Bears ready for top of the table clash

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The Burleigh Bears have been dominating their opposition this season – seemingly scoring points at will and on four occasions have posted 50 or more points in a match.

Coach Darryl Fisher said the club has been very fortunate with the talent of players coming through the ranks who were close to getting a shot at the big league.  

“The leaders of the squad have been great; our captain Jack Cook and our halves Sam Grant and Deacon Fletcher,” Fisher said.  

“Everyone has improved, especially Maia Sands and Tiki Harawira (prop) who have forced their way into the squad and are doing some great things on the field.”

This week the Bears will travel to Wynnum Manly’s home base for an eagerly anticipated top-of-the-table clash against the second-placed Seagulls.

Fisher said his charges were ready for the task ahead; taking on a fellow undefeated team.

“We are looking forward to the challenge and the expectation that an undefeated team will be strong,” he said.

“The team’s attitude is that this is going to be a big test and we are very excited for the game.”

Similarly dominate last year, the Bears fell at the final hurdle, but Fisher said his team were not allowing the grand final loss of last year affect them too much.

However, some players were using the result as motivation to go one better and to attempt to rectify the situation this season.

“There are a lot of new players in the squad but there are ones from last year and it has been driving them this year,” Fisher said.

“If there is an opportunity, they will try and rectify last years loss as it is pretty important to the players.”

With all teams having the bye last week, Round 9 begins with a Friday night match between the Norths Devils and the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

Saturday will see Ipswich host Tweed Heads while the final games on Sunday will be Souths Logan Magpies at home to the Easts Tigers and Toowoomba Clydesdales hosting the Redcliffe Dolphins.