Today’s the big day; the Rugby League Grand Final. 17 Melbourne players and 17 Bulldogs player kick off at 5pm to decide who wins the Trophy. And mate, what a year it has been. One of my favourite teams; the Canterbury Bulldogs are playing off for the grand prize- the Telstra Premiership. Last year, they didn’t even make the finals and this year, mate what a year this has been. We reached the final, top of the table and Grand Finalist. The media has been giving all the credit to our coach Des Hasler who moved out west from the shithouse beaches of UnManly. While on the topic of UnManly Sea Eagles, props to our opponents the afternoon the distinguished Melbourne Storm. Even though I hope you walk away with only the feeling of coming second, I’d take this chance to raise a glass. A glass for putting that UnManly Shit Eagles in their place. Cheers.
Des Hasler has done more then his fair share. He’s taken our team, shaked it up and turned them into Champions. Take the story of Krisnan Inu. He was going no-where at his old club. But then Des took him in and now he’s become our valuable 2 point goalkicker. They would say that the revival started in 2012. But no, I’d say it started earlier then that with the signing of our new CEO Todd Greenburg.
It wouldn’t be a far stretch to say I have a mancrush on that bloke. He is a dedicated professional of sports administration. He had the right vision and more importantly he brought that vision to our club.
When asked for his thoughts on the Bulldogs, he said that he wanted it to be a family club. For a long time the Bulldogs, my Bulldogs hasn’t been that. It’s been the side for grubs, scumbag and drunken idiots. Several players were in the news for getting too pissed on a Friday night and doing stupid shits. Yes, there were individuals to look up who didn’t get pissed as a skunk but it still hurt to see a player who wore the jersey on the weekend, disgrace himself publicly when not playing.
When Todd became the CEO. He changed that forever. One player who drunk too much for his own good was instantly suspended forever. He drew the line and he acted decisively. The Dogs were no longer going to be the club everyone knew for the wrong reasons. Another cleaned up his act and played some of the best Footy he ever had in 2009. (Sadly, he went to one of our Western rivals and his form has hit the shits but hey what can you do?) From there, things were going up at Canterbury. A new coach, fresh blood and we finished 2nd out of 16. Sadly, the Dogs didn’t get to the GF in 2009 and for the next two years, they didn’t make the finals. The old coach Kevin Moore was sacked and once again Todd made the right decision at the right time. After hearing that Manly Coach Des Hasler was coming off his contract, he swooped in like a true eagle and made him a offer that I guess he couldn’t refuse. And much to the madness of the UnManly supporters, Des Hasler became our Coach. He wasn’t suppose to be there until 2013 but thanks to boardroom politics and Todd’s business savvy, we got him on board in 2012. And the results?
Well they’re in the Grand Final so what do you think?
So I raise a toast to Toddy and the Bulldogs.
No matter who wins tonight, this has been a great year for the Bulldogs Rugby League Club. Todd has restored our pride, the team and he’s shown that a Rugby League Team can be a winner without surrounding itself with drunken idiots.
Here’s to you Mr Greenburg and Mr Des Hasler.
You fucking legends.