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Strategic Plan Consultation Session - Thursday December 8

All club members are invited to a planning and strategy consultation session to be held at the Sam Cracknell Pavilion on Thursday the 8th of December. 
 
The executive committee is collecting feedback from all club members to assist with the formation of the clubs 3-5 year strategic plan. 
 
Details of the Event: 
  • Thursday 8th December
  • Sam Cracknell Pavillion, Village Green
  • 6pm for 630 start with the event to conclude at 930pm 
  • Light snacks to be provided 
The executive committee will also be taking expressions of interest for committee roles with a particular focus on 2 key strategic areas; 
  • Director of marketing/IT responsible for club communications and brand development, club news etc
  • Director of Social and fundraising responsible for Social calendar, sponsorships, Ladies Day, Trivia, pre and post season functions, past players
Please contact the club directly via email unswesbulldogs@gmail.com if you are interested in nominating for these positions.

Stephen Dunkley - New Club President

After a great turn out at the 2017 Annual General the club has a new president. Last year's Premier Division coach Stephen Dunkley will be taking over as club president from Steve Ray who has been in the role for the last four seasons.

President - Stephen Dunkley
Vice President - Karen Hutchison
Secretary - Paul Simonson
Treasurer - Josh Martin
Arc Delegate - Jake Reid

Other committee members will be appointed in due course.

Pre-season training has commenced as of this week. Until Christmas we will train at David Phillips Oval on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week.

2017 AGM

Notice of Annual General Meeting

University of New South Wales – Eastern Suburbs Australian Football Club.

 

The annual general meeting of University of New South Wales – Eastern Suburbs Australian Football Club will be held on:

10.30am Saturday 12 November 2016 at
Sam Cracknell Pavilion, UNSW, Kensington

Business to be transacted at the meeting will be:

  1. 1.            Reports of the current Committee
  2. 2.            Consideration of Financial Accounts
  3. 3.            Election of Office Bearing Executives of the Committee, namely

(a)        One (1) President;

(b)        One (1) Vice President

(c)        One (1) Secretary;

(d)        One (1) Treasurer; and

(e)        One (1) Arc Delegate.

Nominations for these positions will be accepted in writing to the President, Steve Ray or by email sent to unswesbulldogs@gmail.com on or before Monday 7 November 2016.

 

 

 

Steve Ray
President

c-/ UNSW Arc Sport
Level 1, Sam Cracknell Pavilion
Kensington 2033

24 October 2016

Stingrays GRAND FINAL v Sydney Uni This Saturday

This Saturday the Stingrays Premier Division will be looking to take out the premiership when they come up against the Sydney University Bombers. First bounce is at 3.15pm Saturday 10th September at Blacktown International Sports Park and we urge all supporters to come out in force to drive the ladies home.

The Stingrays have been building for a number of years and this is a fantastic opportunity to take out the Womens Sydney AFL Premiership. The girls will be drawing on all their experience from being denied in the 2014 decider against the same opposition, and this time around will the benefit of a weeks rest and the confidence having only lost once all season. That was against the Bombers in Round 7 but we have since defeated them three times, including a 1-point thriller in the qualifying semi final two weekends ago.

Check out the Sydney AFL Grand Final Preview Here >> and Leilah Shubert's preview for UNSW Sport Here >>

Division Five GRAND FINAL v Pennant Hills this Sunday

This Sunday at Blacktown, our Division Five team will be playing for that elusive flag when they take on Pennant Hills in what is sure to be an extremely tight Grand Final. The two teams have been at each other for a couple of seasons now, with the Doggies knocking Penno out in the Prelim last year, and the teams splitting the regular season games this season before finishing 1-2 on the table.

Two weeks ago in a see-sawing 2nd Semi, the Dogs let a two-goal 4th quarter lead slip as Penno steamed home to book the first place in the GF. The Dogs pounded Sydney Uni by almost 70 points in the Prelim last weekend to set up this Sunday's showdown, and the team are now pleading for your support at the ground this weekend.

In last year's Grand Final, the Dogs got shouted off the park early and often by the busload of UTS supporters who made the trip out and it ended in a big UTS win. This year we are hoping to turn the tables, but we need your support for the 11:30am bounce at Blacktown No.1.

What: Sydney AFL Division Five Grand Final - UNSW-ES Bulldogs v Pennant Hills
When: 11:30am bounce, this Sunday 4 September
Where: Blacktown International Sportspark, Eastern Rd, Rooty Hill

We hope to see you there to help us bring the flag back to the Seaside...

Results - June 25 (6 wins from 6 games)

Premier Division v Manly at Weldon Oval (Ladder: 7th)

Manly Warringah Giants     0.3-3     1.7-13     3.7-25     6.9-45
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs     1.4-10     3.6-24     9.7-61     11.10-76

Goal Kickers: N. Reinhard 3, T. Banuelos 2, J. Robbie, J. McKinlay, J. Deep, T. Heath, T. Chichester , S. Sherwen
Best Players: J. Deep, J. Reinhard, T. Banuelos, F. Rowe, A. Foote, J. Pascoe

Division Two v Manly at Weldon Oval (Ladder: 4th)

Manly Warringah Giants     3.2-20     3.2-20     6.5-41     9.8-62
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs     2.5-17     5.12-42     6.15-51     8.16-64

Goal Kickers: J. Metcalfe 2, E. Kiel, R. Farrelly, E. O''Donnell, J. Pamment, M. Woods, M. Drummond
Best Players: M. Woods, Z. Meredith, E. O''Donnell, P. Sayakhot, C. Jourdain, E. Kiel

Division Four v Southern Power at Gwawley Oval (Ladder: 7th)

Match Photos >>

Southern Power     2.2-14     2.4-16     4.5-29     6.9-45
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs     3.2-20     5.5-35     7.7-49     10.8-68

Goal Kickers: D. Backler 3, J. Coutts 2, L. Simpson 2, S. Whelan, T. Nicoll, C. Peters
Best Players: T. Nicoll, J. Coutts, T. Callus, R. Alexander, N. Traill, A. Matthews

Milestone: Troy Nicoll 200th club game.

Division Five v Pennant Hills at Mike Kenny Oval (Ladder: 2nd)

Pennant Hills Demons     1.1-7     2.1-13     2.3-15     4.3-27
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs     3.1-19     6.2-38     11.6-72     14.7-91

Goal Kickers: T. Scheibling 4, M. Cullen 3, N. Radford 2, J. Hook 2, C. Richie, N. Dowsett, J. Reid
Best Players: C. Stritch, J. Reid, T. Scheibling, M. Cullen, S. Wright, M. English

Under 19s v Camden at Harrington Park (Ladder: 6th)

Camden Cats     0.2-2     4.2-26     7.2-44     7.5-47
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs     3.2-20     4.4-28     7.7-49     10.13-73

Goal Kickers: J. Bartholomaeus 2, J. Buckley, C. Smith, N. Blakey, J. Hoenig, J. Pawle
Best Players: J. Bartholomaeus, A. Pappas, J. Buckley, J. Cann, N. Blakey, J. Pawle

Stingrays Premier Division v Auburn at Mona Park (Ladder: 2nd)

Auburn Giants     1.0-6     1.0-6     1.0-6     3.0-18
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays     3.1-19     4.6-30     11.8-74     15.9-99

Goal Kickers: R. Beeson 5, J. Still 4, S. Lauf 2, M. Nguyen 2, S. Steele-Park, I. Nielsen
Best Players: R. Beeson, J. Still, M. Collier, N. Vrachnas, T. Bool, S. Banki

Bye: Stingrays Division One

200 games for Troy Nicoll

This weekend another Bulldog will notch up a milestone game. He is easily a club favourite and one of the most passionate players to come from the Bulldogs Kennel. Troy "Swinger" or "Swanny" Nicoll will play his 200th game in the red, white and blue.

"I often meet blokes who I’ve played with in the past and we always have an immediate bond. Swinger is a bloke who all of us have a bond with until the day we die" Club legend and life-member David Backler on Nicoll.

Originally hailing from Tasmania, Swinger played his junior football with Queenstown and East Devonport Swans, before joining the Royal Australian Navy. He was posted in Sydney in 1999, joining the East Sydney Bulldogs, prior to the merger with the UNSW Whales. This was the beginning of his first of 3 stints with the Bulldogs, playing between 1999-2002, 2005-2009 and 2012 to now.

Due to his work commitments serving his country, Swinger has also played for Rockingham (WA), Warnbro Swans (WA), Darwin Waratahs (NT), Harmen Hogs (ACT), Cairns Cobras (Qld), Albratross Demons (NSW), and HMAS Cerbus (Navy AFL team). Yet, whenever in Sydney, has always found his way back to the VG.

He has played in every grade for the club and was part of the 2009 and 2011 division 3 premierships squads. His loyalty and the mark of the man is shown by the countless times he has been the first player to put his hand up to fill in for other grades often backing up and playing 2 games to help the club. This was evident in 2014 where he played in Blacktown during the day, and drove to Wollongong and played a second game for his beloved Bulldogs. You will not find many other people who will do that!

When asked about his upcoming 200th a modest Swinger said "All I wanted was to be a 100 game player for the club. To be able to play 200 and with the boys we have is so rewarding and special."

A loyal Sydney Swans supporter and a proud member of the Royal Australian Navy, you will be very hard to find a person with a bad word to say about a man so passionate about his footy, his mates and the Bulldogs. Congratulations mate from everyone at the Bulldogs and Stingrays on game number 200 in the red, white and blue!

Results - June 18

Premier Division v St George at Olds Park (Ladder Position: 8th)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 2.0-12 2.0-12 3.0-18 3.0-18
St George Dragons 6.4-40 7.11-53 14.13-97 20.15-135

Goal Kickers: T. Dickson, R. Farrelly, T. Chichester
Best Players: T. Heath, J. Reinhard, T. Banuelos, L. Irvine, J. Deep, N. McGann

Division Two v Penrith at Greygums Oval (Ladder Position: 3rd)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 2.1-13 3.1-19 4.4-28 4.4-28
Penrith Rams 3.1-19 10.2-62 12.5-77 15.8-98

Goal Kickers: J. Byrnes 2, D. Botha, C. Jourdain
Best Players: C. Jourdain, E. O''Donnell, P. Sayakhot, J. Byrnes, J. Nash, D. Botha

Division Four v St George at Olds Park (Ladder Position: 7th)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 4.3-27 6.4-40 7.5-47 8.6-54
St George Dragons 2.1-13 5.1-31 10.2-62 14.4-88

Goal Kickers: D. Backler 3, T. Nicoll 2, T. Wesley, M. Cooper, N. Simpson
Best Players: C. Dean, T. Nicoll, Y. Lecordier, K. Costello, L. Simpson, N. Simpson

Division Five v Penrith at Greygums Oval (Ladder Position: 2nd)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 4.5-29 8.6-54 10.9-69 15.12-102
Penrith Rams 0.0 0.1-1 2.2-14 3.4-22

Goal Kickers: C. Stritch 4, N. Radford 4, T. Scheibling 2, M. Gilanyi, G. McCauley, C. Richie, C. McKenzie, J. Wilson
Best Players: C. Stritch, G. McCauley, D. Gray, T. Scheibling, A. Allen, C. McKenzie

Stingrays Premier Division v Newtown Breakaways (Ladder Position: 2nd)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays 3.5-23 5.7-37 7.10-52 11.11-77
Newtown Breakaways 1.1-7 3.1-19 5.1-31 6.1-37

Goal Kickers: R. Beeson 3, I. Nielsen 2, S. Banki, S. Steele-Park, J. Smith, M. Collier, J. Still, B. Atkins
Best Players: M. Collier, J. Still, M. Nguyen, M. Morriss, J. Smith, S. Janjetovic

Stingrays Division One v Newtown Breakaways (Ladder Position: 11th)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays 0.1-1 0.1-1 0.1-1 0.3-3
Newtown Breakaways 3.0-18 3.0-18 5.2-32 7.4-46

Best Players: C. Sawka, A. How, S. Koh, C. Shakespeare, A. O''Rourke, N. Connellan

Fixtures - June 18

Weekend Fixtures. All games on Saturday June 18.

Don't forget Trivia Night is coming up on July 9.

Old Parks v St George Map >>
15:00 Premier Division
17:30 Division Four

Greygums Oval v Penrith Map >>
12:30 Division Five
14:30 Division Two

Mahoney Park v Newtown Breakways Map >>
10:30 Womens Div One
12:30 Womens Premier Division

Henderson Joins The Bulldog 150 Club This Weekend

By Jack McAnespie

The term 'favourite son' gets thrown around a whole lot in modern day footy, but rarely has it been more appropriately used than to describe 150-game Bulldogs veteran, Alex Henderson.

Affectionately known around the Dogs as 'Hendo', Alex joins the 150 club against Wests on the weekend.

And he'll be heading out at Kelso Oval to achieve the same goal he has set for himself in each and every one of his 149 previous appearances - to ruin the opposition full forwards day.

The pillar of UNSW/ES' defence across the best part of the last decade, Hendo is always one of the Bulldogs' most consistent performers.

Anyone who is a premiership player can consider himself or herself a pretty handy footballer, and while he'd never admit it, Alex is certainly more than just handy.

"There is no player I've seen practice the dark art of defending better than Hendo," Bulldogs skipper Joel Robbie said.

"He's a master at it. He's completely selfless, plays his role for the team and wins contests most others wouldn't.

"Because of that, he's always the first name on the team sheet. Personally, I consider myself very lucky to have played alongside him."

Ask him what his favourite thing about playing the great Australian game is, and Hendo will likely say something along the lines of, "tunnelling people," followed by a cheeky smirk and a small head wobble.

A self-confessed gym junkie, Hendo is always the first to pull his wallet out at the bar after a game, and get around the boys with a couple of post-match froths.

"Hendo is the poorest rich person you will meet," Joel went on to say.

"The only banker I know that attends festivals purely for the pleasure of collecting empty cans for the cash back program.

"The only time he goes missing is when it's time to buy a round for the boys, there's a run on the share market, or Alex Foote wants to talk to him."

While the past few seasons have been tough for the Doggies, Hendo's teammates can guarantee the barrel-chested defender will be there on Tuesday and Thursday nights, working hard on his own game and helping those around him improve theirs.

On a serious note however, Alex's popularity and reputation at the club, as well as the high esteem in which his teammates hold him in, is testament to his character.

There is not a person at the club, past or present, who would have a bad word to say about Hendo. His example across 149 games has been nothing short of inspirational, and we're sure there will be plenty more to come.

All the best for your 150th from everyone at the UNSW/ES Bulldogs

Alex Henderson

149 games - 111 Premier Division, 26 Under 18's, 12 Reserve Grade
2012 Premier Division Premiership Team
2008 Under 18 Premiership Team (4 GF goals, named in best players)
2009 Premier Division Grand Final Team (named in best players in GF, PF and SF)
2011, 2012 AFL Sydney Development Squad

Results and Photos - May 28 and 29

Premier Division v East Coast Eagles at the Village Green

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 3.3-21 4.4-28 6.7-43 8.9-57
East Coast Eagles 1.4-10 5.10-40 9.13-67 16.16-112

Goal Kickers: J. Pascoe 2, J. McKinlay 2, T. Chichester , J. Kiel, L. O''Callaghan, N. Reinhard
Best Players: J. Daniher, A. Foote, F. Rowe, J. Robbie, L. O''Callaghan, J. Wachman

Ladder Position: 8th
Match Photos: Click Here >>

Division Two v South West Sydney at the Village Green

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 1.1-7 2.2-14 3.3-21 7.7-49
South West Sydney Magpies 2.6-18 4.9-33 4.11-35 4.12-36

Goal Kickers: J. Byrnes 3, A. McKenzie, K. Jacob, C. McKinlay, J. Pamment
Best Players: M. Drummond, P. Sayakhot, J. Byrnes, N. McGann, C. Jourdain, C. McKinlay

Ladder Position: 1st

Division Four defeated South West Sydney By Forfeit

Ladder Position: 7th

Division Five v Holroyd Parramatta at the Village Green

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 5.3-33 8.7-55 10.14-74 12.18-90
Holroyd Parramatta Goannas 2.1-13 3.4-22 5.4-34 5.6-36

Goal Kickers: M. Cullen 6, J. Barrett, C. Stritch, C. Dean, N. Dowsett, G. McCauley, C. Richie
Best Players: J. Barrett, C. Stritch, S. Wright, A. Yanitsas, B. Travis, M. Cullen

Ladder Position: 2nd
Match Photos: Click Here >>

Under 19s v East Coast Eagles at the Village Green

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 3.4-22 5.7-37 7.10-52 9.14-68
East Coast Eagles 0.0 1.1-7 4.2-26 7.5-47

Goal Kickers: C. Smith 2, J. Buckley 2, A. Pappas 2, J. Bartholomaeus, H. Lewis, J. Pawle
Best Players: J. Buckley, K. Reynolds-Erler, J. Bartholomaeus, C. Smith, J. Reinhard, N. Blakey

Ladder Position: 6th

Stingrays Premier Division v Macquarie University at the Village Green

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays 2.4-16 7.6-48 9.10-64 11.15-81
Macquarie University 0.1-1 0.2-2 1.3-9 3.4-22

Goal Kickers: R. Beeson 6, I. Nielsen, R. Godman, S. Lauf, J. Still, R. Coulson
Best Players: R. Beeson, M. Collier, T. Bool, M. Hollick, M. Nguyen, S. Banki

Ladder Position: 1st
Match Photos: Click Here >>

Stingrays Division One v Manly at the Village Green

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays 0.1-1 0.1-1 0.1-1 0.5-5
Manly Warringah Giants 2.4-16 4.9-33 7.11-53 9.17-71

Best Players: C. Sawka, R. Hardy, M. Moar, L. Edwards, A. O''Rourke, A. How

Ladder Position: 8th

Fixtures - May 28 & 29 (Ladies Weekend)

This weekend is Ladies Weekend so come down to the Village Green for a great afternoon of entertainment on Saturday on Sunday.

All teams are playing at the Village Green this weekend

Saturday May 28

14:30 Premier Division v East Coast
12:30 Under 19s v East Coast
10:30 Division Two v South West Sydney
08:30 Division Four v South West Sydney

Sunday May 29

14:30 Division Five v Holroyd-Parramatta
12:30 Womens Premier Division v Macquarie University
10:30 Womens Division One v Manly

Results - May 21

Division Two v Camden at Harrington Park

Camden Cats     2.3-15     4.5-29     7.9-51     9.10-64
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs     0.2-2     2.4-16     4.5-29     7.8-50

Goal Kickers: R. Farrelly 3, H. Sleigh, J. Byrnes, E. O''Donnell, N. McGann
Best Players: P. Sayakhot, Z. Meredith, J. Pamment, N. McGann, J. Byrnes, R. Farrelly
Milestones: Andrew Goodieson 150 games, Alex McKenzie 100 games

Stingrays Division One v Campbelltown at Monarch Oval

Campbelltown Blues     0.2-2     0.2-2     0.3-3     0.3-3
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays     4.2-26     8.3-51     9.7-61     11.10-76

Goal Kickers: J. Still 7, K. Bishop 2, M. Moar, A. Langbien
Best Players: C. Marks, R. Shea, L. Edwards, M. Moar, C. Sawka, A. Langbien

Andrew Goodieson notches 150 games for the Bulldogs

Andrew Goodieson has been a regular fixture around the UNSW-ES Bulldogs since joining the senior club via the Under 18's in 2007 and it is with great pride the club will see him run out in our colours for the 150th time this weekend in Division One against Camden.

In 2008 Goody tasted Premiership success with the Bulldogs as part of the Under 18's team that went undefeated under the guidance of Bulldogs champion Peter Kefalas, and was named in the best players on Grand Final day.

Since the Under 18's Goodieson has become one of the most reliable defenders in the Sydney AFL second tier competition and has been rewarded with promotion to the Bulldogs senior team on 29 occassions, including 7 in the 2012 Premiership season.

In 2016 with the Bulldogs reserves undefeated in Division Two Goody has been a vital cog in coach Jason Morvan's plans - none more so this weekend as the Dogs face their toughest challenge thus far as second placed Camden await.

The club extends its congratulations to Andrew and are looking forward to a big second half of 2016 from him and his Division Two teammates.

Results - May 14

Premier Division v Sydney University at Sydney Uni #1

Sydney University 1.2-8 3.2-20 4.5-29 10.6-66
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 3.4-22 7.7-49 10.9-69 11.12-78

Goal Kickers: T. Banuelos 3, H. Annear 2, L. Irvine 2, A. Foote 2, J. Daniher, H. Lee
Best Players: J. Daniher, A. Foote, M. Round, J. Wachman, T. Heath, J. Deep
Sydney AFL Team of the Week: Jeremy Daniher, Matt Round and Alex Foote

Division Two v Sydney University at Sydney Uni #1

Sydney University 1.1-7 1.1-7 1.6-12 3.9-27
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 4.1-25 12.5-77 18.9-117 23.12-150

Goal Kickers: H. Sleigh 7, Z. Meredith 3, J. Martin 2, K. Jacob 2, R. Farrelly 2, M. Evans 2, L. Woods 2, T. Williamson, T. Robinson, E. O''Donnell
Best Players: C. McKinlay, H. Sleigh, T. Meredith, N. McGann, K. Jacob, L. Woods

Division Four v Macquarie University at Mac Uni Oval

Macquarie University 6.3-39 9.6-60 12.10-82 17.15-117
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 1.0-6 3.1-19 5.1-31 7.2-44

Goal Kickers: L. Simpson 3, D. Backler 2, L. Hescock, J. Tighe
Best Players: J. Tighe, D. Mahenthirarajah, T. De Niese, R. Alexander, I. Bacon, M. Drummond
Milestone: Ian Bacon 50 club games

Division Five v Sydney University at the Village Green

Sydney University 0.2-2 2.2-14 2.4-16 2.4-16
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 5.6-36 7.11-53 12.13-85 15.19-109

Goal Kickers: M. Cullen 4, J. Reid 3, T. O''Donnell 2, D. Lugli, J. Pinyon, B. Travis, J. Detto, T. Reynolds, R. Nelson
Best Players: T. Reynolds, T. O''Donnell, S. Wright, D. Hughey, D. Lugli, M. Cullen

Under 19s v South Coast at North Dalton Oval

South Coast Thunder 2.1-13 7.2-44 10.4-64 13.8-86
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 2.0-12 3.1-19 5.3-33 7.3-45

Goal Kickers: C. Smith, J. Pawle, J. Bartholomaeus, L. Johnson, F. Robbins, J. Buckley, N. Blakey
Best Players: F. Robbins, J. Buckley, J. Bartholomaeus, K. Reynolds-Erler, R. Danne, C. Smith

Womens Premier Division v Newtown at Mahoney Park

Newtown Breakaways 1.2-8 1.2-8 3.2-20 4.2-26
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays 5.5-35 10.7-67 11.9-75 13.11-89

Goal Kickers: H. Cogle 4, S. Lauf 4, R. Beeson 2, S. Steele-Park, R. McGee, R. Banuelos
Best Players: H. Cogle, J. Smith, S. Lauf, A. Sarandopoulos, T. Bool, S. Janjetovic

Womens Division One v Wollongong at North Dalton Park

Wollongong Saints 6.2-38 7.6-48 13.8-86 16.12-108
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays 0.0 0.0 0.0-1 0.0-1

Best Players: R. Shea, S. Arathoon, K. Moclair, L. Edwards, A. How, A. O''Rourke

Ladies Weekend 2016 - May 28 and 29

2016 UNSW-ES AFC Ladies Weekend on May 28 and 29

We invite all players, partners, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, support staff, Stingrays and Bulldogs fans to come to the VG for an entire weekend of fun, beers and wine. Entry is free with full bar and BBQ!

Join the facebook event here >>

More details to follow to follow over the coming weeks.

Saturday Games
14.30 - Premier Division v East Coast
12.30 - Under 19s v East Coast
10.30 - Div Two v South West Sydney
08.30 - Div Four v South West Sydney

Sunday Games
14.30 - Div Five v Holroyd Parramatta
12.30 - Womens Prems v Mac Uni
10.30 - Womens Div One v Manly

Fixtures - May 14

This weekend the club has teams scattered all around and Sydney and as far south as Wollongong. Any support and help will be greatly appreciated as resources as stretched when this happens. For players going to Sydney Uni and North Dalton Park please come a bit early or stay a bit later if possible. Every little bit helps on these weekends. We have two fine Bulldogs due to reach milestones this weekend with Alex Mackenzie playing his 100th game for the club and Ian Bacon his 50th

All games are on Saturday May 14

Sydnyey Uni Oval #1 Map >>
13.00 Division Two v Sydney Uni
15:00 Premier Division v Sydney Uni

University Oval (Macquarie Uni) Map >>
15.00 Division Four v Macquarie Uni

Village Green
9.00 Division Five v Sydney Uni
NOTE: Venue change from Blacktown to the VG

Mahoney Park Map >>
10.30 Womens Prems v Newtown

North Dalton Park Map >>
16.15 Womens Div One v Wollongong
18.15 Under 19s v South Coast

Division Five Bulldogs Gunning To Go One Better In 2016

Paul Grafen took over the Division Five coaching role at the beginning of the 2015 season and has already taken his charger's to a Grand Final and is looking to go one better this year.

He has got a group of players who's increasing composure coupled with the experience of playing four finals on big grounds last year will ensure they are going to give it every crack in 2016. The ever-likeable "Graf" gave the club a few thoughts on how things have been going so far.

"It has been a pretty even performance from the team across the board. We have had an injection of talent this year with some pace being added to the team together with the return of a couple of experienced players. The first year players from 2015 have really stepped up and our 2-3 year players are playing with increased composure.

"Importantly the senior group is leading from the front and instilling more consistency into the group based on a disciplined team focussed approach. We have also made some positional changes which have been successful," Grafen says, clearly pleased he doesn't have to rely on a couple of star players as is often the case in lower grade football where sudden unavailability of a top-line player has seen many team's season unravel.

His team is in second position on the ladder with a 5-1 W/L record and a healthy percentage of 300 but knows there are still some tough challenges ahead. "There is some good competition in the top part of the ladder. Nor-West Jets look much improved on last year and first year team Macquarie Uni are performing well.

"[But] It looks like Pennant Hills are the team to beat. They are sitting on top of the ladder and are undefeated. They beat us at Henson Park earlier in the season and we are looking forward to the rematch which will be a good measure of our improvement."

As with player unavailability one of the other often overlooked challenges coaching in Division Five is dealing with opposition forfeits. Already the Bulldogs have had two teams forfeit matches, which would have been great opportunities to get games into the guys new to Australian Rules.

As ever Graf has just taken it in his stride knowing there is a bigger picture later in the season: "Early in the season I would prefer to play more football and work on some key team aspects as well as trying out several of the newer guys, however everyone has turned out well for our training sessions and most are doing their own work.

"There is no substitute for game time however I am hopeful that we will get a lot more football in over the rest of the season. With the forfeits and wet weather rounds we will not be suffering from burnout though."

With the season having passed the 1/3rd point of the home and away rounds, Grafen know it's now time to move from working on the basics of the game to improving his players thought process on how the game is played. He says "The first half of the season we have been working on skills and fitness as well as developing ourselves as a team.

"As we move into the second half of the season we will still focus on fitness and skills as well as developing our game awareness and plans. We also need to ensure that we work on the defensive and team focussed side of our game; tackling, spoiling, smothering and shepherding. These aspects of our game and the ability to run out four quarters will hold us in good stead on the bigger grounds come finals time."

Anyone that has had the chance to speak to Graf knows his personability with his players is one of the key aspects of his coaching and this rubs off when asked about the personal satisfaction he gets out of coaching. Following on from the approach of predecessor Mark Wright, it's the genuine delight he gets for the 22 blokes who player him above himself has made playing Div Five football a great experience for everyone in recent years.

"I found last year very rewarding in seeing our guys make the finals and then the Grand Final. We had some really great wins defeating eventual premiers UTS in my first game as coach and then convincingly beating Penrith in the Qualifying Final.

"Obviously losing the Grand Final was very disappointing but I had the satisfaction of seeing the guys mature as a team and really work to get as us far as we did. I am sure this has followed through to this year as we continue to improve individually as well as a team.

"The team are a great bunch of blokes off the field and I sincerely want them to reap the rewards of their efforts and the jubilation of being part of a Premiership team together."

Results - May 7

Premier Division v Manly at the Village Green (Ladder Position: 9th)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 2.4-16 5.6-36 6.9-45 9.12-66
Manly Warringah Giants 5.4-34 10.8-68 14.9-93 20.12-132

Goal Kickers: T. Chichester 3, S. Sherwen 2, E. Kiel 2, H. Lee, J. McAnespie
Best Players: J. Daniher, T. Chichester , J. Robbie, J. Deep, H. Annear, S. Sherwen

Division Two v Manly at the Village Green (Position: 1st)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 4.4-28 10.6-66 13.8-86 22.10-142
Manly Warringah Giants 1.3-9 4.4-28 6.7-43 6.8-44

Goal Kickers: T. Williamson 6, R. Farrelly 5, N. McGann 3, S. Lewinson 2, L. Irvine, A. Werfel, T. Robinson, M. Evans, E. O''Donnell, K. Jacob
Best Players: A. Goodieson, L. Irvine, C. Jourdain, R. Farrelly, T. Robinson, M. Evans

Division Four v Randwick City at the Village Green (Position: 5th)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 4.1-25 6.4-40 12.8-80 19.12-126
Randwick City Saints 0.2-2 1.3-9 1.3-9 2.3-15

Goal Kickers: T. Dickson 4, L. Simpson 10, T. O''Donnell, T. Callus, N. Traill, T. Nicoll, J. Summers
Best Players: T. O''Donnell, T. Wesley, D. Mahenthirarajah, A. Martin, T. Dickson, I. Bacon

Division Five defeated Balmain on Forfeit (Position: 2nd)

Under 19s v St George at the Village Green (Position: 5th)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 2.3-15 7.8-50 11.9-75 12.9-81
St George Dragons 4.3-27 7.8-50 10.9-69 13.13-91

Goal Kickers: J. Pawle 5, F. Robbins 2, N. Blakey 2, C. Smith, R. Danne, S. Burns
Best Players: J. Pawle, N. Blakey, K. Reynolds-Erler, F. Robbins, J. Walsh, L. Johnson

Stingrays Premier Division v Power Wolves at Gwawley Oval (Position: 1st)

Power Wolves 0.0 0.0 2.0-12 4.1-25
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays 1.1-7 3.2-20 5.6-36 10.10-70

Goal Kickers: J. Smith 4, S. Lauf 2, H. Cogle 2, S. Banki, E. Mackay
Best Players: R. McGee, M. Collier, E. Mackay, J. Smith, S. Janjetovic, H. Cogle

Stingrays Division One v Newtown Breakaways at Mahoney Park (Position: 11th)

Newtown Breakaways 0.1-1 2.1-13 3.2-20 7.6-48
UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays 0.0 0.1-1 0.2-2 1.2-8

Goal Kickers: M. Moar
Best Players: K. Hutchison, C. Marks, S. Harris, B. McGinty, R. Hardy, M. Moar

Division Two Coaches Report: Dogs Flex Muscles and Move To Top of the Ladder

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 2nd Division met its toughest challenge to date this year, when it took on 3rd placed Manly at the Village Green.

The focus before the game was to concentrate on the basics, knowing that the Dogs had the fire-power to take the game; all that was required was persistence and tenacity.

Sam Lewinson opened the scoring with a major, finishing off a very quick movement from the middle. The Dogs held firmly in the first quarter, out-scoring Manly 28 points to 8; the Giants' only major score eventuating with less than a minute on the clock. This phenomenon occurred in the first three quarters. The final quarter saw the Dogs take revenge, though, themselves scoring a goal in the last few seconds.

Yet again, Tom Williamson made it look all too easy, booting six majors and topping the goal kicking. He sits atop the Division tally with 31 goals and leads by 9. Ryan Farrelly kicked five for the day, taking his yearly tally to 19. He sits in equal-third place.

There were many highlights in the Bulldogs' game, but the fact that Manly could only manage six goals all game was testament to the Dogs' defence, led with ferocity by Andrew Goodieson. His efforts earned himself Best-On-Ground honours.

The Bulldogs showed themselves to be more classy and hungrier for the ball than their opponents, rarely allowing the Giants to convert field position into points. The midfield earned most of the centre clearances and fed the forwards with accurate kicking. Most of the game was spent in the Bulldogs' attacking half.

This win, and a loss to the previous ladder leaders, Camden, sees the Dogs sit atop the 2nd Division ladder.

The aim now is to get better each week and concentrate on the next game and Sydney University have always been tough opponents. The Bulldogs need to win to keep their momentum.

Final score:
UNSW-ES Bulldogs 4.4 10.6 13.8 22.10 (142)
Manly Warringah Giants 1.3 4.4 6.7 6.8 (44)

Goal Kickers: T. Williamson 6, R. Farrelly 5, N. McGann 3, S. Lewinson 2, L. Irvine, A. Werfel, T. Robinson, M. Evans, E. O''Donnell, K. Jacob
Best Players: A. Goodieson, L. Irvine, C. Jourdain, R. Farrelly, T. Robinson, M. Evans

Fixtures - May 7

All teams this weekend playing on Saturday May 7

Village Green

14:30 Premier Division v Manly Warringah
12:30 Division Two v Manly Warringah
10:30 Under 19s v St George
8:30 Division Four v Randwick City

Mahoney Park Map >>

14:10 Division Five v Balmain (AS AT 1.30PM FRIDAY BALMAIN FORFEIT)
10:00 Stingrays Div One v Newtown

Gwawley Park Map >>

10:30 Stingrays Prems v Power Wolves

Bulldog Ben Davis to feature in National Under 18 Championships

Congratulations to Bulldog Benjamin Davis who has been selected in the NSW/ACT Rams squad for this season's National Under 18 Championships. He will take the field this Sunday at 11am against Queensland at Blacktown International Sports Park. There are two matches to follow against Tasmania in Hobart on 14th May and Northern Territory on the Gold Coast on 22nd May, as well as potential selection in the Allies team to play in Division One of the Championships through June.

This tournament has been a springboard for many players on their way to an AFL list via the National Draft. Some of the NSW/ACT players to have featured in this tournament in recent years have been Isaac Heeney (Sydney Swans), Luke Breust (Hawthorn), Taylor Walker (Adelaide) and of course Ben's elder brother Abe who was drafted to the Swans at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

Ben played the 2015 season for the Bulldogs Under 19's and was a driving force of the team's charge towards a Grand Final. Over the course of the season Ben kicked 39 goals, placing him second in the competition goal kicking list. He would also finish second in the competition's best and fairest, The Kealy Medal, on 19 votes just 2 behind the eventual winner.

The club extend it's best wishes to Ben as he moves one step closer to an AFL contract.

Results April 30

Premier Division v Pennant Hills at Mike Kenny Oval (Greenway Park)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 1.0-6 5.3-33 11.3-69 12.5-77
Pennant Hills Demons 6.4-40 10.9-69 14.12-96 18.18-126

Goal Kickers: T. Chichester 3, L. O''Callaghan 3, J. Kiel 2, H. Lee, H. Annear, S. Sherwen, O. Gohl
Best Players: J. Daniher, T. Chichester , H. Lee, H. Annear, J. Wachman, F. Rowe

Division Two v Randwick City at The Village Green
Coaches Match Report >>
Photos >>

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 9.0-54 17.3-105 22.4-136 30.6-186
Randwick City Saints 1.1-7 2.2-14 5.6-36 6.11-47

Goal Kickers: T. Williamson 7, R. Farrelly 5, H. Sleigh 5, L. Irvine 4, C. McKinlay 2, E. O''Donnell, N. McGann, S. Lewinson, K. Jacob, A. Dawes, C. Jourdain, M. Archibald
Best Players: E. O''Donnell, R. Farrelly, M. Archibald, C. Jourdain, R. Wilcox-Kerr, A. Goodieson

Division Four v Sydney Uni at Uni Oval #1

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 2.3-15 2.4-16 4.6-30 4.7-31
Sydney University 3.2-20 6.8-44 9.11-65 12.14-86

Goal Kickers: T. Nicoll 2, L. Simpson, D. Backler
Best Players: B. Travis, H. Puflett, T. Wesley, D. Gray, N. Gray, A. Howley

Division Five v Campbelltown at Monarch Oval

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 4.5-29 9.6-60 14.8-92 18.10-118
Campbelltown Blues 1.5-11 1.7-13 1.7-13 3.9-27

Goal Kickers: M. Cullen 8, J. Hook 4, M. Gilanyi 2, T. O''Donnell 2, N. Radford, N. Dowsett
Best Players: T. O''Donnell, J. Reid, J. Barrett, S. Wright, M. Gilanyi, M. Cullen

Under 19s v North Shore at Gore Hill Oval

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 0.1-1 1.1-7 1.1-7 1.3-9
North Shore Bombers 5.4-34 8.13-61 17.16-118 26.17-173

Goal Kickers: H. Lewis
Best Players: K. Reynolds-Erler, J. Buckley, S. Burns, J. Walsh, J. Dever, J. Rheinberger

Women's Premier Division v Auburn at The Village Green
Photos >>

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays 5.5-35 6.10-46 11.13-79 16.15-111
Auburn Giants 0.0 0.0 0.2-2 0.2-2

Goal Kickers: S. Lauf 5, J. Smith 3, A. Norman 2, M. Hollick, J. Still, N. Moore, R. Coulson, M. Nguyen, R. McGee
Best Players: S. Lauf, J. Smith, S. Janjetovic, E. Mackay, M. Collier, J. Still

Division Two Coaches Report: Bulldogs Pile on 30 Goals Against Struggling Randwick

The Bulldogs 2nd Division side played 10th placed Randwick City last Saturday. Instead of doing just enough to win, the Doggies stood tall, came out firing from the get-go, and seized the opportunity to better their percentage.

Ryan Farrelly set the tone of the match kicking the first two goals. His hard work in the forward line was rewarded with five goals in all, about a dozen marks including one very impressive pack mark early in the game. Mark of the day belonged to Harry Sleigh who climbed above four other players as he too went on his way to bagging five goals. Head of the goal kicking tally on a day out for the forwards was Tom Williamson with seven. The Bulldogs were ruthless in front of goal and showed blinding accuracy to finish the day with 30 goals and 6 behinds.

Luke Irvine was yet again impressive in the middle kicking four goals – two of which came from the centre square untouched from a centre clearance.

The Dogs went into the main break up 17 goals to 2, and were dominating every aspect of the game but the third quarter saw the team relax slightly, letting the Saints kick 3 goals and even though the quarter was won 5 goals to 3, coach Morvan was left with an uneasy feeling that if his team was to relax against opposition like Manly or Camden, they'd be duly punished.

The 4th quarter saw the Dogs return to better form, piling on another eight goals, to Randwick's one. The backline was valiant all day. Andrew Goodieson and Michael Archibald had great games. Arch appeared for the 50th time in Bulldogs apparel and managed to snag a goal. Cameron McKinlay played the omnipresent backman yet again. The best on ground performance belonged to Eamon O'Donnell, whose efficiency was close to 100%.

Final score: UNSW-ES - 30.6-186 defeated Randwick City - 6.11-47

In the not so good injury news, Matthew Dedes went to hospital with a suspected broken clavicle and joins an ever-mounting tally of players on the injured list.

Next week sees Division 2 home at the VG to Manly who, after coming off a loss to 1st-placed Camden, will be frothing at the mouth to regain 2nd place on the ladder.

Weekend Fixtures - April 30

This weekend see's the club scattered around Sydney on Saturday with 6 teams playing across 5 venues. Premier Division have a tough away game under lights against last years champions Pennant Hills. We've got two teams playing at the VG so we encourage all supporters to come down and cheers them on.

All teams playing Saturday April 30

17.00 - Premier Division v Pennant Hills at Mike Kenny Oval (Greenway Park) Map >>
14:30 - Division Two v Randwick City at the VG
13:00 - Division Four v Sydney University at Sydney Uni 1 Map >>
13:00 - Division Five v Campbelltown Blues at Monarch Oval Map >>
17:15 - Under 19s v North Shore at Mortgage Choice Oval (Gore Hill) Map >>
12:30 - Womens PD v Auburn Giants at the VG

Afterwards we want to see all players head back to the Doncaster Hotel for drinks

 

ANZAC Weekend Results

Premier Division (Ladder: 9th)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 0.1-1 2.1-13 4.2-26 5.4-34
St George Dragons 3.4-22 6.9-45 10.14-74 19.19-133

Goal Kickers: T. Chichester 2, S. Wilson, J. McKinlay, E. Kiel
Best Players: H. Annear, J. Daniher, J. Deep, J. Wachman, T. Heath, T. Chichester

Division Two (Ladder: 3rd)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 1.1-7 7.1-43 7.1-43 9.3-57
Penrith Rams 2.3-15 3.3-21 5.6-36 6.7-43

Goal Kickers: T. Williamson 3, H. Sleigh 2, N. Gajewski, L. Irvine, M. Dedes, M. Evans
Best Players: F. Rowe, H. Sleigh, E. O''Donnell, N. Gajewski, L. Irvine, M. Dedes

Division Four (Ladder: 5th)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 2.4-16 7.9-51 10.13-73 13.16-94
Western Magic 1.0-6 2.0-12 2.3-15 2.3-15

Goal Kickers: L. Simpson 3, D. Backler 2, S. Whelan, A. Martin, C. Peters, S. Rumball, N. Radford, T. Callus, T. O''Donnell, J. Reid
Best Players: S. Whelan, T. O''Donnell, J. Reid, K. Costello, D. Backler, C. Peters

Division Five defeated Penrith by Forfeit (Ladder: 2nd)

Under 19s (Ladder: 3rd)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs 1.2-8 3.7-25 7.8-50 10.9-69
Manly Warringah Giants 1.1-7 1.2-8 2.2-14 3.3-21

Goal Kickers: J. Buckley 6, H. Lewis 3, L. Johnson
Best Players: H. Lewis, L. Johnson, J. Whaling, L. Hoy, K. Reynolds-Erler, J. Buckley

Stingrays Premier Division (Ladder: 2nd)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays 3.3-21 5.9-39 6.11-47 8.13-61
Newtown Breakaways 0.4-4 0.4-4 2.6-18 2.9-21

Goal Kickers: H. Cogle 2, J. Still 2, J. Smith, A. Norman, N. Moore, M. Collier
Best Players: J. Smith, M. Nguyen, A. Sarandopoulos, T. Bool, M. Morriss, S. Janjetovic

Stingrays Division One (Ladder: 11th)

UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays 0.0 1.1-7 2.1-13 2.3-15
Penrith Ramettes 4.1-25 8.2-50 11.3-69 13.6-84

Goal Kickers: A. Satchell 2
Best Players: M. Badiola, A. Satchell, A. O''Rourke, K. Rogerson, C. Sawka, I. Nielsen

Back at the VG - Weekend Fixtures April 23

Get down to the Village Green this weekend because the Bulldogs are back on their home ground or the annual ANZAC Weekend Clash with St George.

Saturday April 23 @ Village Green
14.30 Premier Division v St George
12.30 Under 19s v Manly
10.30 Women's PD v Newtown
8.30 Women's PD v Penrith

Saturday April 23 @ Kelso Park
14.30 Division Two v Penrith
12:30 Division Five v Penrith (Cancelled, Penrith Forfeit)

Saturday April 23 @ Blacktown ISP 2
12.30 Division Four v Western Magic

Following all games are drinks back at Royal Hotel Paddington and once again the club is running ANZAC Day Two Up at The Doncaster Hotel on Monday from 12pm.

Weekend Fixtures - April 16

All games this weekend are on Saturday April 16. Scroll below to view maps

Rosedale Park v South West Sydney Map >>
14:10 - Division Two
12:00 - Division Four
10:00 - Division Five

Mike Kenny Oval (Greenway Park) v Pennant Hills Map >>
17:30 - Under 19's

Picken Oval v Power/Wolves Map >>
14:00 - Women's PD

Trumper Park v UTS Map >>
10:30 - Women's Div One

Weekend Results April 9 and 10

Premier Division Round 2 v North Shore at Gore Hill Oval

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 8.10 (58) lost to North Shore 23.17 (155)

Goal Kickers: T. Chichester 2, J. Kiel 2, H. Lee, J. Daniher, A. McKenzie, J. Robbie
Best Players: J. Robbie, A. Foote, J. Wachman, T. Chichester , E. Carroll, J. Deep

Division Two Round 2 v North Shore at Gore Hill Oval

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 12.2 (74) defeated North Shore 8.5 (53)

Goal Kickers: T. Williamson 5, R. Farrelly 4, H. Sleigh, J. Pamment, Z. Meredith
Best Players: O. Gohl, T. Williamson, C. Jourdain, L. Irvine

Division Four Round 2 v Manly at Henson Park

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 6.5 (41) lost to Manly 7.13 (55)

Goal Kickers: L. Simpson 4, J. Martin, R. Alexander
Best Players: B. Leonard, H. Puflett, M. Martin, J. Martin, Y. Lecordier, S. Rumball

Division Five Round 2 v Pennant Hills at Henson Park

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 3.12 (30) lost to Pennant Hills 14.4 (88)

Goal Kickers: W. Morris, C. Stritch, J. Hook
Best Players: C. Stritch, S. Wright, T. Edwards, J. Reid, J. Barrett, T. O''Donnell

Under 19s Round 2 v South Coast at Henson Park

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 11.8 (74) defeated South Coast 10.9 (69)

Goal Kickers: H. Lewis 3, W. Tyson, J. Wachman (incomplete)
Best Players: J. Buckley, J. Whaling, H. Lewis, J. Reinhard, L. Johnson

 

Weekend Fixtures - April 9 and 10

Weekend fixtures

Saturday April 9 at Gore Hill Oval

2:30pm Premier Division v North Shore
12:30pm Division Two v North Shore

Sunday April 10 at Henson Park

2:30pm Division Four v Manly Warringah
12:30pm Division Five v Pennant Hills
10:30am Under 19s v South Coast

Henson Park: (Click for Google maps)

Gore Hill Oval: (Click for Google maps)

Eddie Kiel reaches 200-game milestone for UNSW/ES

One of UNSW/ES Bulldogs most likeable players, Ed Kiel is set to notch one of the most important milestones in his career, his 200th game for the club at Gore Hill Oval this weekend.

An East Sydney Bulldogs junior product, his career has included him being a member of two Premierships teams; the 2005 Reserves team and the Premier Division team in 2012 although a late season ending lacerated kidney saw him miss playing in the finals.

Rhys McAlister, the 2012 Premiership coach and player said that although Eddie missed out on playing in the Grand Final, it was his contribution throughout the season that helped get the team there.

"Our success wasn't only built on hard work and talent. It was built on the back of an amazing culture of mateship. One of the key drivers of this culture was Eddie. His love for his Club and his team mates was infectious and without Ed's contribution throughout the course of 2012 and particularly on Grand Final day, we would have had a significantly harder task of achieving our success."

A reputation which has preceded him across the years he’s played football, Terry Mudge, former UNSW/ES Coach said Eddie is the 'ultimate club man' and has been ever since he came through the junior ranks.

"As a footballer Ed is fully committed to the cause, plays straight ahead with his head over the ball and has developed great skills, particularly with his speed.

"He has been snipped at by a few clubs over the years but has never left the Bulldogs over his 200 games of football. It’s a testament to the kind of man he is, and is exactly who you would want at your club."

One of the men who know him best, Max Collett, a former UNSW/ES Bulldogs multiple best & fairest winner, has been friends with Eddie since junior football and played many years at the club together.

"I was fortunate enough to have played footy with Eddie my whole senior career. Being mates since junior footy, he’s always gone out of his way to look after me on the field and I probably owe about 99% of my possessions to Eddie giving me the ball when I couldn’t win it myself."

"For mine, that’s his greatest quality – a selfless player for a club that he loves, who enjoys nothing more than getting around the boys and ripping in every game that he plays.

"He’s the spiritual leader down at the club and there’s not a player at UNSW/ES that wouldn’t want Eddie in their team every week."

Eddie will take to the field this Saturday against North Shore, his third milestone of the year, having recently celebrated both his 30th birthday and his engagement with fiancée Nicky.

Weekend Results and Photos - April 2 v UTS Bats

2016 Premier Division Round 1 v UTS Bats at Waverley Oval

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 12.7 (79) lost to UTS Bat 16.5 (101). Photos By Leigh Gazzard.

Goal Kickers: J. Kiel 3, A. McKenzie 3, H. Lee 2, T. Dickson 2, L. O''Callaghan, T. Banuelos
Best Players: A. Foote, A. McKenzie, J. Robbie, K. Lower, S. Sherwen, J. Kiel

2016 Division Two Round 1 v UTS Bats at Waverley Oval

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 11.12-78 defeated UTS Bats 9.3-57. Photos By Leigh Gazzard.

Goal Kickers: T. Williamson 3, H. Sleigh 2, M. Archibald 2, M. Evans, J. Nash, M. Dedes, C. McKinlay
Best Players: O. Gohl, L. Hoy, J. Pamment, R. Wilcox-Kerr, M. Evans, C. McKinlay

2016 Division Four Round 1 v UTS Bats at Trumper Park

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 13.5-83 defeated UTS Bats 9.12-66. Photos By Dave Hourn.

Goal Kickers: L. Simpson 10, N. Traill, S. McIlwrath, R. Williams
Best Players: N. Gray, D. Gray, C. Trail, N. Traill, R. Williams, L. Simpson

2016 Division Five Round 1 v UTS Bats at Trumper Park

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 19.11-125 defeated UTS bats 5.4-34. Photos by Dave Hourn.

Goal Kickers: J. Hook 7, T. Nicoll 3, N. Dowsett 2, T. O''Donnell 2, M. Cullen 2, T. Reynolds, S. Wright, M. English
Best Players: T. O''Donnell, J. Reid, B. Travis, M. English, J. Summers, S. Wright

2016 Under 19's Division One v Sydney University at Henson Park (No photos)

UNSW-ES Bulldogs 5.0-30 lost to Sydney University 15-12.103.

Important: Updated Training days

Training days from April 4 until further notice. We welcome new players of all standards to come along and join.

Monday @ National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
Stingrays

Monday @ Village Green
Division Two and Division Four

Tuesday @ Village Green
Premier Division, Division Two players pushing up

Wednesday @ Village Green
Division Four, Division Five, Stingrays

Thursday @ Village Green
Premier Division, Division Two, Under 19's

University of NSW Village Green
Corner Barker Street and Anzac Parade

National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
166-180 George Street, Redfern 2016

2016 Gets Underway - Round 1 Fixtures

Fixtures - Saturday April 2

2:10pm: Premier Division v UTS at Waverley Oval
12:00pm: Division Two v UTS at Waverley Oval
10:30am: Division Four v UTS at Trumper Park
8:30am: Division Five v UTS at Trumper Park

Fixtures - Sunday April 3

9.30am: Under 19's v Sydney Uni at Henson Park

Stingrays season kicks off next weekend

Registration Information for 2016

This year all registrations will be done online like they were in 2015.

Below is the fee structure for the year with early bird discount rates available:

  • All mens divisions based on last year’s actual fees at $310. 10% early bird discount $279 if paid by 5pm 20th March
  • Both women's division team at $250 ($305 for new Stingrays). Early bird rate special of $240 ($295 for new stingrays) if paid by 5pm 20th March.
  • Under 19s / Students – $220

Below are the intructions for online registrations:

*New players (never played football before)

Click on the below link and follow the instructions:

New Bulldogs Players - https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v6/regoform.cgi?aID=3204&pKey=1c32e5fe77d40518c21a19fef63d29fe&cID=560&formID=36056

New Stingrays Players - https://reg.sportingpulse.com/regoform.cgi?aID=3204&pKey=75efd0212af858338c3a5a5c41b85845&cID=207234&formID=36056

- click “I am registering to participate in Australian Football for the first time”
- click “Next”
- complete form

(Any questions email: unswesbulldogs@gmail.com)

Any questions from Stingrays players please send them to Lauren O'Brien - unsw.stingrays@gmail.com

*Returning players
You should have received an email last week with the link and your username and password.

If you don't receive this email contact Dave Bell unswesbulldogs@gmail.com (Bulldogs) or Lauren O'Brien unsw.stingrays@gmail.com (Stingrays) and they will send you your username and password.

*Played for another club

Bulldogs see Dave Bell for transfer form (email: unswesbulldogs@gmail.com)

Stingrays see Lauren O'Brien for transfer form (email: unsw.stingrays@gmail.com)

Once transfer has been completed you will automatically be sent an email to complete your registration.

Whether a new player, returning player or transferring playing, everyone will need to complete an online registration.

If you have not done this you are not registered and will not be able to be selected to play.

Once again any questions contact Dave Bell unswesbulldogs@gmail.com (Bulldogs) or Lauren O'Brien unsw.stingrays@gmail.com (Stingrays)

AFL Live 2016 Subscription

If you're going to get an AFL Live subscription for the upcoming 2016, book through this link and the UNSW-ES AFL Club will get 35% of you're subscription. There is no extra cost for subscribing using SportingPulse.

Season Launch 2016

Another season is upon us and we want all Bulldogs, Stingrays and their supporters, past players, partners and anyone who wants a great night out to kick off 2016 in style.

The Coogee Diggers will host a night of fun, laughs, dancing, drinks and plenty of finger food accompanied spinning some classic tracks. We'll have plenty of raffles and prizes, and if you feel up for some old school entertainment you can check out the Diggers Pinball HQ.

We have Steve Dunkley taking over the reins as Premier Division coach and he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and success from playing and coaching in country Victoria over the years.

So book the babysitter, leave the car at home, download Uber, and come to the Diggers for a great night out. Online tickets are $35, or can be bought on the night for $40.

You can check out the full event details here, or you can directly purchase tickets below.

UNSW-ES AFL Club Season Launch 2016

Dillon Benn Announced as Under 19s Coach, Meet and Greet Sunday February 21

We are delighted to invite you to a BBQ breakfast on Sunday 21 February. We are also pleased to annouce the appointment of UNSW-ES AFL Under 19s Division Coach, Dillon Benn.

Under 19s Players Family and Stakeholders 'Meet and Greet'
Sunday 21 February - 930am
Dave Phillips Field, Banks Avenue Daceyfield
Senior players will train from 830am to 930am. After training, the UNSWES Football Department will address the players, parents and pathway clubs reps. All welcome. A free BBQ and drinks will be provided for everyone.

Welcome Dillon Benn - U19s Coach

Originally from Geelong, Dillon completed an exercise science degree at Deakin University in 2015. Played football since under 9's progressing through to senior ranks until the end of 2013. Spent the 2014 season as a strength and conditioning assistant at Port Melbourne football club in the VFL and was game day runner for Gary Ayres. 2015 season played senior football at Geelong Amateur football club (pictured, above left) and was sole Coach of the under 18s group who competed in division 1.

Dillon moved to Sydney about 2 months ago, approached Chris Smith Head of Swans Academy and is now also involved in their academy coaching program assisting last year’s U19 Coach Grant Barthomaeus in the Swans Southern Academy Program. We are delighted to have Dillon on board and excited about our junior development pathways with East Sydney and Maroubra junior football clubs respectively.

We invite all players to join us on Wednesday 17th February at Village Green at 5pm for an initial training session. The will be followed by the junior season launch at David Phillips Field Sunday 21st from 9.30am.

UNSW-ES Stingrays 2016 Scholarhips

The UNSW/Eastern Suburbs Stingrays have competed in the AFL Sydney Women’s Competition since its inaugural year back in 2001. We train at the Village Green at  the University of NSW and the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence in Redfern.  Our 2016 home ground will be announced shortly.

The Stingrays were the first club to field teams in both divisions of the Sydney competition. Having two teams provides a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills and train with a range of players.

The Division One team (now called Premier Division) made the Preliminary Final in  2015 and the Grand Final in 2014, and the Division Two team (now called Division 1) narrowly missed out on the final series in their first year of competition.

We have a dedicated coaching staff including our Head Coach, Tracey Kick (2015 Assistant Coach of the NSWACT inaugural combined state team and formerly NSW Women’s Coach), Assistant Coach, Ben Porter and Division 1 Coaches Kate Edwards and Jemma Still.

In 2016, UNSW/ESAFC is delighted to offer three youth / development scholarships valued at over $350 each for females aged between 17 and 20. Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously played a season with the Stingrays.

The scholarships cover the following:

  • Free registration
  • Free uniform and team merchandise
  • An allocated mentor (senior or NSW state player)


Applications are now open, and will close on Friday 11th March.

To apply for the scholarship, please complete this online form
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TVFZSZQ

Applications will be assessed by the UNSW/ESAFC Coaching Panel and individuals will be contacted directly by the club. Prior experience playing AFL is preferred, however not essential.

For more information, please email the club at unsw.stingrays@gmail.com.

Stingrays Coaching Announcements and Competition Structure

In 2016, the AFL Sydney women's comp will consist of two divisions, named Premier Division and Division One. This brings the competition in line with other women's comps around Australia and in preparation for the national competition in 2017.

I am pleased to announce the Stingrays coaching team for 2016.

Premier Division: Head coach - Tracey Kick, Assistant Coach - Ben Porter

Division One: Coach - Kate (Teddy) Edwards, Assistant Coach - Jemma Still

Fitness Coach: Nic Vrachnas

It's going to be a HUGE season. Come and see and hear more Monday January 18 at the Village Green from 6.30pm. We had over 40 players to our first post-Chrimstas session last Wednesday. No boots allowed due to cricket. Bring some water and your cheery self. Coaches will be available from 6.15pm.

UNSW-ES AFL Pre Season Training

Pre-Season training will recommence on January 18 at the Village Green, Uni of NSW and continue every Monday and Wednesday at the VG with all grades going from 6.00pm to 8.30pm.

The Bulldogs and Stingrays welcome returning and new players of all skill levels to come down and have a kick around in 2016. We have four senior mens teams, an under 19s team and two womens team competing this year.

With Stephen Dunkley coming on board as senior coach and former premiership captain Peter Kefalas heading up the football department we are looking forward to a huge season on the park.

 

Expressions of Interest to join the coaching ranks in 2016

UNSW - Eastern Suburbs AFL Club

Invitations to Join Coaching Group - All Grades

University of NSW - Eastern Suburbs AFL Club invites applications and interest from any person wishing to be part of our coaching group in 2016.

Located in the heart of Sydney’s eastern suburbs on the UNSW Campus, our AFL club has competed since 1880 and has a proud tradition of success and for supporting the local community.

In 2016 UNSW-ES is looking to grow success and strength in all teams and through the entire club. We aim to achieve this by involving every club person in our goals for success, both on and off the field.

Regarding coaching group, we are looking to recruit a diverse range of people who have something to offer. The roles and skills we are looking to recruit include team coaches, assistant coaches, team managers, runners, sports trainers and other match day officials.

If you are interested, we would aim to appoint you to a position that matches your skills, interest and available time.

In 2016, we will enter 7 teams in the Sydney AFL competition. Mens teams - Premier Division, Under 19s Division 1, Division 2, Division 4 and Division 5. Womens team will compete in Premier Division and Division 1 competitions.

Our coaching group will be headed up by Mens Premier Division and Head Coach Stephen Dunkley. Stephen’s football department will be assisted managed by former premiership captain Peter Kefalas. Our head women head coach is Tracey Kick.

Expressions of interest must be lodged in writing to unswesbulldogs@gmail.com by 31 January 2016. Please make telephone enquiries to Stephen Dunkley on 0418 516 376 and Peter Kefalas on 0402 461 285.

Stephen Dunkley announced as Premier Divsion Coach for 2016

UNSW – Eastern Suburbs AFL Club is pleased to announce the signing of Stephen Dunkley as its Premier Division mens coach in 2016.

The Bulldogs have had mixed seasons since winning the flag in 2012. Club President Steve Ray hopes that the signing of Dunkley will be an upward turning point for the club.

“We are a large club, with up to 8 teams competing in recent years. I know as president it’s hard to create a single vision for the club. Steve Dunkley was part of our club in 2015 so we know he’s had time to develop a football plan for the entire club, not just first grade. We’ve also created a football department headed up former club and premiership captain Peter Kefalas. So it will be good to have a large brains trust looking after on field issues.” said Steve Ray

Stephen nominated fielding competitive teams in all grades as his main aim and in particular to continue the development of the young talent coached over recent seasons by Grant Bartholomaeus. "The club has a wonderful group of young talent coming through and these players will be the cornerstone of the club success for years to come." said Dunkley

The Dunkley name is well known at all levels of football, with Stephen and his 3 brother's enjoying success in Victorian country leagues and Andrew with the Sydney Swans in the AFL. Stephen sites coaching the 1987 flag for Devon Football Club in the Alberton Football league as a personal career highlight. “That year, I played with my three brothers, Peter, Andrew and David, who was only 15 years old at the time. The club hadn’t won a flag for 32 years, I can still remember the celebrations like yesterday" said Dunkley

Looking ahead, Pre-season training will resume on 18 January at UNSW Village Green on the Kensington Campus, located in the heart of Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The Bulldogs will field 4 mens teams catering for all levels, an under 19s team, with two womens teams playing in the Stingrays jumper.

Stephen Dunkley will communicate with last year's playing lists and any new players are welcome to contact him directly on mobile 0418516376 during the holiday period.

Annual General Meeting 2015

Notice of Annual General Meeting UNSW-ES AFL

 

The University of NSW – Eastern Suburbs AFL Club annual general meeting will be held:

Saturday 14 November 2014 at 10:30am
Club Bondi Junction RSL (
Bill Johnson Room), Gray Street Bondi Junction

 

In accordance with the model constitution that Arc Limited requires us to observe, nominations are called for the Executive positions of:

 
President

Vice President

Secretary                                                                

Treasurer

 

Nomination should be lodged on or before Friday 13 November by email to unswesbulldogs@gmail.com . A vote will be held for each position involving the only people who have nominated.  If only one nomination is received, then that person will be appointed unopposed to that positon at the meeting. No additional nominations will be sought. 

Only if no nomination is received for a position by 13 November, will nominations be invited from those present at the meeting. 

After the Executive positions have been filled, the new committee will take action to create other committee positions and appoint people to those positions.

The Recruit on Foxtel

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS THE ABILITY TO PLAY IN THE AFL?

Applications are now open to find the next great Recruit, a weekend warrior, someone who is currently toiling away at a suburban or country football club.

Broadcast on Foxtel in 2016, the 10 part reality television series will feature a National search with a guaranteed contract at an AFL Club on offer to the winner, and his local club will receive a $25,000 winners cheque.

NATIONAL TRIALS WILL OCCUR IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

Application criteria:
• Must be over the age of 20 as at March 1, 2016
• Must not have been a registered player in the VFL, SANFL, WAFL, or NEAFL competitions in 2015
• Must never have been on an AFL list

VISIT FOX8.TV/RECRUIT NOW TO MAKE YOUR AFL DREAM A REALITY HURRY AS APPLICATIONS CLOSE SEPTEMBER 27, 2015

Weekend Fixtures - September 12. Div Five Grand Final

This Saturday is a big day for the club. The opportunity is there for all players from other teams and supporters to watch all our 3 teams in semi final & grand final action.

9.00am Henson Park - Stingrays Division One v Newtown Breakaways in Preliminary Final. Winner goes into the Grand Final v Sydney University.

11.00am Henson Park - Under 19s v Pennant Hills Demons in Second Semi Final. Winners goes direct to the Grand Final. Loser plays in the preliminary final v North Shore next weekend.

3.00pm Blacktown ISP - Division Five v UTS Bats in the Grand Final

Get out and cheer on the remaining teams in the hunt for a flag.

Fixtures - August 15 & 16

Saturday August 15

At the Village Green:
14:30 Premier Division v Western Suburbs
12:30 Division Three v Western Suburbs
10:30 Division One v Macquarie University
8:30 Division Five v Holyrod-Parramatta

At Olds Park:
10:00 Under 19s v St George

Sunday August 16

At the Village Green:
9:30 Womens Div Two v Newtown

Womens Div One - Bye

Match Results - August 8 & 9

Premier Division

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     0.1-1     1.3-9     1.3-9     5.7-37
East Coast Eagles     6.5-41     11.8-74     18.14-122     26.18-174

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: T. Williamson 2, R. Farrelly , A. Foote , L. Irvine
Best Players: , R. Jones , J. McAnespie , S. Lewinson , R. Farrelly , M. Round , A. Werfel

East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: J. Vlatko 5, J. Vlatko 4, T. Stubbs 3, L. Hupfeld 2, D. Charleston 2, S. Reed , K. Merson , J. Dimery , T. Baker , A. Drinkwater , D. Spiteri , J. Ford , S. O''Connor , W. Bradley , D. Costello
Best Players: , T. Stubbs , J. Dimery , J. Vlatko , A. Drinkwater , K. Emery , J. Vlatko

Division One

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     1.3-9     4.5-29     5.9-39     5.9-39
East Coast Eagles     5.0-30     7.3-45     8.6-54     8.12-60

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: G. Commins 3, H. McLean , N. McGann
Best Players: , G. Commins , M. Drummond , M. Dedes , T. Naghten , C. Ringin , N. McGann

East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: S. Pierce 2, R. Fitton 2, L. Cox 2, M. Eastman , T. Zdrilic
Best Players: , Z. Johns , P. Vlatko , J. Steer , R. Fitton , E. Kruger , T. Zdrilic

Division Three

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     1.3-9     4.6-30     5.8-38     7.11-53
East Coast Eagles     1.6-12     2.9-21     5.14-44     6.16-52

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: J. Harding 3, L. Simpson 2, Y. Doherty , D. Backler
Best Players: , D. Backler , T. Nicoll , M. Reid , T. Vrachnas , T. Reynolds , D. Rider

East Coast Eagles
Goal Kickers: A. Baddock 2, D. O''Connor , N. Campbell , J. Madden , J. Patira
Best Players: , A. Baddock , S. Lewis , D. O''Connor , T. Stewart , S. Pinchen , W. Dickinson

Division Five

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     5.3-33     8.13-61     10.19-79     14.24-108
Randwick City Saints     1.2-8     2.2-14     5.3-33     7.3-45

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: J. Hook 6, S. Wright 2, M. Cullen 2, N. Dowsett , C. Stritch , M. Wright , J. Reid
Best Players: , C. Stritch , J. Reid , L. Gleeson , J. Hook , N. Dowsett , M. Cullen

Randwick City Saints
Goal Kickers: N. Gozzi 3, M. Blakemore , D. Burke , J. Burton , J. Cazaly
Best Players: , M. Blakemore , S. Mead , M. Mundey , K. Sullivan , N. Gozzi , A. Rossiter

Under 19s

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     3.2-20     6.5-41     10.7-67     13.8-86
South Coast Thunder     2.3-15     6.5-41     7.8-50     9.10-64

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: J. Buckley 4, T. Chichester 3, B. Davis 2, N. Reinhard , C. Johnston , L. Irvine , J. Reinhard
Best Players: , T. Chichester , J. Cann , N. Reinhard , J. Reinhard , J. Buckley , J. Bartholomaeus

South Coast Thunder
Goal Kickers: J. Bell 2, D. Leary 2, J. Matesic , B. Davis , T. Bishop , S. Wilson , K. Churchill
Best Players: , J. Bell , T. Bishop , J. Hennessy , L. Vanzin , S. Wilson , D. Leary

Stingrays Div One

UNSW/ES Stingrays     3.1-19     3.2-20     3.2-20     4.2-26
Sydney University Bombers     1.1-7     5.4-34     5.5-35     8.6-54

UNSW/ES Stingrays
Goal Kickers: E. Mccrossin , J. Still , E. Mackay , J. Barclay
Best Players: , J. Barclay , E. Mackay , M. Collier , E. Mccrossin , M. Morriss , K. Edwards

Sydney University Bombers
Goal Kickers: L. Sadler 2, N. Barr 2, M. Gray , E. Yuen , L. Creber , A. Wood
Best Players: , L. Sadler , N. Barr , J. Lew , K. Winkley , E. Yuen , S. Mulhern

Stingrays Div Two - Bye

David Backler - A Man for all Seasons

This Saturday is Past Players Day at the Village Green and on the day we will be celebrating a current Bulldog who has been a part of many successes over the years. David Backler has been a premiership player and captain, division best and fairest, division leading goalkicker, club president, Bulldogs life member and along the way has chalked up over 400 games for the club. We encourage all supporters to come down on Saturday for a great day which will also include a reunion of the 1995 and 2005 Reserve Grade premiership teams.

By Shaun Fewings

It’s another dawn in Manhattan, there’s a chill in the air and a Sydney finance chiefhas rolled in from Australia to do business.

As he strolls along Wall Street preparing to talk global stock options and margin calls, he realises he’s forgotten to make a vital phone call.

He whips out his mobile and calls his football coach.

“G’day mate, it’s Backy, look I’m in New York and can’t make footy training tonight.

“To make up for it, I’m going to run from uptown to Battery Park and back tonight because I’m keen to play on Saturday.

“I get off the plane that morning and I’ve got my footy gear with me.”

Welcome to the world of UNSW-ES legend, David Backler.

This season “Backy” is celebrating his 400+ game.

“Plus” because no-one knows exactly how many games he’s played. The NSW AFL only began keeping records in the early-mid 2000’s.

David has been wearing the red, white and blue since he joined East Sydney in 1994.

He spent almost a decade playing in the Ones, holding down a spot in the backlines or playing on the ball.

When the Bulldogs merged with the University of New South Wales at the end of the century, Backy transferred too and over the years, he’s become the only footballer at UNSW-ES to have played in every men’s grade fielded, five different sides in total.

He was for a time, East Sydney President and then went onto to become a long-standing league commissioner.

A Life Member of UNSW-ES, David played in numerous Grand Finals, winning two in 2009 and 2011, the first as Third grade captain.

He won the Armstrong medal for Division Three Best and Fairest in 2006 as a 39 year old and finished runner-up, two years later.

He won the goal-kicking for Division Four at age 46 two years ago and remains his side’s key forward in the twilight of a football career that ended almost two decades earlier for most of his peers.

As his former teammate, this author, recalls the moment Backy became a club legend.

We’d just finished training at Trumper Park on a Tuesday night in the late 90’s.

Most of the players, including our ‘hardened’ on-ballers had bolted home to watch “Melrose Place”...I’m not joking.

The lights had just gone out and we’re heading for our cars when Backy arrives from a long lunch in the city.

Backy knew he hadn’t done himself any favours by missing training.

As we threw our footy bags into our cars, we glanced over and saw this shadowy figure running back and forth, from one goal to the other in the dark.

He was really moving.

We knew it was Backy from his famous biomechanics.

Bent arms hurtling up and down, fingers outstretched upwards, knees up high, shoulders stiffening.

Backy was punishing himself and making amends even though his spot in the side was never at risk.

He earnt the nickname, “Robocop,” thanks to his rippling six pack and endless stamina.

I recall another moment in more recent times.

Backy’s Fourth grade side was sitting in the sheds at Gwawley Oval, preparing for a game against the Southern Power.

“Who’s got the jumpers?” someone shouted.

“Backy,” came the reply.

Panic spread as they learnt Backy’s car had broken down a couple of kilometres away, the jumpers locked in the boot of a car featuring keyless entry and a flat battery.

But as expected, Backy overcame adversity, found a way in and saved the day, in the nick of time, and then went on to spearhead their victory.

To the faithful, David Backler is a Bulldog treasure...a generous party host, a courageous teammate and above all a great bloke.

Congratulations on a tremendous 400 PLUS from your entire Bulldog family.

Match Results - August 1

The following are the results from August 1. All matches were make up games from ground closures earlier in the season.

Division One

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     3.0-18     5.2-32     5.3-33     7.4-46
St George Dragons     4.3-27     4.8-32     6.13-49     8.17-65

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: J. Byrnes 2, J. Reid 2, C. Ringin, T. Naghten, J. Harding
Best Players: R. Jones, T. Naghten, T. Meredith, C. Ringin, S. Potter, J. Byrnes

St George Dragons
Goal Kickers: A. Lucy 2, J. Shineberg 2, S. Wilsen, J. Gasovski, S. Demir, D. Hoban
Best Players: J. Okunbor, A. Lucy, S. Wilsen, J. Maldigri, H. Brooks, M. Baker

Division Three

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     0.0     3.2-20     7.3-45     10.5-65
Gosford Wildcats     2.6-18     6.8-44     10.12-72     12.15-87

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: L. Simpson 5, A. Dawes 2, S. Rumball, D. Mahenthirarojah, C. Peters
Best Players: C. Peters, D. Beasley, J. Pamment, H. McGuire, D. Lugli, R. Alexander

Gosford Wildcats
Goal Kickers: S. Burkinshaw 3, P. Doffay 2, T. Eather 2, L. Le Page, T. Paavola, S. Stokes, W. Jensen, S. Hansen
Best Players: L. Thompson, , A. Tomsett, J. Brown, P. Doffay, T. Paavola

Under 19s

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     3.1-19     3.4-22     4.6-30     6.9-45
North Shore Bombers     1.3-9     7.4-46     11.4-70     14.7-91

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: N. Reinhard 3, T. Chichester 3
Best Players: J. Reinhard, J. Cann, T. Chichester, J. Wachman, N. Reinhard, M. Lemme

North Shore Bombers
Goal Kickers: M. Wright 3, C. Sennitt 3, A. Roy, N. Hurrell, A. Treacy, B. Parks, J. Mapleson, E. Harvey, A. Quail, M. Marquez
Best Players: J. Mapleson, N. Hurrell, J. Barclay, M. Wright, A. Treacy, J. Cubis

Womens Div One

UNSW/ES Stingrays     3.0-18     7.4-46     8.8-56     9.13-67
Macquarie University     2.1-13     2.1-13     2.1-13     2.1-13

UNSW/ES Stingrays
Goal Kickers: S. Banki 3, E. Mackay 2, J. Barclay 2, N. Vrachnas, K. Edwards
Best Players: J. Barclay, M. Collier, J. Chan, E. Mackay, L. Marzotto, S. Banki

Macquarie University
Goal Kickers: A. Farrugia, L. Roper
Best Players: G. Ferreira, K. Vance, S. Cerda-Vargas, J. Wong, L. Roper, A. Farrugia

Womens Div Two

UNSW/ES Stingrays     0.0     0.0     0.0     0.0
Gosford Wildcats     1.1-7     3.3-21     9.6-60     14.12-96

UNSW/ES Stingrays
Best Players: S. Arathoon, Z. Betar, A. Langbien, C. Marks, K. Lancaster, A. Dixon

Gosford Wildcats
Goal Kickers: M. Lawrence 4, T. Mutton 3, A. Beattie, A. Chetcuti, K. Berry, Z. Milne, E. Crookes, K. Smallacombe, M. Ross
Best Players: T. Mutton, M. Lawrence, K. Berry, E. Crookes, A. Beattie, S. Collins

Fixtures - August 1

Five teams are playing this weekend to make up fixtures from earlier in the season that were lost due to ground closures.

All fixtures are on August 1.

Adcock Park, Gosford
14.10 v Gosford, Division Three
12.00 v Gosford, Womens Div Two

Village Green
14.30 v Macquarie University, Womens Div One
12.30 v St George, Division One
10.30 v North Shore Bombers, Under 19s

Kirk Lower - AFL Sydney Rising Star Round 14

Original Article Here >>

The AFL Sydney Round 14 Rising Star nominee is Kirk Lower of UNSW/ES.

Originally playing his football for Port Macquarie in the North Coast junior competition, Lower moved to the Bulldogs in 2014 playing mostly in the Under 19s side. Lower played 16 games for the Under 19s Division One side in 2014 and also made his Premier Division debut in Round 15 last year against Pennant Hills.

In 2015, Lower has cemented his spot in Premier Division this year playing mostly key position down back for the Bulldogs.

Lower played his best game for the Bulldogs on the weekend, beating his opponent in numerous one on one and rebounding the ball out of defensive 50. Lower was so impressive for the Bulldogs he was named at Centre Half Back in the Round 14 BLK AFL Sydney Team of the Week.

Kirk will be looking to finish the year off well and help UNSW/ES off the bottom of the ladder with a couple of wins.

UNSW-ES Past Players Day - August 8

Check out the Facebook Event Here >>

Saturday August 8 @ The Village Green, University of NSW

Come celebrate the history of the UNSW-ES AFC - The Bulldogs, The Whalies and The Stingrays.

It's the 20 year reunion of the 1995 Reserve Grade premiership team and 10 years since the 2005 Reserve Grade flag.

Plus come celebrate the career of a distinguished Bulldogs legend. More details closer to the day.

All four senior men's teams playing
2.30pm - Prems v East Coast
12.30pm - Div One v East Coast
10.30am - Div Three v East Coast
8.30am - Div Five v Randwick City

Afterwards it's on to The Doncaster Hotel for further festivities

Match Results - July 11

Premier Division - Bye

Division One

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     3.1-19     3.2-20     6.4-40     7.7-49
Holroyd Parramatta Goannas     4.3-27     8.3-51     13.6-84     18.8-116

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: R. Farrelly 3, H. McLean 2, H. Ormsby, B. Mckenna
Best Players: R. Farrelly, C. Peters, H. McLean, A. Goodieson, T. Meredith, A. Foote

Holroyd Parramatta Goannas
Goal Kickers: B. Rogers 4, H. Landels 2, B. Crane 2, S. Maguire 2, J. Lillis 2, L. Mansour 2, M. Sapiatzer, M. Lennox, M. Pasfield, C. Millis
Best Players: B. Crane, B. Rogers, M. Sapiatzer, M. Cahill, J. Haurua, M. Lennox

Milestone: Ryan Wilcox-Kerr (50th game for club)

Division Three

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     0.1-1     0.1-1     0.2-2     1.2-8
Nor-West Jets     2.1-13     7.5-47     10.6-66     17.10-112

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: T. Nicoll
Best Players: T. Nicoll, D. Backler, L. Gleeson, T. Reynolds, T. O''Donnell, L. Hedge

Nor-West Jets
Goal Kickers: S. Braid 4, R. Boucher 3, C. Collins 2, E. Coombs 2, R. Johnston 2, B. Johnston 2, H. Cole, L. Eldridge
Best Players: O. Butcher, Z. Priest, B. Jennison, C. Collins, R. Boucher, B. Johnston

Milestone: Tom Reynolds (50th game for club)

Division Five

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     3.3-21     6.5-41     7.8-50     8.9-57
Nor-West Jets     3.2-20     6.5-41     9.7-61     11.9-75

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: J. Hook 2, N. Dowsett 2, S. Wright 2, T. O''Donnell 2
Best Players: J. Reid, T. O''Donnell, C. Stritch, L. Gleeson, S. Martin, N. Dowsett

Nor-West Jets
Goal Kickers: A. Duot 2, C. Dunk 2, D. Clinch 2, D. Jones, J. Henderson, K. Sharpe, Z. Coombs, M. Bakari
Best Players: M. Ingham, M. Bakari, M. Brophy, J. Henderson, J. Pinder

Under 19s

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     6.1-37     12.4-76     14.8-92     19.9-123
Sydney University     4.0-24     5.1-31     8.3-51     8.5-53

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: B. Davis 4, T. Chichester 2, J. Bartholomaeus 2, C. Johnston 2, M. Lower 2, J. Buckley 2, L. Towell 2, L. Irvine, E. Whitehead, A. Turner
Best Players: J. Bartholomaeus, L. Towell, J. Buckley, M. Lower, K. Lower, B. Davis

Sydney University
Goal Kickers: N. Dale 3, H. Harvey, J. Weir, S. Fotea, G. Maples, N. Bertino
Best Players: D. Black, A. Sierakowski, W. Combe, N. Bertino, G. Maples, J. Fitzgerald

Stingrays Division One

UNSW/ES Stingrays     4.1-25     6.2-38     7.4-46     7.6-48
Wollongong Saints     0.0     2.0-12     3.0-18     4.0-24

UNSW/ES Stingrays
Goal Kickers: R. Beeson 3, E. Mackay, S. Banki, A. Norman, K. Bishop
Best Players: H. Cogle, K. Edwards, R. Godman, M. Collier, N. Vrachnas, R. Beeson

Wollongong Saints
Goal Kickers: C. Stanton, A. Smith, L. Russell, N. Kennedy
Best Players: N. Kennedy, C. Stanton, J. Stanton, R. Taylor, A. Chessell, K. Gow

Weekend Fixtures - July 11

All games are on Saturday July 11 and will be followed by our annual trivia night at the Club Bondi Junction RSL.

Premier Division - Bye
Division One - 14:30 @ Gipps Road v Holroyd
Division Three - 14:10 @ Bensons Lane v Nor-West
Division Five - 12:00 @ Bensons Lane v Nor-West
Under 19s - 12:00 @ Village Green v Sydney Uni
Stingrays Div One - 12:00 @ North Dalton v Wollongong
Stingrays Div Two - 10:00 @ Blacktown ISP v Blacktown

 

Weekend Fixtures - July 4 and 5

Please find this weekends fixture list

Saturday July 4 at the Village Green
14:30 - Premier Division v UTS
12:30 - Division One v UTS
10:30 - Division Three v UTS
8:30 - Division Five v UTS

Saturday July 4 at North Dalton Park
10:00 - Under 19s v South Coast Thunder

Sunday July 5 at Village Green
10:00 - Womens Division Two v UTS

Trivia Night 2015 - July 11

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The annual Bulldogs and Stingrays trivia night proudly sponsored by Yellow Brick Road

Tables of 8 will compete for great prizes

Trivia starts at 730pm sharp and will conclude with a running of the Bulldog Cup

Tickets $20 at the door, includes entry and a free drink

Contact your team manager for more details

Ladies Day Results

Premier Division

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     2.2-14     5.3-33     8.4-52     10.4-64
Sydney University     4.3-27     10.4-64     18.6-114     23.10-148

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: R. Farrelly 3, E. Kiel 2, H. Annear 2, A. McKenzie , J. Daniher , T. Widmer
Best Players: , T. Widmer , E. Kiel , H. Annear , J. McAnespie , A. McKenzie , J. Robbie\

Sydney University
Goal Kickers: M. Powys 5, B. Hawtin 4, Z. Fyffe 4, S. Krochmal 3, J. Lewington 2, C. Browne 2, M. Krochmal , L. Maples , D. Frawley
Best Players: , D. Frawley , A. Everett , M. Krochmal , L. Maples , M. Powys , A. Hawtin

Division One

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     0.2-2     2.3-15     4.7-31     5.11-41
Sydney University     2.5-17     5.8-38     6.13-49     10.16-76

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: J. Byrnes , B. Mckenna , J. Erickson , C. Jourdain , M. Dedes
Best Players: , N. McGann , M. Macdonald , J. Byrnes , A. Bantoft , T. Meredith , B. Mckenna

Sydney University
Goal Kickers: H. Bown 3, J. Boyd 2, D. Vincent 2, A. MacPherson , J. Walsh , L. Freemantle
Best Players: , A. MacPherson , C. Reichman , J. Boyd , B. Fitzpatrick , S. Ryan , D. Vincent

Division Three

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     2.4-16     3.6-24     3.8-26     6.11-47
Sydney University     2.2-14     5.6-36     8.8-56     11.13-79

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: J. Harding 2, D. Backler , L. Simpson , H. McLean , A. Dawes
Best Players: , K. Costello , H. McLean , R. Williams , L. Hedge , A. Martin , R. Taucher

Sydney University
Goal Kickers: G. Robbie 3, B. Pollock 2, B. Sewell 2, N. Lloyd , G. Willis , A. Harmer , T. Millsteed
Best Players: , R. Lee , B. Clendenning , B. Pollock , N. Lloyd , T. Millsteed , S. Lloyd

Milestones: Keiron Costello (pictured above) 50 club games

Division Five

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     0.0     0.0     0.0     17.13-115
Sydney University     0.0     0.0     0.0     4.8-32

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: S. Wright 6, J. Hook 4, N. Dowsett 2, R. Cosgrave 2, D. Hughey , C. Stritch , D. Quinn
Best Players: , L. Gleeson , M. Cope-Summerfield , C. Stritch , A. Yanitsas , N. Dowsett , J. Reid

Sydney University
Goal Kickers: L. Girgis 3, S. Walker
Best Players: , P. Markou , D. Mealing-Holland , R. Lay , L. Taylor , C. Judge , L. Girgis

Under 19s

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     2.2-14     3.3-21     6.5-41     9.6-60
St George Dragons     1.4-10     2.4-16     6.4-40     6.7-43

UNSW/ES Bulldogs
Goal Kickers: L. Hoy 2, T. Chichester 2, J. Buckley 2, J. Deep , R. Bujcevski , J. Bartholomaeus
Best Players: , J. Reinhard , J. Deep , T. Chichester , L. Towell , J. Bartholomaeus , J. Wachman

St George Dragons
Goal Kickers: A. Pappas 2, A. Bah , C. Kolster , R. Jones , R. Waters
Best Players: , C. Kolster , A. Pappas , A. Bah , J. Hall , T. Mitchell , S. Barnes

Womens Division One

UNSW/ES Stingrays     0.1-1     0.1-1     2.1-13     2.1-13
Sydney University Bombers     2.1-13     7.2-44     10.2-62     10.3-63

UNSW/ES Stingrays
Goal Kickers: H. Cogle 2
Best Players: , J. Barclay , H. Cogle , M. Morriss , M. Nguyen , M. Collier , H. McIntosh

Sydney University Bombers
Goal Kickers: B. Michalk 3, T. Callaghan 2, A. Morgan , E. Yuen , L. Creber , S. Walker , J. Lew
Best Players: , S. Kaukiono , J. Lew , K. Winkley , R. Stack , B. Michalk , F. Tong

Womens Division Two

UNSW/ES Stingrays     1.1-7     1.1-7     2.1-14     2.2-14
Moorebank Magpies     2.0-12     2.2-14     3.4-22     10.8-68

UNSW/ES Stingrays
Goal Kickers: A. Bidou , K. Lancaster
Best Players: , E. Mccrossin , A. Bidou , S. Farrar , A. Dixon , N. Bell , L. Sullivan

Moorebank Magpies
Goal Kickers: E. Jones 4, K. Valentine 3, K. Sander , J. Tillack , J. Purcell
Best Players: , E. Jones , R. Vehlow , A. Maher , B. Bray , K. Love , A. Parkes

Ladies Day Fixtures - June 27 and 28

Come down to the Village Green on Saturday and check out Ladies Day for 2015. It's been a hugely successful day for several years now and we promise this one will be no different.

Saturday June 27 at Village Green

2.30pm - Premier Division v Sydney Uni
12.30pm - Womens Div One v Sydney Uni
10.30am - Division One v Sydney Uni
8.30am - Division Three v Sydney Uni

Sunday June 28 at Village Green

2.30pm - Division Five v Sydney Uni
12.30pm - Womens Div Two v Moorebank
10.30am - Under 19s v St George

Bombers Down Dogs In Thriller

Weekend Results for June 13 and 14

Premier Division

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     4.4-28     6.5-41     11.6-72     15.8-98
North Shore Bombers     3.2-20     9.4-58     12.5-77     16.6-102

Goal Kickers: J. Pascoe 4, J. Parmenter 3, R. Farrelly 2, J. Lampi 2, J. Robbie, T. Williamson, J. Daniher, C. Jourdain
Best Players: J. Pascoe, J. Robbie, J. Lampi, T. Widmer, M. Round, R. Plant

Milestones: Josh Parmenter (100 games), Tim Widmer (50 games)

Division One

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     2.1-13     5.6-36     9.7-61     11.9-75
Balmain Tigers     6.4-40     9.9-63     13.11-89     20.14-134

Goal Kickers: F. Whitney 4, E. O''Donnell 2, J. Byrnes, T. Cummins, T. Naghten, N. McGann, A. Werfel
Best Players: F. Whitney, A. Rodrigues, J. Byrnes, B. Mckenna, A. Werfel, E. O''Donnell

Division Three

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     3.2-20     6.6-42     7.7-49     10.8-68
Balmain Tigers     3.3-21     5.6-36     11.8-74     14.10-94

Goal Kickers: J. Harding 5, S. Rumball 2, S. Whelan, H. McLean, D. Backler

Division Five

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     6.5-41     13.8-86     21.15-141     28.22-190
Balmain Tigers     0.0     0.2-2     1.2-8     1.2-8

Goal Kickers: D. Hughey 7, S. Wright 6, J. Hook 3, J. Reid 2, B. Travis 2, R. Cosgrave 2, D. Osland, J. Detto, N. Dowsett, M. Cullen, D. Lugli, R. Nandurkar
Best Players: J. Hook, J. Reid, D. Hughey, B. Travis, S. Wright, N. Dowsett

Under 19s

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     3.1-19     4.2-26     7.4-46     9.5-59
North Shore Bombers     1.3-9     2.5-17     4.5-29     7.7-49

Goal Kickers: B. Davis 5, M. Lower 2, T. Chichester 2
Best Players: B. Davis, E. Whitehead, J. Wachman, T. Chichester, J. Deep, O. Bradburn

Womens Division One

UNSW/ES Stingrays     2.0-12     6.3-39     8.4-52     10.4-64
Western Wolves     1.1-7     1.1-7     1.7-13     3.7-25

Goal Kickers: R. Beeson 5, M. Nguyen 2, H. Cogle, H. McIntosh, S. Lauf
Best Players: R. Beeson, L. Marzotto, H. Cogle, M. Morriss, M. Collier, E. Hodson

Womens Division Two

UNSW/ES Stingrays     0.0     0.0     0.0     0.0
Manly Warringah Giants     4.6-30     10.9-69     16.17-113     18.21-129

Best Players: R. Ling, K. Hutchison, N. Bell, A. Dixon, M. Stott, S. Murray

Congratulations to Jemma Still on 200 games of AFL

A rare and impressive milestone will be achieved this Saturday 20th June at Mahoney Park when UNSW-ES Stingray Jemma Still plays her 200th game of AFL.

Jemma has been a prominent member of both Sydney and Canberra leagues for over 11 years, playing with Australian National University Griffins, Sydney University Bombers and Newtown Breakaways prior to joining the Stingrays in 2011.  She has represented NSW in a number of National Championships, as well as captaining the team in 2009 and 2011.  

Jemma has been an integral part of three premiership-winning teams, Bombers Gold in 2007 and the Breakaways in 2009 and 2010. Her individual achievements include the SWAFL best and fairest in 2004 and two club best and fairest in 2007 and 2011. Jemma was also named in the SWAFL team of the decade in 2009.

Jemma’s successes are not limited to the field; she was a member of the of Sydney Women’s AFL organising committee for the 2006 Women’s AFL National Championships in Sydney, and was appointed as President in 2008 and 2009. In 2009 Jemma became an AFL umpire and has since officiated over 20 AFL Sydney matches. She was awarded the NSW AFL volunteer of the year in 2009 as recognition of her contribution to AFL in NSW. More recently, Jemma took up the coaching position of the inaugural Stingrays Division Two team in 2014.

Jemma continues to be an inspirational player and leader of the Stingrays. Her 11 years of dedication to the sport have been fundamental to the growth and professionalism of the Sydney Women’s AFL. We thank her for being such an important part of creating the AFL community that we know today, and wish her the best of luck for many more footy games to come.

2015 UNSW-ES Ladies Day

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The UNSW-ES AFC Ladies Day is less than two weeks away now. June 27 at the Village Green. Four games of football all against arch rivals Sydney University, full bar, gourmet BBQ, prizes and more. Game starts at 8.30am, Ladies Day events at 12.00pm and Premier Division match at 2.30pm.

Inviting all players, partners, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, support staff, stingrays and bulldogs fans to come down and enjoy a great day at the Village Green with after party at The Doncaster Hotel kicking off at 6.00pm.

Notable Bulldogs: Austin Robertson Jnr

By Shaun Fewings

Former East Sydney Premiership coach, Austin Robertson Jnr, this week has been inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.

Robertson, who played Full Forward for South Melbourne in the VFL, took over the reins of the Bulldogs in 1976 and had instant success, guiding his side to a 13 goal victory over North Shore in the SFL GF.

He predominantly played in the WAFL where he kicked a record career tally of 1211 goals.

In 1968, Robertson booted 162 goals.

A Premiership player for Subiaco, Robertson kicked 100 goals in a season six times.

After moving to Sydney, Robertson helped Kerry Packer set up World Series Cricket and became the manager for stars like Steve Waugh and Shane Warne.

Weekend Results - June 6

Division Three have picked up their second win of 2015 with a hard fought 18-point win over Pennant Hills, backing up last weeks win over East Coast. Despite the slender margin the Bulldogs won each of the four quarters but were pushed right to the end by the Demons with big man John Harding leading the way with 5 goals. The win pushes the Bulldogs upto 7th place on the ladder.

In other games Division Five suffered their first defeat of the years at the hands of Penrith. The Rams had been the other pace setters in Div Five and the result has showed the boys that there is still a lot of work to be done between now and the end of the season. The Stingrays Div Two team pushed the Manly Giants but were enable to registed their first victory of the season going down 4.5 (29) to 6.7 (43) at the Village Green.

Division Three

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     2.4-16     6.7-43     10.10-70     14.10-94
Pennant Hills Demons     2.3-15     5.7-37     8.7-55     11.10-76

Goal Kickers: J. Harding 5, K. Costello 2, A. Bantoft 2, M. Drummond , A. Dawes , D. Mahenthirarojah , J. Byrnes , N. Radford

Division Five

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     2.1-13     4.3-27     4.4-28     5.6-36
Penrith Rams     1.3-9     3.5-23     7.8-50     9.13-67

Goal Kickers: M. Cullen , S. Wright , T. O''Donnell , J. Hook , B. Travis
Best Players: , C. McKenzie , R. Cain , T. O''Donnell , M. Cullen , L. Gleeson , J. Reid

Stingrays Division Two

UNSW/ES Stingrays     2.1-13     2.1-13     3.3-21     4.5-29
Manly Warringah Giants     2.2-14     2.4-16     3.5-23     6.7-43

Goal Kickers: L. Marzotto , J. Butcher , C. van Schalkwyk , K. Bishop
Best Players: , A. Richards , L. Marzotto , J. Butcher , A. Langbien , S. Barkman , A. Norman

Div Three on the Board in 2015

Premier Division - Bye

Division One

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     0.2-2     1.3-9     2.5-17     3.8-26
Holroyd Parramatta Goannas     4.0-24     6.5-41     10.9-69     13.13-91

Goal Kickers: N. McGann, B. Dunn, A. Goodieson
Best Players: F. Rowe, C. Ringin, N. McGann, M. Dedes, A. Goodieson, T. Williamson

Milestone: Jack Erickson 50th game

Division Three

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     2.8-20     5.9-39     8.12-60     10.13-73
East Coast Eagles     1.0-6     2.2-14     4.3-27     8.6-54

Goal Kickers: A. Dawes 2, H. McLean 2, D. Backler 2, S. Rumball 2, J. Harding, N. Radford
Best Players: A. Dawes, J. Connolly, S. Whelan, S. Rumball, D. Backler, J. Harding

Division Five

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     3.4-22     5.7-37     7.13-55     13.14-92
Pennant Hills Demons     3.0-18     6.2-38     9.6-60     9.9-63

Goal Kickers: M. Cullen 3, T. Dunkley 3, C. Stritch 2, T. O''Donnell 2, R. Cain, A. Greenshields, S. Wright
Best Players: J. Reid, C. Stritch, C. McKenzie, M. Cullen, T. Dunkley, S. Wright

Under 19s

UNSW/ES Bulldogs     3.3-21     9.4-58     11.4-70     12.6-78
Manly Warringah Giants     3.3-21     4.8-32     5.9-39     7.13-55

Goal Kickers: B. Davis 3, T. Chichester 2, J. Bartholomaeus, K. Lower, J. Lees, L. Irvine, J. Deep, N. Reinhard, J. Cann
Best Players: B. Davis, Z. Collie, T. Chichester, N. Reinhard, S. Lewinson, Z. Meredith

Stingrays Division One - Bye

Stingrays Division Two

Auburn Giants Women's     2.2-14     2.5-17     4.5-29     5.8-38
UNSW/ES Stingrays     0.1-1     1.3-9     1.6-12     1.7-13

Goal Kickers: R. Browning, A. Langbien
Best Players: E. Hodson, A. Norman, S. Arathoon, R. Browning, K. Edwards, O. Dolfo

Division Five Remain Undefeated in Big Win, Stingrays Start Climb Up Ladder

Premier Division - Bye

Division One
UNSW/ES Bulldogs     6.3-39     6.5-41     8.6-54     8.10-58
Southern Power     2.1-13     4.6-30     8.8-56     11.11-77

Goal Kickers: A. Wright 2, B. Dunn, N. McGann, T. Duffy, G. Commins, T. Robinson, M. Macdonald
Best Players: J. Erickson, M. Archibald, C. Jourdain, T. Robinson, A. Wright, A. Goodieson

Milestone: Chris Jourdain 150th game

Division Three
UNSW/ES Bulldogs     5.1-31     5.3-33     9.5-59     10.7-67
Nor-West Jets     2.1-13     10.2-62     11.5-71     13.9-87

Goal Kickers: J. Harding 2, D. Backler 2, M. Dedes 2, K. Costello, M. Brown, D. Mahenthirarojah, N. Radford
Best Players: D. Mahenthirarojah, J. Nash, H. McGuire, N. Radford, R. Taucher, A. Bantoft

Division Five
UNSW/ES Bulldogs 20.3-123
Nor-West Jets 3.8-26

Milestone: Andrew Yanitsas (pictured) 50th game

Under 19s
UNSW/ES Bulldogs     2.4-16     5.9-39     10.10-70     16.14-110
South Coast Thunder     4.3-27     5.5-35     5.6-36     6.10-46

Goal Kickers: N. Reinhard 3, B. Davis 3, T. Chichester 2, K. Latham 2, H. Oziel 2, J. Cann 2, J. Bartholomaeus, L. Hoy
Best Players: J. Cann, M. Lemme, R. Bujcevski, T. Chichester, N. Reinhard, B. Davis

Stingrays Division One
UNSW/ES Stingrays 12.18-90
Wollongong Saints 0.3-3

Stingrays Division Two
UNSW/ES Stingrays 3.2-20
UTS Shamrocks 5.13-43

150 Games in the Red, White and Blue for Chris Jourdain

Another fantastic milestone has been bought up by the club this weekend with Chris Jourdain notching up his 150th game for the UNSW-ES Bulldogs.

CJ game to the senior club to play for the under 18's in 2007, before becoming one of the stars of the undefeated 2008 Under 18's premiership team which included Chris picking up a best on ground in the grand final.

Since moving into the men's teams CJ has been a popular figure around the club and his figure of 149 games to date includes 63 in Premier Division, and 55 in Division One.

At just 24 years of age Chris still has a big future to look forward to and the club is looking forward to many more games from a fine Bulldog.

 

 

Weekend Fixtures - May 16 and 17

This weeks fixtures for the week of May 16 and 17

Premier Division Bye

Saturday May 16 - Village Green

14.10 - Division One v Southern Power
12.00 - Division Three v Nor West Jets
10.00 - Division Five v Nor West Jets

Saturday May 16 - Mahoney Park

10.00 - Womens Division Two v UTS Shamrocks

Sunday May 17 - Village Green

14.10 - Womens Division One v Wollongong Saints
12.00 - Under 19's v South Coast Thunder

PD Competitive But Fall Short Against Demons, Div Five Remain Undefeated

Premier Division
UNSW/ES Bulldogs     1.1-7     2.5-17     3.6-24     3.9-27
Pennant Hills Demons     2.3-15     4.4-28     5.10-40     7.16-58

Goal Kickers: T. Williamson, R. Farrelly, J. Daniher
Best Players: J. Pascoe, J. McAnespie, A. Henderson, T. Widmer, J. Lampi, J. Daniher

Milestone: Ryan Plant (pictured) played his 50th game for the club
Sydney AFL Team of the Week: Alex Henderson, Jack McAnespie

Match Report Below >>

Division One
UNSW/ES Bulldogs     2.3-15     3.4-22     3.5-23     5.8-38
Pennant Hills Demons     5.1-31     8.4-52     10.7-67     14.10-94

Goal Kickers: G. Commins 2, B. Dunn, K. Jacob, J. Erickson
Best Players: J. Erickson, A. Goodieson, M. Wilson, M. Brown, S. O''Donnell, G. Commins

Division Three
UNSW/ES Bulldogs     3.4-22     4.8-32     5.11-41     7.14-56
Penrith Rams     2.1-13     8.4-52     9.10-64     13.12-90

Goal Kickers: S. Rumball 4, D. Backler 3

Division Five
UNSW/ES Bulldogs     4.5-29     6.7-43     8.9-57     9.11-65
Randwick City Saints     0.0     4.2-26     6.2-38     8.5-53

Goal Kickers: T. Dunkley 3, M. Cullen 3, C. Stritch, A. Greenshields, R. Cain
Best Players: T. Hurrell, J. Hook, T. O''Donnell, T. Dunkley, M. Cullen, D. Hughey

Under 19's
UNSW/ES Bulldogs     2.3-15     3.6-24     3.9-27     6.11-47
Pennant Hills Demons     2.4-16     5.5-35     9.8-62     10.12-72

Goal Kickers: J. Wachman 2, L. Hoy, J. Irvine, H. Oziel, J. Cann
Best Players: Z. Collie, R. Bujcevski, M. Lemme, J. Wachman, L. Hoy, J. Deep

Womens Div One
UNSW/ES Stingrays     4.3-27     7.6-48     11.7-73     15.13-103
Southern Power     0.0     0.1-1     0.1-1     0.1-1

Goal Kickers: S. Banki 5, K. Bishop 3, J. Smith 2, M. Nguyen 2, H. McIntosh, N. Vrachnas, J. Still
Best Players: J. Smith, S. Banki, M. Nguyen, M. Morriss, N. Vrachnas, K. Bishop

Womens Div Two
UNSW/ES Stingrays     0.4-4
Penrith Ramettes     9.11-65

Best Players: A. Norman, E. Hodson, Z. Betar, R. Godman, A. Satchell, K. Hutchison

Premier Divsion Match Report By Michael Shillito. Original Article >>

Flukey cross-ground winds made conditions challenging at the Village Green, as UNSW-ES hosted Pennant Hills in what would be a low-scoring war of attrition.

Goals were hard to come by in the opening term, as both sides defended resolutely but struggled to get any coherent forward presses happening. The Demons won the quarter by two goals to one, leading by eight points at quarter time; but it was far from convincing as it was already clear that this would be a battle of the defences.

The second quarter was a similar story to the first. It was a physical battle at times, a close-checking defensive battle at others. Loose men were hard to find, as the Bulldogs were taking the contest up to their more highly-fancied rivals. But the Demons were able to slowly grind out a lead, two goals to one again in the second term seeing an 11-point margin in favour of the Demons at the long break.

At times during the third quarter, the Demons began to threaten to run away. But the Bulldog defence was able to mount enough pressure to hold them back. Not helping the Demons as well was some sloppy finishing in front of goal, as some kickable shots at goal sailed wide. It was one goal apiece in a tight third term, but the Demons’ six behinds extended their lead to 16 points at three-quarter time. Not a big margin, but in the context of a low-scoring game, it looked a bridge too far for the Bulldogs’ hopes of stealing an upset win.

And so it would prove in the final term, as the Bulldogs were unable to draw twin flags from the goal umpires. The Demons would only do it twice, but were then happy to play out time and take the four points. As a spectacle, this game was far from the best in Sydney footy this year; scrappy and physical with little free-flowing run. But for the Demons, the premiership points were valuable, keeping them with a share of the ladder leadership.

The final winning margin for Pennant Hills was 31 points. Cameron Smith, Lachlan Vile and Damian Dell’Aquila picked up plenty of possessions all day to keep the Demons with the upper hand. The Bulldogs had fought gamely but fallen short; but had plenty to thank the efforts of James Pascoe, Jack McAnespie and Alex Henderson for.

Weekend Fixtures - May 9 and 10

Weekend fixture list for May 9 and 10

Village Green - Saturday May 9

14:10 - Premier Division v Pennant Hills Demons
12:00 - Division One v Pennant Hills Demons
10:00 - Under 19's v Pennant Hills Demons

Pioneers Park - Saturday May 9

12:00 - Division Five v Randwick City Saints

Village Green - Sunday May 10

13:00 - Division Three v Penrith Rams
11:00 - Womens Div Two v Penrith Rams
09:00 - Womens Div One v Souther Power

More Ground Closures This Weekend - May 2 and 3

Games at Gosford and Penrith have been postponed due to ground closures. These will be rescheduled later in the season.

Premier Division, Division One and Under 19's at Olds Park, Penshurt v St George are STILL ON.

Weekend Fixtures - May 2 and 3

UPDATE: AS WITH LAST WEEKEND THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF RAIN AND GROUND CLOSURES AROUND SYDNEY. PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE AND WE WILL UPDATE WITH THE LATEST.

This weekend sees all grades on the road this Saturday.

At Olds Park, Penshurst
Prems: 2.10pm vs St George
Div1: 12.00pm vs St George
U19s: 10.00am vs St George

At Adcock Park, Gosford
Div3: 2.10pm vs Gosford. GROUND CLOSED. MATCH POSTPONED.
Stingrays div2: 12.00pm vs Gosford. GROUND CLOSED. MATCH POSTPONED.

At Greygums Oval, Penrith
Div5: 12.00pm vs Penrith. GROUND CLOSED. MATCH POSTPONED.

Stingrays div1 have the bye.

All grades then will gather at major sponsor Bondi Junction RSL for post match speeches and socialising.

Goodluck to all Bulldogs and Stingrays!

Ground Closures This Weekend

AFL Sydney have announced all games except Premier Division and Women's Division One have been postponed this weekend.

Amended fixtures for this Saturday at the Village Green:
13:00 Premier Division v Manly
08:30 Women Division One v Newtown

All social events for the club will still be going ahead. Two-Up at The Doncaster Hotel starts at midday before evening drinks at the Club Bondi Junction RSL at 6pm.

NOTE: AN EARLIER VERSION OF THIS ARTICLE HAD PREMIER DIVISION LISTED AS 1430 START AND WOMEN TBC. THESE HAVE SINCE BEEN AMENDED.

ANZAC Day Fixtures, Two-Up @ The Donny, Drinks @ Bondi RSL

ANZAC Day Social Events

The club has always embraced ANZAC Day as a great day on the Australian calendar and we are once again looking forward to a great day on Saturday.

First up will be Two-Up at the Doncaster Hotel hosted by the Division Three lads starting from 12pm. This has become a great event over the last few years and we encourage all players and supporters to pop in for a couple of hours and join in the occassion.

Following the Two-Up and the days action at the VG, there will be ANZAC Day drinks at Club Bondi Junction RSL starting at 6pm.

This has always been an important weekend for the club, and we ask that all players come support the club and its sponsors by spending an hour or two at either the VG, the Doncaster or the Bondi RSL.

This weekend's fixtures, all games at the Village Green:

PLEASE NOTE THESE FIXTURES HAVE BEEN AMENDED MULTIPLE TIMES DUE TO THE MASSIVE RAIN EARLIER IN THE WEEK.

Saturday April 25
13:00 Premier Division v Manly
08:30 Stingrays Division One v Newtown

Divsion One, Division Three, Division Five, Under 19's and Stingrays Division Two have all been postponed.

 

Weekend Wrap (April 18 & 19) - Lampi Boots Five in Dogs Debut

Weekend Photos:
Premier Divison >>
Division Three >>
Division Five >>
Women Div One >>

Premier Division
UNSW-ES Bulldogs 4.1 11.5 16.6 19.16 (130)
North Shore 0.3 2.4 5.8 9.9 (63)

Goals: J Lampi 5, R Farrelly 3, J Robbie 2, J Pascoe 2, P Sayakhot 2, T Widmer 2, J McKinlay, K Latham, A McIntyre
Best: T Wider, J Lampi, K Lower, A McIntyre, K Latham, J Robbie

Premier Division have rebounded from last weeks loss with a big win over North Shore at Gore Hill Oval last Saturday afternoon. Ryan Farrelly got us out of the blocks with 2 goals and would end up with 3 before Jordan Lampi (pictured above right), playing in his first game for the club, peppered 5 goals in a great effort all day. Jordan will be one to keep an eye on in 2015.

Tim Widmer dominated the ruck contest against some handy bomber talls. Captain Joel Robbie played all over the ground and collected 2 goals for his efforts. James Pascoe came off with a head clash in the first quarter but recovered to take a screamer late in the day.

The bulldogs relentless pressure in attack and defence got them first to the ball all day and made North Shore look slow as the dogs outscored the opposition in all four quarters. The Bulldogs will play their first game at the Village Green in 2015 against the 2013 and 2014 premiers Manly Giants who will be smarting after a defeat at the hands of Pennant Hills.

Division One
UNSW-ES Bulldogs 2.1 2.3 5.4 7.6 (48)
Balmain 1.1 7.3 13.4 19.9 (123)

Goals: B Dunn 3, T Williamson 2, S Potter, T Naghten
Best: F Whitney, S Potter, T Williamson, B Dunn, T Naghten, M Macdonald

After defeat against last years grand finalists UTS the Division One boys rolled onto a new weekend, this time coming up against the defending champions Balmain.

In a howling wind which kept play almost entirely to the grandstand side of the field, the Dogs got the better of the earlier exchanges to take a 1 goal lead at the first break but the bigger bodies of the Tigers started to make their mark in the second.

The young Dogs weren't able to go with them and the Tigers showed why they only lost three games last season kicking six goals in each of the final three quarters. Brady Dunn continued his good form in front of the sticks and now has 7 for the season.

Next weekend it's time to face Holroyd-Parammatta. The Goanna's have also come up against last years grand finalists and been defeated 89-40 (v Balmain) and 65-34 (v UTS).

Division Three
UNSW-ES Bulldogs 1.2 6.2 6.3 8.6 (54)
Balmain 4.3 5.3 9.9 11.9 (75)

Goals: D Backler 2, A Bantoft 2, A Greenshields, T O'Donnell, S Whelan, C Patten

In the earlier game at Henson Park the Bulldogs had a great chance to pick up their first win of the season but were beaten by 21 points against a resilient Balmain team.

This game was also played largely to the grandstand side of the ground due to high winds. The Bulldogs were down by 24 points at the final change but kicking to the end that had seen 14 of the first 15 goals scored meant they were a big chance to pull the margin back.

In the end poor kicking into attack in the final quarter cost dearly with Balmain taking six marks in their defensive 50 from Bulldogs kicks, whilst there was a couple of set shots missed from in front of goal over the course of the day. Both these issues were prevalent the previous week against UTS and once rectified will see the boys really push for their first win.

In his first game for the club since 2008 Rob Alexander was best a field saving several shots on goal with good spoils and some brilliant kicking out of defence. Once again the tackling was first rate and is a real feature of this team.

Division Five
UNSW-ES Bulldogs 4.5 11.6 12.7 17.10 (112)
Sydney University 3.1 4.1 8.3 8.5 (53)

Goals: S Wright 4, J Hook 4, M Cullen 3, T O'Donnell 2, M Wright, R Cosgrave, N Dowsett, M Cope-Summerfield
Best: J Hook, D Hughey, N Dowsett, S Wright, T O'Donnell, C Stritch

Division Five have made it a convincing clean sweep of local rivals UTS and Sydney Uni with a big 10 goal win on Saturday, giving big forward Sam Wright a 50th match to remember.

The two teams went toe-to-toe in the first quarter and it was big man John Hook (pictured rucking, right) doing the damage for the Bulldogs kicking the first three Dogs goals of the match and in the process taking several marks in the forward half of the ground, most of them contested.

In the second quarter it was Tim O'Donnell who blew open the game through the midfield. He kicked a goal (to go with the Dogs fourth in the first quarter) and had a hand in most of the other 7 as the lead blew out to 47 points at half time.

Sydney Uni pegged the margin back to 28 at three quarter time, but like most games this weekend there was a bit of wind around and the Dogs came home with it kicking the last 5 goals of the match to win by 61 points. Dean Hughey is another who deserves mention for some solid work across the half back line.

Under 19s
UNSW-ES Bulldogs 2.2 2.3 5.5 6.9 (45)
North Shore 4.6 6.13 9.14 13.14 (92)

Goals: H Oziel 4, J Cann, L Hoy
Best: H Oziel, M Lemme, J Cann, Z Collie, J Deep, E Whitehead

Women Division One
UNSW-ES Stingrays 0.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 (24)
Sydney University 4.5 7.7 10.9 13.11 (89)

Goals: E Hollo 2, K Bishop, K Edwards
Best: N Vrachnas, J Smith, M Morriss, M Collier, L Marzotto, S Lauf

The Stingrays Division One took on Sydney Uni bombers in a repeat of last year's grand final today. Despite being short of players in round 1 our 22 players who made themselves available made the Uni bombers work hard for every goal.

The tackling and contesting was awesome. We lacked a bit of run in the 3rd and 4th quarters with midfielders and key players not having much rest. Emma Hollo helped peg back the Bomber's first quarter lead with 2 goals in the second quarter, and with the score 30-18 the Stingers were a real chance of getting back into the contest. Unfortunately the Bombers were able to steady and kick away. We were a little outclassed but everyone absolutely played four quarters of footy and never gave up!

Coach's player went to Guns (Nic Vrachnas) while player's player went to Lui Marzotto. Other strong performances from Moz (Melita Morris), Jasmine Smith, Maddy Collier, Shani Lauf, (Pandles) Lauren O'Brien and Ra Shae in her debut game of footy.

Women Division Two
UNSW-ES Stingrays 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 (6)
Moorebank 2.4 4.7 5.8 6.13 (49)

Goals: C Van Schalkwyk
Best: A How, E Hodson, A Priestly, J Harding, M Stott

Our Stingrays Div Two team ran out today with 8 raring rookies. While the Moorebank magpies were dominant and more experienced, the Stingrays defensive pressure was outstanding.

The team battled hard and held the magpies to just one goal a quarter after half time. There were great celebrations when Ciska scored the first and only goal for the Rays in the 3rd quarter. Despite fatigue the second half of football was competitive and every player was committed to winning the football.

Weekend Fixtures - April 18 & 19

The following is this weekends fixtures for April 17-19. All teams except for the Stingrays Division Two have another team playing immediately before them or after them so if you can come early or stay late to help them out it is most appreciated.

Premier Division will come against old rivals North Shore. The Bombers held on for a 1 goal win over Wests after leading by 20 points at the final change. The Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back after suffering a 68 point defeat at the hands of UTS last weekend.

Another highlight of the weekend will be the Womens Division One grand final replay between the Stingrays and Sydney University, whilst the Div One and Three boys will get to enjoy the open spaces of Henson on a Sunday afternoon. Div One have had a brutal draw to start the season coming up against both 2014 grand finalists already but it will be a great gauge for where they are at for this season.

Congratulations to Sam Wright and John Hook. Both players (pictured below) have caused enormouse headaches for lower grade coaches over the past few years roaming around the forward line in tandem. Last week Hooky played his 50th game for the club, whilst tomorrow Wrighty will join him in reaching that mark.

Saturday April 18

VENUE: Gore Hill Oval
14:30 - Premier Division v North Shore
17:10 - Under 19s v North Shore

VENUE: Sydney Uni #1 Oval
10:30 - Stingrays Div One v Sydney University
12:30 - Division Five v Sydney University

Sunday April 19

VENUE: Henson Park
12:30 - Division Three v Balmain
14:30 - Division One v Balmain

VENUE: Rosedale Park
15:10 - Stingrays Div Two v Moorebank

Sam Wright:

John Hook:

Weekend Wrap

For match photos from Saturdays games at Trumper Park click the links below:
Division One - Click Here >>
Division Three - Click Here >>
Division Five - Click Here >>

Premier Division
UNSW-ES Bulldogs 4.1 4.3 5.3 6.5 (41)
UTS Bats 4.3 9.5 12.9 16.13 (109)

Goals: R Farrelly 2, A Foote, J Parmenter, J McAnespie, A McIntyre
Best: R Farrelly, K Latham, A McIntyre, H Annear, T Widmer, A Foote

The Sydney AFL Premier Division kicked off under lights at Henson Park last Friday night. In slippery conditions both teams struggled for fluency but as the game wore on it was the Bats boys who were more polished with ball in hand. Turnovers around the ground is what killed the Bulldogs and despite the inclement weather coach Josh Parmenter will be looking for an improvement in this area against North Shore.

Division One
UNSW-ES Bulldogs 3.1 5.2 6.5 8.7 (55)
UTS Bats 1.2 8.4 12.5 16.8 (104)

Goals: B Dunn 4, T Naghten 2, A McKenzie, S McCormick
Best: B Dunn, S Dornauf, J Lampi, A Werfel, Z Bullivant, N McGann

Coming up against last years grand finalists was always going to be a tough assignment first up but the Bulldogs came out firing and took an early lead against the Bats. But the class and size of UTS came to the fore in the second quarter with a 7 consecutive goal blitz that blew the game open and effectively ended the contest although the dogs kept fighting to the very end. Scott Dornauf was particularly impressive taking a number of contested marks against bigger opposition.

Division Three
UNSW-ES Bulldogs 1.3 2.4 3.5 7.8 (50)
UTS Bats 3.3 5.8 9.10 10.12 (72)

Goals: N Radford 2, D Rider 2, T Dunkley 1, C Patten, D Backler
Best: N Radford, J Briggs, D Mahenthirarojah, J Martin, T Dunkley, A Gillman

This was always going to be a litmus test for the Bulldogs as to how their season was shaping up. Both teams have had some mighty contests in Div Two and Div Four over the previous few seasons, and both the clubs teams from those divisions have been merged into Div Three. The Bulldogs endeavour could not be disputed with some ferocious tackles being made with captain Steve McIlwrath leading the way on this front. On the down side that ferociousness was let down with some easy tackles missed, communication was lacking and the skills by foot around the ground were poor. With some work in these areas this is a team that can easily make finals in 2015.

Divison Five
UNSW-ES Bulldogs 3.1 6.2 8.5 13.8 (86)
UTS Bats 1.5 4.7 5.11 6.15 (51)

Goals: M Wright 3, J Hook 3, S Wright 3, R Cain 2, T O'Donnell, M Gillett
Best: M Martin, T O'Donnell, S Wright, M Wright, R Williams, J Hook

Division Five have been pain stakingly close to making finals over the last few years and with the club cutting down to four teams and an abundance of numbers this could be the year to make that next step. The guys fought out a grinding victory in what was an impressive performance and one which  will leave the boys in good stead at the start of 2015. Tim O'Donnell and Josh Tighe were impossible to stop through the middle, whilst new comer Rhys Williams took some nice grabs and will fit in nicely to an already potent forward line.

Under 19s
UNSW-ES Bulldogs 2.2 7.3 8.6 10.9 (69)
Sydney University 4.0 7.3 8.7 10.9 (69)

Goals: H Oziel 3, T Chichester 3, L Hoy, J Deep, K Lower, J Lees
Best: M Lemme, H Oziel, J Lees, T Chichester, L Irvine, S Lewinson

An amazing game of football under lights at Henson Park on Saturday night. Only a handful of games a season in the entire competition are drawn, and a tiny percentage of those are also level at half time. A fitting result in a contest where the two teams traded blows all night with neither able to break free. Michael Lemme was best afield while three goals to Tom Chichester and Haim Oziel were vital in keeping the dogs alive in the contest.

Bulldogs v UTS Live on You Tube

Tonights Sydney AFL Premier Division season kicks off with our guys taking on UTS at Henson Park, Marrickville.

The game will be streamed live on You Tube and can be viewed here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yYWT1I-Sb4

Teams for tonights game have be announced and can be viewed here - http://www.sportingpulse.com/get_file.cgi?id=3528888

Footys Back!! First Weekend's Fixtures

The first weekend of the football season gets underway this weekend with the four senior men's teams coming up against arch rivals UTS Bats and the Under 19's meeting Sydney University. The Stingrays still have a weekend off but will be taking to the field next weekend to get their campaigns underway.

The Sydney AFL Premier Division season kicks off with a night game between the Bulldogs and the UTS Bats at Henson Park. Action gets underway at 7.30pm. Last year's campaign also started against the Bats and our boys will be hoping for the same result after a stirring 3-point win after trailing by 26 at the last break.

The lower grades return to the old East Sydney stomping ground at Trumper Park on Saturday. With each club having teams in the same divisions it should provide for a great contest across all grades. The dogs reduction to four senior teams for this season has seen an increase in numbers across each squad and the club is confident of a much improved 2015. The weekend wraps up with another night game as the under 19's take on Sydney University at Henson Oval.

Fixtures Friday, April 10

7.30pm Premier Division v UTS Bats at Henson Park

Fixtures Saturday, April 11

2.10pm Division One v UTS Bats at Trumper Park
12.00pm Division Three v UTS Bats at Trumper Park
10.00am Division Five v UTS Bats at Trumper Park
7.00pm Under 19s v Sydney University at Henson Park

Season Launch Photos

A selection of photos from last Saturday night's Season Launch and Sponsors Night at the Club Bondi Junction RSL.

A solid turnout of about 80 people enjoyed the hospitality and the official unveiling of new guernseys for the both Bulldogs and Stingrays for the 2015 season.

For the full album from Saturday night Click Here >> Thanks to Karen Faulkner for providing the club with photos.

 

 

 

Trial Games - Blacktown ISP, March 28

Venue: Blacktown International Sports Park

Opponent: North Shore Bombers

8.30am - 9.45am: Division 5 v NS Div 5

9.50am - 11.30am: Division 3 v NS Div 4

11.35am - 1.20pm: Under 19's v NS U/19's

1.25pm - 3.20pm: Division 1 v NS Div 2

3.25pm - 5.30pm: Premier Division v NS PD's

Don't forget these games are followed by the 2015 Season Launch at the Club Bondi RSL

Trial Games - Mahoney Oval, March 14

Venue: Mahone Oval, Marrickville

8.30am - Stingrays Div 2 intra club match

9.30am - Stingrays Div 1 v Newtown Breakaways

10.20am - Division 3 v Gosford

12.20pm - Division 5 v Randwick City

Click Here for a venue map >>

Do You Want To Sponsor the UNSW-ES AFC?

For anyone interested in partnering the UNSW-ES Bulldogs and Stingrays for the 2015 season, please contact Greg Goodieson, Head of Sponsorship at UNSW-ES Bulldogs. Mobile: 0490 388 954, E-mail: trainingball@gmail.com

Its going to be a Great Year at the Bulldogs this Season, but we need a few more Sponsors, so I can make your season one to remember. We will be showcasing all our sponsors at the season lauunch on Saturday 28 March 7pm at the Club Bondi RSL.
 
If you work for a company or know a company, that would like to get some good exposure... here is their opportunity.

The Bulldogs are one of the oldest AFL clubs in Australia and are uniquely placed with UNSW, a very well known and respected University. Maybe, You want to be a Sponsor Yourself...

1. You can have a Company Logo on 150 to 200 Training Tops. This is a high priority as we need a sponsor now.

2. Sponsor a Footy Event this year.. Just pick one below!!!
a) Ladies Day
b) Bulldog Cup
c) Presentation Night
d) Trivia Night

3. We need a company to fund the cost of footballs. (Football Sponsor).

4. For simply $1200 you can have a Fence Banner with a company logo on it.

5. If you just want to be a low key sponsor we cater for you as well. Just donate some funds to the club.

Come onboard as a sponsor and make it a Great Year.

How To Register For This Season

This year all registrations will be done online like they were in 2014.

Below is the fee structure for the year with early bird discount rates available:

  • All mens divisions based on last year’s actual fees at $310. 10% early bird discount $279 if paid by 21 March
  • Both women's division team at $250. Early bird rate special of $240 if paid by 21 March
  • Under 19s / Students – $220

Below are the intructions for online registrations:

*New players (never played football before)

Click on the below link and follow the instructions:

New Bulldogs Players - https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v6/regoform.cgi?aID=3204&pKey=1c32e5fe77d40518c21a19fef63d29fe&cID=560&formID=36056

New Stingrays Players - https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v6/regoform.cgi?aID=3204&pKey=75efd0212af858338c3a5a5c41b85845&cID=207234&formID=36056

- click “I am registering to participate in Australian Football for the first time”
- click “Next”
- complete form

(Any questions email: unswesbulldogs@gmail.com)

*Returning players
You will shortly receive an email with the link and your username and password.

If you don't receive this email contact Dave Bell unswesbulldogs@gmail.com and he will send you your username and password.

*Played for another club

See Dave Bell for transfer form (email: unswesbulldogs@gmail.com)

Once transfer has been completed you will automatically be sent an email to complete your registration.

Whether a new player, returning player or transferring playing, everyone will need to complete an online registration.

If you have not done this you are not registered and will not be able to be selected to play.

Once again any questions contact Dave Bell unswesbulldogs@gmail.com

2015 Social Calendar

March 28, 7pm
Season Launch at Club Bondi RSL.
Check out the Facebook Event Here >>

April 25
ANZAC Day features 4 games at the Village Green.
6pm: ANZAC Day at Club Bondi RSL.

May 16, 1pm
The biggest social day of the year - Ladies Day at the Sam Cracknell Pavillion. After party at the Doncaster Hotel.

July 11, 7pm
Trivia Night at the Bondi RSL.

August 8, 1pm
Past Players Day at the Same Cracknell Pavillion. Past Players day will also be the 20 Year reunion of the 1995 East Sydney Bulldogs Reserve Grade premiership. For those were part of the team or associated please join the Facebook group here >> - After party at the Doncaster Hotel.

August 15, 7pm
Bulldog Cup at the Sam Cracknell Pavillion.

October 9, 7pm
Presentation Night at the Bondi RSL.

Plus after match drinks every Saturday at either the Doncaster Hotel or Club Bondi RSL.

2015 Registration Fees

New playing guernseys, umpires for the lower grades and lower fee for players that play fewer games in the season are the highlights of the 2015 budget. Player registration fees have also been adjusted to create equity in all divisions.

As pledged, the super effort to perform catering duties at last seasons finals series has seen all teams rewarded with new player guernseys in 2015. All jumpers have attracted sponsors and all the details will be announced at our season launch on Saturday 28 March at Club Bondi RSL.

One of the realities of the Bulldogs playing at the highest level in Sydney, is that the top grades are provided with official umpires; while lower grades and Stingrays women's teams usually miss out. Umpire allocations are not controlled by our club, even though we pay handsome fees for these services. To address this imbalance and to retain flat registration fees across the divisions, this season's budget will provide funds to pay for umpires for lower division and Stingray fixtures. This will stop the need for players to sacrifice games to perform umpire duties and for the club to avoid fines.

After much discussion and healthy debate from all parts of the club, the following player registration fees will apply in season 2015. Fees remain much the same as last season. So with the gross registration fees, plus some healthy sponsorship and an enjoyable social and events calendar, we are planning on a break even budget for the year.

2015 UNSWES Registration Fees

  • All men's divisions based on last year’s actual fees at $310. 10% early bird discount $279 if paid by 21 March
  • Both women's division team at $250. Early bird rate special of $240 if paid by 21 March
  • Under 19s / Students – $220

Stingrays 2015 Scholarships

In 2015, the UNSW/ES Stingrays are delighted to announce they are offering four youth / developmental scholarships valued at over $350 each for females aged between 16 and 20.

What each successful applicant will receive:
• Free registration
• Free uniform and team merchandise
• An allocated mentor (senior / NSW state player)

Applications are now open, and will close on Friday 27th February.

To apply for the scholarship, please complete this form at Survey Money >>

Come Play Football in 2015

New players are the lifeblood of our football club and we welcome any person who wants to 'have a kick' - whether male or female; experienced players or people who are new to our great game. We have teams throughout all divisions that will match your ability to play and compete in a friendly social setting.

Pre season for 2015 is already underay and all sessions will be held at the Village Green in the University of NSW, Kensington. Entrance to the ground is from Barker Street or Anzac Parade. Any alterations to training venues will be announced on our facebook page.
 
If you are new to AFL or have never played before, we suggest you attend lower grade training on a Monday or Wedensday evening. Arrive at 615pm and introduce yourself to the coaches. We always start with a non-skilled based warm up to help you settle in and train safely.
 
If you are expereinced and have played AFL before, we ask that you to attend training on a Tuesday or Thursday evening to start with. You can chat with the coaches and take part in training. The coaches can then assess your form and make sure you train with the team and groups that match you current ability.

Pre Season Training Times:
Premier Division & Division One: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.15pm
Division Three & Division Five: Mondays and Wednesdays 6.15pm
Under 19's: Mondays and Thursdays 5.00pm
Stingrays Womens (Both teams): Mondays and Wednesdays 6.45pm

Contacts:
Dennis Rider: 0427 022 001
Josh Martin: 0422 516 481
Karen Hutchison (Stingrays): 0414 267 703

2015 Player Transfer Process

Sydney AFL has issued a reminder on the process for players transferring clubs. IMPORTANT: This includes players moving from junior football into a senior club.

If required please download the relevant documentation:
Click Here for National Player Transfer Regulations (2015) >>
Click Here for UNSW-ES AFC Inward Transfer Form (2015) >>

With the Pre Season getting into gear the UNSW-ES AFC will shortly release further details relevant to players registering for the 2015 season.

Transfers - Inward

Any member who has played previously with another senior or junior club is required to receive a transfer from their previous club. This includes juniors moving into seniors and also members who may have played U19’s last year on permit.

This is completed via the standard transfer process through footyweb as always but is done before the player re-registers. Once the transfer is complete the player is then required to re-register online themselves.

Before a transfer is lodged online, clubs should get the player to complete a request for transfer form and sign. If there are any issues with the transfer Sydney AFL will request a copy of a signed form agreeing to the transfer.

Transfers open on 1st February and remain open until 30th June 2015.

Transfers – Outward

Any member who wishes to play for another club will be required to receive a transfer from your club.

The club will be advised by email of any such requests and will be required to action the request within six (6) business days.

Transfers can only be denied if:
- The member owes money
- The member has club property
- The member is under contract
- The member is on the Clubs Pathway Named List

For any denied transfers, evidence is required to be provided to support your claim.

Under 17’s wishing to play Under 19’s

A Local Interchange Permit is to be obtained from the junior club using the footyweb transfer process. When requesting the permit use a start date of 29th March 2015 and an end date of 26th September 2015 (unless a player is likely to play with more than one pathway club during the season so a weekly permit is recommended). This will avoid having to complete a permit request each time the member wishes to play Under 19’s. This permit will also enable the player to play for both his junior and senior club during the year.

2015 Guernsey Donation to Kenya

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Don Cruttenden is a former UNSW/ES Bulldog, who was a member of the back to back first grade premierships in 2002 & 2003. He is now the Director of Junior Sport at a British International school in Nakuru, Kenya. In his time, Don has introduced Australian Rules football to the students, with amazing success and Greensteds School has the first AFL posts erected in East Africa.

The children thrive on the game of AFL, learning new skills and enjoy it immensely. Through previous relations, the UNSW/ES club were in a position to kindly donate a set of playing guernesys to use in training and games. As seen in the photos, the students looking great in the Bulldogs colours, growing the AFL game over the world. Hopefully there is a few future Bulldogs star amongst them!

Back on the track for 2015 Pre-Season Training

Welcome to season 2015!

Preseason training at the VG, times and dates as follows. All new and current players encouraged to attend.
Please wear sneakers/running shoes until further notice.

Prems/D1/u19s - starting 6.30pm Tuesday 13th January, continuing every Tuesday and Thursday from there on.

D3/D5 - starting 6.30pm Monday 19th January, continuing every Monday and Wednesday from there on.

Stingrays teams - starting 6.45pm Wednesday 14th January, continuing every Monday and Wednesday from there on.

Also pen Saturday 28th March into your diaries for the 2015 UNSW/ES club season launch. Details to follow.

Jordan Foote Rookie Listed by the Sydney Swans

Congratulations to Jordan Foote - He was picked up in Wednesday's rookie draft and will be joining the Sydney Swans for the 2015 AFL Season.

Article and Video on the Sydney Swans Website >>

Original article on Sydney AFL Website >>

Four NSW/ACT players have today been confirmed to join AFL clubs following the Rookie Draft, taking the region’s tally to 12 players entering the AFL system.

UNSW/Easts’ Jordan Foote was pre-selected by the Sydney Swans as an Academy pick, taken at the end of the ninth round (pick 76).

Foote, a ball magnet with elite running ability, will join NSW/ACT RAMS teammates Isaac Heeney, Abe Davis, and Jack Hiscox at the Swans, after the trio was selected through the Swans’ Academy system at last Thursday’s National Draft.

Another East Sydney junior Lachlan Langford, an athletic utility who can play a range of positions, was rookie listed by Hawthorn. Lachlan is the brother of Hawthorn premiership star and former UNSW/ES player Will and also son of Hawks stalwart Chris.

Another to be rookie listed was Ainslie NEAFL ball magnet Aaron Vandenberg who was picked up by Melbourne.

The addition of another four players to the AFL on Wednesday underscores a stellar Draft haul for the NSW/ACT region, with eight players primary listed following last Thursday’s National Draft, for a total of 12 players who will enter the AFL system.

AFL NSW/ACT Talent and Coaching Manager Darren Denneman was pleased with the result.

“After Thursday’s eight selections the addition of another four players today is an outstanding outcome, and something everyone involved with football in NSW/ACT should be very excited about,” Denneman said.

“The result reflects very well on AFL NSW/ACT, with all players, except for Ivan Soldo as a Basket baller, having had a relationship with AFL NSW/ACT at some point in their career at some level.”

AFL NSW/ACT General Manager Craig Bolton praised the NEAFL competition, and highlighted the magnitude of the result for the ACT.

“These Rookie listings add to the very positive results we saw at the National Draft, and Aaron Vandenberg’s selection underlines the way the elite second-tier NEAFL complements the junior NSW/ACT AFL pathways,” Bolton said.

UNSW-ES Exectuve Committee and First Commitee Meeting

The UNSWES AFL AGM was held on 6 November 2014 and a new executive committee was elected. Steve Ray is President for a third year, Mark McDonald is once again Vice President and Karen Hutchison now has moved to the position of Treasurer. We are very pleased to welcome Dave Bell to the Club and to the position of Secretary.

The next step is for the Executive to appoint a new committee and team representatives to meet the challenges that lie ahead in 2015.

The Executive is looking to create committee positions to specifically target projects that need to be managed in 2015. To build on the good work in recent years, we are looking to recruit people to manage our social and events; we must continue to develop our digital-online profile, and the AFL’s online registration systems need ongoing management. The club relies on volunteers week in and week out, so the committee needs to focus on volunteer management. In 2015, we would like to acknowledge player achievements on the field, so we would like committee members to give special attention to players who are approaching major milestones eg 100 games.

We invite all players and supporters to be part of the new committee in 2015. Please contact an Executive member to express your interest.

The first committee meeting will be held on Thursday 11th Devember at 6:45pm at Club Bondi Junction RSL.

Committee positions will be created and filled at the meeting. We look forward to people attending the meeting.

Executive Committee
University of NSW - Eastern Suburbs AFL Club
unswesbulldogs@gmail.com

Tagliabue on Adelaide Crows Radar

Article originally published on afl.com.au

Crows may not flock to talls in draft return

ADELAIDE recruiter Hamish Ogilvie has confirmed the club has eyes on VFL ruckman Sam Tagliabue – but says he’s just one of a stack of state league talls on the radar.

The Crows’ need for ruck depth eased slightly in October when Luke Lowden was traded in from Hawthorn, joining Sam Jacobs and rookie Jack Osborn in West Lakes' 200cm-club.

Both Adelaide and Essendon have been linked to Tagliabue, a 206cm prospect who impressed at the Victorian state screening with his speed, vertical leap and agility.

Ogilvie told AFL.com.au that acquiring tall talent remained a focus, but insisted the club wouldn't be blinded by short-term thinking at Thursday's NAB AFL Draft.

"Steve McCrystal's (Melbourne-based recruiter) watched every ruckman in the world over the last year - he's watched them all," Ogilvie said.

"He started with 120, he's been full-time pro scouting. He's been working with us for a long time and he's had the project of the rucks.

“(Gold Coast recruiting guru) Scott Clayton said 'if you know you need a tall and you go too hard on needs, you end up missing a Joel Selwood'.

"You can't compromise that sort of philosophy…I'm not super confident [of drafting a ruckman] because I'm not sure there's too many ruckmen in the draft.

"We've got Luke, we've still got Jack (Osborn) there and with Sam (Jacobs) we've got three (players) over 200cm…we're okay."

With the draft just days away, Ogilvie said the vast bulk of the Crows’ recruiting work was done.

The recruiting team presented to coach Phil Walsh and head of football David Noble last Wednesday and ran the other coaches through the club's draft strategy on Thursday.

After being barred from the opening round of the draft last year, the Crows will return on Thursday night with pick No.14 and will have three other live selections at No. 35, 43 and 59.

Ogilvie said it was almost impossibly tough to separate players in the pick No. 8-20 range, which led to the club downgrading its first pick from No.10 to No. 14 in order to upgrade its late picks.

He was thrilled to have scouted top-end talent and even happier to regain the opportunity to insert such a player into Adelaide's squad.

But Ogilvie was adamant serious value could also be found with the club's three remaining selections.

"The coach was always keen to have first and second round picks, so part of our strategy was to make sure we did," he said.

"We improved the position of our late picks which means now that all our four picks are pretty much inside the third round, once you take the academy players out and the father/son selections.

"That's a good thing in this draft because it's so even."

2014 Presentation Winners

2014 UNSW/EASTERN SUBURBS BULLDOGS & STINGRAYS PRESENTATION NIGHT AWARDS.

PREMIER DIVISION:
Jack Dean Best & Fairest – Jeremy Daniher
Runner up – Hayden Nichols
Coaches Award – Joel Robbie
Most Improved – Chris Jourdain
Mark Maclure Rising Star Award – Spencer Krochaml

DIVISION ONE:
John & Brett Roberts Best & Fairest – Nick McGann
Runner up – Mitchell Woods
Coaches Award – Andy Barclay
Most Improved – Tim Vrachnas

DIVISION TWO:
Les Radford Best & Fairest – 3 way tie: Mitchell Brown, Hamish McLean, Ben Trevaskis
Runner up – Hugo Goode
Coaches Award – Mark Bryan
Most Improved – Tom Novakovic

DIVISION FOUR:
Best & Fairest – Scott Gentle
Runner up – Tim Dickson
Coaches Award – Troy Nicoll
Most Improved – Matthew McRae
Players’ Player – Tom Wesley

DIVISION FIVE:
Best & Fairest – Jake Reid
Runner up – Dean Hughey
Coaches Award – Darren Osland
Most Improved – Eric Davidson-Gluyas
Players’ Player – Jake Reid

STINGRAYS DIVISION ONE:
Best & Fairest – Melita Morriss
Runner up – Maddy Collier
Coaches Award – Nicola Vrachnas
Most Improved – Sasha Banki
Rising Star Award – Jasmine Smith

STINGRAYS DIVISION TWO:
Best & Fairest – Erin Hodson
Runner up – Tabitha Williams
Coaches Award – Amy Satchwell
Most Improved – Karen Hutchinson

UNDER 19’S:
Best & Fairest – Tom Dickson
Runner up – Hugh Millar
Coaches Award – Paul Dadic
Most Improved – Rory West-Haldane
Rising Star Award – Oscar Bradburn

CLUB AWARDS:
The Peter Ruscuklick Award for Club Leading goalkicker - Sam Wright (division five) 36 goals
The Ernie Norman Award for Clubman of the Year – Mark Macdonald.

Congratulations to all award winners, and to all Bulldogs and Stingrays for the 2014 season!

2015 Pre Season Training

Pre season training starts for the senior grades men's teams on Tuesday 11th November, 6pm, and continues on Thursday and Tuesday nights through until Christmas.

Training will once again be held at the Village Green oval within the UNSW campus. Please be aware that during the pre-season there will be runners only. No boots.

Ample parking is available in the open air car park (marked red on the map below) on the western side of ANZAC Parade, opposite UNSW main campus . The car park is located next to the large NIDA and Parades Theatre building; access via a narrow lane off Day Street. Check the signs for parking restrictions - It is free parking from early evening and on weekends. There is also a limited number of free on street parking spots on Barker Road (marked red on the map below) to the south side of Village Green.

2014 Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting UNSW-ES AFL

The University of NSW – Eastern Suburbs AFL Club annual general meeting will be held:

Thursday 6 November 2014 7pm at Club Bondi Junction RSL (Upstairs), Gray Street Bondi Junction

Nominations are called for the Executive positions of:

President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer

Nomination should be lodged on or before Wednesday 5 November by email to unswesbulldogs@gmail.com . A vote will be held for each position involving the only people who have nominated. If only one nomination is received, then that person will be appointed unopposed to that positon at the meeting. No additional nominations will be sought.

Abe Davis - Sydney Swans Draft Pick 73

The Sydney Swans have announced they have secured three players in this years draft from their QBE Swans Academy, including UNSW-ES Bulldogs player Abe Davis. Abe will be joined by Isaac Heeney and Jack Hiscox, with the former winning the Hunter Harrison medal as best divsion 2 player of the National Under 18 championships and also being touted by many as a top five pick if he were to be an open selection in the draft.

Abe was an integral part of the Bulldogs 2013 Under 18's grand final team kicking 55 goals in 15 games, including 6 goals in the preliminary final victory over Illawarra. Despite missing six home and away games he picked up 18 votes in the League Best and Fairest which was enough for fourth spot, 5 votes behind the winner.

In 2014 he marked his senior club debut with a best on ground performance against Sydney University, which also earned him a Sydney AFL Rising Star Nomination. Abe was only able to play three more games with the club in 2014 (2 in Premier Divsion, 1 with Under 19's) after being rewarded with ten games in the Sydney Swans NEAFL team alongside the likes of Ryan O'Keefe and Tom Mitchell.

Abe played in the 2014 Under 18 National Championships where across three games he picked up 40 disposals, 15 marks and 4 goals. He was also a participant at the 2014 National Draft combine.

During the academy bidding process, Abe attracted a bid from the Geelong Cats guaranteeing him an AFL spot for 2015. The Swans matched the Cats bid which ultimately found Abe a home for 2015. Hopefully the start of long journey! Well done Abe.

Marelle Sharpe - Auskick Voluntee of the Year

Original article can be found here >>

NAB congratulates Marelle Sharpe from the East Sydney JAFC NAB AFL Auskick Centre for being selected as the state winner of the NAB AFL Auskick Volunteer of the Year Award for NSW/ACT.

Recognised for her outstanding commitment to the East Sydney JAFC NAB AFL Auskick Centre, Marelle is one of seven NAB AFL Auskick Volunteers from around the country to receive the award.

As coordinator and president, Marelle has played a key role in Footifying the youngest stars of the game by driving recruitment of Auskickers and developing a strong volunteer base at her centre.

Marelle (and a guest) will be rewarded by NAB with two days of hospitality in Melbourne during the qualifying finals where they will enjoy a money-can’t-buy AFL experience.

The prize includes an exclusive tour of AFL House and VIP attendance at an official AFL function. 

NAB has been Footifying Australia for over ten years through NAB AFL Auskick, the NAB AFL Rising Stars Program and NAB Challenge. In many ways, they have supported some of the AFL’s greats from the grassroots up, whilst growing the game in all corners of our great country (not just on the big stage).

Through support of the NAB AFL Auskick program, NAB continues to Footify Australia; genuinely growing the game at a grassroots level and supporting tomorrow’s stars of football. Every year, over 170,000 children across the country are ‘Footified’ through NAB AFL Auskick.

Congratulations Marelle!

End of Year Presentation - Friday October 10 at Club Bondi RSL

UNSW-ES Bulldogs & Stingrays End of Season Presentation

Friday October 10
Venue: Club Bondi RSL
Time: 6.30pm - 11.00pm
Cost: $50 includes dinner

Please e-mail your coach if you are coming or RSVP to greg.goodieson@defence.gov.au

2014 AFL Grand Final at Club Bondi Junction RSL

Tomorrow is the biggest day on the AFL calendar. Get down to Club Bondi Junction RSL and watch the Sydney Swans take on the Hawthorn Hawks in a replay of the 2012 grand final. First bounce is at 2.30pm.

Incredibly the dogs will have a former player on both sides, with 2012 Sydney AFL Phelan Medalist Dane Rampe playing for the Swans, and former East Sydney Bulldog junior Will Langford graduating from Trumper Park to play for his father Chris' Hawks on the games biggest stage.

Stingrays Preliminary Sunday 10.00am at Henson Park v Newtown

Tomorrow the Stingrays are playing in a preliminary final against Newtown at Henson Park at 10.00am. They are the last team alive in the club so get down and support them. The winner will get a spot in the grand final against Sydney Uni next weekend.

Peter Kefalas - A Tribute

To view the tribute click the below link. A special thanks to Shaun Fewings for putting this together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lJ-4ApGQ9M

Spencer Krochmal - Round 16 Sydney AFL Rising Star

Spencer is an excellent tap ruckman combined with his quick speed around the ground allows him to win the football at ground level as well as in the air. In stepping up from the U19’s Premier Division football this year Spencer has also shown his ability to take contested pack marks overhead against taller opponents.

Coach Daniel Lynch was particularly pleased the dying stages of Saturday’s close game against North Shore to see Spencer take several telling marks to hold back North Shores late charge for the win at Village Green.

The Bulldogs are really excited about how Spencer is developing and look forward to his continued improvement over the next few years. He's been a great addition to the team this year as well as representing the Rams in the TAC.

Congratulations Spencer!

Bulldogs within striking distance of the top five

Article by Michael Shillito
For the original article Click Here >>

UNSW-ES continued their late-season surge with a stunning upset win over Wests at the Village Green on Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs have played some better footy in the last few weeks, but few would have anticipated the devastating display they put on in the first half, as they locked the Magpies out of the contest. From the start, the Bulldogs were taking the game up to their more fancied rivals; and Magpie possessions were hard to find. Three unanswered goals and a 20-point lead in the first term sent a clear message that the Bulldogs had come to play; but they were even more impressive in the second quarter.

Contesting every possession, denying the Magpies any use of the ball, and finding their targets when it was their turn with the footy. And with all of the five goals that were scored in the second term, the Bulldogs returned to the rooms at half time to a standing ovation from the Bulldog faithful and a 52-point lead on the scoreboard.

 

The Magpies finally broke their goal-scoring drought in the third quarter; but were unable to make any significant inroads into the massive deficit. The rain was getting heavier, ball-handling more tricky; and the game remained just as elusively out of the Magpies’ reach. Two goals were scored by each side in the third term; and although the Magpies narrowly won the quarter to cut the margin to 50 points at the last change, it wasn’t enough to create any danger to the Bulldogs’ chances.

The pressure valve had been released in the last quarter. The sting had largely gone out of the game, and a more open and free-flowing contest eventuated in the final term. The scoreboard operator was kept busy as the forwards from both sides began to make more leads and create more chances. A shootout in the final term went the Magpies’ way, six goals to five. Although the final margin was cut to 40 points, it was still a comfortable win for UNSW-ES.

James Pascoe finished with four goals for the Bulldogs; while around the ground, Peter Kefalas, Hayden Nichols and Tim Cummins made prominent contributions. Taylor Williamson spearheaded the Magpies’ second half revival to finish with six goals to be best-on-ground in a losing side; while Levi Sands and Hugh McLean were also significant contributors.

The Bulldogs won their first two games this season, but a seven-game losing streak had seen them sink to the lower depths of the ladder and even a few weeks ago had looked an impossible dream. But despite having won just seven of 17 games this season, they find themselves right in the finals mix. A win over bottom side Sydney Hills Eagles and a loss for Sydney Uni against top side Manly will be enough to get them into the playoffs. But for Wests, the result could cost them the double-chance in the finals; they’ll need to not only beat UTS at Picken Oval next week but hope St George go down to Campbelltown.

AFL Sydney Statement - UNSW/ES vs Western Suburbs

AFL Sydney wishes to advise that a player involved in an incident during the AFL Sydney Premier Division Round 17 match between the UNSW-ES Bulldogs and the Western Suburbs Magpies has been cited, and the matter will be heard by the AFL Sydney tribunal on Wednesday August 20 at 6.30pm.

The player from the Western Suburbs Magpies was cited for striking, following an incident between him and a player from the UNSW-Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs during the third quarter of the match at the Village Green on Saturday August 16. AFL Sydney acted immediately, citing the player on Sunday.

The matter will be dealt with according to the AFL NSW/ACT Tribunal Rules & Guidelines.

No further comment will be made until the matter has been heard by the tribunal.

Bulldogs still a threat to play finals

Article by Michael Shillito

UNSW-ES kept their mathematical finals hopes alive, and ended North Shore’s, after the Bulldogs prevailed by 11 points at the Village Green on Saturday afternoon. In what was probably the most entertaining contest of the season, it was a high-scoring shootout with a display of accurate finishing, numerous lead changes and a finish that would go down to the wire.

After an even opening to the game, North Shore got on top late in the first term to complete a quarter of five goals to three and lead by ten points at quarter time. But it was in the second quarter that the free-flowing and high-scoring nature of the game became apparent. The forward lines of both sides were having the better of their defensive counterparts, and the scoreboard operator was kept busy through a quarter of non-stop scoring action. The Bulldogs won the quarter but only just, with seven goals to six, cutting the Bombers’ lead back to three points at half time.

The see-sawing nature of the game continued in the third quarter, as the lead changed hands numerous times. After not kicking a behind through the first half, the Bombers had their first scoreboard blemish early in the third quarter; but both sides were creating plenty of goal-scoring opportunities and converting most of them. Four goals apiece were scored in the third term, and the teams went into the three quarter time huddles with the Bombers leading by two points.

When North Shore kicked the first two goals of the final term, they looked to finally have shaken off the Bulldogs. But the Bulldogs had the fresh legs and dug deep in the final stages of the game when the match was there to be won. With five of the last six goals, the Bulldogs turned the deficit into a lead and hung on grimly in the final stages of the match to take a hard-earned 11-point victory.

Jeremy Kiel and Troy Luff kicked four goals each, and along with Peter Kefalas were among the Bulldogs’ best. Doug Hadden bagged six goals for the Bombers and Daniel Roberts 5; with Hadden, Jake Veale and Zac Fyffe getting plenty of the ball around the ground for the Bombers.

The Bulldogs have a challenge to make the finals. Their remaining two games are against Wests and Sydney Hills; the Magpies game in particular being a tough matchup for them. They will need to win both of those games and hope the Students drop both of theirs to be a part of the playoff action.

2014 Bulldog Cup Returns

 

Check out the Facebook Event >>

Venue : Sam Cracknell Pavilion, Village Green
Date : Saturday August 16
Time : 6.30pm - 10.30pm
After Party : The Doncaster Hotel
Theme : Mexican

$15 entry includes finger food, $5 beer and cocktails, karaoke machine and the annual Bulldog Cup

Davis and Roos Nominated for AFL Draft Combine

A fantastic effort from two Bulldogs juniors who have been selected for the 2014 AFL Draft combine. Both Abe Davis (pictured right and below) and Tyler Roos were part of the Under 18 Division Two National Championship winning team, and they have been rewarded with this nomination which takes them one step closer to their dream of playing football at the highest level.

Full article from NSW/ACT AFL web site >>

Following recent TAC Cup success and an undefeated National Under-18 Championships campaign, a dozen NSW/ACT RAMS have been rewarded in a big way.

12 of the 96 youngsters nominated for this year’s National Draft Combine in Melbourne are from New South Wales or the ACT, in a record return for the region, after just one player was nominated in 2012, followed by four last year.

The cohort will travel to Etihad Stadium in October for four days of testing, assessed on a range of key indicators; including vertical leap, sprinting speed, endurance over three kilometres, repeat sprinting efforts, and ball skills and decision making.

A handful of talented youngsters from the region have been touted as genuine draft prospects, with Newcastle midfielder Isaac Heeney widely tipped to be a first round pick; an honour not afforded to a NSW or ACT player for more than a decade.

The majority of the chosen 12 players are products of the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney GIANTS Academies, with the two Harbour City clubs set to nominate the players they are considering drafting as academy prospects, with final-round nominations to come on the last day of the combine.

The strong performances of the NSW/ACT RAMS side, which took out the Division Two National Under-18 Championships title last month, coupled with the reintroduction of the RAMS to the TAC Cup this year, are big factors contributing to the record number of draft nominations.

“Having 12 players nominated is a fantastic result, and a real testament to the quality of the GIANTS and Swans’ Academies, as well as the RAMS program,” said NSW/ACT RAMS coach Jason Saddington.

“2014 has been a stand out year in terms of the volume of talent coming through from the region, and the players picked have been rewarded for their consistency this year, in club football, TAC Cup, and the National Championships.”

The AFL has left space to upgrade four players if their performances at the end of the season warrant a spot - with Canberra’s Liam Griffiths among those hoping to push for late inclusion - and will this week organise invitations for state draft combines around the country.

2014 NAB AFL DRAFT COMBINE LIST

NSW/ACT

Logan Austin - Belconnen
Nick Coughlan - Murray Bushrangers
Abe Davis - UNSW-Easts
Tom Faul - Ainslie
Jeremy Finlayson - Hills Eagles
Isaac Heeney - Cardiff
Jack Hiscox - Sydney Uni
Brydan Hodgson - Murray Bushrangers
Dougal Howard - Murray Bushrangers
Michael Mattingly - Corowa-Rutherglen
Tyler Roos - Sandringham Dragons
Jack Steele - Belconnen

UNSW-ES Comprehensively Beat Campbelltown

By Michael Shillito

Full Sydney AFL Premier Divsion Round 14 Review can be read here >>

Photos gallery by Sally Kiel Here >>

After a three-game winning streak, Campbelltown had dealt themselves back into finals contention. But their finals hopes received a severe blow, and UNSW-ES kept theirs alive, as the Bulldogs took a convincing 71-point over the Blues; a result that opens up a six-point break between Sydney Uni and the teams challenging for the last finals spot.

The pressure was intense in the early exchanges, the tackles hard and the scores hard to come by. Just one goal apiece was scored in the first quarter, in a game that at that stage looked to be a hard-fought slog. The Blues were leading by a point at quarter time, but the Bulldogs emerged from the quarter time huddle full of running, and it didn’t take long for the look of the game to change completely.

On the massive Monarch surface, suddenly the Bulldogs found room to move and targets began to present themselves up forward. Leads were being made, unmarked players running into space; and the Blues had no answer to the relentless Bulldog juggernaut. The Bulldogs were making it look easy as they completed a run of seven goals to one in the second term; leading by 37 points at the long break.

There was no way back for the Blues in the third term. They created more scoring chances during the quarter, and converted three of them into goals; but the Bulldogs had the form and momentum running their way to score four for the quarter and extend their lead to 43 points at the last change. And the final quarter was one-way traffic, UNSW-ES at their unstoppable best as they shut down the Blues completely to score four unanswered goals and turn the game into a comprehensive victory.

A 71-point win was fair reward for what had been a dominant performance for the last three quarters. The decisive goal-kicking boot was on the foot of Alex Foote as he kicked six goals in a best-on-ground performance; while Abayna Davis and Tom Dickson were also prominent performers for the Bulldogs. Aidan Bell, Jeconiah Peni and Luke Vella had toiled hard all afternoon for the Blues, but it was a disappointing performance for a side that had ambitions of a finals place. Thanks to their superior percentage, the Bulldogs leap-frog the Blues to sixth place; but are still six points behind Sydney Uni.

Gulden makes successful shift from Sydney to Adelaide

By Kym Morgan from the Adelaide Advertiser.

For the original article Click Here >>

Adam Gulden didn’t expect any guarantees when he relocated to SA to chase his football dream at South Adelaide this year.

An opportunity to show what he could do at training was all the New South Welshman asked at the start of the pre-season and the Panthers obliged. About six months later Gulden stands out as one of the recruits of the SANFL season.

“That’s all I was expecting basically was a chance to train and for me that was enough to come over here and have a crack it at,’’ Gulden says. “I wanted to play at a higher standard and after talking to my coach (in NSW) at the end of last season, he advised me the SANFL was the place.”

Gulden was a dominant player for AFL Sydney club the University of NSW/Eastern Districts Bulldogs and was best-afield in their 2012 grand final win. But his effort in adjusting to the vastly higher standard of the SANFL this year has turned heads.

“He kicked four goals from the midfield in one of our practice games and was massive,’’ South coach Brad Gotch says. “Some of our senior players like Joel Cross and Nick Liddle were saying ‘wow, this guy’s going to be pretty special for us’.”

Gulden hasn’t missed a match since and he’s now a mainstay of South’s on-ball unit. He is finding himself at home in Adelaide, where he lives at Glenelg North and works as a barista at the Bay. The 23-year-old in part attributes his skills in traffic to his background in soccer.

Gulden’s father is Turkish and played professionally in his homeland before moving to Australia. Gulden played junior soccer but his mother, who hails from Bendigo, ensured she exposed her son to Australian Rules. “I think I take a lot of the skills I learnt playing soccer into footy,’’ Gulden says. “As soon as I started playing footy, dad was right behind me and now I’ve got a little brother and a little sister who play as well, so dad’s all about Aussie Rules.”

Gulden is one of many players in the SANFL from a different ethnic background.

The competition will celebrate this diversity with Multicultural Round today. Matches will be played with orange footballs as a symbol of international harmony and the 50m arc will be painted orange.

Tom Dickson Wins Sydney AFL Rising Star

The AFL Sydney Rising Star nominee for Round 12 is Tom Dickson from UNSW/ES.

Tom has now kicked 6 goals in the last 3 games in Premier Division whilst resting in the forward line, as well as spending periods on the wing and running through the mid-field.

It is no coincidence that UNSW/ES have won 2 of these 3 games due to the pressure and speed Tom brings around the contests and in both winning games has been named in the best.

Coach Daniel Lynch asked Tom to contribute in the second half of the game against UTS in Premier Division and he duly followed his coaches request kicking one goal and setting up a second in a very low scoring game against UTS last Sunday where only 6 goals were kicked for the afternoon.

This follows the 3 goals he scored in UNSW/ES’s 60 point win over Sydney Hills Eagles in Premier Division in round 10 with another polished performance.

Tom is a Sydney Swans Academy player and travels down from Port Macquarie every week to play footy in Sydney. ’s a hard running midfield/half forward with silky skills by hand and foot. In his first few games of senior football he’s shown a lot of poise and composure with the ball in hand. Having played his first game of Swans Reserves football four weeks ago, Tom clearly has a bright future.

Dogs Back In Finals Hunt

SYDNEY AFL ROUND 12 2014
Article by Michael Shillito

June has turned into July, the cold winter winds are blowing; and the season moves relentlessly onwards. We’re reached the two-thirds mark of the season, preparing to run home to the finals.

Every year’s ladder throws up some interesting quirks, this year’s one especially so. If we’d had a final four this year, we could just about fast-forward to the finals now; but with a final five, there’s still plenty of interest to come.

A four-game gap had opened up between fourth and fifth, a split that looks too big to bridge with just six rounds to go. But the battle for fifth has opened up, with teams that looked out of the race just a few weeks ago now back in contention.

Premiers just two years ago, the first half of the season had been a disaster for UNSW-ES. But the Bulldogs re-entered the race for this year’s finals when a strong start against Sydney Uni at the Village Green on Saturday afternoon was enough to record a 19-point win.

Bursting out of the blocks and hitting the ground running, the Bulldogs took control of the contest from the start; ensuring the Students would be chasing the game. Five goals to one in the opening term opened a 22-point quarter time lead.

Confidence and spirit were burning brightly in the Bulldog camp, and they continued their impressive display of footy in the second term with a run of four goals to two, leading by 38 points at half time.

In the first half, the Bulldogs had exhibited their attacking flair. But the third quarter showcased their defensive abilities. Scores were hard to come by in the third quarter, and neither side was able to penetrate the big sticks. It was tough, tight, accountable football from both sides; but worked to the Bulldogs’ advantage as the Students were only able to wipe one point from the half time deficit, and time was running out for the Sydney Uni side to get back into the game.

The Students had no time to lose, and had to throw caution to the wind in the final term. And they gave it their best shot, pumping the ball into the forward line and keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Six goals in the final quarter was an impressive return for their carefree, flowing football in the last quarter; but throwing their energies into attack left their defences vulnerable. And the Bulldogs scored three goals in the final quarter, keeping the contest out of the Students’ reach.

In the end, the Bulldogs had built up enough of a lead during their first half to take the game by 19 points. Jeremy Kiel spearheaded the Bulldog forward line to finish with four goals; and along with Tom Williamson and Ed Kiel was among their best. Aron Everett, Ben Taggart and Sam Crichton were ball magnets for the Students all day.

Sydney Uni, despite winning just one of their last seven games and only four from 12 games this season, are still clinging on to a spot in the top five. But the Bulldogs, thanks to their competitive percentage, lead a pack of teams that are now just half a game behind the Students. The battle for fifth place is far from over.


Uni NSW-Eastern Suburbs 5.1 9.6 9.9 12.12 (84)
Sydney University 1.3 3.4 3.8 9.11 (65)
Goals : UNSW-ES – J Kiel 4, T Dickson 2, E Kiel 2, F Rowe, T Cummins, J Pascoe, P Kefalas.Sydney Uni – S Crichton 3, J Melville 3, B Taggart, B Fitzpatrick, J Smith.
Best : UNSW-ES – T Williamson, E Kiel, J Kiel, A Foote, T Dickson, H Nichols. Sydney Uni –A Everett, B Taggart, S Crichton, G Smith, J Caspersonn, J Monk.
At Village Green, Saturday 5th July 2014.

Bulldog Pups Part of Undefeated Rams Championship

Conragulations to Abe Davis, Jordan Foote, Tyler Roos and the entire NSW/ACT Under 18's team which has won Divison Two of the National Under 18 Championships last Wedneday when they defeated Queensland 8.10 (58) to 6.9 (45) in what was effectively a grand final after both teams had won their first two games against Tasmania and Northern Territory.

Davis, Foote and Roos have all played in the Bulldogs system over the past few years, with Davis collecting a Sydney AFL Rising Star nomination earlier in the year. Foote also played in two Premier Division games for the club earlier this season, whilst his older borther Alex is a mainstay of thier years Premier Divison line-up.

The win was the Ram's first championship victory since 2009 after a period of dominance from Tasmania who have won 3 of the past 4 Division Two titles. With the AFL Draft only a few months away NSW/ACT gun and winner of the Hunter Harrison medal for best player of Division Two Isaac Heeney is expected to be heavily targeted by a number of clubs including the Swans. If things fall into place we might see one of our Bulldogs pups find themselves on an AFL list. Good luck to the all youngsters chasing their dream.

For more articles on the Under 18 Championships click the links below:

Young Ram Heeney in fine form at Championships
Abe Davis showing forward form in U18s
Heeney stars in division two U18s title win
Game 1: NSW v Northern Territory Stats
Game 2: NSW v Tasmania Stats
Game 3: NSW v Queensland Stats

Fixtures for this weekend - July 5 and 6

A huge weekend for Premier Division coming up. A win will bring us within 4 points of the top five, and possibly as close as 2 points. A loss will see us drop to 10 points behind Sydney Uni with just six rounds to play. Lets see everyone get to the VG to support the boy as they push for a finals berth.

This weeks fixtures:
Prems v Sydney Uni, Sat at the VG 2.00pm
D1 v Macquarie Uni, Sun at the VG 2.00pm
D2 v Sydney Uni, Sat the VG 12.00pm
D4 v Campbelltown, Sat at Monarch 12.00pm
D5 v Moorebank, Sun at VG 12.00pm
U/19s v North Shore, Sat at the VG 10.00am
Stings D1 Bye
Stings D2 v Moorebank, Sat at Rosedale 9.00am

Sydney AFL Top 20 Players: 14- Ryan Plant

Sydney AFL are currently counting down their 20 players and coming in at number 14 is the UNSW-ES Bulldogs back flanker Ryan Plant.

Ryan Plant

Club: NSW/ES

Previous: Wagga Tigers (2003-07), West Adelaide [SANFL] (2008-09)

Age: 29

Position: Half-Back Flank

Analysis:

One of the greater compliments for Plant is that his transfer to UNSW/ES coincided with a Premier Division premiership in that same year (2012).

A hard-at-it general across half-back, Plant’s versatility is a strength of his game.

Often getting the best small forward, he is also able to play tall, all whilst winning his own ball and taking control of the defensive structures.

His football resume makes for interesting reading having cut his teeth with Wagga Tigers in the strong AFL Canberra competition a decade ago before moving to South Austeralia to play in the SANFL with West Adelaide. 

One of the most competitive players in AFL Sydney, he still has some years left at the top and will be a great tutor for the plethora of UNSW/ES pups coming through the Under 19 program.

Div Two Get Win Number One on the Board

There's no hiding the fact that it's been a tough year for the Division Two team this year, coming into last Saturday's match still seeking it's first win of the season. Just two seasons after making the grand final, the team has been hit hard by retirements and some instability in the higher grades. Last Saturday was the best chance the team had for victory this season coming up against the Sydney Hills Eagles, who had only posted one win for the season themselves.

With a golden chance to get on the board in 2014 the dogs took up the challenge to the Eagles in the early running, with both teams trading goals during the first quarter and ruckman turned centre half forward Hamish McLean showing that he could be a handful taking some strong marks and kicking a neat goal. UNSW-ES took the most slender of margins into quarter time leading 3.2 20 – 3.1 19.

The game was a real tussle with neither side able to break free, and once again both teams went goal for goal in the second quarter, the dogs leading 5.5 35 – 5.3 33 lead to the main break, with McLean 3 goals to his name, already equalling his career best haul. Michael Drummond's dominant performance in the ruck was crucial in allowing the dogs to keep McLean up forward.

The second half was much of the same with neither side able to truly their assert their dominance over the other, maybe the dogs the slightly better team through the third term but wayward kicking saw the Eagles able to take a 47-45 lead into the final break.

Both teams were desperate to for the four points and it could be seen in the attack on the footy and the man in the final term. With the game on the line it was an excellent individual effort from Sam McCormick across the half forward line to win the ball in a one on one contest and kick a goal from 40 metres out to give the Bulldogs an 6-point lead with only six minutes to go.

In a crazy final few minutes the dogs had a shot on goal that appeared to be marked on the line but was later discovered to be ruled a behind. The Eagles went forward and took a mark in the forward line with just 20 seconds on the clock. With everyone believing a goal would draw the game, the Eagles player put it wide. As it turned out even with a goal the Bulldogs would have won the game.

Irrespective of the chaotic finish, the end was result was the Div Two boys had finally scored a victory in 2014 and the relief on the dogs could be seen on the boys faces. The final score read 8.13 (61) to 8.7 (55). Outside of grand final victories, “We do like to be beside the seaside” was sung with more gusto then you would have ever heard - Club stalwart Mitchell Brown is expected to recover this weekend from a strained throat.

On the day captain Andy Barclay was brilliant winning plenty of hard ball in the midfield whilst McLean was the difference between the two teams finishing with five goals. Next week Div Two will face another team battling for wins this season in cross town rivals UTS Bats.

Womens AFL Match: Melbourne Demons v Western Bulldogs

The second AFL Women’s exhibition match between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs will take place at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, June 29.  The match will be played as a curtain-raiser to the round 15 clash between the Bulldogs and Melbourne.  With last year’s match attracting more than 7,000 fans, this year’s game is sure to be another beauty.

AFL Sydney will be represented at the game by 2013 #25 Draft Pick – Courtney Gum (AFL Sydney, UNSW-ES Stingrays) who was retained in 2014 by the  Melbourne Demons after her stellar year in 2013. Adrian Pavese (AFL Canberra Women’s Head Coach) who is an Assistant Coach with Melbourne Demons and Krissie Steen (AFL Sydney Women’s Assistant Coach) who is the Game and Opposition Analyst for Western Bulldogs.

Both clubs are giving people the opportunity to watch the finest female players in the country for free! Here is how you can redeem your free ticket offer for the match.

Match details:

Women’s Exhibition Match: Western Bulldogs v Melbourne, 10.10am (entry via Gate 2)

AFL match: Western Bulldogs v Melbourne, 1.10pm

If you cannot make the game in Melbourne next Sunday it will be live streamed thanks to Fox Sports on the AFL site.  To watch the game online please follow this link http://www.afl.com.au/video/womens-exhibition-game

As we continue to grow our female participation and talent pathway it is important to show your support for female football. Show your passion by attending the game or watching the game online.  Please share this with your team mates, colleagues and contacts so they may watch what is set to be an excellent display of female football talent.

Fixtures for this weekend - June 7 and 8

Tomorrow is a wet weather round and representative round.

We have Div 2 (12.00pm v Blacktown Magic), Div 4 (2.00pm v Campbelltown) and Div 5 (10.00am v Blacktown Magic) playing at the VG. If you can get down and support the boys it would be most appreciated.

In the representative fixtures the Bulldogs have five players picked for the Sydney AFL. In the Seniors game against Canberra AFL at StarTrack Oval, Manuka (5pm start) will be Jeremy Kiel, Jeremy Daniher and Thomas Heath. This game will be streamed live through youtube.

The Sydney AFL Under 23's will be playing Black Diamond AFL at Newcastle Sportsground (1pm start). Dogs players Jack McKinlay and Alex Foote will be taking part.

Bulldogs Suffer More Heartbreak Against Campbelltown

The Premier Division Bulldogs finals chances have been dealt a big blow after going down last Sunday to the Campbelltown Blues by 3 points at the Village Green. Despite five consecutive losses coming into the fixture, the Bulldogs had been playing reasonable football without getting over the line – All losses had been by 31 points or less and they had played the top four sides on the ladder during this period.

Coming up against 9th placed Campbelltown - 1 win, 6 losses coming into the match - this was a good opportunity to get back in touch with the top five and start putting the season on track. Despite getting on top in the second quarter and opening up a 21 point half-time lead the Blues clawed their way back into the game to take the lead by three quarter time and held on grimly for a 13.13 (91) – 13.10 (88) victory.

The dogs had most of the play in the second quarter and despite putting on 5 goals to 1 would have gone into the sheds at the half time break feeling they could've been a few more goals in front. Full credit must go to the boys from the west who hung tight under fire and then responded in the third quarter with their 5 goal to 1 term to restore the margin to 5 points (68-63) at the final break – the same margin at the end of the first quarter.

The final quarter was played at a high energy with both teams well aware of the importance of gaining the four points for their season. UNSW-ES got the better of the visitors slightly with 4 goals to 3 but it wasn't enough to overhaul the margin and they went down by 3 points. Another heartbreaking loss just two games after going down to four points against North Shore.

For the Bulldogs Tim Cummins was excellent with five goals while James Pascoe's move forward continues to pay dividends with enough three goals to his name. Jeremy Daniher and Hayden Nichols were the best afield.

With the ladder now starting to take shape the Bulldogs find themselves in 7th position on 8 points but were given assistance with both 5th (Sydney Uni - 14 points) and 6th (North Shore – 12 points) recording losses themselves. The top four have seperated them from the competition giving every game extra significance for those in the battle for fifth. After a weekend off for representative football, the dogs will play St George in two weeks time.

Seven Goal Third Quarter Blitz Gets Div Four Home Against Magpies

Locked in a three way tussle with Wollondilly and Holroyd for fourth and fifth spot, the Division Four Bulldogs had a great opportunity to put some pressure on their rivals coming up against last place Moorebank (1 win, 7 losses) at the Village Green on Saturday.

Despite a sluggish start against the plucky visitors, the dogs were able to kick away with a 7 goal to none third term that proved decisive in the 18.8 (116) to 9.11 (65) victory which now has them entrenched in fourth position, only one win shy of an all important top three berth at the half way mark of the season.

The win was soured with injuries to two key veterans. In form forward Stephen Ball who had kicked three on the day and 12 in four games this season tore his AC joint, while Ben Mostafa tore his quad in his second game back at the club after a few years absence. The club wishes both a speedy recovery.

The first half was a quality encounter with Moorebank showing they can be better than their ladder position indicates with some quality ball use around the ground given the slippery conditions. The Bulldogs were below their best and if not for some quality rebounding off half back from Joe Byrnes and accuracy in front of goals the Magpies may have led at the main break. As it was the dogs would head to the sheds in front (46) to 5.7 (37).

Sensing danger, and what well could have proven a season defining defeat, the Bulldogs came out firing in the third quarter. With the midfield starting to take control the home team dominated possession and territory and were reward on the scoreboard. The forwards played their part booting home seven majors with Fidel Tukel kicking a fantastic over the shoulder snap as well as two good opportunistic soccering goals. He would finish the mach with five to his name.

With the scoreline blown out to 91-37, the game over as a contest and the heavy ground starting to take it's toll on the players the defences opened up fractionally in the final quarter. Both teams put on four goals a piece in the final term with the Magpies outscoring the Bulldogs by 3 points – a just reward after being fractionally outpointed in the opening two quarters - but the damage had been done and the dogs would take home the points with a very solid 51 point win.

Although the final 8 goal margin reflected a fairly convincing win, the dogs can't lose sight of the fact they will come up against many more opponents higher up on the ladder than Moorebank and can ill afford to start as slow as they did last Saturday. As the competition hots up the boys will have to find another gear especially as the final four rounds will be against three teams currently in the top five.

Aside from Tukel's five goals, veteran Dave Backler also booted home four majors to move to 17 for the season and third place on the competition goal kicking ladder. Luke Hedge and Tim Vrachnas were exellent on the day, while Mark Macdonald – playing his second game on the day after an eight week injury lay off – showed a calm head when the Magpies were banging down the door early on.

The Bulldogs move to 5 wins and 3 losses and fourth place on the table and will play Campbelltown (3-5) in a rescheduled game this Saturday at the Village Green. A win will move them equal to third place with Sydney University (6-3) and continue to pile the pressure on second placed North Shore who have lost their last two games after winning their first six in what is shaping up as a very even competition.

Dogs Throw Everything at the Jets But Fall Just Short

A massive weekend at the Village Green started on Saturday morning with the Division Five boys facing a big test against competition leaders the Nor-West Jets. The Jets have been the clear best team all year coming in with a 7-1 record and a percentage of 303. The mid table doggies knew they'd have to be at their best not to suffer the same fate some other teams had so far this year, but the boys came well switched on.

This was evident as the Bulldogs made the early running having the vast majority of early ball and were duly rewarded with the first goal of the game. With slight persistant rain during the first quarter the Nor West boys slowly started to get some possession and their cleaner foot skills showed why they are the team to beat. But some dogged defence and good tackling kept the score in check - The jets went to the first break in front 13-9.

The second quarter was a similarly rugged affair as the rain get slightly heavier. The Bulldogs - and both teams it should be said - continued to throwselves at the contest with no other aim then getting the four points for the club. The Jets extended their lead slightly, going to half time leading 4.7 (31) to 2.3 (15) - six second quarter behinds no doubt helping the dogs to stay in the contest.

Coming back from the main break it was imperative the dogs didn't concede the first goal and started making inroads into the lead. They did better than that, kicking three goals in the first 7 minutes to take the lead and had the Nor West players shellshocked having hardly a disposal in the quarter and very aware they were in a massive contest. From here the Jets stabilised and started to get themselves back in the game, kicking a couple of goals mid way through the quarter before both teams traded goals in the dying minutes. The score at the final break was 7.9 (51) to 6.3 (39) with the Jets in front after a fantastic quarter of football.

Sensing a possibilty of an upset the Bulldogs kept coming at the opposition. However, the final quarter was to be one of frustration for the home team as they pretty much spent the whole 22 minutes kept in the forward half of the ground but enable to put them through the big sticks. Inaccuracy cost the Jets in the second quarter and it also cost the dogs in the last. The boys kicked the first five behinds of the quarter and after a period of domination where lucky not to concede a goal as the Jets finally got their chance to go forward but only came away with one behind themselves. The dogs would kick the last two behinds of the game, but ultimately the final quarter was goalless and the final score 7.10 (52) to 6.10 (46) with the Jets taking the points.

For the dogs it was a top class all round team effort with no passengers on the day but particular praise must go to midfielders Jake Reid and Tom Reynolds who were sensational, as well as big man John Hook (2 goals) who spent the entire game in the ruck. Returning from an eight week injury lay off Division Two stalwart Mark McDonald was a steadying influence across the ground while Mark Cullen ended up with three goals.

A great effort to push the competition front runners right to the death but one that the boys must now build upon for the rest of the season. Next week is a huge game against Blacktown Magic (5 wins, 3 losses) who were 10 goal victors in the same match a few weeks back. A loss will leave the Bulldogs two wins out of a top five spot at the half way mark. On the evidence of last Saturday this team is more than capable of playing finals football and of causing some major rumbles if they can get there.

UNSW-ES Trivia Night June 14

After a massive Ladies Day the next big social event on the UNSW-ES calendar is the annual Trivia Night which will be held on June 14 at Club Bondi RSL from 7.30pm (get there at 7.00pm so we can start on time).

The last couple of years have been must not miss events so talk to your team mates about organising a table, invite your friends and family and come prepared for a good time.

There is a Facebook Event which you can invite yourself to and more details will be announced via Facebook and the website as we get closer to the event.

Tough Day at Blacktown ISP for the Bulldogs

Last Saturday was a tough day for the UNSW-ES Bulldogs with all three mens team in action suffering defeats, however the Stingrays Division Two team was able to score the club's lone win for the day with a gutsy win over the Auburn Giants at Mona Park that keeps them in touch with the top five.

Out at Blacktown International Sports Park the Division Two and Division Five Bulldogs would face tough battles against the Blacktown Magic, with both the opposition teams rated as potential premiers in their respective grades.

Despite some solid opposition the dogs would have been disappointed to leave the ground with two resounding defeats and just the four goals across two grades. Division Five kicked off precedings and showed some great early signs and put the Magic under a lot of pressure in a goalless first quarter. With the game opening up slightly in the second both teams were able to hit the scoreboard with the Magic going to the main break 31-16 ahead in a match that was still evenly balanced. Unfortunately our boys were unable to keep up the intensity after half time and Blacktown started to pull away, breaking the game open with 5 third quarter goals. The boys from the west would finish up 11.14 (80) - 2.7 (19) victors. For the dogs Chris Trail and Dean Hughey were solid contributers.

Division Two followed after and were looking to score an upset and take home their first points of the year, but their chances were dashed early as Blacktown piled on the pressure - and subsequently points - from very early on. The dogs were unable to contain former Eagles premier division players Clinch and Moeller and by half time the score had ballooned out to 80-6. Coach Chris Peters was encouraged with the endeavour the boys continued to show, but unfortunately the final score still reflected a very tough afternoon with the Magic winning 23.20 (158) - 2.2 (14). Ben Trevaskis was best afield for the dogs while Huge Goode continued his great form in 2014.

Sydney University always provide stiff competition and today would be no different in the battle between the two universties in Division Four at Sydney Uni #1 Oval. As to be expected in a third v fourth battle it was a tight tough battle early but the Sydney Uni boys were able to take the most of their opportunities when presented and would lead 37-20 at half time but the match was still well and truly alive. The third was much of the same with neither team able to wear down the other but once again Sydney Uni would continue to drift away from the Bulldogs leading by 26 at the final change. That would prove to much to track down, the home team kicking 5 goals to 2 in the last to win 13.12 (90) - 7.3 (45). For the dogs Fidel Tukel kicked two goals and Adam Powell was very good in his last game before moving to Melbourne.

UNSW-ES only victory of the day would come courteys of the Division Two Stingrays. They came up against the Auburn Giants at Mona Park with both teams coming in with 2 wins and 4 losses, and knowing a loss would make it particularly difficult to come back from and play finals later in the year. The match was as tight as they come all day long with the margin rarely venturing into double figures. The Giants led by 4 points at the main break, but the Stingers were able to hit back with 2 goals in the third quarter to lead 26-23 heading into the final term. In a potentially season defining quarter the Stingrays fought hard and kept Auburn to just two behinds whilst kicking a decisive goal themselves. They finished 4.9 (33) - 3.7 (25) winners with Mel Stott's two goals proving crucial, whilst Bec Ling and Amy Lanza also had great games. Afterwards it was great to see the comradarie between both teams as they went to a local restuarant to share in dinner.

Next weekend is a huge one for the Village Green with all eight teams playing at VG. The fixtures are as follows:

Saturday:

Division Two v Moorebank Magpies Village Green Saturday 2.30pm
Division Four v Moorebank Magpies Village Green Saturday 12.30pm
Under 19's v Pennant Hills Village Green Saturday 10.30am
Division Five v Nor West Jets Village Green Saturday 8.30am

Sunday:

Premier Division v Campbelltown Village Green Sunday 2.30pm
Division One v Balmain Village Green Sunday 12.30pm
Stingrays Div 1 v Balmain Dockers Village Green Sunday 10.30am
Stingrays Div 2 v Randwick City Angels Village Green Sunday 8.30am

East Sydney boys impress on

By Jack McAnespie

The Swans Round 8 clash against the Hawks was touted as a Friday Night blockbuster at the start of the season, and the game lived up to the hype as the Swans downed last year’s premiers to the tune of 19 points.

With Kurt Kippett’s 4-goal return to senior footy, along with Buddy Franklin’s first appearance against his old club, there were a number of talking points to come out of the game.

The night was also notable due to the sheer number of NSW/ACT born players taking part in the game. Ten NSW/ACT juniors took the field, with Swans co-captains, and Pennant Hills juniors Kieran Jack and Jarrad McVeigh having standout games.

Hawthorn small forwards, and Temora locals, Isaac Smith and Luke Breust were impressive for the visitors, however it was not enough to see their side get over the line against a resolute Swans outfit.

The night was particularly significant for the East Sydney Bulldogs Junior Football Club, with two of the club’s juniors, Dane Rampe and Will Langford facing off against each other for the first time at AFL level.

Both players also enjoyed stints at University of New South Wales/Eastern Sydney Bulldogs in the Sydney AFL, with Rampe in particular developing a significant rapport with the playing group at the club.

It was Rampe, who after claiming the 2012 Phelan Medal as the Best and Fairest player in the Sydney AFL competition, was drafted to the Swans, and impressed in his debut season last year.

UNSW/ES Bulldogs Club President, Stephen Ray was pleased with the development of top-level football in NSW/ACT, adding that the performance of players like Rampe and Langford at AFL level, had given real credibility to the production of AFL standard players.

“It was a tremendous feeling to watch two UNSW/ES juniors playing on such a big stage,” said Ray.

“Naturally as the current Bulldogs President, I am very proud, but we must acknowledge the efforts of so many other junior coaches, club administrators, supporters, and families who were instrumental in making Dane and Will such great footballers, and fine young men.

“The Sydney AFL Pathway policy may have its critics, but last Friday night was one of those times when you feel all the effort in applying the policy was worthwhile.”

Under Lights at Henson: Dogs go down again but Stingers win

Under lights at historic Henson Oval is one of the best fixtures in the Sydney AFL and this time it was the Bulldogs Premier Division taking on third placed Western Suburbs last Saturday evening, which was preceeded earlier by the Stingrays Division One up against the Western Wolves hoping to stay in touch with ladder leaders Sydney Uni and break clear of the chasing pack.

The stingers started the evening on the right note getting a comfortable but hard fought victory over the Wolves 10.9 (69) - 4.4 (28). It wasn't all smooth sailing as the Wolves put in a big first quarter effort to go to the break with both teams locked at 3.2 a piece, and a goalless second quarter saw the Stingrays head to the sheds in front 23-21.

But the second half saw UNSW-ES get on top and run away with the points, breaking the game open with a 3 goals to none third quarter. Hannah McIntosh booted home three goals whilst Courtney Gum played another fantastic game and has recently been selected to respresent the Melbourne Demons again in the AFL Women's match against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG on June 29. The win sees the 'rays head to the bye week at 4-1, a win and percentage behind Sydney Uni. They next play against Balmain Dockers in two weekends time, before getting a chance to atone for this seasons earlier loss against Sydney Uni at the VG on June 14.

Later Premier Division would suffer another defeat to the hands of Western Suburbs. It's been a frustrating month for the Bulldogs having now suffered five consecutive defeats despite being more than competitive in all games with the biggest margin in those losses only 31 points against Manly two weekends back.

This time Wests would take the four points with a 25-point margin; the final score reading 14.9 (93) - 10.8 (68). With Premier Division game this weekend after an unrequired wet weather round, a win in two weekends against Campbelltown is now essential to get the 2014 finals campaign back on track. At the moment Sydney Uni (14 points) and North Shore (12) are locked in a battle for fifth spot, and with both teams next game's against last year's grand finalists a next-up win could get the dogs within two points of the top five nearing the half way point of the competition.

Last Saturday's game didn't start well for the Bulldogs with the Magpies getting the early jump on the dogs, to lead 31-13 at quarter time before a fantastic second quarter fightback all but nullified the early pies advantage. The teams went to the long break with Wests holding a slender 8.3 (51) - 8.1 (49) lead; the accurate kicking at goal indicative of a high quality contest.

Unfortunately for the dogs, it was the Magpies who came out flying in the third quarter and really asserted themselves booting home 5 goals to 1. The dogs would throw themselves at the contest in the last - one final attempt to try and get some scoreboard pressure on Wests, but it wasn't to be with both sides only kicking 1 each in the last. Wests taking out the game 93-68. For the dogs James Pascoe was sensational booting five goals and was rewarded with selection in the Sydney AFL team of the week while Jeremy Daniher continued his brilliant form.

Bring on Campbelltown at the VG on June 1.

Doggies Tear Apart Saints at the VG

The Div Four Bulldogs had a big win over the weekend taking down reigning Div Five premiers Randwick City Saints by a massive 102 points in an impressive display at the Village Green last Saturday. Coming into the game there was not much known about the promoted team, and with results between the two clubs tracking fairly similarly over their opening five games it had potential danger written over it. But the dogs didn't show any complacency and took things on from the first bounce and took the points with their best all round display of the year.

The first quarter saw both teams attacking the ball ferociously and some big hits left a few bodies sore on both sides, but the overall class and quicker ball movement of the dogs worked at both ends with the backline able to repel the Saints forward thrusts whilst the forwards were getting the required delivery to allow them to put on the scoreboard pressure as they went to the first break up 28-7.

The Saints tired significantly during the second quarter and the Bulldogs were unrelenting. Scott Gentle was taking marks across the half back line at will, but the highlight of the quarter - and so far this season - was the dogs big man Sam Wheeler (pictured) landing three bombs from outside the circle within a five minute period, the last of which came off three steps inside the VG centre square. In all the dogs would put on 8 goals to 2 during the period to take an 80-20 lead at the main break and the game as a contest was over.

With the game over, the dogs still continued to push hard, although an unusually hot Autumn day started to kick in and bodies continued to tire. On top of this a few tempers flared and some minor scuffles broke out which ate into the game clock. Despite this the Bulldogs still kicked 9 second half games to 3, and walked away with a big percentage boost 141-39 win. Club stalwarts Dave Backler and Stephen Ball bagged 7 and 4 goals respectively, whilst Keiron Costello (half forward) and Matthew McRae (ruck and half forward) were excellent.

Next week is a huge game coming up Sydney University at Sydney Uni No 1 Oval. The Dogs sit 4-2 whilst Sydney Uni are 5-2 with a win to our boys enough to push them into a top three position.

Kiel, Heath and Daniher Picked for Sydney

The club is pleased to announced Jeremy Kiel, Tom Heath and Jeremy Daniher have been selected for the Sydney representative side to play Canberra on June 7 at StarTarck Oval, Manuka.

It's a fitting reward for the three men who have been performing week-in week-out for the Dogs.

Stingrays Selected In Extended Sydney Representative Squad

Congratulations to the following Stingrays:

Maddie Collier
Mai Nguyen
Courtney Gum
Jemma Still
Melita Morris
Hannah McIntosh
Anne-Lise Bidou
Sasha Banki
Lauren O’Brien
Nicole Vrachnas
Erica McLernon

They have been selected in the extended squad for the AFL Sydney Women’s representative side to take on AFL Canberra in the 2 Game series. Game 1 will be played at StarTrack Oval, Manuka on Saturday 7th June with Game 2 in Sydney on Saturday 5th July.

Please note that this is an extended squad and all players must attend the first training session this Sunday 18th May at Blacktown International Sportspark (Eastern Road, Rooty Hill). Training commences at 1pm however change rooms and a physio will be available an hour prior to ensure the session starts on time. Selected players are asked to wear either your club’s playing jumper or training singlet to easily allow the coaching staff to identify players.

All players need to attend this training session. Following this session the squad will be reduced to 35-40 players for the remainder of the program.

Dogs Pipped in the Dying Moments

Premier Division have suffered another frustrating defeat, this time going down to long time rivals the North Shore Bombers 9.11 (65) - 9.7 (61) in a tense match at Gore Hill Oval. Despite some gallant efforts over the past month the Bulldogs have slipped to 2-4 after defeats to each of 2013's top four teams and face a tough match next weekend underlights at Henson Park against Western Suburbs who are currently occupying third place on the ladder.
 
For the third match in a row the dogs started slowly as the Bombers applied early pressure and peppered the goals with only succeeding in four behinds and a couple of set shots out on the full. Finally North Shore were able to break through and ended up taking a 16-6 lead into the first break.
 
The Bulldogs started to get their hands on the ball through the second quarter but it was now our boys who couldn't convert in front of goal, kicking 2.6 for the quarter allowing the score to drift out to 40-24 at half time. It wasn't a decisive lead by any means for the home team but coach Lynch and his men knew it was imperative they start chipping away at the scoreboard in what was shaping up as a low scoring game.
 
The third quarter was a tough - and sometimes spiteful - term. With both teams fully aware a loss would see them slip more than a game shy of the top five, the intensity went up a level. The Bulldogs were able to take advantage of some North Shore ill discipline to kick three goals from free kicks and four for the quarter. The Bombers were able to kick two themselves which would allow them to hold onto a slender 55-49 lead at the final break.
 
With momentum on their side the dogs kept up the scoreboard pressure scoring the first two goals of the final term within four minutes to take the lead. Not much more than five minutes later North Shore equalised and it was to the final goal of the match. With both sides trying their best to press forward for the winning score, there was nothing forthcoming until time on when North Shore kicked four behinds to finish the game and take out the win 65-61.
 
For UNSW-ES Jeremy Daniher was once again one of the best on field while Chris Jourdain and Jack McKinlay were also excellent. James Pascoe and Scott Dornauf kicked two goals each. Next week we play Western Suburbs at Henson Park on Saturday night at 7pm.

Vale Kevin Ryan

A unique personality who made a considerable contribution to the Eastern Suburbs/ East Sydney Football Club both on and off the field.  His passionate support of the Bulldogs never wavered.  Kevin successfully applied himself to many roles at the club culminating with the Club Presidency during the period 1992 - 1994 when the club was probably at its lowest ebb.  His significant contribution in helping guide the club through a difficult time was immeasurable.  A multi talented individual with a keen sense of humour Kevin will be forever remembered by the Bulldogs fraternity.

Below: Former East Sydney President, Kevin Ryan, right, after the Bulldogs' 1971 Grand Final...with then President and club legend, Jack Dean.

Eleven Stingrays Take Part in NSW/AFL Draft Match

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Congratulations to our Stingrays ladies who were selected to play in the NSW/ACT draft selection match in Canberra last Sunday. Each player should be proud of their efforts on the day – there was some quality football played by all. More details to come on the result of the draft in the coming weeks. 

Coach Tracey Kick lead one of the teams and players included Jemma Still, Sandra Janjetovic (Jet), Melita Morris, Nicola Vrachnas, Lauren O'Brien (Pandles), Anne-Lise Bidou (Frenchie), Hannah McIntosh, Maddie Collier, Erica McIernon, May Nguyen & Courtney Gum.

Dogs Determined But Manly Hold Strong

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A tough match loomed for the Premier Division boys as they came up against defending champions the Manly Warringah Giants who have continued their 2013 form with some great early season results having won all four games leading into last Saturday, two of which were 15 goal margins or larger.

Although the Giants walked away from the Village Green with a fifth win in their pocket, the Bulldogs lost no admirers keeping Manly honest to the end eventually going down 12.14 (86) to 8.7 (55) with just one player on the bench. In a big blow to the dogs stalwart Anthony Rodrigues could be spending some time on the sidelines after leaving the field with a suspected collar bone injury.

In front of a big ladies day crowd at the VG the dogs start off poorly, whilst Manly played some brilliant footy to bang on 6.4 in the first term to lead by 28 at quarter time and make what would ultimately be a decisive break in the match.

With the Gaints having enjoyed some big wins thus far in 2014 the early signs had the Bulldogs supporters nervous and this feeling was magnified when Rodrigues was taken into the sheds early in the second quarter. But the dogs showed some real spirit and worked their way back into the contest - they would win the second quarter (only the third quarter Manly have lost all season) and go the main break just 16 points adrift at 54-38. This game was well and truly on and you could feel the momentum with the dogs.

As the wind continued to gust around the VG and some light drizzle began to fall the third quarter turned into an old fashioned arm wrestle. With both teams desperate in defence and putting pressure on the ball carrier the only goal of the quarter belonged to Manly. The margin pushed slightly out to 23 at the final break. It was still not a decisive lead but with the scoring drying up and legs getting more and more tired it was going to need a huge effort to get over the line.

It wasn't to be for the Bulldogs. The final quarter saw UNSW-ES throw everything they could out at the defending champions, but were unable to make any headway into the lead. The away team got the points 86-55 but the dogs could hold their heads high knowing they pushed Manly the whole way. For the Bulldogs Ryan Plant was best afield with his run off the half back line whilst Alex Henderson performed well. Cameron McKinlay was rewarded for some good work in the forward line and finished with two goals.

On face value three straight losses is not what coach Dan Lynch and his boys were looking for, but it must be noted that they have been against the top three teams from 2013. Next week they come against arch rivals North Shore, another team that is locked at 2-3.

Vale Peter Ruscuklic - 1955-2014

It is with sadness we advise the passing on Friday of former East Sydney goal kicking legend Peter Ruscuklic, aged 58.

Ruscuklic, the younger brother of fellow footballer Alex (both played with Fitzroy in the 1970's), made a name for himself in Sydney due to his goal kicking feats. 

Playing for East Sydney, Ruscuklic kicked 505 goals in three seasons, with a sequence of 136, 156 and 213 goals from 1979 to 1981 and was part of East Sydney's 1980 and 1981 premiership teams - The bulldogs would go on to win 5 flags in a row.

His tally of 213 goals remains a national record for a major Australian rules football league season and included a 24-goal haul against St George as part of a 64-goal 3-week blitz on the competition as well as 10 goals in the Preliminary Final.

Stingrays Jasmine Smith Wins Rising Star Nomination

The AFL Sydney Women's Round 2 Rising Star is Jasmine Smith from UNSW/ES Stingrays.

Jasmine Smith played her first game of AFL for the UNSW/ES Stingrays on Sunday in the torrential rain at the Village Green against the Moorebank Magpies.

A basketballer by background, Jasmine took the field at Centre Half Forward and dominated from the outset. Her ability to get her hands clear when tackled and get her foot to the ball quickly in the wet really helped the team cement the ball in the forward 50 throughout the first half. Jasmine was also thrown into the ruck on occasions and used her body strongly to deliver the ball to her team mates.

A natural athlete, she revelled in the wet conditions – sliding, tackling and diving around the field and took out the team’s Best on Ground post game.

Previous nominees:
Round 1— Kate Stanton (Wollongong)

The Sunday Wrap - April 27

Last Sunday saw five UNSW-ES Bulldogs and Stingrays teams taking to the field to complete yet another ANZAC weekend. The Bulldogs had three teams venture west to Moorebank to take on the Magpies whilst both Stingrays team had home field advantage - Div One against Newtown and Div Two against Moorebank. In the end Div Four where the only victorious mens teams as Div Two and Five went down, however both Stingrays teams took home the points.

Div Two have yet to find their first win of the year and despite the comfortable 17.11 (113) - 9.7 (61) point final scoreline they made the home team work for the entire four quarters and didn't drop their heads. Rather than blow the Bulldogs off the park, the pies kep the scoreboard ticking over winning each quarter by 20, 6, 12 and 14 points respecitively. Timothy Cummins with 3 goals was best afield, whilst Stephan Whelan and Mark Bryan showed they are not having any trouble handling higher grade football.

Div Four won out in a tough battle against a Magpies outfit determined to take home their points of the season. Our boys held on to move up to third on the ladder with a 11.8 (74) - 9.5 (59) victory after leading 41-26 at half time. UNSW-ES took an early lead and managed to keep the opposition at arms length for the rest of the game as the margin drifted between 1 and 4 goals for the majority of the match.

Veteran Tim Dickson continued his brilliant start to the season with another dominant display in the midfield while Jack Griggs was influential. Stephen Ball kicked two goals in his second game for the club since returning from the 2012 Division Two grand final team. Overall it was another good performance that will keep coach Rider happy but knows there is a big game next week against Manly - a team which has produced some fiery match ups for Div Four over the last few years.

Div Five kicked off precedings at Rosedale Park on Sunday and coming off two impressive victories were hoping to cement their spot at the top of the ladder but were comfortably beaten 14.18 (102) - 7.12 (54) by the Magpies. The dogs were slow out of the blocks and found themselves down by 4 goals at quarter time which blew out to 62-18 at half time and the match was effectively killed against a contest. To the dogs credit they didn't let the margin blow right out and kept working to the end, and big man John Hook was rewarded with 6 goals.

The Div One Stingrays have continued their good early season form with another great defensive effort conceding just the one goal on the weekend to make it four conceded from their first two games. In wet conditions which made scoring difficult, the Stingers were comfortable 6.14 (50) - 1.2 (8) winners over Newtown. Melita Morriss was best afield while Mai Nguyen and Kyrsty Bishop kicked 2 goals each. Next week's clash with Sydney University is bound to be a cracker.

After some encouraging early performances the Div Two Stingrays got to sing the song for the first time ever at their third attempt. On a soaking Village Green they were 3.4 (22) - 0.8 (8) winners with Jasmie Smith, Shani Lauf and Bec Ling named best afield. Next week they'll have to bring their best against the undefeated Randwick City Angels but if they can get a win they'll move into the top half of the competition ladder.

Next week is the Suttons City Hyundai Ladies Day at the Village Green and the club will have 7 teams playing on the Saturday, including 4 at the VG. The VG action kicks off at 8.30am with Div Five against Camden before a tripler header with the Manly-Warringah Gaints playing Div Four (10.30am), Div Two (12.30pm) and Premier Division (2.30pm). The Stingrays Div One top of the ladder clash against Sydney Uni is at St Pauls at 8.30am, while Stingers Div Two is at 10.00 at Pioneer Park v Randwick City. The Under 19's also take to the field on Saturday taking on North Shore at Gore Hill Oval at 10.00am. The weekend finishes with Div One playing 2.00pm Sunday against Southern Power at the VG. There has been a lot of rain around lately so please keep an ear out for any venue and time changes.

Dragons hold off dogs in tight ANZAC Contest

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The UNSW-ES Bulldogs have been beaten by St George in this years ANZAC Clash at the Village Green but have lost no admirers in keeping last years preliminary finalists working for their victory right to the very end. The final score 14.16 (100) - 12.8 (80) was a fair indication of the game on the day as the Bulldogs threw everything at the Dragons but were unable to bridge the gap.

Saints dominated the early preceedings in the first quarter but rugged tackling and deseperate defending limited the damage and when Ryan Farrelly finished off a great rebounding backline move with a mark and goal from the boundary 40 metres out, the 8-6 scoreline meant the dogs were well and truly in the game. But weight of possession shone through as the Dragons would take a 23-8 lead into quarter time to set the scene for the rest of the day as the margin floated between 10 and 28 points for the remainder of the afternoon.

The second term saw St George continue to do most of the attacking but outside of former Sydney Swan Jason Saddington kicking truly 3 minutes into the quarter were unable to trouble the scorers in the first 10 minutes. They didn't help their cause missing 3 set shots in the next 5 minutes as the scored crept along to 32-10. Soon after the Dragons scored their second goal from a 50 metre penalty and the dogs were well behind the 8-ball at 38-10.

Just as the dogs were desperate for a spark they got one when David Batten made a great tackle in the goal square, the ball spilling free to Michael Dickson who - despite a couple of desperate smother attempts - was able to drill it home from just a few metres out. Minutes later Cameron McKinlay marked and goaled neatly from 40 metres out and the dogs had some momentum. Both teams were to kick one more for the term. The half time score was 44-29 but the for the first time in the match it was the dogs who had all the running.

The second half didn't start the way the home team wanted at all, conceding two goals within the first three minutes; the first to another 50m penalty and the second to a turn over in the middle of the ground. But just as St George were threatening to pull away again the dogs bounced back. A goal to Troy Luff was followed up by a tackle on the wing and 50m penalty to Batten who would also kick truly. When captain Joel Robbie kicked truly from a tight angle playing on from a free kick the score was 58-47 and the dogs were right in it.

A dragons goal was cancelled out when Ryan Plant was fouled after sending the ball into the forward line, the resultant downfield free giving Luff his second for the term after he was good from a very tight angle. With the clock ticking past the 27-minute mark it looked like 66-54 would be the score at the final break. Unfortunately the dogs were to concede just 90 seconds later right on the bell to see the margin out to 18 points.

The final term was much more of the same with tough contested footy and both teams going toe to toe and trading goals. Luff was able to put home his fifth when he was the recipient of great work from Farrelly who recieved a free thirty out on the boundary and spotted Luff in the goal square from advantage. A great comeback was on the cards at 85-73 with 15 minutes on the clock. But the Dragons struck back almost immediately and as time continued to run out the dogs comeback was extinguished. Luff would put home his sixth as consolation but the Dragons were the better team on the day and deserved 20 point winners.

The dogs have slipped to 2-2 after winning the first two games and will face their toughest assignment yet next weekend when the defending champions and undefeated Manly Warringah Giants will head across the harbour to the Village Green as the main event of the UNSW-ES Bulldogs and Stingrays Suttons City Hyundai Ladies Day.

In other game last Saturday the Division One guys got their first victory of the year defeating St George 16.8 (104) to 7.14 (56). UNSW-ES got the jump on the Dragons and had effectively killed the game as a contest by half time taking a 65-22 lead into the main break. For the bulldogs the best players on the day where Michael Archibald, Mark Haebich (4 goals) and Taylor Preece (3 goals).

Saturday's triple header with St George kicked off with the under 19's who were to suffer their first defeat going down 9.10 (64) to 4.6 (30). After trailing 14-10 during a tense first quarter, the dogs let the dragons get away from them during the second with Saints up 34-11 at the main break.

With the teams trading goals during the second half the dogs couldn't reel in the margin and the dragons would eventually finished 34 point winners. Timothy Coenon and Tom Dickson were once again great for the dogs, with Dickson picking up another couple of goals to move to 9 for season and top of the Under 19's goalkicking ladder.

Suttons City Hyundai Ladies Day 2014

Bookmark May 3 because the Suttons City Hyundai Ladies Day is back again in 2014. What has been the biggest social night of the year for the Bulldogs & Stingrays in recent years promises to live up to its reputation once again this year.

On the field it's a huge day of football at the Village Green. The action kicks off at 8.30am with Division Five playing the Cambden Cats followed by a triple header against the Manly Warringah Giants - Division Four (10.00am), Division Two (12.00pm) and Premier Division (2.00pm). It's gonna be a huge challenge for the Bulldogs as the Giants only defeat across those three grades came in Division Four two weekends ago.

Although not at the VG, the Stingrays will also be taking to the field locally - Division One coming up against Sydney Uni at St Pauls (8.30am) with Division Two playing the Randwick City Angels at Pioneer Park (10.00am). The under 19's are also taking the field at Gore Hill Oval against North Shore at 10.00am.

The Ladies Day event itself will kick off at 1.00pm however feel free to head down earlier to the VG, St Pauls or Pioneer and give the UNSW-ES teams some much appreciated support.

Entry to the day will be $15 which will include 4 free drinks for the ladies and 2 free drinks for the guys. There will also be prizes and raffles held during the day. Don't forget following the days preceedings we will head down to the Doncaster Hotel to continue on long into the night.

See you at the VG!!

Dane Does It Again

Dane Rampe’s fairytale rise to AFL stardom took another giant leap forward on the weekend, as the Swans won a hard-fought game against Freo.

By Jack McAnespie

The Swans faced their worst start to a season in 15 years, and came up against a quality opposition in Fremantle, who many experts tip to go the distance once again in season 2014, after finishing runners-up last year.

However, it was Rampe and the Swans who prevailed, by 17 points, through a typically Sydney-like performance.

Through fierce attack on the ball, and ferocious tackling pressure for the entire four quarters, the Swans silenced their early season critics for at least another week with a memorable win.

Rampe, who hails from the local seaside suburb of Clovelly, was outstanding with 22 possessions, four marks and two tackles.

In possibly his best game for the club, Rampe didn’t look like losing a contest when the ball came into his area, and with the help of Ted Richards, Rhyce Shaw and Nick Smith, set the tone for the night through some superb defence and counter-attack.

 “We were just united, I think that was a big focus coming out of last week’s game,” said Rampe.

“There were some hard truths spoken [following last week] and we were just a united bunch out there. That’s why it felt so good and that’s why we played so well.”

Rampe was particularly pleased with his own performance as well.

“I felt pretty good actually… early on I was probably playing on some taller opponents… I was probably able to beat them on the ground.

“I thought I defended pretty well, that’s the foundation of my game. As long as I’m doing that then I’m contributing to the team.”

This week the Swan’s travel to Melbourne, to take on the Paul Roos’ Demons for the first time since the former Swans coach took the reigns at the wavering club.

However, speaking to the media on Tuesday, Rampe made no illusion about what is expected by the coaches and his fellow teammates against the Demons.

"Our challenge is to back up that effort,” said Rampe.

"That’s our challenge now and I think the start of the season has shown that the competition is really even… They’re no easy-beats.”

Rampe and the Swans will be looking to back up last week’s vital win when they take on the Demons at the MCG on Saturday night.

Come In Spinner At The Donny

Get around the Doncaster Hotel on ANZAC Day for some old style two-up, from Midday Friday 25 April.

After a huge day for the club last year, our two up specialists from Div 2 will be back running the show again keeping the rowdy punters at bay.

It's a great Day at the Donny, where we pay respect to our servicemen past and present. Lest we forget.

Don't forget there is plenty of AFL action with the annual Essendon and Collingwood blockbuster, followed later in the night by St Kilda v Brisbane and Fremantle v North Melbourne. The following day there will be an ANZAC ceremoy at the Village Green when the Under 19's, Div One and Premier Division all take on St George involving Club Bondi Junction RSL and the Bondi Waverly RSL Sub Branch.

Any servicemen in the Club are invited to wear their uniform and enjoy hospitality with all the other Diggers.

Below: The Div Two boys practising their two up before the punters arrive for the Donny's 2013 Anzac Day

 

 

UNSW-ES Weekend Round up April 11-12

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A wet weekend welcomed the bulldogs return to the Village Green with Premier Division, Div 1 and Under 19's all playing Pennant Hills on Saturday. The dogs walked away with just the one victory (Under 19's), but were still competitive in defeat against last years Premier Division grand finalists. The Stingrays Div 1 played their first game of the year and had a convincing win over Balmain, whilst the Stingrays Div 2 went down at Trumper Park in a low scoring affair. Unfortunately all three games (Div 2, 4 and 5) scheduled for the VG on Sunday were postponed with dates to be advised over the next few weeks.

Buoyed by two wins against university rivals UTS and Sydney Uni over the first two rounds, Premier Division kept the early season momentum going and jumped out of the blocks against Pennant Hills to skip out to a 32-11 quarter time lead. But the demons are a quality team and were never going to roll over, and had all but overcame the deficit by half time with the dogs only leading 40-38.

The two teams traded goals through the third quarter with demons forward Wray being particularly influential - He would finish the match with six goals and ultimately be the difference between the teams. The dogs still held onto a 61-57 lead at the final break but ran out of the legs in the final quarter with Penno kicking six goals to two to finish off 14.11 (95) to 11.7 (73) winners in a high quality encounter given the slippery conditions. Despite the loss the dogs are still showing good signs, and it took a high quality side to give the boys their first defeat of the year. Ryan Farrelly (3 goals) and Jeremy Daniher (1 goal) kept their good early season form going and were the dogs best on the day.

The Dogs Div 1 grand finalists from 2013 have had a tough start to the year but with some key personnel coming back it was an opportunity to start getting season 2014 headed in the right direction, and hopefully claim their first points of the year. Unfortunately for Gull's boys it was a similar story to the first two weekends with a gutsy performance highlighted by tremendous tackling, but just not quite having the class of the opposition.

As with last weeks match against Illawarra, this week Pennant Hills got on top early and skipped out to a 21 point quarter time lead and left the dogs with too much work to get back into the match. Whilst the dogs where never able to seriously threaten the demons on the scoreboard, the boys kept them honest for the full four quarters, conceding just 2, 2 and 3 goals in the last three quarters. The final score told of an 11.12 (78) - 4.6 (30) loss for the dogs. Andrew Goodieson put in his best performance of the year and was named best on ground, while veteran Troy Luff backed up last weeks three goal game with another strong performance.

The under 19's have been extremely impressive over the first couple of weeks of the year and were nothing but that again last Saturday as they took a out solid 14.11 (95) - 8.8 (56) victory over Pennant Hills. The boys were the first UNSW-ES team to take to the VG in 2014 and were looking to stake their credentials as one of the teams to beat in the Under 19's. In wet conditions, the first quarter was a high quality affair with both teams showing impressive skills. It was the dogs who took the early lead 26-20 at quarter time.

But it was the second quarter were the dogs did the damage. They kicked 5 goals to 2 to blow out the match and take a 59-32 lead. To the young demons players credit they kept coming at our boys and made them work for every goal and kept the final margin to 39 points. Tom Dickson was once again dominant with three goals and has arguably been the best bulldogs over the first three rounds. Zac Collie with two goals was also excellent, while Spencer Krochmal was also impressive.

The Stingrays have had a huge pre-season with massive numbers resulting in a second team for the first in the clubs history. Last Saturday at Blacktown the Div 1 Stingrays started their season against the Balmain Dockers. Fielding a strong team the ladies didn't get off to the start they wanted with some wayward kicking at goal and around the ground allowing the Dockers to head to the first break up 15-11. Knowing a big improvement was required, the Stingers came out firing with a massive 8 goal second quarter blowing the game apart to lead 55-16 at the main break.

Having got on top of the dockers, the girls didn't relent and kicked 7 goals to 1 in the second half to finish up with a massive 82 points win; 15.15 (105) - 3.5 (23). The ever reliable Courtney Gum (3 goals) was one of the best on the ground, while Mai Nyugen (2 goals) also played well. The Div 2 stingrays were unfortunately kept scoreless in very tough conditions against the UTS Shamrocks at Trumper Park. UTS were 2.10 (22) - 0 winners on the day with Shani Sleeman once again in the Stingrays best.

Next weekend is Easter weekend, so the only game will be Div 5 playing a make up game from the weekend against the UTS Bats at Trumper Park at 9am. Following Easter will be Anzac Day at the Donny where our Div 2 boys will once again be running the two up shenanigans. Last year was a cracking day for all involved. There will also be an Anzac ceremony at the Village Green on Saturday April 26. We want to see as many people as possible get down to both events to support the club and our sponsors, have a few beers and share in a great time.

Training Changes Next Two Weeks

The club has been able to secure Henson Park Sydenham Road Marrickville for 2 nights leading into Easter and 1 night after Easter to offset the VG being closed for over sowing. Note VG is closed April 14 to April 25 inclusive.

Please note the Swans Academy have hired the ground up until 6.45pm so please respect their booking, by all means if they finish early you can train earlier.

As the ground is only available for a limited time suggest all teams arrive early and warm up in areas outside of the ground so as can hit the ground at appropriate time to train at full pace.

Those training later please respect those that are training already and warm up outside the ground till 7.45pm

We will have access to change rooms and showers

Monday 14/4 6.45 – 7.45pm D2, D4, D5 and Stingrays

Monday 14/4 7.45 - 9.00pm PD, D1 and U19’s

Wednesday 16/4 6.45 – 7.45pm D2, D4, D5 and Stingrays

Wednesday 16/4 7.45 - 9.00pm PD, D1 and U19’s

Wednesday 23/4 6.45 – 7.45pm D2, D4, D5 and Stingrays

Wednesday 23/4 7.45 - 9.00pm PD, D1 and U19’s

Bulldog Taking His Own Bite Out of the AFL

After the successes of UNSW-ES Bulldogs junior and Phelan Medalist Dane Rampe at the Sydney Swans over the last 14 months, another East Sydney Bulldogs junior is starting to make his mark at AFL level.

Now playing for the defending premiers Hawthorn, many years ago Will Langford started his football journey in Sydney with the East Sydney Bulldogs at the age of six, playing at the famous Trumper Park oval in Paddington. He won numerous awards during his 11 years with the Bulldogs. Winning an Under 12 Grand Final in 2003 under the coaching of Ross Lewis.

As a junior, Will was a tall lanky player, who also played Rugby for his school Cranbrook. He often played Rugby on a Saturday mornings for school and a game of Australian Rules in the afternoon. He was fast, he could kick, and he could tackle. The physicality he gained from rugby complemented his silky AFL talent and made him a standout in his junior years.

In 2007 and 2008 while in the Under 15's and 16's both Swans premiership coach Paul Roos and Will's father Chris - a 300 game player and Hawthorn team of the century member himself - both played roles in coaching his team and developing his footy talent. He certainly learnt his craft from some of the best in the business.

In 2008 Will was picked to represent the NSW/ACT Rams where he featured strongly. Entering into senior footy he joined the UNSW-ES AFC (Bulldogs) in 2009, where he played a few games before heading to Melbourne to pursue the chance to play AFL football. The move paid dividends when he was picked up with the number 85 pick of the rookie draft at the conclusion of 2010 - Only two more players were to be drafted for the year.

Since receiving his first AFL contract Will plugged away for the Box Hill Hawks and was rewarded individually with a debut against the Western Bulldogs. A couple of months later he was a starring member of the Hawks VFL premiership team. To top of the year Will was elevated from the Hawks rookie list to their senior list.

After a great pre season Will has now played the first three games of the 2014 season collecting 43 disposals and 15 clearances mainly playing in run with roles and even having a feature article from Jack Niall in the Age written about him (Click Here). Tonight he just may well go head to head against the legendary Gary Ablett Jnr. We wish him all the best.

Bulldogs get another Rising Star Nomination

From sydneyafl.com.au

Abe Davis made his senior debut last weekend for UNSW/ES against Sydney University in Round 2 after a solid year in the U18’s last year.

Abe is a Sydney Swans Academy player and very highly regarded by the Swans coaching staff. Tall, athletic and possessing great skills by hand and foot, Abe has an incredibly bright future ahead of him.

Playing across the half back line against Sydney University on the weekend, Abe racked up numerous possessions, and barely lost a contest on the day, soundly beating his direct opponent. Abe provided a lot of rebound out of the backline and had a sure set of hands when the football was in the air.

UNSW/ES are excited about the prospects for the local Maroubra boy from the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney – watch this space!  

Previous nominees:
Round 1 — Taylor Preece (UNSW/ES)

UNSW-ES Weekend Round Up April 5-6

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After the first weekend of the Sydney AFL competition was sent into chaos thanks to rain and ground closures, it was disheartening for many that the threat of rain lingered over the second weekend. Fortunately the UNSW-ES Bulldogs and Stingrays – after having multiple matches postponed and moved the prior weekend – were left untouched and all seven matches went ahead as scheduled.

Div Five and the Stingrays Div Two were the latest teams to kick off their season. For the Stingrays it was a particularly special match as it was the inaugural match for our Div Two ladies – A great reward for a lot of hard work that has gone into making a second women's team possible. Overall it was a solid weekend, securing four victories including a win to the seniors in Premier Division.

Playing the final match of the weekend at Henson Park on Sunday, the Premier Division boys got off to a flying start against Sydney University in poor conditions. On a weekend where goals were at a premium, and goal kicking accuracy the difference in many games, taking a 4.4 (28) to 1.3 (9) lead to the quarter time break was always going to be tough to reel in.

From here the game turned into an arm wrestle with only five more goals being kicked for the entire games – neither team kicking more than one goal in a quarter. The Bulldogs eventually taking out a taxing 6.15 (51) – 4.11 (35) victory. Half back flanker Abayna Davis was named best afield and received the Sydney AFL rising start award, whilst two goals from David Batten were crucial.

Division One were already under the pump due to numerous injuries, and with a couple more late withdrawals things were looking bleak. But the bulldog spirit was not broken and no less than five Div Two and Div Four boys did what had to be done and pulled on the boots. It needs to be mentioned that Div Four had two hours prior secured their first victory of the year in Blacktown before embarking on the journey to Wollongong. On top of this Doggies stalwart Craig Higgins had his first run in three years.

Despite these setbacks UNSW-ES put in a credible performance against Illawarra were relegated from Premier Division and are expected to be a serious contender for the Div One title. The lions got the early jump to a 26-6 lead at quarter time, but a fantastic second quarter saw the margin pegged back a fraction – The dogs going to the main break 34-18 in arrears.

As the match continued on the home team kept enough breathing space between our boys to be comfortable, but at no point did they look like running away with the game. This was also helped but extremely accurate kicking in front of goal from the Dogs. The final score was 10.11 (71) – 7.0 (42) with veteran Troy Luff putting three between the big sticks in a best on ground performance.

Kicking off Sunday's triple header against Sydney University at Henson Park was CP's Div Two boys. After a gutting close defeat at the hands of UTS the previous week, this weekend's match against the reigning Div Two premiers was expected to be a massive challenge. Things did not start well. Kicking with a solid breeze Sydney Uni took full advantage to post a decisive 7.3 (45) – 1.1 (7) lead at the first break.

The Dogs managed use the wind and peg back the lead by a goal, but it still left our boys right behind the eight ball, heading to the break 59-27 adrift. To the dogs credit they kept coming at every opportunity and managed to keep Sydney Uni honest. The final score of 15.11 (101) – 6.5 (41) was a fair reflection of the match, but also a reminder the this team can still take it to the top sides for periods. Most encouraging was the performance of Irish recruit Conor Moloney, whilst another newcomer Hugo Goode showed great dash of the half back line.

A late ground change cut the Div Four boys travel time significantly, and allowed them to have a run on the Blacktown International Sports Park. Their opposition was the Wollondilly Knights – a team new to the Sydney AFL and whose previous weeks encounter had been postponed till June.

In an extremely tight and tough encounter, neither team was able to post a major through the first quarter. At no stage were goals easy to find, and the dogs took the most slender of leads into the final change up 3.11 (29) – 3.10 (28).

A commanding final term from best on ground midfielder Tim Dickson (3 goals) was the decisive performance, with UNSW-ES kicking the only three goals of the final term. The final score 6.18 (54) – 3.15 (33) a great send off to clubman Calvin Cain who is leaving for Melbourne this week.

As mentioned earlier several Div Four players made a massive to journey from Blacktown to Wollongong to strap on the boots for another four quarters of footy to help out the Div One boys. A special shout out to Steve Chook Mcilwrath, Stephan Whelan, Dennis Rider and Troy Nicoll. Div One's Simon Potter also featured in the game before backing up to play Sydney Uni on Sunday. A fantastic effort from all involved showing what the dogs are all about.

After having their first round game postponed, Wrighty's Div Five boys were champing at the bit to get their season underway against Holyroyd-Parramatta. Unfortunately things didn't start the way the dogs would have wanted with the Goanna's getting the early jump to take a 26-8 lead to the first break, their full forward kicking 3 goals and threatening to tear apart our backline.

But in a stunning turn around the bulldogs showed what has been developing in the lower grades completely playing HP off the park to kick 16 of the final 17 goals of the match. After heading the goanna's – and then some – during the second quarter to take a 46-27 lead to the main break the foot was never taken off the pedal. Big man Sam Wright led the way in front of goals with 5 goals but it was the dominant midfield performances of Cameron Dunn and Ian Gunn which set up the 16.10 (106) – 5.3 (33) victory.

As with most games across the Sydney AFL this weekend the Under 19's played out a low scoring match against Sydney Uni at Henson Park on Sunday. The first half was a dour affair on a slow ground, with both teams heading to half time with only one goal to their name.

With the teams tiring the defences opened up a fraction in the third term and the dogs found themselves with a 29-22 lead at three quarter time. In a superb last quarter display the young dogs kept coming and managed to pull clear of Sydney Uni to run out 6.7 (43) – 3.7 (25) winners. Timothy Coenen was adjudged best afield.

One of the highlights of the week was the Stingray's Division Two team playing in their first ever game. Getting a second women's team up and running has been a lot of hard work and just to see new coach Jemma Still have her girls running around was a great reward.

First up for the Stingray's was the relegated Wollongong Saints. The saints got the early jump and took an 18 point lead to quarter time to set the stingers a tough task to get back into the game. Showing great resilience, UNSW-ES stuck with saints for the next two quarters, and were still in with an outside chance the last change with the saints leading 44-21.

Unfortunately the saints were able to come home stronger, and replicated the first quarter kicking 4 goals to 1 to finish the game 10.9 (69) – 4.5 (29) winners. Shani Lauf was the best for the rays, while Shani Sleeman did well to boot home two majors.

The action continues next weekend with the Stingrays Division One the last of our 8 teams to start their season. The highlight next weekend is the return to Village Green with all six men's teams playing their first games at the VG, including a Saturday triple header (Under 19's, Div 1, Prems) against Pennant Hills. After all games we want to see all players get back to the Doncaster Hotel for a few beers and a recap of the days action.

Sydney AFL Stingrays Prediction

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It is a new year, with a new coach, bringing a new beginning and new approach down at the Village Green in 2014.

With a fine heritage of esteemed coaches - including Krissie Steen who has now moved on to the GWS Giants and Ben Porter who is still acting in a coaching capacity – the UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays have again recruited the best of the best. Tracey Kick, the current NSW Women’s State Coach, joins the club this year and has already ingrained her deep knowledge of the game within her eager students.

"Tracey is a consummate professional – organised, approachable and well respected amongst the women’s football fraternity – and has brought with her an amazing knowledge of the game and an impressive ability to communicate this with ease," explains club representative Sarah Court.

Following an agonising two-goal defeat at the hands of Balmain in last year’s Preliminary Final, UNSW Eastern Suburbs have adopted a back-to-basics mindset during the pre-season.

"We’ve made sure we’re doing all of the basics well - from technique, to footy fundamentals like shepherding, defending, and getting numbers to the ball while combining that with a lot of repeated running and application in mini games."

Finding fun in their professional pre-season training regime, the Stingrays have also made sure that their team gets to know each other off the field. Recently partaking in a training camp away from the city, the women put their fitness to the test whilst learning the ways of their fellow teammates.

"Think hill sprints, beep test, skills work, truck tyres and sandbags followed by some impromptu singing around the bonfire. All in all, it was just a fantastic way to bond as a team and establish a strong sense of trust and friendship amongst the playing group."

Ahead of Round One, the Stingrays recently took part in a friendly with the Newtown Breakaways and also came away with the ‘Uni Cup’ – defending their 2013 title against the other university women’s AFL teams.

"It’s always good to have an early hit out to test your new players and work on some simple game structures before the season kicks off."

"We were pleased to see the rookies adapt to the game and use their space and speed when the opportunity presented itself. It was also great to see that the things we’ve worked on in pre-season – strong leads, effective disposals and correct technique – were all evident on the pitch."

With these fundamental skills now at the forefront of their team strategy, the Stingrays aspire to "play good, consistent footy" and cement their position as a contender in the league this year.

Maddy Collier (a new recruit from the Wollongong Saints), Emma Mackay and Remi Banuelos are named as women who will almost certainly make their mark in the 2014 season for the club.

As well as Maddy Collier, the club has also recruited enough women to be able to form a reserves team in the Division Two competition - the first of the Sydney AFL women’s clubs to do so.

"We’ve picked up a couple of fantastic premier league soccer girls along with some super fit individuals who all bring unbridled enthusiasm to the team."

Court acknowledges that there is still an element of surprise from others when she and her club-mates explain to outsiders that they play Australian Rules football, but she admits that the growth of women’s league is as solid as ever.

"I think the pathways that are being created through Auskick and the Youth Girls competition by the Sydney AFL are at the strongest they have been. And as they continue to grow, and things like the AFL women’s draft gain more and more coverage, we’ll see participation levels increase even more steeply in the years to come."

Fortunately for the UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays, they have outstanding support from their men’s team, the Bulldogs. As the coaches band together across the board, they ensure that each of the UNSW Eastern Suburbs squads are playing worthy football in each of their divisions.

"The guys are great. We’re lucky to be part of such a large and supportive community based football club…and the respect amongst all the playing groups is second to none."

The UNSW Eastern Suburbs Stingrays Division One side takes on the Newtown Breakaways in Round One at Blacktown International Sportspark on 12 April 2014 at 10:00am.

The Division Two team plays the Wollongong Saints on 5 April 2014 at 11:00am at Mona Park.

AFL Sydney Analysis

The Star

Courtney Gum – Not only the star of UNSW-ES but also the star of the competition. Courtney has achieved everything in football (apart from an AFL Sydney Premiership medal) - All Australian Honours’, MVP at the 2013 Women’s National Championships, selection in the inaugural Womens AFL match in 2013, League Best & Fairests and in 2013 the Howarth Trophy as the AFL Sydney Representative Player of the Year (the first time a female has won this prestigious award). An out and out star who will be a real key for the Stingrays chances in 2014.

The Rising Star

Maddy Collier – While already a well known name for opposition coaches following her League Best & Fairest award in 2013, Maddy is scarily still improving and will really benefit with some more experienced players around her this year. The Under 18 All Australian player was obviously the biggest off season transfer in 2014 and is one to watch. Definitely a star on the rise

AFL Sydney Prediction –2nd

2013 saw the Stingrays be the big player in the off season and 2014 has been no different. Apart from a few key recruits they have also signed 2013 NSW Coach Tracey Kick as Head Coach for the year which is a real coup for the club. After narrowly going down in the Preliminary Final last year we think they will take the next step and make it to the big one in 2014. Every chance of claiming a maiden premiership flag this year.

Swans and GWS Tickets Available – Just ask

The Swans and GWS have kindly offered our club free tickets to their home games. The club committee will allocated the tickets, but we invite players and supporters to apply for tickets to a particular game. Priority will be given to rewarding teams and volunteers who make contributions to the club eg home ground duties, umpiring or helping organise and event. Sponsors and other supporters will also be offered tickets.
 
However any team or player can apply for the tickets just to have a great day at the footy. If you are planning a birthday, family visit or special occasion, then feel free to ask for some tickets. Perhaps you can make a small donation to the club for the tickets. Maybe your employer or a business near you would like to buy tickets from our Club?
 
The Swans offer 10 tickets per game and GWS offers 20 tickets - at their home games only. But, they require us to apply for the tickets at least 4 weeks in advance. And, if you are issued the tickets – you must use them. If the tickets are not swiped through the gates, the AFL will know and this will jeopardise future allocations. The club committee will decide how the tickets are allocated based on the merit of each request.
 
So please check out the Swans and GWS home game draws and email the secretary unswesbulldogs@gmail.com if you have an idea on how to reward players, supporters and the club with the tickets. Remember you need to apply at least 4 weeks before the game.

Young Dog is Sydney AFL's Round 1 Rising Star

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Taylor Preece is an U19 Swans Academy representative who had a stellar season for UNSW/ES U18s last season.

Taylor has carried that form through the pre-season and was picked to make his first grade debut against UTS in Round 1.

Playing on the wing and across half forward he continued to present and got better and better as the match went on. Preece took a number of crucial contested marks in the second half and kicked a couple of important goals.

With plenty of upside, Preece is just one of a large number of future first grade players coming through UNSW/ES U19s ranks.

With hard work and a focus on maintaining consistency throughout games and throughout a season, Taylor has a really bright future ahead in senior football. 

To be eligible to win the Mens or Womens AFL Sydney Rising Star award the player must:

  • Be under 21 years of age;
  • Play a minimum of four Premier Division / Womens matches during the season;
  • Be in his or her first full season of senior football (i.e. Played less than four senior matches in AFL Sydney or equivalent competition prior to this season);

The weekly award winners are nominated by their clubs and awarded accordingly on their performances over the previous weeks

The Rising Star winner will be determined by AFL Sydney Premier Division & Womens Coaches from the weekly nominees.

Div Four Beaten in Final Quarter Fadeout

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By Dave Hourn and Dennis Rider

The Division Four team kicked off their season against the UTS Bats last Saturday at Mahoney Park. The bats have been exceptionally strong over the past couple of years and unlucky not to have won a flag or two. After some good performances in the pre season and some upper grade recruiting this year was shaping up as no different so it was a great first up test to see where our guys are at.

As always it is tough to get the combinations right first up but the first quarter showed some great signs. After trading early blows the Bulldogs got right on top of the Bats kicking the final three goals of the first quarter, including a neat mark and goal from 50 out to defender come forward Adam Powell. The score at quarter time 4.2 (26) – 2.3 (15) with the doggies to the good.

The second quarter couldn't have started better when only a couple of minutes in Troy Nicol showed the importance of keeping his feet in the goal square and was duly rewarded with a goal that stretched the lead to 17 points. But that was to be the end of the UNSW-ES scoring for the first half with the bats experience starting to shine. Jacob Corlis stood tall at the back, pressuring their full forward and making every possession count. However UTS piled on the pressure and – more importantly - five unanswered goals to head to the main break up 7.6 (48) – 5.2 (32).

The break gave some much need respite to the boys and they came out with renewed energy and the experienced midfield duo of Calvin Cain and Tim Dickson proving particularly effective around the stoppages. With both teams trading two goals each the Dogs went into the final break just 13 adrift and with a real chance of coming home with the points.

But it wasn't to be and the fire power that saw UTS finish as the second highest scoring Division Four team in both 2012 and 2013 became too much for the Dogs and they put on six goals to one in the final term. The final 7 goal margin, was a harsh reflection of a very encouraging performance, where the Bulldogs backline battled their hearts out all day, against a team that will definitely be there at the pointy end of the competition. Next week our Division 4 boys travel south to meet unknown newcomers Wollondilly Knights, where coach Dennis Rider will have the Bulldogs fired up to sing the song on the bus ride home!

UNSW-ES 4.2 (26) 5.2 (32) 7.5 (47) 8.5 (53)
UTS 2.3 (15) 7.6 (48) 9.6 (60) 15.9 (99)

Goals: Troy Nicol 5, Adam Powell, Tim Dickson, Tom Barelli
Best: Jacob Corlis, Ethan Wiseman, Tim Dickson, Calvin Cain, Steve McIlwrath, Tom Wesley

UNSW-ES Weekend Round Up March 29

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Premier Division : Photos
Division One : Match Report
Division Two : Match Report
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The UNSW-ES Bulldogs got their 2014 campaign underway last weekend with all senior grades pitted against arch rivals UTS. After torrential rain during the week saw two games moved from Trumper Park to Mahoney Park, whilst Division Five and the Under 19's had their games postponed.

After Division's Four, Two and One all found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard the opening day of the 2014 season was threatening to be a whitewash against the UNSW-ES Bulldogs when the Premier Division guys found themselves down by 64-38 at the final break.

The Bulldogs hit the lead with 8 minutes to goWith momentum all the Bats way the faces on the dogs fans were grim. However, our guys summoned up every piece of energy they had and closed to within a goal half way through the final quarter. After an extended struggle UNSW-ES hit the lead with 8 minutes to go and were not headed again to take the points 9.15 (69) to 9.12 (66) and deliver new coach Dan Lynch a won on his dogs debut.

Leading the way for the dogs was David Batten who booted home two goals in the low scoring affair while Ryan Plant and Jeremy Kiel put in massive games as they always do.

In the lower grades Division One had a tough battle on their hands but stuck with UTS for the first half going into the main break down by the just the one goal.

After the break UTS got the jump on the dogs and only allowed our boys to put just the one kick between the big sticks as they ran away with the game 11.6 (72) – 4.5 (29). Coach Sean Fewings was impressed with the way his guys kept going and particularly with their tackling.

In a game where the margin mostly hovered between a 1-3 goal lead to UTS, Division Two were edged out 85-69 in one of the two games moved from Trumper Park to Mahoney Park.

The third quarter saw the dogs briefly capture the lead after being down by 20 points midway through the second quarter, but it was a 3 goal flurry to start the final quarter which was enough to bust the game wide open and leave our boys with too much work to peg their opponents back.

Donny's Division Four chargers were the first UNSW-ES team to open up their 2014 campaign and showed great determination for three quarters to stick with a strong UTS team and could have taken a lead at the final break if not for conceding the final five goals of the second quarter.

But the dream start to the 2014 season wasn't to be and the dogs were overrun in the final quarter as the bats ran in 6 goals to 1. The final score was 15.9 (99) – 8.5 (53).

The rain caused havoc with the entire round of Sydney AFL with Division Five and Under 19's having their games postponed to a later date.

Div Two Edged Out In Round One Thriller

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By Dave Hourn

After a tough 2013 season CP's Division Two team put in a spirited performance but couldn't get the season off to the winning start they craved against the UTS Bats at Mahoney Park.

After six years of sustained success and stability, last year saw a host of retirements and injuries which resulted in a massive rebuild for the middle grade of the club. The end result of this was only five players who played in the 2012 grand final went out on the field for Round 1, 2014 including the much welcomed return of Mitchell Brown who missed all of 2013 with a shoulder injury.

There were some encouraging signs for the guys on the weekend but were ultimately let down by some slow starts to each quarter.

Each time the dogs were able to stem the tide, and even took the lead during the third quarter after being nearly 3 goals down during the second, but the fourth quarter proved once too many when UTS kicked 3 goals in the first 5 minutes and UNSW-ES couldn't pull them back in eventually going down 12.13 (85) – 10.9 (69).

The match was a game of multiple small momentum shifts, but neither team ever truly able to run right on top of the other. UTS got the most dangerous break of the game in the second quarter with the margin getting out to 20 points before the dogs showed true grit to peg back the bats and head to half time down 8.5 (53) – 7.3 (45). The run and dash from Michael Appleford on the wing and Huge Goode of the back flank during this period a real highlight.

The third quarter saw the bulldogs putting UTS under immense pressure and spent most of the term camped in the attacking half of the field with Aaron Horse Bantoff showing why he is one of the premier ruckmen in Division Two.

During the term UNSW-ES temporarily hit the lead by a point and it was only some desperate defence from the bats that prevented our guys from putting a bit of breathing space on the scoreboard. Going to the final break the score was 62-61 in the bats favour and a thriller at Mahoney was shaping up.

With the match on the line, it was the boys from Trumper Park who came out with all the energy and kicked three goals within the first five minutes of the final quarter. With both teams tiring in the heat the dogs were left with a lot of work to get back into the game, and were potentially facing what would have been an undeserved thrashing.

But to the guys credit they stuck with it and kept UTS goalless for the rest of the game, and kicked the final goal themselves but the early final term flurry was enough to win the game by 16 points.

An encouraging performance soured with a serious finger injury to backline general and club vice president Mark MacDonald. Bring on defending champions Sydney University next weekend.

UNSW-ES 2.3 (15) 7.3 (45) 9.7 (61) 10.9 (69)
UTS 3.0 (18) 8.5 (53) 9.8 (62) 12.13 (85)

Goals: Zac Morcillo 2, Aaron Horse Bantoff 2, John Hook 2, Chris Peters, Ashton Wright, Mark Sparky Bryan, Hamish McLean
Best: Hugo Goode, Mark Sparky Bryan, Michael Appleford, Zac Morcillo, Ashtan Wright, Chris Peters

Dogs Show Plenty of Heart But Fall Short at Trumper

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By Sean Fewings

In one of the most bizarre starts in Bulldogs Division One history, the Reserves turned up for the season opener at Trumper Park looking more like a travelling minstrel show rather than a side that had contested the previous year's Grand Final.

It was a side with more strangers than a swingers' night at club legend, Brad Abbott's place as the Twos struggled to field a team due to injuries, retirements, Premier grade duties, overseas jaunts and the usual Eastern Suburbs distractions.

One player was quickly registered and cleared by Friday after a Wednesday phone introduction; another was registered sight unseen on the testimony of the team's Vice-Captain.

Two were snared from the Threes; one from the Under 19s; yet another from the fifths, whilst Assistant Coach, Brett Roberts, was told to bring his gear and club stalwart, Banjo David, was thrown some boots and asked to make up the numbers.

Nevertheless, this motley crew stunned the crowd and UTS, level-pegging with the Bats right up to the half time break.

The Reserves' three leading forwards for 2013 were all playing Ones, so a reshuffle saw Alex "AMac" McKenzie start up forward on the small confines of the Bulldogs' old home ground.

With a new line-up and virtually no training together, the Dogs battled to convert but it was the huge pressure that won the visitors a mountain of praise.

UTS came out of the gates trying to bully UNSW-ES, who gave as good as they got...and more.

The old hands stood up when required with Chris Jourdain winning best on ground with his renowned ferocious tackles and clearing runs out of the back half and middle when it counted. James "Lanky" Moran dominated the ruck.

Acting skipper, Tom Falvey, had a terrific game...holding the fort across the middle, half back line and occasionally up forward.

He was ably assisted by Jack "Pepsi" McAnespie and former Ones gun, Andrew Friedlieb, in the centre clinches.

The big surprise packet was "Filthy" Phil Barkman who played his best game for the Reserves so far with a fantastic big-punching role on the backline.

The oldest bloke in the team, 400-gamer Brett Roberts, also showed a few tricks of his own with a top-notch performance, particularly in defence.

But equally as importantly, it was the "replacements" who joined their more experienced clubmates with a four quarter flurry of fierce tackles, bodies on the line and a refusal to surrender.

In possibly the weirdest move ever seen in Sydney football, Vice-Captain Michael Archibald, urgently asked to be rested midway through the second term so he could retire to the toilets for a "number two."

Threes young gun, Ian Bacon, was floored with a knee ligament and pretty soon into the second half, the lack of match fitness for the newbies, limited training time and extra rotational burdens started to take their toll in the heat.

However, the score line didn't do the Bulldogs justice...the physical attack on the footy and their opponents kept on coming until the last siren, earning the boys the high praise of their coach.

The Twos now have their eyes firmly set on next week and the hopeful return of some much needed experience.

UNSW-ES 1.1 (7) 3.2 (20) 3.4 (22) 4.5 (29)
UTS 2.1 (13) 4.2 (26) 7.5 (47) 11.6 (72)

Goals: Thomas Duffy 2, Jack McAnespie, Tate Meredith
Best: Chris Jourdain, Tom Falvey, Jack McAnespie, Andrew Friedlieb, Phil Barkman, Brett Roberts

IMPORTANT - Ground Changes For Round 1

Please be aware there have been late ground and time changes for tomorrow's Round 1 fixture's against UTS Bats. Changes marked in red. Every grade has been effected.

Premier Division - Trumper Park, Paddington at 2.00pm

Division One - Trumper Park, Paddington at 12.00pm

Division Two - Mahoney Park, Marrickville at 11.00am

Division Four - Mahoney Park, Marrickville at 9.00am

Division Five - Postponed

Under 19's - Postponed

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Don't forget post match drinks at the Bondi RSL. First drinks at 6.00pm, Coaches Rundowns and best on grounds at 7.00pm, Swans v Collingwood at 7.40pm

Danny's Preview - Round 1

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UTS v UNSW/ES

The powers that be in the AFL Sydney office were quick to put this match as an opening round blockbuster such is the rivalry between these two Eastern Suburbs neighbours.

UNSW/ES have had the edge in previous seasons in terms of success in the top grade but there are some out there suggesting there may be a changing of the guard in 2014.

In an interesting sub-plot, former Bats coach Daniel Lynch has crossed the floor to the Bulldogs this season. He has added Illawarra’s best player of the last few years, Jeremy Daniher. Daniher will play a key inside midfield role.

Jeremy Kiel and Max Collett are the class ball-users while Peter Kefalas and Joel Robbie will join Daniher as the workhorses.

The two key players for mine are Tom Heath and Alex Henderson in leading the defence. Ryan Plant is also likely to play a quarter-back type role across the back-half as he has done in the last couple of seasons.

UTS are always hard to gauge. Lots of transfers have equalled a puff of smoke in the last two seasons. Alan Kymantis is somewhat of a spiritual leader down in the Bat Cave so you can expect a spirited and hopefully more consistent Bats’ performance on a weekly basis in 2014.

UNSW-ES Bulldogs do battle with UTS BatsFormer Collingwood (VFL) star, Tom Sundberg and AFL-listee Fergus Watts are the plum recruits. There are big question marks whether Watts can play a full season given his run of injuries. They need more than these two and need to prove they can be more than just a big-bodied contested-football oriented side. They need to use the ball better on the outside and find avenues to goal.

Both sides won their opening round last year and with the expectation of a close competition this year, a strong start is pivotal.

Danny’s Tip: Bats by 9

Danny’s Headline:  Bats fly home in final termto finally chalk first Premier Division victory over rivals

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This season is shaping up as a huge both on and off the field. Be sure to check out the dates above, lock them in and get ready to enjoy your teammates company and plenty of beer's flowing. We've already had a great turnout for our season launch at our new sponsor Goodtime Burgers (Photos Here) and that was just a taster of things to come.

Ladies Day 2013As always the highlights of the year is Ladies Day. This has been set for May 3, 1pm and will continue long into the night. More details will come as we get closer to the date but rest assured this one not to miss.

Outside of these events there will be drinks every Saturday after games either at the Doncaster Hotel or the Bondi RSL.

Pre Season In Full Swing

The UNSW-ES Bulldogs and Stingrays have been training right through the summer heat and over the last couple of weekends we have been able to get on the paddock for a series of practice matches which have shown some encouraging performances across the grades.

Premier Division started their pre-season fixture at a feverish pace, getting on top of St George early both inside and outside the contest. The remainder of the game was goal-for-goal, involved some great passages of play from both sides and provided our new players to the club an opportunity to learn how to play UNSW football and understand the strengths of their teammates.

Some stand-out players in the game included Faz, Crackers and Tyler. There is no doubt, the 5 extended quarters and 30 degree heat will help fast track our conditioning and put us in good stead to take on a strong contested-footy team in North Shore this weekend in Marrickville.

Division Two came up against UTS at Mahoney Park and despite no score being kept all involved felt it was a close battle that both sides can't wait to settle in the first round of the regular season. A week later they found themselves against a much tougher opponent in Holroyd-Parramatta (fourth place in Division One in 2013) and as expected most of the play went against the Bulldogs however coach CP felt his boys got a great first hand look at a higher division team which will only help to make the team stronger when they set out on the park for the round one action.

He has been particularly impressed with the way Ashtan Wright and Anthony Fingers Clarke have acquitted themselves in both games whilst newcomers to the club Hugo Goode and Tom Novakovic have shown they are going to be great additions.

Likewise the Divison Four boys did not keep score in their games but played two close encounters against teams who are expected to be right there at the pointy end of the season - UTS (third place in 2012 followed by a minor premiership in 2013) and Holroyd-Parramatta (fifth place in 2013).

With over half the squad new to the club - and several new to footy - coach Donny was wrapped with the performances and believes this team can further improve from last year when they missed finals by just one win. Standout performers thus far have been Tom Wesley, Stephan Whelan and Daniel Franklin.

Division Five played out a closely fought encounter against Holroyd-Parramatta which has left coach Mark Wright really pleased given the number of new blokes to the side and to AFL altogether.

Tom Edwards was a standout having played all off 2013 in the back line and most of the Parramatta game there as well. After half time he was moved to full forward and duly kicked two goals. He capped off his day by coming on for the Div Four boys and kicking a third goal there as well. Hutchy was reliable as usual and Tom Hurrell played a great game.

On Wednesday night (12 March) 31 keen Stingers donned the black and gold to have a run on the big park and see how well we could put our preseason training into action against Newtown.

Wow! What a performance. Stingrays kicked 31 points in the first quarter (which in 12 mins was nearly half the usual length of a quarter – 20 mins). The entire team put on a show we certainly won’t forget. Congratulations to the new players: Anna, Amy, Mon, Sally, Shelby and Sammi who looked like seasoned pros out there. While we don’t single out players generally, mention must be made of Mon’s pace up forward, absolutely lethal in open space with the support of great delivery from the midfielders and the rest of the forward line. The backline stood proud in defence allowing only a few points to be scored.

There’s still plenty to do but hopefully that has given all the ladies a taste of what’s possible when they work together. The Stingrays expect strong competition for the Div 1 spots going forward. Both teams are going to be a force in the competition.

Can the Bulldogs maintain their bark?

Article by Caitlin Arnold

As a side that beat every team in the competition last year yet only participated in week one of the finals, the UNSW/Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs are keen to live up to their clear potential in season 2014.

Welcoming a new Senior Coach in Daniel Lynch to the Premier Division side, the club is targeting success, on and off the field this season.

Saying goodbye to their Senior Coach of the past two years, Rhys McAllister, who has furthered his role as a coach at the AFL Sydney Swans Academy, Lynch joins the Bulldogs after a stint at the UTS Bats.

Lynch spent time with McAllister during the off-season to ensure a smooth transition and is now putting his men through their paces with a newcomer’s vision for improvement.

"My focus in 2014 has included winning contested ball, high standards of fitness and capitalising on smart ball movement in transition."

"All players, across all grades have impressed with their skill and fitness this pre-season."

Lynch credits the club for their "very low player attrition" and sights this as the reason that the Premier Division side has not had to recruit extensively during the off-season. Happily, their Division One team made the Grand Final in 2013 making it possible to recruit quality players from within.

Lynch is also excited at the prospect of fielding some young up-and-comers at the club.

"In an effort to promote continuity between the coaches, and growth and development of the playing group in 2014, a number of Under 19’s will be given the opportunity to play in the more senior grades. "

Again, Pennant Hills are labelled as the predicted team to beat in 2014.

"They are very well coached and have a strong team-first mentality, coupled with excellent depth in their playing group," Lynch says of Pennant Hills.

However, he is also quick to recognise his former club’s potential, following excellent off-season recruiting at UTS.

The two neighbouring sides clash in the first game of the season at Waverley Oval.  It is a prospect that Lynch is excited about, not only as a coach whose side eagerly awaits the first bounce of the 2014 season, but as a coach coming up against his former team.

"I have a lot of respect for the UTS playing group and see UTS as another opposition and another opportunity in 2014. I’m expecting UTS to work to their strengths with big bodies hitting the contest hard and experienced minds moving the ball precisely by foot."

Similarly to their Round One opponents, UNSW/Eastern Suburbs have also been working closely with their women’s team, the Stingrays. The aptly named NSW State Coach, Tracey Kick, has joined the side as their new Senior Coach. Lynch says the women’s aspect of the game at UNSW/Eastern Suburbs is going from "strength to strength", with two teams being fielded in 2014.

"The appointment of a well respected and super credentialed coach [Kick], an increase in numbers and depth of ability has already had a profound impact on the club."

Off the field, Lynch and club President, Steve Ray, are thrilled with their weight within the East Sydney community.  Lynch attributes the high regard with which the Bulldogs are held throughout the Eastern Suburbs to the club’s ability to raise fantastic young footballers and young people. Their connections at the AFL Sydney Swans Academy are also tough to ignore.

"The UNSW/Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs has brilliant local support, as evidenced by the recent addition of our new Major and Jumper Sponsor, GoodTime Burgers at Bondi Junction, who not only have enormous $10-$15 post-match burgers for any Sydney AFL player and club, but will also televise live AFL games every Friday and Saturday night."

The UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs play the UTS Bats on 29 March 2014 at 2pm.

Register Now for the 2014 Season

Registering for the upcoming football season has never been easier. You can now do the entire process online by following these links:

UNSW-ES Bulldogs Register Here >>

UNSW-ES Stingrays Register Here >>

Who can you contact for help?
Premiers, Div 1 & Under 19s rego assistance: Greg Goodieson, trainingball@gmail.com
Div 2, 4 & 5 rego assistance: Josh Martin, j.dkmartin@gmail.com or CP, chrispeters83@gmail.com
Women’s Div 1 & 2: Nic Vrachnas, nicolavrachnas@gmail.com

2014 Season Launch at Goodtime Burgers

SEASON LAUNCH
When: Friday the 28th Feb, 7pm onwards
Where: Goodtime Burgers, level 1 of the Eastern in Bondi Junction
Who: All players should attend and are encouraged to bring their partners and any other friends who wight be interested in playing football for the Bulldogs and Stingrays
Cost: $25

Finger food and drink specials will run all night

Contact your coach or team manager for tickets

Click Here to view the 2014 Social Calendar >>

UNSW/ES Under 19's Announce Three Co-Coaches

UNSW/ES are pleased to announce three co-coaches for our U19 side in 2014 are Tom Williamson, Jack McAnespie and Tom Naghten.

All 3 players played senior football last year and both Tom Williamson and Jack McAnespie will continue their roles in an improving Premier Division side in 2014.

Whilst Tom Naghten is taking the year off to recover from several serious injuries over the past few seasons he will be able to fully take over the reins as U19’s coach when the other 2 coaches have their own Premier Division games which unfortunately will conflict with the U19 games locations and times occasionally throughout the season.

Football Operations Manager Paul Simonson commented; "It is very pleasing to see the enthusiasm that Tom, Jack and Tom will bring to the side in 2014 and the club will support the co-coaches and the players as they set out on their journey to take the next step following a narrow defeat in last year's Grand Final to Pennant Hills.

The new coaches take over from the admirable coaches from the previous 2 years under Joel Robbie who will continue to play Premier Division (as well as offering assistance in mentoring the new coaches) and Adam Gulden who has taken a further step in his footballing future after being recruited by South Adelaide in the SANFL.”

Lynch and Kick join the Bulldogs

The UNSW / Eastern Suburbs football club is delighted to announce three new coaching appointments for 2014 with former UTS Premier coach Daniel Lynch, NSW Women’s coach Tracey Kick and Sydney Women’s AFL veteran player Jemma Still joining the fold.

They join the reappointed Shaun Fewings, Chris Peters, Dennis Rider and Mark Wright as coaches of UNSW/ES in 2014 – a panel sure to rival any other club in the league.

Whilst the loss of the 2012 premiership coach and player Rhys McAlister to the Sydney Swans Academy is unfortunate, the addition of Daniel to the club will see Rhys’ efforts built upon in 2014.

Daniel has been a key figure in the recent promotion of UTS into Premier Division and has also worked part time for 11 years as a consultant with the AFL Western Bulldogs. He inherited a UTS team that finished with 3 wins and 15 losses in 2011, building them to a team with an impressive record of 11 wins, 7 losses in 2012 and 8 wins and a draw in 2013.

The two men have worked closely during the holiday period to ensure a seamless handover, so we can expect a smooth transition as Daniel mounts his 2014 campaign in the Bulldogs colours. Rhys will still be very active around the Club pending his Swans commitments and will attend training, play some games and attend social functions.

The club is also excited to welcome Tracey on board as the senior coach for our Division One women’s team after the Stingrays’ 2013 coach, Krissie Steen, left the club to pursue opportunities with the GWS Giants and the Under 18’s women’s state team.

Not only is Tracey the incumbent NSW State Coach, she has an impressive pedigree having coached the Balmain Dockers to four grand finals and two premierships during her time at the club. Joining her as assistant coach is Kate Lancaster, who is no stranger to success in the women’s league, having held the same role in 2013 at the premiership winning Sydney University Bombers. Ben Porter will remain involved with the Stingrays as a specialised skills coach.

Tracey, Kate and Ben will work closely with Jemma, Stingrays 2013 Captain and long time NSW Blues and Sydney Women’s AFL player, who has taken on the role as coach of the newly appointed Division 2 team.

Before the club look too far ahead to 2014, however, it is timely to pay tribute to Rhys and Krissie for the great legacy they have left our Club. Rhys arrived in 2012 as a player coach after the team spent two years at the wrong end of the ladder and had immediate success, coaching the Bulldogs to our first top flight flag since 2003 and backing up with a final appearance on 2013.

His appointment at the Swans Academy and his assistance in the coaching of the NSW/ACT U18’s Rams as they embark on seven games in this year’s TAC cup is appropriate recognition of his talents. Likewise, Krissie, along with assistant coach Ben Porter, took the Stingrays from the bottom end of 2012 ladder to deep into the finals in 2013 in just one year. We wish them both every success in the future.

In other coaching news, it is a testament to the culture and opportunities available with the UNSW Bulldogs that all other men’s team coaches have reapplied and been reappointed.

Shaun ‘Gull’ Fewings is staying on board after the tremendous success he brought our Division 1 ‘resy’ team last season. Gull orchestrated an amazing late season charge, resulting in a tough loss to Southern Power in 2013 Div 1 grand final. We know Gull has similar plans for 2014 and is developing a strong coaching group that we hope will bring greater success in 2014.

Similarly, we are thrilled that Chris Peters will continue with Division two, and that Dennis Rider and Mark Wright have stayed with us to develop new and old talent in Divisions 4 and 5 respectively. These three teams missed the finals last season by a ‘shandy’ and there is strong resolve in all these teams to go further in 2014.

At this stage, we are still searching for a new Under 19s coach team after Joel Robbie and Adam Gulden ended a great era with our junior team with a heartbreaking four point loss in the 2013 grand final to Pennant Hills.

However, our pathway with East Sydney juniors has been strengthened with Division 1 tall Adam ‘Lanky’ Moran accepting the under 17 coaching role at Trumper Park this season with East Sydney AFL. We are also on the lookout for an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Division 2 side, the newest addition to our club.

We wish all teams the best of luck with their on-field success in 2014.

Steve Ray
President – UNSWES AFL

2013 Grand Final Results

Division One Grand Final:

Southern Power completed a dominant season in Division One, and did it in style, with a comprehensive 85-point win over UNSW-ES in the Grand Final.

The Power squandered chances early, but the volume of chances created compared to the Bulldogs was enough to open up a 17-point quarter time lead. But the Power asserted themselves strongly in the second term, with a run of seven goal to two blowing the margin out to 47 points at the long break. 

The game was effectively over as a contest by half time, and there was no way back for the Bulldogs in the second half. So tight was the Power defence that the Bulldogs could only manage one behind for the second half. All the Power had to do was play out time, and three unanswered goals in each of the last two quarters was enough to turn a comfortable result into a blowout.

Southern Power had been easily the top side in Division One this season. A well-drilled senior team, they showed themselves throughout the season to be clearly superior to the Premier Division reserves teams they found themselves up against on most occasions.

But the result was a disappointment for the Bulldogs, and especially for veteran Troy Luff. Now 43 years old and no longer playing Premier Division, it was the eleventh Grand Final that the former Swan and dual Phelan Medallist has played in his illustrious career; but the premiership continues to elude him.

Alan Fritsch was awarded the best on ground medal, while Adrian Enright and Rod Craig were also prominent performers. Michael Ensor, Chris Jourdain and Fletcher Rowe were the Bulldogs’ best.


Southern Power 3.6 10.6 13.9 16.9 (105)
UNSW-ES 1.1 3.1 3.2 3.2 (20)
Goals : Southern Power –
 J Wilson 4, A Fritsch 4, D Wild 3, B Kenny 2, D Turner, T Smith, S Brierty. UNSW-ES – N Angel, T Nagthen, R Farrelly.
Best : Southern Power – A Fritsch, A Enright, R Craig, S Brierty, D Wild, M Young. UNSW-ES – M Ensor, C Jourdain, F Rowe, E Hull, T Luff, R Pert.
At Blacktown International Sportspark, Saturday 21st September 2013.

Under 18s Division One Grand Final:

Pennant Hills didn’t finish empty-handed from Grand Final day, with their Under 18s getting up over UNSW-ES by three points in a thriller.

The Demons had finished minor premiers, and in the early stages of the match looked to be headed for a comfortable result. The first quarter saw the Demons looking dominant to lead by 19 points at the first change.

But the quarter time break saw the Bulldogs regroup and spark into action in the second quarter. The Bulldogs got themselves on top, with a run of six goals to one for the quarter, turning the deficit into a 12-point half time lead. 

The half time margin was quickly hauled in, and from there on the game was a thriller. Two teams that had been evenly matched were locked into an arm-wrestle, with just one point separating the teams at the last change.

Both sides had to dig deep in the last quarter. Scores were hard to come by, with just one goal apiece being scored. But the Demons managed to eke out enough behinds to fall over the line, just three points being the final margin.

A five-goal by Daniel Preen earned him the best on ground medal, while Nicholas Hey and Theo Moraitis also made key contributions to the Demon cause. For the Bulldogs, Taylor Preece kicked five goals; and along with Abe Davis and Ben Gordon was among their best.


Pennant Hills 4.4 5.6 9.6 10.10 (70)
UNSW-ES 1.3 7.6 9.7 10.7 (67)
Goals : Pennant Hills –
 D Preen 5, J Barty 2, R Pinker, C Luscombe, L De Vries. UNSW-ES – T Preece 5, A Cupido 2, A Davis, K Latham, J Erickson.
Best : Pennant Hills – D Preen, N Hey, T Moraitis, R Pinker, B Keough, N Mace. UNSW-ES – T Preece, A Davis, B Gordon, K Latham, J Foote, T Roos.

Bulldogs Reserves into the Grand Final

After a great win over cross town rivals UTS, the Bulldogs now face their biggest test coming up against pre season favourites Southern Power. 

Get around the boys this Saturday and make it out to Blacktown to cheer them on. The under 18s will also be in action playing the game before hand. 

GRAND FINALS 21st SEPTEMBER 2013

Blacktown ISP

10:50am Under 18s Division One Pennant Hills Demons v UNSW/ES Bulldogs
1:00pm Division One Southern Power v UNSW/ES Bulldogs

Round 11 Wrap Up

It was another great weekend at the Village Green. Even though the weather didn’t play its part and even though Sydney Uni recorded 4 wins to 1 to take out the University cup, the inaugural event was still a raging success for the Bulldogs.

Congratulations to Sydney Uni who won the first 3 games on Saturday to set up a winning position and even though our Premier Division team recorded a comprehensive win on Saturday afternoon, all hopes of winning the cup were scrapped when the Women’s game was called off and had to be rescheduled to the wet weather weekend.

Off the field both clubs showed great support for the event and the atmosphere around the ground was fantastic with teams from each clubs sticking around to support their mates after their own game. Pencil this event in for years to come!     

Courtesy Sydney AFL. It was a University derby at the Village Green, as defending champions UNSW-ES played host to Sydney Uni. But it was the Kensington campus that would emerge with the spoils, thanks to a clean sweep in the first half to set up a 56-point win.

The weather had been tricky, but even harder than controlling the ball in the wet conditions was the task of getting a score against the miserly Bulldog defence. It was a task that proved beyond the Students in the first half, as every inside time they got the ball inside their forward 50 it was quickly and efficiently returned to the midfield. The Bulldogs kicked four goals in the first term and three in the second, while holding the Students scoreless to set up a 48-point lead at half time.

The ground was slippery and the ball was hard to handle, and the third quarter was a scrap. The Students finally broke their scoring duck, kicking the only goal of the third term to narrow the margin to 43 points at the last change. And although the Students would add another in the final quarter, the Bulldogs scored three to underline their undoubted domination.

The Bulldogs’ 56 point margin keeps them in fourth spot, level on games with Pennant Hills but with an inferior percentage. On a day when scores were hard to come by, Tom Williamson conjured up four goals in a best-on-ground performance; while Richard Troon and Ben Way were also prominent performers for the Bulldogs. For the Students, Dominic Vincent, Brendan Norton and Ben Coffey got plenty of the ball. But after two losses in a row, the Students have fallen out of the top five; with some work to do to get back into the finals zone.

All the results:

Team   Opponent   Ladder Position
Premier division 10.9-69
Sydney Uni 2.1-13
4th
Div 1 3.4-22
Parramatta 4.11-35
5th
Div 2 5.0-30
Sydney Uni 5.8-38
7th
Div 4 4.7-31
Sydney Uni 9.5-59
7th
Div 5 3.6-24
Sydney Uni 5.13-43
9th
Stingrays Wash Out 2nd
Under 18's 3.7-25 Sydney Uni 8.6-54
2nd

Sydney Uni Derby this weekend

This weekend's local derby with Sydney University at Village Green (22-23 June) will see the annual 'University Cup' contested by five Bulldog teams and the Stingrays. Both Sydney Uni and UNSWES enjoy the support of Bendigo Community Bank so a raffle will be held to raise money for a local family in need.

 

Uni Cup Derby Day is a great chance to be fierce on field rivals with Sydney Uni and to catch with homework after the game. Gull's Div 1 team is the odd one out in more ways than one. They play Holroyd Parramatta Goannas at 2.10pm Sunday, but take tips from the Australian cricketers when doing homework.

 

All teams will earn points towards this season’s University Cup. With tight competition, the derby decider could be contested by Division 5 at midday on Sunday.

 

Sydney Uni is right behind the Uni Cup Derby Day so all UNSWES teams will be inviting their opposition upstairs for a post match function. There, teams will announce their 'best' and enjoy a BBQ & beverages while cheering on the next game in the derby.

 

As both our footy clubs benefit from the Bendigo Community Bank Program, a great raffle will be held to raise money for a young lad from Pyrmont confined to a wheelchair. Please show support for this initiative and buy a few tickets.

 

Apart from that, it will be a great weekend of footy as all teams are well placed to fill one of the finals spots in late August. We hope all our supporters will get around the Village Green for the Uni Cup Derby

 

Saturday 22 June Game Times

 

08:30

Division Four

10:30

Under 18 Division One

12:30

Division Two

14:30

Premier Division

 

Sunday 23 June Game Times

 

10:00

Stingrays Division One

12:00

Division Five

14:10

Division One v Holroyd-Parra

Five Stingrays make State Team

 

Four of our Stingrays - Courtney Gum, May Nguyen, Melita Morriss and Nicola Vrachnas and Sandra Janjetovic have made the NSW Team to compete at the Nationals in Cairns.

 

You can help our players get there by buying some fundraising wine. It's easy! Just complete the attached form or go to http://www.woodstreetwines.com.au/products/STINGRAYS-STATE-TEAM-FUNDRAISER.html

 If you don't drink wine yourself, please pass this email on to your friends and family members who do.

Congratulations Courtney, May, Melita, Nicola and Sandra from all at UNSW/ES AFC!

Read full story on the AFL NSW/ACT site

Round 8 Wrap Up

Courtesy of SydneyAFL. Saturday night at Henson Park saw Western Suburbs pull off something of an upset when the Magpies stunned defending champions UNSW-ES by ten points.

There were plenty of lead changes in an opening term in which each side scored four goals, and scores were level at the first change. Both sides were creating scoring chances, and the fluctuating fortunes would continue in the second term. With four goals to three for the quarter, the Magpies held the lead by three points when the teams returned to the rooms for the half time break.

When they returned for the second half, the game tightened up and the defences of both sides got on top. Goals were hard to come by, one apiece for the third term, with the Magpies four goals ahead at three quarter time.

The Magpies had a sniff of victory, and weren’t letting go. Playing as men inspired, they refused to surrender the lead; and although the Bulldogs tried hard to snatch the game, there was no way through. The Magpies scored three goals to two for the quarter, and hung on tight through the desperate final stages of the game to claim a remarkable win.

Rory Miller kicked five goals in a best-on-ground for the Magpies, while Brenton Mumme and Clint McGrath also picked up plenty of the ball. For the Bulldogs, Hayden Nichols, Joel Robbie and Matthew Rawlinson were among their best.

All the results:

Team   Opponent   Ladder Position
Premier division 10.11-71 Wests 12.9-81 3rd
Div 1 18.10-118 North Shore
10.7-67 3rd
Div 2 7.7-49 Wests 8.10-58 6th
Div 4 17.17-119 North Shore 3.4-22 4th
Div 5 16.21-117 Moorebank 3.2-20 5th
Stingrays 9.14-68 Wests 9.6-60 2nd
Under 18's 16.11-107
Wests 2.7-19 2nd