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The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs look to the 2017 season with excitement after receiving the draw for the NRL Telstra Premiership.

The team will kickstart their campaign with a 'Back to Belmore Sportsground' match against the Melbourne Storm in Round One, before heading to Dunedin in round three for a pioneering 'first ever' NRL match at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin against the New Zealand Warriors.

The Casaview Homes draw has thrown up a number of interesting aspects for the Bulldogs:

- It has a 'family friendly' theme with seven of the first ten home games in early time slots: one match at 6pm (Storm at Belmore Sportsground), one at 5-30pm (Raiders at ANZ Stadium) and five matches at 4pm (Souths, Roosters, Panthers, Dragons and Knights)

- The turnaround time for the Bulldogs is good with only one five day turnaround in the first 20 rounds

- The Bulldogs have blockbuster home games on Good Friday (Souths at ANZ Stadium 4pm) and the Queens Birthday (Dragons at ANZ Stadium 4pm)

- Sunday afternoon footy returns to the Belmore Sportsground with a match against the Knights in round 18


Bulldogs Chief Executive Raelene Castle saw the Casaview Homes draw as a great one for Bulldogs fans: "This year's draw has a 'family friendly' feel about it for our fans. With seven of our first ten home games in early time slots it will allow families to get to matches at a reasonable hour.

We also take a match to Dunedin for the first time, which will be a great opportunity to grow the Bulldogs support in a country where we already have a strong following. We look forward to kicking things off with a bumper Friday at Belmore against the Storm, in what I hope will be an exciting start to the season for our fans"

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.