The Westerner

Bulldogs to pull down the competition at nationals

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Source: Chris Honnery

Graham Egan, with Brisbane Bulldogs members Lia Egan (Bracken Ridge), Kev Taylor (Highvale) and Paul and Helen Fitzgerald (Samford Valley), shows off one of the  spoils of victory from last year’s Australian tug of war championships.

Graham Egan, with Brisbane Bulldogs members Lia Egan (Bracken Ridge), Kev Taylor (Highvale) and Paul and Helen Fitzgerald (Samford Valley), shows off one of the spoils of victory from last year’s Australian tug of war championships.

There’s one thing which is useful to have in a tug of war contest and that’s a tank.

If you can’t get one of them, the next best thing would be to have John Juleff on your team.

The Brisbane Bulldogs tug of war team are the reigning national champions and this weekend they are heading south to Grafton and Mclean, in rural New South Wales, for the Australian Championships.

Making his debut at the championships is John ‘Tank’ Juleff from Dayboro, with 145kg of pulling power on him.

“He will be making a real difference to our heavyweight team,” Brisbane Bulldogs coach Graham Egan said.

“He’s a very enthusiastic bloke. In his spare time, he pulls his four-wheel drive around the yard.”

Egan believes his squad of 11 blokes and four females will be “hard to beat” this weekend, having come a long way over the past few years.

The Brisbane Bulldogs competed in last year’s national championships and won seven gold and one silver medal from the eight categories they contested.

The team has been training excessively over the past few weeks and is looking to make an Australian record of taking out all categories at the national titles.

Egan said the Bulldogs are confident they will be coming home “with a swag of gold medals and trophies.”

One team that the Bulldogs will be keeping an eye on is the Generic Gladiators who are looking to regain their Australian Championship title, which they held for five years prior to the Bulldogs taking the crown off them in 2010.

Bulldogs team member Kev Taylor, from Highvale, got into tug of war after Egan approached him to see if he “wanted to have a crack at it”.

“I certainly never thought I’d be competing at this level, that’s for sure,” Taylor said.

“Of all the sports I’ve played this has got to be the most demanding, both physically and mentally.”

Taylor said there are four key areas that will produce the unbeatable team – technique, teamwork, stamina and strength.


   
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