CAN’T SAY NO: Mick Dodson represented group eight on Saturday. Photo: Joe Medway. HE was adamant he played his last representative game in 2011. Yet once again Goulburn Workers Bulldogs warhorse Mick Dodson has been roped into lacing up the boots and donning the group eight representative jumper.
While his teammates in Goulburn enjoyed a second weekend off in succession, Dodson laced up the boots and tore into the best the Northern Rivers had to offer at Cessnock on Saturday.
It seems each year Dodson is certain he won’t play representative football on top of club games for his beloved Bulldogs. Yet he can’t seem to say to no to rep coaches Simon Woolford and Jason Croker – men who each earned legend statuses due to long and successful careers at the Raiders.
“I said I’d hang up the [representative boots] but when Toots and Simon ask you to play, you just can’t say no to those guys.”
They were thoughts of Dodson upon selection in the group eight team in 2011. It’s a different year, but not much has changed.
The former captain-coach missed much of the early season with a fractured cheekbone sustained during a rugby sevens match and due largely to the knee (accidental, of course) of teammate Richie Mason.
Now he’s up and running, nothing can stop the big man. Bulldogs captain-coach James Aubusson hopes Dodson’s brings best form back to town. The Dogs aim to notch their third win in four matches when they tackle Tuggeranong on June 24.
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