New coach. New board. New beginning?
The Canterbury Bulldogs made mass changes from top to bottom after missing finals again in 2017. Des Hasler, James Graham and Josh Reynolds left the building, leaving Dean Pay to take the reins and Josh Jackson to pull on the captain’s armband.
It was perhaps unsurprising that the Dogs took a step backwards after such significant upheaval, but how will they fare in NRL 2019? Let’s check in with the bookies.
About the Canterbury Bulldogs
|Home grounds:||Belmore Oval, ANZ Stadium|
|Premierships:||Eight – 1938, 1942, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2004|
|2018 ladder finish:||12th (8-16)|
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Updated Canterbury Bulldogs futures odds
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|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Wooden Spoon||Dally M Odds|
|Jan||$41||$5||$4.50||K Foran $101|
|Feb||$41||$5||$4||K Foran $101|
|Mar||$51||$5||$3.50||L Lewis $126|
|Apr||$151||$9||$2.50||L Lewis $251|
Best Canterbury Bulldogs bets for NRL 2019
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- Don’t even think about it. This is a time of transition for a Canterbury side that exceeded expectations to finish 12th last year. With more stalwarts leaving for pastures new, another difficult campaign looms for the Dogs.
- Canterbury are leading the betting for the wooden spoon at most online bookies, and rightly so. They will have some company at the wrong end of the table, most likely from Gold Coast and Manly, but the Bulldogs look a very good chance to finish rock bottom.
- You don’t have to look to far into the past for examples of teams bolting into finals contention after being written off in preseason. It is a long shot, to be sure, but this is the market for those who fancy the Dogs to bite back at their critics.
2019 Canterbury Bulldogs draw
|1||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Saturday, March 16||3pm|
|2||Parramatta Eels||ANZ Stadium||Sunday, March 24||4:05pm|
|3||Wests Tigers||Campbelltown Stadium||Sunday, March 31||4:05pm|
|4||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Sunday, Aptil 7||4:05pm|
|5||St George Illawarra Dragons||Jubilee Oval||Sunday, April 14||4:05pm|
|6||South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Friday, April 19||4:05pm|
|7||North Queensland Cowboys||ANZ Stadium||Friday, April 26||6pm|
|8||Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland||Saturday, May 4||5:30pm|
|9||Newcastle Knights||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, May 11||3pm|
|10||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Saturday, May 18||3pm|
|11||Melbourne Storm||Belmore Sports Ground||Sunday, May 26||2pm|
|12||Canberra Raiders||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, June 1||7:35pm|
|13||St George Illawarra Dragons||ANZ Stadium||Monday, June 10||4pm|
|14||Sydney Roosters||SCG||Sunday, June 16||4:05pm|
|15||Cronulla Sharks||ANZ Stadium||Sunday, June 30||4:05pm|
|17||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Friday, July 12||7:55pm|
|18||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Thursday, July 18||7:50pm|
|19||Sydney Roosters||ANZ Stadium||Sunday, July 28||2pm|
|20||Penrith Panthers||Western Sydney Stadium||Saturday, August 3||5:30pm|
|21||Wests Tigers||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, August 10||7:35pm|
|22||South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, August 17||7:35pm|
|23||Parramatta Eels||Western Sydney Stadium||Thursday, August 22||7:50pm|
|24||North Queensland Cowboys||1300SMILES Stadium||Thursday, August 29||7:50pm|
|25||Brisbane Broncos||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, September 7||5:30pm|
Bulldogs players to watch in 2019
Fresh off a premiership season with the Sydney Roosters, Dylan Napa slots straight into the gap left by David Klemmer’s departure for the Newcastle Knights. Dogs coach Dean Pay has made it clear he wants the Queensland prop to play with maximum aggression – a trait often lacking at Canterbury last year.
With so many big names streaming out the turnstiles at Belmore, a lot of responsibility will fall to this guy. Foran’s playmaking talents are top shelf, but consistency has not been his forte in recent years and that will need to change if the Dogs are to go anywhere in 2019.
Cogger heads to Sydney in search of more opportunities now that Mitchell Pearce and Connor Watson run the halves at Newcastle. It could prove a most timely switch, as the Bulldogs need depth in all positions after losing so many players in the off-season.
Canterbury Bulldogs records and stats
- Most games: 317 – Hazem El Masri
Most career points: 2418 – Hazem El Masri
Most career tries: 159 – Hazem El Masri
Most points in a season: 342 – Hazem El Masri (2004)
Most points in a match: 34 – Hazem El Masri (vs. Tigers, 2006)
- Most wins in a season: 20 (2002)
Fewest wins in a season: One (1964)
Most consecutive wins: 17 (2002)
Most consecutive losses: 11 (1955-56, 1965-66)
Biggest winning margin: 66-4 (vs. Cowboys, 1995)
Biggest losing margin: 6-91 (vs. Dragons, 1935)
- Formed in 1934, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are the oldest surviving expansion club in the top flight of Australian rugby league. Only two teams in the NRL have contested more first-grade premierships: the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, both foundation members of the NSWRL.
It took Canterbury only four years to win their first flag, and only four more to repeat the feat. However, things got much tougher after World War II. The Berries, as they were once known, were nowhere near it in the 1950s and did not reach the grand final again until 1967, when they ended St George’s 11-year premiership streak with a one-point win in the prelim. They lost the decider to South Sydney, who would go on to win four titles between ’67 and ’71.
That year was something of a watershed for Canterbury. The club grew stronger as the ’70s progressed and developed an exciting, free-flowing brand of footy that took them to the GF in 1974 and 1979. They lost both of those encounters, but the drought broke at last in 1980 when the Dogs exacted revenge for ’74 with an 18-4 demolition of Eastern Suburbs.
The floodgates were open. Canterbury added back-to-back flags in 1984 and 1985, then another in ’88. They finished the decade as one of the strongest teams in the division, which put them in a position of rare security while other clubs battled for survival during the Super League wars of the 1990s.
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