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- Me, Myself, and I
- Hazem El Masri Hazem El Masri in action for Lebanon
Date of birth April 1, 1976
Place of birth Tripoli, Lebanon
Height 178 cm
Nickname El Magic
1996 - Canterbury 235 (125)
* Professional club appearances and (tries)
counted for the domestic league only.
Hazem El Masri (Arabic: ���� ������) (born April 1, 1976 in Tripoli, Lebanon) is a Lebanese-Australian rugby league player for the Canterbury Bulldogs in the National Rugby League competition, he has also appeared for his country of Lebanon on four occasions to date in his career and for his adopted country of Australia on five. His position of choice is usually on the wing and he is most well known for his goal kicking and is recognised as one of the most accurate kickers in the history of the game.
El Masri is a devout Muslim who shirks the stereotypical behaviour of professional athletes and has become a positive role model for many of the Lebanese and Muslim communities within Australia.
El Masri holds the NRL point scoring record for a single season with 342 points (16 tries and 139 goals [also a single season record]) in the 2004 season. As of mid-2006, he stands 7th on the all-time pointscoring lists, and has surpassed the 1700-point mark (with 1702 points).
He also holds the Canterbury career points record, surpassing Daryl Halligan in 2005, and most goals scored by a Bulldogs player in a single match with 11 against the Rabbitohs in Rd 21 2003. In 2006, El Masri broke another two club records: the most points scored for a single game (34 points, Rd 2 vs Wests Tigers) and the most tries for the Bulldogs (123, Rd 13 vs Newcastle Knights) . He also kicked his 600th goal during that match.
In 2004, when members of the Bulldogs were accused of committing a gang rape in Coffs Harbour, El Masri was the only member of the team not to give a DNA sample to police, refusing on the grounds that he was in bed at the time and that it was an insult to his character . No further action was taken.
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he Bulldogs (formerly Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs) are a team in the National Rugby League (NRL), the premier rugby league football competition in Australia.
Based in Belmore, a suburb of Sydney, the Bulldogs in 1935 were admitted to the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competition, a predecessor of the current NRL competition.
The Bulldogs won their first premiership in just their fourth season (193 . At the time it made them the quickest club (barring the founding clubs) to win a premiership after admission to the competition, a record which was only recently beaten in 1999 by the Melbourne Storm. They won a second premiership in 1942 but then had to wait another 38 years before breaking through for a third title in 1980. During the 80s, the Bulldogs were a dominant force in the competition appearing in five Grand Finals, winning four of them. In the 90s they featured in the 1995 and 1998 Grand Finals, winning the former. Their most recent success was in 2004 when they beat the Sydney Roosters 16 - 13. The tryscorers were Hazem El Masri and Matt Utai, and the Clive Churchill Medal winner was Willie Mason.
* 1 Club history
o 1.1 Origin
o 1.2 Early success
o 1.3 Decline as a Power
o 1.4 Rebuilding years
o 1.5 The Entertainers
o 1.6 Wozzaball
o 1.7 Baa's Boys
o 1.8 Super League War
o 1.9 The Salary Cap
o 1.10 2004 Premiers
o 1.11 Quest for the Ninth Premiership
* 2 Culture
o 2.1 Playing strips
o 2.2 Emblems and name
o 2.3 Back to Belmore
o 2.4 The Bulldogs and Australian society
* 3 Home Grounds and Stadiums
* 4 Current squad
o 4.1 Noted former players
o 4.2 First Grade Captains (since 1975)
o 4.3 Player Records
+ 4.3.1 All-time Top 5 Bulldogs tryscorers
+ 4.3.2 All-time Top 5 Bulldogs Appearances
* 5 Coaches
* 6 Famous Bulldogs Fans
* 7 See also
* 8 Footnotes
* 9 External links
 Club history
The Canterbury-Bankstown region in Sydney's outer southwest had a thriving rugby league culture and local competition in the 1920s and 30s and had applied repeatedly to join the Sydney competition from 1930 onwards, finally being successful in September 1934, and taking part for the first time in 1935.
 Early success
Canterbury's initial season was a remarkable one - for the wrong reasons: arguably the worst season on record. Playing without a home ground, the team suffered a number of massive losses, at one point losing in successive weeks, 6-91 to St George and 7-87 to Easts - the two heaviest defeats in the history of the competition.
Amazingly, though, 1935's two wins were improved to nine in 1936 and netted a place in the finals. By 1938, the season featured only one loss, and a first title, defeating former nemesis Easts in the final. A second title followed in 1942, Canterbury defeating St George 11-9.
 Decline as a Power
Remarkably - though largely due to the influence of World War II - Canterbury fell from premiers in 1942 to wooden spooners in each of the following two seasons. As players returned from service in the war, the club did regain its strength, finishing sixth in 1945 but third in 1946 and minor premiers in 1947. They lost to the Balmain Tigers 25-19 in the final, and then 13-9 in the Grand Final after leading 7-4 at half time.
However, their loss of the 1947 campaign was, more than the lapse of 1943-1945, the end of their first successful period. With the retirement of the famous front three of Eddie Burns, Roy Kirkaldy and Henry Porter (remarkably, none ever played for Australia owing to the war), the club was unable to develop top-line players or attract them to their ranks. Ron Willey was their sole Australian international between 1948 and 1962, and ne
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