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Manly and Bulldogs will play in 2009 first round

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    Manly and Bulldogs will play in 2009 first round

    By Dean Ritchie | October 01, 2008

    GRAND finalists Manly will play the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Homebush, in round one next season.

    The NRL will this morning release its draw for 2009 to the public in Martin Place.

    The Daily Telegraph has obtained several key dates for next season, including the Sea Eagles-Bulldogs clash in the opening round.ydney vs Melbourne: Take our Grand Final survey

    New Dogs halfback Brett Kimmorley will front up to Manly skipper Matt Orford in what should be an intriguing individual contest.

    Also in round one, Brisbane will play the Cowboys in an all-Queensland battle.

    The Grand Final rematch between Manly and Melbourne will be in round eight at Brookvale Oval.

    New Dragons coach Wayne Bennett will return to Suncorp Stadium in round four to play the Broncos.

    In a first for rugby league, the Test match between Australia and New Zealand will be played on the same night as City-Country on May 8.
  2. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    Good - with all their new players in key positions they will take a while to click into gear.
  3. Zep

    Zep Active Member

    +8 /0
    that is BS about CC on the same night as Aus v NZ. Really have on the next day saturday and make the week a bye week,.
  4. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,743 /120
    that is just silly having the CvC and Aus V NZ on same night, are they trying to murder any ratings they may have received?
  5. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +305 /2
    Slightly longer article from smh with a few more game details:

    The 2009 NRL season will roar to life on March 13 with an opening round of blockbuster matches to kick-off the second century of premiership rugby league.

    Traditional rivals the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney, Brisbane and North Queensland and Manly and the Bulldogs will feature among the round one clashes from March 13-16.

    Among the highlights from Wednesday's unveiling of the 2009 draw, new St George Illawarra coach Wayne Bennett will return to Brisbane to face the Broncos in round four.

    Teams will don traditional jerseys in round 10 for Heritage Week, while a new-look representative program features a State of Origin match in Melbourne.

    NRL Chief Executive David Gallop joined Broncos captain Darren Lockyer and Rabbitohs star Craig Wing at the Grand Final Live Site at Sydney's Martin Place for the historic draw announcement.

    It marked the first time the draw has been released in grand final week, ensuring those fans whose teams are not in the decider can also begin dreaming of premiership success.

    "Grand Final week is a time to celebrate the achievements of the two best teams in the competition but it also an opportunity to give hope for all fans that their teams can be part of the festivities next season," Gallop said.

    Grand Finalists Manly and Melbourne will continue their great rivalry in a rematch of the 2007 and 2008 deciders at Brookvale Oval in Round 8.

    May 8 opens a new chapter in representative football with the trans-Tasman Test between Australia and New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium being played on the same night as City-Country in regional NSW.

    State of Origin returns to Melbourne for game one of the series, with game two in Sydney and game 3 in Brisbane.

    Byes have been structured to ensure more teams have more stars available during the representative season.

    Round 20 kicks off the Glory Bound Rounds to the finals Series with matches including Gold Coast v Brisbane, Souths v the Roosters, the Bulldogs v Parramatta and the New Zealand Warriors v the Dragons.

    I didn't think we were traditional rivals with the dogs?  Not like us v Parra or Sharks or something.  oh well, no bother.

    And how many more heritage rounds can we have?!?  we're starting to run out of jerseys!
  6. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,743 /120
    Should have been us v Parra
  7. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    Since when have Manly and the Dogs been traditional rivals. Sure we hate them but so does everybody else.
  8. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,743 /120
    an easy 2 points in the bag for round 1 at least

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