Reserve Grade will be playing for their Premiership position this Sunday

Burleigh’s minor premiership hopes are on the line when they take on Southport in their reserve grade clash this Sunday afternoon.

After winning nine games in a row between Round 5 and 16, the Bears have suffered consecutive losses and slipped to second place on the ladder with Tugun sneaking into first.

The Seahawks have the bye this weekend, meaning another Bears loss would likely see them drop to third and trail the ladder-leaders by four points with just two regular season games left to play.

Last week they went down 20-16 to a Bilambil team with their season on the line, and they face a similar scenario this week when they travel to Owen Park to take on a desperate Southport.

Currently leading a three-way race for the fifth and final spot in the finals, the Tigers are just two-points ahead of Bilambil and three points ahead of Runaway Bay.

With another tough game against Tugun to come next week, a Southport loss could spell the end of their season.

Rugby League Gold Coast – Burleigh Bears v Southport Tigers at Owen Park, Southport

Sunday August 11

A Grade – 2pm (live-stream via Rugby League Gold Coast Facebook page)

Reserve grade – 12.30pm

Under 20s – 11am

Gold Coast A Grade Bears will be Hunting for Tigers this Sunday

It will be a preview of what is to come in the Gold Coast A Grade semi-finals when the Burleigh Bears travel to Southport to take on the Tigers this Sunday afternoon.

Burleigh have led the competition all season, with Southport the team that has managed to keep pace the best in second and their meeting on Sunday likely won’t be their last with finals just three weeks away.

A big win over Bilambil last weekend wrapped up the minor premiership, with the Bears five-points clear at the top of the ladder with a bye in hand.

Southport, meanwhile, need just one win from their last three games to wrap up second place and a home major semi-final in week one.

Both sides are in top form, with Burleigh’s 48-0 win over Bilambil their 14th of the year while Southport put Ormeau to the sword, 72-6, to notch their fifth win in succession.

The Tigers haven’t tasted defeat since going down to Bears 34-10 back in Round 12 and will be hungry to claim a prized scalp ahead of the finals.

All three grades will compete at Owen Park, with the Under 20s at 11am and reserve grade at 12.30pm. The A Grade fixture will be live-streamed from 2pm via the Rugby League Gold Coast Facebook page.

Rugby League Gold Coast – Burleigh Bears v Southport Tigers at Owen Park, Southport

Sunday August 11

A Grade – 2pm (live-stream via Rugby League Gold Coast Facebook page)

Reserve grade – 12.30pm

Under 20s – 11am

Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears will be playing to take their second victory from the PNG Hunters

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears will look to secure their first win in PNG when they take on the Hunters this Sunday afternoon.

The Bears and Hunters have met on PNG soil on five occasions, with the Hunters securing victory on every occasion so far.

Not only is it an important game for the Bears in their race to the finals, it will be a milestone for winger Troy Leo who plays his 50th Intrust Super Cup game.

Leo made his debut for the Bears in 2017 and has gone on to score 43 tries in his 49 appearances so far, including 19 tries from 19 appearances in 2019.

He leads the competition for tries and line-breaks and scored a double last time the Bears travelled to PNG, including a length-of-the-field contender for try-of-the-year.

Halfback Jamal Fogarty also has a milestone in sight, needing 13 more points to go past 800 career Intrust Super Cup points.

With 162 points for the season, Fogarty is currently third all-time for Burleigh points-scorers, with Reggie Cressbrook still holding the record with 964.

Both Leo and Fogarty were named in an unchanged 17 on Tuesday for what shapes as a crucial game for the Bears.

Only four games remain in the regular season and after last week’s narrow loss to Redcliffe the Bears have slipped to third place on the competition ladder.

Another loss would likely see them drop to fourth and put their chances of finishing in the top-two in serious jeopardy, while a win would keep them in the hunt and almost certainly lock in a top-four finish.

Their opposition have struggled in 2019, winning just three games and currently sitting in 13th place.

Earlier in the year the Bears posted a 56-4 thumping at Pizzey Park, but the Hunters are generally a different proposition at home.

Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears v PNG Hunters – Intrust Super Cup Round 20

Sunday August 11 at Oil Search National Football Stadium

Bears

1 Kurtis Rowe 2 Troy Leo 3 Sami Sauiluma 4 Jesse Arthars 5 Tyronne Roberts-Davis 6 Josh Rogers 7 Jamal Fogarty 8 Luke Page (c) 9 Pat Politoni 10 Jack Buchanan 11 Hayden Schwass 12 Jacob Hind 13 Sam Coster 14 Jeff Lynch 15 Dylan Phythian 17 Oliver Percy 19 Matt Robinson

Coach: Jimmy Lenihan

Team List Tuesday!

It's Team List Tuesday and here are your Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears! This week the boys will be travelling to Papua New Guinea to take on the Hunters, kick off 3.00pm #BackYourBears

Posted by Burleigh Bears on Monday, 5 August 2019
ISC TEAM LIST ROUND 20