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Ennis gives goalkicking the flick

By Steve Jancetic 23/03/2010 07:53:55 PM Comments (0)

The task of filling the boots of NRL record pointscorer Hazem El Masri has claimed its first victim with Canterbury hooker Michael Ennis handing over the goalkicking role to teammate Bryson Goodwin after just one bad night at the office.

Goodwin revealed he would be the Bulldogs' No.1 option for shots at goal after Ennis missed all four of his attempts in his side's 20-16 round one loss to Newcastle.

With Ennis sidelined due to suspension against St George Illawarra last weekend, Goodwin assumed the duties, landing his sole attempt from in front of the posts.

It is believed Ennis approached Moore with concerns over the added workload, given he is also charged with directing much of his side's attacking play as well as defending into the middle of the ruck.

"Mick's got other things to worry about in the middle and plays 80 minutes," Goodwin said.

"I'm excited by it - I don't feel any pressure or anything because Hazem was the kicker last year.

"I'm just going to do my best and see how it goes - he's a hard man to follow."

El Masri, who joined Goodwin and former Bulldogs teammates Josh Morris and Michael Hodgson at the launch of a Salvation Army tin food appeal on Wednesday - with fans asked to bring a can to Sunday's NRL match against the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium - said Bulldogs fans had to give Ennis or Goodwin time to make the role their own.

"It's very tough - the first game of the season there were always a few nerves until you kicked that first goal," said El Masri, who finished his career at the end of last season with a personal haul of 2,418 points.

"Taking over my role would have been nerve-wracking, secondly it was the first game of the year and third, all his attempts were from out wide.

"When I used to complain last year (about tries getting scored out wide) they used to call me a whinger ... he (Ennis) struck them very well, a couple of them he was only a few inches from getting them in and it would have been completely different."

El Masri himself said it took him some time to emerge from the shadow of another sharpshooter, having replaced former New Zealand international Daryl Halligan at the Bulldogs.

"Living locally they made sure they told me about every goal I missed - I couldn't even walk down to the shop without someone saying `what happened?" El Masri recalled.

"I went through some tough times."

Asked if he had set himself a success rate target, Goodwin said:

"I'd like to kick every goal but I think everyone knows that's not going to happen."

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