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.

The Dogs enter 2018 with a few question marks. Some believe their spluttering 2017 was an aberration, while others believe their gameplan was ‘found out’ and that they’ll struggle to return to the summit. Their form will be a talking point throughout the whole season.

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

2018 Team List
Matthew Suckling, Lewis Young, Mitch Wallis, Marcus Bontempelli, Josh Dunkley, Luke Dahlhaus, Lachie Hunter, Jackson Trengove, Hayden Crozier, Easton Wood, Jack Macrae, Zaine Cordy, Josh Schache, Clay Smith, Tom Campbell, Toby McLean, Tom Boyd, Fletcher Roberts, Lukas Webb, Ed Richards, Tom Liberatore, Mitch Honeychurch, Jordan Roughead, Shane Biggs, Marcus Adams, Billy Gowers, Patrick Lipinski, Callum Porter, Tory Dickson, Fergus Greene, Bailey Dale, Kieran Collins, Aaron Naughton, Bailey Williams, Caleb Daniel, Brad Lynch, Roarke Smith, Dale Morris, Jason Johannisen, Nathan Mullenger-McHugh, Liam Picken, Jack Redpath, Tim English, Lin Jong

Marcus Bontempelli Western Bulldogs AFL 2017

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Last updated: 1 February, 2018

Western Bulldogs Articles

Dogs better Blues in scrappy contest

Dogs better Blues in scrappy contest

by , 19 Aug 2018

The Western Bulldogs have out-scrapped Carlton, pulling clear in the last quarter for a 17-point AFL win.

Carlton Blues vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

Carlton Blues vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

by , 19 Aug 2018 Video

Match result: The Western Bulldogs have out-scrapped Carlton, pulling clear in the last quarter for a 17-point AFL win.

Dogs dent North’s finals hopes

Dogs dent North’s finals hopes

by , 12 Aug 2018

The Western Bulldogs have caused an upset with a seven-point victory over finals-hopefuls the North Melbourne Kangaroos.

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

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

by , 12 Aug 2018 Video

Match result: The Western Bulldogs have caused an upset with a seven-point victory over finals-hopefuls the North Melbourne Kangaroos.

Bulldogs storm past sorry Saints

Bulldogs storm past sorry Saints

by , 4 Aug 2018

In an AFL season of lows, St Kilda have slumped to a new one, with the Western Bulldogs handing Alan Richardson’s side a 35-point defeat at Etihad Stadium.

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

St Kilda Saints vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

by , 4 Aug 2018 Video

Match result: In an AFL season of lows, St Kilda have slumped to a new one, with the Western Bulldogs handing Alan Richardson’s side a 35-point defeat at Etihad Stadium.

Port down Dogs to snare top-four spot

Port down Dogs to snare top-four spot

by , 29 Jul 2018

Port Adelaide have clawed their way back into the AFL’s top four, prevailing over the Western Bulldogs by 44 points in a wet-weather slugfest in Ballarat.

Western Bulldogs vs Port Adelaide Power: AFL live scores, blog

Western Bulldogs vs Port Adelaide Power: AFL live scores, blog

by , 29 Jul 2018 Video

Match result: Port Adelaide have clawed their way back into the AFL’s top four, prevailing over the Western Bulldogs by 44 points in a wet-weather slugfest in Ballarat.

West Coast Eagles vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

West Coast Eagles vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

by , 22 Jul 2018 Video

The West Coast Eagles and the Western Bulldogs face off at Optus Stadium in Round 18 of the AFL. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:20pm (AEST).

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

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

by , 14 Jul 2018 Video

Match result: The Melbourne Demons are inching closer and closer to a much-deserved finals berth after a 50-point win over the Western Bulldogs.


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