Kurri Kurri defended bravely but were unable to hold out Lakes United losing 18-12 in Sunday's Newcatle Rugby League open age final.
The Bulldogs simply surrendered too much possession to the Seagulls and it finally told after leading 12-6 at half-time.
Bulldogs coach Dean Peterkin said his team was struggled with ball security, dropping too much ball and compounding it by giving away too many penalties.
“We completed 11 of our 16 sets in the first half and to be 12-6 up at half-time was an incredible defensive effort by the boys.
“Our possession rate was probably worse in the second half and although the boys put in for each other in defence we gave Lakes too much ball.”
Zac Pryor and Daniel Craig scored tries for Kurri and Jackson Cluff successfully converted both.
Peterkin said backrowers Stuart Stoker and Mark Ostermann were the Bulldogs best and Matty Macbeth coming off the bench into the front row did well too.