Posts Tagged "Brian Lake"

As all new recruits have started at their new clubs with the NAB Challenge officially underway, I want to look back on recruiting and the impact a good or bad recruit can make on a football team.

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Hawthorn have been given until Wednesday morning to decide if they’ll challenge the three-game AFL ban offered to Brian Lake and the one-match suspension of Cyril Rioli.

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says there’ll be no witch hunt over who was to blame for Hawthorn fullback Brian Lake getting off the chain in the last quarter of Saturday’s AFL grand final.

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This time last year, Brian Lake’s AFL premiership dream seemed as remote as ever.

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After Friday night’s tight clash with Collingwood, Western Bulldogs’ Brian Lake has shown that he is back to his best form since 2010.

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The early season troubles of the Western Bulldogs are likely to worsen on Monday once the AFL match review panel looks at Brian Lake’s striking charge.

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The plethora of fantasy leagues have football fans immersed in the game like never before. In Lake, out Dempsey. In Cox and Maric. Out Stephenson. Substitute midfielders, Ledger and Neale.

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Western Bulldogs AFL full back Brian Lake admits there were times during last season it looked like he just didn’t care. The moment of truth came in round 11 when the Bulldogs lost to Geelong by 61 points at Simonds Stadium.

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After a horror 2011, the Western Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back under new coach Brendan McCartney. Let’s see how they’ll look.

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Brian Lake, premier fullback, All-Australian and 2007 club Best and Fairest has, for mine, played his last match for the Western Bulldogs, and I look forward to those at Whitten Oval proving me wide of the mark.

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Injuries are renowned for ruining seasons for certain teams, but when a club finds itself in a situation where the team’s success is dependent on the health of one player, they’re in deep trouble.

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The pressure is mounting on Western Bulldogs stars Barry Hall, Brian Lake and Lindsay Gilbee to find form, after they failed to fire against Hawthorn on Sunday.

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The Western Bulldogs have been the talk of the town this week, but all for the wrong reasons following their thrashing at the hands of the West Coast Eagles.

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The Western Bulldogs’ match against Hawthorn on Sunday will either make or break their season. Win, and they’ll have responded in the manner any side worthy of a top four finish would after losing by 123 points. Lose, and any claim they had to being contenders this year will be gone.

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Already this pre-season I’ve stated Collingwood are “hard to bet against” and Hawthorn “will be a major threat”. It’s time to stop sitting on the fence. It’s time to man up and say who I really think will lift the premiership cup this October – the Western Bulldogs.

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St Kilda’s Lenny Hayes deserved to be in the 2010 All-Australian team. Other than that oversight, you have to say this year the selectors have done a pretty decent job at picking the AFL’s team of the year. There really wasn’t too much else to complain about.

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Star Geelong defender Matthew Scarlett will earn selection in his fifth AFL All-Australian team on Monday night, even if it is out of position.

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Western Bulldogs star Jason Akermanis admits he might have to take a massive pay cut if he is to play on in the AFL in 2010.

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The Western Bulldogs have won five of the past six clashes between these two sides with the other result during that stretch being a draw in round five, 2008.

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Bulldogs playmaker Lindsay Gilbee and classy youngster Shaun Higgins will play against the Swans despite battling with ankle and groin injuries respectively while defender Ryan Hargrave returns from a quad injury.

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