Bulldogs in hunt to end 40-year silverware drought

It may have been a rollercoaster journey to kick-off for Beerwah but they've certainly made the most of an opportunity to end a four-decade silverware drought.

Just over two months ago Rugby League Sunshine Coast pulled the pin on getting an A-grade season off the ground due to COVID-19, leaving Beerwah hungry to play but without a competition.

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However, not giving up, the Bulldogs explored their options and were eventually granted a spot in the Brisbane Division 1 league in late July.

They haven't looked back since lacing up, finishing the shortened 10-round competition second on the ladder with only one defeat to their name.

They'll hit the field on Saturday against Waterford in an elimination semi-final with a chance at reaching the big dance.


Beerwah Bulldogs coach Jordan Meads. Picture: Warren Lynam
Beerwah Bulldogs coach Jordan Meads. Picture: Warren Lynam

"It's been a rollercoaster for sure," Beerwah player/coach Jordan Meads said.

"We did a pre-season without even knowing if we were going to have football on the other side.

"So, I'm really proud of the boys and proud of our club and we've just ploughed through and I feel like we're getting better and better as the season progresses."

They'll take on Waterford on neutral territory at Les Hughes Sports Complex from 3pm on Saturday.

Beerwah are yet to taste top tier silverware since forming in 1971.

They've come close in the past, with three grand final appearances.

Their latest attempt involved a heartbreaking loss in the final minutes of the 2018 decider against Maroochydore.

"We're 41 years in the making and we've won plenty of C-grade titles and B-grade and age group titles but we've never won a men's Division 1 title so (to be within reach of another decider) it's a big thing for our club," Meads said.

The last time they faced Waterford it was a 30-30 draw.

However, Meads was confident Beerwah could get the job done this time around.

"We're feeling really positive with where we are at and we think we're as good a chance as any," he said.

"It's going to be an incredible match and I know our boys are looking forward to it so certainly I hope they are as well.

"I feel like where we are at the moment it's going to take a really good team to beat us.

"Any team that comes up against us in the next couple of weeks will have to play really well to win because I know our boys are playing well and have prepared well."

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