Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears will be gunning for their sixth win on-the-trot!

By Kevin Braysher

Refreshed after a weekend off, the Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears will be gunning for their sixth win on-the-trot when they travel to Cairns to take on the Northern Pride this Saturday.

Burleigh’s run of form has seen them move all the up to second spot on the ladder, with the competition’s best defensive record and second-best attacking numbers.

Their last outing was a dominant 48-0 win over the Redcliffe Dolphins a fortnight ago, which included eight converted tries.

Jacob Hind was a standout on the day, with 148 running metres, two tackles breaks, a line break and a try in an 80-minute performance on the left edge.

Josh Berkers was a late inclusion when Brenko Lee and Jesse Arthars became unavailable but slipped straight back in with 128 running metres and two tries, while the ever-reliable Sam Coster had a game high 43 tackles and zero misses.

The Bears had some well-earned rest last weekend, as the competition took a bye for representative fixtures.

They return to the field this week when they take on a Northern Pride outfit who will be desperate to turn around their recent run of form.

The Pride started the season with back-to-back wins but haven’t won a game since, slumping to seven consecutive defeats.

Coach Jimmy Lenihan has named an unchanged side and Burleigh should start favourites given the form guide, but with a long trip north and against a desperate opposition there is no question how dangerous this game will be for the Bears.

Kick-off between the Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears and the Northern Pride is 6pm this Sunday evening at Barlow Park.

Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears

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 Stockwell 11 Hayden Schwass 12 Jacob Hind 13 Sam Coster 14 Jeff Lynch 15 Josh Ailaomai 16 Jack Buchanan 17 Matt Robinson

Coach: Jimmy Lenihan

Top of the Table Clash

A top-of-the-table clash beckons for Burleigh’s Colts when they take on the Northern Pride this Saturday afternoon.

With four consecutive wins, the Bears have shot up into second place on the ladder and will move to top spot if they can knock off the Pride at Barlow Park.

The Bears have built their momentum thanks to some incredible attacking football which has resulted in 192-points in their last four games alone.

After a month of blowouts, the trip north shapes as a very different proposition for the young Bears.

The Pride lead the competition with seven wins to their name and an excellent defensive record to back it up.

With the long trip to Cairns also likely to have an impact, this is as an important test for Burleigh as they look to establish themselves as serious premiership contenders in 2019.

The Burleigh Bears take on the Northern Pride in Round 10 of the Hastings Deering Colts competition this Saturday afternoon from 4.15pm.  

Burleigh Bears

1 Jayden Campbell 2 Trey Peni 3 Kea Pere 4 Allan Lockwood 5 Reece Tapine 6 Shallin Fuller 7 Cameron Brown 8 Andrew Scougall 9 Lochlan Turnbull 10 Luke Maiden 11 Lane Ticehurst 12 Tristan Powell 13 Lochlyn Sheldon 14 William Ramsey 15 Eli Morgan 16 Daniel Shannon 17 Larryon Tevita 18 Zachary McCormack 19 Jock Sullivan 20 Alofiana Khan-Periera 21 William Evans

Coach: Jamie Mahon

Bears look to Bounce Back

After back-to-back defeats, the Burleigh Bears will look to bounce back against Brothers Ipswich this Saturday afternoon in Round 6 of the SEQW Division 1 competition.

After winning 13 consecutive games spanning from April 2018 until April 2019, the Bears have now lost back-to-back games and come up against one of the competition’s best in Brothers Ipswich.

Last week, the Bears fell victim to 2018 runners up West Brisbane, who produced some outstanding attacking rugby league in their 24-16 win, while Brothers have also been in good form, winning three of their last four games.

The Bears will be buoyed by the recent announcement of the SEQ representative teams, with 12 Bears included.

Nine Burleigh players were named in the Queensland SEQ Women’s team to compete in the 2019 Harvey Norman NRL Women’s National Championships, while Burleigh’s Tahnee Norris will be the coach. The tournament will be held at Pizzey Park from May 30 – June 2.

Three more Bears were named in the SEQ Women’s White team, one of two SEQ teams that will compete in the 2019 QRL State Men’s and Women’s Championship Carnival, to be held at Southport’s Owen Park on the same weekend.

Those 12 players will all be pushing for further selection when the first weekend of June rolls around, and the best preparation is to be in form at the Bears.

The Bears look to get back in the winner’s circle against Brothers Ipswich this Saturday afternoon at Blue Ribbon Motors Field from 4.30pm.

Bears representative players

Queensland SEQ Women’s Team

Tyler Birch, Millie Boyle, Tazmin Gray, Tallisha Harden, Jasmin Kemp, Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Laken Paitai, Amber Pilley, Zahara Temara

SEQ Women’s White Team

Sasha Mahuika, Akayla McGuire, Kadison-Tyra Robertson ffffffffffffff

Josh Rogers and the URLQ victory !

Brayden Torpy proved the be the pivotal difference in Queensland Universities’ hard-fought win over a solid New South Wales Tertiary side, downing the Blues 28-10 at Langlands Park this afternoon.

The Northern Pride custodian had a hand in everything, having provided his invaluable Intrust Super Cup experience in the annual interstate clash. 

The game started with both sides locked in a proverbial arm wrestle.

There was punishing defence early on, in particular from the New South Wales pack, led by props captain Matt Jurd and Matt Sheppard, who were outstanding in a losing side.

Queensland were first to put points on the board though in the 18th minute, through a drop ball mistake by New South Wales 10 metres out.

This then saw the Maroons swing the ball wide to winger Jake Sparey to score the first of his double for the afternoon.

A wayward cut out pass by New South Wales would have the Blues pay dearly, with Queensland centre Sam Collins taking a brilliant intercept in the 32nd minute, pinning the ears back to score under the posts, ending the run of points in the first half.


SEQ Ladies Selected !

We would like to say a huge congratulations to the following ladies who have been selected to represent South East Queensland in the 2019 Harvey Norman NRL Women’s National Championships:

Tyler Birch 
Millie Boyle
Tazmin Grey 
Tallisha Harden 
Jasmin Kemp
Chelsea Lenarduzzi
Laken Paitai
Amber Pilley
Zahara Temara

Sasha Mahuika
Akayla McQuire 
Kadison-Tyra Robertson