On Saturday afternoon, the Brisbane Broncos defeated the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 44-24 in front of 17,103 fans at a sold-out Belmore Sports Ground which farewelled club legend Josh Reynolds as he played his final game for the Bulldogs, going down to the North Sydney Bears 30-6 in the NSW Cup curtain raiser match.
Back to Belmore Patron Luke Brailey said that feedback on the event has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly from local retailers.
“With an experience like that on offer, it is no surprise that excitement around the NRL games at Belmore Sports Ground continues to build each year, and with it comes great benefits for Belmore and the local precinct. It's always fantastic to welcome the Bulldogs back to their spiritual home, they always put on a great show and Saturday was no exception,” Mr Brailey said.
“I'd like to congratulate Bulldogs Chairman John Khoury and CEO Aaron Warburton for their incredible passion for Belmore Sports Ground, hosting yet another successful premiership match on the hallowed turf, the twelfth since 2015. The game returned hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy and it is stunning to see the historic facility on the national stage again. Despite the loss, a great day was had by all to pay tribute and farewell one of Belmore's favourite sons and a good friend of mine. Josh Reynolds is a champion of the highest magnitude and I wish him the very best of good fortune with his future endeavours.”
Vice President Steven Cataldi said the organisation would be working closely with the Bulldogs to secure more games in the long-term future.
“For the past eight years it has been a fantastic concept and it's not just rugby league that gets the benefits,” Mr Cataldi said.
“We look forward to working collaboratively with the Bulldogs to maintain a consistent presence in the Canterbury-Bankstown district for many years to come. To be clear, staging NRL games at Belmore in its current state presents major logistical and operational challenges but we will always support the Bulldogs in their efforts to revitalise and rejuvenate this amazing community asset to its optimum potential in the years ahead.”
Belmore's weekend of rugby league has been heralded a major success by locals and visitors alike. The attendance figure eclipsed the 16,404 who attended the Round 3 match between the Bulldogs and Wests Tigers.