Bulldogs will bark and bite this season
Club keen on a huge 2018 season
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.
Chinchilla Bulldogs U18s were victorious in the grand final game against the Wallumbilla-Surat Red Bulls last year.
Chinchilla Bulldogs make a line break.
Taylor and Christina Jones support the Chinchilla Bulldogs.
Chinchilla Bulldogs U18s play The Redbacks at Bulldog Park.
The Chinchilla Bulldogs A-Grade run onto the field at the Miles Devils Ladies’ Day.
A Bulldogs player kicks for goal.