Bulldogs winners not brawlers
BROTHERS Bulldogs vice-president Mark Mason has warned the senior side must stamp out ill-discipline if it is to emerge as a premiership force this season.
Mason said a few short fuses in the side needed to be extinguished and has called for the team to focus on the football rather than provocation from opponents.
“They need to get out there and go after the football instead of attacking their opposition,” he said.
“When things don't stack up in their favour some of the players have a tendency to lose their cool and their discipline goes walk-about.”
Mason said players were focusing on one-on-one contests with opposition to heavily at the cost of other areas of their game.
“Some of them just want to get out there and muscle up against blokes and push and carry on,” he said.
“That's not the aim of the game.
“They should be out there trying to set up scoring opportunities,” he added.
The warning comes ahead of the Bulldogs' clash with Bay Power this weekend.
A sorely depleted Brothers outfit will be boosted by the return of ruckman Braydon Krebbs, full-forward Clint Ennis, winger Jamie Howden and centre Luke Sicca.
Mason said Bulldogs dignitaries had breathed a sigh of relief when casting their eyes over the starting list.
“We're feeling a lot better than we did this time last week,” he said.
“We've been hit pretty hard by injury so it's good to have a few guys come back into the fold,” Mason said