Fes­tive Dog day a win­ner

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - BRID­GET DAVIES

ALL Western Bull­dogs fans want for Christ­mas is an­other pre­mier­ship.

More than 1500 fes­tive fans gath­ered to see the play­ers train at Whit­ten Oval be­fore Christ­mas. In­stead of Sons of the

West, car­ols rang out over the PA sys­tem as play­ers did a light ses­sion be­fore a sea of red, white and blue.

Pat Hodg­son, 89, from Seddon, has been com­ing to train­ing with her daugh­ter Jenny, ev­ery week for the past 38 years.

She hopes her beloved Dogs can go back to back.

“Oh my Lord we couldn’t be­lieve we won this year, still can’t be­lieve it,” Mrs Hodg­son said.

Pre­mier­ship star Matthew Boyd said he no­ticed more at the ses­sion than last year.

“I sup­pose that will hap­pen with all the things we do through­out the year, we’ve got great sup­port,” he said. The Dogs will em­bark on a Surf Coast train­ing camp and re­turn to pre­sea­son in early Jan­uary.

Isaac, 2, meets Sid the bull­dog; (left) broth­ers Nor­man, 6, and Billy, 4, soak up the at­mos­phere; (right) young fans also got to chat to Santa Claus.

Pic­ture: JAKE NOWAKOWSKI

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