First Encounters: Bulldogs v Eels
Monday 22 July 2013 8:15 AM
We have dusted off the history records at Bulldogs HQ to bring you all the information from the first time the Bulldogs ever played against the Parramatta Eels!
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs took on Parramatta for the first time in the 1947 NSWRFL season when the Eels franchise was first established. Since then, the Bulldogs and the Eels have had a fierce rivalry that has lasted almost 70 Years.
Talk about starting up a local club in the Parramatta area to participate in the NSWRL Premiership began in 1936 in the form of a proposal by local League identities such as Jack Argent and Jack Scullin. All clubs except the Western Suburbs rejected the proposal. World War II also put the creation of the club on hold and held off any more talks until 1946 when the club was successfully admitted into the Premiership.
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs were coached by Ross McKinnon who coached Canterbury for two seasons, taking the team to the final in 1946 and to the Grand Final in 1947.
The Captain of the Bulldogs at the time was Henry 'Tarzan' Porter was named as a reserve for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions. On April 1 2007, he was inducted into the Bulldogs Ring of Champions.
The first Bulldogs v Eeels game was played at the spiritual home of Canterbury, Belmore Sports Ground on the 10th of May 1947 in round 5 of the NSWRFL season. Canterbury were victors on the day winning 35 points to 15.
The Bulldogs Eels rivalry became particularly fierce during the 1980's with both clubs claiming four premierships each during the decade.
The Bulldogs and Eels will face off once again this Friday night at ANZ Stadium for the Bandaged Bear Cup!