Monday 18 February 2013 3:00 PM
Rugby League was back at Belmore over the weekend with all lower grades playing at the home of the Bulldogs.
First up was the Harold Matthews side who were looking to replicate their round one performance against the Melbourne Storm. Their round two match was against a much tougher opposition, the St George Dragons.
The young pups went to the break leading 12-6 and were able to go on with the job in the second half and record a 22-12 victory. This is two wins from two rounds for the Harold Matthews side. The Harold Matthews side will this weekend take on the South West Sydney Academy in their round three match.
The SG Ball side also took on the St George Dragons and the match proved to be a much closer affair with both sides heading to the rooms at the half-time break level at 0-all. The second half saw the young Dragons dominate and at the completion had scored a 20-6 victory over the blue and whites. The SG Ball side will this week first their major test when they travel to Perth to take on the West Coast Pirates on Saturday.
The Holden Cup side had their third official hit out with a clash against the Dragons NYC squad. In what was another good quality game, both sides couldn’t be split at the full-time siren with scores locked at 28-all. Coach Andy Patmore is in the final stages of confirming his squad for season 2013, with these trials playing an integral part in the selection process.
Coach Patmore will take his side down to Goulburn this weekend to take on the Raiders. The match will be the pre-cursor to the NRL match with the Bulldogs also taking on the Raiders from 7pm.
The NSW Cup side had their first run for season 2013 with a match against the Paul McGregor Coached Illawarra Cutters. There were a number of NRL squad members who were given some match time with Mitch Brown, Tim Lafai, Leilani Latu, Junior Palau and Harlan Alaalatoa all getting some much valued time on the field.
With some great talent on show, the Bulldogs skipped out to an early lead and were able to go to the break with a 16-4 lead. With many changes taking place throughout the second half the Cutters managed to gain some ascendancy and with that came points. The men from Illawarra finished the match off well and went away from Belmore with a 30-22 win.
The NSW Cup side will have their next and final trial against the Mounties side at Aubrey Keech Reserve, Hinchinbrook on Saturday night (February 23) with kick-off at 6pm.