ATTACK: Goulburn Bulldogs winger Pat Cooke charges through the West Belconnen defence.ALTHOUGH they suffered a 32-20 loss, the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs played a gritty game against West Belconnen Warriors last Saturday.
Winger Pat Cooke grabbed a double, but it wasn’t enough for the Dogs, who now drop to 1-1 ahead of this weekend’s away match against the Yass Magpies.
Kurt Selmes and Matt Worboys also came away with tries as well as some valiant goals by Chris Hart and Ben Picker.
Bulldogs manager John Payne summed up the match well.
GOOD RUN: Tyson Greenwood keeps a firm hold of the ball whilst running through the West Belconnen defence.
“The boys played well in parts, but unfortunately didn’t keep up the pressure on the West Belconnen guys,” he said.
“By the time we did start putting pressure back on again, it was too late.
We did have another opportunity about one minute before half time, but unfortunately West Belconnen capitalised on this and ran away to score.”
Secretary Joe Stephens also describes the game as a ‘bit ugly and scrappy’.
“We had a bit too much dropped ball and so we need to be on our game this weekend against Yass, who are a bit of an unknown for us as we haven’t played them for a few years,” he said.
‘We’ll wait and see and play our sets out, build some pressure and the results should come from there.”
They face the Yass Magpies at Walker Park in Yass this Saturday from 2 pm.
West Belconnen Warriors 32 (R Thomas 2, H Whatman, R McQueen, C Scott, T Aroha- Tuinauvai tries; B Roberts 4 goals) defeated Goulburn Bulldogs 20 (P Cooke 2, K Selmes, M Worboys tries; C Hart, B Picker goals)
BRACING: Joe Picker braces for a tackle whilst brother Ben Picker (right) looks on. Photos: Darryl Fernance)
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