Contributed by: Wesley Hull
The inaugural international match between the new Colombian team the Bogotá Bulldogs and the Santiago Saints from Chile has been played on the weekend with victory going to the Bulldogs. The final score saw the ‘Dogs down the Saints 94 to 48 to be the first winners of “The Andes Cup”.
Teams were applauded for their effort playing in Bogotá, a city which sits at an altitude of over 8,000 feet above sea level – testing the aerobic capacity of all players. As the Bulldogs proudly state, their team plays and trains at an altitude of over 2600 metres above sea level, which is the equivalent of playing at the summit of Mt Kosciusko – Australia’s highest peak.
In the end the Bulldogs adjusted better to their home conditions to take the match comfortably, but not without a huge fight from the team from Santiago which had been itching for some serious competition for many years – now they have it.
The next instalment of “The Andes Cup” will be played in 2017 with the Santiago Saints to host the Bogotá Bulldogs and hoping to use their own home ground advantages to square the ledger and take bragging rights in what is now the largest Australian Rules football match or carnival in South America.
Picture: Bogotá Bulldogs & Santiago Saints after the game (Courtesy: Bogotá Bulldogs Football Club)
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