Being a Member of the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs means so much more to most people than just following the action on the field.
I’m regularly inspired by the way this Club brings families together, the way it inspires lifelong friendships, by the happiness it brings people and the sense of community it fosters.
We’ve commissioned one of our Members, Anna Barwell, to tell some of your stories in the hope that you can all share the sort of pride I feel in being a Member of the Bulldogs. We’d love to know more about why the Bulldogs are such an important part of your life. Submit your own story tohttp://membership.thebulldogs.com.au/ or contact 02 9789 8000 if you’d like Anna to write it for you.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Regards, Raelene Castle
In the toughest of times, family will stand by you. That’s exactly what Bulldogs member George Scoullis did when his beloved club needed him most.
It was the Super League war of the 90’s and the Bulldogs were in turmoil. After years of showing his passion from the sidelines, George felt he needed to do more to support his club. “I was disappointed for the game as a whole, but closer to home, my team that I supported as a kid was suffering,” George said. So he decided to throw his support behind the Bulldogs the best way he knew how, by signing up as a Bulldogs member. “Being a member of the Bulldogs makes my family feel like we're part of the club.”
Over the years, his Bulldogs family has continued to grow. George shares his treasured childhood memories with his own teenage children, who he signed up as members and takes to games. He remembers the strong Bulldogs decade of the 80’s fondly, holding the 1988 Grand Final close to his heart. Now, his kids feel exactly the same way when they look back on the 2004 Grand Final and its premiership winning side.
George’s Bulldogs family doesn’t end there. His brother, Dymon, and kids join George on game day, as well as his mate, George, and his kids. Together, they form their own mini supporter group, barracking loudly and proudly from the sidelines.
In true family style, George and his Bulldogs family have forged their own traditions for Bulldogs game day: travelling together, lunching together then watching the Under 20’s before cheering on the first grade team. It’s a tradition George hopes will be passed down to his future grandchildren, to ensure the club he loved as a kid is well supported for many years to come.
“We all have jerseys that we proudly wear on game day and always turn up to support the boys. “My kids love the ‘dogs so I'd hope they'd sign up their kids as well.”