2017 Review: Goulburn Workers Bulldogs

It was a case of so near but yet so far for the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs as they finished as runners-up in two grades.

First Grade

Position:  6th
Win/Loss/Draw:  7 – 9 – 0
Points For: 402
Points Against: 493

The Goulburn Workers Bulldogs improved by leaps and bounds as they often threatened to make the top four after an eight-placed finish last year.

Having won only two games in 2016, the Bulldogs managed seven wins as they were able to beat every side outside of the top three at least once

Although the Goulburn side had a slim finals chance heading into the final round, they were unable to beat a dominate Yass outfit.

Goulburn had the fifth-best attack and seventh best defence in the competition.

Reserve Grade

Position: 8th
Win/Loss/Draw:  2 – 14 – 0
Points For: 236
Points Against: 546

It was another tough season for Goulburn in Reserve Grade as they once again finished eighth but were unable to match the number of wins they claimed the previous year.

Goulburn claimed both of their wins against the bottom-placed Belconnen United Sharks, but also managed to threaten the Tuggeranong Bushrangers and Gungahlin Bulls.

In a reflection of their position on the ladder, Goulburn’s attack and defence were ranked eighth.

Ladies League Tag

Position:  3rd
Win/Loss/Draw:  12 – 4 – 0
Points For: 400
Points Against: 126

The Goulburn Workers Bulldogs excelled in 2017, as they reached the grand final.

Backed by their resolute defence, Goulburn hit their stride during the finals series as they defeated the defending premiers, Belconnen, before upsetting the Yass Girl Pies.

However, the Bulldogs were unable to defeat West Belconnen in the final as they went down 14-8 in an extremely tight encounter.

Goulburn boasted the third best attack and defence in the competition.

Under 18’s

Position:  4th
Win/Loss/Draw:  11 – 4 – 1
Points For:  554
Points Against: 274

The Goulburn Workers Bulldogs were only moments away from a Premiership but were ultimately defeated by the Woden Valley Rams in a nail-biting 20-16 loss.

The Bulldogs impressed during the back of the season as they won eight of their last ten matches, as they easily secured a finals place.

Once the finals started, Goulburn’s performances went up a gear as they brushed aside both West Belconnen and the Queanbeyan Kangaroos despite finishing lower than them on the ladder.

Goulburn had the third best defence and fourth best attack in the competition.