The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs sent long-standing skipper Andrew Ryan out with a bang in his final home game for the Club against the Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium on Sunday September 4, 2011.
Ryan played 218 NRL matches for the Bulldog during his nine year career with the club, with his list of achievements including captaining the Bulldogs to the 2004 Premiership, 11 Test appearances for the Kangaroos, 12 State of Origin matches for NSW, and six Country Origin jerseys.
In team news – Kris Keating started at five-eighth, replacing the injured Joel Romelo and Ben Roberts came into the side on the interchange bench.
The Raiders led 12-8 at the break, but four tries to Ben Barba, two to Josh Morris and one from the skipper secured a 36-22 victory in a match that almost got away from the Bulldogs with the Raiders rallying twice to keep the scores close.
Ryan celebrated his try by running for a bobcat parked on the sideline, but almost injured himself in the process as he stumbled over a railing.
The Bulldogs took to the field in a one-off commemorative jersey to celebrate the impending launch of STAR WARS: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray Disc this September 14.
1. Ben Barba - Sponsored by Miramax
2. Steve Turner - Sponsored by Canterbury League Club
3. Josh Morris - Sponsored by Daily Press
4. Jamal Idris - Sponsored by Sydney Freezers
5. Jonathan Wright - Sponsored by Remondis
6. Kris Keating - Sponsored by Reliable Food Distributors
7. Trent Hodkinson - Sponsored by Greenacre Dental
8. Aiden Tolman - Sponsored by Hy-Tec
9. Josh Reynolds - Sponsored by Workforce
10. Sam Kasiano- Sponsored by TLH Group
11. Frank Pritchard - Sponsored by Guardian Venue Management
12. Andrew Ryan (C) - Sponsored by Dental on Evaline
13. David Stagg - Sponsored by Your Property People
14. Michael Hodgson - Sponsored by M&J Chickens
15. Mickey Paea - Sponsored by Ultimate Security
16. Gary Warburton - Sponsored by CPE
17. Ben Roberts - Sponsored by Hitachi Cooling & Heating
Bulldogs v Raiders Rd26 2011