This Day In Sport – July 28


They say we should use this time to learn something new – so we thought we’d offer up a history lesson free of charge!

We’re going to be recapping all the important sporting moments each and every day as we look to fill the void our beloved sports have left behind.

So if it’s AFL, NRL, Basketball, Cricket, Golf or even Wrestling, be sure to return each morning as we take a trip back through the history books to relive some of the great sporting moments On This Day.

2002 – El Masri On The Bell

Trailing the Knights 19 to nill at half-time it looked like the Canterbury Bulldogs had no chance of winning their Round 20, 2002 game in Newcastle.

Then in the second half, the Bulldogs came out all guns blazing and back in the game thnaks to quick tries from Willie Mason and Todd Polglase and two conversions from Hazem El Masri.

Canterbury found themselves well and truly back in the match trailing 19-12 with just 20 minutes to go.

The next 10 minutes was an arm-wrestle but a missed conversion from Hazem El Masri saw them trial by five points.

The comeback was still on.

With a minute to play, the Dogs shifted the bal from left to right and fullback Luke Patten scored a late try to give Hazem El Masri the chance to kick the sealer.

El Masri took his time, absorbed the pressure and converted the try resulting in a famous 22-21 win aginst the Knights

It would be the Bulldogs 16th win on the trot.

A few weeks later, the Bulldogs would be stripped of all competition points and a $500,000 fine for serious salary cap breaches.

2000 – Bulldogs Burst Bomber Blitz

July 28th appears to be a great day for Bulldogs of both the AFL and NRL variety.

The Western Bulldogs famously ended Essendon’s 20 game winning streak on this night in 2000 as they implemented their famous “Super Flood”

Having ended Carlton’s 13 game winning streak two weeks earlier by playing a loose man in defence, then Bulldogs coach Terry Wallace figured the same tactic could work but to a more extreme level against the Bombers.

Enter the “Super Flood”

Up to 14 Bulldogs players flooded Essendon’s 50, restricting the high-scoring Bombers to just 12-9 from 68 inside 50s

While the Bombers were still able to find themselves 22 points up in the final quarter, the Western Bulldogs changed tact and turned from defence into attack with three straight goals.

The final two minues was edge of your seat stuff.

Essendon held a one-point lead in the final two minutes but enter Chris Grant.

After Dustin Fletcher kicked the ball out on the full in the Dogs forward pocket, Chris Grant had the chance kick the sealer for his team.

He did so from a tight angle ensuring one of the most famous wins in the history of Footscray/Western Bulldogs and a game that many regards changed the face of football tactics as we knew it.