Cameron StallardQRL content producer
From a young age, Jayden Campbell has always been a very skilful footballer.
The son of indigenous pioneer and inaugural Gold Coast Titans signing Preston Campbell, the immense talent has lit up the Hastings Deering Colts the previous two seasons.
And, after a successful seven-week train-and-trial with the Titans last year, has just freshly inked a development contract.
With no Queensland Rugby League statewide competitions in 2020, the up-and-coming back was given the opportunity to feature for Burleigh in the Gold Coast QTOP A Grade Cup, allowing him to compete against men and condition his body for his future elite aspirations.
“It was a weird year last year with coronavirus and all that, but we were lucky enough to play some footy here,” Campbell said.
“I played the first round, and then at training the next week, I broke my thumb, so I was out for around six or seven weeks, and then I came back for the last few rounds and then finals footy… but that was my first time playing against men so I enjoyed it.
“Physicality wise, I realised how tough it is against bigger bodies.”
Not only was it a challenge to adjust to playing against seasoned footballers, but Campbell also had the added pressure of competing against some of the Gold Coast’s best, particularly against Runaway Bay in the decider.
“The whole competition was really tough. You had a lot of the Cup boys drop back down,” Campbell said.
“You had quality players like Guy Hamilton in the team [playing for Runaway Bay in the grand final]. It just made it a really tough game and has given me a taste at what is going to come in the future.”
Giving credit to the local community competition for helping toughen him up, Campbell’s next focus is Intrust Super Cup.
“My realistic goal is to play consistent Cup. I haven’t made my Cup debut yet. I played 20s from 2018 onwards and haven’t cracked Cup yet, but hopefully I get there this year. It’s my goal this year,” Campbell said.
“Obviously, I’d love to debut, but I’m just going to bide my time and just pretty much develop my body and see what happens from there.”
With icon Preston Campbell recently re-joining the Titans in a new specialist role, Campbell said he was proud to join the club that had done so much for the Campbell family.
“I love the club. They’ve done so much for not just my family, but they’ve done so much for everyone,” Campbell said.
“Obviously my old man… they gave him the opportunity to come up here and finish his career where he started.
“They gave him the opportunity to provide for me and my family so, I’m really proud that I can come here and do the exact same thing hopefully.”
Colleen EdwardsQRL content producer
A proven try-scorer, rising young winger Alofiana Khan-Pereira is looking forward to showcasing his ability again once season 2021 kicks off next month.
Khan-Pereira, currently training with Gold Coast Titans alongside fellow Queensland Rugby League junior stars Tristan Powell and Toby Sexton, last season achieved an amazing strike rate while playing for Burleigh Bears in the Gold Coast Rugby League QTOP A Grade competition, scoring three doubles and a hat-trick in the four games he played.
“I played A Grade for Burleigh, I had a short season, I only played four games… but ended up with nine tries,” Khan-Pereira said.
“But I did a stupid tackle and it led me to getting suspended.
“(However) it was awesome to play some footy, I missed it and I still miss it now.”
While one lesson he learned was the importance of correct tackle technique, the time in the local league competition also prepared him for what he hopes will come this year.
“Hopefully (I am playing Intrust Super Cup with the Bears)… it all goes down to working hard and the trials, which I am hoping I can play,” Khan-Pereira said.
“But definitely, I have Cup on my mind at the moment, so hopefully I get to play.”
Khan-Pereira would be familiar name to fans of the game, having played for his state in numerous representative teams, including featuring with the Queensland Under 16 Murri team as well as in the Queensland Under 16 and Queensland 18 teams in the past.
“Murris was awesome because of all the Indigenous boys… I love my culture, I love who I am, being around the boys same as me, same culture, is awesome,” Khan-Pereira said.
“I (also) played 16s and 18s, (and in both) we played before an Origin game.
“In the Under 16s, we didn’t win that one, so I don’t really talk about it.
“(But) that was my first year of taking rugby league seriously and it was a whole new experience for me, so I had to adapt with the boys; the seriousness was all brand new to me.”
Although he excelled as a young player and has gone on to pursue it at a higher level, surprisingly, rugby league was not his first choice of sport as a junior.
“I was normally a soccer player, I loved playing soccer before I played football… I didn’t know what football was,” Khan-Pereira said.
“I was down in New South Wales… I moved up when I was about 10 years old and Dad turned on the telly and I saw rugby league and I was wondering what sport it was, it was rugby league.
“So, Dad put me down at Burleigh Bears and chucked me in and ever since then I have loved it.
“I haven’t looked back.”
Jamal Fogarty, who starred for Burleigh Bears in 2019 and in Round 1 of the 2020 Intrust Super Cup season before it was cancelled, had a breakout year for the Gold Coast Titans last year and has now been selected for the Indigenous All Stars. Video: Harry Lee/QRL
Our 2021 Season Pass Pre-Sale begins today… for just $70 you can receive access to ALL Burleigh Bears home games in the INTRUST SUPER CUP, BHP/HDC/MMC AND Rugby League Gold Coast Competitions through the 2021 season.
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A new era is dawning for female rugby league participation, with Queensland Rugby League last year announcing the introduction of the Harvey Norman Under 19 Girls competition in 2021.
Kicking off in early March, the new 12-team competition is the first time female players in this age group will be provided the opportunity to be involved in a truly statewide competition that will not only offer a new experience, but also aid in their development – both on and off the field.
CONTINUE READING: https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2021/01/27/new-opportunities-on-offer-to-talented-young-female-players/
“One of the next crop of players to keep an eye on at Gold Coast Titans, Tristan Powell is ready to take another step forward in his rugby league career.
Currently soaking up the chance to learn more about the game as part of the NRL club’s development squad, Powell spent the 2020 season in the Gold Coast A Grade competition where he tested himself against more experienced competitors.”
CONTINUE READING: https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2021/01/27/powell-primed-for-the-season-ahead/
The Burleigh Bears Hastings Deering Colts will be going head to head with the Gold Coast Titans u19’s
Where: Pizzey Park Burleigh Juniors
When: Saturday 23rd January
KICK OFF 5:00PM
Join us for Australia Day celebrations + $2,000 Kick For Cash!
Watch our Burleigh Bears take on the Gold Coast Titans in a game of backyard cricket, there’ll be live entertainment from 1pm with Pat Politoni, a thong throwing comp and a spit roast!]
As you buy meals and drinks on the day, you are also earning tickets to enter our $2,000 Kick For Cash! Each $5 transaction at the till earns you 1 entry.
If your name is called and you make the kick, the $2,000 is yours!
You can also opt for a rugby league player to take the kick for you, to win $500.
The Club will be open from 10am, we’d love to see you there!
CASHELESS EVENT | NO PASS OUTS
Okay Bears supporters here’s what you’ve been waiting! Our 2021 NRL preseason clash will be on Friday, 19th February and we hope to see you there.
GAME DAY SCHEDULE:
5.25pm Gates Open
5.30pm Burleigh Bears U19 Women’s v Tweed U19 Women’s
7.00pm Burleigh Bears v Gold Coast Titans
- Adults $10 + booking fee
- Concession & Children 12-18 $5 + booking fee
- Under 12 Free
Holders of an Aged Pension (AGE) Concession card, a Disability (DSP) Concession card may purchase a Concession ticket for this event. The appropriate Concession card must be produced upon request of event & ticketing staff. The Child price is applicable to children aged U18 years (ID may need to be provided) at the date of the event. Persons under 12 years of age will not be permitted entry unless under the direct supervision of an adult 18 years of age or over.
Tickets will be available for purchasing through Oztix only and must be pre-purchased.
Tickets are STRICTLY limited due to COVID restrictions on capacity.
Corporate area tickets will be available to purchase through the Rugby League Office.
CONDITION OF ENTRY
- All ticket holders will be required to check in for COVID tracing and be asked screening questions to gain entry.
- There will be one entry gate at the Pacific Avenue entrance.
- No Alcohol is permitted to be taken into the venue.
- Commercial food from takeaway and fast-food outlets is not permitted.
- No hard eskies
- Personal water bottle filled with water only – may be checked for alcohol
- No Glass of any description can be taken into the venue
- No Pets will be allowed entry
- No Refunds
- Baggage checks will be made upon entry at every gate. Patrons who refuse inspections or searches may be denied entry to Pizzey Park.
- Pass-outs may be issued at the discretion of the Ground management.
- Alcohol free areas at Southern end
- The Burleigh Bears is a Responsible Service of Alcohol compliant venue as per Liquor Licensing Laws. In line with government licensing requirements no fluids of any description (excluding medical related) will be permitted into the venue. Identification must be shown to access alcohol serviced areas
- If you plan to purchase alcohol at the event, make sure you have your License/18+ Card
- Alcohol may only be consumed in clearly marked areas of the Stadium.
- Pizzey Park consists of General Admission viewing areas. For your comfort, it is recommended that you bring your own picnic blanket for the grassed hill areas.
- Disabled seating area on the western side of the ground
- There are a number of small uncovered Grandstands
- Standing only will apply to most other areas.
- Low profile Deck Chairs at the back of the hill areas.( if space is available)
- Limited shelter in viewing areas
- No viewing from the Leagues Club
- Several food/drink outlets are placed around the grounds
- Off-street parking is available as well as at Burleigh Junior Rugby League Field
- Limited parking is available at Burleigh Leagues Club
General Terms and Conditions
The right of admission is reserved.
The Burleigh Bears reserve the right to refuse entry to, or to remove from, Pizzey Park any persons who are drunk or disorderly or whose conduct is unlawful or offensive or who are not entitled to attend the event or match.
Any person who causes a disturbance or who refuses to comply with reasonable requests from the Owner or the Hirer may be removed. Unauthorised persons are prohibited from entering the playing area and any other area not accessible by the public. Items which, in the opinion of management, have the potential to cause injury or a nuisance or inconvenience to any other person will not be permitted into Pizzey Park. These include controlled, dangerous or illegal substances, cans, bottles, flares, fireworks, laser pointers, loud hailers and weapons of any description and may include certain musical instruments, flags and flagpoles and any other items considered by management to have the potential to cause injury or a nuisance or inconvenience to any other person. Patrons assume all risk of any damage or loss (including property damage, personal injury, economic and consequential loss) however it arises at Pizzey Park.
Patrons bring personal effects onto the premises at their own risk. The Burleigh Bears will not be responsible for any damage to or loss or theft of a customer’s personal property. Under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 (Qld) smoking is prohibited in all areas of Pizzey Park and its precincts except for the designated areas. Patrons who smoke in non designated areas at Pizzey Park:
(a) commit an offence against the Act, to which fines apply; and
(b) may be immediately evicted from Pizzey Park.