Fox League commentator Dan Ginnane has issued an apology for his “plain dumb” comment made during the Bulldogs‘ catastrophic 66-0 loss to Newcastle on Sunday. Ginnane, who was covering the game on Triple M, criticised Canterbury’s Hayze Perham‘s performance as the Knights scored 11 unanswered tries. He said, “‘If Hayze Perham was an animal you’d take him out the back and shoot him to put him out of his misery.” However, Ginnane took to Twitter the following day expressing remorse for his remarks, acknowledging that they were “ill-conceived and silly.”
The Bulldogs were met with boos from their home crowd as spectators began to leave Accor Stadium in droves during the game. Newcastle dominated the match, inflicting a 66-0 defeat on Cameron Ciraldo‘s side. This humiliating scoreline is on par with Canterbury’s 66-0 loss to Manly at Bankwest Stadium two years ago, and only surpassed by an 87-7 defeat to Eastern Suburbs in 1935.
Ciraldo, the Bulldogs‘ coach, called the match a “very tough day” and admitted it was an embarrassing and disappointing moment for the team. However, he urged disillusioned fans to remain loyal and expressed his belief in their ability to bounce back. He said, “Clubs go through these times, teams go through these times and it shows your real character and that’s what I’m interested in right now.”
Canterbury supremo Phil Gould also took to Twitter to apologise for the team’s woeful performance. He acknowledged that the Bulldogs were thoroughly outplayed by the Knights and highlighted the need for improvement in various aspects of their game. Despite this, Gould reiterated his support for Ciraldo, emphasizing that the club remained firmly behind him. Ciraldo has faced a tough first season in charge, with only five wins and 11 losses under his belt.
Despite the devastating defeat and intense criticism, Ciraldo dismissed the idea of making drastic changes to the team ahead of their upcoming match against South Sydney. He attributed the Bulldogs‘ struggles to a long-standing culture of losing and expressed a desire to instill a winning mindset in the club. Ciraldo stated, “We want to change the culture of the club. We want to turn it into a winning culture, and we’re starting to do that, but we’re not seeing the results of it right now.”