Our first home round came with some historic moments for the Bulldogs. Our division 3 men’s team was the first team to run out on Dave Phillips Oval and secured the first win ever on the pitch. T-Rex also had his 100th game on this historic occasion. Our Women’s Prems team was the first senior team to take the field with Eddy Ross (check) scoring the first goal and the girls securing the win. While our 19s, Prems and Prems reserves excelled at Henson all securing another win. Dunks was all smiles after this weekend, pleased with the performances at Henson and Dave Phillips. Doggies well and truly turned it on this weekend for the first home games of the year.
Score: Won 54 – 30
Round 3 – saw the Doggies play their first home game at our new home ground Dave Phillips aka “The Kennel”
After a good week on the track the girls came out firing in a physical first quarter. Our girls were ready for whatever Pennant Hills threw at us. Our midfield were on top from the word go delivering the ball to our forwards multiple times. Another record was set in the first quarter with our new full forward 2E kicking the first ever goal in a women’s game at Dave Phillips. Doggies leading at quarter time 8-1
The second quarter began in with the Doggies quick to score again. Our backs were very solid with the one and only “Jet” back for the Doggies after completing her training to be a sniper! Glad she’s on our team… Our mids continued to dominate with our forwards loving how much the footy was inside 50. Halftime saw the doggies extend their lead 26-3. A very solid first half performance.
We knew that in the “premiership quarter” Pennant Hills would throw everything at us but we were ready for them and matched their intensity. Our backs were impenetrable! The midfield were challenged but they dug deep and kept pumping the ball into the forward line. There were some awesome goals kicked already but none better than our home grown superstar Jade Jarrett who effortlessly marked, dodged and weaved her way through the Pennant Hills defence to kick truely. Maybe a candidate for goal of the year! Three quarter time we held our lead 46-22.
Starting the final quarter the Doggies could smell victory and knew that something special was about to go down at the Kennel! The girls were never gonna let this one slip and continued to work together as a team, ensuring that we got the win! There were lots of smiles maybe even tears? with a real sense of relief as the siren sounded to end the game. Final score 54-30 to the Doggies
A fantastic win for the group after a long pre-season and frustrating covid break! Awesome result and just reward for their commitment, teamwork and effort. Well done team. Woof woof!
Awards: R. Scheffer, H. Harrison, M. Kohlrusch, T. Bool, S. Gulden, S. Janjetovic
Score: Won 94 – 6
He early start had our boys facing a moist deck. We had plenty of the footy with BOG Whitts and the King of Bling Oscar running amok through the middle of the ground. Up forward Mitch was leading superbly and we headed out to a strong lead despite the wet pill.
All of the forwards made use of our dominant midfield including a running snap from Sav (as in Savignon) Blanc who showed electric pace across half forward.
Silk Middelton was again writing his own script leading our back six to an almost unblemished copy book. In-Zane showed what he is capable of by not losing a contest ably supported by Spike Milligan (look him up).
The ruck trio of Harapin, Backland and Koford worked hard to keep possession around the ground and literally put their bodies on the line.
Most pleasing was the 4 quarter pressure we put on, it was relentless and one of our trademarks going forward.
Awards: H. Whitaker, Z. Zschech, A. Backlund, O. Peter, M. Sciberras, B. Middleton
Score: Won 91-43
Sunshine, morning dew and the first UNSW-ES team to get a crack on the newly minted Dave Phillips South Oval. A huge day for the club as on top of the chance to break-in the new surface, the dogs went out to celebrate the club’s newest centenarian T-Rex who racked up his 100th game on the paddock.
The dogs started a little slowly this week. Slippery conditions in a congested contest after a relatively easy game the previous week can do for the best players but coupling it with a move from the largest ground in the league to the smallest ground in the league makes it tough going. The defensive crew were under the pump early leaving the lads reeling a few times but strong performances from the Grub, Zinn and Gross kept the demons at bay.
Coming into half time down by a snag, the dogs needed a few tweaks. A few pointers to get them back in the right direction and the lads came straight out and grabbed the scruff. 10 goals to 1 in the 2nd half lead by the Irish surprise Neal Rossiter (bagged 5). Midfield enforcer DJ dobbed a pair supported superbly by Fearless and Maxy Turner.
Huge thanks to Ants umpiring off the back of night shift. Chas running, Newy and Paul Young on the board. Sam Wright and Paul Grafan rolling back the clock on the timekeeper duties. Big thanks to Dan Gross’ dad between the sticks as well.
. Awards: N. Rossiter, T. Reynolds, D. Johnson, R. Alexander, T. Roberts, M. Turner
Score: Lost 33 – 58
The Division One Bulldogs knew they were facing their biggest challenge so far in 2020 when they came up against last year’s Premiers Pennant Hills, and they weren’t wrong.
Back on the wide expanses of Henson Park, the Demons showed their muscle early, proving too strong in the middle of the ground for the Bulldogs, utilising a run & spread game that had the dogs on the back-foot for a majority of the afternoon.
An early break of three goals at the first change was all it took, with the margin remaining thereabouts for the rest of the afternoon. The Bulldogs team should take some promise from the way they settled and matched Pennant Hills on the scoreboard for the remaining three quarters, with four goals apiece. The Dogs defence stood up under high pressure, and the midfield settled to compete against what will undoubtedly be one of the strongest ruck and midfield combinations in the competition.
It was exciting to welcome Bulldogs legend Leigh Lavery back in to the red, white & blue – his return netted him two goals, and a forward line of Lavery & Luff will have opposition defences quivering going forward. Lachie Dowding continued his good form across half forward with pressure acts again being a defining factor of his game, and Jethro Fox and Matt Pettit were strong in the middle of the ground.
The job doesn’t get any easier for the Dogs as they face what will certainly be a strong Sydney Uni outfit this Saturday. The team will need to regroup after a stinging defeat, but will take a lot of important learnings from the benchmark of the competition going forward
Awards: L. Dowding, J. Fox, M. Pettit, S. Burke, T. Luff, N. Shapiro
Score: Won 84 – 29
Another strong win by the prems reserves boys, a tough match against last years grand finalists. The boys started well kicking 4 goals to 0 in the first quarter, we then went on with the job to record a 9 goal win, Kaia Reynolds continued his strong start to the season as well as jack hill and Zac Cameron locking down in the back line
Awards: J. Hill, Z. Cameron, T. Baxter, J. Eddy, K. Reynolds-Erler, B. Foote
Score: Won 77 – 50
The biggest test of the year coming up against a well-drilled pennant hills. It was a noticeable difference in intensity with both sides bringing the pressure. We had several guys stand up to the pressure most notably the Gulden brothers, while others will be better for the hit out as we prepare or selves for back to back finals sides in rounds 5&6. Lots of learning and improvement to come from the game and we got the points. Great start to 2020.
Awards: E. Gulden, A. Gulden, S. Gaden, J. Willis, D. Cordell, S. Thorne