Bulldogs barking after GF win
WHEN the 15-year premiership drought of Brothers Bulldogs finally broke, it did not rain, it poured.
Brothers Bulldogs historic defeat of favourites Across The Waves on Sunday was the final surge of a red, white and black deluge which swept across Hervey Bay’s Keith Dunne Oval on Saturday.
The drought-breaking A-Grade triumph was in addition to premierships earned earlier by the club’s reserve grade, under-17s, under-15s and under-13s teams.
The day will be forever etched in the mind of Brothers president Terry Webb who became a member of the club after watching the Bulldogs’ last grand final win in 1995.
“When that whistle went off there was a feeling of sheer relief,” he said.
“An answer to all the pain, strife and sledges that come your way when your team is losing.”
The Brothers figurehead Webb has copped more than a few barbed comments and insults during the course of his association with the club.
Before the senior team’s disappointing grand final loss to Hervey Bay last year, the Bulldogs were ejected from the AFL Wide Bay competition in six consecutive preliminary finals.
“The word ‘choker’ has been tossed around quite a bit,” Webb said.
“One particular gentleman in Hervey Bay thought perennial choker had a nice ring to it.”
Webb said the look of triumph on the faces of his seniors after the win had made his trying nine-year term as president well worthwhile.
“Not one player in this club gets a single dollar for what they do; they do it for the love of it,” he said. “To see the look on their faces was remarkable, it was truly special.”
Webb said while many were still celebrating the end of the 2010 season, plans had already begun for 2011.
“We’ll keep investing in our junior program and we’ll battle to ensure it is never this long between drinks again.”