Bankstown Collegians and Bankstown City merged together at the end of the 1997 season to become Bankstown Juniors and soon after Bankstown Cougars.
The original origins of the Bulls we see today can be traced back to the 1970’s with the Bankstown Central club who won 5 premierships from 1977 to 1983. The Red, Black and White colours of the Cougars and now Bulls were the colours of Bankstown Central. The Encouragement Award at the Bulls is named in honour of Tom Tasker who coached Bankstown Central to their maiden premiership in 1977.
Bankstown City won 5 premierships from 1984 to 1997 in ages 8, 9, 11, 16 and C Grade. Their first title was won in 1984 in M Grade under the coaching of Peter Byrnes and captaincy of Maniel Byrnes. The Bulls Super 15’s jersey is designed in honour of Bankstown City’s hoops design.
Bankstown Collegians was a new club formed in 1981 breaking away from Milperra Colts fielding teams in B Grade (open age), D Grade (u17) and E Grade (u16). Collegians won their first competition in 1982 defeating Punchbowl 25-0 in the F Grade (u15) Grand Final under the coaching of Wayne Dewberry and captaincy of Mark Vella. All up they won 10 competitions across various age groups from under 8's to A/Grade. In 1986, Bankstown Collegians won the International Club Championship for the first and only time.
The Cougars inaugural season was in 1998 with the club fielding nine sides and took out the under 19's title defeating St Johns 16-4 with Craig McLeod as coach and Elie Georges as captain. Such was the success of the Collegians and City merger that inaugural Cougars Secretary Ray Farah took out the CBDJRL Club Secretary of the Year and the Bulls Junior Player of the Year is named in his honour. In 2002, Bankstown Cougars were joint winners of the International Club Championship.
In 2004, the Cougars affiliated themselves with the Sydney Bulls who played in the competition that is now known as the Ron Massey Cup. As a result of the partnership the junior club became known as the Bankstown Bulls. The Sydney Bulls have since moved on but the Bankstown Bulls continue to go from strength to strength. The Bulls were awarded the inaugural CBDJRL Club of the Year award in 2007.
Junior League Grand Final days were successfully held at Ruse Park in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2011, the Bulls won their first Sydney Combined Competition (SCC) when the under 17’s side coached by Danny Safetly defeated the St George Dragons 24-14. The club has since won four SCC titles, twice in 2015 and again in 2016 when the Bulls defeated Bankstown Sports in golden point of the 14/1 grand final.
On five occasions the Bulls have won three premierships in the one season accomplishing the feats in 1999, 2005, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Remarkably in 2015 both under 19’s sides won their respective SCC grand finals an achievement that has never been before and won’t be achieved for a long time to come.
The Bulls have bestowed Life Membership upon eight people - Lindsay Roach, Najib Nohra, Lloyd Williams, Anthony Samuel, Romiz Barakat, Skarf Maroun, Norma Hadchiti and Abdul Nabhan - all eight have played a key role in the establishment and progression of the Cougars and Bulls history.
Eight Cougars/Bulls juniors have progressed to the NRL ranks – Heka Nanai, Peter Mata’utia, Daniel Tupou, Harlan Alaalatoa, Chanel Mata’utia and Sione Mata’utia and in 2016 we saw Pat Mata’utia and Ryan Matterson progress to the NRL. Five players have achieved Test status being Peter Mata’utia (Samoa), Daniel Tupou (Tonga & Australia), Sione Mata’utia (Australia), Pat Mata’utia (Samoa) and Marcelo Montoya (Fiji). Daniel Tupou has also represented NSW at State of Origin level.
After humble beginnings the Bankstown Bulls strives to be the most professional and friendly club giving people from all walks of life the opportunity to be part of game, the local area and make new life-long friends.
The Bankstown Bulls acknowledges its past history with Bankstown Cougars, Bankstown Collegians, Bankstown City and Bankstown Central and will continue to update the club’s history section on the website when new information comes to hand about the origins of the Bulls we see today.
If you can assist with more information on the club's history and origins particularly in the days of Bankstown Central, Bankstown City and Bankstown Collegians the club would like to hear from you. Please email email@example.com with any information.
BULLS LIFE MEMBERS
Anthony Samuel (2012)
Romiz Barakat (2013)
Scarf Maroun (2013)
Norma Hadchiti (2014)
Abdul Nabhan (2014)
Michael Rodrigues (2016)