Bulldogs gunning for fourth consecutive Premiership

The Eastern Suburb Bulldogs will play the Wellington City Saints in the Wellington AFL Grand Final at 3pm on Sunday 4th December at Hutt Park.


The Eastern Suburb Bulldogs have played in every Grand Final for the past 10 years, and this weekend they will be aiming to claim their fourth premiership in a row. It was at this time 10 years ago that then, player Gregor Kempt and his Saints dominated the league. With his second year back as Coach, Kempt has demonstrated that if you build player numbers and a great culture, you can get your club to the top of the mountain. With senior key players such as Jason Cox and Conner O’Fee mixed with a lot of keen youth, the Saints will be looking to topple the reigning Wellington AFL champions.

The Saints finished the regular season with 3 wins, 5 losses and a tie with James Kusel’s Hutt Valley Eagles, but with the leagues 1/4 point reward system, the Saints were able to secure themselves a spot in the Grand Final.

The Bulldogs, lead by Coach John Jackson and Captain James Terry have continued their winning run in the Wellington League. The team’s vast improvement on defense has resulted in an average of just over 2 goals kicked against them all season. The solid defense of players such as Shane Wineera, Luke Shervey, Matt Lewis, Micheal De Fazio and Hugh Wilson  just to name a few. That has been echoed in the middle with Stan Chung and 4-time Final Best on Ground Peter Helstead.

The Bulldogs glowing season has also seen them undefeated in a quarter in 2016. However, James Terry is aware that it will all be for nothing if the Bulldogs get caught sleeping come Sunday. “I couldn’t be more proud of the boys and what we have achieved over the past few seasons on and off the field, but we have a job to do on Sunday and we need to stay hungry if we are to take our 4th flag in a row.”  


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