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Bulldogs find their way home: Game atmosphere electric

By Cindy Ngo

July 28, 2015 - Canterbury-Bankstown Express

A crowd of more than 19,000 packed into Belmore Sports Ground to watch the Bulldogs play the Cronulla Sharks.

The 18-16 win to the Sharks was only the second NRL game at the Bulldogs' spiritual home in 17 years and also marked the club's 80th anniversary.

The Bulldogs looked set for a late fightback at 16-10 down before half Josh Reynolds was penalised for a late hit on Cronulla star Valentine Holmes.

The Sharks scored a penalty to all but seal the win.

Former Bulldogs players were honoured before kickoff at the packed ground.

Standing on the hill at Belmore, overlooking the train tracks to one side and the houses on the other, you couldn't help but be inspired by the atmosphere at a great old ground like Belmore.

There is no other way to describe Belmore Sports Ground but as spectacular.

Thanks to hard work from the club and the millions tipped in from various levels of government, the old girl looked picture perfect.

It was fair to say that 95 per cent of the crowd were Bulldogs, which was the case as per the club's ticketing deal with members.

The game was the second at Belmore this season, after almost 17,000 watched the Bulldogs beat Melbourne Storm last month.


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