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

Already making your AFL 2018 predictions? Don’t be daft

Already making your AFL 2018 predictions? Don’t be daft

by , 10 Jan 2018

Welcome to the post-truth Australian Football League, where the rules of the previous decade have been tossed asunder and anyone can win the last game of the season.

What do the AFL clubs want for Christmas?

What do the AFL clubs want for Christmas?

by , 25 Dec 2017

Christmas Day, the 25th of December every year. Everyone loves the presents and finally crossing things off their wish list. But what would the AFL clubs want for Christmas?

My 2017 players to watch in review: Sydney Swans to Western Bulldogs

My 2017 players to watch in review: Sydney Swans to Western Bulldogs

by , 17 Dec 2017

In the 2017 pre-season I picked three players per club to preview for the upcoming season – now I’m looking back at how they did, and grading their performance. Today I’m looking at the Sydney Swans, West Coast Eagles and Western Bulldogs.

AFLW 2018 team preview and predicted finish: Western Bulldogs

AFLW 2018 team preview and predicted finish: Western Bulldogs

by , 11 Dec 2017

If there’s any team that agrees with me about the importance of midfielders, it’s surely the Bulldogs.

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 […]


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