The excitement was palpable in the air and the atmosphere festive in a wash of blue and white – on Sunday 5 October hundreds of Bulldogs supporters descended on Canterbury League Club to watch the 2014 NRL Grand Final play out.
For fans that couldn’t make it to ANZ Stadium to watch it live, Canterbury was the next best place to be to watch the game. It was operating at full capacity with over 2000 members and guests watching the game on over 20 purposely-installed television screens all around the Club, and thousands more fans cheering on the Bulldogs from the streets of Belmore.
“The turnout at Canterbury for Grand Final Day was amazing – everywhere you looked there was a sea of blue and white supporters, and people smiling and cheering. It was the most electrifying atmosphere; you get to see firsthand the overwhelming passion Bulldogs supporters have for their team,” said Dave Brace, CEO of Canterbury League Club.
“All of us wished for a better result in the game but the boys still played a great match against a tough opponent and have had a wonderful season. Their hard work and dedication saw them through to the Grand Final and that is a fantastic achievement in itself.”
Canterbury held several special events to celebrate Grand Final Day and members and guests who stayed back were treated to a view of the players when the entire Bulldogs contingent made their way back to the Club after the game. Fans had the opportunity to cheer the players while the players had the chance to say thank you to their devoted fans that have supported them throughout the year.
“The entire day went smoothly; fans were very well behaved. The Club had extra staff on the day to ensure members and guests could enjoy the game in a safe environment. I also would like to thank the entire Canterbury team for their efforts in pulling off an unforgettable day,” said Dave Brace.
“Congratulations to the Bulldogs for an epic 2014 season. We wish them the very best for next year but for now, they have definitely earned a well-deserved rest.”