Mixed on-field success for ’Dogs: Photos

Fresh from celebrating their past, the future of the Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs looks in good hands.

The club’s under 18s outfit leapfrogged Cooma into second place on the competition ladder, after defeating the Stallions 22-6 on Sunday.

A strong first half showing set the foundation for the Bullpups, who went into the sheds at 16-0 and held onto their advantage to atone for a narrow two-point loss to the same opposition earlier in the season.

Five-eighth Blake Schafer was the star, bagging a brace of tries and kicking three conversions.

Tries also to winger Peter Dadd and highly rated backrower Wayde Aitken secured the win.

Coach Warren Schafer said the win, which puts the Bullpups ahead of Cooma on points difference, came at a crucial time.

“Every game is a must-win now, with only two games to go,” he said.

“There are only four teams in the comp so we’ll be in the semi-finals, but we need to build momentum.

“If we keep our discipline under control, we can beat anyone; that’s what we’ll be looking to improve.”

The Hotdogs league-tag outfit were on the other side of the ledger this round, falling to a 20-0 loss at the hands of Eden.

The result means the Tigers now go one point ahead of the Hotdogs, but coach Bernie Maher said they’re still having a great season.

“I think we were a little bit flat after all the work we put into organising [the club reunion],” he said.

“Our second half was much improved, but we gave them too much of a head start, and they’re a good side that’s been together for a while.

“But these girls are great, and win, lose or draw, as long as they’re having fun I don’t care.

“Some of them are only 15, but they’re learning the game and having a great time.

“They’ve come a long way and I’m really proud of them.”

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