Team shows the Bulldog Spirit to the Lions
Great defence and team spirit bring about a well fought win
The Bulldogs beat the Lions in a tense and hard fought battle between two teams on top form in front of a really involved crowd of spectators
Both teams stayed close, every time the Bulldogs got ahead the Lions pinned one back...the second half was even closer. As the Lions ran in a few after the break-never overtaking the Bulldogs but the nerves from the crowd could be felt in the air
The team even had Billy D shouting and helping from the sidelines. His broken hand certainly didn't affect the volume of his voice !
Tom Fr scored a full length try, returning the ball from their kick-off, down the wing and chased all the way...the Lions couldn't catch him though and Tom Fl continued his brilliant game with another conversion
The last minutes were the most tense of the season so far, with the Lions picking themselves up and pushing harder than ever - but the Bulldogs dug in, with some great tackles and defence to keep them ahead. When coach Mick asked the ref how long was to go and he replied "ten minutes" the Bulldogs spectators let out a groan and gritted their teeth and paced the touchline more nervous than before...maybe Mick shouldn't ask in the future !
When the Lions scored with 30 seconds to go there was a worry that if they converted it then ran in another from the kickoff they would steal a win...but it wasn't to be as they missed the conversion and the ref (finally) blew his whistle AND THE BULLDOGS GOT THE WIN !
Back in the clubhouse after the match Jamie said it was difficult to pick out one player for man of the match. He added, "The game could have gone either way, but the whole team kept the fighting spirit. Tom H had a great game and has improved beyond belief in a short amount of time. Tom Fl had a fantastic match, his distribution and reading of the game made a massive difference and that's why he got the parents 'Man of the Match' award. Jimbob scored a great try and had an excellent game and that is why he gets the coaches 'man of the match. Finally, well done to Askern for a good performance too"
Mick added, "We are a team to be reckoned with. Everyone turned up today. A great game to watch for spectators and be a part of - what a win"
George x 3
Louie x 1
Jimbob x 1
Tom Fr x 1
Tom Fl x 3