Who are the Brisbane Bulldogs

The Brisbane Bulldogs were founded by Graham Egan in 2003. Over the last 10 years, the Bulldogs have grown into a formidable tug of war team under the coaching guidance of Graham Egan.

Since 2008, the Brisbane Bulldogs have dominated the Indoor Catch weight division and in 2010 claimed their first Gold medal in the Outdoor Catch weight and 720kg divisions.
Graham Egan, coach and mastermind behind the Brisbane Bulldogs, has been competing in tug of war for 25 years, getting his first taste of tug of war while he was serving with the Australian Army.

Tug of War Technique

NOTE: This is a technique used for friendly competitions where normal footware would be worn.

When using this technique, weight is a big advantage for your team. Footware is also an advantage, a solid jogger with chunky soles or even football boots or baseball cleats if allowed.

Now, when on the rope, you need to be square on, feet shoulder width apart and out in front as far as possible. Make sure you are comfortable. See FIG. 1

FIG. 1

The person in the "ANCHOR" position should have the rope come along their right side, up diagonally across their back over their left shoulder and tucked under their left arm. See FIG. 2

FIG. 2

When your team is competing, keep your bodies back, knees bent and feet flat on the floor, sliding them along the ground. Try not to lift your feet. When the opposite team try to pull you forward, bend your knees, drop your weight and answer the attack. See FIG. 3

FIG. 3

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Women of the Brisbane Bulldogs

Although tug of war is a tough sport, some of the toughest competitors are amoung the womens teams

      

    

Lia Egan, Helen Fitzgerald and Kathy Black are three of the Brisbane Bulldogs toughest pullers, proving that this great sport is not only for big guys over 100kg. Lia, partner of Graham Egan, herself has been doing tug of war for 18+ years and competing hard in each event she was in.

Helen Fitzgerald, a relative new comer to tug of war has been competing for 2 years and has enjoyed the taste of success winning Gold at her first Australian Titles.

Kathy Black, a former puller with the Canungra womens team, has made her return after a long absence.

Kimana Fitzgerald is the newest and youngest member of the Brisbane Bulldogs and is already proving to be a valuable member of the team.