Burleigh Bears U20’s and their Grand Final battle against the 2018 Premiers Currumbin

The Burleigh Bears will take on minor premiers the Currumbin Eagles in the Under 20s grand final this Saturday at Pizzey Park. 

Kicking off at 12pm, the Under 20s grand final will be the first of three local finals to be contested on the day, with the Bears A Grade side taking on Southport at 4pm. 

The Bears beat Currumbin 20-14 in the second week of the finals, a victory that earned them a weekend off and direct passage to the grand final. 

It was somewhat of an upset win for Burleigh, as the Eagles finished the year ten-points clear at the top of the ladder to be crowned runaway minor premiers. 

Burleigh had also lost the two previous encounters between the teams; 52-28 in Round 7 and 44-26 in Round 15. 

However, it was the young Bears who produced the goods in the qualifying final, perhaps giving them an important mental edge coming into the decider. 

Also working in their favour is the fact that the Eagles were forced to contest a very close preliminary final last weekend where they edged out Runaway Bay 20-16. 

Currumbin will be attempting to claim back-to-back titles after winning last year’s grand final 34-20 over Southport. 

Rugby League Gold Coast grand final day – Saturday September 21 at Pizzey Park 

A Grade; Burleigh Bears v Southport Tigers, 4pm 

Reserve grade; Tugun Seahawks v Mudgeeraba Redbacks, 2pm 

Under 20s; Burleigh Bears v Currumbin Eagles, 12pm

The Hastings Deering Colts Bears and their Fight of the Season !

Burleigh Bears will fight to keep their season alive when they host Norths Devils in the Hastings Deering Colts elimination final this Saturday afternoon. 

The Bears went down 24-19 to Wynnum Manly last weekend in a gripping semi-final but thanks to their second-place finish get a second chance this weekend. 

They face the Devils, who finished the season in sixth place and eliminated Easts Tigers with a 40-20 win last weekend. 

Burleigh will need to bounce back from last week’s disappointment, where they were run down after leading 19-12 at halftime. 

In front of a large and vocal crowd at Kougari Oval, the Bears fought until the very end with Lochlan Turnbull crossing the line twice in the final five minutes, only for the try to be disallowed on both occasions. 

This week the Bears will get the advantage of a home final and coach Jamie Mahon has named an unchanged side to run onto Pizzey Park 4pm Saturday. 

A Burleigh win would see them advance to the preliminary final where they would meet the Sunshine Coast Falcons. 

The Colts are the only senior team taking the field this week, as the Bears A Grade and Under 20s both earned a bye when they advanced to the Rugby League Gold Coast grand final last week, while the Intrust Super Cup side also has the week off as they await their home preliminary final. 

Hastings Deering Colts finals week 2 – Saturday September 14 at Pizzey Park 

Burleigh Bears v Norths Devils, 4pm 

1 Jayden Campbell (c) 2 Trey Peni 3 Allan Lockwood 4 Taine Tuaupiki 5 Braden Amundsen 6 Shallin Fuller 7 Cameron Brown 8 Tristan Powell 9 Lochlan Turnbull 10 Andrew Scougall 11 Thomas Berkers 12 Lane Ticehurst 13 Lochlyn Sheldon 14 Zachary McCormack 15 Eli Morgan 16 Larryon Tevita 17 Daniel Shannon 

Coach: Jamie Mahon

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears took a Bite out of the Seagulls in their Semi Final Battle !

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears have won a classic Intrust Super Cup semi-final, 34-32 over the Wynnum Manly Seagulls at BMD Kougari Oval. 

In front of a packed house on a perfect Sunday afternoon, the Bears raced to a 22-6 lead and were forced to hold off the Seagulls who came back hard in the second half. 

The Bears will now advance to a home preliminary final in two weeks, while Wynnum Manly will host an elimination blockbuster against Redcliffe next week. 

Bears coach Jimmy Lenihan was extremely proud post game and praised his side’s ball control throughout a high-scoring game. 

“It was one of those games where if you held the ball for big patches it was always going to be hard to hold out the other side,” he said. 

“We still completed nine from nine in that second half, there were just big chunks of possession going against us. It was a high-scoring game, which is unusual for a final, so for us to hold on and defend our way through that was pleasing. 

“For big parts of the year you play to hopefully stick to a process, but this time of year it’s all about a win or a loss and however we win or lose is the most important part now. 

“We’ll have a week off and then have another tough game and then hopefully one more tough game after that, so there is still a long way to go.” 

Will Evans, playing his second Intrust Super Cup game, opened the scoring after some excellent lead up from Sami Sauiluma. 

In the 11th minute the Bears extended their lead to 10-0 when Dylan Phythian ran the ball on the last tackle. He created some space for Kurtis Rowe who offloaded to Sauiluma to score the afternoon’s second try. 

Wynnum hit back in the 16th minute, after Edene Gebbie took advantage of some broken play on the right side of the field, slicing through to score. 

The home side were on the attack again four minutes later, but Anthony Don swooped in for an intercept and ran 90 metres to score for the Bears. 

The Bears were riding a wave of early momentum and a try for Pat Politoni out of dummy half gave them a handy 16-point lead, before the Seagulls scored an important try right on halftime. 

Mitch Cronin produced some lovely sleight of hand out of dummy half and put Max Elliot over, cutting the margin to just ten points at halftime. 

The Seagulls came out fired up in the second half allowing plenty of room for Sam Scarlett to start taking control of the contest. 

A Jayden Berrell try in the 45th minute was followed up by a try for Pat Templemen, bringing the scores level at 22-22 with 30 minutes left to play. 

Burleigh were back in the lead in the 56th minute, when Josh Rogers put Matt Robinson through a hole then backed up to score under the posts. 

Gebbie, who was electric throughout the contest, got early ball in the 62nd minute and stood up the Burleigh defence as he crossed for his second try to bring Wynnum within two points. 

The crucial play came in the 69th minute, when Jamal Fogarty went to the line on the last tackle. 

He turned the ball inside for a charging Api Noema-Matenga who powered his way to the try line giving Burleigh an 8-point lead. 

Scarlett would set up a try for Kalolo Saitaua in the 79th minute, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Bears secured a two-point win and a home preliminary final. 

Without the likes of Troy Leo, Jack Buchanan, Jacob Hind and Jeff Lynch, the Bears were forced to call on their depth and coach Lenihan said he was proud of the club’s depth and their ability to cover major injuries. 

He praised the efforts of Fogarty, Robinson, Sauiluma, Politoni, Luke Page and Oliver Percy and said that he has the confidence that any player that pulls on an Intrust Super Cup jersey for the Bears is ready to do the required job. 

“I’m very proud of the whole Burleigh club from our locals right through to the major comps,” he said. 

“It’s part of our DNA now that we work really hard on our effort and work really hard on our defence and then everyone knows their job. If you come in, it’s almost like an interchangeable part. Nearly anyone from any grade can come in and we’re able to do that part of the job really well. 

Earlier in the day Wynnum defeated Burleigh in a gripping Hastings Deering Colts final, 24-19.

Weekly Game Results

Congratulations to Burleigh U20 and A Grade who have qualified for the GCRL Grand Final after wins in today’s Major Semi Final. 
A Grade Burleigh 26 def Currumbin 12
U20 Burleigh 20 def Currumbin 14

In todays Intrust Super Cup Qualifying Final at Wynnum the Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears 34 def Wynnum Manly 32. Burleigh advance to the preliminary final in 2 weeks. 

In the HDC Wynnum 24 def Burleigh 19. Burleigh will play Norths next Saturday 14 Sept at 4pm at Pizzey Park in an elimination final. 

In yesterday’s Reserve Grade elimination semi final Mudgeeraba defeated Burleigh 48-22.

A Grade Bears and their Direct Grand Final Decider

Pizzey Park will host the Rugby League Gold Coast qualifying finals this Sunday with A Grade facing Currumbin for a place in the grand final. 

It will be the first outing for the Bears since August 18, after a bye in the last week of the regular season and another week off thanks to finishing as minor premiers. 

The Bears enjoyed an incredible regular season, dropping just one game and finishing 11-points clear at the top of the competition ladder with a for-and-against of +364. 

They’ll deservedly start favourites on Sunday but face a formidable challenge in the form of a confident Currumbin Eagles. 

Led by former NRL star Dan Mortimer, the Eagles impressed in their 34-16 semi-final win over Southport and have pushed the Bears to the limit on multiple occasions this season. 

A win would see the Bears earn another week off and advance directly to the Rugby League Gold Coast grand final, while a loss would see them host a preliminary final against either Southport or Tugun next weekend. 

Rugby League Gold Coast finals week 2 

A Grade – Burleigh Bears v Currumbin Eagles, Sunday September 8 at Pizzey Park, 2pm (grand final qualifier) 

Reserve grade – Burleigh Bears v Mudgeeraba Redbacks, Saturday September 7 at Owen park, 12.30pm (elimination final) 

Under 20s –Burleigh Bears v Currumbin Eagles, Sunday September 8 at Pizzey Park, 11am