The stormy skies and rain couldn’t stop the doggies dominating round 2. With 5/6 teams walking away with a win this weekend the doggies are looking like strong contenders early in the season. While our Women’s team walked away with a loss they showed great courage and fought to the end in true bulldog style. Highlights from this weekend include our U19s taking on their first game of the season, our prems reserves winning by 118 points and our div 3 team taking their first win of the year. For round 3 the doggies will have the home team advantage with the Div 3 and womens teams playing on our new home ground Dave Phillips Oval and our other mens teams at Henson.
Score: Lost 0 – 71
Round 2 saw us take on the East coast eagles out west! As predicted the rain came early which changed our game plan for the first quarter at least! Luckily the rain stopped at quarter-time but the ground was very slippery. From the outset is was a tough physical game with the strong-bodied East coast midfield dominating around the stoppages. This gave them relatively easy ball going into their forward line but our defence held tough and repelled many inside 50s.
At quarter time we were down 21-0. This new group of Doggies knew they were in for a tough game! Second-quarter saw a similar game plan from the eagles with their mids continuing their physical dominance and feeding their leading forwards with lots of ball. Our backs certainly had their work cut out for them but they were up to the task! Our midfield crew were hanging tough and starting to turn the tide winning their fair share of ground balls. Half time we were trailed 38-0.
The third quarter saw the doggies take control of the game and we were unlucky not hold the eagles scoreless! Their only goal coming from a botched interchange rotation. I will cop the blame for this! So the third quarter was a small win for the doggies but the score was still not looking great. At three-quarter time we were down 45-0. As the last quarter commenced the doggies were very sore and were a couple of bodies down but in true doggies fashion we fought out the game to go down 71-0. Not the result anyone wanted but on reflection not all lost! It allowed the coaching staff to learn a lot about the group and what areas we need to work on.
We will re group, remain positive and hit the track during the week in preparation for round 3 at our new home ground Dave Phillips.
Awards: G. Wendelin, S. Koh, N. Moore, M. Kohlrusch, M. Moar, S. Gulden
Score: Won 60 – 59
A team building 1 point victory for our young under 19s side on Saturday. With 19 players to start the game and no bench after half time , the boys dig deep to work for the full 4 quarters. Great maturity is the last quarter saw them nail goals to win. Pressure was the key , with tackles and smothers throughout the day. Another great batch of players coming through for the club . Chitty.
Awards: B. Middleton, E. Hart, K. Kilpatrick, H. Whitaker, M. Sciberras, J. Endemann
Score: Won 133 – 3
Campbelltown were on the backfoot before they even heard a whistle. It was 16 aside footy for the whole day and the boys took full advantage. First ruck, first clearance, first goal.
The big fellas, skipper Joey and Bridge-o will take huge confidence from a big week out combining for 10 goals. Supported by a returned and reinvented Pumpa who reportedly slotted 3 goals 5. The work from the midfield, Hammer, Matty and Maxy along with last weeks BOG Fearless was fantastic all day. Excelling by hand and foot, Jack Edwards was electric moving through defenders with poise and polish.
Defender Dan Gross was stout and when sent forward late looked at home making best use of the opportunity to bag a snag and push his credentials to the front. The Scomo and Steve-o combo through the ruck looked almost unchallenged at times such was the ascendency. Another new face in Mitch Smith looks to be a draft steal and one to watch.
After a cracking day coming away with a big win, the song was a sight with half the team in the middle of the circle but the celebratory beers at the Ole Donny were sweet.
Awards: J. Edwards, J. Hansen, J. Bridges, H. Smith, B. Pumpa, D. Gross
Score: Won 56 – 49
The hour-long journey seemed to have an effect on the Dogs, who looked flat in the opening period. The Jets gained the upper hand through an assertive midfield, as they broke away to an early three goal lead at the first change.
There was something in the water bottles at quarter time, as the Bulldogs came out firing in the second. Some of the football displayed, particularly through the middle of the ground, would make any team in the competition quiver, with quick, clean disposals allowing the Bulldogs easy access to the forward line, and they did the damage on the scoreboard, piling on five unanswered goals and turning the game on its head for a 14-point half time lead.
Someone must’ve swapped the bottles over at half time, because the game swung again in the third. The Jets again started to control the football through the middle of the ground, and entries into the UNSW forward line were few and far between. The Dogs defence stood strong however, and helped in maintaining a 7 point lead at the final change.
The midfield pressure from the Jets continued from the opening bounce of the last term, pitting midfield and backline of the Dogs under immense pressure. The ball would have spent 80% of the time in the Jets forward half and they leveled up the scores midway through the term. Credit has to go to the Bulldog defence, which somehow leaked just one goal for the entire final term, and because of that, the Dogs were able to take advantage of their limited forward opportunities and snuck away with a very hard fought 7 point win.
It wasn’t pretty, and there will be plenty for the team to work on before they face a rampaging Pennant Hills who look to be one of the teams to beat in 2020. Troy Luff was shining light up forward, winding back the enormous clock and kicking five of the Bulldogs 7 goals. Finn Mergler was enormous in the ruck, taking the bulk of the responsibility during the day, and his midfield of Knudsen, Fox & Stritch fought hard all day. Nathan Weldon-Bowen was immense in his first game of the year, hitting every contest in defence, and Lachie Dowding led the way across the ground with his tackling pressure.
Awards: C. Knudsen, N. Weldon-Bowen, F. Mergler, J. Fox, L. Dowding, C. Stritch
Score: Won 132 – 14
Another good win for the reserves, Isaiah Olsen played his first game for the bulldogs and performed well. Lachie Langford kicked 6 in a dominant performance and kaia Reynolds worked all day on the ball, we need to kick straighter if we want to win big games
Awards: K. Reynolds-Erler, L. Langford, F. Rowe, I. Olsen, F. Warren, N. Marsh
Score: Won 129 – 36
The team started very well, bringing great on field pressure and as a result plenty of scoreboard pressure for their effort. It was exciting on a bigger oval to see the running capacity of some of our midfielders like Jared Deep and Errol Gulden unleashed who both had plenty of touches linking up through the midfield. It was great to see the backline hold up under some pressure in the 3rd quarter with Jarrod Wachman and Adam Gulden hurting them on the rebound. as East Coast tried to mount a comeback. Positive signs starting the season with the new group of players leading the charge in 2020
Awards: C. Kilpatrick, E. Gulden, A. Gulden, M. Rawlinson, J. Pawle, J. Deep