Canterbury have slumped to their ninth loss for the year, losing 14-10 to the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
In a season that goes from bad to worse, the Bulldogs were competitive once again, yet lacked the skill, class and polish required to put an average opposition to the sword.
In an attempt to analyse the contest, my match reports generally focus on the merit of the Bulldogs’ attack and the manner in which they repel the opposition in defence.
On this occasion, it is time for something different.
We have reached the point where our worst nightmares are upon us yet perspective is required to see us through.
It would be easy to cite the inept nature of the attack and the lack of options inside the opposition twenty as reasons for our demise. Much could be made of the poor kicking game and shocking defensive back line reads that continue to prove problematic. The flaws and frailties in the squad are there for all to see.
What is more prevalent is the fact that the current situation is precisely what some saw as inevitable during the final throes of the previous board.
In short, the squad is a shambles. There are no halves to speak of, the back line is utterly impotent and the big money signings border on useless.
It brings me no joy to say it; more a frustration as having said it before. No matter how committed the current squad may be, it cannot be successful in the short term and the long term ramifications of the decisions made at board level are considerable.
I tried to inform people of the pending disaster, with many claiming I was alarmist. Consider that as you read the pieces below where I warned of the frustrations and pain lying ahead.
None of the above is a slight on coach Dean Pay; a man handed a squad incapable of playing finals football. Nor does it intend to criticise the majority of the players themselves, who continue to compete each week with a courage and determination befitting of the Bulldogs’ jersey.
What is does suggest to the Bulldogs’ faithful, is that we are a few years away from finals or premiership success.
The current board are well aware of the issues and pro-active in addressing them. It is important that we all stay strong and support them in their attempts to get our great Club back on it’s feet.
Sadly, week 12 brought no joy. Perhaps week 14 will, when we face the Dragons at ANZ. I’ll be there, as usual, hoping that the blue and whites can start to turn the effort into reward in the form of two competition points..
Wests Tigers 14 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10
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