Points For: 292
Points Against: 478
Seventh place was a fair reflection for the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs as they didn’t beat a team above them on the table but didn’t lose against a side below them.
Their season started promisingly with consecutive wins against the Sharks and then the Bulls at GIO Stadium and they were the only team to have two wins after Round 2.
However, a lack of consistency meant the Bulldogs were competitive more often than not but they lacked the quality to sustain their efforts across 80 minutes.
Wins against the Sharks and Bulls in Rounds 10 and 11 gave Goulburn’s season a boost once again but another six consecutive defeats ended their season.
Points For: 438
Points Against: 336
The Bulldogs were one of the seasons big improvers in Reserve Grade as they won seven more matches than they did in 2017.
After a slow start where they claimed one win in their first four matches, Goulburn won their next five matches which included wins against eventual Grand Finalists, the Queanbeyan Blues and West Belconnen Warriors. They also defeated the third placed Woden Valley Rams and fourth placed Queanbeyan Kangaroos in their winning run.
A three match losing streak followed but the Bulldogs bounced back in style to defeat the Warriors 40-18. With three rounds remaining, Goulburn sat in third place but losses to the Blues and Woden meant the Bulldogs had to settle for fifth place.
Position: 3rd (Runners-up)
Points For: 459
Points Against: 241
It didn’t look like there was much separating the top three sides in the Under 18’s competition and that’s the way it panned out, as the Bulldogs finished third and made a serious challenge for the Premiership.
After winning their first three games, the Bulldogs were beaten by the Tuggeranong Bushrangers 32-28. Goulburn bounced back with a two point win over the Queanbeyan Blues but followed that up with a one point loss against the Woden Valley Rams.
From that moment on, the Bulldogs didn’t beat either of the top two sides until Round 17 where they beat Woden 14-10 but they lost to the same opponent 52-10 in the final round of the season.
However, the Bulldogs were a different side come finals as they eased past Tuggeranong 38-16 before producing a stunning comeback to beat the Rams 28-16 in the Preliminary Final.
Unfortunately for Goulburn, they were defeated in the Grand Final for the second consecutive year as the Blues proved too strong.
Position: 2nd (Runners-up)
Points For: 322
Points Against: 160
The Goulburn Workers Bulldogs started their season with a surprise loss to the Belconnen United Sharks but quickly found their form as they won four of their next five matches. Their only loss came at the hands of West Belconnen, whom they lost to on both occasions they met in the regular season.
A tense affair against Yass followed in Round 9, as their Hume Highway rivals claimed a 4-0 win.
However, Goulburn improved as the season continued as they won six of their final seven matches, including a 22-16 win over Yass in the final round of the season.
After being comfortably beaten 22-6 in the first week of finals against West Belconnen, Goulburn produced arguably the performance of the season as they beat Yass 18-0 in the Preliminary Final.
For the second consecutive year, Goulburn met the Warriors in the Grand Final and again it was a tight match. The Warriors took a 10-0 lead but the Bulldogs fought back hard to make the score 10-4. Goulburn kept pushing but couldn’t find a way through West Belconnen’s defence as the Warriors claimed the Premiership.
There was a number of highlights to chose from but it is hard to look past the effort of Goulburn’s Under 18’s side in the Preliminary Final.
Down at halftime, Angus Marshall led a Goulburn comeback as he scored two tries to help the Bulldogs reach their second consecutive Grand Final as they beat Woden 28-16.