Western Bulldogs

Western BulldogsHaving joined the AFL premiership in 1925 as the Footscray Football club, the Western Bulldogs have long had a reputation as one of the league’s poorest clubs, often beset by poor results on the field and financial problems off the field. But after enduring 62 years without a premiership, the Doggies finally tasted ultimate success again in 2016.

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The Bulldogs’ premiership defence in 2017 proved to be a troubled one. Poor form, injuries and rumours of off-field drama between teammates besieged the club all year. A run of seven losses in ten games from round six onwards doomed the Dogs, as they became the first reigning premier to miss the finals since 2009.

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Senior coach: Luke Beveridge
Captain: Robert Murphy
2017 finish: 10th
2017 best and fairest: Marcus Bontempelli
2017 leading goalkickers: Jake Stringer and Liam Picken (24)
Premierships: 1954, 2016

2017 Team List
Matthew Suckling, Robert Murphy, Mitch Wallis, Marcus Bontempelli, Matthew Boyd, Luke Dahlhaus, Lachie Hunter, Stewart Crameri, Jake Stringer, Easton Wood, Jake Macrae, Zaine Cordy, Travis Cloke, Clay Smith, Tom Campbell, Toby McLean, Tom Boyd, Fletcher Roberts, Lukas Webb, Josh Dunkley, Tom Liberatore, Mitch Honeychurch, Jordan Roughead, Shane Biggs, Marcus Adams, Declan Hamilton, Patrick Lipinski, Josh Pruddden, Tory Dickson, Fergus Greentree, Bailey Dale, Kieran Collins, Lewis Young, Bailey Williams, Caleb Daniel, Brad Lynch, Roarke Smith, Dale Morris, Jason Johannisen, Nathan Mullenger-McHugh, Liam Picken, Jack Redpath, Timothy English, Tristan Tweedle, Lin Jong

Marcus Bontempelli Western Bulldogs AFL 2017

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Last updated: 9 November, 2017

Western Bulldogs Articles

Travis Cloke calls time on AFL career

Travis Cloke calls time on AFL career

by , 25 Oct 2017

Footy was Travis Cloke’s greatest love and greatest hate during one of the most scrutinised AFL careers in recent memory.

Stringer, Dogs at odds

Stringer, Dogs at odds

by , 16 Oct 2017

Tensions between Jake Stringer and the Western Bulldogs continue to grow as Essendon ticked another name off their AFL trade wishlist.

Jake Stringer’s trade has turned into a lose-lose for the Bulldogs

Jake Stringer’s trade has turned into a lose-lose for the Bulldogs

by , 13 Oct 2017 Popular article!

One can imagine the mood at Bulldog HQ would’ve been pretty bleak on Thursday morning when news came through that Essendon had traded pick 11 to the GWS Giants as part of a larger deal that saw Devon Smith become a Bomber.

The AFL’s small ball revolution is here, and it is shaping the trade period

The AFL’s small ball revolution is here, and it is shaping the trade period

by , 11 Oct 2017 Popular article!

The last two AFL premiers have plenty of things in common, but one which threatens to reshape the league. Small ball is here, and it will shake up every team in the competition.

Bulldogs want high pick for Stringer

Bulldogs want high pick for Stringer

by , 6 Oct 2017

Western Bulldogs are adamant they will not gift-wrap The Package for a rival AFL club.

Why I hope Jake Stringer fulfils his potential

Why I hope Jake Stringer fulfils his potential

by , 5 Oct 2017

Two seasons after looking like an utterly unstoppable force and one after scoring the goal that saved the 2016 premiership, Jake Stringer appears to be finished at the Western Bulldogs. I first remember Stringer in the infamous last game of 2014, which the Bulldogs lost to a novice GWS by a goal scored with 16 […]

A look back at the last fifteen grand finals

A look back at the last fifteen grand finals

by , 28 Sep 2017

The last fifteen grand finals have had some exciting moments, some great Norm Smith Medallists, and great finals moments.

The AFL is a squad competition, so why do we only reward the team?

The AFL is a squad competition, so why do we only reward the team?

by , 24 Sep 2017

The AFL grand final is only a few more sleeps away. As the culmination of months of matches and thousands of individual contests, it will be a fierce and hopefully even fight between two of this year’s best teams.

Bombers keen to add lost Bulldog Jake Stringer

Bombers keen to add lost Bulldog Jake Stringer

by , 20 Sep 2017

Essendon have declared their intent to land Western Bulldogs fallen star Jake Stringer at this year’s AFL trade period.

AFL trade rumours: Kelly re-signs, Stringer cut loose

AFL trade rumours: Kelly re-signs, Stringer cut loose

by , 14 Sep 2017

Josh Kelly has become the second player in a matter of weeks to break the hearts of North Melbourne fans, re-signing with the GWS Giants on a two-year deal till the end of the 2019 season.


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