2009 Bulldogs RLFC season

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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 summary[edit]

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.

Fixtures[edit]

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 Matches[edit]

Trial 1
21 February 2009
7:00pm Local
St. George Illawarra Dragons St. George colours.svg 24 - 12 Canterbury colours.svg 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 Canterbury colours.svg 24 - 16 Canberra colours.svg 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 Season[edit]

Round 1
14 March 2009
7:30pm Local
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 34 - 12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg 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/s: Cummins, Suttor

Round 2
21 March 2009
7:30pm Local
Penrith Panthers Penrith colours.svg 26 - 28 Canterbury colours.svg 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/s: Cecchin, James

Round 3
27 March 2009
7:35pm Local
Gold Coast Titans Gold Coast Titans colours.svg 20 - 12 Canterbury colours.svg 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/s: Maxwell, Shortall

Round 4
5 April 2009
2:00pm Local
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 24 - 12 Cronulla colours.svg 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/s: Robinson, Sutton

Round 5
13 April 2009
7:00pm Local
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 14 - 12 South Sydney colours.svg 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/s: Klein, Suttor

Round 6
19 April 2009
3:00pm Local
Parramatta Eels Parramatta colours.svg 18 - 48 Canterbury colours.svg 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/s: Badger, De Las Heras

Round 7
26 April 2009
2:00pm Local
Canberra Raiders Canberra colours.svg 20 - 30 Canterbury colours.svg 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/s: James, Klein

Round 8
3 May 2009
3:00pm Local
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 22 - 20 Wests Tigers colours.svg 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/s: Hayne, De Las Heras

Round 9
9–11 May 2009
. Bye .

Round 10
16 May 2009
7:30pm Local
St. George Illawarra Dragons St. George colours.svg 20 - 18 Canterbury colours.svg 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/s: Archer, Klein

Round 11
22–25 May 2009
7:30pm Local
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 26 - 10 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm

Round 12
29 May - 1 June 2009
3:00pm Local
Newcastle Knights Newcastle colours.svg 22 - 14 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs

Round 13
5–8 June 2009
. Bye .

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

Round 15
19–22 June 2009
7:35pm Local
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 19 - 12 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers

Round 16
26–29 June 2009
7:35pm Local
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 30 - 18 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys

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

Round 18
10–13 July 2009
2:00pm Local
New Zealand Warriors New Zealand colours.svg 14 - 18 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs

Round 19
17–20 July 2009
8:30pm Local
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 23 - 16 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans

Round 20
24–27 July 2009
5:30pm Local
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 8 - 27 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels

Round 21
31 July - 3 August 2009
3:00pm Local
South Sydney Rabbitohs South Sydney colours.svg 18 - 26 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs

Round 22
7–10 August 2009
7:30pm Local
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 23 - 20 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders

Round 23
14–17 August 2009
7:35pm Local
North Queensland Cowboys North Queensland colours.svg 12 - 22 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs

Round 24
21–24 August 2009
7:00pm Local
Bulldogs Canterbury colours.svg 28 - 4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters

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

Round 26
4–6 September 2009
7:35pm Local
Wests Tigers Wests Tigers colours.svg 34 - 12 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs

Finals Series[edit]

Qualifying Final
12 September 2009
8:35pm Local
Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 26 - 12 Newcastle Knights Newcastle colours.svg

Preliminary Final
25 September 2009
7:45pm Local
Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 12 - 22 Parramatta Eels Parramatta colours.svg

Ladder[edit]

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

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

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