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How nice would it be to get the old in form Keath back into the seniors
I’m still holding out like a smidgen of hope, I actually think he was pretty solid defensively last year for the most part it was just the ******ed shit he did, but that might have been helped by the shockingly crap defensive structure we had around him where he was literally like the 3-4 best ball mover in the side…

Put him in a very mobile defence alongside Jones, Buku, Ed, Coffield, JJ, Dale etc and just tell him to pull his head in and play the percentages. Intercept mark, defend and flipping handball the thing to runners. No risky kicks and runs down the corridor.

And maaaybe we might get a somewhat dependable 2nd tall again? Might be wishful thinking
 
I’m still holding out like a smidgen of hope, I actually think he was pretty solid defensively last year for the most part it was just the *ed s**t he did, but that might have been helped by the shockingly crap defensive structure we had around him where he was literally like the 3-4 best ball mover in the side…

Put him in a very mobile defence alongside Jones, Buku, Ed, Coffield, JJ, Dale etc and just tell him to pull his head in and play the percentages. Intercept mark, defend and *ing handball the thing to runners. No risky kicks and runs down the corridor.

And maaaybe we might get a somewhat dependable 2nd tall again? Might be wishful thinking

Could seriously shape our season if this happened. Fingers crossed, the cliff came fast the last couple of years.
 
How nice would it be to get the old in form Keath back into the seniors
He’s well and truly past that unfortunately, body is cooked. That being said, he’s on the list for a reason and if he can play a role on someone like Casboult for a game then that’s what he’s there for.
 
I’m a big Bedendo fan, mostly based on his 2022 VFL form. What I can’t understand (repeating from other threads) is why the **** do North get priority picks while not making plays to bring Bedendo types in for free.

We gave Dom a 1-year extension presumably on base wages. Why did North not offer him 2 years including an effective $200K signing bonus. That would have been hard for him to turn down, and we would have had no right to demand anything other than a future 4th rounder (if anything). He’d be in their team every week and they’re desperate for some support for Larkey. Better use of the salary cap than throwing big money a Coleman-Jones and also parting with an early 2nd round pick.
 
I’m a big Bedendo fan, mostly based on his 2022 VFL form. What I can’t understand (repeating from other threads) is why the **** do North get priority picks while not making plays to bring Bedendo types in for free.

We gave Dom a 1-year extension presumably on base wages. Why did North not offer him 2 years including an effective $200K signing bonus. That would have been hard for him to turn down, and we would have had no right to demand anything other than a future 4th rounder (if anything). He’d be in their team every week and they’re desperate for some support for Larkey. Better use of the salary cap than throwing big money a Coleman-Jones and also parting with an early 2nd round pick.
Shushhh! Keep your voice down. They might hear you.
 
He’s well and truly past that unfortunately, body is cooked. That being said, he’s on the list for a reason and if he can play a role on someone like Casboult for a game then that’s what he’s there for.
The telling moment for me was a Max Gawn behind against us in 2022 (Jamarra 5-goal game).

Early in the 1st quarter, marking contest with 14:28 on the clock, Gawn flying into the pack but Keath couldn’t get off the ground. Ball spills free and 6 seconds later Gawn is marking unopposed while Keath is still trying to pick himself up off the ground. As an isolated incident it’s fine, maybe he just got winded in that contest, but it’s a semi regular occurrence.

It’s such a shame as in 2021 I thought he was deserving of being in the AA squad and I think the consensus view when he missed the Prelim was he was in our top 3 players we could least afford to miss.
 

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The telling moment for me was a Max Gawn behind against us in 2022 (Jamarra 5-goal game).

Early in the 1st quarter, marking contest with 14:28 on the clock, Gawn flying into the pack but Keath couldn’t get off the ground. Ball spills free and 6 seconds later Gawn is marking unopposed while Keath is still trying to pick himself up off the ground. As an isolated incident it’s fine, maybe he just got winded in that contest, but it’s a semi regular occurrence.

It’s such a shame as in 2021 I thought he was deserving of being in the AA squad and I think the consensus view when he missed the Prelim was he was in our top 3 players we could least afford to miss.

Yeah there were a lot of times last year watching Keath in the VFL that he takes an eternity to get to his feet.
 
Footscray VFL Practice Match today vs Werribee at Whitten Oval.

Footscray 14. 15 (99)
def Werribee 8. 8 (64)

Goals: Bedendo 4, Darcy 3, Clarke 1, Scott 1, Poulter 1, Montgomery 1, Willoughby 1

Best: Garcia, Darcy, Bedendo, Macrae, Keath, Baker, Scott, Poulter

14 Listed AFL players: Macrae, Darcy, O'Donnell, Arty Jones, Keath, Poullter, Garcia, Baker, Duryea, Busslinger, Clarke, Cleary, Freijah and Smith.

Werribee are a strong VFL team and challenged us, however, the cream rose to the surface - and as we have seen throughout this month - we have dominated second halves, which highlights our fitness base.

O'Donnell received a head knock in first quarter. Did not return, so it is safe to assume he will be absent next week under concussion protocols.

Baker went off the field at 3/4 time and will be our standby emergency for tomorrow's AFL match

Bedendo was excellent - he snagged four and almost kiched a fifth. He took a screamer and split his time between wing and deep forward. Put his hand up for selection.

Darcy dominant. Missed two easy set shots, so should have had five. Otherwise a strong game and keeps the heat on Lobb.

Macrae had leather poisoning. Racked up the possessions and will surely be in calculations for round 2.

Garcia in and under - continues to impress with speed and tenacity. Love what he brings.

Arty Jones quiet day at the office.

Keath was the general down back - ideal match up for Casboult for the Suns next week, one would assume.

Tony Scott another strong performance - leadership and forward pressure was a standout.
How did freijah go
 
Update VFL list for 2024


Footscray-Bulldogs.jpg

COACH: Stewart Edge
CAPTAIN: TBA
VFL LISTED PLAYERS: 26 (15 primary, 11 development)

STAYING: Footscray: Angus Bade, Josh Chatfield, Cooper Craig-Peters, Jarrod Gilbee, Ethan Hunt, Josh Kellett, Cameron Kizan, Tristan Maple, Daniel Orgill, Connor Smith, Kai Stretton, Sam Willoughby, Bailey Young; Western Bulldogs: Oskar Baker, Dom Bedendo, Marcus Bontempelli, Jedd Busslinger, Charlie Clarke, Luke Cleary, Bailey Dale, Caleb Daniel, Sam Darcy, Taylor Duryea, Tim English, Harvey Gallagher, Riley Garcia, Ryan Gardner, Jason Johannisen, Arthur Jones, Liam Jones, Alex Keath, Buku Khamis, Tom Liberatore, Rory Lobb, Jack Macrae, Lachie McNeil, James O’Donnell, Caleb Poulter, Ed Richards, Anthony Scott, Bailey Smith, Adam Treloar, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, Laitham Vandermeer, Cody Weightman, Rhylee West, Bailey Williams.

ARRIVING: Footscray: Trent Bianco (Collingwood AFL), Billy Crofts (Geelong VFL), Cooper Dahms (Central District), Chance Doultree (Norwood), Chan Hargraves (Port Melbourne Colts), Will Lewis (Old Brighton), Tommy McRae (Casey Demons), Lachlan McArthur (Keilor/Western Jets), Diesel Moloney (Point Cook/Western Jets), Rhett Montgomerie (Essendon AFL), Charlie Naish (Richmond VFL), Cameron Owen (Sydney AFL), Phoenix Spicer (North Melbourne AFL); Western Bulldogs: Lachie Bramble (Hawthorn), Nick Coffield (St Kilda), Jordan Croft (Maribyrnong Park/Calder Cannons), Joel Freijah (Horsham Saints/GWV Rebels), James Harmes (Melbourne), Aiden O’Driscoll (Northam Saints/Perth), Ryley Sanders (North Launceston/Sandringham Dragons), Lachlan Smith (Warragul/Gippsland Power).

DEPARTING: Footscray: Jamieson Ballantyne (Geelong VFL), Hugo Bromell (Coburg), Nathan Drummond (Mooroopna), Joel Garner (Richmond VFL), Luke Goater (Deer Park), Ned Harris (Newtown & Chilwell), Caleb Lewis (Casey Demons), Charlie Macisaac (Old Xaverians), Ewan Macpherson (Brisbane Lions VFL), Cayden Maki (Mooroolbark), Josh Patullo (Frankston YCW), Jay Rantall (departed), Riley Smith (Echuca), Lachie Sullivan (Collingwood AFL), Daniel Tallariti (Northcote Park); Western Bulldogs: Josh Bruce (retired – Eastlake), Hayden Crozier (retired – Surfers Paradise), Mitch Hannan (delisted), Robbie McComb (delisted – Port Melbourne), Toby McLean (delisted - Old Ivanhoe), Tim O’Brien (delisted – Doncaster East), Cody Raak (delisted – North Adelaide), Roarke Smith (delisted – Port Melbourne), Jordon Sweet (Port Adelaide AFL).
 

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Update VFL list for 2024


Footscray-Bulldogs.jpg

COACH: Stewart Edge
CAPTAIN: TBA
VFL LISTED PLAYERS: 26 (15 primary, 11 development)

STAYING: Footscray: Angus Bade, Josh Chatfield, Cooper Craig-Peters, Jarrod Gilbee, Ethan Hunt, Josh Kellett, Cameron Kizan, Tristan Maple, Daniel Orgill, Connor Smith, Kai Stretton, Sam Willoughby, Bailey Young; Western Bulldogs: Oskar Baker, Dom Bedendo, Marcus Bontempelli, Jedd Busslinger, Charlie Clarke, Luke Cleary, Bailey Dale, Caleb Daniel, Sam Darcy, Taylor Duryea, Tim English, Harvey Gallagher, Riley Garcia, Ryan Gardner, Jason Johannisen, Arthur Jones, Liam Jones, Alex Keath, Buku Khamis, Tom Liberatore, Rory Lobb, Jack Macrae, Lachie McNeil, James O’Donnell, Caleb Poulter, Ed Richards, Anthony Scott, Bailey Smith, Adam Treloar, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, Laitham Vandermeer, Cody Weightman, Rhylee West, Bailey Williams.

ARRIVING: Footscray: Trent Bianco (Collingwood AFL), Billy Crofts (Geelong VFL), Cooper Dahms (Central District), Chance Doultree (Norwood), Chan Hargraves (Port Melbourne Colts), Will Lewis (Old Brighton), Tommy McRae (Casey Demons), Lachlan McArthur (Keilor/Western Jets), Diesel Moloney (Point Cook/Western Jets), Rhett Montgomerie (Essendon AFL), Charlie Naish (Richmond VFL), Cameron Owen (Sydney AFL), Phoenix Spicer (North Melbourne AFL); Western Bulldogs: Lachie Bramble (Hawthorn), Nick Coffield (St Kilda), Jordan Croft (Maribyrnong Park/Calder Cannons), Joel Freijah (Horsham Saints/GWV Rebels), James Harmes (Melbourne), Aiden O’Driscoll (Northam Saints/Perth), Ryley Sanders (North Launceston/Sandringham Dragons), Lachlan Smith (Warragul/Gippsland Power).

DEPARTING: Footscray: Jamieson Ballantyne (Geelong VFL), Hugo Bromell (Coburg), Nathan Drummond (Mooroopna), Joel Garner (Richmond VFL), Luke Goater (Deer Park), Ned Harris (Newtown & Chilwell), Caleb Lewis (Casey Demons), Charlie Macisaac (Old Xaverians), Ewan Macpherson (Brisbane Lions VFL), Cayden Maki (Mooroolbark), Josh Patullo (Frankston YCW), Jay Rantall (departed), Riley Smith (Echuca), Lachie Sullivan (Collingwood AFL), Daniel Tallariti (Northcote Park); Western Bulldogs: Josh Bruce (retired – Eastlake), Hayden Crozier (retired – Surfers Paradise), Mitch Hannan (delisted), Robbie McComb (delisted – Port Melbourne), Toby McLean (delisted - Old Ivanhoe), Tim O’Brien (delisted – Doncaster East), Cody Raak (delisted – North Adelaide), Roarke Smith (delisted – Port Melbourne), Jordon Sweet (Port Adelaide AFL).
Sad to see Jamieson ("The Dram") Ballantyne depart.

Wasn't there anybody with a name something like Laphraoig Bushmills that we could replace him with?
 

Footscray will field five debutants in its season opener against GWS on Sunday afternoon at Mission Whitten Oval.

Trent Bianco, Phoenix Spicer and Rhett Montgomerie will all line up for their first Bulldogs’ outings, while AFL draftees Joel Freijah and Lachie Smith will also make their debut red, white and blue appearances.

The side could feature up to 14 senior-listed players, with Alex Keath, Dom Bedendo, Jack Macrae and Riley Garcia among the AFL talent listed.
Newly-named captain Josh Chatfield will start in the back pocket, with vice-captain Dan Orgillset to start in the centre.

Fellow leaders Jarrod Gilbee (half-back), Cooper Craig-Peters (interchange) and Bianco (centre) will also feature.

The first bounce will be at 12.05pm AEDT on Sunday 24 March.

For smoother access on game-day, we recommend pre-purchasing tickets by clicking HERE. Tickets will also be available for purchase on game day at Mission Whitten Oval.

The match will be live-streamed via afl.com.au/vfl/ for those who can’t make it, with game-day updates also available via @FootscrayVFL on X (Twitter).

Please note: entry to Mission Whitten Oval will be via Gate 1 (Cross St) only. Dogs are not allowed into the venue on match-days.

VFL Team | Round 1

Footscray Bulldogs v GWS Giants
Sunday 24 March, 12.05pm AEDT
Mission Whitten Oval (Wurundjeri/Boon Wurrung)

B: J Busslinger (5), A Keath (42), J Chatfield (52)
HB: T Duryea (15), L Cleary (36), J Gilbee (69)
C: T Bianco (58), D Orgill (50), A Scott (28)
HF: C Clarke (8), D Bedendo (26), J Freijah (27)
F: L McNeil (30), R Lobb (7), A Jones (32)
R: L Smith (40), J Macrae (11), R Garcia (38)
INT: E Hunt (56), C Craig-Peters (61), C Smith (55), P Spicer (63), R Montgomerie (51)
EMG: J Kellett (57), T Maple (65), K Stretton (66), A Bade (68), S Willoughby (53)
 
Chatfield and Crag-Peters being captain and in our leadership group tells me that we should at least try and bring WB NGA kids in that missed out on being drafted. See how they go in a VFL setting as the two of them have developed nicely.
 

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