The Gunnedah Bulldogs are hoping their fast approaching Old Boys’ day will help repair and rebuild their season.
The Bulldogs have a home game against Dungowan Cowboys this Sunday followed by a huge July 21 match against defending premiers North Tamworth at Kitchener Park.
The two home games could ignite the Bulldogs’ season, which is in danger of falling apart after last Saturday’s 38-24 loss to Werris Creek at Werris Creek, when the Magpies celebrated their first ever Old Boys’ day in such brilliant fashion.
Gunnedah were to have run their Old Boys’ day earlier in the season but had to postpone it.
“It’s going to be a big game for us too [against the Bears],” Gunnedah coach Sean Hayne said.
“Hopefully we’ll get a few old faces there.
“Anyone who ever played at Gunnedah is invited.
“There are still a lot of former players around we’d like to see back at Kitchener Park and the club after the game.”
He said former players such as Lindsay Johnston, who has just moved back to Gunnedah, Steve “Stumpy” Howard and premiership winning captain-coach John Lennan are just a few of the former players likely to be on board with the Bulldogs.
Club president David “Dooga” McCann has been contacting numerous former players to invite back for a celebration day that could be heightened by a win over Dungowan.
The Bulldogs have to improve a great deal, Hayne said.
Against the Cowboys they will welcome back KC Edmonds to the pack after work commitments prevented him from playing at David Taylor Park last Saturday.
However they lose hard working back-rower Jordy Ford for the Cowboys clash.
“We get one back and lose one,” Hayne said. “Jordy’s going over to Canada for a month or so. [He] might be back but [he] might not.”
In other Group 4 first grade matches this weekend, Narrabri host North Tamworth on Sunday, with Kootingal at home to Werris Creek on Saturday.
In related news, Cody Tickle is improving just like his Werris Creek Magpies.
The 24-year-old polled three best-and-fairest points against Gunnedah at David Taylor Park on Saturday. Tickle is a former halfback who now plays in the second-row. In the 38-24 defeat of Gunnedah, he crossed for a try and set up another.
The first-grade table (for-and-against points in brackets): Kootingal-Moonbi 16 (360/142), North Tamworth 16 (298/130), Gunnedah 12 (294/232), Werris Creek 10 (230/268), Dungowan 8 (228/300), Narrabri 8 (164/313), Boggabri 2 (157/340).