Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will have a new-look boardroom after Lynne Anderson’s Reform ticket swept to power at the club’s elections.
Anderson’s team won six seats on the board with club legend Steve Mortimer the only previous director retaining their position.
Anderson and her husband Chris led the Reform ticket alongside former Clive Churchill Medallist in the Bulldogs’ 1988 grand final win Paul Dunn; two-time premiership winner Steve Price; long-time former manager of the Canterbury Leagues Club John Ballesty; a local businessman with 35 years’ involvement in junior rugby league, John Khoury; and former board member Nick Dimas.
Dimas failed to gain re-election this time around but he was the only member of the Reform ticket to miss out.
The stunning result means chairman Ray Dib has lost his place on the board after the club failed to make the Telstra Premiership finals last season for the first time since 2011.
Several shots were fired from both factions in the lead-up to Sunday’s vote with Canterbury forward David Klemmer upset with Bulldogs boardroom candidate Dunn over an incident in which the retired player questioned his form at club level compared with his output in the representative arena.
Canterbury Leagues Club chairman George Peponis lashed out at the rebel candidates at a forum at Campsie on Thursday night.