Intrust Super Cup:Tigers 50 def Burleigh 10
BHP women’s:Burleigh 70 def Tigers 0
Hastings Deering Colts: Burleigh 42 def Tigers 24
Cyril Connell Challenge:Bears 44 def Ipswich 24
Mal Meninga Cup:Burleigh 44 def Ipswich 36
U19 women’s: Burleigh 36 def Ipswich 6
West Panthers 20 def Burleigh 6
Reserve Grade:Burleigh 30 def Mudgeeraba 16
A Grade:Burleigh 62 def Mudgeeraba 4
Sunday afternoon’s 50-10 loss against the Brisbane Tigers at Totally Workwear Stadium is one that will want to be quickly forgotten by the UAA Burleigh Bears.
It was a bad start for the Bears tallying 6 errors within the first half, giving the Tigers the opportunity to strike while their momentum was hot, leading 26 points to nil after the first 40 minutes.
An early injury from Bears centre Andre Niko and late inclusions from the Titans didn’t help their case, forcing multiple interchanges and reshuffling positions on the field.
Circumstances labeled ‘frustrating’ by Bears captain Luke Page.
“There was a couple of things that had us not as well prepared as we could of been,” Page said.
“It’s hard to form combinations when people drop in and out of the Titans.
“We had too many errors and penalties against us which snowballed our momentum,” he said.
The half time message from Bears coach Rick Stone to ‘play fast, flat football to stop the Tigers momentum’ failed to take action, as their point scoring blitz continued into the second half.
The Bears drought was finally broken at the 54 minute mark, when a cross field kick from Guy Hamilton saw Cory Denniss claim their first 4 points.
A collective sigh of relief from the Bears after Beau Fermor charged up field, setting up Cory Denniss for a double.
But that’s where points dried up for the Bears, and the Tigers class progressed, claiming their first victory of the season and a statement that they’ll be ones to watch in this year’s competition.
It was a 40 point victory that caught the Bears off guard, as the Tigers had conceded 70 points and only put 10 on the board within the first two rounds of the season.
Tigers hooker Aaron Booth said the difference in their performance today came down to stronger defence and completing sets.
“We didn’t start the year as well as we wanted to,” Booth said.
“We haven’t been holding the ball in the last couple of weeks and that was the biggest difference today,” he said.
The Bears will be looking for redemption as they return home next Saturday to take on the Tweed Heads Seagulls, while the Tigers will face the Jets in Ipswich.
The Bears are ‘chomping at the bit’ ahead of their BHP season opener against the Brisbane Tigers this weekend.
With Covid cancelling the competition last year, coach Tahnee Norris said it’s been a long time in the making.
“The girls can’t wait, they’re very keen and we are really looking forward to it,” Norris said.
It’s been a week full of wet weather training, conditions that only improve their game day preparation.
“The girls have really adapted to it and they just keep getting on with the job.”
This weekend will see the women’s Harvey Norman U19’s competition wrap up, with a few players expected to stay on and continue training alongside the Bears BHP side.
“We’ll have a few of those girls that will continue on training and really developing that pathway into BHP,” Norris said.
“That’s the the whole point of keeping them on is to push them up into that top 17.
“There are some quality players coming through and I’ll give them every chance to try and get into that top side.”
But it won’t be easy, making the 17 is a competition within itself.
“It’s very competitive to just be able to play in our top 17.
“That is a really good sign for us and the girls are working hard to fight for their spots.”
Fullback Karina Brown and five-eight Lauren Brown are among those hard workers, alongside forward Millie Boyle.
Centre Shelly Long has also been a standout for Norris during pre-season.
“She’s been great. I’m expecting really big things from her this weekend.
“She’s coming back from a pretty significant injury and she’s really stood up in pre-season and I can’t wait to see her back out on the park.”
Chelsea Lenarduzzi is also coming back from injury and has been named in the reserves.
“We’ve been working her back into training after a minor knee injury so she should be ready to go.”
Kick off is at 12.15pm on Sunday from Brisbane’s Totally Workwear Stadium.
The Burleigh Bears have claimed their first two points of the 2021 season after downing the Mackay Cutters in Saturday’s 28-14 victory at Pizzey Park.
Coming off a disappointing loss against Souths Logan a week earlier, Bears coach Rick Stone said he was impressed by his sides ‘significant’ improvement.
“Overall I’m really happy,” Stone said.
“We defended a lot better and put some more structure into our attack.
“We probably let a few soft tries in and there was a lack of concentration in some areas, but we were significantly better than last week.”
Credit to the Cutters for delivering a strong 80 minutes of rugby league.
“They were a good and tidy side,” said Stone.
“They kept coming and performed really well under the hot conditions.”
The Easter weekend off will allow the Bears some time to recover ahead of their Round 3 clash against the Brisbane Tigers.
“The goal now is to keep building on what we’ve done so far and progress from there.”
With the first game cobwebs now brushed off, the Bears turn their focus to building momentum and winning games.
“The year off probably highlighted the quality of the competition and the quality of players who are in it,” Bears centre Josh Berkers said.
“We’ve got enough talent in the team to score tries, it’s all about doing the little things now to win games.”
The clash against the Tigers is set for Sunday, April 11 at Brisbane’s Totally Workwear Stadium.
Attention all Bears supporters we have had some game changes / cancellations for this weekends rounds.
Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup: new location and time | Grosvenor Park 3.30pm
Harvey Norman U19 Women: new location and time | Grosvenor Park 2.00pm
BHP Premiership: game cancelled
Behind every successful team is a hardworking coach, and for the Burleigh Bears women, there’s no better leader than former Queensland representative player, Tahnee Norris.
Norris already has a glistering resume with the club, winning five premierships.
But her coaching responsibilities will be kicked up a notch later this year, after being appointed the Harvey Norman Maroons coach.
“I honestly can’t believe it. I still can’t wipe the smile off my face,” Norris said.
Before that however, the Bears have some unfinished business in the BHP Premiership to attend to first.
“Win the BHP Premiership was our goal last year but obviously Covid turned that season into the Holcim Cup,” Norris said.
“We’ve ticked that (Holcim Cup) box now, so this year we have the intent to carry on that same goal from last year.”
Last year’s late representative commitments set back the Bears start to pre-season this year, but their combined training sessions with the Harvey Norman U19’s has been beneficial for both aged groups.
“We’ve all been training together and we have had some really good sessions with great intensity,” Norris said.
“It’s a good opportunity for both sides especially the younger girls to learn from the older and more experienced players.”
And in a short six round competition with only three games, the young Bears will take all the advise they can get.
“The challenge is trying to give them as much skill and knowledge of the game in such a short season.”
They’ve done all the right things so far, which started with an impressive 60-6 victory over Ipswich.
“They’re trying to take in so much but they only have 3 games.
“Now it’s about how we can educate them as much as possible without overloading them at the same time.”
Their next challenge will be against Souths Logan at Davies Park this Sunday.
While the BHP Premiership will kick off for the Bears on Sunday April 11 against the Brisbane Tigers.
And for both sides, this is just the beginning.
“There is so much talent on the Gold Coast and it is great we can provide pathways here.
“If we have some really good quality coaching and squads in place we can give these girls the absolute best chance of being able to represent not only the bears, but that next level too.”