The UNSW/ES Bulldogs pride ourselves on providing clear talent pathways for our up and coming players, and this year the number of individuals playing representative or elite level football continues to swell.
After a fantastic 2017 season, we had two players James Bell and Jack Buckley drafted as rookies to the Swans and Giants respectively, with Jared Deep and Max Lower also picked up by the North Adelaide Roosters in the SANFL competition. Our women also impressed, with Rebecca Beeson, Maddy Collier and Phoebe Monahan all selected to play in the women’s VFLW for Hawthorn, Essendon and Richmond respectively.
At a local level, we’ve had a plethora of Bulldogs selected in the NEAFL competition, with Isaac Bartholomaues, Max Ries, Sam Thorne, Nick Blackey, Zac Camerson, Darcy Cordell, Cooper Kilpatrick, Lachie Swaney and Joey Reinhard seen in the Swans line up already this year. Not to be outdone, we’ve also had Tom Banuelos and Tom Dickson pulling on the Giants guernsey, and Ned Reinhard and Jake Bartholomaues playing for SUANFC.
In the inaugural GWS Giants AFLW Winter Series, we’ve enjoyed the highest participation from any Sydney AFL club, with Sandra Janjetovic, Meagan Kiely, Phoebe Monahan, Jacinda Barclay, Rebecca Privitelli, Jasmine Smith, Ingrid Nielsen, Alison Parkin and Roxy McGee all selected in the training squad.
Moving now to our young guns, we’re blessed with some incredible talent who are representing the red, white and blue in Swans’ Academy Series and National Championships. Congratulations to Joey Reinhard and Nick Blakey who have both featured for the Allies at the U18s National Championships, along with Errol Gulden, Hamish Dunstan, Marco Rossmann, Lachlan Swaney, Max D’agostino, Sam Gaden and Max Geddes who are currently competing for the NSW/ACT Rams on the Gold Coast. Senna Gulden is also representing the club at the U18 National Championships, with our 2017 Rising Star selected for the Eastern Allies.
Congratulations to all of the players who continue to represent our club with pride and passion, and to all of their coaches, managers and parents who invest so much of their time and effort towards achieving these results.