The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have put the cleaners through the atrocious St George-Illawarra Dragons to the tune of 38-0 at Kogarah.
If there is anything more satisfying for a Bulldogs fan than beating up on the Dragons, I’m not sure what it is. With four wins from their last five, Canterbury have turned the corner and took the supposedly proud Red V by the scruff of the neck and exposed its meekness and lack or fortitude, on a cold and wet Sunday afternoon.
The decisions made by the new Board, Administration and Coach have proven to be master strokes, with recent form worthy of a much higher position on the ladder. The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs didn’t need some of the baggage it invested in towards the end of the Des Hasler (Voldemort) reign. What the club required was a return to the fundamentals that made it great in the first place.
Faith in youthful enthusiasm and the unearthing of unheralded talent; see Lachlan Lewis, Reimis Smith and Rhyse Martin, sits far more comfortably with me than money wasted on overrated players that don’t buy into the culture and understand what the club really stands for.
Steve Mortimer and Terry Lamb tried to explain it to Hasler and the previous Board, but it was all to no avail. Now, with club legend Dean Pay at the helm and a board of Directors with the heart and soul of the place in their veins, things look so much brighter.
2019 looms with such excitement and potential success, most Bulldogs fans will be irritable for it to start.
In reality, this match looked done and dusted by half time after tries to Josh Morris and an explosive double to Reimis Smith had set up an 18-0 lead by the break.
When Smith and Brett Morris also crossed for second half tries by the 75th minute, the Dragons fate was sealed. It was a shameful sight to see the crowd pouring from the stadium, knowing that they, somehow, are still involved in the semi final picture. It was a selfish and immature display from the Dragons’ fans considering there will be eight clubs taking off season trips very soon.
A late and controversial try to Ofahiki Ogden stretched the lead to 38-0 and the sound of the Red V’s boos as the final siren sounded were music to the ears of a proud and resilient blue and white supporter base.
After a season that looked disastrous early on, some crucial yet tough decisions were made by the club and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are back. It is a turning point for the club after three years of pain, infighting and anguish.
I am as proud as punch as I type these words and make no apologies for it. Bring on 2019 and thank you Lynne Anderson, Dean Pay and the entire team who have managed to rejuvenate the club.
Oh……and thanks to Lachlan Lewis as well, he’s pretty good too!
There will be changes next season and the Morris boys have served us well. However, it is time to push forward with new vigour and give our club every chance to hold that trophy aloft in the near future.
Thanks so much for reading my reports throughout the year, there is just one week to go. Let’s hope the team have one more win in them, when they clash with the Sharks next Sunday at ANZ Stadium.
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Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 38 St George-Illawarra Dragons 0