The Blayney Bears are going blue and white.
The club will kick-off its 2018 season next Saturday, February 24 with a trial game against the Manildra Rhinos at King George Oval, which will be followed by the season launch at the Blayney Bowling Club from 7.30pm.
The club’s link to Canterbury is obvious through new captain-coach Tim Mortimer, his father Peter having won premierships with the Bulldogs throughout the 1980s.
The Blayney club will throw back to that era during its launch, too, with 1980 grand final star Greg Brentnall to help the Bears kick-off the 2018 season.
Brentnall famously put up the bomb that Steve Gearin grabbed to score a crucial try against the Roosters in the ‘80 decider.
Brentnall will help auction off signed NRL jerseys, including a James Maloney Panthers jumper and a Dogs 2018 team jersey.
Mortimer said the night, beginning at 7.30pm, was open to everyone, especially any avid Canterbury fans.
“It should be a good fun night, any Bulldogs fans or Group 10 clubs, if anyone wants to come they’re more than welcome,” he said.
Cost is $30, which can be paid on the night.
The day will kick off with the first round of the new Western Women’s Rugby League competition, with the under 18s and open women’s games between Group 10 and Group 11 starting at 3.30pm at King George Oval.
Blayney will then take on Simon Osborne’s Manildra in a senior men’s trial afterwards, kicking off at 5.30pm.
“It’s early to have a game, but we’ll use it for some conditioning and a bit of a blow-out,” Mortimer said.
“And it’s my first chance to see some people in action in their positions.”
Mortimer was hopeful everyone involved in next Saturday’s trials, and the women’s games prior, would attend the Bears’ launch.
Entertainment will be provided by James and Robbie Mortimer.