Big day of AFL for Bellingen Bulldogs

Molly Bowd in action for Under 11s Bellingen Bulldogs team in their best victory of the season against Northern Beaches Blues
Molly Bowd in action for Under 11s Bellingen Bulldogs team in their best victory of the season against Northern Beaches Blues

Bellingen Bulldogs hosted a big day of AFL yesterday at Burdett Park for Round 13, and with only two rounds remaining before finals, three of the four teams notched up wins.

We are incredibly grateful for our wonderful sponsors who helped the club purchase new shade tents and feather banners. And also send out a special mention and thanks to our parent volunteers who helped run our Bulldogs Providore canteen, which is so essential to the club being financially sustainable.

Under 11s 

Bellingen Bulldogs 46 defeated Northern Beaches Blues 26

Perfect conditions for football today at home at Burdett Park, and the Doggies played their best game of the year with ferocious attack and tackling. It was a great team performance to notch a big win over Woopi.The game was very tight for three quarters with the Doggies kicking away in the final quarter. Special mention to Molly, Elke, Bella, Hugh and Aiden who played their normal tough games.The awards today were Jarah who played really well up forward, Keenan in the backs who is getting better every week and Charles in the ruck who was superb.Well done Doggies, great win at home!

- Coach Anthony Parmenter

Under 13s 

Bellingen Bulldogs 49 defeated Northern Beaches Blues 26

The Under 13s Bulldogs hosted the Northern Beaches Blues for a top of the table clash at Burdett Park under sunny skies and with a good turnout of supporters to cheer them on. The first quarter was a tight contest with scores even at the break. The Bulldogs opened up a small lead of 9 points at the main break but the halftime oranges would've tasted even sweeter with some straighter kicking at goal.

With one quarter to go the Doggies were 13 points in front but aware the Blues could easily claw that back if given the chance. A big final effort from Bellingen saw them take six shots at goal while the Blues kicked a solitary point, leaving the Doggies winners by 23 points. Both teams deserve commendation for a skilful hard fought but fair game of footy. Providore canteen vouchers went to Sunny Perrot, Leon Leek and Jarrah Whitmore for reliable marking and accurate passing, but it was a massive effort from the whole team and a well earned win.

- Coach David Whitmore

Youth Girls

Bellingen Bulldogs 46 were defeated by Coffs Breakers 74

It was a glorious day at Burdett Park with the Youth Girls taking on the Coffs Breakers. It was a highly anticipated clash and the Doggies came in with high hopes.

The Breakers showed us early that they meant business with a four goal lead at the end of the first quarter. The girls fought hard in the heat and kept them scoreless in the second quarter with a 13 point margin at half time. In the third quarter it was an even affair with two goals a piece. They knew they would have to fight hard in the final quarter to secure a win.

They created more opportunity than the Breakers and kept the ball predominantly in our half however some misdirected kicking meant Breakers came away with the win 48 to 74.Providore canteen vouchers went to Jamika McAulay Ernest for her outstanding effort and relentless attack and Codi Denham for her all round versatility. Good effort girls!

- Coach Marc Bowd

Under 15s

Bellingen Bulldogs 67 defeated Coffs Breakers 7

Perfect conditions for footy saw the Bulldogs get the upper hand early in the match against the Coffs Breakers with a six goals to one in the first quarter. The second quarter saw first year player Ali Manning-Ross get the long awaited first goal for the Bulldogs, and great celebrations followed.

The final two quarters were again dominated by the Bulldogs with great ball movement, fierce tackling and accurate kicking for goal.

Harrison and Dominic were brilliant all game and Benny kicked a few goals by leading well into space in a new role for him.

Overall it was a great team effort and puts us in good position on the ladder to play finals.

- Assistant coach, Dan Schreenan

Under 13s team huddle and new feather banner.

Under 13s team huddle and new feather banner.