This week our Hip Pocket ‘Tackler of the Round’ has been awarded to Jeff Lynch from Queensland Cup.
SEQ Womens GF
Wests Brisbane 20 def Burleigh 8
ISC Redcliffe 20 def Burleigh 14
HDC Burleigh 46 def Redcliffe 12
A Grade Burleigh 48 def Bilambil 0
Res Grade Bilambil 20 def Burleigh 16
U20 Mudgeeraba 32 def Burleigh 12
A late try to Izaia Perese has helped the Redcliffe Dolphins fend off an Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears comeback to win 20-14 at Pizzey Park.
The Dolphins led 12-2 at halftime before the Bears clawed their way back to 14-14 late in the second half.
Tyronne Roberts-Davis and Jesse Arthars both scored tries on the right-hand side of the field to bring the scores level, but Perese’s second try in the 75th minute killed off the Burleigh comeback.
Redcliffe have revitalised their season over the last two months and Sunday’s win over Burleigh is a big step towards securing their place in the finals.
“I think Redcliffe turned up really desperate today and full credit to them … they deserved the win,” Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan said.
“We probably just had a couple of one-on-one misses and a couple of lapses, but I don’t think we were doing too much wrong (in the first half). Our energy was pretty good.
“To get it back to 14-14 was really good but we just faltered a little bit at the end when the game was in the balance.”
It was Burleigh’s first home loss of the year and compounded by their Round 18 loss to Townsville it is also the first time the Bears have lost back-to-back games in 2019.
While disappointed with the result on the day, Lenihan is confident his side are only a few small adjustments away from rediscovering their very best.
“We’ve done a lot of good work to get ourselves in a position where we have an opportunity to finish high on the table,” he said. “We just need to get a little bit of rhythm and confidence back.”
The Bears opened the scoring in the 12th minute through a Jamal Fogarty penalty goal, but it was the visitors who had the early running and the majority of possession.
They were rewarded with the first try in the 17th minute when a Tyson Gamble short ball put Aaron Whitchurch through a gap on the right-hand side.
Redcliffe went the length of the field on the very next set as they broke the Bears open on the right before swinging the ball out to the space on the left for Perese to score in the 20th minute.
A penalty goal just after halftime stretched the Redcliffe lead to 14-2 before Burleigh started to grind their way back into the contest.
Roberts-Davis went for a run out of dummy half in the 51st minute, drawing a handful of defenders before flick-passing to Arthars who scored out wide.
15-minutes later Roberts-Davis went from provider to receiver when he got on the outside of his opposite number thanks to a set play from the scrum feed.
A pair of sideline conversions from Fogarty brought the scores level, but the Bears were unable to complete the comeback with Perese’s left-foot step creating space for the match-winner.
The Burleigh Bears will attempt to win a fifth consecutive SEQW Division 1 premiership when they take on the West Brisbane Panthers at Emerson Park this Saturday afternoon.
The Bears booked their place in the 2019 grand final with an absorbing 14-6 win in their qualifying semi-final against Easts Tigers last weekend, their fifth win in succession.
Kadison-Tyra Robertson scored two tries from hooker as the Bears showcased their ability to win high-pressure games by grinding their way home against a fired-up opposition.
It is another milestone achievement for the Burleigh women’s team whose growth and continued success has been one the club’s shining lights over the last decade.
With coach Tahnee Norris overseas, Roy Leoni – the original coach of the Burleigh women’s team – has returned to the fold to steer the ship through the finals series.
Leoni was full of praise for the culture of the group and how they have been able to continually develop young players.
While the Bears will field plenty of representative players on Saturday, most of them came through the Burleigh system and made their mark in the SEQW competition first.
“The biggest thing for us is that a lot of the girls came to Burleigh before they were representative players and they’ve gained their success playing for Burleigh,” he said.
“They’ve gone on to represent SEQ or Queensland or play in the NRLW by coming from Burleigh. We haven’t really gone out and signed girls who were already Queensland players and then placed them at the club, they’ve worked really hard and come through the ranks here.”
He cited the likes of Zahara Temara and Tazmin Gray as examples, while also praising the work the senior players do in helping the younger players reach similar heights.
“They are a big family,” he said. “They work together, they have their arguments like any other family but at the end of the day they are there for each other.
“It’s really pleasing to come back in see how it was then and what it is now and just feel the culture that’s involved.”
Saturday’s grand final is a chance for the Bears to further build on their legacy in search of a remarkable fifth consecutive premiership.
It will be a rematch of last year’s decider which the Bears won 14-0 after the underdog Panthers made an unlikely finals charge coming from fourth and surviving consecutive elimination finals to qualify.
That finals charge appears to have been a launch pad for the Panthers who have set the standard for consistency in 2019, leading the competition since the conclusion of Round 1 all the way until being crowned minor premiers a fortnight ago.
The Panthers also dispatched of Brothers Ipswich 26-6 in their respective semi-final last Saturday in a statement performance and will no doubt be looking to settle the score with Burleigh.
Kick-off in the 2019 SEQW Division 1 grand final is at 2.15pm this Saturday afternoon at Emerson Park. The game will be live-streamed by the QRL on social media.
1 Chante Temara 2 Keri-Jade Robertson 3 Sasha Mahuika 4 Amber Pilley 5 Eseta Fangaloka 6 Zahara Temara 7 Tallisha Harden 8 Jane Parsons 9 Kadison-Tyra Robertson 10 Jasmin Kemp (c) 11 Tazmin Gray 12 Laken Paitai 13 Chelsea Lenarduzzi 14 Akayla McQuire 15 Selena Tranter 16 Gabrielle Senft 17 Christina Song-Puche 18 Ngaupoko Marsters
Coach: Roy Leoni
After a lengthy break, the Burleigh Bears Colts are back in action this Sunday morning when they face the Redcliffe Dolphins.
A split Round 19 and a bye in Round 18 means the ladder-leading Burleigh Colts have not taken the field since their 44-16 win over Tweed Seagulls on July 14.
With the regular season quickly reaching its conclusion, the Bears are locked in a three-way race for the minor premiership with Wynnum Manly and Townsville.
An outstanding for-and-against means Burleigh have their noses in front of the Seagulls with the Blackhawks just one-point back in third.
Given the closeness at the top end of the ladder, a Burleigh loss could see them slip from the top spot they have held for the majority of the season and down the ladder as far as third.
Allan Lockwood comes into the side at centre, pushing Braden Amundsen to the wing and Latrell Howe to the extended bench, while Eli Morgan will start in the second row.
They come up against a Dolphins team that has struggled in 2019, winning just one game and sitting at the bottom of the competition ladder.
Hastings Deering Colts Round 19 – Burleigh Bears v Redcliffe Dolphins
Sunday August 4 at Pizzey Park, 9.50am
1 Jayden Campbell 2 Braden Amundsen 3 Will Evans 4 Allan Lockwood 5 Alofiana Khan-Pereira 6 Shallin Fuller 7 Cameron Brown 8 Tristan Powell 9 Lochlan Turnbull 10 Luke Maiden 11 Laz Tevita 12 Eli Morgan 13 Lochlyn Sheldon 14 Zachary McCormack 15 Andrew Scougall 16 Lane Ticehurst 17 Daniel Shannon 18 Latrell Howe 19 Samuel Shannon
Coach: Jamie Mahon