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

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.

Who will be your club’s next captain? Part 6

Who will be your club’s next captain? Part 6

by , 6 Sep 2017

After looking at who will likely be the next captains of Port Adelaide, Richmond and St Kilda, today we’re doing our final assessment on Sydney, West Coast and the Western Bulldogs for their next skipper.

The five-years-from-now Bulldogs are scary as all hell

The five-years-from-now Bulldogs are scary as all hell

by , 5 Sep 2017 Popular article!

Was a disappointing 2017 season the end of the fairytale for the Western Bulldogs, or a bump in the road on the way to bigger and better things?

2017 season review: Western Bulldogs

2017 season review: Western Bulldogs

by , 5 Sep 2017

No reigning premier in recent memory was picked to slide out of the eight more than the Western Bulldogs, and in the end, those predictions rang true as the Dogs finished 10th.

Where did it all go wrong for the Western Bulldogs in 2017?

Where did it all go wrong for the Western Bulldogs in 2017?

by , 29 Aug 2017

Just 11 months after embarking on the most remarkable finals run in recent history to capture their first premiership since 1954, the Western Bulldogs have become the first reigning premiers since Hawthorn eight years ago to miss the finals altogether.

Dogs at a loss to explain failed season

Dogs at a loss to explain failed season

by , 26 Aug 2017

The Western Bulldogs have bid a fond farewell to retiring greats Bob Murphy and Matthew Boyd but their focus will quickly turn to a post mortem of their failed premiership defence.

Hawthorn Hawks vs Western Bulldogs Highlights: AFL live scores, blog

Hawthorn Hawks vs Western Bulldogs Highlights: AFL live scores, blog

by , 25 Aug 2017 Popular article! Video

The Hawthorn Hawks and Western Bulldogs meet at Etihad in the final round of the home-and-away season, in a game with little meaning for one team in terms of ladder position, yet huge implications for the other. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:40pm (AEST).

Hawthorn Hawks vs Western Bulldogs: Friday Night Forecast

Hawthorn Hawks vs Western Bulldogs: Friday Night Forecast

by , 25 Aug 2017

It is a night for nostalgia and celebration, with a sprinkle of finals football potential thrown in for good measure. A huge crowd is expected, and a giant TV audience assured. Peculiarities abound, and here’s the forecast.


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