Finals Team Previews: Western Bulldogs

Now, in part 3, I am able to preview and analyse the mighty Western Bulldogs.

The Quick Stats

  • Ladder position: 6th
  • Win-loss record: 14 wins, 8 losses
  • Form: WWLWL
  • Coach: Luke Beveridge
  • Captain: Robert Murphy
  • This week: v Adelaide, MCG, Saturday 7.20pm
  • Last finals appearance: 2010, preliminary finals

Home and Away Season Summary

The Western Bulldogs started the season with consecutive wins over finalists West Coast and Richmond. They then played in an utterly amazing 4-point win over Sydney (OK, I may be a bit biased), before losing 3 in a row. After the bye, the Bulldogs rallied, losing two out of the next eleven games and being in the top 4 at one point before finishing sixth.

Players to watch

Luke Dahlhaus

Ever since he first pulled on a Bulldogs guernsey in 2011, I knew this kid would be something special, and he instantly became my favourite player. (It was probably the dreads that did it). Dahlhaus has, however, had the season of his life. Since round 15 against Gold Coast, he’s had 37, 29, 29, 27, 32, 24, 28, and 26 touches. Watch him in future.

Easton Wood

Wood could be a contender for the biggest surprise of the season. In the early parts of the year, he was the best third man up that the game had, and if the Bulldogs manage to go any further, Wood will probably be the man behind it. If I’d gone and told you at the start of the season that Wood would be in the 40-man All-Australian squad, you would have laughed in my face. An absolute gem.

Our prediction

Keep in mind that this is from the heart of a diehard Bulldogs supporter: I think that we will be able to just edge out Adelaide, but our frentic game style will enable one of West Coast or Hawthorn to run all over us in the semi finals.


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