News From the Kennels
A bustling try by second rower Jay Stevens in the last couple of minutes allowed the Alfabs Bulldogs to come from behind and score a tough 26-22 victory over Wests at Sylvester Real Estate ground on Saturday.
Before a good crowd and on Old Boys day the Dogs started off in their usual strong fashion and following sustained pressure a good try to Daniel Abraham put the Dogs in front 6 nil after 10minutes.
After a couple of grubbers from George Ndaira and Ethan Mackenzie allowed Kurri to maintain possession and on the 3rd set on Wests line Jesse Royal with a hit and spin scored near to the posts to put the Dogs up 10 nil in the 20 minute.
In the 35th minute a couple of mistakes allowed Wests a scrum and then a penalty, that led to Wests first try under the posts by Jake Finn to bring score to 10-6.
From the kick off set Wests made ground and running on the 6th tackle halfback Zac Walsh scored out wide to level the scores and half time 10 all.
After 5 minutes resumption of the second half Wests again scored to lead 16-10.
An attacking backline raid from 30m out and a brilliant cut out pass from Mitch Cullen saw Damien Walters score wide out score 16-14.
In the 15minute a pin point grubber from George Ndaira with a perfect bounce saw Ethan Mackenzie continue his good run of form and score in front of a noisy Old Boys shed to take the score to 20-16.
The game see sawed to both ends until Wests scored again on their last tackle to put Wests in front again 22-20.
With only minutes to go Wests fumbled a 6th tackle kick by Ben Jeffries and from the ensuing set Jay Stevens powered over over under the posts to bring up the victory 26-22.
George brought the boys off to a rousing crowd reception and then into the Old Boys shed for a rendition of 3 Cheers for Kurri and a beer.
Captain Coach George Ndaira commented in the shed “ Our attitude was great and we showed a lot of heart to win the game”
Players player Jesse Royal led a committed Bulldog side to victory with strong games by Ben Wyborn, Jay Stevens and Knights player placement Hayden Smith. Young Hayden has been improving with every game with more time on the paddock.
The game also saw the debut of ex Wollongong forward youngster Cody Brooks in his 5th game for the club.
On Sunday the Newcastle rep selectors rewarded Jesse Royal, Daniel Abraham and Ben Wyborn for their consistent form naming the 3 in the 18 man Newcastle Rebels side.
An update on James Charles, who suffered 4 broken veterbrae and 4 broken ribs in the South game a week ago. He is currently in a back brace in the John Hunter and is expected to be transferred to another hospital for rehab for up to 3 weeks and then home for recovery.He is expected to be off work between 10-12 weeks and then return on selected duties that his employer has offered until his full recovery. His own personal sporting insurance has helped greatly in his costs and wages coverage.
James would also wish to pass on his thanks to all those who have contacted him and visited him in hospital since his injury.
A weakened reserve grade side went down to Wests 46-10 after competing well into the second half. A strong 30m burst early in the game by Matt Pearce and then a quick penalty from the play the ball saw Matt score and the Dogs lead 4 nil.
Players player and Coaches award winner Shane Baldwin continued his good form along with Matt Pearce and Justin Beckingham preformed strongly.
The under 23’s went down 44-4, the lone tryscorer being Cameron Bates and the Under 18’s also went down 42-16.
This weeks game is against the unbeaten table toppers Macquarie at Macquarie on Saturday at 3pm.
Kurri Alfabs Bulldogs after only after reasonable start to the season, returned to form with a comprehensive 26-6 victory over the previously unbeaten South Newcastle at Townsend on Sunday.
Highlighted by strong defense in both halves, the Dogs were able to score some outstanding tries against some intense South defense during the game.
After 15 minutes a backline movement with Ben Jeffries and Ethan Mackensie prominent saw Shannon Tanner scored the first of his double wide out.
On the 22minute mark, another backline play and a brilliant Mitch Cullen pass saw Damien Walters power over 3 players to score, the try was converted and the Dogs led 10 nil.
A strong break by player of the game Ben Wyborn resulted in a near miss late in the half and at half time the Dogs led 10 nil.
A poor start to the 2nd half with a dropped ball on the third tackle allowed Souths to gain the the ball and they scored after 2 minutes to reduce the lead to 10-6.
This try seemed to rally Souths and a number of sets on the Bulldogs line were repelled by some outstanding Bulldog defense.
A towering George Ndaira bomb against the run of play, saw Souths drop the ball and Shannon Tanner score his 2nd try and pushed the lead to 14-6.
The game went end to end until a another brilliant combination between Ethan Mackensie, Shannon Tanner saw Mitch Cullen score near the posts, George converted the try to put the Dogs up 20-6.
On the last set of the game a strong forward set led to veteran front rower Scott Hill scoring near to the posts, George again converted to bring up the final score 26-6.
This was a much improved and determined effort by the Dogs.
Strong performances were all across the field, but Ben Wyborn, Jay Stevens, ever improving Ethan Mackensie and again Mitch Cullen whose handling of both the high ball and grubbers was outstanding. Mitch’s game is showing a maturity, not seen in previous seasons.
Reserve grade played out a 18 all draw after leading 18-6 at one stage, they scored 4 tries to 3 and were unlucky not to end up with the points.
Tries were scored by Daniel Craig 2, Matt Pearce and Kurt Parrey.
Daniel Craig was outstanding with his 2 tries and a hand in a third, other good performances were handed in by Matt Pearce and Dean Peterkin.
Although giving away a 18-6 lead, the side defended with tremendous effort due the amount of ball that Souths had during the 2nd half.
The under 23’s went down 52-10, with tries to Cameron Bates and Ridge Badio.
The under 18’s were soundly trounced by a huge Souths side 70-0.
The Bulldogs play Wests at Sylvester Real Estate ground this Saturday.
The club will be conducting a raffle over the next 2 home games which will be drawn at the game against Cessnock, of a framed replica jumper presented to John Sattler on the opening on the John Sattler Stand last year. John signed the jumper on the day. The jumper is of the design that John played in at his Kurri days.
There were only 3 jumpers made, John has one, the second proudly hangs in the Old Boys Shed after being donated back to the Old Boys after being auctioned on the day and the one to be raffled.
After leading 22-16 with 30 seconds to go the Kurri Alfabs Bulldogs, allowed a try in the corner on the last tackle of the game and then saw Central centre Shane Beale convert the try from the sideline to tie the game up 22 all.
The Dogs again started the game strongly and led 10 nil, after Jay Stevens beat a number of players with a strong weaving run from a pass from Ben Jeffries to score the first try. Then Ethan MacKenzie scooped up a loose ball and ran close to 50 metres to score.
The Dogs then had the fumbles to keep Central on the attack, a knockdown on the 4th tackle led to a scrum 30m out and after the following 2 sets Central scored to make the score 10-6.
While coming out of their end, the Dogs were unable to get their 6th tackle kick away and then a penalty, again allowed Central to have 3 sets in our quarter and the continued pressure led to Central’s 2nd try, which was unconverted to make the score 10 all.
With only a minute to go in the first half with Kurri attacking Centrals line a loose pass under their posts was scooped up by a Central player who ran 95m to score under the posts to make the half time scoreline 16-10.
Only after a couple of minutes after the resumption of play, a good set on a attack saw Steve Blakemore score, the try unconverted put the Dogs back to 16-14.
The game see sawed backwards and forwards until Ben Wyborn launched a powerful run run from 15m out to score under the posts, which was converted to see us in front 20-16.
A further penalty goal in the 74th minute, stretched our lead to 22-16, until the final 30 seconds when Central scored and converted.
A number of drop balls and loose carries throughout the game allowed Central to camp deep in our quarter in both halves, with the continued pressure leading to points. The last minute of both halves proving critical in the final result.
Kurri was best served by Ben Wyborn, Reegan Tanner and Jesse Royal.
The Garth Short Mining Reserve Grade side scored a 52-34 victory, with a number of outstanding tries scored.
Sweeping backline movements were the highlight of the game which led to tries by Matt Gavan,Ben Edwards,Kurt Parrey 2 tries and Dean Peterkin. Peterkins try after a 60m run by Blake Parrey.
Blake Birch in his comeback game after injury scored a nice try after a couple of dummies.
A brilliant dummy half pass from Matt Pearce saw Matt Gavan score in the corner for the third of his hat trick for the game. Pearce also scored earlier after picking up a loose ball and running 60m to score under the posts.
A number of good players, headed by Clinton Toeva, Matt Pearce and Blake Parrey.
The Chelmsford Hotel under 23’s went down to a powerful Central side 52-4, with Justin Green continuing to show out.
The under 18’s had their first bye with Central not fielding a under 18’s side.
The Dogs have the bye next weekend and their round 5 clash is against Souths at Townsend Oval on Sunday 12.5.13. Our next home game against Wests on Old Boys day Saturday 18.5.13.
A reminder, the Old Boys Golf day is on Sunday 5th May at Kurri Golf Club, there are still a couple of spots left for teams of 4 , anyone interested can contact Mick Anlezark on 0412 169 187.
Kurri Alfabs Bulldogs, opened their season account with a hard fought 14 to 12 point victory over Lakes at Cahill Oval on Saturday evening.
The torrential rain that had been evident in the earlier grades held off for the first grade game.
After finally having a attacking set in Lakes half after 15 minutes in their own half, a brilliant blindside pass from George Ndaira found Shannon Tanner free to stroll over for his first try, the try was unconverted to leave the Dogs up 4 nil after 20 minutes.
Lakes then scored 2 unconverted tries, 1 just on half time to lead 8 to 4 at half time.
Just after the second half started, a 50m break by Mick Campton up the middle of the ruck, led to on the next set Shannon Tanner scoring his second try in the corner after some good inside hands. The conversion from wide out by George Ndaira put the Dogs in front 10-8.
At the 53rd minute after some scrambling play close to the line Steve Blakemore scored out wide, the try was unconverted and the Dogs had stretched their lead to 14-8.
Lake scored a unconverted try at the 60th minute to close the gap to 2 points.
The rest of the game was highlighted by strong defense by both sides, and a couple of one on one try saving tackles by Kurri’s best player on the night Mitch Cullen. Mitch handled a number of high balls, grubber kicks and managed to get out from the ingoal a couple of times in a faultless display. Other good efforts were by Jesse Royal and Ben Wyborn.
The lower grade games were at times played in strong winds and torrential rain making ball security very difficult.
Reserve grade again was a nerve wracking game but the Boys hung on this week to score a 16-12 victory.
Down 12-4 at one stage they scored 4 tries to two in the victory. The first 2 tries were scored by Blake Parrey, the first after good lead up up work by Ethan Mackenzie. The second highlighed by Blakes hole running after work by Ethan and Daniel Craig.
Kurt Parrey then scored in the corner after several passes inside including Justin Beckingham, Ben Edwards and Daniel Craig.
The last and game winning scored by big prop Justin Beckingham off a good inside pass from Blake Parrey.
The last 10 minutes was a tremendous defensive effort after Lakes had several sets at our line.
Kurri was best served by Dean Peterkin who at different times made 50m breaks and then countered that by chasing down a winger who looked certain to score. Other top efforts were by Ethan MacKenzie who controlled the game with a deft kicking game, Justin Beckingham, Cody Brooks, Blakle Parrey and another of our Knights player placements Joe Boyce.
Beckingham gaining a crowd following with his fearless running, strong defense and out there hair styles.
The under 23’s went down 20-6, the game ended early after the side started with 13 players and then suffered a number of injuries that brought us down to nine players on the field. This was a most disappointing result due to the side had had up to 19 players at training during week.
The under 18’s also went down 16-6 to a committed Lakes side. The lone try was scored by Joe Messenger. A good defensive effort by side as the continues to improve in the higher division. Mick Davies was the pick of the side and other strong games by Robbie Hetherington and Luke Whalen.
Next week The Alfabs Bulldogs return to Sylvester Real Estate ground on Saturday against undefeated Central.
Kurri Old Boys head into their 5th year with the aim to crack the 200 membership mark.
Membership has hovered around 170 for the last couple of seasons.
Due to the amount of interest generated among long term supporters membership was extended to all supporters.
A membership fee of $150 includes: entry to all home games,T-shirt, cap, 2 free food and drink days in the Old Boys Shed, access to Old Boys Shed on all game days, Golf day and Sportspersons night .
The Old Boys ongoing support to the football club has helped the club stay on the positive side of the ledger over the last few years.
The Old Boys also have aligned themselves with the Hunter Prelude, (Early Intervention Centre in Kurri), and as part of their fundraising aims, have donated over $8000 over the last 2 years when sharing profits from our Sportsperson nights.
Enquiries can be made to: Mark Lester 0404 508 050,firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff Polglase 0409 140 206, email@example.com
Kurri Alfabs Bulldogs kicks off the season with their 1st round clash against Port Stephens Sharks at Sylvester Real Estate ground on Saturday at 3pm.
Don’t forget that there are 4 games each day this year with our under18’s kicking off the day about 11am followed by the under23’s, reserves and then firsts at 3pm. The club is still chasing under 23 players, anyone interested can come down to training and register for the season.
After a mixed pre season with 1 win and 2 losses, the Bulldogs aim to start with a victory at home in front of their usual parochial crowd.
Captain coach George Ndaira will return to the number nine position for the game with offseason signing Ben Jeffries to steer the side around the park from halfback.
Last years pack are all there,Jesse Royal, Mick Campton, Reegan Tanner, Daniel Abraham, Ben Wyborn, Jay Stevens and crowd favorite Justin “ Bumpa” Peterkin.New recruit Peter Cronin has been impressive in the offseason games and aims to force his spot in the starting line up.
Our backs include Scott Dunn, Shannon Tanner and Damien Walters with a group of young local juniors vying for the other spots.
The injury suffered to star off season signing Nathan Ross, is progressing well and he may not be out as long as first feared.
The new replacement rule of only 12 substitutes per game, previously up to 50 per game could have occurred,should make for interesting football allowing the smaller attacking players to come to the fore as the bigger players tire.
The Season Launch was held on Friday night at the Kurri Bowling Club, a good turnout of approximately 100 players, sponsors and guests all attended.
Club stalwarts Todd Polglase and Mick Carr looked after proceedings, with a number of
entertaining interviews and insights with players and coaches.
The highlight being, the interview and answering of some tough questions by Knights and Kurri Player Placement Marquee, Chris Houston who gave us an insight from his junior days right through his current position at the Knights.
Chris attended a number of Bulldogs games last year and again has made his commitment to follow through again this year when available.
The annual player auction was held and a total pool of over $11000 was gained, highest price being paid for Daniel Abraham whose effort over the last 2 seasons of playing every minute of every game was obviously a leading factor in the bidders aims.
Kurri Alfabs Bulldogs have gone down to Port Stephens Sharks at Sylvester Real estate Ground 24-22.
After starting the game well and leading 12 nil the Dogs, were let down by poor handling and a strong Sharks defense.
Kurri’s first try went to veteran front rower Mick Campton with a hit and spin under the posts from a sharp ball from coach George Ndaira.
The second try came up after a good break down the left by Daniel Craig and then a good infield kick saw half back Ben Jeffries score near to the posts.
Ndaira converted both tries and the Dogs were up 12 nil inside 15 minutes.
Concerted attack by the Dogs for the rest of the half was held back by strong Sharks defense.Two converted tries by the Sharks wrapped the score up to 12 all.
Damien Walters scored after a blindside run from George Nadaira to put the Dogs back in front.
But a couple of fumbles and a one on one strip saw the the Sharks run out to a 24-16 lead with only a few minutes to go.
A second hit and spin try by Mick Campton rounded up the scoring to 24 -22.
Players players went to evergreen back rower Reegan Tanner.
Reserve grade went down 18-16 after a conversion from the sideline after the bell by the Sharks .
Tries by Matt Gavan, Knights young player placement Hayden Smith and Mitch Cullen.
Goals by Ben Edwards and Mitch Cullen
Smith’s try set up with a brilliant offload by Justin Beckingham right in front of the Old Boys shed.
The side played well in patches and were unlucky to go down in this manner.
Players player went to Hayden Smith.
Under 23’s were able to field a side only after the help of some under 18’s players backing up. The side had a number of players playing out of position.
They went down 42-10.
Tries to Jai Moore and Dan Rees.
New signing from Wollongong Collegians, Cody Brooks was players player. Cody had his first training session with the club on Friday night
Highlight of the game was when young Lachlan Macbeth had 3 opposing players coming toward him and which looked to be a certain Sharks try, Lachlan managed to strip the ball and then run 70m upfield which led to a Dogs try on the next play.
Under 18’s had their first run in the First division competition and first in the new setup of playing with grade. They went down 38-12.
Tries to Luke Whalen and Jake Lambert.
Goals to Tyron Foster and Dane Hogan
Good performances from Lachlan Hill and Keiran Steele and a promising debut by new signing from Singleton Luke Whalen.
Kurri hung onto fifth spot on the competition table after they produced their worst performance of the season.
With a less than ideal preparation, due to the ground closure, Kurri put in a dismal display.
Still missing five first graders from their starting line up the Dogs woes continued when they lost Mitch Steele and Reegan Tanner to injuries within the first 10 minutes. Kurri were outplayed in all facets of the game going down 41-4.
Reserve grade obviously down on numbers were also well beaten, but still have a chance to make the semis.
Presidents Cup had started the day off well by winning 22-12.
Having up to 7 established first grade players out, it was seen as a danger game for the Dogs.
Captain Coach George Ndaira led from the front, grubber kicks from the half back led to three of the seven tries. Also scoring a try himself and kicking 5 goals has put on 98 points for the season.
Kurri lock Jay stevens carved up some weak defense to score the first try, grubbers from Ndaira led to tries on either side of the field to Shannon Tranner and James Charles. Tanner's came after a falcon from a Kurri player, and George scooped on the ball and kicked through for Shannon to score. Mitch Steele scored before half time for the Dogs to lead 20-4 at half time.
The second half proved much the same with the Dogs dominating in the wet and windy conditions.Tries to Mick Campton after a strong busting run carried 3 players over to score, Todd Polglase who had played wing and lock in the first, moved to fullback when Cameron Cooper was injured, scored after combining with player of the match Ben Wyborn. George Ndaira also scored after picking up a loose ball and running 60 metres after Daniel Abraham had monstered a Lakes player. lakes scored on the bell to bring the final score.
Strong games were also played by Shannon Harmey and Damien Walters.
Yesterdays victory and Macquaries loss to Souths on Saturday has seen the Dogs in third position on points differential.
"We've gone win-loss-win-loss the last few weeks and we were up for Maitland and then down for Souths, so consistency and fighting through these tough periodsis what we are trying to work on and I thought today was a good steeping stone towards it" Ndaira commented after the game.
Reserve grade went down 28-10 and Presidents Cup had 10 all draw after battling most of the game with 11 players, due to injuries.
Next week the local derby against Cessnock at Kurri.
In a game of 2 halves, Kurri lead 12-6 at halftime, the ever improving Shannon Harmey opened the scoring, this was followed by another converted try to Todd Polglase returning from injury on the wing.Mitch Steele's converted try in the second half increased the lead to 18-10 with 25 to go, before Wyong dominated the remainder of the game to go out winners 32-18.
In an uncharacteristic mistake riddled second half the Bulldogs allowed Wyong to score 22 unanswered points after leading 18-10.
Earlier a determined and committed reserve grade resulted in a 24-20 upset win.Coach Peter Brady was pleased to have his side return to similar form from earlier in the season. Mick Gavan stood out ably supported by Brett rumble and evergreen Scott Hill. They moved into fifth spot after the win.
President cup side went down 28-10 against top of the table Wyong, who had scored a massive 400points. the side fought all game and should continue to improve towrds the end of the season.
A depleted Bulldogs side with their 4 recognised front rowers all unavailable due to injury and suspension came up against a near full strength Maitland side.
A spilt ball from the kickoff immediately placed the Bulldogs under pressure and it was only a desperate tackle by fullback Matt Cooper saved a certain four pointer in the opening minute, however the Pickers crossed shortly afterwards with a try to lock Billy Towers.
However an unfazed Bulldogs outfit soon replied with a converted try to winger Shannon Tanner after some good lead up work from Regan Tanner and Dan Abraham. This gave the side confidence resulting in in another 2 converted tries to Greg Sharpe and and Daniel Abraham. Whilst the Bulldogs were able to defend their line and complete their sets Maitland struggled to maintain the pressure and began to force the ball resulting in several errors and penalties.Just prior to the break received a further setback with an injury to fullback Matt Cooper who eventually retired from the game, howver the Dogs went into half time leading 18-4.
On resumption of play Maitland showed that they were still an accomplished side and came back into the game eventually overhauling the Dogs to lead 22-18 in the 30th minute. Kurri fought back to take control and score 2 converted tries to lead 28-18, Maitland scored a last minute try for the score to end at 28-26. But it was man of the match Daniel Abraham whom secured all the accolades from the Kurri supporters and team mates having been involved in nearly all tries. Also heavily involved was second row partner and stand in prop Jay Stevens, yet all contributed to the upset win.
Reserve grade were desperate to overcome their more fancied opponents and so improve the Bulldogs final five position. Captain Scott Hill led the way with commitment and determination he was ably supported by Michael gavi and Daniel Craig. But it was the class of Kurri's Blake parry who opened the scoring with some individual brilliance. The game never rose to any great heights and a dour struggle continued to the final bell with Kurri succeeding in coming away with a much needed win 22-20.
The occasion was naming the Grandstand in his honour and organisrs were thrilled with the response to what was a special day for the club.
Some of the best known names in Rugby league were there including South Sydney team mates, Ron Coote,Bob Mc Carthy, Gary Stevens , Mike Cleary, Atrhur & Ray Branighan along with St George great John King and Kurri internationals Jeff Masterman and Eddie Lumsden.
The Kurri first grade were replica jumpers Sattlers days against South Newcastle.
Sattler was humbled by the experience and proud to be recognised by the club.
He said he was excited and happy and that it was a wonderful privelege.
Sattler also thanked everyone for being there including many of his team mates who had made a great effort to attend.
But Souths rained on Kurri's parade by winning in all grades in front of the big crowd that had gathered for the naming of the John Sattler Stand.
In first grade Kurri were without Jesse Poyal injury and Justin Peterkin to suspension and looked like they were in for a tough afternoon when they lost Adam Peek to a head injury early in the first half, this reduced them to only one front row. This was later reduced to none when injury forced Mick Campton off the field.
Kurri dominated the first half leading 12-4 at half time but a poor completion rate coupled with a few crucial missed one on one tackles in the second stanza alowed Souths to cross twice to take a 16-12 lead.
The Bullies had their chances to win the games with George Ndaira crossing near the posts only to have it knocked out when putting it down.Shannon Tanner also crossed with minutes remaing only for it to be disallowed for a questionable forward pass. With Kurri attacking the line in the last minutes South latched onto a intercept to score a length of the field try to run out winners 22-12.
Reserve grade once again put in a poor display and were subsequently flogged by the opposition.Coach Peter Brady would be at a loss why this talented side is playing without passion and commitment and are continuing to slide down the ladder.
A youthful Presidents Cup side was the first victim of the day going down to a enthusiastic Lions side.Coach Adam Collingwood would be aware the side has to be more consistent if they want to play semi-final football.
Reserve Grade were probably guilty of playing down to a level instead of playing up.
The gallant Port side led for most of the way in the match until Kurri was able to provide a late surge to win 22-16.
Award winners were Alfred Whaleboat and Blake Parrey with strong performances from Joel Mccann, Dean Peterkin and Izac Neuhoff.
First grade didn't have it all the own way against a determined Sharks outfit, going into half time with a skinny 6 point lead.
The Bulldogs turned in a better second half display to assert their authority and pile don plenty of tries to run out 58-20 winners.
Award winners were Shannon tanner with his second hat trick of tries in successive weeks, with Ben Wyborn the other recipient. Other standouts in the win were Reegan Tanner, Mick Campton, Jay stevens and Mitch Cullen.
Third grade started the the day with ahard fought 14-13 victory in heavy conditions. The Bulldogs led for most of the game but Central drew level even late in the second half then with minutes to go kicked a field goal to take the lead.
Kurri looked gone but a penalty against a Central player for continued dissent with seconds remaining allowed them to sneak home. Coach Adam Collingwood and Michael Davies were the best.
Reserve grade were desperate to return to the to their best form in a must win game to stay in semi final contention.The Dogs showed some encouraging form to run out winners 20-12, with Joel McCann taking out the players player award with a strong display with great support from the "Hoff" at fullback who won the coaches award.
After three conscecutive losses, first grade knew they would be in for a tough afternoon agaist an opposition that had won three strajght. Kurri started the game in great fashion, continually being camped inside Centrals territory going to the half time break up by 26-0.
After the break Central scored two quick tries to reduce the lead, but further tries including a treble to Shannon Tanner saw them run out comfortable winners 42-18.
Daniel Abraham won both awards, with Mitch Steele,Scott Dunn, James Charles and Shannon Tanner playing well.
Rugby League fans of the 70's should keep June 30 free when Kurri play South at home, with the naming of the John Sattler grandstand.
Legends of the era including Sattler,Graeme Langlands,Bob Mc Carthy, Ron Coote George Piggins, Mike Cleary, Gary Stevens and other Souths players and officials will be attending.Auctions and raffles of Australian, Souths and Kurri Jumpers from that era will be held during the day.
Currently First grade are running third.
This week we play Port Stephens Sharks at home at 3pm.
Macquarie scored first points, strolling over for a soft try through some terrible Kurri defence.Kurri responede with a try of teir ownthrough Shannon Tanner, but their opponentsscored afain through a spilt towering bomb to lead 12-4 at half time. The Bulldogs scored first in the second half to take the score to 12-8.Repeated mistakes cost the Dogs any momentum and another try to the Scorpions bought up a fulltime score of 16-8.
Reserve grade once again put in a dismal display being behind 44-6 at half time. An improvement was evident in the second half, but still failed to make a dent in the final score.
Third grade started the day with a much needed win to keep them close to the top five, and if they can play consistent football should trouble many teams.
Addressing the slow start problems of recent weeks, Kurri started with more entusiasm and dominated play for the majority of the 1st half.A superd tackle by Daniel Abraham set up the first try of the match to Scott Dunn to give Kurri a 6-0 lead.
Dunn was again involved in a move down their right edge which resulted in a great try to Shannon Tanner to make it 12-0.Continued presure from the Dogs saw Alfred Whaleboatcross the line under the posts only to have the ball knocked free which would have gave us a 18-0 lead.
In the resuting set of six a lapse of concentration let Cessnock score soft tryto bring up a 12-6 half time scoreline.
Game ending injuries to Matt Cooper just before halftime and Adam Peek in the first tackle of the second half slowed Kurri's momentum allowing Cessnock to score twice and lead 18-12.
Kurri were not giving up and reduced the lead to 18-16 with an unconverted try.
A further try to Cessnock brought up the final scoreline of 24-16.
Top performers were Daniel Abraham, Ben Wyborn and Jesse Royal.
A decimated reserve grade side started poorly and paid the orice with Cessnock racing to a 22-0 lead. Although they recovered in the second half the lead was too much to peg back.
Third grade coach Adam Collingwood was dismayed in the effort and and execution displayed in their clash. An embarrassing completion rate coupled with a lack of enthusism resulted in a loss they couldn't afford.
Kyle is the son of former first grader Mick Smith and grandson of 60's first grader Bobby Morton and Lynnette(ne Polglase).
Kyle Brouwer is the grandson of 60's first grade player Les Polglase.
Both boys are related to 70's player Jeff Polglase and current first grade player Todd Polglase.
Kyle played for Hunter district against Ethan in the Northern district team in a selection trial for the Northern area team for the State Under 15 trial at Port Macquarie recently.
They both made the side and now compete at Toronto in the State trials on the 28th - 3oth May.
Kurri dominated for the long periods in the early part of the second half but were unable to score. With about 15 minutes to go West, sealed the game when from a loose ball, scored under the posts.
Further tries to both sides ended the scoring with the final scoreline at 34-18.
Best players for the team were Dan Abraham,Ben Wyborn and Jesse royal.Congratulations go to Jesse for being selected in the Newcastle side to play the Country Championships, reward for his tireless efforts for the last 2 seasons.
It was disappointing day for the Dogs getting beaten in all 3 grades.
This Saturday we take on the unbeaten Goannas at Cessnock, it would be a delight for all Dog fans to roll the Goeys at home and rejoin the competetion lead.
Despite playing the last 30 minutes with 12 men, after Mick Campton was sent off, the dogs were able to come from behind to post their victory.
A poor start which allowed Wyong to score 2 tries in the first 5 minutes to lead 10 nil.
A break by Mick Campton and good ball to Mitch Cullen in the 10th minutes brought us back to 10-6.
At the 18th minute strong defense prised a loose ball to be picked up by Dan Abraham to run into the clear, backed up by Scott Dunn, Scott scored between the posts and with the conversion we had struck back to lead 12-10.
Wyong scored at the 25th minute to lead again 16-10,but a repeat set on the half hour allowed George Ndaira to set up Alfred Whaleboat to crash over and scores were locked at 16 all to half time.
The worst possible start to the second half saw Wyong score in the first set to again lead 22-16.
A ruckus involving several players erupted in the 10th minute, once calm was restored,Jamie Davis from Wyong was given 10 in the bin and Mick Campton sent off for the game.
Strong defence from both sides saw several dropped balls and chances go beckoning.
However with 15 to go Ben Wyborn broke out of dummy half and run 15 metres to score underneath the posts and with the conversion scores were locked up.
A tense period followed until a deft grubber by Ben Wyborn into the in goal saw Scott Dunn pounce on the ball for his 2nd try. A near sideline conversion by George Ndaira wrapped up the the point scoring for Kurri to win 28-22.
Several players perform strongly, however special mention must go to Mitch Cullen after a very nervous start, played well and fielded several high bombs throughout the second half when pressure was mounting.
Both lower grades depleted by injuries were soundly defeated by Wyong.
Kurri's next encounter will be against West at Sylvester oval on Saturday 19th May.
We play Wyong in a twilight game at Wyong next Saturday, with 3rd grade starting at 2pm and 1sts kicking off at 5pm.
Reserve grade went down to a committed Lakes side, after winning their 1st 3 games the resrve grade side were a bit off the boil and will need to sharpen up for our next clash against Wyong.
3rd grade opened their account for the season with a heart stopping victory, winning by 2 points a nd giving Lakes a big sniff with a couple of minutes to go.
2012 season is almost upon us.
George Ndaira has been signed for the season,George finished last season at Wests Tigers, he has been involved and played with Kurri over the last couple of seasons originally while playing with the Knights, in the draft system.
He brings to the club a wealth of football knowledge, through his seasons with NRL clubs. He replaces our coach of the last 2 seasons Todd Polglase, who has committed to playing the season with the club.
Our Major sponsor of the club is again Alfabs, who has shown great faith in the club by also continuing their sponsorship in 2013.
Lower grade sponsors are Garth Short Mining and Chelmsford Hotel.Other club sponsors include Kurri Bowling Club, Lazy Lads, Kurri Bread Shop, KFC, Khodarys Chemist, Sylvesters Real Estate,Neath Hotel, others will be added as we finalise details toward the start of the season.
New signings for the season include Adam Peek, former Parramatta, Souths and Canterbury forward , who has returned from a couple of seasons in the English Super League.
Matt Cooper, from Nelson Bay, and outside back who has represented Newcastle and will add speed to our backline.
Crowd favourite Reegan Tanner has returned from a season off ( you wouldn't know, with the timing of his defense in the Souths trial).
Lower grade coaches will be the evergreen Peter (Doola) Brady, reserve grade and Adam Collingwood, third grade.
We have played 2 trials, our annual Charity Shield against Cessnock, where we went down 30-6,but overall winning the Charity Shield on the day, and Souths who we defeated 48-0.
Both games we had players out but this gave a number of younger and local juniors a run . Two to stand out have been Simon Craig and James Charles, James coming off a good offseason and showing tremendous pace on occasions.
Our first round game is against Central at St Johns on Sunday 15th April.
Our first home game is against Maitland in round 2 on Saturday 21st April.
The season launch will be held at Kurri Bowling Club on Saturday 31st March, all welcome.
Our first Old Boys day, will be in round 4 against Lakes at home on 5th May.anyone interested can join at that time our before by contacting Jeff Polglase on 0409 140 206.
The club is well on the way to constructing a Gym at the ground, which should be completed in the next couple of weeks, this project owes to the foresight of stalwart Chris Doyle.
The club have been able to qualify all 3 teams in the semi finals, for the 2nd consceutive year.
The Bulldogs were able to defeat Coalfields rivals Cessnock in 3 grades in both rounds a task not completed for many a year.
We defeated West at Harker Oval for the first time in 27 years, a feat not achieved by our triple premiership teams of the 90's.
Daniel Abraham played every minute of every game of the 18 rounds and the semi final. He was our leading point scorer with over 160 points.
The Old Boys Shed has been a huge success, being able to cater for the 160 strong Old Boys and also give us the opportunity to entertain our Sponsors and other clubs on completion of the days games.
The Kurri club has had another successful year and looks forward to build on the momentum created over the last few years, with George Ndaira leading from the front.
The Kurri's finals campaign came to an abrupt halt when all 3 grades were defeated in the elimination semi finals at Wyong.
First grade started well with plenty of enthusiasm but a few fumbles and lack of execution cost them dearly.The Dogs were denied what appeared to be a fair try in the first half and coupled with being on the wrong side of the penalty count, plus seeming to miss out on any 50-50 calls by the match officials went to the break down 16-0.On resumption the Bulldogs played better football creating plenty of chances but lacked finesse to finish off their attacking raids going down 23-12.
Reserve Grade was a closer affair with them also being behind on the scoreboard at half time against Macquarie.The Dogs fought back in the 2nd half to level up with about 5 to go. A field goal to Macquarie gave them the lead with a few minutes to go, but Kurri had the chance from the kickoff when it was fumbled by the oppositon, but to the dismay of supporters it was ruled a knock back, securing the win for Macquarie.
Presidents Cup was outplayed by the strong Wyong outfit with the final score being 32-20.The side tried hard but their was a lack of cohesion evident, no doubt due to the iregular and infrequent training sessions together.
The Kurri club would like to thanks all coaching staff, helpers and supporters for all their hard work and encouragemnet, as well as a big thanks to our loyal sponsors.
The annual presentation will be held at the Bowling Club on Saturday 22nd October.Please contact Mick Carr on 0412278821 or wayne Gunther on 0429308537 for tickets.
The Bulldogs stormed into the semi finals with a 15 try romp against the Northen Blues on Saturday.
The Bulldogs scored at almost a point a minute during the final round encounter at Syvester Sportsground to tally a final score of 70-12, providing plenty of entertainment on Old Boys' day.
This was the Bulldogs' highest score of the season and one of the largest by any team in 2011.
Regardless of the result the Bulldogs were already destined for fifth spot and a showdown with fourth placed Wyong in the elimination semi final at Morrie Breen Oval on Saturday.
Reserve grade went into their clash with the knowledge they had to win by 38 points or more to grab fifth spot on for and against averages. A slow first half has supporters thinking that it was maybe out of reach but a turnaround in attitude and execution in the 2nd half saw thwm completely dominate and run out winners 58-10 to grab the final spot. Coach Ron Griffiths led by example, with Tyrone Smith,Damien Bell,Mitch Cullen and award winner Daniel Doyle all standouts.
The Presidents Cup team received a forfeit which is not the ideal preparation for semi football and Coach Peter Brady will be looking for a good turnout and a positive attitude at training.
The Kurri club would like to congratulate Peter Brady for gaining the reserve grade coach and welcome back Adam Collingwood as President Cup captain coach for the 2012 season both will be big assets to first grade coach George Ndaira.
Kurri has secured their place in the semi final series with a hard fought, come from behind victory over Central.The Bulldogs appeared flat and caused some anxious moments for their supporters against a enthusiastic and committed Butcher Boys outfit.Kurri scored first in the match but the home team refused to give in and with the Dogs still behind 16-26 with 18 minutes remaining things looked grim, but Kurri reponded with 3 more converted tries to record a 34-26 win. Jesse Royal and Daniel Abraham were the best for te Dogs in a below par team performance.Daniel scoring a try and 5 goals to take his tally to 134 points for the year.
Bulldogs player-coach Todd Polglase was full of praise for Central.
They turn up every week and I think they've over achieved as they're a young side without many imports.
Reserve grade kept their semi chances alive with a big 42-14 victory.Under performing in the first half a positive talk at half time resulted in a turnaround as this talented side showed they can be a force in the competition, if they get a crack at the semi's. Mitch Cullen,Dave Dryden and Daniel French all worked hard for thr the Bullies.If Maitland win over Macquarie, we'll be in and if Macquarie win over Maitland we're still are chance with a big victory.
The President Cup side started the day well with a convincing win 46-14. With an improvement in discipline and better attitude at training have qualified for the semi's unless we lose against a Bay side struggling to field a side.
The Old Boys have secured the the services of NSW Coach Ricky Stuart as guest speaker at their annual Sportsperson's night at the Bowling Club on Friday 16th September. Former Kurri and Knights star Mark Hughes will be MC for the night, tickets are $50 per head which include a 2 course meal and they can be purchased by contacting Mark Lester 0448987719, Jeff Polglase 0427401256 and the Bowling Club after the weekend.
In the last game of the round we play the Bay in a game we need a strong performance heading into the semi's.
It is the 2nd of the Old Boy's day for the year, any non members entrance into the shed will be $50.
The Dogs returned home on Saturday, with our sponsors enjoying the hospitality of the club in the Old Boys shed with food and refreshments provided, against Lakes in a game thay needed to stay clear of a congested pack of teams.Kurri opened the scoring early and while at times looked tired, scored at regular intervals to secure a great 38-10 victory. Steve Madden was at his best a hat trick of tries with the award winners being Daniel Abraham and teenage NSW U18 rep Michael Steele.
After the heartbreak of the two previous last minute losses Reserve grade scored a comprehensive 30-10 win which, coupled with some weekend results helping them out are still in contention for semi finals.In a great team display the award winners were Brett Rumble and Mitch Cullen.
The Presidents cup team started the day in emphatic fashion winning 24-10, in a shortened game due to a injury to a Lakes player. the side will be causing the coach headaches with their up and down performances. James Charles won both awards with an outstanding display.
This week we play on Central on Sunday at Charlestown in a game if we win will guarantee of spot in the semi's. The Dogs won a close first round encounter and will have to be at their best to come away with the points.
The replay of the washed out game of round 14, was against Maitland on Wednesday night. A narrow loss to the competition leaders on a cold and foggy night. The Bulldogs dominated the game for long periods but a disallowed try, a bombed try and some dubious refereeing decisions saw the Dogs go down 20-18.
However the game showed that we can mix with the top teams and will be a solid threat around semi final time.
Reserve grade lost in the last minutes of the game as was the case the previous week.
While a understrength Presidents cup side were also defeated.
Former Knights,St George Illawarra an South Sydney hooker George Ndaira has signed as Captain Coach for next season.
The 26 year old hooker/halfback played in the Newcastle Rugby League with the Bulldogs in 2009 during the Knights player placement program.
Ndaira lives in Newcastle and has been commuting 3 or 4times to Sydney to play in the NSW Cup with Balmain Ryde Eastwood.
Returning to the NRL with Kurri was an easy choice.Ever since I was at the Knights and we got put with different clubs and I was with Kurri,I have stayed in touch with all the players the staff.
The coaching job will be George's first but the goal kicking playmaker has long held designs on running a rugby league team.
I've done my certificates and it's something I've ben aspiring to get into.
It's another chapter in my career and I'm ready to tackle it head on.
Ndaira said he hoped to take advantage of the experience current coach Todd Polglase, I'm definitely going to keep him involved and be into his ear, because he's been there a few years and everyone respects around the club.
He'll be my sounding board and help me at the start.
Several current players have said that they will go around again after the signing.
Kurri travelled along the freeway to take on the strong Wyong outfit in a game of high importance for all 3 grades semi final aspirations.
In first grade it was fourth versus fifth in a vert tight display with both teams crosing for 2 converted tries in the first half.On the wrong side of a lopsided penalty count and unable to grasp any of the luck on the day the Bulldogs pushed the home side all the way to the final siren going down 30-24.While coach Todd Polglase was disappointed at not securing the 2 points he would have been pleased in the knowledge that his team still missing some key players matched it with a full strength Wyong team in a game most fair minded judges would agree that Kurri were probably the better side on the day.
Reserve grade was also tight contest with lack of numbers forcing many players to back up from the Presidents Cup side.Coach Ron Griffiths would have admired the courage shown by his troops but equally dismayed at their lack of respect for the football at crucial moments in the game.Kurri scored a try right on fulltime which would have won the game but a seemingly fair pass was ruled forward to allow Wyong to sneak home 22-20.
The abundance of players coach Doola Brady had at his disposal for the previous round soon dissapated as his Presidents Cup side was again forced to play with only 13 players.To their credit they never stopped trying but fatigue took its toll with wyong winning 44-20.
This week will be crucial to Kurri's fortune with washed out against Maitland being played Wednesday night at Maitland at 8.30pm, then backing up against Lakes on Saturday at home.
The Bulldogs achieved a rare feat on Saturday by beating arch rivals Cessnock in all three grades for the second time this season.
In front of a large parochial crowd, the Bulldogs duplicated their first round result by denying the Goays a win in any grade, something the club had not done done for many years.
In first grade the Dogs' rock solid defence returned to allow them to completely dominate the first half leading 22 nil at half time.
The second half was closer with Cessnock scoring first but Kurri kept their composure scoring two more tries before allowing Cessnock to score in the last minute to secure an emphatic 32-12 victory.
In an outstanding team display award winners were Josh and Joey Griffiths with Scott Dunn, Jake Kerr,Jay Stevens and Steve Madden all strong performers.
Justin "Bumper "Peterkin celebrated his 150th game by leading the side out through a specially arranged banner. He celebrated with a conversion late in the game, to keep his goal kicking record at 75% as stated later during celebrations.
Reserve grade was an arm wrestle with Kurri seeming to be in control most of the match but poor discipline and mistakes kept Cessnock in the game.With a late try to the Bulldogs sealed a 24-14 win.Mitch Cullen and Ty Petherbridge were award winners with Steve Blakemore, Daniel French and Shannon Harmey responding well to the directions of captain coach Ron Griffiths,who steered the side with his usual enthusiam and experience.
In complete contrast to the previous weeks coach Doola Brady had surplus numbers to pick from for this clash and he came up with the right combination as the Presidents Cup team completely outplayed the opposition to win 38-12.
Tim Conway was outstanding for the home side picking up both awards with a solid contributions from Wes Patten and Simon Craig returning from a long term injury.
The first grade played in Pink jumpers as a promotion for the Breast Cancer Pink Ball held at the Bowling Club later that night.
It was to be a resounding success with over $10000 for Breast cancer and over $5000 for the Kurri Club.
Well done to Bumper, fiancee Angie Gray , Mick and Lydia Carr for a well organised day and night of festivities.
This week we face Maitland who defeated easily at home in the first round, at time of writing the game appears to be in great doubt due to the constant rain during the week.
Kurri journeyed to Townsend Oval on Sunday, bouyed by recent success, but was to be disappointed in losing in all 3 grades.
The Dogs led early through a Mitch Steel cut out pass to Shannon Tanner who crossed out wide, which was not converted with Dan Abraham having a unusual off day missing the 4 conversions on the day.
Souths struck back and with 3 tries and the critical one, right on half time, led 18-4 at half time.
Captain Coach Todd Polglase reinjured his troublesome hamstring in the 31st minute and was not to return for the rest of the game.
After half time we scored 2 quick tries to Shannon Tanner and Jay Stevens to bring us back into the game at 18-12. but man of match Nathan Hinton cut through from a scrum 50m out to score under the posts.
Late tries to Souths and Kurri's Scott Dunn finished the point scoring and final score 28-16.
Despite the loss we remain equal with Central on 12 points but 5th on averages.
Polglase commented after the game that the attacking brilliance of Hinton and fullback Warren was the difference.
We came out with a couple of bad reads in defence and they made us pay.
Tryscorers- Shannon Tanner 2, Scott Dunn 1, Jay Stevens 1,Jake Kerr 1.
Went down 32-4, to be equal 6th but 7th on averages 1 point out the 5.
Went Down 62-10, to remain in 5th spot, however a couple of close rivals have 1 or 2 games in hand.
Coach Brady is going greyer by the week.
This week we play our arch rivals Cessnock at Kurri, they were soundly thrashed by Maitland 64-16, which they will be keen to revenge.
We finished on top in the first round, recording our 1st victory in a number of years.
Also this week we will celebrating the 150th first grade game of a true Bulldog, Justin "Bumper" Peterkin.Bumpers efforts over the years has shown that the Bulldog spirit is still alive. Be there before kickoff to see him lead our side on.
The 1st grade side will be playing in pink jumpers as a promotion for the fundraising "Pink Ball" to be held after the game at the Kurri Bowling Club, with proceeds going to Breast Cancer and the Kurri Bulldogs.
The club is interviewing applicants for the replacement of Todd Polglase, for next years head coaching position.
On bittersweet note,long serving club coach Ronald Griffiths has been appointed by Maitland to be their 1st grade coach, with the offer coming last week before interviews for our position took place.We wish him well for the rest of this year and next year.
Kurri were successful in all 3 grades.
1st grade followed up their outstanding victory the previous week against Wests, with a dominating display against Macquarie with our forwards leading the way winning 52-28.
Mick Campton and Ben Wyborn stood out in a strong display.Justin Peterkin scoring a well deserved try much to the plaudits of a strong Old Boys crowd.
Shannon Tanner 2, Ben Wyborn 2, Todd Polglase 1,Scott Dunn 1, Josh Griffiths 1, Joey Griffiths 1,Justin Peterkin 1.
Daniel Abraham kicked 8 goals from 10, with a couple of big efforts from the sideline with his no nonsense approach.
We are now running in 5th spot by ourselves.
Players Player- Mick Campton
Coaches Award - Daniel Abraham
Won 22-20, after leading easily in the 1st half as did 3rd grade and giving supporters palpitations as the game came to a close.
That now places us in equal 5th spot but 7th on averages.
Players Player - Daniel French
Coaches Award - Daniel French
Won 24-20 after leading 18 nil at one stage, but similar to Reserve grade hung on for a tenacious win.
That now places us in 5th spot by ourselves.
Players Player - Paul Royal
Coaches Award - James Charles
Our Next Game is against Souths at Townsend Oval on Sunday 10.7.11 at 3pm. Souths have not been beaten since we defeated them in the 1st round at Kurri 44-12.
Kurri played Wests at Harker Oval on Sunday 26.6.11.
1st grade were successful 26-16, it was our first victory at Harker for 27 years. it was built on a brilliant 1st half where we led 18 nil until 2 minutes before half time and untiring defence when Wests had numerous sets on our lines.
Tryscorers were Jake Kerr,Todd Polglase,Jesse Royal and Scott Dunn.
Daniel Abraham kicked 5 goals including 2 brilliant conversions from either sideline.
1st grade are equal 5th, 6th on averages.
Reserve Grade went down 44-6 are equal 6th. Presidents Cup also went down32-8 and are 6th.
Our next game is at the Graveyard against Macquarie on Saturday 2.7.11 at 3pm.
All fixtures,results and tables for all grades for the season are recorded in the Fixtures/Results section of the toolbar.
Individual player records for the season in recorded in the Player section of the Toolbar.
Kurri Bulldogs ventured to the Bay on Saturday 18.6.11 and were successful in all grades.
Our next game is against Wests at Harker Oval next Sunday 26th June 2011.