Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2012 Season Review
Wow. Was anyone expecting that? What a season for the Belmore boys!
The Canterbury-Bankstown club was always expected to improve under the guidance of Des Hasler, but even the most ardent Bulldogs fans would not have expected the side to come within ten points of a record-breaking premiership victory.
After kicking the season off unofficially with a trail at their spiritual home of Belmore, the Bulldogs made a stumbling start to their campaign, dropping a series of games in the first ten rounds to be in the lower half of the top eight, before embarking on a stunning 12-match winning run during the Origin period. One of the benefits of having a relative no-name squad (at least before their brilliant season) was that only one player, Josh Morris, was missing for State of Origin duty, and with two byes before Origin matches, the impact was so minimal that the club was able to breeze through the period with few troubles - and lots of competition points.