Our thanks to Andrew Ferguson for his 2014 piece recounting the story of Edward Larkin, who among ot...
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How you fare in your first match is often a good precursor as to how you your season will pan out. For Canterbury-Bankstown, that could not have been more true.
How it unfolded
The 2010 season was one that started with much promise for the boys from Belmore, after turning their 2008 wooden spoon into a 2009 preliminary final finish. But within the first 80 minutes of the year, things just didn't look right. A 20-16 loss to Newcastle in round one gave way to a thumping 26-6 loss to eventual premiers St George Illawarra in round two.
While the first fortnight was a struggle, Bulldogs fans could've been forgiven for thinking it had all turned around on a sunny Sunday afternoon at ANZ Stadium in round three. The winless side came out firing against the high-flying Roosters to post a 60-14 victory, after leading 30-4 at halftime. Exciting games from Josh Morris and Ben Barba had the blue-and-white faithful in raptures and looking forward to better times.
What followed was far less inspiring. A patchy April where victories over Brisbane and Wests Tigers were overshadowed by losses to the Warriors and Souths, and after arch-enemies Parramatta issued the