Bulldogs say thanks for Burras' coaching help

SMYTHESDALE president Nick Gray has applauded the generosity of Hepburn in lending a helping hand to a fellow Central Highlands Football League club.

The Burras took the Bulldogs’ training on Tuesday night, just days after delivering a 243-point drubbing in the round 13 senior encounter.

It was a gesture of goodwill from the reigning premier, with coach Clive Raak, assistant Matthew Brown and former coach and premiership player Jamie Grant joining senior players Segifili Asa Leausa, Tanner Wills and Jimmy Rodgers at the session.

Gray said help often came from where you least expected.

“It gives you a bit of respect for other people and other clubs and to know they are out there willing to help is a terrific thing,” Gray said.

Gray said the club got a lot out of the training run and it was now up to the Bulldogs to help themselves.

“We are more than happy for people to give us a few ideas and things like that but at the end of the day all the work comes down to us,” he said.

“If people have got ideas, we are more than happy to listen and learn and go from there.”

Raak said his group of players and coaches took training for just over an hour, when Bulldog juniors joined the senior group.

He said the offer was about helping Smythesdale and not promoting his own club, which went through a similar tough time after returning from a league ban in 2001.

Smythesdale has lost every game this year by an average of 245 points and its senior football side has tasted victory just once since joining the Central Highlands competition in 2011.

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