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Belmore beckons Bulldogs - Canterbury eyes old home

By Adam Vidler and Jessica Clement

August 6, 2013 - Canterbury-Bankstown Express

STATE OF PLAY
WHAT: Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle said the board was keen to bring an NRL game to Belmore Sports Ground in the future
WHO: The ground is currently used by the Bulldogs NSW Cup squad and Sydney Olympic for games and by the Bulldogs NRL team for training
PAST: A $7 million upgrade was completed at the ground in early 2012

THE Bulldogs will stage a return to Belmore Sports Ground - but not this year.

Chief executive Raelene Castle said the board and the club wanted to host an NRL game at the new-look ground in the future.

However, she cautioned local fans against booking tickets just yet.

"Right at the moment, the ground is not quite in the right place to host an NRL game of this quality," Ms Castle said.

Castle's comments followed an ANZ Stadium scheduling blunder that meant the Bulldogs' last home game in round 25, against Penrith, would clash with an AFL grand final rematch between the Swans and Hawthorn. Both matches were scheduled for August 30.

The Bulldogs match has since been shifted to August 31 but not before social media lit up with calls from fans to bring the match back to the club's spiritual home.

The Express spoke to Back to Belmore president Luke Brailey about the prospect of a Bulldogs homecoming.

"I have no doubt that Belmore Sports Ground's best days are ahead of her, but we've long said any decision to take an NRL match to Belmore is a decision for the Bulldogs," he said.

Mr Brailey said the challenge for the ground was now to attract other sports to use its facilities.

He said Back to Belmore had recently fielded interest from Shute Shield rugby club Randwick, and a Sydney-based gridiron team.


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