2009 Bulldogs RLFC season

The 2009 Bulldogs RLFC season was the 75th in the club's history. They competed in the NRL's 2009 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 2nd (out of 16), a vast improvement on the previous season, when they came last. The Bulldogs came within one match of the grand final but were knocked out by the Parramatta Eels.

Season summaryEdit

After an extremely disappointing 2008 season, in which the club finished with the wooden spoon, 2009 will be a season of rebuilding for the Bulldogs. A number of high-profile new recruits, including Brett Kimmorley, Josh Morris, Michael Ennis, David Stagg and Ben Hannant along with mid-season signing of Greg Eastwood will join the club.

FixturesEdit

During the regular season, the Bulldogs will play most home games at ANZ Stadium in Homebush. ANZ Stadium is also the home ground of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, and one of the home grounds of the Parramatta Eels, so Bulldogs away matches against these two teams will also be played at this venue. Two Bulldogs home games will be played away from Homebush: the Round 11 match against Melbourne will be played at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford, and the Round 19 match against the Gold Coast will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Trial MatchesEdit

Trial 1
21 February 2009
7:00pm Local
St. George Illawarra Dragons   24–12   Bulldogs
Tries: Cooper, Nightingale, Thorby, Clarke
Goals: Soward 4/4
Tries: Utai, Barba
Goals: El Masri 1/1, Ennis 1/1
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Attendance: 7,628

Trial 2
28 February 2009
8:00pm Local
Bulldogs   24–16   Canberra Raiders
Tries: Goodwin, Ennis, Patten, Armit
Goals: Ennis 3/3, El Masri 1/1
Tries: Monaghan 2, Purtell
Goals: Campese 2/3
Meakin Park, Brisbane

Regular seasonEdit

Round 1
14 March 2009
7:30pm Local
Bulldogs   34–12   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Tries: Goodwin 2, Idris 2, Morris
Goals: El Masri 7/7
Tries: Ballin, Lyon
Goals: Orford 2/2
ANZ Stadium, Homebush
Attendance: 19,791
Referee: Cummins, Suttor

Round 2
21 March 2009
7:30pm Local
Penrith Panthers   26–28   Bulldogs
Tries: Waterhouse 2, Aiton, Tighe
Goals: Gordon 5/5
Tries: Eastwood, Idris, Kimmorley, Roberts, Stagg
Goals: El Masri 4/5
CUA Stadium, Penrith
Attendance: 16,846
Referee: Cecchin, James

Round 3
27 March 2009
7:35pm Local
Gold Coast Titans   20–12   Bulldogs
Tries: Campbell, O'Dwyer, Rogers, Tonga
Goals: Rogers 2/5
Tries: Goodwin, Ryan
Goals: El Masri 2/3
Skilled Park, Gold Coast
Attendance: 19,854
Referee: Maxwell, Shortall

Round 4
5 April 2009
2:00pm Local
Bulldogs   24–12   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Tries: El Masri, Goodwin, Morris, Ryan
Goals: El Masri 4/4
Tries: Gallen, Tupou
Goals: Covell 2/2
ANZ Stadium, Homebush
Attendance: 15,520
Referee: Robinson, Sutton

Round 5
13 April 2009
7:00pm Local
Bulldogs   14–12   South Sydney Rabbitohs
Tries: Morris, Ryan
Goals: El Masri 2/2, Ennis 1/1
Tries: Champion, Pettybourne
Goals: Luke 1/1, Sandow 1/1
ANZ Stadium, Homebush
Attendance: 22,775
Referee: Klein, Suttor

Round 6
19 April 2009
3:00pm Local
Parramatta Eels   18–48   Bulldogs
Tries: Hauraki 2, Hayne
Goals: Burt 3/3
Tries: Morris 2, Patten 2, El Masri, Goodwin, Hodgson, Kimmorley, Warburton
Goals: El Masri 6/9
ANZ Stadium, Homebush
Attendance: 18,223
Referee: Badger, De Las Heras

Round 7
26 April 2009
2:00pm Local
Canberra Raiders   20–30   Bulldogs
Tries: Monaghan, Purtell, Thompson, Tongue
Goals: Dugan 2/4
Tries: El Masri, Ennis, Goodwin, Hannant, Millard
Goals: El Masri 5/5
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 10,241
Referee: James, Klein

Round 8
3 May 2009
3:00pm Local
Bulldogs   22–20   Wests Tigers
Tries: El Masri 2, Ennis, Goodwin
Goals: El Masri 3/4
Tries: Moltzen, Payten, Ryan 2
Goals: Gallant 2/5
ANZ Stadium, Homebush
Attendance: 25,622
Referee: Hayne, De Las Heras

Round 9
9–11 May 2009
. Bye .

Round 10
16 May 2009
7:30pm Local
St. George Illawarra Dragons   20–18   Bulldogs
Tries: Creagh, Poore, Weyman
Goals: Soward 4/4
Tries: Hannant, Idris, Kimmorley
Goals: El Masri 3/3
Jubilee Oval, Kogarah
Attendance: 18,415
Referee: Archer, Klein

Round 11
22–25 May 2009
7:30pm Local
Bulldogs   26–10   Melbourne Storm

Round 12
29 May - 1 June 2009
3:00pm Local
Newcastle Knights   22–14   Bulldogs

Round 13
5–8 June 2009
. Bye .

Round 14
12–15 June 2009
7:35pm Local
Brisbane Broncos   22–44   Bulldogs
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Man of the Match: Ben Roberts (BUL)

Round 15
19–22 June 2009
7:35pm Local
Bulldogs   19–12   Penrith Panthers

Round 16
26–29 June 2009
7:35pm Local
Bulldogs   30–18   North Queensland Cowboys

Round 17
3–6 July 2009
7:35pm Local
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles   19–12   Bulldogs

Round 18
10–13 July 2009
2:00pm Local
New Zealand Warriors   14–18   Bulldogs

Round 19
17–20 July 2009
8:30pm Local
Bulldogs   23–16   Gold Coast Titans

Round 20
24–27 July 2009
5:30pm Local
Bulldogs   8–27   Parramatta Eels

Round 21
31 July - 3 August 2009
3:00pm Local
South Sydney Rabbitohs   18–26   Bulldogs

Round 22
7–10 August 2009
7:30pm Local
Bulldogs   23–20   Canberra Raiders

Round 23
14–17 August 2009
7:35pm Local
North Queensland Cowboys   12–22   Bulldogs

Round 24
21–24 August 2009
7:00pm Local
Bulldogs   28–4   Sydney Roosters

Round 25
28–31 August 2009
3:00pm Local
Bulldogs   40–20   New Zealand Warriors
ANZ Stadium, Homebush
Attendance: 41,835 (record crowd)

Round 26
4–6 September 2009
7:35pm Local
Wests Tigers   34–12   Bulldogs

Finals SeriesEdit

Qualifying Final
12 September 2009
8:35pm Local
  Bulldogs 26–12 Newcastle Knights  

Preliminary Final
25 September 2009
7:45pm Local
  Bulldogs 12–22 Parramatta Eels  

LadderEdit

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1   St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 17 0 7 2 548 329 +219 38
2   Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 18 0 6 2 575 428 +147 38*
3   Gold Coast Titans 24 16 0 8 2 514 467 +47 36
4   Melbourne Storm 24 14 1 9 2 505 348 +157 33
5   Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 14 0 10 2 549 439 +90 32
6   Brisbane Broncos 24 14 0 10 2 511 566 −55 32
7   Newcastle Knights 24 13 0 11 2 508 491 +17 30
8   Parramatta Eels 24 12 1 11 2 476 473 +3 29
9   Wests Tigers 24 12 0 12 2 558 483 +75 28
10   South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 11 1 12 2 566 549 +17 27
11   Penrith Panthers 24 11 1 12 2 515 589 −74 27
12   North Queensland Cowboys 24 11 0 13 2 558 474 +84 26
13   Canberra Raiders 24 9 0 15 2 489 510 −31 22
14   New Zealand Warriors 24 7 2 15 2 377 545 −188 20
15   Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 5 0 19 2 359 568 −209 14
16   Sydney Roosters 24 5 0 19 2 382 681 −299 14

* Bulldogs stripped of 2 competition points after an interchange breach in round 2

2009 squadEdit

No. Position Player
  PR Chris Armit
  FE Ben Barba
  FB Brent Crisp
  SR Greg Eastwood
  WG Hazem El Masri
  HK Michael Ennis
  WG Bryson Goodwin
  SR Yileen Gordon
  PR Ben Hannant
  PR Jarrad Hickey
  PR Michael Hodgson
  FE Daniel Holdsworth
  CE Jamal Idris
  HB Brett Kimmorley
  PR John Kite
No. Position Player
  PR Charles Leaneo
  CE Daryl Millard
  SR Brad Morrin
  CE Josh Morris
  WG Heka Nanai
  FB Luke Patten
  FE Ben Roberts
  SR Andrew Ryan (c)
  LK David Stagg
  HK Michael Sullivan
  SR Lee Te Maari
  WG Matt Utai
  SR Gary Warburton
  PR Danny Williams
  CE Tim Winitana

See alsoEdit

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