Written by Kevin Braysher
SINCE making his Intrust Super Cup debut on the wing for the I Love Coffee Burleigh Bears, Jared Te’o has described his time in the top squad as humbling and exciting.
Jared got started in rugby league playing juniors in Logan before moving to the Runway Bay Seagulls in under 14s.
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In under 17s he won the local premiership alongside future Burleigh teammates Mitch Ardler and Brad Smith before being picked up by the Titans NYC squad. After two years at the Titans he joined the Bears in 2014.
Jared had to wait a long time before making his Cup debut in round 20 against Wynnum Manly, but said it was worth the wait.
“It was a long time coming for me,” he said.
“I was really anxious and keen to play this year but I didn’t think I was going to get a run with all the high profile players coming back from the Titans.
“But I got the call from Jimmy (Lenihan – coach) which was a surprise and I really enjoyed my debut game.”
Jared impressed enough in his debut to earn a recall for Burleigh’s big trip to PNG a week later.
Experiencing PNG and the local culture was an awesome experience that Jared said he will remember for a long time, but he will also remember the game for being thrown in at lock.
“I’d never played in the forwards except for maybe once when I was a fat little chubby kid, but that’s about it,” Jared said.
“Jimmy thought I went well and I just tried to go out there and bring some energy on with me which is what the boys needed from me.”
Jared said he is enjoying the humbling experience of travelling with and being a part of the Intrust Super Cup side and he is grateful to be there again this week when the Bears take on Redcliffe in Longreach.
The Country Round clash will be an interesting battle between two teams desperate for a win.
“All Jimmy wants from me is attitude and energy and I think that’s what he wants from all of us,” Te’o said.
“Everyone has a job to do with respect to that and hopefully if we can do that we’ll bring a win back with us.”
The Bears clash with Redcliffe Dolphins kicks off at 3:30pm this Saturday afternoon at the Longreach Showgrounds.
Also this weekend the Burleigh Colts have the chance to wrap up the minor premiership when they travel to Dolphin Oval on Sunday while at Pizzey Park the Bycroft Cup Club Championship and A Grade minor premiership are on the line when the Bears host the Southport Tigers.
Burleigh Bears: 1. Henare Wells 2. Khan Ahwang 3. Jamie Anderson 4. Steve Michaels 5. Jared Te’o 6. Matt Beddow 7. Tyler Chadburn 8. Chris Kitching 9. Dimitri Pelo 10. Matt Bell 11. James Dunley 12. Louis Fanene 13. Darren Griffiths (c) 14. Sam Meskell 15. Dane Clarke 16. Francis Veukiso 17. Shaun Maloney
Coach: Jim Lenihan