears are packing their bags for the 2019 Intrust Super Cup Grand Final !


The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears have produced their best performance of the year to defeat Sunshine Coast Falcons 24-6 and advance to the Intrust Super Cup grand final. 

The Bears were outstanding as they eliminated the competition favourites and booked their place in the grand final for the first time since 2016, where they will meet the Wynnum Manly Seagulls. 

“I couldn’t be prouder,” Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan said. “We only had to beat them once at the right time and we managed to do it. 

“I think we ended the first half with 18/21 sets and they were 5/7. They were unbelievable stats and we probably needed to play that way to give ourselves a chance.” 

With a strong wind at their back in the first half, the Bears came out of the gates with ferocity and produced arguably their best 40-minutes of the season. 

Their physical intensity was relentless, and the kicking game of Pat Politoni and Jamal Fogarty returned an incredible 7 forced dropouts in the first half alone. 

The Falcons were courageous in defence, and continually repelled the Burleigh attacks, but the home side kept knocking on the door until Hastings Deering man of the match Dylan Phythian found a crack in the 16th minute. 

He took the line on and got an arm free, offloading to Blake Leary for the opening try. 

Fogarty and Politoni kept the pressure on with a 40/20 each, while it was again Phythian who sparked the next try. 

After receiving the ball flat footed just inside the 20, Phythian jinked and got through the front line before flick passing to Politoni who pushed his way over for the try. 

Coupled with an early penalty goal and with 69% of possession, the Bears would take a 14-0 lead into halftime. 

The Falcons suffered a massive loss, with star halfback Todd Murphy unable to return in the second half, while Burleigh kept the roll going. 

A perfect Fogarty grubber kick sat up for Hayden Schwass to stretch the Burleigh lead to 20-0 in the 56th minute, while a long-range Sami Sauiluma try in the 59th gave the Bears a lead of four converted tries. 

Sunshine Coast avoided the shutout with a late try to Nathan Saumalu, but it was little consolation for a disappointed Falcons who dominated the Intrust Super Cup throughout the regular season. 

Lenihan was full of praise for the Falcons, who he said set the standard for other teams to rise to in 2019. 

“I almost feel sorry for Sunny Coast in a way,” he said. “Everybody has spent all year telling them they were going to win it and how far they’ll win it by, and with that comes a bit of expectation and pressure. 

“There is no doubt they are the benchmark of the competition this year. They’ve taken defence to a new level and I’m just really proud that we were able to get them.” 

The performance of man of the match Phythian, whose running game and unpredictability played a key role in three of Burleigh’s four tries, was even more impressive considering some recent personal loss. 

Phythian and his partner recently suffered a personal family, with Burleigh players and officials wearing pink armbands in solidarity. 

“He was brilliant. Absolutely brilliant,” Lenihan said of Phythian. 

“His big, running body was a handful for them and there was a point there where people started to worry that we weren’t going to score points even though we had all that possession; but it wasn’t about points at that stage, it was about taking petrol out of their tank. 

“We had good composure. Jamal (Fogarty), Pat (Politoni), Kurty (Rowe) and (Phythian) really did a good job with their short kicking game and we were just able to strangle them.” 

Burleigh will take on Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the 2019 Intrust Super Cup grand final next Sunday afternoon at 3.15pm at Redcliffe’s Dolphin Stadium.

The Colts Season has come to a Conclusion after an Exhilarating Preliminary Final against the Falcons

Burleigh’s Hastings Deering Colts season came to an end, 23-16 at the hands of Sunshine Coast in an exhilarating preliminary final. 

After trailing 10-0 early in the second half, the Bears fought back to take a 16-10 lead, only for the Falcons to again respond at the end to seal the win. 

An intense first half would see just one scoring play, a first minute penalty goal to Tyson Smoothly which gave the visitors a 2-0 halftime lead. 

That first half grind made way for a pulsating second half with some electric play. 

Another penalty goal took the Falcons out to a 4-0 lead before the first try of the game finally came to a charging Wyatt Reynolds. 

Trailing by 10, some individual brilliance from centre Taine Tuapiki sparked the Bears into life. 

Tuapiki received the ball just inside the Falcons half of the field, stepped off the left foot to break through the front line, beat the fullback and ran away from the cover defence to score a solo special. 

The Falcons were also upping the ante and found several breaks behind the ruck and on their left-hand side. 

One of those breaks led to a dropped ball inside the Burleigh half, which Jayden Campbell picked up and seized upon to counterattack. 

The fullback weaved through the traffic and ran away to score in the corner and tie the game up. 

A Shallin Fueller chip kick led to Burleigh’s next try, as the deflected kick was regathered by support play, went through three sets of quick hands before going back towards the posts where Lane Ticehurst came through to put Burleigh in front. 

Sunshine Coast were quick to respond with speed through the middle, as Jaiden Zanchetta finished off another long movement to score next to the posts. 

Winger Blake Wilson was a standout for the Falcons, and it was his break that put the visitors back in front with less than five minutes to go. He turned it back inside to Zanchetta who scored the go ahead try. 

After regaining the lead the Falcons made no mistake, marching up the field and kicking a field goal in their next possession to put the game out of reach. 

It brought to an end a season that saw the Bears finish equal top of the ladder and unearth some incredible talent sure to hold the club in good stead for the years ahead. 

SUNSHINE COAST 23 def BURLEIGH BEARS 16 (Taine Tuapiki, Jayden Campbell, Lane Ticehurst tries Jayden Campbell 2 goals)

A Grade and their 2019 Premiership Victory

The Burleigh Bears completed a near perfect Rugby League Gold Coast A Grade season by defeating Southport Tigers 30-12 in the grand final at Pizzey Park. 

After dominating the field all year, the Bears were able to deliver when it mattered most and prove that they have simply been a cut above in 2019. 

Darius Farmer was a standout with two tries, while the likes of George House, Conner Toia and Matt Egan all benefitted greatly from the platform laid by the men in the middle. 

Jordan Scott was also electric and earned the man of the match award for a brilliant performance. 

It was Burleigh’s 18th win of the season to go along with a draw and just one loss. They finished 11-points clear at the top of the competition ladder. 

With wins in 2015 and 2017, the Bears have now won three of the last five grand finals, with Matt Foster coaching them to victory in 2015 and 2019. 

Having played just once since August 18th, the Bears could have been forgiven for a slow start, but instead got away to a flyer thanks to a Regan Muir Ogle try in just the 3rd minute. 

Southport levelled the scores in the 25th minute when they went to the right and found Jaleel Seve-Derbas in space. 

With halftime looming, Conner Toia showed a touch of class with a perfectly weighted grubber kick sitting up for Farmer to score his first try, giving the Bears a converted try lead at the break. 

The Bears kicked away in the second half, with Matt Egan taking the line on and burrowing to the line to score in the 48th minute. 

A 55th minute penalty goal was followed by Farmer’s second try, which saw the big backrower charging through three defenders to extend the lead to 24-6. 

Southport did their best to peg back the lead and found a late try to Denzel Ngati who crashed over from close range, but a runaway try to George House would slam the door on any potential comeback. 

Earlier in the day Mudgeeraba Redbacks won a thrilling reserve grade grand final, 20-16 over Tugun, while Currumbin Eagles claimed the Under 20s title with a 14-6 win over Burleigh.

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears and their Final Fight for a Premiership Position

A place in the Intrust Super Cup grand final is on the line when the Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears host the Sunshine Coast Falcons on Sunday afternoon. 

For the second year in a row the Bears have earned a home preliminary final as they look to contest their second grand final in four years. 

“Being at home is a massive advantage for us to hopefully perform well,” Bears captain Luke Page said. 

“We’ve got the (Gold Coast) grand finals on the day before, so hopefully they can come out and support us on Sunday and there will be a good crowd. 

“We’ve had a week off, we’ve all freshened up (and) it’s going to be a huge game and I’m sure all the boys will be up for it.” 

The Bears earned a home preliminary final by beating the Wynnum Manly Seagulls 34-32 in the first week of the finals. 

It was an outstanding display for the Bears, who shot out to an early lead and navigated a Wynnum comeback in front of a vocal away crowd. 

The Burleigh pack were on song with Page leading from the front with 188 running metres, allowing the playmakers plenty of space and try-scoring opportunities. 

With a completion rate of 84% the Bears ran in six tries to bring them within one game of a grand final berth. 

Their opponents on Sunday are the Sunshine Coast Falcons, who have set the competition alight in 2019 with one of the best regular season records the Intrust Super Cup has ever seen. 

Sunshine Coast finished the year with 21 wins, one loss and one draw to finish seven points clear at the top of the ladder. 

That record included two wins over the Bears; 32-16 in Round 12 and 20-14 in Round 20. 

The Round 20 clash was a pulsating encounter, with the Bears unlucky to fall just short of victory at Pizzey Park. 

While the Bears suffered defeat and three significant injuries, there was a sense of optimism around the ground after the game as the Bears proved more than a handful for the runaway competition leaders. 

“They’ve been the pinnacle of the competition and even though we lost that game, to play against them the way we did we definitely walked away pretty confident to play them again,” Page said. “Jimmy (Lenihan – coach) will do his homework and let us know how to go and I’m sure we’ll be good.” 

Since then, the Falcons suffered an unexpected loss in the first week of the finals and were pushed all the way by the Easts Tigers, while Burleigh will be refreshed after a weekend off. 

Only one change has been made to the team that defeated Wynnum Manly, with Tyronne Roberts-Davis reclaiming a spot on the wing with Will Evans named for the Colts. 

Kick-off in the Intrust Super Cup preliminary final between the Bears and Falcons is this Sunday at 3.05pm. The game will be broadcast live on Nine Gem. 

The Bears and Falcons will also clash in the Hastings Deering Colts preliminary final which kicks off at 1.10pm. 

Intrust Super Cup preliminary final – Sunday September 22 at Pizzey Park 

Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears v Sunshine Coast Falcons 

Burleigh Bears 

1 Kurtis Rowe 2 Tyronne Roberts-Davis 3 Sami Sauiluma 4 Josh Berkers 5 Anthony Don 6 Dylan Phythian 7 Jamal Fogarty 8 Luke Page (c) 9 Pat Politoni 10 Oliver Percy 11 Hayden Schwass 12 Blake Leary 13 Sam Coster 14 Matt Robinson 15 Josh Rogers 16 Josh Ailaomai 17 Api Noema 

Coach: Jimmy Lenihan

The Colts will be Hunting Falcons in this Sundays Preliminary Clash !

Burleigh Bears will take on the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Hastings Deering Colts preliminary final this Sunday afternoon. 

In the first of two massive preliminary finals between Burleigh and Sunshine Coast being played at Pizzey Park on Sunday afternoon, the Burleigh Colts will attempt to clinch a spot in the grand final from 1.10pm before the Intrust Super Cup clash begins at 3.05pm. 

The Bears and Falcons have met on two occasions this year, with both sides picking up a win each in two extremely tightly contested games. 

Jayden Campbell slotted a last-minute field goal to defeat the Falcons at Sunshine Coast Stadium 23-22 in Round 12 while the Falcons scored three tries in the last ten minutes to steal a 28-20 win at Pizzey Park in Round 20. 

Sunday’s rubber match will decide who advances to the grand final where the winner will face either Wynnum Manly Seagulls or Mackay Cutters. 

Burleigh suffered a tight loss to the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the first week of the finals but roared back into form with a 42-12 elimination win over the Norths Devils last week. 

The Bears were at their sparkling best, running in seven tries including a double to centre Taine Tuaupiki while Jayden Campbell scored a try and slotted seven conversions. 

Sunshine Coast had last weekend off thanks to a comfortable 24-4 win over minor premiers Townsville in the first week of the finals. 

Hastings Deering Colts preliminary final – Sunday September 22 at Pizzey Park 

Burleigh Bears v Sunshine Coast Falcons 

Burleigh Bears 

1 Jayden Campbell (c) 2 Will Evans 3 Allan Lockwood 4 Taine Tuaupiki 5 Trey Peni 6 Shallin Fuller 7 Cameron Brown 8 Tristan Powell 9 Lochlan Turnbull 10 Luke Maiden 11 Thomas Berkers 12 Larryon Tevita 13 Lochlyn Sheldon 14 Zachary McCormack 15 Eli Morgan 16 Daniel Shannon 17 Andrew Scougall 18 Samuel Shannon 19 Damon Somerville 20 Lane Ticehurst 21 Cole Geyer 

Coach: Jamie Mahon

The A Grade Bears and their 2019 Premiership Battle

The Burleigh Bears will attempt to complete a stellar season when they face Southport Tigers in the Rugby League Gold Coast A Grade grand final on Saturday. 

Pizzey Park will host all of the Rugby League Gold Coast finals throughout the day, with the A Grade clash between the Bears and Tigers the main event at 4pm. 

Burleigh have been competition favourites all year and will be laser focused on producing another polished performance. 

“If we win on Saturday, it’s going to be because we applied pressure and dealt with pressure better than the opposition,” coach Matt Foster said. “Particularly in finals football, that’s what it is about.” 

“Our energy is massively important. Our attitude mentally going into the game is the key component and then all the stuff that people talk about all the time – making sure we stay in the game and apply pressure through the little things.” 

They have won 17 games, drawn once and suffered just one defeat across the entire season, but Foster said a focus on meeting internal performance standards on a weekly basis has been the real secret to their success. 

He also pointed to the smooth transition of several A Grade regulars into the Intrust Super Cup side throughout the year as a true sign of the team’s success and value to the club as a whole. 

“We’re about performing each week and making sure we maintain a standard that we set for ourselves,” he said. “It’s not me asking the players to produce a standard, it’s them who set the standard and then each week we attain that. 

“We’ve got a structure at the club where the Queensland Cup is the top level, so my job is to get players ready to play at my level but also to be an option or somebody that is fighting for a position in the Q Cup team if somebody gets injured. So, utilising the performance aspect has kept everyone trying to push hard each week. 

“(Conner Toia) went on to play three Cup games and in those games, he contributed really well. 

“We’ve got Api Noema who has floated in between both teams, Josh Berkers is floating in between both teams and everybody that has moved up has acquitted themselves fantastically well. For me, that’s as good a marker on the job I’ve done this year as anything.” 

Foster was also full of praise for the likes of Ben Valeni, Reece Summers and Regan Muir Ogle as players who have set the standard weekly in the local competition. 

They take on a resurgent Southport Tigers who have eliminated Tugun and Currumbin in consecutive weeks. 

Those wins come after a rough patch where the Tigers lost four in a row, including a 52-10 loss at the hands of Burleigh in Round 19. 

Foster said that while Southport may have dropped their standards for a short period, their class has returned, and he expects their best on Saturday. 

“They’ve got the experience of Tu Whakatihi and Drumayne Dayberg-Muir which is really important to them,” he said. “They are two key players that they look to play through. 

“They’re a team that play very physical and very strong and they’re well and truly back in it now after beating Tugun and Currumbin.” 

The Tigers have not won the local A Grade premiership since 2014, while Burleigh will be looking to reclaim the title they last won in 2017. 

Burleigh will also contest the Under 20s grand final against Currumbin at 12pm. 

Rugby League Gold Coast grand final day – Saturday September 21 at Pizzey Park 

A Grade; Burleigh Bears v Southport Tigers, 4pm 

Reserve grade; Tugun Seahawks v Mudgeeraba Redbacks, 2pm 

Under 20s; Burleigh Bears v Currumbin Eagles, 12pm

Burleigh Bears U20’s and their Grand Final battle against the 2018 Premiers Currumbin

The Burleigh Bears will take on minor premiers the Currumbin Eagles in the Under 20s grand final this Saturday at Pizzey Park. 

Kicking off at 12pm, the Under 20s grand final will be the first of three local finals to be contested on the day, with the Bears A Grade side taking on Southport at 4pm. 

The Bears beat Currumbin 20-14 in the second week of the finals, a victory that earned them a weekend off and direct passage to the grand final. 

It was somewhat of an upset win for Burleigh, as the Eagles finished the year ten-points clear at the top of the ladder to be crowned runaway minor premiers. 

Burleigh had also lost the two previous encounters between the teams; 52-28 in Round 7 and 44-26 in Round 15. 

However, it was the young Bears who produced the goods in the qualifying final, perhaps giving them an important mental edge coming into the decider. 

Also working in their favour is the fact that the Eagles were forced to contest a very close preliminary final last weekend where they edged out Runaway Bay 20-16. 

Currumbin will be attempting to claim back-to-back titles after winning last year’s grand final 34-20 over Southport. 

Rugby League Gold Coast grand final day – Saturday September 21 at Pizzey Park 

A Grade; Burleigh Bears v Southport Tigers, 4pm 

Reserve grade; Tugun Seahawks v Mudgeeraba Redbacks, 2pm 

Under 20s; Burleigh Bears v Currumbin Eagles, 12pm