2020 Mal Meninga Coaching Staff Positions | APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Burleigh Bears have just opened their 2020 Mal Meninga Coaching Staff Applications!

If you are interested in a position within the 2020 Mal Meninga coaching team please complete the forms below and email to roy@burleighbears.com.au

Applications close October, 11th.

We look forward to hearing from you! #WeAreBurleighBears

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Buchanan and Costers Grand Final Baby Delivery

While the Bears continue to celebrate their Intrust Super Cup premiership success on Sunday, two members of the grand final winning team are also settling in with new additions to their family. 

Sam Coster and his partner Tayla welcomed daughter Elkie into the world on Wednesday, while Jack Buchanan’s wife Madeleine gave birth to their daughter Harper on Sunday morning. 

The Buchanan’s were up all night Saturday, with Harper arriving at 6.30am Sunday morning, before Jack hopped on the bus to play 55 minutes in the front row in a grand final winning Burleigh Bears team. 

“You can’t (top a day like this),” he said after the game. “It can’t get any better. This is as good as it gets. 

“It was a very long night. They’re both healthy, they’re both back in Tweed Heads – I wish they were here – but it’s unreal.” 

Sam and Tayla were also expecting their baby to arrive on grand final day, but Elkie instead arrived mid-week. 

“Obviously, this has been the best week of my life by far,” Coster said. 

“My partner Tayla went into labour on Tuesday and the baby came on Wednesday, so I was very lucky and blessed that little Elkie decided to come a little bit early. 

“It’s good just to work hard all year with this group of players and to be a part of a great club culture like this and be rewarded for it at the end of the year is what you train for and it’s just a perfect end to the year.” 

The Bears have become an incredibly tight group over recent years and coach Jimmy Lenihan spoke after their grand final win about his men’s ability to come together and support each other throughout personal milestones as well as on the field. 

“Bucky, I don’t think he slept last night and his baby arrived at 6.30 this morning,” Lenihan said. 

“Maddie did a wonderful job. She had a really long and intense labour. It’s been an overwhelming 24 hours for the group, and it’s been great to see their composure to knuckle down and get a job done.” 

Halfback Jamal Fogarty echoed those sentiments and said the closeness of the club off the field helps them find success together on the field. 

“It’s a very family orientated club and we all just work hard for each other,” he said. “If one family is going through a tough time, we all rally around and show that support and I think when the games get tough that’s what gets us through to the end.”

Jamal Fogarty and his 76th Minute Magic

Jamal Fogarty’s length of the field try in the 76th minute of the 2019 Intrust Super Cup grand final will live on in Bears folklore and was a moment the players on the field will never forget. 

The Bears already had a handy 12-point lead thanks to tries from Tyronne Roberts-Davis, Pat Politoni and a Kurtis Rowe double, but with the game on the line the Seagulls were coming back and throwing everything they had at the Burleigh defence. 

After scrambling to defend a handful of line breaks in the final stages, Fogarty held on to a Seagulls grubber kick and came out the other side with nobody in front of him. 

He ran the remaining 90 metres to score the try that sealed Burleigh’s fourth Intrust Super Cup premiership as his teammates looked on with a range of emotions. 

“I was absolutely stuffed and on my haunches, having just finished a set of six in defence, and Jamal regathered and broke through the line and I just had my hand in the air going ‘run Jamal! Run!” Bears captain Luke Page said. 

“I was stuck on the ten-metre line and he scored and from then I was just overwhelmed and brought to tears.” 

Page’s front row partner Jack Buchanan was similarly emotional, especially given he and his wife Madeleine had welcome daughter Harper into the world at 6.30am that same morning. 

“I couldn’t move,” he said. “I was stuck on the ten-metre line and I couldn’t move, I was just that overwhelmed. 

“It has been a massive 24 hours and I couldn’t have done it with a better bunch of blokes. I love them all.” 

Fullback Kurtis Rowe was named man of the match for his own heroics, which included two tries, two try-saving tackles and a crucial bit of improvisation that saved a certain 40/20 in the second half. 

It was his second premiership win with the club and as Fogarty streaked away, he found another dual premiership winner to embrace. 

“When I saw Jamal take-off I just turned around and I had Schwassy (Hayden) behind me,” he said. “I just gave him a big hug and said ‘yes, bro, we did it! It’s on!’” 

As for the man himself, he was typically humble and just pleased that he was able to outrun the chasing Wynnum Manly defenders and embrace his teammates at the end. 

“I think my little legs were getting speed wobbles,” Fogarty said. “And I saw the speed machine Edene Gebbie coming across and I thought ‘oh no, he’s got me!’ But I just kept going and I was quite surprised when I got there. 

“It was good to top off a big week, but we don’t play rugby league for individual awards and I’m just going to celebrate this one with the boys.” 

Fogarty’s match winner capped an incredible week that saw him win the Petero Civoniceva Medal for Intrust Super Cup player of the year on Friday night. 

Coach Jimmy Lenihan often talks about the football Gods, and he was beaming when talking about the rewards Fogarty has received this week. 

“He deserves it. It almost makes me emotional just talking about it,” he said. 

“For the amount of work, he puts into his game; you see a lot of young kids get paid a lot of money on their potential, but Jamal has worked through his potential and is now an even better player. 

“He’s a great defensive player. He’s an organiser and game-manager. His natural skills still shine; his speed, his passing and his agility is fantastic. 

“He is someone who really deserves an opportunity to play in a fulltime system. There is a lot of people getting paid a lot of money at a young age to do that, but he is right now somebody who is ready to fill in for anybody at a first-grade level and I’m sure once he gets his opportunity, he’ll prove his worth.”

From 2016 to 2019… 6 Bears have left their Paw Print on ISC History

Six Bears have etched their names into history, joining just three other club legends to win multiple Intrust Super Cup premierships at Burleigh. 

Until Sunday, Ali Brown, Shane O’Flanagan and Reggie Cressbrook were the only Bears to ever play in two grand final winning sides, but that number has now jumped to nine after Burleigh’s 28-10 win over Wynnum Manly. 

Kurtis Rowe, Sami Sauiluma, Jamal Fogarty, Luke Page, Pat Politoni and Hayden Schwass were all members of the 2016 premiership winning team and were there again to lift the shield at Dolphin Stadium on Sunday. 

Jeff Lynch and Josh Ailaomai didn’t play on Sunday, but they contributed heavily to the team’s success throughout the year and are the other two remaining members of the 2016 squad. 

They’ve all been at the club long term and four years later seem more ready to fully embrace when success comes their way. 

“We’re an even tighter group now compared to 2016,” Rowe said. “I just love playing with the likes of Jamal, Sami, Pagey, Patty Politoni – all those boys that have been here for the last four years. We’re just getting closer and closer each year.” 

Page, who has been skipper since 2017, became the ninth Bear to play 100 Intrust Super Cup games for the club at the end of the 2018 season. 

He’s the longest serving member of the ‘dual premiers’ club and believes that more success is on the horizon for his close-knit team. 

“To be a premiership winning captain is just overwhelming,” he said. “I was brought to tears as soon as the buzzer went. I’m so proud of the boys. This is why we play rugby league. 

“We’ve got a good core group of boys and we’re all signed for next year, so we’re going again baby!” 

While six players are now two-time premiership winners, so too is their coach, Jimmy Lenihan. 

Rick Stone coached the Bears to glory in 1999 and 2004, and Lenihan’s wins in 2016 and 2019 matches him as the club’s most successful coach. 

“I never thought I’d ever get one. Once upon a time I never thought I’d ever even make the finals,” he said. 

“But I’m so proud of the club. Everyone works so hard to make the club what it is. I couldn’t be prouder of the players; our coaching staff does such a great job and then our coaching staff through all the grades as well. 

“We’re very proud of the people that we are and the reputation that we have carved out for ourselves.”

Bears take out Intrust Super Cup

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears are Intrust Super Cup premiers for the second time in four years thanks to a 28-10 win over Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the grand final on Sunday.

Halfback and 2016 premiership winning captain Jamal Fogarty was the hero, scoring a length of the field try to put the result beyond doubt in the 76th minute, while Kurtis Rowe scored two tries to earn the Duncan Hall Medal for man of the match.

It completed an incredible weekend for Fogarty, who won the Petero Civoniceva Medal for Intrust Super Cup player of the year on Friday night.

“I think my little legs were getting speed wobbles,” Fogarty said. “And I saw the speed machine Edene Gebbie coming across and I thought ‘oh no, he’s got me!’ But I just kept going and I was quite surprised when I got there.

“In 2016 I probably didn’t embrace it as much. It was only my third year of Cup, we’d won the premiership and I was captain. I thought ‘this is easy!’ But a couple of years of hard work in between and I’m definitely soaking this one up a lot more, and especially to just embrace what we have at the club.

“That could have been the last grand final we’ll ever play together, so to win it was just unreal.”

Rowe’s man of the match performance on Sunday is even more impressive considering he scored a double in the 2016 decider as well, taking his grand final try-scoring tally to four in two appearances.

“I love rising to the occasion,” Rowe said. “I love the nerves all through the week before and I like using that and taking it into the game. It’s nothing new to me.

“I’m very fortunate to have two premierships under my belt. It doesn’t happen to many football players in their career, so I’m very grateful.”

If 2016’s premiership was the drought-breaker, Sunday’s win was the legacy maker, with six players taking part in both games.

The Bears have built a culture of success and stability over the last four seasons which has manifested throughout the entire senior club.

“In our top seven sides we made four grand finals,” Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan said. “We’re very proud of the people that we are and the reputation that we have carved out for ourselves.

“I think in 16’ it was just so exciting. It had been so long since we had done anything positive at the back end of a football season and that was a great experience, but this one now we can savour the moment for what it is but also look at the opportunities that are around the corner.

“Next week we get a chance to go to Sydney and I think we want to prove ourselves a little bit better than we did last time. We can’t guarantee a win of course, but we’re certainly going there with a real intent to try our very best.”

After a 14th minute penalty goal it was Tyrone Roberts Davis who got scoring started for the Bears in the 21st minute.

Rowe and Blake Leary combined on the left-hand side to create enough space for Roberts-Davis to touch down in the left corner.

Fogarty was the spark for Burleigh’s second after the defence rushed up on him on the last tackle in the 29th minute.

It forced him to improvise, as he grubbered behind the line, regathered the football and found Rowe in support for his first try.

A deflected kick would lead to Sam Scarlett scoring Wynnum Manly’s first try in the 35th minute, while a Pat Templeman kick would lead to an Edward Burns try shortly after halftime, cutting the margin to just two points.

A perfect Dylan Phythian chip kick sat up for Rowe who was on the spot for his second try, giving the Bears some breathing room.

Pat Politoni caught out the Seagulls defence in the 67th minute to stretch the lead to two converted tries, before Fogarty’s runaway effort in the 76th finally put the result beyond doubt.

“It’s so overwhelming, I’m still trying to take it in,” Bears captain Luke Page said. “I was brought to tears as soon as the buzzer went. I’m so proud of the boys. This is why we play rugby league.”

The Bears now advance to the National Championship game where they will face Newtown Jets on NRL Grand Final Day at ANZ Stadium next Sunday afternoon.

BURLEIGH BEARS 28 (Kurtis Rowe 2, Jamal Fogarty, Tyronne Roberts-Davis, Pat Politoni tries Jamal Fogarty 4 goals) def WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 10 (Sam Scarlett, Edward Burns tries Pat Templeman goal) at Dolphin Stadium fffff

Titans Physical Disability Rugby League

The club is on the lookout for new players to join our Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) Team in 2020. We are hosting an information and registration evening at Nerang RSL & Memorial Clubthis Monday 30th September. 

If you are a footy fanatic with a physical disability from the Gold Coast or Northern Rivers region, then we want you! 

For all inquiries please email Callum Mitchener – pdrl@titans.com.au 

We look forward to meeting and welcoming you to our PDRL community. 
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The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears and their biggest Clash of the Year !

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears will take on the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the 2019 Intrust Super Cup grand final this Sunday afternoon at Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe. 

It will be Burleigh’s sixth trip to the grand final in the Cup era and Bears fans will be out in force for their first appearance since winning the 2016 title. 

Burleigh have won three of their five visits to the grand final. They won 12-10 over Redcliffe in 1999, 22-18 over Easts Tigers in extra time in 2004 and most recently claimed a 26-18 win over Redcliffe in 2016. 

Six players from that premiership winning squad – Kurtis Rowe, Sami Sauiluma, Jamal Fogarty, Luke Page, Pat Politoni and Hayden Schwass – are named in this week’s grand final team, while Josh Ailaomai and Jeff Lynch have both been regulars in the squad throughout the season. 

The stability and consistency of the playing group has led to two grand finals and a preliminary final in the last four seasons; Burleigh’s longest period of sustained success since contesting three consecutive grand finals in 2003, 2004 and 2005. 

“I think it definitely plays a part when we’ve got players that can stick together for a couple of years at the club – we sort of know how each other play and what we’re going to do,” Bears halfback and 2016 premiership winning captain Jamal Fogarty said. 

“Jimmy (Lenihan) and the coaching staff have done an awesome job to keep everybody happy. We’ve got guys from Sydney and all over the place that have relocated here and made it a home.” 

After falling one game short of the grand final in 2018, the Bears came back this season with some new ideas and attacking structures. 

They also reinforced the depth of the forward pack with the addition of Jack Buchanan, Jacob Hind and Oliver Percy, all of whom have had a huge impact at various stages of the season. 

The result has been 19 wins from 25 appearances and the competition’s second-best attack and defence, finishing the regular season in third place. 

So far, they have saved their best for the finals series, defeating the top two ranked teams in consecutive games to advance to the grand final. 

Their win last week over Sunshine Coast was arguably their most complete performance of the year, dominating the competition favourites to secure a 24-6 win. 

Their clash with Wynnum on Sunday will be a replay of their thrilling encounter in the first week of the finals, a game the Bears won 34-32 at Kougari Oval. Burleigh also won the other clash between the sides played this year, 26-18 back in Round 6. 

After losing to the Bears in the first week of the finals the Seagulls were forced to take the long road to the grand final.

They defeated Redcliffe 20-16 in an elimination final before travelling to Townsville and winning their preliminary final 26-14. 

“The grand final itself should be enough hopefully to get us up, but we’re certainly mindful of making sure we put our best foot forward going into next week,” Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan said. 

“No doubt (Wynnum) have got quality players all over the place – Edene Gebbie, Sam Scarlett, their forward pack is really good, Mitch Cronin. They’re probably not that much different to Sunny Coast either. 

“Making the grand final is reward for a good year, now hopefully winning it tops it off.” 

Intrust Super Cup grand final – Sunday September 29 at Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe. 3.15pm 

Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears v Wynnum Manly Seagulls 

Burleigh Bears 

1 Kurtis Rowe 2 Tyronne Roberts-Davis 3 Sami Sauiluma 4 Josh Berkers 5 Anthony Don 6 Dylan Phythian 7 Jamal Fogarty 8 Luke Page (c) 9 Pat Politoni 10 Jack Buchanan 11 Hayden Schwass 12 Blake Leary 13 Sam Coster 14 Matt Robinson 15 Josh Rogers 16 Oliver Percy 17 Api Noema-Matenga 

Coach: Jimmy Lenihan 

Burleigh Bears Intrust Super Cup grand final record 

· 1999: Burleigh 12 def Redcliffe 10 

· 2003: Redcliffe 31 def Burleigh 18 

· 2004: Burleigh 22 def Easts 18 (extra time) 

· 2005: NQ Young Guns 36 def Burleigh 6 

· 2016: Burleigh 26 def Redcliffe 16

Intrust Super Cup Grand Final | KEY INFORMATION

It’s game on at Dolphin Stadium, the new home of the Intrust Super Cup Grand Final!

Come join us on Sunday, 29th September to soak up five blockbuster games of football. With gates open from 8:15am, there’s plenty to keep the family occupied with free activities at our official kids’ zone, plenty of food and beverages and live entertainment on offer.

📅 Sunday, September 29th, 2019

📍 Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe (Dolphin Stadium, Klingner Rd & Ashmole Rd, Redcliffe QLD 4020)

🕗 Schedule

8:15am – General Public Gates Open

8:30am – NRL Development Cup Final

9:35am – QLD U16’s City vs Country

11:00am – Civoniceva Lounge Opens

11:00am – Australian Schoolboys vs Junior Kiwis

1:00pm – Hastings Deering Colts Grand Final

3:10pm – Intrust Super Cup Grand Final

5:00pm – Presentation

🎟️ Family passes available for only $40 (2 adults + 2 junior) and adult tickets from $20 for five games of footy. All tickets can be purchased from Ticketek 👉 https://bit.ly/2OQW8UG and include free Public Transport on selected services. Check the train timetable here 👉 https://bit.ly/2KzUcMi .

🚆 Dolphin Stadium is located less than 2km from the Kippa-Ring Train Station. A free shuttle bus will be available at Kippa-Ring station from 8.30am-3pm and again from 5-6pm for fans to catch a ride directly to the stadium.

🍽️ Corporate Hospitality is now available for purchase with a two-course luncheon and four-hour beverage package in the Civoniceva Lounge inside the Redcliffe Leagues Club. Tickets and tables available at Ticketek 👉 https://bit.ly/2HbvxLP or visit www.qrlhospitality.com.au for more information.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 The Family Fun Zone will be in full swing from 9am with activities that the whole family will enjoy. Located next to Ticket Gate 2.

👍 To stay updated for the Grand Final action, download the Intrust Super Cup App from the App Store or Google Play. Make sure to follow our Intrust Super Cup social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for Grand Final updates, or visit our website www.qrl.com.au.

Want to ride with the Bears to the game? Jump on the Bears Grand Final supporter bus for $20pp, the bus will be departing from the Leagues Club at 11.30am SPACES ARE LIMITED so call 5617 6444 to secure your space #BackYourBears children under 15 can ride the supporter bus for $10

Please inform Leagues Club Reception on which bus you would prefer to travel on (Only one dry bus is available so book quickly)