NRL Preview: Bulldogs v Knights
Friday 5 July 2013 9:54 AM
This weekend the Bulldogs will take on the Newcastle Knights in the home town of Ben Barba, Mackay.
The game and week last year was a huge success, but the game itself produced some memorable moments from full back Ben Barba in which we will all remember for a long time and for Benny it was a game which really sparked his 2012 season.
“Last year the game put me in some good form at the back end of the season and hopefully the football gods are watching me to give me some spark to finish the season,” said Barba.
It’s a great initiative from the club to take a home game to Mackay, but also to involve community partner Beyond Blue. The game will be played for the Beyond Blue Cup, which the Bulldogs and Knights play for each year.
Coach Des Hasler applauded the club’s idea to take the game to Mackay, but also raise awareness of what Beyond Blue do.
“It’s a great initiative…firstly to take the game to Mackay, but also involve community services such as Beyond Blue who raise awareness of mental health,” said Hasler.
The match will be a beauty! The Knights are coming off a very good win last weekend against the Titans after leading 36 nil at half time and with the Dogs coming off the bye, they know they need to put in a better performance than they did against the Roosters before the bye and the last time they took on the Knights when they were defeated 44-8.
“It’s going to be a big match…there in good form and last time we played them they touched us up…we are looking for a better performance,” said Assistant Coach Jim Dymock.
The game will be Skipper Michael Ennis play his 100th NRL game for the club, a milestone he is proud of.
“Playing 100 games for a special club like the Bulldogs is something I am proud of…certainly an occasion I am looking forward to,” said Ennis.
It’s going to be a great occasion and with the Knights just two points behind the Dogs on the ladder, it will be a test to see how the boys respond from the disappointment before the bye, but also play the footy we know they can play.
Dogs by 6