After a difficult previous season, things looked up for the Bulldogs in 2016 with some very astute signings, that strengthened the squad considerably. What must be considered the coup of the season was the signing of three Sheffield players after the Eagles decided to go full time. Especially Dom Brambani made a massive impression at the Mount, but we must not forget the contribution by Pat Walker, who kicked 87 goals and James Davey. Other player strengthening the squad were Danny Cowling and promising youngster James Harrison. Scottish International Dave Scott was also another wonderful signing scoring 11 tries in 33 outings, as was the loaning of Chris Ulugia who scored 13 tries in 26 outings.
With this squad enhancement, the Bulldogs were able to cause the shock of the season on the very first day, by beating fancied Leigh – the Centurion’s only defeat in the whole Championship season.
Subsequently finishing third in the Championships Batley qualified almost sensationally for the Super 8s Qualifiers, where the Superleague opposition proved too much for the valiant Dogs, who however finished the season with credit. The massive effort against the Leeds Rhinos at Headingley will not be forgotten soon by the Batley faithful. But there is no doubt that the squad has learned a great deal from this experience, and will only be the better for it in the upcoming season.
Statistics for the 2016 season can be found beneath the poll feature
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