Five of the Best
bulldogs.com.au takes a look at five of the Bulldogs best wins over the Parramatta Eels.
1984 Grand Final
Canterbury ended the Eels' three-year domination of the premiership with a 6-4 grand final victory. Bulldogs hooker Mark Bugden scored his team's only try shortly after halftime when injured Parramatta lock Ray Price left a hole in the defensive line.
1998 Grand Final Qualifier
Bulldogs winger Daryl Halligan landed the greatest pressure kick of his career to send the grand final qualifier against the Eels into extra-time. The Bulldogs trailed 18-2 with 11 minutes to go, but scored three late tries with only minutes of regulation time remaining. The last scored by centre Willie Talau was famously converted from the sideline by Daryl Halligan to level the scores. The Bulldogs went on to win 32-20.
1984 Round 1 Thriller
Warren Ryan took over as coach of Canterbury in 1984 and enjoyed a thrilling win in his first game in charge as the Bulldogs pipped three-time premiers Parramatta 18-16 in Round 1. Terry Lamb’s sideline conversion in the dying stages proved the difference in a seesawing clash.
One Point Thriller in 2011
Both sides were desperately trying to stay in the finals race and produced an extra-time thriller in the latter stages of Round 20, 2011 on a wet ANZ Stadium. The scores were locked at 6-all after 50 minutes before Jarryd Hayne broke the deadlock with a field goal five minutes from fulltime, but Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson levelled the scores in the 78th minute with a field goal of his own. The match was sent to extra time, before Hodkinson snapped a 41-metre field goal with three minutes of golden point remaining to give the Bulldogs an 8-7 win.
Multicultural Day 1993
A ground record crowd of 27,804 witnessed a brilliant multicultural day at Belmore Sports Ground on Easter Monday as Canterbury outplayed Parramatta in an impressive 42-6 victory. It was a day to remember both on and off the field as rugby league supporters of all nationalities came together to watch the Bulldogs take on Parramatta. The match had everything from crunching defence to spectacular tries and there wasn’t one Canterbury player who didn’t have a good game. The Bulldogs produced nine dazzling tries with Brett Dallas grabbing a hat-trick and Winger Jason Williams a double. It was a day for all to remember!