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 2016 was a fairytale season for the Western Bulldogs. Several injuries cruelled the young team during the regular season, although they still managed to make the finish in seventh place and make the finals. The Bulldogs then overcame very long odds in all four of their finals matches, triumphing over the Eagles in Perth, the Hawks at the MCG, the Giants in Sydney and the Swans on Grand Final day to secure a memorable premiership.

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Senior coach: Luke Beveridge
Captain: Robert Murphy
2016 finish: 7th (1st after finals)
2016 best and fairest: Marcus Bontempelli
2016 leading goalkicker: Jake Stringer (42)
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

In 2016, the Western Bulldogs won their first premiership since 1954

Last updated: 30 March, 2017

Western Bulldogs Articles

Bulldogs beat North by a point

Bulldogs beat North by a point

by , 24 Jun 2017

The Western Bulldogs are back in the AFL top eight after a controversial one-point win over North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

Western Bulldogs vs North Melbourne Kangaroos highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Western Bulldogs vs North Melbourne Kangaroos highlights: AFL live scores, blog

by , 24 Jun 2017 Video

Match result: The Western Bulldogs are back in the AFL top eight after a controversial one-point win over North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

Dogs’ Cloke takes mental health AFL break

Dogs’ Cloke takes mental health AFL break

by , 23 Jun 2017

Western Bulldogs recruit Travis Cloke will take an indefinite break from the AFL to deal with unspecified mental health issues.

Dominant Demons state their case for the finals

Dominant Demons state their case for the finals

by , 21 Jun 2017

Etihad Stadium had for so long been a place of nightmares for the Melbourne faithful.

Tomas Bugg gets the last laugh after pre-match sledge

Tomas Bugg gets the last laugh after pre-match sledge

by , 19 Jun 2017

It wasn’t quite the “respectful and humble” attitude Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin wants from his side but Tomas Bugg’s social media taunt of Jason Johannisen paid off in the end.

All bark and no bite as Demons smash Bulldogs

All bark and no bite as Demons smash Bulldogs

by , 18 Jun 2017 Video

The Melbourne Demons have smashed the Western Bulldogs by 57 points at Etihad Stadium to move into fifth on the ladder and send the reigning premiers out of the top eight.

Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne Demons Highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne Demons Highlights: AFL live scores, blog

by , 18 Jun 2017 Popular article! Video

The last match of the bye rounds sees the Western Bulldogs host a fired up Melbourne Demons at Etihad Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the match, starting from 3:20pm (AEST).

Swans turn tables in Bulldogs thumping

Swans turn tables in Bulldogs thumping

by , 9 Jun 2017

A steely Sydney have kept their season alive and raised questions about the Western Bulldogs’ AFL flag defence at the SCG.

Sydney Swans vs Western Bulldogs Highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Sydney Swans vs Western Bulldogs Highlights: AFL live scores, blog

by , 8 Jun 2017 Video

Thursday night footy takes a trip to Australia’s largest city, as the Sydney Swans host the Western Bulldogs in the second grand final re-match of the year! Join us on The Roar for live scores and a blog from 7:20pm (AEST).

Thursday Night Forecast: Sydney Swans vs Western Bulldogs

Thursday Night Forecast: Sydney Swans vs Western Bulldogs

by , 8 Jun 2017

Thursday night football brings with it match of the round status this week, between two teams that have meandered through the first half of the season after starting the year with lofty goals in mind.


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