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fm25 - Great memories from the 88 Grand Final and Gearins magical try from Brentnalls bomb

Posted by... quigs eraofthebiff - on ... Monday, May 14, 2012
 
From The Prodigal Son
Australia
Canterbury Bulldogs

MEMORIES OF THE PRODIGAL SON'S FIRST EVER GRAND FINAL VISIT.........THE PRODIGAL SON IS A MEMBER OF THE KENNEL, A BULLDOG FANSITE,

I was only 16 at the time and still at school. One of my classmates (a St George supporter) sold me his Grand Final ticket at cost price as St George were not playing (and he knew that I was a Canterbury supporter). The ticket was on the "Hill" area (most of which as you probably know has been concreted over).

It was a great buzz to be seeing a Grand Final live for the first time, espcially as my team was playing in it!!! I was offered some (apparently smuggled in) alcohol (which apeared to be Bacardi and Coke) by some nearby Eastern Suburbs supporters (which I declined). Was a good atmosphere on the Hill and I recall getting pleasure out of seeing Canterbury gradually building up a winning lead due to penalty goals and their first try.

That last (second) try was just magic and the "icing on the cake" to the Grand Final win..............Greg Brentnall put up a somewhat speculative "bomb" at around the 25m mark............Steve Gearin just followed it (and kept his eyes on the ball).............Gearin took the ball on the full and his momentum carried him over the line for a (looking back on it) spectacular try. I recall cheering loudly and "carrying on" when the try was scored.

I recall getting the train back after the game. Then (as now) I lived on the East Hills line and there was only a TWO carriage train at Central to get on.........it was a VERY crowded ride back home, but I didn't mind.............nothing could have overshadowed my feeling that day of (after several years of following Canterbury) getting to see your team win the Grand Final.

Quigs here - Thanks Prodigal Son. and the gang at "The Kennel" a great Doggies Fan site.

This was the team.....

1980 Grand final

Dogs 18 (Anderson Gearin tries; Gearin 6 Goals) def Easts 4.

G Brentnall
C Anderson
C Mortimer
P Mortimer
S Gearin
Garry Hughes
s Mortimer
M Hughes
S Folkes
Graeme Hughes
G Robinson
G Peponis
J Coveney
Howse that from an old Sharkie ....Pssst looked up Rugby Leauge Yearbook 1988.

Cheers
Quigs


 

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