big movers in NRL betting - 16th March 2009
have thrown their support behind the Bulldogs
after their 34-12 win over reigning premiers Manly,
with the Dogs’ premiership odds slashed
in half after the first weekend of the 2009 season.
year’s wooden spooners were listed as $36
chances to take out the premiership with bookmaker
Betfair before Saturday’s clash with the
after a truly impressive display against a distracted
Manly outfit, the Dogs are now rated $19 chances
to be crowned NRL champions.
sees the Canterbury club leap past the Roosters,
Gold Coast, Newcastle and Parramatta to become
the NRL’s eighth favourite.
Sydney’s odds have also shortened after
their 52-12 demolition of the Roosters, dropping
from $60 to $32.
Roosters’ dismal performance sees them blow
out to $40 outsiders.
other moves, the Warriors have come in to $9 from
a pre-season high of $19.50, the Broncos move
from $12.50 into $11, while the Panthers have
blown out to $80 outsiders – and short-priced
$3 favourites to win the wooden spoon.
remain the competition favourites with Betfair,
ahead of beaten 2008 grand finalists Melbourne.
News: Richard Bradley Productions has released
'The Mighty Bulldogs' Part 1 DVD
Bulldogs (formerly Canterbury-Bankstown RLFC,
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and "The Berries")
are an Australian professional rugby league football
club who compete in the National Rugby League
(NRL) premiership, the top rugby league competition
in Australasia, as well as New South Wales Rugby
League junior competitions. Based in Belmore,
a suburb of Sydney, the Bulldogs were admitted
to the New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership,
predecessor of the current NRL competition, in
1935, thirteen years after a meeting above "The
Ideal Milk Bar" in Campsie created the Canterbury-Bankstown
Junior Rugby League, the Canterbury-Bankstown
club was admitted into the elite New South Wales
Rugby Football League premiership. But right from
the start the men who laid the foundations for
the Bulldogs thrived on adversity. It took the
new club, nicknamed "Country Bumpkins"
because of their rural recruiting & CB emblem,
just three years to win their first premiership
in 1938. The grand final-winning effort was repeated
again in 1942 before a 25-year drought set in.
1967, having ended the 11-year premiership reign
of the great St.George by knocking them out in
the final, "The Berries" as they were
known at the time, went down to the South Sydney
Rabbitohs in the grand final. But the return to
the top end of the table set the scene for off-field
restructuring that laid the foundations for the
club to become one of the most consistent achievers
in the remaining decades of the 20th century.
1978 Canterbury-Bankstown became known as "The
Bulldogs". "Cantabs" "See
Bees" & "Berries" were seen
to be "soft" nicknames and the club
wanted something to signify determination and
grit. A grand final appearance
in 1979 followed by a grand final win in 1980
with a young, enthusiastic and free-running side
dubbed "The Entertainers", was the beginning
of a golden era that was to produce three more
grand final wins in the 80's: 1984, 1985 and 1988.
the 1990s' Super League war, the Bulldogs aligned
themselves with the rebel competition, playing
the 1997 Super League premiership. In 1998 the
Bulldogs came close to adding another trophy to
the cabinet after battling their way to the Grand
Final where they met the Brisbane Broncos and
went down 38-12. On the way to the 1998 Grand
Final, some people say the Bulldogs pulled off
one of the most remarkable victories in the history
of the game. After trailing by 16 points with
ten minutes remaining, the Bulldogs got home 32-20
winners in extra time thanks to a brilliant try
to Rod Silva and two pressure conversions from
Bulldogs did well in 2003, however they fell one
step short of yet another Grand Final after going
down to the Roosters 28-18 in the Preliminary
2004 was a tribute to both Steve Folkes' ability
as a coach and the determination of a squad that
refused to buckle.
the club's well-documented off-field dramas, the
Bulldogs managed to maintain their focus on football
and were rewarded with the ultimate prize when
they held out arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters
in a 16-13 thriller, the perfect ending for departing
captain Steve Price and a fitting way to cap off
the club's 70th anniversary season. Their eighth
premiership trophy moved the club into a clear
5th place in the all-time tally.
Bulldogs were unable to mount a serious defence
of the title in 2005 as injuries and contract
negotiations saw the year start and finish on
a sour note for the club. Due to the extent of
injuries suffered, the team at times was unable
to be at full-strength. This
took its toll in the final six weeks of the season,
the club suffering heavy losses and missing the
finals series. In 2006, little was expected from
the club after a lacklustre 2005 season, but despite
some doubt over the strength of their side, the
Bulldogs' impressive[neutrality disputed] forward
pack helped them to a better than expected result
for the year, finishing just a game short of the
Grand Final, in which they lost to eventual premiers
the Brisbane Broncos. 2007 saw an indifferent
and inconsistent season, the team never really
clicking into top gear, eventually eliminated
from the finals, finishing sixth after losing
to Parramatta in Week Two of the Finals Series.
The club will lose Mark O'Meley in the off-season
whilst looking forward to welcoming some new younger
players into the ranks. (Credit:
BULLDOGS CLUB HISTORY - DVD FOUR-PART SERIES
the planning for many years, this Canterbury Bulldogs
series traces the social and sporting history
of the club from 1908 to the present. Volume I
of the four-volume set The Mighty Bulldogs has
now been released.
interviews, photos and footage that was thought
lost, this will prove a valuable part of any Bulldogs
Mighty Bulldogs Volume 1 is only available through
the club and its outlets.
DVD looks at the first junior club in 1909 to
the Canterbury Bankstown President's Cup team
that won its first premiership in 1931.
This spurred on the attempts to enter a Canterbury
team into the main competition with success when
they were finally admitted for the 1935 season.
Then the dramatic rise of the team from second
last in 1935 to semi finals in 1936 and Premiers
in 1938 and 1942. Then the club had hard seasons
during the 1950s as they gradually built a great
side in the early 1960s that would contest the
now famous 1967 Grand Final.
the history of the Club from 1908 to 1967, Volume
I shows the social history of the Canterbury Bankstown
area and its people and is narrated by the foundation
players of the time including Eddie Burns and
Joe Gartner. They were both filmed along with
Peter Moore in 2000 before they passed away.
The story looks at the 1940s and 1950s through
the words of Ken Charlton, Jack Stewart, Alan
Scwhebel and Barry Nelson. During this time Peter
Moore emerged in the lower grades and would later
become the most respected football club secretary
and CEO of Canterbury and in the game.
Gartner family dynasty continued through the 1950s
with Jim and Ray Gartner, and their brother Clive,
who would be joined by wonderful players that
came in the 1960s. These include Col Brown, Les
Johns, Kevin Goldspink, John Greaves, Ron Raper,
Bob Hagan, and the mighty Kevin Ryan, who would
captain-coach the team into the now famous 1967
Grand Final against South Sydney.
is footage and specially edited mini feature games
from 1963 to 1967 and rare archival film of games
in the 1940s. Some of this archival film has been
specially restored and seen on this DVD for the
very first time. The Mighty Bulldogs Volume I
is a must for all Bulldogs fans and those with
an interest in our sporting and social history.
The series is being made by Richard Bradley Productions.
Available from www.bulldogs.com.au