“The Dogs are back”. That was the war cry echoing from the Gunnedah Bulldog’s Rugby League camp, following their successful 2011 season launch that was held at the Gunnedah Services & Bowling last Friday night.
With a large crowd of supporters, players, officials and sponsors in attendance, as well as special guest, ex Newcastle Knights representative Matt Parsons along with his wife Tracey, who had answered the Bulldog’s late call following the last minute withdrawal of fellow Newcastle knights Steve Simpson, Billy Peden & Luke Quigley: due to family commitments, the Bulldog’s 2011 season launch amplified the incredible community support that has been slowly rebuilding in preparation for the forthcoming Group 4 season.
Thanks to Phil Sigsworth for organising the Signed NSW State of Origin Jersey.
Top Left - Former Old Bulldog Mick Sparkes, Top Middle - David McCann (Former Gunnedah & Canterbury Bulldog player), Ken Lane (Auction winner) & special guest Matt Parsons with the prized autographed "Legends of Origin" guernsey. Top Right - Ethan Stevens - Who was accidently killed in a car crash near Gunnedah NSW. Middle Left - Rob & Merril Broomhead (Court House Hotel) & Bulldog's captain-coach James Wynne with his French World Cup guernsey that the Court house Hotel 'won' in a special auction. Middle Right - Gunnedah Bulldog (FOBS) Legends: Don Pascoe, Vern Bartlett & Gary Scovell Bottom Left - Bulldog's Patron & Member for Tamworth Mr Peter Draper, Rob & Merril Broomhead (Court House Hotel), Chris & Karen Mooney (GRLFC Secretary) Bottom Middle - Bulldog's team of 2011 stars- Jordy Ford, Trent Hilton, DJ Wotton, Jay Sylvester, Luke Johnson, James Wynne & Adam Mooney. Bottom Right - Gunnedah Shire Council Deputy Mayor & GRLFC Patron Mrs Colleen Fuller & Gunnedah Mayor Mr Adam Marshall.
A highlight of the evening was the acknowledgement of three Former Old Bulldogs (FOBs) in Don Pascoe, Gary Scovel and Vern ‘Bluey’ Bartlett, who had all had long and illustrious playing careers with the Gunnedah Bulldogs in the 60s & 70s.
Left - Gunnedah Bulldog's Premium Club Sponsors, Greg & Louise Hill from Ag-Fix Hydraulics Middle - Bulldog's 2011 Captain-Coach James Wynne. Right - Bluey & Dot Bartlett
Under the guidance of ex local junior, Newcastle Knight & French international James Wynne, as captain-coach, ably assisted by another Bulldog’s legend in John Lennan, as well as fellow coaches Phillip Donnelly, Wayne Griffith and David Harris, the Gunnedah Rugby League Club is determined to return to their glory days. Not just in the junior grades, where they have enjoyed a great deal of success over the past years, but in all four grades, with their sights firmly set on winning the 2011 Group 4 Club Championship.
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