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The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will make their on-field return to Belmore Sports Ground on Sunday, 12 February when they take on the Sydney Roosters across all grades - the pinnacle of which will be a twilight First Grade trial fixture between the Bulldogs and Roosters National Rugby League squads.
Members will have the first opportunity to secure tickets to the day, which will feature all five Bulldogs sides - NRL, NSW Cup, Toyota Cup, SG Ball and Harold Matthews Cup - in action.
The NRL match, kicking off at 5pm, will be the second of three trials for the Bulldogs in the lead up to the 2012 season, following on from a 4 February clash with St George-Illawarra (venue TBC) and preceding a 18 February match up against the Canberra Raiders in Wagga Wagga.
Stretching back to the first Premiership match played at Belmore back in 1936, just one year after the Canterbury-Bankstown Club entered the competition, the ground has been considered the Club's spiritual home.
In October 2011, the Club moved its football and administration base back to the venue, opening the doors on a $9Million Centre of Excellence. Nearly two years in the making, the facility is the equal of any high performance sports centre in the country, featuring the best in training, administration and recovery facilities, all aimed at helping to prepare the Bulldogs in the best possible fashion for the rigours of the season ahead.
The First Grade fixture on February 12 will be the first time the Club's top squad will play on the ground since Premiership matches were moved to Sydney Olympic Park in 1998.
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs vs. Sydney Roosters
Sunday 12 February, 2012
Belmore Sportsground, BELMORE