With the 2018 season coming to an end, the Bulldogs Membership Team would like to thank our passionate Members for all their support this season and have a look back at some of the exciting Member events and experiences from 2018.
Open Training Session
On Tuesday 12th of December 2017, the club held an open training session for Members to attend who had the opportunity to mingle with the players and watch them train in preparation for the season ahead.
12 Days of Christmas – starting 11th of December. Members had the exclusive opportunity to win awesome prizes leading up to Christmas Eve. Prizes included:
• Spot in our Team Photo
• Tour of Belmore Sports Ground
• Coffee with Terry Lamb
18 Days of Prizes – February 2018. A yearly promotion offering great prizes to members, with a great uptake this season. Prizes included:
• $300 Merchandise Voucher
• Coin Toss at one of our home games at ANZ Stadium
• Corporate giveaways
• State of Origin tickets
In 2018, Club 18 was located on the western side of ANZ Stadium and it is an exclusive space for all Members of all ages to come together, interact on game day and cheer on the team.
Given our wide membership base, each year, the Membership Team arrange for exclusive meet and greet events for our Interstate Members.
Events were held in Canberra, North Queensland, Brisbane and Newcastle the day before the match and it gave our members who do not get an opportunity to come to Sydney the chance to meet the boys, grab some photos and get an autograph.
Member Events / Meet and Greet
Throughout 2018, we held various post-match functions at both the Canterbury League Club and Club 18 at ANZ Stadium. Members were able to mingle with Players and Coaching Staff following full time, as well as hear from Coach Dean Pay and various players.
Member Appreciation Days
The Bulldogs ran two Member Days in 2018 with over 1,000 members attending each event. Each day had great corporate activations, junior clinics, cheer clinics, lucky door prizes and more access to players than ever before. Members were able to take photos, mingle and get signatures from the full NRL Squad.
For the first time ever, a competition was run for our Junior Members to 'Interview a Bulldog' at our members day in July. This gave them the opportunity to ask three questions to their favourite Bulldogs player and it was also a chance for our junior members to get up, close and personal with their idol.
In 2018, Members who continued their loyalty with the Club and hit milestone years, were recognised with a wide range of gifts, events and giveaways. Our first, second, fifth and tenth year members all received a certificate to recognise their commitment to the Club and a small gift of appreciation was given to our second, fifth and tenth year members.
Throughout the year, various events were held to recognise these milestones, including an event held in Club 18, with players, CEO and Chair in attendance, as well as a range of lucky door prizes. A family day out at the movies was also organised by the Club.
18 Jersey and Rookie of the Week
n 2007, the Bulldogs retired the number 18 Jersey as recognition to our members and fans of their contribution to the Club. At every home game since, a member is selected to receive the 18 Jersey on field by a past player after being nominated by a fellow member! A giant 18 jersey is displayed at all Bulldogs home games at ANZ Stadium as a permanent reminder to every one of the enormous contribution of Bulldogs Members and fans. No Bulldogs player will wear the number 18 jersey.
18 Jersey Winners in 2018:
• Sandra Davies
• Stephen Bowes
• Shirley Hudson
• Tom McMurray
• Filipo D'Arrigo
• Catherine Stone
• Rodney Finn
• Walter Dovolio
• Vicki Markna
• Con Kinnas
• Danny Traboulsieh
• Dimitris Lafazanos
Rookie of the Week is an incentive for our first-year members which allows them to share the unique experience of delivering the match ball on to the field and receiving a signed cap.
Winners in 2018:
• Bill Econ
• Amelia D'Arrigo
• Bart Levi
• Cassandra Rooke
• Camilla Portela
• Gabriella and Joshua Dawoud
• Brody Ralphs
• Charmaine Page
• Lachlan Skellett
• Conor Cleary
• Steve Macdonald
KIA Car Giveaway
For the first time in Bulldogs history, we gave away a KIA Picanto to one lucky Member! Throughout the year, members had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to go into the draw to be one of the 10 lucky finalists at our final home game of the 2018 season. The finalists came onto the field during half-time of our round 25 match, with Andrew Aravanis choosing the winning key and driving away with the car!
To show our appreciation to our Members, round 25 was Members Appreciation Round with a wide range of events held.
• Gold Members formed the Guard of Honour
• Ultimate Members viewed the warm up and formed the Guard of Honour
• Members who attended all home games, were recognised on the big screen as well as receiving a seat upgrade
• A lucky member won the opportunity to toss the coin pre-game
• Kennel Members had the chance to wave new and improved flags
• Two members won the KIA Sideline Experience
A new initiative for our members, was the 'Pup Walk'. This gave our Junior Members an opportunity to take photos and grab some autographs from their favourite Bulldogs players as they walked into the Stadium ahead of our clash with the Sharks.
In 2018, we welcomed our new Member Committee. We would like to thank you for your contribution!
• Alessandro Balbi
• Pauline David
• Dr Fady Aoun
• Peter Arthurs
• Gary Jenkins
• Jade Cataldo
• Ann O'Farrell
• Catherine Labbate
• Mark Tinker
• Adam Furness