Last Saturday we celebrated the 140th Birthday of our club at Henson oval with 4 teams taking on Sydney Uni to mark the special occasion. The East Sydney Football Club was established in Paddington in 1880, with the first organised AFL match in NSW played between East Sydney and Sydney, prior to the merger with the University of New South Wales in 1999. As East Sydney, we won the first premiership under the NSW Australian Football Association in 1903, followed by seven back-to-back premierships between 1953-1959, five between 1980-1984, our former-UNSW Stingrays women’s team with three between 2016-2018, and now our UNSW-ES U19s Division 1 and Men’s Premier Division teams chasing the three-peat in 2020.
By combining our regular round celebrations we were able to celebrate all our club’s achievements, inclusivity and dedication of all our past and present Bulldogs in one fantastic day. We would like to thank all our supporters for coming down and cheering on our teams as well as abiding by all COVID regulations in place on the day. Thanks to Greg, Earl, Andrew and Jenny who ran the canteen and everyone who helped out in the merch tent.
Our Prems Reserves, 19s and Div 1 men’s all came home with great wins against Sydney uni and Nor-West. Nick McGann went down in the third quater of Prems Reserves game and was all smiles and waves as he got stretched off the field to head to the hopstial. Special thanks to all the physios for their speedy response, ambos and all the boys that helped carry Nick off the field. Nick was cleard of serious injuries and is resting up, we’re hoping for a speedy recovery!
Score: Lost 15 – 58
Round 6 saw the doggies take on the Sydney Uni girls. Was a physical start to the game with the mid fielders under pressure from the get-go! The windy conditions made it tricky and the ball was difficult to control. We had lots of opportunities in our forward half but first quarter score was 21-1 against the doggies.
Second quarter was just as tough with Sydney Uni getting on top around the contest pumping the ball forward many times. Luckily our backs were up to the task holding them to 1 major for the quarter. Condition proving difficult for both teams.
After a positive chat at half time the doggies came out fighting in the second half but still we struggled to kick any major scores with the wind causing havoc with the ball! Very tough quarter for the doggies with Syd Uni scoring another 2 goals in the third term.
With nothing to lose in the last quarter the girls came together in true doggy fashion. Our mid fielders getting on top and sent the ball forward multiple times with the wind. Our forwards relished their opportunities any with a bit of luck we could have scored 5 goals in the final term. In the end we outplayed Syd Uni in the last quarter!
The most pleasing thing for Bron and I was that the girls never gave up and fought the game out until the end! Bring on Round 7…
Awards: T. Bool, S. Janjetovic, S. Koh, J. Jarrett, A. Pellen, Z. Devlin
Score: Lost 25 – 57
Awards: M. Turner, R. Alexander, A. Nash, D. Gross, J. Hansen, J. Poole
Score: Won 85 – 39
It’s been a tough few weeks for the Division 1 team, with a strong response needed against the bottom of the ladder Nor-West Jets, who had already proved a difficult challenge earlier in the year.
It was the team’s first clash on the new spiritual home of the Dogs, Dave Phillips South, and on a very windy day, scoring was going to be tough.
The Bulldogs started well, with the game being played predominantly in their forward half. The gusty breeze was playing havoc, however, and the Dogs weren’t taking advantage of their chances. Six scoring shots to three at quarter time should have been a lead, but it was the Jets who went into the first break with a slender two point lead, making the most of their limited forward entries.
The Bulldogs dominance across the midfield and half back continued, and while the Dogs were again wasteful in front of goal, they kept the Jets scoreless for the second term, while adding three goals of their own. Lethal Leigh Lavery was proving too strong for his defender, and with Troy Luff and the return of Tom Williamson (albeit for just three quarters), the Jets defenders were at sea. The Dogs took a 21 point lead into half time and never looked back.
The end result was a strong 46 point win for the Bulldogs and while it should have been expected, there were some genuine positives out of the game. Hamish Smith was strong in the middle of the ground for his first game in Div 1, while Jack Bridges provided some great link up play to the more experiences forwards and netted two goals for himself. Lavery and Williamson hauled in three goals apiece, but each could have had plenty more had they kicked straight.
Tim O’Donnell was clearly best on ground for the Bulldogs, surely causing a few raised eyebrows with his absence prior to this week, and Nathan Weldon-Bowen was huge in his return from injury, and Finn Mergler made the most of his return from “coaching”. Josh Lindsay and Matt Allen player significant roles in the backline to keep the Jets quiet.
The Dogs face Campbelltown away this week, and will hope they can develop some momentum as they roll into the final home and swag rounds of the year.
Awards: T. O”Donnell, N. Weldon-Bowen, F. Mergler, L. Lavery, T. Williamson, J. Lindsay
Score: Won 47 – 38
Awards: A. Backlund, K. Reynolds-Erler, O. Peter, I. Olsen, M. Harmanis, A. Foote
Score: Lost 45 – 54
Great response from our team, we improved in all areas that we lacked when losing to North Shore, Joe Reinhard and Tom Banuelos showed they are just about back to their best while the usual culprits of Cordell and Adam Gulden kept up their good form. We starved Syd Uni of opportunity’s to score in the 2 and 3rd quarters but ultimately it was a case of not hitting the scoreboard in the 1st and a lapse from the mids for 5 mins in the last that allowed Syd Uni to steal the win from us. Promising signs from the young squad and it’s making the group more hungry to improve to get the job done next time.
Awards: D. Cordell, J. Reinhard, T. Banuelos, J. Deep, E. Gulden, T. Baxter
Score: Won 52 – 40
That was pretty special. We had a few boys push up to help out the Reserves and Dyso came back to be a part of our group. The wind was heavily favouring one end and Uni were absolutely ready for the contest.
Uni got the quick break early and we had a case of the fumbles, that didn’t last long. Big games bring out the best in Good players and our Caotain Harry Whittaker showed why he draws attention each week with a devastating display of speed, agility, attack and skill. Silk Middleton was his usual self getting plenty of quality ball ably assisted by Hammer and Dyso.
The Tit lead our back 7 superbly and nothing got past them. Mitch snagged another 4 with Jordie pleasing all but his father with some clever play. We talked about pressure being our trademark and it certainly was as we at worst halved each contest. Every player is finding shining moments that are starting to all come together as we learn more about this team.
I have to mention the Maxes , Whillas was sensational setting a standard for all to follow with his attack on the ball and Milligan showed how tough he can be, putting his head over it countless times.
A great win as we build our game both on and off the field.
Awards: H. Whitaker, B. Middleton, H. Dunstan, M. Titsha, H. Dyson, J. Endemann