Kieran has had some heavy criticism on here, and I acknowledge the injuries he’s had and the wage he’s on are hard to stomach. However the clubs lack of due diligence and awful management of the salary cap at the time isn’t his fault. No one deserves criticism for getting the best deal they possibly can for themselves and family.
So let’s give him some credit for the toughness, professionalism, excellent attitude and positivity he’s displayed this year.
Playing 50 mins with an ankle injury most specialists claim one shouldn’t be able to walk on, and then being so dedicated to his rehab he returns 4 weeks before scheduled, to be arguably our best on ground is worthy of praise.
His quality, experience and leadership for us, both on and off the field gives me some hope for our team, in what is clearly a very difficult time for players, officials and fans.
So from a frustrated supporter, clinging onto any positives, I give Foz a big thumbs up and hope other doggies fans get behind him and the struggling team. He can provide the inspiration and creativity we are lacking and play a significant role in our fortunes turning.
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- Thread: Some love for Foz
- Thread: Aiden Tolman
This bloke has been copping it for years because he does not bust tackles like Taumalolo and does not whack in defence like Napa.
Bloke is worth a million bucks to this club. Turns up every week, does the dirty work no other forward does. When it comes to defence, Tolman and Finucane are the best in the league, by a country mile.
A country kid with a country mentality! Play the 80th minute like the 1st. Doesnt have 2 bad games in a season. Mr consistent!
Worth every penny the club is paying him
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- Thread: Rd 4 vs storm
Talented outside back Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has signed an 18 month contract with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and will join the club immediately.
The 23 year-old Kiwi International, who has represented his country on eleven occasions, will add a major attacking force to the Bulldogs' backline.
Watene-Zelezniak made his NRL debut for Penrith in 2014 and scored 41 tries in his 106 appearances for the club.
Bulldogs Chief Executive Andrew Hill was delighted with the signing of the talented outside back.
"The acquisition of Dallin is fantastic news for the club and the vision we have going forward.
Not only is Dallin a great player but he is a quality person and a leader. As the current Kiwi captain he provides us with both class and proven ability and he will be a major addition to our backline.
On the back of Joe Stimson from the Storm agreeing to terms last week, Dallin’s signing is another significant step in the right direction for the club and we welcome Dallin and his family to Belmore and look forward to our Members and fans getting the chance to watch him play."
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- Thread: Great ending to the year
I've been a harsh critic at times during the year but it's been a very good end to the year, much better than last year.
Are we going to be a top 4 team next year, probably not but top 8 is within reach. You only need to win half your games to be there.
For the moment enough with the negative threads about how shit next year will be, let's hope the boys have a great off season, come back fit and firing and there's an addition or two to the squad.
Well done to all those who made their debuts for us and hopefully they're better for it next year.
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- Thread: Captain Jackson
can anybody tell me the last time you saw a captain stand up for one of his players the way Jacko did? With the exception of Cam Smith trying the sweep a spine breaker under the rug, I can’t recall ever a captain going at it with the other team’s grub. So to this I say, we salute you Jacko, the heart of a lion and of the club.
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- Thread: It’s time to Unite boys
PAY BASHERS, Meaney bashers, Tolman bashers, Elliott bashers, Holland bashers, JMK bashers, Lewis bashers, Board bashers. Etc etc. You know who you are. And the time has come for you all to zip up, withdraw your e-pitchforks and jump on the wagon.
THE DOGS OF WAR ARE BACK.
I am formally requesting that the negativity and division amongst this forum officially desists, and that we all unite.
Everything that the staff and players have been busting ass in building towards is coming to fruition. If you still can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel by now then you are blind.
We’re tough, we’re determined, and we’ve got plenty of heart. We’re back baby.
GET ON THE WAGON. ITS TIME TO UNITE.
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Former Canterbury captain James Graham has slammed the "outrage culture" that had crept into the game after being left stunned by the sensational fallout to the Bulldogs' Mad Monday celebrations.
The NRL hit the Bulldogs with a record $250,000 fine on Thursday before the club fined four players - Adam Elliott, Marcelo Montoya, Asipeli Fine and Zac Woolford - a combined $70,000.
Hit hard: Canterbury's Adam Elliott was fined $25,000 over his conduct on Mad Monday.
The sanctions came two days after images of Bulldogs players partying at the Harbour View Hotel in The Rocks were published by News Corp.
Elliott, who was fined $25,000, has found himself at the centre of the controversy after being photographed dancing nude on a table at the pub.
Graham has been taken aback by the firestorm around his former club's Mad Monday festivities and said he had taken time out from St George Illawarra's finals campaign to contact good friend and former teammate Elliott.
"I'm not a fan of the outrage culture, I'm not a fan of the telescopic lenses, I'm not a fan of some of the cheap media that has been around it," Graham said.
"There have been some stories I've read ... it's just so cheap. People need to be careful about what they want and where this sport is going.
"When you talk about having access to players for media and for fans, do you think this will help?"
Graham issued a defence of 23-year-old second-rower Elliott, saying the "past few days don't define who he is".
"He has done so much for the community. He studied for however many years at uni while trying to make it as an NRL player. That's better than what I have done," Graham said.
"The stuff he does for his [autistic] brother, the stuff he does in the greater community .... and the very fact people criticised him by saying he was due to go in for surgery. They don't realise he's been in pain and been putting off that surgery for three months just to get through the season.
"Yet people want to personally attack him for what you could argue was over-indulging. It's also a strange one in terms of why Canterbury's Mad Monday was the only one photographed. There were seven other teams.
"I reckon if you went to every club's Mad Monday you would find something for the outraged mob to be outraged about. Some of the people in the outrage culture don't understand team dynamics and the different people within the team, the personality types and traits, and what makes it click."
NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said the proposed six-figure penalty reflected the seriousness of the behaviour and the damage which had been caused to the game.
Yet the governing body did nothing to come down on Cronulla pair Josh Dugan and Andrew Fifita a couple of weeks earlier after they embarrassed the game with a foul-mouthed podcast, where they attacked a senior journalist, and Fifita even poked fun at deliberately spilling a row of supporters' beers at a Melbourne game.
Elliott only a couple of weeks ago praised Graham for standing by him when he was trying to break into first grade and recalled how the English prop walked into former coach Des Hasler's office and demanded he play.
While Elliott's nudity in a public bar and the graphic images of players vomiting on the street left the game with a black eye in week one of the semi-finals, Graham pointed out that the Bulldogs were meant to be enjoying a private party.
It has also been suggested it would have been almost impossible to see the players on the third floor of the pub from the street.
"I read an article where a journalist was saying if he had gone in there he'd be intimidated, but he wouldn't have been allowed in. It was a private party,'' Graham said.
"Go somewhere else. If I walked into a pub and it was full of opposing fans from a different club, I'd just walk out, especially if I was getting abuse or felt uneasy. There are plenty of pubs in Sydney."
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As the NRL season draws to a close, I wanted to say a big thank you on behalf of the board to everyone in the Bulldogs family for your continued support and commitment throughout 2018.
We understand the results are not where we want them to be, but we accept that this is part of the process that will lead to us getting back on track. As a proud club with an enviable record of success, especially since the seventies, seasons like this one are difficult for everyone.
This makes us all the more grateful for your support.
We appreciate our members and fans who continue to buy tickets, merchandise and show their loyalty; our sponsors who continue to stand by the club, our staff who have to back up week after week in some tough conditions; our players who have never once shirked the load, and towards the end of the season delighted us all, both with their play and their attitude; the families of our players and staff who give plenty to help make the Bulldogs strong. Plus, most importantly, we acknowledge our CEO Andrew Hill and Head Coach Dean Pay, who have led from the front, making the hard decisions, lifting morale and bringing the club together.
We are excited about what lies ahead for the Bulldogs. Our SG Ball team were runners up this season, our Flegg and ISP teams are through to the finals, our Tarsha Gale and Harvey Norman Premiership women's teams represented the club with great pride and enthusiasm, whilst our Harold Matthews squad were semi-finalists. These are part of many positive steps that will help lay a strong foundation for sustained success again at our club.
Thanks to everyone for helping to restore respect to the Bulldogs and for supporting us in tough times. We value that more than anything.
Chair – Bulldogs Football Club Board
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Gotta say that I am pretty proud of our guys. Anyone that thinks we are a top 8 team are dreaming BUT when you actually accept that fact you can see other things.
The effort and resilience from our guys was awesome. Yes we fuked up heaps of times BUT we also didn't take shite from Souths. Lewis single handledly took on Burgess and got on top of him. That means we have shown Storm and Souths who we are so far this season and I have no doubt both of the mentioned teams would say they were sore the next day!
If we can take about 8 - 10 guys from this team in a couple of years time and add some class then I tell you we are looking pretty good. At the moment we are learning grit and toughness and that can't be coached, it has to be experienced! That is the stuff that is needed to win GF's.
We also showed signs (as a young team) of being able to change plans and go to a niggle and slowdown…...which did work. We have showed the comp blueprints on how to beat the Storm and Souths this year!
The things we are learning at the moment are priceless and I am proud of the guys today!Last edited: Apr 19, 2019
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- Thread: Adam Elliot - Respect
I just wanted to acknowledge Adam Elliott.. he may not be the most gifted or skillful but hes always in there , giving it his all with tough runs or making tackles..
Hes alwayds in the face off the opposition, plays like a real bulldog..
His enthusiasm & energy is a big positive, I get the feeling hes the sort of player his teammates like playing alongside. .
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- Thread: The Bulldogs Member Forum Thread
Hasler is one slimy arrogant muthafucker.
The wanker has no respect for fans whatsoever.
He was asked why he persisted with Tony Williams and the arrogant prick just smirked and offered no explanation.
No issues with Mbye & Lichaa - they are improving and there is nothing wrong with our style of play. Too much drop ball and uncompleted sets dont allow us to execute our attacking style.
Lichaa is here to stay along with our style of play
Blah blah blah blah blah.....Bullshit
This was a PR stunt handpicking a large amount of Dib puppets and questions.
I was against the boycott, but after witnessing that cunt Hasler tonight smirking and smoke coming out of his ears when asked about his love child Lichaa & Williams, he along with Dib deserve every single backlash from all circles of media and fans.
The cunt doesnt give two shits about the club and i will persist on him leaving, on a daily basis until the cunt is gone along with Dibshit.
Dibshit and Hasbeen Out
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- Thread: Foran back vs Manly Triple M
- Thread: Willie Mason calls on current crop of Bulldogs players to start delivering on talent, potential
Willie Mason knows potential when he sees it.
Which is why he is pumped about the future for his success-starved Canterbury Bulldogs, despite their youthful roster.
Mason was patrolling the sideline on Tuesday as the players were put through their paces on the punishing Wanda sand dunes in Cronulla.
The players were physically fatigued under the hot sun but pushed the pain aside to complete the task at hand.
Mason was heartened by the effort and believes the Bulldogs have the talent to climb up the ladder after three years without reaching the finals.
However, he said the excuses had to end now, especially from the more experienced players in the squad.
“If you have played 40 to 50 games, the honeymoon period is over and it is time to perform,” Mason said.
“It is why you are on an NRL roster, to play in the NRL and not to play reserve grade.
“I know what that feeling is like as a young player. You question yourself.
“But these guys with 40 games under their belt start to feel like they belong.
“The Bulldogs aren’t the sort of club that thinks, ‘let’s rebuild for five years’. They don’t do that because they want to win.
“The fans also expect that. I expect that as a fan of the club and a former player.
“There is pressure when it comes to playing for the Bulldogs. You need to perform and that is why they are trying to get as many ex-players involved to help.”
Coach Dean Pay wants his young Bulldogs to recapture the trademark toughness from the club’s glory years.
It was a no-brainer for Pay to reach out to club legends such as Mason, Mark O’Meley and Brent Sherwin after they helped build one of the most successful eras in Canterbury’s history.
“Dean called me about six weeks ago about his interest in getting a few players in from those dominant years in the early 2000s,” Mason said.
“He said what we did during that era is something that the current team really reflects on and wants to try to emulate.
“They want to get my mindset on how I approached games, the camaraderie and how we built that team.
“It was good to talk to some young kids and try and pass on the mentality we had during those successful years.”
The mid-2000s was the club’s second most dominant period behind the 1980s, when Canterbury went toe-to-toe with arch rivals Parramatta to claim four premierships.
With players such as Mason, Andrew Ryan, Matt Utai and Steve Price, the Bulldogs won the 2004 premiership and finished in the top three in four out of six seasons from 2001 to 2006.
They were one of the most successful clubs during that time alongside Brisbane, Melbourne and Manly.
Mason said the secret to the Bulldogs’ success was simple.
“There was just a mentality when you put that jersey on, you weren’t meant to lose,” he said.
“You were supposed to win, regardless of how many games you’d played, where you were from or whatever.
“That is what the current team is trying to get back to. In the next few seasons they will push for a top-eight spot.”
Mason is excited about the Bulldogs’ youthful promise.
“Just the size of the kids blew me away,” he said.
“Reimis Smith is six-foot-four, over 100kg and he is a winger.
“Lachlan Lewis is also a big kid for a halfback.
“We are only two weeks into pre-season, so a lot of players are going to put on more muscle and lose body fat.
“Have a look at some of these kids around February next year and they are going to be animals.”
Mason said recruitment, self-belief and a fast start were the keys to Canterbury having success next year.
“I was speaking to Dean about their attitude in the final 12 games compared to their first 12 when they were losing,” he said.
“It was just simplifying their game plan, completing at over 90 per cent, defending like their lives depended on it.
“When you don’t have the talent of the Roosters, for example, they must do all the little things well to win games.”
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- Thread: Shame on The Daily Telegraph
Over the weekend we saw the Bulldogs win the ISP but The Daily Telegraph failed to report this great victory. On the opposite end The Sydney Morning Herald report across two pages not just the win but a marriage proposal by Renouf To'omaga. A feel good story to go along with a great victory. The Daily Telegraph did not think that any of this was worthy of a write up.
What shameful and unprofessional journalism. We all know why this is the case but I will say this to Phil Rothfield, Paul Kent and Co. Hang your heads in shame.
BTW I never buy the Telegraph, it's free at Macca's and not worthy of paying a cent for.
UP UP THE BULLDOGS!!
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- Thread: JOSH JACKSON - Chin Up Buddy
Word's got out that the Blues didn't pick JJ, so right now Josh would be thinking how the hell can he work so hard and be on the receiving end of nothing.
No luck at the Bulldogs and no luck with Origin Selection.
So for Josh, keep your chin up buddy as your efforts don't go unnoticed by True Bulldogs fans.
We love what you do for us every week and your non selection for origin is only the Blues Biggest Loss.
They have rocks in their head thinking that they have selected someone better than you to do what you previously did for them.
Love your work mate, I'm glad your in my team.
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On behalf of my family, I wish to thank every one for their heart felt condolences and best wishes. I have been lucky for a number of years now to have been a member here on the kennel and in more ways than one the kennel is my second family.
Mum past away from cancer, she was a proud Bulldog supporter, a fighter right up until the end. I think she passed the way she wanted at home surrounded by her children and grand children, May she rest in peace.
I haven't watched a Dogs game since she passed and I don't post as much as I use to but I do still rely upon you guys to keep me up to date with all things Bulldogs related. We may share different points of view / opinions at times but when all is said and done, we just want what is best for our team. I know mum will be cheering the Dogs on looking down from heaven.Once again guys from the bottom of my heart thank you and God bless.
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