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Round 1: vs Cowboys




Wednesday 27 February 2013 4:36 PM
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs return to the Central Coast in a Season Opening Telstra Premiership clash against the North Queensland Cowboys to be played at Bluetongue Stadium on March 9.
The Bulldogs have won five of the previous six matches they have played at Bluetongue Stadium and are looking to continue this and their 2012 form into round one.
Tickets are selling very well for this clash, so all fans are encouraged to get in early to avoid disappointment.
A quick look back at the Bulldogs history on the Central Coast:
Ticket Information:
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Round 1 Ticket Prices

Running times:
GATES OPEN: 5.00pm
NYC KICK-OFF: 5.15pm
NRL KICK-OFF: 7.30pm 
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Cowboys squad named:

1 Matthew Bowen
2 Ashley Graham
3 Brent Tate
4 Kane Linnett
5 Antonio Winterstein
6 Johnathan Thurston (c)
7 Ray Thompson
8 Matt Scott (c)
9 Scott Moore
10 James Tamou
11 Gavin Cooper
12 Glenn Hall
13 Dallas Johnson
14 Rory Kostjasyn
15 Ashton Sims
16 Tariq Sims
17 Jason Taumalolo
18 Scott Bolton
19 Robert Lui 


Thompson holds off Lui for the halves spot. The rest is pretty much as expected. 


very strong side 


thanks for posting up the Cowboys team :)

this won't be easy. Anyone know much about their number 9? 


Named Bulldogs Team [INDENT] Bulldogs: Steve Turner, Drury Low, Josh Morris, Krisnan Inu, Sam Perrett, Josh Reynolds, Kris Keating, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (c), Martin Taupau, Tony Williams, Josh Jackson, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: Dene Halatau, Dale Finucane, Tim Browne, David Klemmer, Mitch Brown[/INDENT] 


An Englishman with a bit of ability. I haven't seen him play yet but I'm looking forward to see how he goes. He could prove the difference to the Cowboys from making the semis but always falling short to going all the way.

Senor might know more about him. 


Their not bad to watch when their on song. They seem to have a sixth sense with each other.

I can understand having a out of Sydney team playing, crowd numbers will be down a bit. But moving the first home game is a bit mean. A mate of mine who is a Dogs fan who lives on the south side of Sydney was going to go to it before they changed the venue. 


I watched him in the Cows V dragons trial. He played pretty well. He had good service from dummy half and set up a try. Looking forward to seeing how goes on Saturday. 


[h=1]Steve Turner Named at Fullback for Season Opener[/h]

Tuesday 5 March 2013 5:35 PM

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Coach Des Hasler has today named Steve Turner at fullback for the season opening match to be played against the North Queensland Cowboys at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford. The Bulldogs will play on Saturday night with kick-off at 7.30pm.
Turner, 28, had a year to forget in 2012 when he suffered a knee injury after just eight NRL appearances.
“Whilst a lot of my NRL career has been played on the wing, fullback is a position that I’m very much familiar with and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Turner said.
In other team news, Drury Low will get his first opportunity in the blue and white after being named on the wing. Martin Taupau will start in the front row replacing the injured Sam Kasiano and Tony Williams gets his first start at the Club replacing Kiwi International Frank Pritchard in the second row who is also out through injury.
NYC Player of the Year from 2012 David Klemmer is in a position to make his NRL debut after being named on a five man interchange bench with one player to be omitted on game day.
There are still plenty of tickets available for the match and are available through Ticketek on 132 849 or

1 Steve Turner (Bradley Australia)
2 Drury Low (My Dental Team)
3 Josh Morris (Sydney Boulevard Hotel)
4 Krisnan Inu (Team Electrical)
5 Sam Perrett (Perfection Fresh)
6 Josh Reynolds (CPE Australia)
7 Kris Keating (Five Star Transport)
8 Aiden Tolman (Aravanis Insolvency)
9 Michael Ennis (Choice Paper & Imaging)
10 Martin Taupau (M & J Chickens)
11 Tony Williams (PFD Foods Services)
12 Josh Jackson (Koutzoumis Lawyers)
13 Greg Eastwood (CA Partners)
14 Dene Halatau (Paintcorp Industries)
15 Dale Finucane (Four Js Cleaning Services)
16 Tim Browne (Nash Tiles)
17 David Klemmer (McDonalds Punchbowl)
19 Mitch Brown

COACH: Des Hasler (Wise Education) 


[INDENT] Seven players missing from last years GF side either through moving on, injury or suspension.

No barba, wright, kasiano, prichard, stagg, graham, payne [/INDENT] 


Hodkinson in NSW Cup...what's the story there? 


good question have no idea. On the outter?, rumours linking him to your club. 


Are you happy with Turner at Fullback? 


Not sure about Turner back there. Drury Low and Turner to switch perhaps? 


I think Mr Chook is on the money. The trial matches Drury Low played fullback. Turner was in that position for a short stint. Also watching the Des hasler media conference he hesitated responding to the questions..I think they will alternate, which was happening last year before turner got injured. He would move to the fullback role when defending. Barba on wing 


[h=1]M & J Chickens Announced as Shorts Sponsor[/h]

Wednesday 6 March 2013 3:59 PM
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are proud to announce an important Partnership agreement ahead of the 2013 season with M & J Chickens becoming the shorts sponsor.
The agreement has been confirmed for the next three years, through until the end of season 2015.
M & J Chickens was established as a family business in 1982, as a wholesale supplier of high quality specialised poultry products to the hospitality industry.
The success of M & J Chickens is based on the commitment, expertise and skills of its proprietors, management and employee team. These qualities have seen the company grow from a wholesale poultry supplier based at one premises in Marrickville in 1982, to a company now based in a number of Australian states.
As part of their commitment to the community, M & J Chickens have chosen to donate one of the shorts panels to Camp Quality, enabling them to remain in their existing position and gain the much needed exposure and awareness.
Group General Manager of M & J Chickens, Sam Phylactou, is proud to be growing the partnership with the Bulldogs that has been in place for close to a decade.
“We are pleased to have extended and increased our support of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs,” Phylactou said. “Like the Bulldogs, we have been in this area for many years and pride ourselves on being a community based company providing quality products.”
“As a commitment to the community we are also happy to donate one of our sponsorship panels back to Camp Quality, we feel they deserve the recognition for the great work that they do for children and their families who are doing it tough.”
Bulldogs Chief Executive Officer Todd Greenberg is delighted to have M & J Chickens alongside the Bulldogs brand for the coming years.
“M & J Chickens have been associated with the club for the best part of a decade and year on year their commitment and involvement has grown,” Greenberg said. “Sam and his team run a very professional organisation and that has been shown over the many years of the relationship we have had with them.
“I must thank M & J Chickens for their charitable donation of one shorts panel to Camp Quality. They are well aware of our connection with the community and as a proud family business they too are committed to the great work that organisations like Camp Quality do.” 


in view of the expectation and attention the interim fullback at the Dogs will be under, Dessie just might be trying to take pressure off by naming an experienced player in Turner... there may be a switch mid game

as for Hasler and his media conference, it is just typical Dessie IMO... he can talk for 10 minutes and tell you nothing... a show in itself IMO :D

as for the halfback situation, Keating saw out the year for the team and played in the GF... deserves to start the year as halfback with Hodkinson needing to earn a recall... we will be in a better place to judge 4-6 weeks in 


[h=1]Canterbury's Tolman ready for Cowboys[/h]
Canterbury prop Aiden Tolman is under no illusions about the task his side faces on Saturday when they take on a powerful North Queensland side in Gosford.
Last year's minor premiers will be without superstar fullback Ben Barba as he battles his way through off-field issues as well senior forwards in Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard and James Graham.
Kasiano and Pritchard are recovering from groin and leg injuries respectively with English prop Graham serving a 12-match suspension after biting Billy Slater's ear in last year's grand final.
The Cowboys have the Australia Test side's starting front-rowers in Matt Scott and James Tamou in addition to England back-up hooker Scott Moore who makes his debut.
Former Queensland back-rower Dallas Johnson and the hard-hitting Tariq Sims will also line up for the Cowboys and Tolman is expecting a tough encounter.
"They're a great side with great forwards as well as having guys like Thurston and Bowen," Tolman said.
"It's going to be tough but we have some good players coming in like Marty Taupau, Josh Jackson and Dale Finucane which shows how good our depth is."
The imposing Tony Williams will make his debut for the Bulldogs to add some extra beef to their pack and giant young prop David Klemmer, who weighs in at 120kg and measures 199cm, is likely to make his debut off the bench.
Klemmer is one of the best young forwards in the country and the 19-year-old Australian Schoolboys representative signed a new contract on Friday that will keep him at the club for another three years.
Tolman has been impressed with what he's seen from the NYC player of the year and says he expects him to have a long career.
"He's a big guy. He's about 120kg and he was obviously Toyota Cup player of the year last year so he's got plenty of talent," Tolman said.
"All those things don't mean anything if you don't go out on the field and prove it, so that's what he's got to do now.
"Whatever grade he plays at, he's going to do some damage, so he's just got to go out there and play to his ability and do what the team needs of him."
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has named Steve Turner as fullback in place of Barba, but Drury Low, who's been selected on the wing, could be switched, having trained in the position this week. 


[h=1]The General's Orders[/h]

Friday 8 March 2013 10:55 AM
It’s the one day of the year I can’t wait for, footy is back and tonight I’ll be glued to my TV screen like millions of other rugby league fans as season 2013 kicks off.
Although the pre-seasons seem to get shorter in relation to the amount of days, every year it seems so long between the day that one team gets to hold that trophy aloft until we get to see all 16 teams go around again.

I’m a rugby league lover, like many, so now that I’ve retired from the game it gives me the opportunity to sit back, enjoy each and every game and see some of the great talent that we have in our sport.

Whilst I’m very keen to see the Bulldogs go well in 2013 there are a number of teams that I think will give this competition a shake. A lot of people have asked me to give them my top eight and I think I’ve given them a different answer every time. Whilst there are probably three or four that I definitely think will be there in September, the other positions seem to change every week for me. That is what is so good about this game. Each and every week you can watch any match and you know it is going to be a great contest, there are other competitions around the world where you could pick winners easily but not so in the NRL, I think it’s fantastic what we’ve got.
I have taken on a new role and it’s great that it’s within rugby league. I’ll be a video referee and be a part of the game that I never thought I would. I’ll be at the Bulldogs game this week and be alongside the very experienced Paul Simpkins, so it’ll be good to learn from him, it is a process for me but one that I’m glad to have taken on.

I’ve been back in Australia for around six months and I must admit it’s been great to come back and see the Bulldogs in such a great position. With Todd Greenberg leading from the top and one of the top Coaches in Des Hasler at the Club it is great that everyone is going in the same direction. The training facility at Belmore is something that I’m sure one that many other Clubs would be jealous of and it has improved ten-fold since the days when I used to run around there. It was good to get back to Belmore last month and it was also a great pleasure to receive Life Membership of the Club. When I look at the list of recipients before me there are so many great players and administrators who have done so much to make the Bulldogs what it is today. It was such a proud moment for me and I must admit I was quite emotional when I did go up there to receive it from my great mate Bobcat (Andrew Ryan).

We lost a great friend of the Bulldogs last week in Karen Folkes, The wife of Bulldogs former player and Coach, Steve Folkes and the daughter of Club legend Peter ‘Bullfrog’ Moore, Karen unfortunately losing her long battle with cancer. Karen was a lady that provided so much to the Bulldogs over the years, she welcomed all the wives, girlfriends and children and organised events and so on for weekends that we were away playing. There were great friendships formed that still remain today so yesterday was a sad day when we said goodbye at her funeral. She will be remembered by all of us that she helped throughout our time at the Club.

Bring on the footy! 


[h=1]Workscene Workhorse of the Week[/h]

Thursday 7 March 2013 4:00 PM
Workscene are giving you the chance WIN simply by voting for your Workscene Workhorse of the week. All you have to do is select your player of the match from our most recent game, in 25 words or less say why you think they were the hardest working player, enter your email address and click Enter to win. Each week, one lucky voter will receive a pair of FXD work pants, courtesy of Workscene.
Entries for each round close on Monday 12:00am, so make sure you put your votes in to win.

Head to to put in your votes. For full T&C's click here 


[h=1]Bulldogs Keeping Fit with YMCA[/h]

Friday 8 March 2013 5:14 PM
Bulldogs SG Ball Trainer Merv Lopez shared his knowledge with twenty local students as part of YMCA’s Canterbury Get Active program at the Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre on Thursday, March 7.
YMCA partnered with Canterbury Council and the Canterbury Drug Action Team to deliver the Canterbury Get Active program which is offered to youth aged 12-18. The program which is run over ten weeks teaches the youth about health and fitness by focussing on various activities and topics each week.
SG Ball Trainer Merv Lopez spoke to the group about the determination and hard work young players must commit if they wish to make it as an elite athlete as well as the detrimental affects drugs and alcohol can have on budding athletes and youth in general.
Following the discussion the group headed outside for a game of football.
YMCA’s Southern Region Community Development Officer - Sarah Cotman speaks of the program's benefits.
“Canterbury Get Active is a fantastic local program,” said Sarah. “It was great for the Bulldogs to be involved and engage and inspire the youth to continue keeping fit and healthy.”
The Bulldogs are proud to invite the participants of the program to an upcoming Bulldogs home game as congratulation for their involvement. 


[h=1]Young players like Canterbury Bulldogs prop David Klemmer a light amid the dark days...[/h]
Big things are expected of young Bulldogs prop David Klemmer. Picture: Mark Evans Source: The Daily Telegraph

NO matter how dark it appears in the world of rugby league right now, there is always light.
You could turn on the TV tonight and watch a youngster by the name of David Klemmer run out for the Bulldogs in his first NRL game.
Klemmer is 19 and good judges are saying he is destined to be a rugby league superstar.
I have to admit I haven't seen a lot of him, but I've heard plenty about him. The 120kg teenage giant is being talked up as the new Glenn Lazarus.
I hope they're right.

Tonight Klemmer goes up against two Test props in James Tamou and Matt Scott when the Bulldogs take on the Cowboys in Gosford. I can't wait to see how this kid handles himself when he gets thrown into the game off the bench, you talk about a tough initiation for a young prop. This is why I love the start of the season so much.
Right now, every club has a player like Klemmer in their ranks, a kid just looking for his chance to give it his best shot.
Some of these kids won't even being playing NRL this weekend. They might be in the Holden Cup under-20s competition, or still playing junior reps. 


Gerard McCallum injured today in NSW CUp, not sure extent of injury..fullback stocks getting thin

John Kite formerly Sione Kite is a massive unit

Hodkinson was ok ran the ball good passing game

did a line break

I wouldn't be too cut up with the result , a few of the players featuring in tonights match

I was underwhelmed with Romelo needs to get that rubbish out of his game 


our main problem on Saturday against the cowboys was we were missing our 1st choice forwards. last year our main success was from our forwards like graham, kasiano and pritchard braking the line and creating 2nd phase plays. we lacked that on sat and had no direction or go forward. barba adds that unpredictability factor at the back and esp in our own 20m but its the forwards that gave us the room to move. ive always thought that we need a specialist 1/2 and so far we have got away with what is basically 2 hookers playing pivot. i hope hodkinson can make it back and prove everybody wrong that he has what it takes as there is no one else at the moment. i believe that barba maybe best suited at 1/2 as this was his specialist position in the lowe grades. i not sure about turner at fullback or even wing spot. the only other players that have had a go at fullback are Mitch brown and inu. brown wanted the fullback spot at tigers but had moltzen and tedesco in front of him and got injured so he came to the dogs. inu played great at fullback for parra a few years ago. maybe give brown a go at the back and put either lafia or low on the wing. so far drury low has done nothing wrong and could get the job ahead of them all. i just think turner is a bit slow and sus under high ball with big opposing wingers. low and lafia or even the young bloke John Talioe Sila are faster and bigger. 

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