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Player 479 Peter Tunks

Peter Tunks played 98 games for South Sydney from 1977 to 1983 as second row forward.
In 1984, Peter joined Canterbury to become a regular prop for the next six seasons.
In 1984, Peter played for NSW before playing in the Premiership winning team against Parramatta. In 1985, Peter played for Australia. He played nine games for NSW from 1984 to 1987 and played six Tests for Australia from 1985 to 1987.
Peter played in the Premiership winning team against St George.
In 1986, Peter captained Canterbury for the first time. He captained Canterbury on 34 occasions from 1986 to 1989.
Peter played in the Grand Final against Parramatta but declined the Kangaroo tour due to business commitments.
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - David Gillespie[/h]


Saturday 12 May 2012 8:00 AM

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David Gillespie joined Canterbury in 1983 as a second row forward.

David became a regular member of the reserve grade team and played in the Semi-Final against St George.
In 1984, David received the opportunity to play first grade against Western Suburbs as a replacement.
In 1985, David started the season in reserve grade but became a regular member of the first grade team when Peter Tunks was injured. He was to remain in first grade for six seasons.
David played in the Premiership winning team against St George as a replacement.
In 1986, David played his first game for NSW but late in the season, lost a finger in a work accident and missed the final series and the Kangaroo tour.
In 1987, David was suspended on two occasions to spoil his season.
In 1988, David played in the Premiership winning team against Balmain and played for Australia in the World Cup. He was to play for NSW on 15 occasions between 1986 and 1994 and play 17 Tests for Australia from 1988 to 1995.
David continued in 1989 as a regular member of the first grade team before moving to prop in 1990 and making the Kangaroo tour.
In 1991, David joined Western Suburbs to play 46 games from 1991 to 1993. In 1994, David joined Manly to play 92 games from 1994 to 1997.
He played in the 1995 Grand Final for Manly against Canterbury. He also was apart of the Premiership winning team against St George in 1996 and played his last game in the 1997 Grand Final against Newcastle.
On April 1 2007, he was inducted into the Bulldogs Ring of Champions.

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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - 2004 Grand Final[/h]


Saturday 26 May 2012 9:00 AM

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A recap of the 2004 grand final against the Sydney Roosters ahead of Monday night's game.
Match Review
TEAM LINE-UP:
1. Luke Patten, 2. Hazem El Masri, 3. Ben Harris, 4. Willie Tonga, 5. Matt Utai, 6. Braith Anasta, 7. Brent Sherwin, 8. Mark O'Meley, 9. Adam Perry, 11. Willie Mason, 14. Reni Maitua, 12. Andrew Ryan, 13. Tony Grimaldi.
Interchange: 15. Corey Hughes, 16. Roy Asotasi, 17. Sonny Bill Williams, 18. Johnathan Thurston
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Source: www.abc.net.au
The Bulldogs are the National Rugby League premiers after defeating the Sydney Roosters 16-13 in the grand final at the Olympic stadium in Sydney.
The victory shattered retiring Roosters captain Brad Fittler's dreams of a fairytale finish to his glittering football career, which began in 1989. It was the Roosters' third loss in a grand final in the past five years.
Victory, however, was sweet for the Bulldogs, who missed the chance of premiership glory in 2002 after salary cap rorts saw them relegated from top spot to the wooden spoon.
The premiership, Canterbury's first since 1995, marks a positive end to a turbulent year for the club.
The Bulldogs were made to work hard for the win, bouncing back from being 13-6 down at half-time to score two second half tries and keep the Roosters scoreless.
Second rower Willie Mason was presented with the Clive Churchill Medal, awarded to the player deemed best on ground.
Mason said the match was a titanic struggle.
"Hard, tough, physical game, going down to the 80th minute, I can't believe it," he said.
Mason led from the front in the absence of injured skipper Steve Price, who watched from the sideline wearing his number 10 jersey.
"Thanks to everybody, it's going to be the greatest lap of honour that I'll get to do to finish my career at a fantastic club, and I've had a fantastic time," said Price, who joined stand-in skipper Andrew Ryan in accepting the premiership trophy.
"Everybody involved in our club has stuck with us and fully deserve tonight and the rest of this year."
In a sporting gesture, interchange player Johnathan Thurston gave his premiership ring to Price.
Meanwhile Ryan, who made a winning debut in his first game as captain, paid tribute to the Fittler.
"I'd like to thank the Roosters, especially Brad Fittler, mate you're a legend," he said. "It's a honour to play against you and play with you over these years, and I wish you all the best in the future."
Fittler said that seeing his wife and young daughter in the dressing rooms had helped him deal with the disappointment of going out on a losing note.
"That put a smile on my face for a little bit," he said, "but just feel pretty lucky I suppose. Good way to go out, could have won, which would have made it better, but still got here."
Wet and slippery conditions tested the two sides early, with both the Roosters and Bulldogs guilty of numerous knock-ons.
It was the Roosters who enjoyed the better field position, thanks largely to some strong defence and line kicking.
The minor premiers peppered the touch lines, keen to play the game in the Bulldogs' half and force a mistake.
They were rewarded in the 15th minute when Chris Walker posted the first try of the night off the back of a lovely Roosters set move.
Roosters captain Brad Fittler put in a little left foot chip back to the right, behind the ruck. Walker caught the ball on the full and ran unopposed underneath the goal posts for the try.
Second rower Craig Fitzgibbon made no mistake with the conversion to extend the Roosters' lead to 6-0.
Despite being behind on the scoreboard, the Bulldogs looked dangerous in attack with Utai returning the ball from a Roosters kick to the halfway mark.
While the Bulldogs were unable to respond in that set of six, they did so in the 23rd minute on the back off a dropped ball from Roosters second rower Michael Crocker.
The Dogs attacked wide deep in the Roosters' half and found a one-man overlap.
Second rower and Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan threw a lovely cut-out pass which found Utai, who crossed in the corner.
Super boot Hazem El Masri failed with the conversion and the score remained 6-4.
El Masri redeemed himself in the 29th minute when he levelled the scores with a penalty goal from virtually straight in front.
The Roosters, however, sneaked back in front when Brett Finch slotted a field goal in the 34th minute.
That field goal took on greater importance just minutes later when Anthony Tupou busted the line to put full-back Anthony Minichiello in for a try underneath the posts.
Fitzgibbon again added the extras to extend the Roosters' lead to 13-6.
Minichiello crossed again in the dying stages of the half, but the video referee ruled an obstruction and the try was disallowed.
The Bulldogs came out firing in the second half and took just four minutes to post the first try of the stanza.
The Dogs attacked the right edge defence of the Roosters, and centre Willie Tonga drew his man to put Utai into space.
Utai narrowly stayed inside the touch line and beat a number of cover defenders to cross out wide.
El Masri kicked the conversion from the sideline to reduce the margin back to one point.
The Bulldogs enjoyed a mountain of possession and good field position and snatched the lead for the first time in the match when Sherwin ran to the line and put El Masri into a gap.
The winger crashed over the top of two defenders to score and put his side in front. However, El Masri was unable to add the extras and the score remained 16-13.
The Bulldogs looked in a strong position to put the game away when Walker knocked on deep in his side's half.
But a big push from the Roosters pack saw them win the ball against the feed.
From there the Roosters launched a raid on the Bulldogs' line, and had numerous opportunities in the final 10 minutes to win back the lead.
But the Bulldogs' defence held firm to sink the Roosters and Fittler's fairytale ending. 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Nigel Vagana[/h]


Saturday 2 June 2012 9:00 AM

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Nigel Vagana played 71 games for Auckland between 1996 and 2000 as a centre.
In 1997, Nigel spent one season with Warrington. He played for New Zeland in 1998. Nigel has played 35 Tests for New Zealand and played in the 2000 World Cup.
In 2001, Nigel joined the Bulldogs to become a regular centre in the NRL for three seasons. He played in the 2001 Semi-Final against Cronulla.
In 2002, Nigel broke Chris Anderson's 1983 record for the most tries in the season and was the NRL's leading try scorer with 23 four-pointers for the season. Nigel scored five tries in a game against South Sydney which equals Edgar Newham's record in 1942.
In 2003, Nigel played in the Preliminary Final against the Roosters before joining Cronulla in 2004 to play 61 games from 2004 to 2006.
In 2007, Nigel joined South Sydney and in 2004 he was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions.
http://www.bulldogs.com.au/history Click here to read more about Nigel and other Bulldogs Greats! 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Craig Polla Mounter[/h]


Saturday 9 June 2012 8:00 AM

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Craig Polla Mounter joined Canterbury in 1991 as a five-eight.
Starting the season in reserve grade, Craig was relegated to be a regular member of the Under 21 team and played in the Premiership winning team against Parramatta.
In 1992, Craig received the opportunity to play first grade against South Sydney as a replacement and became the regular half-back when Matthew Ryan was injured and Ewan McGrady was moved to fullback.
In 1993, Craig played every game that season and played in the Preliminary Final against Brisbane.
In 1994, Craig started in first grade but spent time in reserve grade when returning from injury before securing the first grade position. He played in the Grand Final against Canberra.
In 1995, Craig started the season in reserve grade but by mid-season, replaced Peter Wheeler and remained in first grade for the rest of the season. He played in the Premiership winning team against Manly.
In 1996, Craig was the regular half back in first grade and in 1997, alternated between half-back and five-eight.
In 1998, Craig started the season as half-back but by the finals was playing five-eight. He played the Grand Final against Brisbane.
In 1999, Craig's season was ruined with a shoulder injury but returned in 2000 to mainly play from the interchange bench.
In 2001, Craig started the season at half-back but moved to the hooking role mid-season. He captained Canterbury on six occasions in 2001 but was injured just before finals with a sternum injury.
In 2002, Craig moved to the Sunshine Coast to play and returned to Canterbury for a short comeback in 2004.
In 2004, Craig was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs Team of Champions and is a Life Member of the Football Club.
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Andrew Farrar[/h]


Saturday 23 June 2012 8:00 AM


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Andrew Farrar joined Canterbury in 1980 as a centre.
Andrew was a regular member of the Under 23s and after being promoted the reserve grade in 1981, received the opportunity to play first grade against Penrith when Chris Mortimer was injured.
In 1982, Andrew started the season in reserve grade and by the end of the season had become a regular member of the first grade team.
In 1983, Andrew played in the Preliminary Final against Parramatta and in 1984, played for NSW before playing in the Premiership winning team against Parramatta. He played seven games for NSW between 1984 and 1990 and played for Australia in the World Cup final in 1988.
In 1985, Andrew played in the Premiership winning team against St George. Andrew's field goal was the deciding point in the game.
In 1986, Andrew played in the Grand Final against Parramatta, playing on the wing.
In 1987, Andrew continued to play a key role before playing in the 1988 Premiership winning team as a centre against Balmain.
In 1989 and 1990, Andrew provided good service to the club but in 1991, Andrew joined Western Suburbs to play 43 games from 1991 to 1992.
After playing a season with Wigan, Andrew returned to play 22 games for Illawarra in 1994.
In 1997, Andrew became coach of Illawarra for two seasons before the amalgamation with St George.
In 2000, Andrew became coach of St George Illawarra from 2000 to 2003.
In 2004, Andrew was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions and is currently on the Football Club board.
http://www.bulldogs.com.au/history Click here to read more about Andrew and other Bulldogs Greats! 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Joe Thomas[/h]


Saturday 30 June 2012 9:00 AM

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Joe Thomas played 23 games for South Sydney from 1984 to 1987 as a lock forward.
In 1988, Joe joined Canterbury and started the season in reserve grade playing lock and five-eight. He received the opportunity to play first grade as hooker against St George when Eddie Muller was relegated.
Joe was to be the regular hooker for the next three seasons and played in the 1988 Premiership winning team against Balmain.
After being a regular member of the first grade team in 1989 and 1990, Joe joined Western Suburbs to play 53 games from 1991 to 1993.
In 1994, Joe joined Illawarra to play six first grade games.
In 2004, Joe was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions. 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Ewan McCrady[/h]


Saturday 7 July 2012 8:00 AM

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Ewan McGrady joined Canterbury in 1990 as a halfback.
Starting in reserve grade, Ewan received the opportunity to play first grade against Easts (Roosters) when Kevin Moore broke his arm. He became a regular first grade player for the rest of the season.
In 1991, Ewan played every first game that season and won the Rothmans Medal as Best and Fairest. Ewan captained Canterbury on four occasions during the season aswell as playing in the play-offs.
In 1992, Ewan was moved to fullback for the season. In 1993, Ewan became a regular member of the reserve grade team and played the Preliminary Final against Newcastle on the wing.
In 1994, Ewan joined Western Suburbs to play four games in first grade. He returned to country regions and in 2006 was still playing the game in Queensland.
In 2004, Ewan was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions.
http://www.bulldogs.com.au/history Read more about Ewan and other Bulldogs Greats here!
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Peter Tunks[/h]


Monday 9 July 2012 8:00 AM

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Peter Tunks played 98 games for South Sydney from 1977 to 1983 as second row forward.
In 1984, Peter joined Canterbury to become a regular prop for the next six seasons.
In 1984, Peter played for NSW before playing in the Premiership winning team against Parramatta. In 1985, Peter played for Australia. He played nine games for NSW from 1984 to 1987 and played six Tests for Australia from 1985 to 1987.
Peter played in the Premiership winning team against St George.
In 1986, Peter captained Canterbury for the first time. He captained Canterbury on 34 occasions from 1986 to 1989.
Peter played in the Grand Final against Parramatta but declined the Kangaroo tour due to business commitments.
In 1987, Peter continued in first grade in 1987 and played for Leeds in the off-season.
In 1988, Peter was appointed captain and led the team the Premiership winning team against Balmain.
Peter was captain again in 1989 and joined Penrith in 1990 to play 12 games that season before being relegated to reserve grade.
Peter played with Salford and Sheffield before being captain-coach of Oldham.
In 2004, Peter was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions.
This week we're celebrating the 80's as we head into Friday night's game against the Eels. You can purchase tickets by http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=BULL1912 click here! 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Terry Lamb[/h]


Tuesday 10 July 2012 8:00 AM

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Terry Lamb played 88 games for Western Suburbs between 1980 and 1983. Terry was the Dally M player of the year in 1983.
Terry joined Canterbury in 1984 to become the regular five-eight for the next 13 seasons.
Terry played for NSW and for a short period of time captained the first grade team. He captained Canterbury on 121 occasions from 1984 to 1995 which is the current record.
Terry played eight games for NSW from 1981 to 1989. He played seven Tests for Australia from 1986 to 1988.
Terry played in the Premiership winning team against Parramatta and was the competitions leading try scorer.
In 1985 he played most of the season including the Semi-Final against St George, however, missed the rest of the season due to a groin injury.
Terry started the 1986 playing his only reserve grade game but went on to be the competitions leading point scorer and played in the Grand Final against Parramatta.
Terry was selected on the Kangaroo tour and played in every game of the tour.
In 1987, Terry was the competitions leading try scorer and in 1988, played in the Premiership winning team against Balmain.
Terry continued in 1989 and 1990 as a regular first grade player and by 1990 was appointed captain. He would be captain for the next five seasons.
In 1991, Terry led a young team to the play-offs and after missing the finals in 1992, led the team to finals in 1993.
Terry became the first Canterbury player to score 100 first grade tries in 1993 and played in the Preliminary Final against Brisbane.
In 1994, Terry missed half of the season due to a broken arm but returned to lead the team to the Grand Final against Canberra.
In 1995, Terry's leadership played an important role during the unstable season. He led the Premiership winning team against Manly.
Terry returned for one more season in 1996 to close his playing career.
He became reserve grade coach in 1998 and coached the reserve grade to Premierships in 1998 and 2000 before Terry coached the Wests Tigers from 2001 to 2002.
In 2004, Terry was named captain and five-eight of the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions and is ranked alongside Steve Mortimer and Les Johns as the club's greatest player.
On April 1 2007, he was inducted into the Bulldogs Ring of Champions and on February 22 2008, Terry was named in the 100 Greatest Players as part of the centenary year celebrations.
This week we're celebrating the 80's as we head into Friday night's game against the Eels. You can purchase tickets by http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=BULL1912 click here! 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Steve Mortimer[/h]


Friday 13 July 2012 8:00 AM

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Steve Mortimer joined Canterbury in 1976 as a halfback.
The brother of Peter and Chris Mortimer, Steve started his initial season in first grade and after being relegated mid-season for Phil Young, returned to play in the Preliminary Final against Manly.
Steve was to hold the halfback position for 13 seasons.
In 1977, Steve played his initial match for NSW. He played 15 games for NSW between 1977 and 1985.
In 1978, Steve played in the Preliminary Final against Parramatta and in 1979, Steve played in the Grand Final against St George.
In 1980, Steve was a member of the Premiership winning team against Easts (Roosters) and in 1981, Steve played in every match and was selected to play for Australia. He played eight Tests for Australia and was a member of the 1982 Kangaroos.
Steve's domination continued in 1982 and in 1983 he played in the Preliminary Final against Parramatta.
In 1984, Steve became captain of the team and captained Canterbury on 70 occasions between 1984 and 1988. He also became captain of NSW for three games between 1984 and 1985.
Steve led NSW to their first State of Origin series win in 1985.
Steve led the Premiership winning teams in 1984 and 1985 and led the team in the 1986 Grand Final against Parramatta.
In 1987, Steve continued leading the team and in 1988 resigned the captaincy to Peter Tunks.
After struggling with injury and playing as a replacement, Steve returned to the starting line up but broke his arm just before the finals.
Steve played his last game for Canterbury as a replacement in the 1988 Premiership winning team against Balmain.
Steve has played the most first grade games for Canterbury and is considered to be the best halfback to play for Canterbury after being named in the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions in 2004.
Steve was later Chief Executive of the Football Club from 2002 to 2004 and is a Life Member of the Football Club.
On April 1 2007, he was inducted into the Bulldogs Ring of Champions and on February 22 2008, Steve was named in the 100 Greatest Players as part of the centenary year celebrations.
This week we're celebrating the 80's as we head into tonight's game against the Eels. You can purchase tickets by http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=BULL1912 click here! 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Paul Langmack[/h]


Thursday 12 July 2012 8:00 AM

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Paul Langmack joined Canterbury in 1983 as a lock forward.
Paul progressed quickly through the grades to be a regular member of the reserve grade team before receiving the opportunity to play first grade against St George when Jim Leis was injured.
Paul played in the 1983 Preliminary Semi-Final against Parramatta as a replacement.
In 1984, Paul started the season in reserve grade but was promoted to first grade for Jim Leis mid-season. He was a regular in first grade for the next seven seasons and played in the Premiership winning team against Parramatta.
In 1985, Paul played in every match including the Premiership winning team against St George.
In 1986, Paul played every game including the Grand Final against Parramatta and was selected for the 1986 Kangaroo tour.
In 1987, Paul played for NSW for the first time. Paul played four games for NSW between 1987 and 1988. He played every game in the 1987 season to break Lin Johnson's 1946 record for 84 consecutive first grade games.
Paul's run of consecutive games was broken in 1988 with 94 consecutive games.
In 1988, Paul played in the Premiership winning team against Balmain.
In 1989, Paul captained Canterbury for the first time. He captained Canterbury on 13 occasions between 1989 and 1990.
In 1990, Paul played every match in a season for the fourth time.
In 1991, Paul joined Western Suburbs to play 137 games from 1991 to 1998 and in 1999, Paul joined Easts (Roosters) to play three games before retiring.
After being an assistant coach at the Wests Tigers, Paul was appointed coach of South Sydney in 2003 and 2004.
Paul was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions in 2004.
This week we're celebrating the 80's as we head into Friday night's game against the Eels. You can purchase tickets by http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=BULL1912 click here! 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Chris Anderson[/h]


Wednesday 11 July 2012 8:00 AM

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Chris Anderson joined Canterbury in 1970 as a fullback.
His debut for the Club was in the third grade Semi-Final against St George before he played in the Preliminary Final against South Sydney.
In 1971, Chris became a regular member of the reserve grade team, playing on the wing and received the opportunity to play first grade against Cronulla as a replacement.
He played in the 1971 reserve grade Premiership winning team against St George.
In 1972, Chris started the season in reserve grade as fullback and was able to secure the first grade fullback position from Gary Dowling by mid-season.
In 1973 he started the season in first grade on the wing but by mid-season was relegated for Max Cole.
In 1974, Chris returned to first grade replacing Don Rogers and had an outstanding season playing in City II and NSW before playing in the Grand Final against Easts (Roosters).
Chris dove over for 16 tries in 1974, breaking the previous try scoring record for the season which had been held by Morrie Murphy since 1947 who scored 14 tries in a season.
Chris spent the 1974-75 off-season playing for Widnes and played in the Challenge Cup final. He returned to Australia to be selected in the World Cup squad.
Chris played eight games for NSW from 1974 to 1983 and played eight Tests for Australia from 1975 to 1982. Chris was a member of the 1978 and 1982 Kangaroo tours and toured New Zealand in 1980.
Chris played in the Preliminary Semi-Final against Parramatta in 1975.
In 1976, Chris was relegated to reserve grade for Steve Gearin and missed the final series. In 1977, he started the season in first grade and was to remain in first grade for the next eight seasons.
In 1978, Chris played in the Preliminary Semi-Final against Parramatta and in 1979, Chris played in the Grand Final against St George before appearing in the 1980 Premiership winning team.
In 1981 and 1982, Chris's seasons were impacted by illness and injury but he returned in 1983 to be appointed captain.
Chris scored a record 19 tries and played in the Preliminary Final against Parramatta. He captained Canterbury on 27 occasions between 1981 and 1984.
Chris played most of the 1984 season before being relegated for Max Mannix and moved to England.
Chris became captain-coach of Halifax from 1984 to 1988, making the Cup Final in 1988.
He returned to Canterbury in 1989 to coach the Under 21 team. In 1990, Chris was appointed coach in first grade and coached the team for a record 182 games between 1990 and 1997.
Chris coached the first grade team to the 1993 Preliminary Final, the 1994 Grand Final against Canberra and the 1995 Premiership win over Manly.
Chris coached the team to the Preliminary Semi-Final against Penrith in 1997.
He joined Melbourne in 1998 to win another Premiership in 1999 over St George Illawarra.
Chris became coach of Australia from 1999 to 2003, coaching team for 18 Tests.
He joined Cronulla in 2002 for two seasons before the club terminated his contract early.
Chris spent time in the UK coaching with Rugby Union and has returned to coach the Sydney Roosters in 2007.
Chris was named on the wing in the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions during 2004. He is also a Life Member of the Football Club.
On April 1 2007, he was inducted into the Bulldogs Ring of Champions.
This week we're celebrating the 80's as we head into Friday night's game against the Eels. You can purchase tickets by http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=BULL1912 click here! 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Kevin Goldspink[/h]


Saturday 21 July 2012 9:00 AM

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Kevin Goldspink joined Canterbury in 1963 as a lock forward.
The brother of Colin Goldspink, Kevin started his initial season in reserve grade and received the opportunity to play first grade against Western Suburbs when Kevin Neal was injured.
Goldspink was able to secure a regular first grade position midway through the season when Heinz Blume was injured. He was to become a regular first grade player for the next seven seasons.
In 1964, Kevin moved to the second row and lost his first grade position to Ralph Harding, however he returned to first grade later in the season when Don Hobson was relegated.
In 1965, Kevin's season was interrupted mid-season by injury and in 1966 he missed the last month of the season due to injury.
In 1967, he played every game of the season including the Grand Final against South Sydney. Kevin was selected in the 1967 Kangaroos however he did not play in a test. He played for Sydney II in 1966 and 1967 before representing Country in 1972 against Sydney.
He continued his consistent form in 1968 but his 1969 season was again cut short due to injury.
In 1970, Kevin joined Easts (Roosters) and played 26 first grade games between 1970 and 1971. He later was a captain-coach in the Illawarra competition before retiring.
In 2004, Kevin was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions.
http://www.bulldogs.com.au/history Click here to read more about Kevin and our other Bulldogs Greats! 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Steve Reardon[/h]


Saturday 4 August 2012 9:00 AM

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Steve Reardon joined Canterbury in 1990 as a lock forward. Steve was a regular member of the Under 21 team and played in the Preliminary Semi-Final against Parramatta.

In 1991, Steve became a regular member of the reserve grade team and received the opportunity to play first grade against Parramatta as a replacement. He finished the season in first grade when Dean Pay was injured and played in the Play-off against Western Suburbs.
In 1992, Steve was a regular member of the first grade team and in 1993, he started the season in reserve grade and received a season ending leg injury.
Steve returned in 1994 to become a regular member of the reserve grade team and played in the Semi-Final against St George.
In 1995, Steve was a regular member of the reserve grade team.
In 1996, Steve returned to first grade to be a regular member of the team and despite starting the 1997 season in first grade, he was relegated for Travis Norton and played in the Premiership winning reserve grade team against Auckland.
In 1998, Steve started the season in reserve grade but returned to first grade for Robert Relf as a interchange forward. He played in the Grand Final against Brisbane off the interchange bench.
In 1999, Steve finally secured a regular position in the team which was maintained for five seasons. He played in the Semi-Final against Melbourne as lock.
In 2000, Steve developed in a regular second row and in 2001 played in the Semi-Final against Cronulla as a lock.
After maintaining his position in 2002, Steve played his final match in 2003 in the Preliminary Final against Easts (Roosters), starting in the second-row.
In 2004, Steve returned to Temora and represented Country. He was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions and is a Life Member of the Football Club.
Read more about Steve and our other Bulldogs greats by http://www.bulldogs.com.au/history clicking here!
Steve was also a special guest at our game last week, http://www.bulldogs.com.au/news-display/Round-21-Member-Wrap/60624 click here to see his on field presentation to our 18 Membership winner! 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Barry Berrigan[/h]


Saturday 11 August 2012 8:00 AM

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Barry Berrigan joined the Bulldogs in 1995 as a fullback.
Barry was a regular member of the reserve grade team and received the opportunity to play first grade against Illawarra as a replacement. He also played five-eight and half.
In 1996, Barry was the regular half-back in reserve grade.
In 1997, became a regular member of the first grade team as an interchange reserve and played in the Preliminary Semi-Final against Penrith as half back.
In 1998, Barry started in first grade as fullback but suffered a season ending knee injury.
In 1999, Barry returned to become a regular member of the reserve grade team mainly playing fullback and played in the Semi-Final against Canberra as a halfback.
In 2000, Barry returned to Brisbane and in 2003, Barry joined the Brisbane Broncos to play 32 games from 2003 to 2005.
Barry retired in 2006 due to a neck injury.
http://www.bulldogs.com.au/history Click here to read more about Barry and other Bulldogs Greats! 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Dean Pay[/h]


Saturday 15 September 2012 8:00 AM

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Dean Pay joined Canterbury in 1988 as a second row forward.
Dean was a regular member of the Under 21 team and in 1989 progressed to reserve grade as a prop before receiving the opportunity to play first grade against Easts (Roosters) as a replacement.
In 1990, Dean started the season in first grade and became a regular member of the team.
In 1991, Dean played in the play-offs but in 1992, his season was ruined by a knee injury.
In 1993, Dean returned to be a regular second row in first grade. In 1994, Dean captained the first grade team for the first time. He captained Canterbury on 13 occasions from 1994 to 1995.
Dean played for both NSW and Australia. He played 12 games for NSW from 1994 to 1997 and played for Australia in 10 Tests between 1994 and 1997. Dean was a member of the 1994 Kangaroo tour and played in the 1995 World Cup.
He played in the 1994 Grand Final against Canberra.
In 1995, Dean returned to the front row and was a member of the Premiership winning team against Manly.
In 1996, Dean joined Parramatta to play 76 games from 1996 to 1999. He has since spent time at the Roosters as a coaching assistant for Ricky Stuart.
In 2004, Dean was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions.
To read more about Dean and our other former greats, http://www.bulldogs.com.au/history click here! 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Hazem El Masri[/h]


Saturday 22 September 2012 8:00 AM

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One of the Bulldogs greatest ever players. After 14 years of first grade football for the club, Hazem became Rugby League's highest pointscorer with a total of 2,418 points.
Hazem tops the Bulldogs highest point scorer and try scorer list with 2,418 and 159 respectively.
Hazem passed 2,000 first grade points in the Bulldogs 52-4 win over Canberra on August 12 2007 with a try. He joined an elite group of just three players to achieve the milestone - Daryl Halligan (2,034), Jason Taylor (2,107) and Andrew Johns (2,176).
Hazem is placed first on the club's first grade games list with 317 - 45 more than club legend Steve Mortimer (272). He became the club's most capped player against Manly on June 22, 2007 when he ran out for his 314th club appearance - only the second player to have played 300 club games for the Bulldogs - the other being former coach Steve Folkes, who played 313 games for the Bulldogs across all grades.
The boy from Tripoli in Lebanon made his way to Australia at the age of 10. He quickly developed a liking towards Rugby League and with his soccer background he managed to form the sharp-shooting right boot we witness today.
Hazem joined the club in 1995 as a 19-year-old fullback and after being a regular member of the Under 21 team, Hazem started the 1996 season playing on the wing in first grade. He was a regular member of the team but was relegated for Shane Marteene late in the season.
In 1997, Hazem played every game in first grade including the 14-15 Preliminary Semi Final loss against Penrith.
In 1998, Hazem started the season in first grade but was relegated for Paul Mellor to become a regular member of the reserve grade team. Hazem broke the record for most reserve grade tries in a season, beating Scott Wilson's 1993 record before playing fullback in the Premiership winning team against Parramatta.
In 1999, Hazem returned to first grade when Daryl Halligan was injured and has secured that wing position for his last 11 seasons. Season 1999 also saw Hazem kick his first goal in first grade during the Bulldogs 17-26 loss to Melbourne. He managed to play in the Semi Final against Melbourne where the 'Dogs fell just short - losing 22-24 at the Sydney Football Stadium.
In season 2000, Hazem played every game and finished the season at fullback after Rod Silva was relegated.
With the retirement of Daryl Halligan at the end of 2000, season 2001 saw Hazem appointed as goal kicker and after playing every game that season, he equalled Daryl Halligan's record for the most points in a season (270) and equalled Chris Anderson's record for most tries in a season (19). Hazem played in the crushing 10-52 Semi Final loss against Cronulla.
In 2002, Hazem played every game and finshed the season as the competition's leading point scorer and became the third Bulldogs player to score 100 Club tries. Along the way he broke Paul Langmack's record of 94 consecutive games. The 2002 season also saw Hazem selected to play his only Test for Australia.
In 2003, he played every game and broke the NRL record for the most points scored in a season (294) whilst breaking the record for the most consecutive goals with 35. Hazem played in the 18-28 Preliminary Final loss against the Roosters.
In 2004, Hazem once again played every game and broke his previous record for the most points in a season, being the first player to score 300 points in a season (342). He broke Terry Lamb's club record for the most club tries in a career. Hazem played in the Premiership winning team against the Roosters and scored his 100th first grade try in the 16-13 Grand Final win.
In 2004, Hazem was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions.
In season 2005, Hazem scored 16 points in the Bulldogs 32-39 World Club Challenge loss against the Leeds Rhinos. He then went on to break Daryl Halligan's record for scoring the most points for the club before also breaking Daryl Halligan's record for most first grade points for the club. After playing 174 consecutive first grade games for the club, the sequence was broken when he was injured late in the season.
In 2006, Hazem played every game (2083 minutes) and was the competition's leading point scorer (296) for the fourth time. He managed a goal kicking percentage of just over 86% with 114 goals landed from 132 attempts, whilst scoring 17 tries on his way to breaking Terry Lamb's record for most first grade tries in a career (123). He also broke Terry Lamb's record for the most points in a match when he scored 34 points (four tries and nine goals) against the Wests Tigers in Round 2 at Telstra Stadium. Hazem played in the 20-37 Preliminary Final loss against the Brisbane Broncos.
On July 4, 2007 Hazem made his State of Origin debut at Suncorp Stadium for New South Wales - scoring 10 points from three difficult conversions and a four-pointer in the dying stages to help the Blues to an 18-4 victory.
Hazem was again the NRL top point scorer in season 2007 - the fifth time in his career. He scored 202 points after the regular rounds and added a further eight points to his tally in the finals series (210).
He scored 10 tries, kicked 77/97 conversions, kicked 8/8 penalty goals, missed just one match due to Origin duties and played a total of 2000 minutes of football for the blue-and-whites in season 2007.
In all, he has played 18 Jersey Flegg games (or equivalent), 30 Premier League games (or reserve grade equivalent), seven World Club Challenge games and 317 first grade games.
It would be hard to argue with someone claiming Hazem El Masri to be the best goal kicker the game has ever seen. In his 372 club games, El Masri has scored 194 tries and kicked 901 goals for a total of 2,578 points and is a Life Member of the Football Club.
In 2009 Hazem became Rugby League's all-time leading point scorer when he kicked 7/7 in the blue-and-white's 34-12 win over Manly to reach 2,184 points. El Masri was swamped by team mates as fireworks filled the sky.
On June 30, 2009 Hazem announced his retirement and the Rugby League community embraced him. In his farewell home game against the Warriors at ANZ Stadium on August 30, El Masri was greeted by 41,835 fans as the blue-and-whites came away comfortable 40-20 winners.
The fairytale send off was not to be however for this Club great as the Bulldogs went down 12-22 in the Preliminary Final against Parramatta at ANZ Stadium in front of 74,549 fans.
Other Bulldogs records racked up by Hazem El Masri include:
* Most points in a first grade game: 34 (four tries, nine goals) v Wests Tigers - Round 2, 2006.
* Most tries in first grade: 159 - breaking Terry Lamb's previous record of 123.
* Most tries for the club: 194 - 71 more than Terry Lamb's 123.
* Most goals in first grade: 891 goals which broke Daryl Halligan's previous record of 630 goals.
* Most points in first grade: 2,418 points (159t, 891g).
* Most club points: 2,578 pts.
* Most club goals: 901 - breaking Daryl Halligan's previous record of 665.
* Most consecutive goals in first grade: 35 - set during Round 23, 2003 vs Manly.
* Most points in Rugby League history: 2,418 (159t, 891g)
http://www.bulldogs.com.au/history Click here to read more about Hazem and other Bulldogs Greats! 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Daryl Halligan[/h]


Saturday 15 December 2012 10:52 AM


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Player No. 591
Nickname Chook
Position Wing
Contract 2000
Height 192cm (6' 4")
Weight 96kg (211lbs)
DOB 25th Jul 1966
Origin Waikato, New Zealand
Debut Vs Manly - 13th Mar 1994
Dog Years (7) 1994 , 1995 , 1996 , 1997 , 1998 , 1999, 2000
Rep Caps New Zealand(11),
Other Clubs North Sydney
Junior Club Hamilton R U, New Zealand

Daryl Halligan played 64 games for North Sydney from 1991 to 1993 as a goal kicking winger.

Daryl played for New Zealand in 20 Tests from 1992 to 1998.
In 1994, Daryl joined Canterbury and became a regular member of the first grade team for seven seasons after making his first grade debut for the club against Manly. He played in every match, was the competitions leading point scorer and played in the Grand Final against Canberra.
In 1995, Daryl played in the Premiership winning team against Manly and in 1996, played every game that season.
In 1997, Daryl played in the Preliminary Semi-Final against Penrith and in 1998, landed 30 consecutive goals to break Mick Cronin's record. He managed to convert two heart-stoppers in the 1998 Preliminary Semi-Final against Parramatta before playing in the Grand Final against Brisbane.
In 1999, Darryl's sequence of consecutive games was stopped by a cheekbone fracture. He played 86 consecutive games from 1995 to 1999. Daryl played in the 1999 Semi Final against Melbourne.
In 2000, Daryl became the first player to score 2000 first grade points and finished his career with the club as the Bulldogs highest point scorer.
In 2004, Daryl was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions.
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Career Stats
Grade Year Games Tries Goals F Goals Points
1 1994 24 12 110 2 270
1 1995 25 12 87 0 222
1 1996 21 7 59 0 146
1 1997 19 6 79 0 182
1 1998 29 6 116 0 256
1 1999 22 7 91 0 210
1 2000 26 7 88 0 204
Total: 166 57 630 2 1490

Total - All Grades
Years Games Tries Goals F Goals Points
Total: 7 172 61 665 2 1576
Average (per year): 24.6 8.7 95 0.3 225.1 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Chris Anderson[/h]


Saturday 29 December 2012 8:00 AM

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Coach No. 29
Player No. 375
DOB 2nd May 1952
Debut Vs South Sydney - 17th Mar 1990
Years (8) 1990 , 1991 , 1992 , 1993 , 1994 , 1995 , 1996 , 1997

Biography:

Chris Anderson joined Canterbury in 1970 as a fullback.
His debut for the Club was in the third grade Semi-Final against St George before he played in the Preliminary Final against South Sydney.
In 1971, Chris became a regular member of the reserve grade team, playing on the wing and received the opportunity to play first grade against Cronulla as a replacement.

He played in the 1971 reserve grade Premiership winning team against St George.

In 1972, Chris started the season in reserve grade as fullback and was able to secure the first grade fullback position from Gary Dowling by mid-season.

In 1973 he started the season in first grade on the wing but by mid-season was relegated for Max Cole.

In 1974, Chris returned to first grade replacing Don Rogers and had an outstanding season playing in City II and NSW before playing in the Grand Final against Easts (Roosters).

Chris dove over for 16 tries in 1974, breaking the previous try scoring record for the season which had been held by Morrie Murphy since 1947 who scored 14 tries in a season.
Chris spent the 1974-75 off-season playing for Widnes and played in the Challenge Cup final. He returned to Australia to be selected in the World Cup squad.

Chris played eight games for NSW from 1974 to 1983 and played eight Tests for Australia from 1975 to 1982. Chris was a member of the 1978 and 1982 Kangaroo tours and toured New Zealand in 1980.

Chris played in the Preliminary Semi-Final against Parramatta in 1975.

In 1976, Chris was relegated to reserve grade for Steve Gearin and missed the final series. In 1977, he started the season in first grade and was to remain in first grade for the next eight seasons.

In 1978, Chris played in the Preliminary Semi-Final against Parramatta and in 1979, Chris played in the Grand Final against St George before appearing in the 1980 Premiership winning team.

In 1981 and 1982, Chris's seasons were impacted by illness and injury but he returned in 1983 to be appointed captain.

Chris scored a record 19 tries and played in the Preliminary Final against Parramatta. He captained Canterbury on 27 occasions between 1981 and 1984.
Chris played most of the 1984 season before being relegated for Max Mannix and moved to England.

Chris became captain-coach of Halifax from 1984 to 1988, making the Cup Final in 1988.

He returned to Canterbury in 1989 to coach the Under 21 team. In 1990, Chris was appointed coach in first grade and coached the team for a record 182 games between 1990 and 1997.
Chris coached the first grade team to the 1993 Preliminary Final, the 1994 Grand Final against Canberra and the 1995 Premiership win over Manly.
Chris coached the team to the Preliminary Semi-Final against Penrith in 1997.
He joined Melbourne in 1998 to win another Premiership in 1999 over St George Illawarra.
Chris became coach of Australia from 1999 to 2003, coaching team for 18 Tests.
He joined Cronulla in 2002 for two seasons before the club terminated his contract early.
Chris spent time in the UK coaching with Rugby Union and has returned to coach the Sydney Roosters in 2007.
Chris was named on the wing in the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions during 2004. He is also a Life Member of the Football Club. 
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[h=1]Bulldogs Heritage - Bill Noonan[/h]


Saturday 12 January 2013 10:37 AM

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Player No. - 357
Nickname - Nunga
Position - Prop
Contract -1978
Height-183cm (6ft)
Weight-95kg (209lbs)
DOB -14th May 1947
Origin -Christchurch, New Zealand
Debut Vs North Sydney - 29th Mar 1970
Dog Years- (9) 1970 , 1971 , 1972 , 1973 , 1974 , 1975 , 1976 , 1977 , 1978
Captain Years- (2) 1975 , 1977
Captain Record-3 games, 0 won(0%), 2 lost(67%), 1 drew(33%)
Other Clubs -Newtown
Junior Club-Linwood, Christchurch New Zealand
Biography:

Bill Noonan played three Tests for New Zealand as a second row forward and prop from 1967 to 1969.

Bill joined Canterbury in 1970 and played in the winning Pre-Season Final against St George. He became a regular prop in first grade for nine seasons.

Bill did play hooker on occasions in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973.

He played in the 1970 Semi-Final against St George and after playing most of the 1971 season in first grade, Bill was relegated to reserve grade for Greg Purcell to return as hooker where he played in the reserve grade Premiership winning team against St George.

In 1972, Bill started the season in reserve grade but was able to secure a regular first grade position when Dennis Manteit was injured.

In 1973, Bill was a regular member of the first grade team and played in the Preliminary Final against Newtown. In 1974, he played in the Grand Final against Easts (Roosters). Bill captained the team for the first time in 1975 and in total, captained the team on three occasions.

Bill played in the Preliminary Semi-Final against Parramatta in 1975 and in 1976, played in the Preliminary Final against Manly.

Injury interrupted his 1977 season but Bill returned in 1978 to play in the Preliminary Semi-Final against Parramatta.

In 1979, Bill joined Newtown to play 36 games between 1979 and 1980.

In 2004, Bill was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions. 
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[h=1]Football Club Director Anthony Elias Receives Life Membership[/h]


Thursday 14 February 2013 2:11 PM



Last Sunday, 10 February the Bulldogs Rugby League Football Club held its Annual General Meeting at the Canterbury League Club. On a day where all general business was discussed it was also a day where two club Members were awarded with Life Membership.
There were two Members who received Life Membership, with Bulldogs Rugby League Football Club Director Anthony Elias a very proud recipient. The other was Luke Patten, who we heard from over the weekend.
Elias was a Bulldog from birth and has fond memories of going to matches with his father in the early days. At age 14 Elias had his first ‘official’ position at the Club when club legend Peter Moore got him in to clean his office once a week. On top of this he was given the job of opening up and locking Belmore Sports Ground before and after training.
“They were great days for me,” Elias recalled. “Bullfrog used to smoke those Camel cigarettes and drink scotch and milk so I must admit it wasn’t the nicest smelling office I’ve ever been in.
“I was good mates with Kevin Moore and we were always running around at Belmore, they are great memories.”
Elias played for the club between 1983 and 1988 and Captained the Jersey Flegg side to the 1983 Premiership. After his playing days Elias maintained a heavy involvement in the Club and was appointed to the Football Club Board in 2002, and still holds the position today. He also was a Member of the League Club Board from 2008 through until 2010.
When receiving his Life Membership, Elias admitted it was a very emotional time and he has loved every minute of his involvement with his beloved Bulldogs.
“It is a very proud moment. I love this Club and have enjoyed every experience I have had.
“There have been many ups and downs but that is part of sport and part of the reason we love it so much.
“I got pretty emotional when receiving the Membership because this is for my whole family, they have been as involved as me and it really does mean a lot to me.” 
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[h=1]The General Receives Life Membership[/h]


Sunday 10 February 2013 3:28 PM



Luke Patten caught up with Bulldogs TV at the Belmore Trial Match to talk about being awarded life membership to the club.

http://www.bulldogs.com.au/news-display/The-General-Receives-Life-Membership/68154 
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[INDENT]RIP Karen Folkes, condolences to Folkes and Moore families.

Cancer is horrible[/INDENT] 
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[h=2]Vale Karen Folkes[/h] [h=4][source: http://www.menofleague.com www.menofleague.com ] on Friday 1 Mar 2013 18:27[/h]


The Rugby League community were stunned and deeply saddened when Karen Folkes passed away on Thursday 28 February, aged just 55.

The daughter of the legendary Canterbury CEO, Peter " Bullfrog " Moore OAM and wife of 1986 Kangaroo tourist, Steve Folkes, Karen was well liked by everyone. She was a personable, intelligent and very friendly lady, who was close to her family and friends. With her Rugby League pedigree, Karen had a comprehensive knowledge of the game but always remained in the background. She gave continual and strong support to her husband, as she did to her son Daniel and daughter, Hayley.

Growing up in a large family, she was one of nine brothers and sisters, Karen had a keen sense of humour. Her siblings are Lynne, Terry, Brian, Julie, Kevin, Donna, Maree and Tracy. Their parents, Peter and Marie Moore, were immensely proud of all of their nine children.

The Men of League extend their deepest sympathies, to Steve, Daniel and Hayley, along with her eight brothers and sisters, plus her extended family and many friends.

When the funeral details are known, they will be added to the http://www.menofleague.com Men of League website.

By Barry Ross

http://www.rleague.com/content/article.php?id=46676 
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Juggling act at the top as league joins big end of town

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NOW that the dust has settled, for now, and Ben Barba's expected long road to recovery has begun, it's worth asking: have the Bulldogs ever looked more like the family club?

They have long been referred to as such, because of the surnames of those who have wandered the fields and offices of the club for decades. Hughes, Mortimer and Moore.

That era is now long gone, but as the Bulldogs chief executive, Todd Greenberg, displayed what he referred to as a ''mixture of tough love and professional care'' in his public description of a sensitive battle, he impressed many.

''The great difficulty for me on Monday was making sure … what we had to do was discipline Ben, against what the club had stood for,'' Greenberg said.
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''But the second part was to put our arm around him. We were there to support him. The third part was to communicate it all to the general public, while also respecting his privacy.''

It was a difficult and delicate balance. But what Greenberg also did was highlight the evolution of the club boss; these days part accountant, solicitor, human resources manager, politician, PR spin doctor. And throw in father figure and mentor, as well.

It is difficult, of course, to say for certain whether that was the right path. But there weren't many people able or willing to criticise Greenberg's handling of a sensitive issue, which was to discipline Barba, who was battling a number of demons, and hand out as much information as he liked, without damaging the most important person: Barba himself.

''I think Todd showed his class, but I think the culture of the club really stood out,'' the long-time boss of Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters, Steve Noyce, said. ''On his shoulders would have been the culture of the club, the reputation of the club, the concern of the sponsor, the concern of the members, but obviously the concern about Ben, his partner and his young kids.''

With the sport propelled into a new era by a billion-dollar-plus broadcast deal, the stakes are, of course, higher for the men at the front of the front office.

So are the expectations. With that comes increased pressure and scrutiny. It is clear the job is not what it was a few decades ago.

''The status and prestige and image … everything to do with the game has gone up,'' Noyce said. ''It was 22-odd years ago when I started. In that time I'm sure it's gone up five- or ten-fold. And that's really exciting for the game.''

Blood pressure rises with the expectations. It is easy to jest about the ''changing face'' of the club CEO. Less hair. What hair remains is greying quickly.

That said, a club boss is only as good as his other staff, just as a coach is only as good as the team he assembles. Club bosses need able lieutenants, and Greenberg is at pains to point out that, these days, the quality of the support staff is crucial.

''Clubs have resourced themselves better over the past few years,'' Greenberg said. ''People aren't necessarily at the front of press conferences, but they deserve credit behind the scenes.''

Still, the buck usually stops with the person who fronts that press conference. There is no hiding behind those support staff when mistakes are made.

''You go in with your eyes wide open,'' Greenberg said. ''You don't go into this role hoping to put your feet up on your desk and hoping to play golf on Wednesday. Also, if you're going into the role and you want to be popular, you're going in with the wrong attitude.''

Said Noyce: ''It's rewarding, but with it comes greater expectation, greater scrutiny, greater commercial consequences. There's HR issues that we have to manage. There's occupational health and safety issues. Forty years ago, people went to games, had too much to drink, fell down the stairs and it was their fault. Today, if that situation happens, fingers are pointed.''

There's also social media. Thirty years ago, that would have referred to the journos who got on the drink with the club bosses. Not now. And the social lives of players are far more difficult to manage. Little can be ignored or swept under the carpet any more.

Nothing good happens after 2am, and likewise, nothing good happens when a chief executive's phone rings about 2am.

And, importantly, there are numbers to consider alongside those that appear on the scoreboard, and far more significant fiduciary duties to consider on top of the judiciary.

''I'm sure it was probably two or three million dollars turnover when I first started at Wests, but when I left the Roosters it was $14 million turnover,'' Noyce said.

Some of the most revered administrators in the game worked in eras gone by, the likes of Peter ''Bullfrog'' Moore (who, in a story with parallels to Barba's, was dispatched to find Ewan McGrady and escort him to the 1991 Rothman's Medal) and Manly's godfather Ken Arthurson.

But they were still vastly different back then.

Moore was the only chief executive who called South Sydney boss Shane Richardson in the days and even weeks and months after his arrival at Cronulla from Queensland in 1993.

''Frog was the only one to ring me and say 'welcome to Sydney','' Richardson said. ''I knew from that day on that my first-born would be donated to the Frog.''

Now club bosses meet regularly and, shock horror, work together.

''I think the quality of CEOs is dramatically better than what it was in 1993,'' Richardson said. ''It's no longer jobs for the boys, mate of a mate.

''Let's be honest. If people didn't have the fairy godmother called a leagues club … at the end of the season, whatever loss there was, they'd just write a cheque out for it.''

Yet someone with a proficiency in accounting also needs to know that there is a greater chance that he will be held to account. ''I run a $20 million business; my brother is a millionaire and runs a $100 million business but no one knows him from a bar of soap,'' Richardson said.

''Every day, my job's on the line.''

Supporters hold them to account as much as anyone. Clubs are driven by membership, which is why Richardson's voicemail message includes his membership number. In his time, Noyce attempted to respond to every email or telephone call.

''You used to notice, sometimes if you played a Saturday night game, whether it be 5.30 or 7.30, people would send you an email about 11 o'clock at night,'' Noyce said.

''Generally, 10 or 20 thousand people suggest they know how to do your job better than you, when you're a chief executive. Sometimes, you appreciate that there might have been some liquid amber consumed … as long as people weren't swearing or carrying on stupidly, I don't think it's that hard for me to respond.''

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/juggling-act-at-the-top-as-league-joins-big-end-of-town-20130301-2fbrz.html#ixzz2MI0irKOg 
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[h=1]Funeral Details for Geoff Connel[/h]


Wednesday 20 March 2013 11:32 AM

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It is with regret we announce the passing of Geoff Connel who was a life member and past player & coach at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. The funeral for Geoff Connell is on Monday at 12pm at the Leppington Crematorium

In 1972, Geoff joined Canterbury to become a regular member of the first grade team, making his debut against South Sydney early in the season.

In 1973, Geoff was appointed captain of the team. He captained Canterbury on 20 occasions and played in the 1973 Preliminary Semi-Final against Newtown.

In 1974, Geoff commenced the season in reserve grade but returned to first grade for the finals and played in the Grand Final against Easts (Roosters).

In 1975, Geoff started the season in first grade but after being injured, returned to play reserve grade.

He played his last game in the Preliminary Semi-Final against Cronulla as a prop.

In 1976, Geoff was the Under 23 coach and the team played in the Grand Final against Easts (Roosters).

He was reserve grade coach from 1977 to 1980. His team played in the 1979 Grand Final against Parramatta and were Premiers in 1980 after beating Parramatta in the Grand Final.

Geoff is a Life Member of the Football Club and in 2004, he was nominated for the Berries to Bulldogs 70 Year Team of Champions.

http://www.bulldogs.com.au/news-display/Funeral-Details-for-Geoff-Connel/70401 

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SELECT m.SportID as CategoryID, 'SportID' as CategoryType, m.Name as MeetingName, e.Name as EventName, m.MeetingID, e.EventID, e.EventNumber, e.StartTime, e.ForumPosts as Posts FROM `event` e INNER JOIN meeting m ON m.MeetingID = e.MeetingID WHERE NOT e.`Status` = 'closed' AND e.EndTime > UTC_TIMESTAMP() AND (m.SportID = 4 AND m.Removed = 0) AND (ISNULL(OrderIndex) OR OrderIndex <= 100) GROUP BY e.EventID ORDER BY e.StartTime LIMIT 20
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