Bulldogs keeping faith after latest defeat to Bluebirds
SWIFTS returned to winning ways after a four-match losing streak with a 52-10 win over West End at Basin Pocket on Saturday night.
But there were signs in the defeat to give West End skipper Dale Lewis cause for optimism.
"It's a lot better than what things seem," Lewis said.
"We had a pretty good team and if we can keep it together we can get a few wins."
The Bulldogs line-up included the brother of Ipswich Jets fullback Javarn White, Jamesy, who played five-eighth.
"He's got a bit of ability," Lewis said.
The Bulldogs have also welcomed back former player and one time Gold Coast Titans-contracted Les Brown, who played fullback.
"It was 10 all, 25 minutes into the first half," Lewis said. "But we just keep falling away.
"Les had a good game.
"Everyone's having a go.
"It just comes down to not having enough players of A grade quality."
The Bulldogs have not won a game in two seasons but it does not deter Lewis, whose stoicism is mirrored in the way he plays the game - ever reliable and committed to the cause.
"It would be nice to win a couple," he said. "But at the end of the day it's about playing footy and I enjoy doing that."
The Bulldogs welcomed several former West End players in the Swifts line-up and it was one of them, Josh Cleeland at five-eighth, who hurt them the most.
Cleeland scored three tries and was the source of much of the visitors' threat with the ball.
"He played really well," Lewis said. "They're good on their day.
"If they get their players turning up to training they will be there at the end of the year."