Parallel 95: Part 5
In 1995 off the back of a Grand Final defeat to the Canberra Raiders in 1994, the Bulldogs finished the regular season in the bottom four of the top eight, but managed to make a history-making finals surge, winning three sudden death matches to make the Grand Final and defeat the Manly Sea Eagles.
Fast track to 2014 and the current squad, is in a very similar position to the team of 95, having loss the 2012 Grand Final and finishing the regular season in seventh position, many outsiders believed the team were no chance of being there on the final day of the NRL season.
Part five of the Parallel sees Jim Dymock and Terry Lamb speak about how the loss of 1994 against the Canberra Raiders drove the team to want to experience the feeling of winning a grand final and what they based their finals series on, including the all-important Grand Final.
Dymock also speaks about winning the Clive Churchill Medal as well as what a year it was for him personally.
Fast track to 2014 and the current Bulldogs side are in a very similar position to the side of 95.
Having only won two of the last eight games going into the finals series, the Bulldogs finished seventh and many believed they could not make an impact on this year’s finals series, but they have silenced the critics with three outstanding sudden death victories over the Storm, the Manly Sea Eagles and the Panthers, the Bulldogs will have one more mountain to climb on Sunday, the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The results have been built on attitude, commitment and defence, a trait the side of 95 based their finals series around, which led to premiership success.
With one game to go, can the Bulldogs of 2014 Parallel the Bulldogs of 1995?