2008 in review

AndyD

All Australian
Dec 23, 2006
861
120
Melbourne
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Adam Cooney
Most improved: Josh Hill/Dylan Addison
Most disappointing: Andrejs Everitt
Most overrated: Robert Murphy
Most underrated: Gia/Shaggy
Player to watch for in 09: Shaun Higgins
Player on the decline in 09: Huddo
Best game: St. Kilda win (1st)
Worst game: Carlton loss
Best moment: Knowing that we had sealed a Top 4 spot after winning in Round 18 after the year we had last year.
Worst Moment: Johnnos miss against North/ Tommy breaking down before the finals
Best addition: Timmy Callan
Last chance: Wayde Skipper/Farrne Ray

and finally

Westy in '09?: Not sure after last night, but he has enough credits in the bank for another chance.

Thoughts?
 

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Code_Nerd

Team Captain
Jun 24, 2008
500
1
Newcastle
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Ajax, Arsenal, Canterbury
Best Player: Daniel Cross
Most improved: Dylan Addison
Most disappointing: Farren Ray
Most overrated: Gia
Most underrated: Shaggy
Player to watch for in 09: Shaun Higgins / Griff
Player on the decline in 09: Huddo
Best game: Sydney Final
Worst game: Carlton loss
Best moment: Knowing that we had sealed a Top 4 spot after winning in Round 18 after the year we had last year.
Worst Moment: Prelim
Best addition: Timmy Callan
Last chance: Farren Ray / Street
Westy in '09?: Yes
 

gs17

Club Legend
Feb 8, 2008
1,806
6
NSW
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Adam Cooney
Most improved: Ryan Hargrave
Most disappointing: Cam Wight
Most overrated: Scott Welsh
Most underrated: Gia
Player to watch for in 09: Tom Williams
Player on the decline in 09: Huddo
Best game: Adelaide Rd 1
Worst game: Hawthorn Final
Best moment: Johno's 3 goals at the end to beat Adelaide
Worst Moment: Johnnos miss against North
Best addition: Timmy Callan
Last chance: Skipper, Wight

and finally

Westy in '09?: Yes
 

Sgt Slaughter

Senior List
Aug 6, 2005
213
31
West of East
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Liverpool FC Footscray CC
Best Player: Adam Cooney
Most improved: Hill/Addison
Most disappointing: Farren Ray
Most overrated: Johnno
Most underrated: Gia
Player to watch for in 09: Our KP Saviour. Boummann...
Player on the decline in 09: Welsh/Hudson/Johnson/West
Best game: Sydney Final
Worst game: Hawthorn Final
Best moment: Coast to coast goal against Sydney last week
Worst Moment: All those missed shots at goal last night....
Best addition: Timmy Callan
Last chance: Skipper, Wight, Lynch, Stack

and finally

Westy in '09?: Probably will, but probably shouldn't
 

Butane

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 15, 2006
13,335
3,944
.
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Adam Cooney
Most improved: Ryan Hargrave
Most disappointing: Farren Ray
Most overrated: Nathan Eagleton
Most underrated: Jarrod Harbrow
Player to watch for in 09: Andrejs Everitt
Player on the decline in 09: Brad johnson
Best game: Round 1 - Adelaide - Hill and Johno's games in a tight win
Worst game: Hawthorn first final
Best moment: Johno putting us in front against the Crows
Worst Moment: Johno failing to win the game after the siren
Best addition: Ben Hudson
Last chance: What in 09? Nathan Eagleton
Westy in '09?: Will play on, would have evened out the clearances last night
 

Walsh Bay

Club Legend
Feb 5, 2004
1,678
635
Sydney's West
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Morris
Most improved: Addison
Most disappointing: Jarryd Grant & his injuries
Most overrated: Akermanis
Most underrated: Hargrave
Player to watch for in 09: Ward
Player on the decline in 09: Hahn
Has to go: Eagle
Best game: Sydney win (1st)
Worst game: Carlton loss
Best addition: Hudson
Last chance: Skipper

Westy in '09?: No, sorry. Thanks champ.
 

RhysFN

Premium Platinum
Sep 3, 2007
168
0
Melbourne
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Adam Cooney
Most improved: Josh Hill
Most disappointing: Farran Ray
Most overrated:Nathan Eagleton!
Most underrated:Matthew Boyd
Player to watch for in 09: Shaun Higgins
Player on the decline in 09:Ben Hudson
Best game: Hawthorn in tassie/Sydeny final
Worst game: Hawthorn final
Best moment:Johnno's 300th
Worst Moment:Putting up with the bloody cats supporters @ skilled
Best addition:Tim callan
Last chance: Street
Westy in '09?:Definatly
 
Sep 20, 2008
6
0
Werribee
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Storm, Cleveland Cavs
Best Player: Adam Cooney
Most improved: Josh Hill/Dylan Addison/Tiller
Most disappointing: Andrejs Everitt
Most overrated: Johnno
Most underrated: Shaggy
Player to watch for in 09: Sam Reid
Player on the decline in 09: Hudson, Johnson
Best game: Hawthorn win
Worst game: Hawthorn loss
Best moment: Johnno kicking that goal in round 1-seems like years ago
Worst Moment: Johnns miss against North
Best addition: Ben Hudson
Last chance: Farren Ray/Nathan Eagleton
Westy in '09?: Nope, midfields looking OK without him, wouldnt do him or the club any favours:(
 

SBI

Norm Smith Medallist
Mar 30, 2004
6,985
313
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Spurs
Best Player: Adam Cooney
Most improved: Ryan Hargrave
Most disappointing: Andrejs Everitt
Most overrated: Ryan Griffen
Most underrated: Gia
Player to watch for in 09: Jared Grant
Player on the decline in 09: Johnson
Best game: Adelaide win
Worst game: Carlton loss
Best moment: Johnno's second half v. Adelaide
Worst Moment: Johnno's miss against North
Best addition: Ben Hudson
Last chance: Farren Ray
Westy in '09?: Yes
 

More Bulldog

Team Captain
Jun 16, 2008
313
107
Melbourne
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Daniel Cross
Most improved: Dylan Addison
Most disappointing:Farran Ray
Most overrated: Scott Welsh
Most underrated:Dale Morris
Player to watch for in 09:Callan Ward (Gun!)
Player on the decline in 09:Ben Hudson
Best game: Sydney final
Worst game: Hawthorn final
Best moment:Johnno's 300th
Worst Moment:Johnno's miss against the Kanga's
Best addition:Tim Callan
Last chance: Wayde Skipper
Westy in '09?:No
 

lifelike_

Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 16, 2005
6,915
18
Melbourne
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Queens Park Rangers
Best Player: Daniel Cross
Most improved: Ryan Hargrave
Most disappointing: Tom Williams
Most overrated: Nathan Eagleton
Most underrated: Ryan Hargrave
Player to watch for in 09: Ryan Griffen
Player on the decline in 09: Ben Hudson
Best game: St Kilda (Round 3)
Worst game: Hawthorn (Qualifying final)
Best moment: The round 3 St Kilda game (after quarter time)
Worst Moment: Both losses to North
Best addition: Tim Callan
Last chance: Wayde Skipper

and finally

Westy in '09?: No.
 

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comrade

Club Legend
Oct 12, 2006
1,105
1
Melbourne
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Daniel Cross
Most improved: Jarrod Harbrow/Ryan Hargrave
Most disappointing: Tom Williams
Most overrated: Nathan Eagleton
Most underrated: Ryan Hargrave
Player to watch for in 09: Barry Hall ;) Josh Hill
Player on the decline in 09: Scott Welsh
Best game: Brisbane win won me some cash
Worst game: Hawthorn final/Carlton/North games
Best moment: Johnson's Round 1 heroics
Worst Moment: Knowing that we were bending over vs Hawthorn a few weeks ago
Best addition: Short term: Hudson, Long term: Timmy Callan
Last chance: Eagleton

and finally

Westy in '09?: Yes. Pinch hitting role, will help our kids (Ward, Reid, O'Keefe, Wood etc) develop by playing beside them.
 

RoyBoyTurnedDog

Team Captain
May 23, 2008
594
5
Melbourne
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Cooney/Shaggy (Griffen in finals)
Most improved:Dylan Addison
Most disappointing: Andrejs Everitt
Most overrated: Murphy (pains me to say it)
Most underrated: Shaggy/Lake
Player to watch for in 09: Higgins/Harbrow
Player on the decline in 09: Eagle
Best game: St. Kilda win (1st)/Sydney final
Worst game: Carlton loss
Best moment: Johnno's 4th qtr v Adelaide
Worst Moment: Johhno's miss v Nth
Best addition: Timmy Callan
Last chance: Eagle/Ray

and finally

Westy in '09?: Give him another year. There has to be some loyalty left in footy, and he is good enough anyway.
 

GreyWind

Norm Smith Medallist
Dec 12, 2007
7,445
8,319
The North
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Green Bay Packers
Best Player: Dale Morris
Most improved: Dylan Addison
Most disappointing: Farren Ray
Most overrated: Scott Welsh
Most underrated: Dylan Addison
Player to watch for in 09: Higgins/Harbrow/Hill/Griffen
Player on the decline in 09: Eagle
Best game: St. Kilda win (1st)/Sydney final/Hawks win
Worst game: North/Hawks loses
Best moment: Johnno's 4th qtr v Adelaide
Worst Moment: Johhno's miss v Nth
Best addition: Timmy Callan/Huddo early in the season
Last chance: Eagle/Ray
Westy in '09?: Yes
 

AngeloPetraglia

All Australian
Aug 6, 2007
643
9
Melbourne
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Coon
Most improved: Addo
Most disappointing: Ray
Most overrated: Eagle
Most underrated: Gia, Captain (still kicked 50 goals)
Player to watch for in 09: Missy, Tommy
Player on the decline in 09: Aker, Eagle
Best game: Sydney Final
Worst game: Hawthorn Final
Best moment: Lake goal, Sydney final
Worst Moment: Third quarter misses - prelim final
Best addition: Timmy Callan (performed when it counted)
Last chance: Farren Ray
Westy in '09?: Brain - No, Heart - Yes
 

gilbeegurl

Team Captain
Feb 10, 2007
464
2
western 'burbs of melb
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Adam Cooney
Most improved: Dylan Addison
Most disappointing: Farren Ray
Most overrated: Scott Welsh
Most underrated: Shaggy
Player to watch for in 09: Shaun Higgins
Player on the decline in 09: Brad Johnson
Best game: Hawks in Tassie
Worst game: Hawks in final
Best moment: Johnno's 300th game, where he was an absolute star
Worst Moment: Final siren against the cats
Best addition: Timmy Callan
Last chance: Nathan Eagleton
and finally

Westy in '09?: Yes, a role coming off the bench

Thoughts?
 

soupaman

Club Legend
May 28, 2006
2,304
130
Wheelers Hill
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Adam Cooney
Most improved: Josh Hill/Dylan Addison/Adam Cooney/Ryan Hargrave/Will Minson (All candidates, winner not in bold based on where they came from (The first three were the main candidates))Most disappointing: Andrejs Everitt and to a lesser extent Mcdougall, his finish to last year had me hoping.
Most overrated: Brad Johnson? Hard to say. I don't think our players get talked up that much in the media unless they have become very good players, which means they wouldn't be overrated.
Most underrated: Harbrow, Addison (By everyone else), Shaggy
Player to watch for in 09: Williams (if fit), otherwise Ryan Griffen (I expect him to step up with Cooney)
Player on the decline in 09: Johnson
Best game: St. Kilda and Adelaide wins.
Worst game: Carlton, North and Hawthorn losses
Best moment: Brain Lake's goal vs Sydney, Griffens goal vs Sydney, Higgins & Akermanis' goals vs Geelong, Cooney getting down to $7? for the Brownlow, when I got on at $101
Worst Moment: Johnnos misses against North, realiing Hawthorn were going to smash us, Addison going down, Tommygun getting injured again
Best addition: Ben Hudson (Apologies to Tim Callan)
Last chance: Wayde Skipper, Farren Ray, Eagleton (Only because I think other players will begin to overtake him, so its his last chance to achieve success with the club before he becomes a backup player or retires gracefully.

and finally

Westy in '09?: Unsure. IF he and the fitness staff reckon he can take another season, he probably deserves it.

 

a_mac

Debutant
Sep 25, 2008
83
1
Hoppers Crossing
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Chicago Bears + Bulls
Best Player: Adam Cooney
Most improved: Jarrod Harbrow
Most disappointing: Ray
Most overrated: Eagleton
Most underrated: Morris
Player to watch for in 09: Jarrad Grant
Player on the decline in 09: Welsh
Best game: Hawthorn (Tassie)
Worst game: Hawthorn (finals)
Best moment: Johno winning the game in Round 1
Worst Moment: Higgins doing his ankle, Williams breaking down before finals.
Best addition: Timmy Callan
Last chance: Skipper/Ray/Eagleton
 

Cudi

Premiership Player
Sep 24, 2005
4,757
4,712
Melbourne
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Vic Bushrangers, Melb Stars
Best Player: Cooney
Most improved: Hargrave
Most disappointing: Ray and Everitt
Most overrated: Eagleton
Most underrated: Giansiracusa
Player to watch for in 09: Harbrow and Grant
Player on the decline in 09: Hudson
Best game: Sydney Final
Worst game: Hawks Final
Best moment: Griffen goal in Swans final, Lake mark Minson goal in Tigers game, Cooney Brownlow
Worst Moment: Williams injuries
Best addition: Tim Callan
Last chance: Skipper, Wight, Eagleton
 

Libba39

Premiership Player
Mar 10, 2008
3,739
3,122
Murrumbeena
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Cross
Most improved: Addison
Most disappointing: Everitt
Most overrated: Gia
Most underrated: Morris
Player to watch for in 09: Okeefe
Player on the decline in 09: Johnno
Best game: Brisbane at MCG (for pure demolition)
Worst game: Hawthorn (finals)
Best moment: Johnno's 3 goals v Adelaide
Worst Moment: Murph repeatedly kicking into the man on the mark in the prelim
Best addition: Callan / Hudson
Last chance: Welsh
 

inflames1919

All Australian
Oct 15, 2007
818
160
YOUR FACE
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Detroit Pistons
Best Player: Cooney
Most improved: Harbrow, Hargrave, Addison
Most disappointing: Ray, Everitt
Most overrated: Gia
Most underrated: Harbrow
Player to watch for in 09: Griffen, Higgins, Grant, Ward
Player on the decline in 09: Johnno, Welsh
Best game: Smashing the Hawks in Tassie
Worst game: Losing to the Kangas after Johnnos miss.
Best moment: Cooneys Brownlow, Johnnos 300th
Worst Moment: Seeing Williams go down :(
Best addition: Callan
Last chance: Wight, Skipper
 

itchyrichie

Team Captain
Mar 16, 2007
333
1
Melbourne
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Cooney
Most improved: Addison
Most disappointing: Ray (season) / Welsh (finals campaign)
Most overrated: Jono
Most underrated: Hargrave
Player to watch for in 09: Griffen / Williams
Player on the decline in 09: Eagleton
Best game: Brisbane at the G
Worst game: Hawthorn final
Best moment: Cooney's brownlow
Worst Moment: Tom Williams injury / Westy's departure
Best addition: Huddo / Callan
Last chance: Skipper / Eagleton / Wight
 

jazzadogs

Team Captain
Oct 18, 2005
540
2
Blackburn
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player:COOOOON
Most improved: Addison. Great season.
Most disappointing: Andrejs Everitt. Didnt expect much of Ray, so didnt disappoint.
Most overrated: Gia. This season was better though.
Most underrated: The backline. By the media at large, the entire team, particularly Coon.
Player to watch for in 09:Williams. Hopefully our eyes arent concentrated on the medical room. Griff will explode (back to back Bulldog Brownlows :p) and Ward will feature prominently
Player on the decline in 09: Aker
Best game: Johnnos 300th/Sydney semi
Worst game: Hawthorn final
Best moment: Coon's Brownlow/Johnnos 300th/Swans semi/last 3min of Tigers draw
Worst Moment: Hearing that Westy had been delisted. Hearing he'd retired would have been slightly more pleasant. The prelim final loss is up there as well.
Best addition: Hudson was more important. Callan was a better player.
Last chance: Im confused. Is this on their last chance next year, or used up their last chance? Used up has been confirmed, next year would be Eagle, Skipper (only 1yr contract).
 

Higgo07

Draftee
Sep 26, 2008
1
0
West Footscray
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Best Player: Cross
Most improved: Aker
Most disappointing: Ray (season) - get rid of him!
Most overrated: Ray
Most underrated: Hargrave
Player to watch for in 09: Higgins of course!!!
Player on the decline in 09: Eagleton
Best game: St Kilda win (1st one)
Worst game: Carlton and North Meblourne (1st) losses
Best moment: Cooney's brownlow and Griffen's goal in first game against the Saints!
Worst Moment: Tom Williams injury / Westy's departure
Best addition: Huddo / Callan
Last chance: Skipper / Eagleton / Wight


and I had to add one

Most exciting: Will MINSON!!!!
 

Tom Fraser

Debutant
Aug 25, 2008
138
1
Woodend
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Liverpool
Best player:cooney and cross
most improved:addison and harbrow
most disappointing:ray, street, everitt
most overrated:welsh, johnno
most underrated:cross, hargrave
player to watch in 09:higgins and griffen
player to decline in 09:huddo and eagleton
best game:saints rd3, hawks in tassie, swans semi
worst game:carlton loss, 1st final
best moment:cooney brownlow, johnno 3 goals against adelaide, announcing ray is gonna get traded:d
worst moment:williams injury, prelim loss, westy gone
best addition:timmy callan and huddo
last chance:skipper,eagleton,wight
 
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