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

Curtains close On Bulldogs campaign

Curtains close On Bulldogs campaign

by , 26 May 2018

Round 10 of the AFL’s 2018 season has arrived and with it comes the end of the Western Bulldogs’ premiership campaign after a 35-point trampling at the hands of Collingwood on Friday night.

Collingwood Magpies vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Collingwood Magpies vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

by , 25 May 2018 Video

The Collingwood Magpies host the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium in a game both sides will be desperate to win. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:50pm (AEST).

Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs: Friday Night Forecast

Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs: Friday Night Forecast

by , 25 May 2018

We’re well and truly into the mid-season grind now. The cold has set in and the bye rounds are just a few weeks away.

Records tumble as the Crows drown the Bulldogs

Records tumble as the Crows drown the Bulldogs

by , 19 May 2018

The ninth round of the Australian Football League’s 2018 season is here and conditions were king in the opening match, with Adelaide comfortably rubbing out the Western Bulldogs on Friday night by 37 points.

Adelaide Crows vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

Adelaide Crows vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

by , 18 May 2018 Video

The Adelaide Crows welcome the Western Bulldogs to the Adelaide Oval, with the home side looking to bounce back after last week’s Showdown loss. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7:50pm (AEST).

Macrae driving Bulldogs to AFL success

Macrae driving Bulldogs to AFL success

by , 13 May 2018

Luke Beveridge wants the Western Bulldogs to be the chameleons of the AFL, and shape-shifting midfielder Jack Macrae could be the best example after continuing his incredible start to the season.

Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions: AFL live scores, highlights

Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions: AFL live scores, highlights

by , 12 May 2018 Video

Match result: The Western Bulldogs squeezed past the Brisbane Lions by a margin of 14 points on Saturday night.

Macrae stars as Dogs edge Suns in Ballarat

Macrae stars as Dogs edge Suns in Ballarat

by , 5 May 2018

Gun midfielder Jack Macrae has guided an injury-hit Western Bulldogs to a tightly-contested nine-point AFL win over Gold Coast in Ballarat.

Western Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Suns: AFL live scores, blog

Western Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Suns: AFL live scores, blog

by , 5 May 2018 Video

Match result: Gun midfielder Jack Macrae has guided an injury-hit Western Bulldogs to a tightly-contested nine-point AFL win over Gold Coast in Ballarat.

AFL top 100: Round 6 highlights (Part 1)

AFL top 100: Round 6 highlights (Part 1)

by , 1 May 2018

Friday night’s game between Western Bulldogs and Carlton was a scrappy affair, and on this form neither of them would be expected to make the finals.


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