The Heritage: Canterbury Bulldogs
Wednesday 28 March 2012 3:00 PM
Men of League Heritage Round kicks-off this weekend (30 March – 2 April), honouring the game’s history and remembering the great players and the people that have been involved in your club, that make Rugby League the greatest game of all.
Round 5 of the 2012 NRL Premiership is a chance to celebrate the great and rich traditions of all the NRL clubs – from the foundation members all the way to the league’s newest entrants. Each club has its own unique story and a special piece of history in Australian sport.
The Men of League Foundation continues to support all members of the rugby league family when they need a helping hand. Men of League Ambassadors will make appearances at collection points at all venues.
The Canterbury Bullldogs have celebrated their proud history already in 2012, with a Back to Belmore trial match, and they will do it again this week in Men of League Heritage Round as they take on the Gold Coast Titans.
The Bulldogs joined the NSWRFL in 1935 as Canterbury-Bankstown before taking on the Bulldogs name in 1978, but it took just three seasons for the club to win their first premiership in 1938.
Their history against the Titans may only be recent, but they have had many battles with the Gold Coast since their original incarnation in 1988.
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs team for that first game on Saturday, March 5, 1988 was:
Glen Nissen, Sandy Campbell, Andrew Farrar, Tony Currie, Henry Raymond, Jason Alchin, Steve Mortimer ©, Mark Sargeant, Mark Budgen, Paul Dunn, David Gillespie, Steven Folkes, Terry Lamb.
Bench: James Donnelly, Eddie Muller. Coach: Phil Gould.
The Bulldogs were convincing winners 21-10 in Round 1, with Campbell scoring a double, and Lamb and Raymond both chipping in with one each in front of 5,280 at Chris Cunningham Field at Tweed Heads. The Dogs went on to win the premiership in 1988 with a 24-12 win over the Balmain Tigers in the Grand Final.
Even today the sides have similarities, with Aiden Tolman conjuring up memories of fellow hard working front rower Paul Dunn, while the finishing skills of Bryson Goodwin are resemble those of former three-quarter Glen Nissen.
From that day until the Gold Coast/Tweed Heads Giants/Seagulls/Chargers were closed up, Canterbury were unbeaten against Gold Coast teams in 13 matches, a record which stood until 2008 when the newly formed Gold Coast Titans won 24-20 at Skilled Park.
This Sunday they face the Titans for the eighth time, holding a slender 4-3 record against them, but will be facing former Bulldog Nate Myles, who joined the Gold Coast this year after a stint with the Roosters. In what is sure to be a heavily competitive Heritage Round clash, the Bulldogs will be representing their history as they search for their 854th victory.
So if you can, get down to the ground and be part of another chapter in the heritage of the greatest game of all.
In Round 5, the Canterbury Bulldogs travel to the Gold Coast this Sunday to take on the Titans at Skilled Park, with kick-off at 2:00pm.