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Game hopes dashed by the top dog

By Nathan Klein

July 8, 2008 - Canterbury-Bankstown Express

ANY hope of Bulldogs games being played at Belmore Sports Ground again have been dashed by the club's top dog, Todd Greenberg.

Last week Mr Greenberg said Brisbane would be a more likely destination should the Bulldogs be asked to move games away from the cavernous ANZ Stadium.

"Being realistic, Belmore's not a viable option, it doesn't have anywhere near the facilities even for the general public let alone corporates so that's not an option for us," Mr Greenberg said last week.

"We don't have many other options for boutique grounds but there are ways of looking at opportunities for our interstate games potentially against interstate teams that don't draw well in Sydney.

"We've got a long term deal in place (at ANZ Stadium) but we're happy to look at ways of playing the right games at the right stadiums."

The comments have outraged Back to Belmore club president Luke Brailey, who said the Bulldog's priority should be on upgrading Belmore Sports Ground to a commercially viable basis to allow a select number of NRL home games.

"For the past few years, the previous regime had put the corporate dollar ahead of the fans' best interests," Mr Brailey said.

"Mr Greenberg needs to strike a balance between the Bulldogs' need to play at ANZ Stadium for commercial reasons and the fans' desire to return to our rightful home ground."

He said there had been no leadership from the previous Bulldogs board on Belmore Sports Ground and he didn't want the scenario repeated.

"Their lack of interest in addressing problems facing Belmore Sports Ground demonstrated an appalling naivete as they had neither the foresight nor the interest in identifying the underlying causes of Belmore's dilapidated state," he said.

"Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them."


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