The Burleigh Bears have broken their 12-year drought to win the Queensland Cup, finishing on top of the Redcliffe Dolphins 26 to 16 on Sunday afternoon.
A crowd of nearly seven thousand filled Suncorp Stadium for the nail biter of a final – the first the Bears have qualified for in 11 years.
The club has come a long way since a difficult 2015, and complete playing roster clear-out by coach Jim Lenihan at the beginning of the season.
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A notable performance from Manly-bound Cameron Cullen helped the Bears get over the line, and set up a Super State Championship clash with the Illawarra Cutters on Sunday.
Burleigh kicked-off with a 10-point lead over the Dolphins, which was closely contested by a try from Redcliffe’s Darren Nicholls, 16 minutes into the second half.
It was an arm wrestle for the following 10 minutes as the Dolphins attempted to break through Burleigh’s defence, with a 70th minute try from Cullen sealing the deal for the Bears.
The boys from Burleigh were joined after the game by more than 200 people at the leagues club in Miami, to help celebrate the win.
No rest for the wicked though, as the Bears have a rigorous week of training ahead of them to prepare for the Cutters at the NRL Grand Final curtain-raiser next week.