The future of the Burleigh Bears looks bright as a large number of junior players have been rewarded with representative selection this season.


Eight junior Bears represented Queensland and two represented Australia over the course of the season and many of those players were recognised before kickoff of the recent Bears/Redcliffe ISC game at Pizzey Park.


Im exceptionally proud of the efforts of all players and all of our coaching staff and the programs that we have in place that prospers the development of the kids, Burleigh Juniors President Alan Wyper said.


Its a great honour really to see that many boys coming through and representing at the highest level.


Junior coaching director and Intrust Super Cup assistant Mark Kocass echoed Wypers thoughts.


Its very important for players and their development, Kocass said.


It allows them to expand their knowledge of the game and experience better opposition and play some better football. They are good environments to help them learn their trade.


Among the junior rep players are people like Sam Swift, Nathan Prostrama and Jai Arrow who have come through the system since under 7s.


Seeing players coming through the juniors enjoying their football and developing the best skills they can is a big part of what the junior club strives for.


To see players make the journey from under 7s through to 17s, pick up representative honours along the way and progress into senior rugby league is rewarding for the club and a testament to the players themselves.


For Alan Wyper the future of the juniors coming through the Burleigh system comes down to the quality of the environment the club can create around its players.


Weve always worked hard here at making sure our coaches are continually up-skilled, Wyper said.


Our basic philosophy is good coaches produce good players, and thats the thing weve always worked the hardest at.


To make sure we get the right people into the right spots for the kids so that theyre achieving and getting good coaching.


At the end of the day thats what it comes down to. Thats where they learn and develop their skills; through the coaches.


There were also a number of senior players who made representative teams this year highlighted by World Cup Winning Jillaroos Tahnee Norris and Karina Brown.


Seb Davies from the A Grade side played for the Queensland Rangers and Intrust Super Cup back rower Tyron Haynes was selected in the Queensland Residents team.


Everyone was ecstatic for him and if anybody deserves it, it would be Tyron, Kocass said of Tyrons selection.


He puts his body on the line week-in, week-out. Hes a very important part of the team. I think anybody who plays with him knows the important role that he plays in the team and anybody who has coached him would know how valuable he is to the team.


2013 Burleigh Bears Representative Players


Jillaroos


Tahnee Norris

Karina Brown


Queensland Residents


Tyron Haynes


Queensland Rangers


Seb Davies

Jamie Anderson


Queensland U18


Shaun Hudson

Jai Arrow (Burleigh junior 2012 now a Bronco)


Queensland Maroons


Josh Berkers


Queensland/Australian Schoolboys


Jenan Wedderburn- Parish


Queensland Schoolboys


Sam Swift


Queensland U16


Keaune Dawson

Nathan Prostrama


Queensland U15 Schoolboys


Steve Dresler

Apiata Noema


U15 Australia Merit Team


Sean Garner