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AFLW Bulldogs confirm 2022 coaching panel

The AFLW Bulldogs have confirmed their coaching panel for season 2022, welcoming three additions in Josh Bruce, Dylan Roberton and James Kennedy.

Roberton (forwards coach) will join the recently appointed Mel Hickey (defence) and returning Natalie Wood (midfield) as an assistant coach, while Kennedy will take the reins as ruck coach.

Bruce will act as a development coach alongside Kirby Bentley.

Kennedy joins the Club from the NAB League’s Eastern Ranges, where he spent time with both the men’s and women’s programs as ruck coach.

His football and basketball background saw him mentor three eventual AFLW draftees in Keeley Sherar (Carlton), El Chaston (Collingwood) and Georgia Campbell (Melbourne).

Roberton arrives at the Kennel after a 129-game playing career with both Fremantle and St Kilda.

He announced his retirement from the game earlier this year, following a two-month hiatus where he weighed up his post-football options.

Bruce is no stranger to VU Whitten Oval, having crossed over from St Kilda during the 2019 AFL Trade Period.

The 27-year-old has played 37 games in the red, white and blue since, slotting 48 goals from 20 games to finish this season as the Club’s leading goalkicker.

An ACL injury in round 21 against Essendon – which also happened to be his 150thcareer match - saw him sidelined for the finals series, and while completing his rehab he will now dedicate part of his time to coaching.

Bulldogs’ General Manager of Women’s Football, Debbie Lee, said the three appointments will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience.

“To have people of this calibre join our AFLW program for season 2022 is great, not only for our players but for our entire program,” Lee said.

“We’re thrilled to have Dylan join Mel and Nat as assistant coaches, James come on board as our ruck coach, and Josh join Kirby as a development coach.

“It’s been extremely pleasing to welcome our new additions to the Kennel, having officially started pre-season last week.

“Led by ‘Burkey’, we’re extremely confident in our coaching panel and believe the program will benefit greatly moving forward.”

The AFLW Bulldogs are currently training three times a week as they prepare for the 2022 NAB AFLW season to commence in January.




Dale Morris
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Roberton as a Forward coach? Interesting.....

******* Brucey! How good is this bloke!?!?!
 

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AFLW Bulldogs confirm 2022 coaching panel

The AFLW Bulldogs have confirmed their coaching panel for season 2022, welcoming three additions in Josh Bruce, Dylan Roberton and James Kennedy.

Roberton (forwards coach) will join the recently appointed Mel Hickey (defence) and returning Natalie Wood (midfield) as an assistant coach, while Kennedy will take the reins as ruck coach.

Bruce will act as a development coach alongside Kirby Bentley.

Kennedy joins the Club from the NAB League’s Eastern Ranges, where he spent time with both the men’s and women’s programs as ruck coach.

His football and basketball background saw him mentor three eventual AFLW draftees in Keeley Sherar (Carlton), El Chaston (Collingwood) and Georgia Campbell (Melbourne).

Roberton arrives at the Kennel after a 129-game playing career with both Fremantle and St Kilda.

He announced his retirement from the game earlier this year, following a two-month hiatus where he weighed up his post-football options.

Bruce is no stranger to VU Whitten Oval, having crossed over from St Kilda during the 2019 AFL Trade Period.

The 27-year-old has played 37 games in the red, white and blue since, slotting 48 goals from 20 games to finish this season as the Club’s leading goalkicker.

An ACL injury in round 21 against Essendon – which also happened to be his 150thcareer match - saw him sidelined for the finals series, and while completing his rehab he will now dedicate part of his time to coaching.

Bulldogs’ General Manager of Women’s Football, Debbie Lee, said the three appointments will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience.

“To have people of this calibre join our AFLW program for season 2022 is great, not only for our players but for our entire program,” Lee said.

“We’re thrilled to have Dylan join Mel and Nat as assistant coaches, James come on board as our ruck coach, and Josh join Kirby as a development coach.

“It’s been extremely pleasing to welcome our new additions to the Kennel, having officially started pre-season last week.

“Led by ‘Burkey’, we’re extremely confident in our coaching panel and believe the program will benefit greatly moving forward.”

The AFLW Bulldogs are currently training three times a week as they prepare for the 2022 NAB AFLW season to commence in January.




Dale Morris
Business Development Executive - Corporate Sales
What an excellent appointment in Josh Bruce. I'm sure that he'll bring a great deal to the role, plus I'm sure that it will help to focus him and keep his spirits up during his long rehab. Our club is run by some very savvy operators.
 

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Oliver Gigacz

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Gabby Newton will miss the 2022 season due to dual shoulder reconstruction.

She had an excellent 2020 season with CD ranking her 3rd at the club and 25th in the competition but struggled with form this year with CD ranking her 14th at the club and 181st in the competition.

I believe her shoulders were strapped in just about every game she's played at AFLW level so let's hope this sorts it out once and for all and she can get back to her best. She has some serious talent and we need her back ASAP.

Alice Edmonds has been signed as her replacement. Alice played 6 games for Richmond in 2020 and was in fine form in the VFLW this year for Port Melbourne averaging 115 ranking points.
 

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Gabby Newton will miss the 2022 season due to dual shoulder reconstruction.

She had an excellent 2020 season with CD ranking her 3rd at the club and 25th in the competition but struggled with form this year with CD ranking her 14th at the club and 181st in the competition.

I believe her shoulders were strapped in just about every game she's played at AFLW level so let's hope this sorts it out once and for all and she can get back to her best. She has some serious talent and we need her back ASAP.

Alice Edmonds has been signed as her replacement. Alice played 6 games for Richmond in 2020 and was in fine form in the VFLW this year for Port Melbourne averaging 115 ranking points.
Very dissapointing for Gabby. I was really hoping for big things from her this year.
 

Hoges64

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I spoke to Mel Hickey on Friday, she mentioned ex GWS player Elle Bennett’s is the big surprise and is killing it in the pre season training, big things are expected from her this coming season.
I liked the recruitment from the fact of some age and experience for our young side, but of course the other side of that coin is it's a damn shame she's 32. Hopefully a couple of good years left for her at least...
 

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