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A powerful second half has seen the Burleigh Bears upset the Souths Logan Magpies 42-12 at Brandon Park on Saturday night. Only two points separated the sides at halftime, but the Bears played some sparkling attacking rugby league in the second half to run up their biggest win of the season. It was the perfect way for the Bears to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Central Queensland last weekend.
“We’ve come out in the second half and we’ve completed 19 from 20 sets, played a perfect half of football and we’ve put on 40 points. I couldn’t be more pleased,” Bears coach Carl Briggs said.
“We’ve gone out there and executed a game plan and done it for 80 minutes. There have been question marks over whether we can play for 80 minutes, but we’ve proven tonight that we can. We are going to enjoy this win; believe me we’re going to enjoy it. We’ve had a rollercoaster of a week and I’m so pleased for the boys.”
Burleigh led 10-8 at the break but the floodgates opened in the second half as the Bears poured on 32 points.
The forward pack did an impressive job through the middle and halfback Jacob Grant was steering the ship with precision. Right centre Jamie “Bubbles” Anderson, who was selected to represent the Queensland Rangers a couple of weeks ago, had his best game since debuting in the Intrust Super Cup a few weeks back. Anderson picked up two tries, had a hand in a couple of others and caused headaches all night in an outstanding display.
“That is what Bubbles does every week in A-Grade and that’s why he got the promotion,” Briggs said.
“It’s taken him a couple of games like it would anybody to get used to this level but we had a chat about some areas of his game this week and he has responded. What Bubbles has got is electric pace off the mark and it frightens defenders. We saw plenty of that tonight.”
Backrower Tyron Haynes and winger Steve Michaels picked up doubles while Dan Kerr and Tyler Chadburn also picked up tries.
Souths-Logan coach Mark Beaumont was understandably disappointed with his side’s second half performance after being well and truly in it at halftime.
“Can’t really explain it at the moment,” he said.
“(Burleigh) were pretty good with the footy in the second half and we just couldn’t go with them. It’s disappointing. We were poor though the middle in the second half and gave up too much ground. Hopefully that’s just a one-off and something we can fix in a week before taking on Norths next weekend.”
The Magpies donned the pink socks in this game as it was their annual fundraising day for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
BURLEIGH BEARS 42 (Jamie Anderson 2, Steve Michaels 2, Tyron Haynes 2, Dan Kerr, Tyler Chadburn tries; Jordan Rankin 5 goals) def. SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 12 (David Faamita 2, Andrew Edwards tries) at Brandon Park, Acacia Ridge.
A significantly higher crowd than expected of about 130 people were in attendance for the first Supporters Club evening. Following a very delicious smorgasbord meal, club supporters were entertained by interviews with a number of people involved with the club at all levels plus guest speaker, Broncos winger Jharal Yow Yeh.
Kicking things off was captain of Souths Logan women’s team and Queensland captain, Karyn Murphy, discussing the premiership season and preparations for the Australian team’s tour of England for this year’s World Cup. Our Intrust Super Cup team captain, Phil Dennis, discussed the team’s prospects for the remainder of the season and his feelings on the standard of play in the competition. Coach Mark Beaumount talked about what has changed in the team that has propelled the team from wooden spooners last year into the top five this year as we look to secure a semi-final spot over the coming months.
The main guest speaker was Broncos winger Jharal Yow Yeh who shared with us his remarkable rise from junior football to the elite level of NRL and Test and Origin representation as well as sharing with us some of his courageous story to fight back from the injury that has kept him from playing over the past 12 months. At Souths, we all wish him a full recovery and return to the heights of NRL and representative football and thank him for sharing his story with us on this great occasion.
Another great day on the course was shared by sponsors, members, former players and guests at the beautifully presented River Lakes Golf course in the heart of Logan. The weather was a beautiful 24 degrees and our hosts at the course made it a day to remember.
Our winners on the day were the team from one of the Club’s major sponsors, D and K Plumbing. Not sure how they scored on the day with their total, looks like they only counted every second shot! Well done boys, we can’t say you cheated, we have no proof!!!
Big Anthony from Tiler made struggled with his round after having his photo taken with the lovely Sarah, who did a great job, sold heaps of raffles and is a very lovely pleasant young lady. We have asked her to help us host the Origin Lunch in July, so please book early because everybody who joined us for the Golf Day will certainly buy a ticket.