Monday Memories: 97 World Club Championship

A collection of pics from the Bulldogs 1997 World Club Championship match with Halifax Blue Sox at Belmore Sports Ground.

The 1997 World Club Championship was an expansion of the World Club Challenge concept by Super League.

The competition was restructured to include all 22 clubs from Australia and European Super League championships, with all teams divided into two pools.

Each pool had six teams, with the exception of Australasia B, which had the two lowest placed Super League aligned teams and the two newly formed teams: the Hunter Mariners and the Adelaide Rams.

The finals series was contested between the top three teams in Australasia Pool A and Europe Pool A, and the top team from Australasia Pool B and Europe Pool B.

Australian Super League Pool A:

Brisbane Broncos, New Zealand Warriors, Cronulla Sharks, Penrith Panthers, Canberra Raiders, Canterbury Bulldogs.

Australian Super League Pool B:

Hunter Mariners, North Queensland Cowboys, Adelaide Rams, Perth Reds.

European Super League Pool A:

Wigan Warriors, London Broncos, Bradford Bulls, St Helens, Warrington Wolves, Halifax Blue Sox.

European Super League Pool B:

Paris Saint-Germain, Leeds Rhinos, Oldham Bears, Salford City Reds, Castleford Tigers, Sheffield Eagles.

Bulldogs Results:

BULLDOGS 18 v WIGAN WARRIORS 22
BULLDOGS 58 v HALIFAX BLUE SOX 6
BULLDOGS 34 v LONDON BRONCOS 18
BULLDOGS 40 v HALIFAX BLUE SOX 22
BULLDOGS 24 v WIGAN WARRIORS 31
BULLDOGS 44
v LONDON BRONCOS 22

The final was played between the Brisbane Broncos and the Hunter Mariners, with the Broncos claiming a 36-12 victory.

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