First Encounters: Bulldogs v Raiders

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 Canberra Raiders!


The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs took on Canberra for the first time in the 1982 NSWRFL season when the Raiders were was first established. Since then, the Bulldogs and the Raiders have had a fierce rivalry that has lasted over 30 Years.


At the beginning of the 1980s, the New South Wales Rugby Football League (NSWRFL) was looking to expand its Sydney-based premiership into other areas of the state.


The Raiders franchise was accepted in 1981, along with the Illawarra Steelers who were also introduced that season.


The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs were coached by Ted Glossop who coached Canterbury for six seasons, taking the team to the finals in 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1983, including the Grand Final in 1979 and a Premiership in 1980.


The Captain of the Bulldogs at the time was DR. George Peponis who was named at hooker in the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions in 2004 and is currently chairman of the Football Club board. He is a Life Member of the Football Club. On April 1 2007, he was inducted into the Bulldogs Ring of Champions.


DR. George captained the Bulldogs for five seasons between 1978-1982 and had a success record of 63%.


The first Bulldogs v Raiders game was played at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan on the 21st of March 1982 in round 4 of the NSWRFL season. Canterbury were victors on the day winning 22 points to 9.


See Below for the full match report thanks to the Bulldogs Online History Database: