The UNSW/ES Bulldogs co-captains are keeping an eye on the future despite a season opening win.
After their preparation was crippled by rain, the Bulldogs came away with a two point victory over last year’s premiers, the East Coast Eagles, at Kanebridge Oval in Sydney’s West.
However, despite congratulating the team on their efforts, Bulldogs co-captain Jack McAnespie, urged his team to set this match as the standard for the season ahead.
“We came out first up and absolutely blew them off the park in that first quarter and then they got back into it,” McAnespie said, “It was good we could hold on; they’re a quality team.”
“Round one we wanted to come out here and make a statement, but that’s a standard now and we got to back that up every week now.”
Co-captain, Jeremy Daniher agreed with his partner and said that after last year’s season, every match was an important one for the Bulldogs to prove their strength.
“We only won three games last year,” Daniher said, “Given our form [in 2016], I think we would be happy to beat everyone along the way”.
Both captains are confident the young team can reach the finals if they stick to their game plan and the new recruits continue to impress.
Daniher singled out St George, Sydney Uni, North Shore, UTS and Pennant Hills as the teams that will be the hardest to beat this season, but claimed “what we really need to do is knock off the teams that we should be beating, like the West’s and Manly and that should push us into the finals”.
Daniher and McAnespie also lauded their “bloody good” new recruits for their efforts in the game.
“The big ones today were those two guys in the forward line, Sammy Wilson and Ned Reinhard, they were unbelievable,” McAnespie said.
“Harry Palmer in the back line and Lockie in the back line as well were just fantastic. They’re new guys and they’ve never played with this group before and for them to come out and play the way they played was unreal.”
Lucas Baird, UNSW/ES Bulldogs Reporter