2021 Mal Meninga Cup Trials

🐻🐻 2021 Burleigh Bears Mal Meninga Cup (U18) Open Trials 🐻🐻

To be eligible for the trial please complete the online form by Wednesday 21st of October. All players turning 17 or 18 in 2021 are encouraged to attend.

Venue: Burleigh Bears Seniors, Pizzey Park – Pacific Avenue, Miami

Date: Saturday 24th October 2020

Time: 8.30am

Player check in, 10am kick off first gameFurther Info: roy@burleighbears.com.auPlayer registration


** Please note that an application form must be submitted to be eligible to trial**

Old Boys Day v Mudgeeraba

The Burleigh Bears Old Boys day will be held on Saturday 3 October at Pizzey Park. Join us as we take on Mudgeeraba Redbacks. The Old Boys area will be situated on the scoreboard hill area in the undercover area from 2.30pm

** Free Entry
** Discount Beer
** BBQ

Burleigh Bears v Mudgeeraba

U/18s @ 12.50pm

Reserve Grade @ 2.25pm

A Grade @ 4.00pm

To secure your place email: RLADMIN@BURLEIGHBEARS.COM.AU


All participants and spectators will be required to check-in upon arrival. Download the EVA App to save time on the day.


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Bears win Holcim Cup

QRL Media

The Burleigh Bears proved too strong for Souths Logan Magpies in the Holcim Cup; claiming a 28-10 win in a physical encounter.

The Bears were physical from the get-go and once they hit an early lead, were never headed by the Magpies; despite a resurgence either side of halftime.

Bears coach Tahnee Norris said she was proud of the way her team had performed all competition and of the way they won the grand final.

“They worked so hard, ridiculously hard; and with all the changes throughout the season, they really committed to this year and even though with all the stoppages etc; I am super proud,” Norris said.

“I love defence, and I am always going to be one that puts defence at the top of the list, and I think that showed.

“The girls, they just really commit; you have to have a team of defenders, otherwise you are not going to win a game.

“I think they were super strong in defence, super strong in the middle of the field, which is actually what we wanted to win; we wanted to win the middle of the field and they we could swing it wide and then we had the backs to actually land those tries.

“(It was a) tough game, brutal actually, we lost a couple of players to injury and our captain (Jasmin Kemp) with a broken arm; but the girls just really fought through and I could not be prouder of them.”

The match started well for the Bears with the side regathering a short kick-off and working their way in over the try line through tough centre Tyler Birch, who was put into the space by five-eighth Lauren Brown in the opening moments of play to establish an early lead.

Souths attempted a counterattack with some set plays down their left side; but the Bears were full of intent in defence and were able to push winger Shae-Yvonne De La Cruz over the sideline. However, while the Bears gave away a penalty in the same play, they were still able to hold them out in the ensuing set. 

Burleigh then furthered their lead with when winger Tarnisha Lyons scored the first of her three tries of the game, latching onto a pass from halfback Zahara Temara; a pattern repeated throughout the afternoon.

Although it was a defensively bruising match, the Bears found it easier than their opponents to make metres through the middle, with representative hooker Brittany Breayley’s touches helping push her forwards upfield.

The Bears went even further ahead on the scoreboard after some nice passing out the backline to Lyons who dove over for her second try with just over 20 minutes played.

Brown’s conversion attempt from the right sideline was a success to give the Bears an imposing 14-0 lead with halftime approaching.

The intensity from the Magpies then lifted as they knew a try before the break would keep them in the game. They were rewarded when Steph Hancock showed her experience to just charge over to score after the Magpies had found it hard to break the Burleigh line all half.

Meg Ward’s conversion was successful to put the scores at 14-6 at


As has been the case for most of the competition, the Magpies came out firing for the second half and scored their second try, thanks to a fantastic run from Ward.

However, that was the last of the tries of the game for the Souths Logan side who were well-contained by the Bears all afternoon; with the Burleigh defence able to nullify the attacking skills of player of the competition Tamika Upton, experienced half Ali Brigginshaw and hard-running forward Elsie Albert.

The Bears ran in three more tries to close the game, with Birch notching her double, Lyons her triple and Temara touching down for a well-deserved try of her own.

As well as Temara played, she was edged out by her halves partner Brown for player of the match, with the former rugby sevens player enjoying a successful tournament.

“Lauren and Zee they just did a fantastic job for us in sorting out those tries and those really wide tries; they did very well,” Norris said.

“I knew Lauren from rugby sevens and it was a bit of a score for us I think (for her to sign up with Burleigh), she’s got a lot of skill and she’s a really good chick too, so I think that was a really good plus for us, both on the field and off the field.

“She’s got a fantastic kicking game and she’s a local junior; her father and grandfather played for the Burleigh Bears, so there is that history there, it’s just great to have her and I am so proud that she’s actually come through unscathed for starters and actually loved it and played really well on that final.”

Holcim Cup awards

Player of the Holcim Cup: Tamika Upton – Souths Logan Magpies

Player of the grand final: Lauren Brown – Burleigh Bears

Bears ready to defend title

The Burleigh Bears will call upon just one player from their state champion Intrust Super Cup roster to defend their Rugby League Gold Coast A Grade title in 2020.

Rugby League Gold Coast regulations have restricted movement from the ISC to four players per A Grade squad but the Bears plan to recast halfback Josh Rogers as the ‘Lone Ranger’ for the season ahead.

The 24-year-old Western Australian-born playmaker moved to the Gold Coast five years ago, finding a home at the Burleigh Bears as he chased a spot on an NRL roster.

After rising through the club’s Under-20s and A Grade teams Rogers enjoyed a breakout season in the Intrust Super Cup with 16 games primarily off the bench.

With no Cup season to play Rogers will return to the Bears’ A Grade squad to develop the parts of his game that could make him a starter.

Coach Matt Foster said in doing so he could help elevate the play of the young Bears squad around him.

“I think the other players will benefit massively from having Josh,” Foster said.

“One thing you get with young players is lots of energy but sometimes they don’t know where to direct it.

“Having that guy who’s been there and done it can have a reassuring effect on young players.

“Josh is fantastic at taking the ball to the line and defensively he’s really strong.

“The area we’d like to see him develop is his talk around the park.

“I’d love to see him find that voice in our shortened competition this year to develop his game ever further.

“While he’s doing that it will give others the best opportunity to develop themselves in their roles.”

The burden of mentoring the young Bears will not fall upon Rogers alone.

Fellow Intrust Super Cup players Luke Page and Jeff Lynch have returned to training with A Grade but do not plan to lace up the boots.

Coach Foster said the effect the duo, particularly club legend Page, were having on the squad was impressive.

“Having those blokes around these younger blokes is great for them,” Foster said.

“Pagey is a legend of the game, certainly at legend at the Burleigh Bears.

“He’s a unique guy, one of the nicest guys you’d ever meet, but his desire and passion for rugby league and the Burleigh Bears is infectious.

“Having him around training you can see a lot of the fellas, young and old, see Luke Page – and he only has one pace, he can’t slow down – seeing him around the place is gold for those boys.”

Youngsters Jayden CampbellTristan Powell  and Tyler Szepanowski will lead the charge for the Bears.

Bears Women Ready to Go.

Queensland Rugby League’s South East Region, through the support of clubs, coaches and players, will provide a women’s rugby league opportunity that will allow elite players to press their case for State of Origin selection later this year.

While all of the QRL’s statewide competitions, including the BHP Premiership, were unfortunately cancelled for season 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, many local leagues and clubs have been following the Queensland Government guidelines and the QRL’s Return to Play protocols in order to get rugby league back on the field.

The majority of southeast Queensland-based BHP Premiership clubs have been no different and have worked with the QRL to ensure players can return to the field through a structured format.

The Holcim Cup will begin on Saturday, August 1 and is being staged to provide much needed game time to help bolster the preparations of the Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons squad, who will be aiming to claim the State of Origin shield in November.

The teams taking part are Burleigh Bears, Easts Tigers, Souths Logan Magpies, Tweed Seagulls and West Brisbane Panthers.

While the start up competition will be based in the south-east of the state; there have also been arrangements made to incorporate Maroons squad members who registered with the regional BHP Premiership teams. 

A selection of Brothers Ipswich players have also been reallocated to other clubs for the duration of the carnival competition, as have a number of talented Queensland Under 18 performance programs players.

An innovative competition format has been designed to accommodate five teams, with all matches each round being played at one location. Each round will consist of five 30-minute halves, with all teams playing 60 minutes each weekend to avoid a bye.

Under this format, it is not possible to play each other exactly the same number of times, but everyone plays the same number of halves.

Draw: Holcim Cup 2020

The five teams will play across five rounds, with finals matches scheduled for September 5.

The scoring system to determine rankings for finals consideration is as follows:

  • One point for cumulative points win (0.5 for draw)
  • One point on offer for each half won (0.5 for a draw)
  • A maximum of three points per round is available per team

The dates of the Holcim Cup have been structured to align as much as possible with the proposed NRLW pre-season and starting dates for the competition which the NRL confirmed would go ahead this year.

Maroons coaches Jason Hetherington, Karyn Murphy and Nat Dwyer have worked closely with the five club coaches along with Brisbane Broncos coach Kelvin Wright.

“All the BHP Premiership club CEOs and coaches have been fantastic in doing everything possible to support Queensland players in having the best preparation for players to be ready for a November Origin clash,” QRL senior pathways and performance manager Brett Jones said.

The club coaches should be congratulated for the way in which they have engaged the players and are preparing them. We know players face a higher risk of injury after this unique down period, so player preparation and physical wellbeing will be a key focus over the coming months.”

Holcim Queensland general manager for concrete Max Arthur said it was an exciting time to be involved in the game.

“Holcim is very pleased to be able to support some of the state’s best women’s rugby league players return to the field,” Arthur said.

“Holcim has enjoyed a long partnership with the QRL in the South East and we are thrilled to now extend that support to the Holcim Cup.”

Jamal Fogarty’s key Ingredients of Happiness and Maturity secure him a 2020 NRL Contract with the Gold Coast Titans

Kevin Braysher 

Maturity and a happy life away from the field were the key ingredients that helped Jamal Fogarty secure an NRL contract with the Gold Coast Titans. 

A dual premiership winner with the Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears and the reigning Petero Civoniceva Medallist for Intrust Super Cup player of the year, the 26-year-old halfback has never been more prepared to make his mark in the NRL. 

“I think it’s just maturity, to be honest,” Fogarty said when asked why he is more equipped to play NRL now than in 2017 when he made two appearances for the Titans. 

“When I was younger people used to say, ‘you get more mature as you get a bit older’ and at the time I didn’t really believe it. But now that I am that bit older, I just have the understanding and have that self-belief. 

“It’s about knowing your role, knowing what you can do and understanding game-management. Should I kick now? Do I kick a little bit later? Do we need to speed things up or do I need to kick the ball into touch to give my teammates a rest? 

“I think it’s about knowing how Jamal Fogarty plays football and how he plays his best football and understanding that and having that inner confidence to be able to do it.” 

Fogarty is one of only nine players in Bears history to win multiple Intrust Super Cup premierships and credits his four seasons at Burleigh for helping him develop into the player he needed to become to get another shot at the NRL. 

He was also quick to praise the love and support of his wife Kahlia and said his happiness at home was as important as anything else driving him towards success on the field. 

“If it wasn’t for the Burleigh Bears, I wouldn’t have the opportunity that I have at the moment,” he said. 

“My teammates at Burleigh make my job very easy. They understand how I play, and we work hard for one another, but I don’t think any of it is possible without my wife at home who looks after me and my little girls. I think she deserves all the credit because if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be the happy person I am playing footy in a good headspace.” 

Negotiations between Fogarty and the Gold Coast commenced in the days after Burleigh’s 18-16 trial win on February 21. 

Exactly two weeks later the deal was signed, and he fronted up for his first day of training as a Titan on March 9. 

At the Titans he will reunite with dual premiership winning Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan, who was unveiled as Gold Coast assistant coach late last year. 

“I think Jimmy Lenihan knows my game better than I know it myself,” Fogarty said. 

“He gave me a fresh footy brain and some fresh footy eyes and was able to help me see what I was good at. Jimmy understands how each individual plays and the way he brings the best out of each individual is a credit to him. I absolutely love working with Jimmy.” 

Under the terms of his contract, which will see him listed as a development squad player in 2020 before moving into the senior playing squad in 2021, Fogarty will not be available for NRL selection until after June 30. 

It means that while he will train fulltime with the Titans, Bears fans will get to see Jamal for at least the first 14 rounds of the Intrust Super Cup season before he becomes eligible for selection in the NRL. 

“It gives me a bit of time to understand the Titans and what they’re trying to do,” he said. “It will help me learn attacking structures and defensive structures and also just help me get to know guys that I don’t know and build those combinations. 

“It’s good that I’ll get a bit of time for those kinds of things, but also it gives me a chance to keep playing at Burleigh with all those boys who I am really close with and rip into the season. The best way to approach it is rip in at Burleigh, try to put some good performances together and we’ll see how it pans out from there.” 

Burleigh open their season as defending premiers with a grand final rematch against Wynnum Manly Seagulls at 12.10pm this Sunday at Pizzey Park.