Bull­dogs will bark and bite this sea­son

Club keen on a huge 2018 sea­son

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THE Chin­chilla Bull­dogs are ready and rarin’ to go ahead of the 2018 Roma and District Rugby League sea­son kick off this week­end, with the club look­ing to build on the foun­da­tions of last year.

Bull­dogs pres­i­dent Lee Ir­win said he is look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the club can achieve in the com­ing footy year, af­ter what has been a solid off sea­son.

“The Chin­chilla Se­nior Rugby League Foot­ball Club is in good shape at the start of the 2018 sea­son,” Ir­win said.

“We have started the year with a win against Oakey Bears (who play in the Toowoomba Rugby League) in trial games for A-grade and re­serve grade, with the U18 team just miss­ing out.

“We also won the an­nual Terry Charles Cup for 2018 in March.

“We have good num­bers at train­ing and the play­ers and coaches have started the year with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.”

Ir­win said the 2017 sea­son didn’t go to script, with a plague of in­juries and a short­age on play­ers cru­elling any hope the club had of achiev­ing pre­mier­ship suc­cess in the top grades.

With this in mind, Ir­win is hop­ing the young gun U18s team from last year are able to make a seam­less tran­si­tion into se­nior foot­ball.

“In 2017, our A-grade and re­serves strug­gled for play­ers and suf­fered a few in­juries to key play­ers to­wards the end of the sea­son, so we didn't go as well as we would have liked,” he said.

“Our U18s side were very suc­cess­ful, win­ning the RDRL grand fi­nal.

“Some of last year’s U18 play­ers are step­ping up to play A-grade and re­serve grade this year and have re­ally played well in the higher grades.

“Craig Ham­mer­meis­ter, the suc­cess­ful U18 coach, has taken the team on again this year hop­ing for the same suc­cess.

“With the club go­ing well at the start of the 2018 sea­son, we are very hope­ful that we can carry this through the sea­son and all teams make it to the grand fi­nal se­ries.”

Ir­win said the club’s off sea­son re­cruit­ment has been strong, with many fresh faces in the change rooms.

It’s th­ese new Bull­dogs com­bined with the core of the side that Ir­win hopes pro­pels the dogs to a great year, as many of the old dogs will be keen on redemp­tion af­ter 2017.

Ir­win said at the end of the day, the club want to achieve suc­cess for its loyal mem­bers, spon­sors, fans and the Chin­chilla com­mu­nity, as they are the soul of the Bull­dogs.

“A num­ber of new play­ers have signed on this year which is al­ways good for the club,” Ir­win said.

“Many of our play­ers from last year have re­turned for another sea­son and the com­bi­na­tion of new and old play­ers led by our captain/coach Anthony Hor­swood has helped the club have a suc­cess­ful start to the play­ing sea­son.

“The Bull­dogs are look­ing

for­ward to a good year of foot­ball.

“We would like to thank our spon­sors for their in­volve­ment with the club; the club is very ap­pre­cia­tive of all the lo­cal sup­port we re­ceive from our foot­ball spon­sors.

“With­out this spon­sor sup­port and the loyal fol­low­ers it would be very dif­fi­cult for coun­try foot­ball to sur­vive.”

The Chin­chilla Bull­dogs open their Roma and District Rugby League sea­son this week­end away to St Ge­orge.

The club’s first home game will come the fol­low­ing Sun­day when they take on the Mitchell Mag­pies, with the Bull­dogs hop­ing a vo­cal home crowd get down to Bull­dog Park to cheer them on.

Chin­chilla Bull­dogs U18s captain makes a speech af­ter the grand fi­nal last year.

THE TEAM: U18s coach Craig Ham­mer­meis­ter, re­serve-grade coach Damian Pearson, A-grade coach Anthony Hor­swood, se­niors club pres­i­dent Lee Ir­win and head coach Bill Rack­e­mann.

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Chin­chilla Bull­dogs U18s were vic­to­ri­ous in the grand fi­nal game against the Wal­lum­billa-Su­rat Red Bulls last year.

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Chin­chilla Bull­dogs make a line break.

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Taylor and Christina Jones sup­port the Chin­chilla Bull­dogs.

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Chin­chilla Bull­dogs U18s play The Red­backs at Bull­dog Park.

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The Chin­chilla Bull­dogs A-Grade run onto the field at the Miles Dev­ils Ladies’ Day.

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A Bull­dogs player kicks for goal.

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