SEQW Burleigh Bears will be Playing to Maintain their Four Year Premiership Status this Saturday

The Burleigh Bears will host an elimination semi-final this Saturday afternoon against the Easts Tigers with a place in the SEQW Division 1 grand final on the line.

Four consecutive wins to finish the regular season saw the Bears move up to second place on the ladder which ensures they enjoy the advantage of a home final this Saturday afternoon at 4pm.

Pizzey Park is a fortress for the four-time defending champs, who have won five of the six games played at home this season, including a 12-10 win over the Tigers in Round 2. 

While the Bears are in red-hot form, 2019 has been arguably the most evenly matched SEQW Division 1 competition in recent memory and the Bears take on an extremely formidable Tigers on Saturday.

Easts have won six of their last seven games and finished the season with the most points scored and the fewest conceded of any team in the competition.

The Tigers will also be full of confidence given their big win over Burleigh the last time these sides met in Round 9. 

While that 32-4 win came against an understrength Bears during the build to State of Origin, it was still the heaviest defeat of the season for Burleigh and a big statement from the Tigers. 

Since then, however, the Bears have gone on to win all four of their remaining games with some of their best form of the season.

While the Origin stars returned to the side, plenty of others have had their chance to shine including Keri-Jade Robertson who finished as the competition’s leading point-scorer while SEQ representatives Sasha Mahuika (7) and Kadison-Tyra Robertson (9) were Burleigh’s top try-scorers.

A bye in Round 14 means the Bears will be fresh and ready to continue their hunt for an historic fifth consecutive premiership.

The u20 Burleigh Bears Continue Walking Along the Tight Rope

The Burleigh Bears continue to walk the tight rope in a congested Gold Coast Under 20s competition when they take on Runaway Bay on Saturday afternoon.

Only four points separate second from fifth, meaning with just five rounds remaining, every week there is opportunity to move up and there is a risk of dropping down.

Thanks to a positive for-and-against, the Bears currently sit in equal third place just ahead of Runaway Bay and two points behind the second placed Helensvale.

A win on Saturday could see the Bears jump up to second place, while a loss could see them drop all the way down to fifth depending on other results.

The Bears will also need to bounce back from a 44-26 loss at the hands of runaway competition leaders the Currumbin Eagles last weekend.

Currumbin cannot be caught at the top of the table, but the race for second is very much alive and the Bears can take a big step towards that goal if they can win on Saturday.

By Kevin Braysher

Burleigh Bears A Grade will be looking to uphold their winning streak against Currumbin

Burleigh’s quest to wrap up the Rugby League Gold Coast A Grade minor premiership continues when they take on Currumbin at Galleon Way on Sunday. 

With just five rounds remaining in the regular season, the Bears still hold a five-point lead over the Southport Tigers in second and if they can win their next two games, they will take an unassailable lead at the top and guarantee the minor premiership.

Sunday’s opponents are fresh off a 30-22 win over the Ormeau Shearers and are locked in a tight battle for third. 

Defeat for the Eagles could see them drop to fourth, while a win keeps them ahead of the Tugun Seahawks for another week. 

After suffering their first loss of the season two weeks ago against Tugun, the Bears bounced back to winning form with a 38-12 victory over Runaway Bay last weekend. 

Connor Toia had a personal haul of 18 points thanks to five goals and two tries. His double also means he is now the competition’s leading try-scorer with 11 for the year so far. 

George House, Brett Stratton, Shallin Fuller, Will Evans and Te Rangiatea McDonald all got on the board as well in the seven tries to two victory over last year’s premiers. 

Burleigh and Currumbin have met on two occasions this season, with the Bears picking up a 28-8 win in Round 3 and a 22-20 victory in Round 9.

The Bears take on Currumbin in Round 17 of the Rugby League Gold Coast QTOP A Grade competition at Galleon Way this Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

By Kevin Braysher

Brisbane Broncos recruit Tazmin Gray and being a fly-in, fly-out player in the NRLW

By Alicia Newton

Brisbane Broncos recruit Tazmin Gray said the difficulty of being a fly-in, fly-out player in the NRLW almost resulted in her quitting the Roosters last season.

Gray, who lives on the Gold Coast with husband Anthony and their two children, will join the Broncos in a move that means she’ll be more settled around her family. 

The Jillaroos representative made the trip to Sydney every Wednesday for the Roosters last year ahead of the weekend’s games before flying home in-between.

Gray joined the likes of former Roosters teammates Karina Brown and Vanessa Foliaki in the fly-in, fly-out process, which is now understood to be heavily monitored by NRLW clubs.

Gray stressed the Roosters did their best to accommodate her but for an interstate player, the overall experience was not an easy one.  

“I found the whole thing last year to be really taxing, by the end I was over it,” Gray told NRL.com.

“For the last two weeks I stayed with my sister and if it was any longer than the six weeks I was down there I probably would’ve thrown in the towel.

“I was going to go back to the Roosters this year but then did a last-minute change and realised I had to stay in Queensland and couldn’t move.

“It was just too hard to move with the kids. If I had of moved again it would’ve looked selfish so it’s best to stay and be around home.”

Gray will link with several of her Queensland teammates at the Broncos, who she already plays alongside in the South-East Queensland competition.

“Playing against the Broncos last year there was a culture that was unbreakable and every club envied that,” Gray said.

“To be a part of that team now is a blessing in disguise, just to be able to go home from training and not be so far away.

“I think it’s also a perk to already know players in the team and not feel like I have to continue to grow and learn new players with it being such a shorter competition.”

Gray returned to the field last year after giving birth to her second child Kyan. She broke back into the Queensland team before making her Jillaroos debut in October.

“I think the last 12 months have gone fast and at the end of last year I had a moment to reflect with my husband when we went away,” Gray said.

“To be able to put on the jerseys I was able to was a massive honour and I was grateful to be able to give back to my family who have sacrificed things for me.”

LINK: https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2019/07/22/by-the-end-i-was-over-it-grays-nrlw-challenge/


Weekly Game Results

Fulltime in the Intrust Super Cup and Townsville defeat Burleigh 22-10. 

The Bears womens team finished the season in 2nd position and will play Easts next week for a place in the Grand Final. Game details to follow tomorrow.

GCRL 
A Grade Burleigh 38 def R/Bay 12
Res Grade Burleigh 22 def R/Bay 10
U20 Currumbin 44 def Burleigh 26

Bears look to bounce back

The Burleigh Bears A Grade side will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they host defending premiers Runaway Bay on Saturday afternoon.

After 11 wins and a draw in their first 12 games, the Bears’ unbeaten streak finally came to an end, 18-16 at the hands of rivals Tugun.

While not the desired result on the day, it does little damage to the Bears in the bigger picture as they still lead the competition by five points and remain the clear competition favourites with six rounds remaining.

Bears coach Matt Foster will be looking for a response this Saturday when the Bears host the defending champions at Pizzey Park.

Bay picked up an emphatic 40-4 win over Ormeau in their last outing and need to keep winning in order to stay in the hunt for a top three finish.

Burleigh have faced Bay twice this year for two wins. 32-4 in Round 2 and 32-20 in Round 10.

Rugby League Gold Coast Round 16 – Saturday July 20 at Pizzey Park

Burleigh Bears v Runaway Bay Seagulls

A Grade, 4pm

Reserve grade, 2.30pm

U/20s v Currumbin, 1pm fff

Bears look to continue winning streak

Burleigh’s reserve grade team will look to keep their winning streak alive when they take on Runaway Bay on Saturday afternoon.

Sitting at the top of the Doug Lipp Cup competition ladder, the Bears have won eight games in a row and haven’t tasted defeat since Round 3.

Just two points clear of second placed Tugun, the Bears need to keep the streak alive in order to hang on to top spot.

With a long break since their last game on June 30, the Bears will need to shake off any rust to overcome a desperate Runaway Bay.

The Seagulls have lost five of their last seven games and risk dropping out of the top five if they can’t upset the top-of-the-table Bears at Pizzey Park.

The reserve grade clash kicks off at 2.30pm. It will be proceeded by the Under 20s taking on Currumbin at 1pm and will be followed by the A Grade clash between the Bears and Bay at 4.30pm.

Rugby League Gold Coast Round 16 – Saturday July 20 at Pizzey Park

Burleigh Bears v Runaway Bay Seagulls

A Grade, 4pm

Reserve grade, 2.30pm

U/20s v Currumbin, 1pm fff