Is the Dogs Prelim the Greatest Moment in history?

Substance

Norm Smith Medallist
Joined
Aug 6, 2012
Posts
6,139
Likes
8,582
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
#51
Nothing tops the final few minutes of the best game of footy ever played. When dickson marked it was instant tears.

But as awesome as the month was, a part of me didn't like it. It just happened to quickly to savour it. We go 62 years without a flag and 55 years without a grand final, and come the bounce of the wce game, we feel it will be another year at least, but we are young and building. Then it all just happens and we made it look too easy. It was hard to feel excited when I realised we were going to win the grand final. I was like what...that's it? We did it? It felt like a dream. And not in a good way. Like it didn't feel real, I had to keep checking this was reality. Anyway that's my little thought bubble on this...was amazing time to be a doggies fan, but at the same time we did it too fast. But hey at least we did it at all. Could have dominated an entire h&a season and walked away with nothing like a certain rival did in 09.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Joined
Mar 2, 2007
Posts
9,359
Likes
7,454
Location
Bellarine Peninsular
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Melb Victory
#52
Yes, yes it is.

This is my post on the greatest day in the history on the game day thread:
I remember my thought process when they jumped out to a 14 point lead. It was oh no, here we go again, 14 points is too much, they had a week off, while our boys have played every week, our boys will be too tired.

Then I looked at them and I thought no, not these boys, they are different, they won’t lose this, we are going to win this. I just felt a sense of certainty. However, it didn’t stop the intense feelings, that only stopped when the siren blew.
 

BrisDog

Club Legend
Joined
Dec 13, 2012
Posts
2,028
Likes
4,877
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Thread starter #55
hey I was sitting just in front of you. Great atmosphere, great memories.
Unfortunately I cannot claim that clip - I found it on YouTube. It’s a ripper. It must have been taken by a neutral with some composure. I was a blubbering mess on the far wing having alcohol withdrawals
 

Optimistic Dog

All Australian
Joined
Oct 11, 2014
Posts
617
Likes
947
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
#56
I remember my thought process when they jumped out to a 14 point lead. It was oh no, here we go again, 14 points is too much, they had a week off, while our boys have played every week, our boys will be too tired.

Then I looked at them and I thought no, not these boys, they are different, they won’t lose this, we are going to win this. I just felt a sense of certainty. However, it didn’t stop the intense feelings, that only stopped when the siren blew.

I said to my son another goal by GWS and we are done when we were 14 points down. He still has a go at me for giving up. Well I never quite gave up but should have never doubted their spirit but like so many all us being at all those losing preliminary finals puts doubt in the mine.
 
Last edited:

Norm De Guerre

Left of the dial.
Joined
Mar 27, 2004
Posts
7,139
Likes
19,151
Location
Sharpening Occums Razor
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Australian Farnarkling XI
#57
For me its almost impossible to seperate any of our games from our storied 2016 finals campaign and distill it into a single moment that I would proclaim as our single greatest. Even though I only got to witness two of the games in the flesh, something that I will regret until the rapture gratefully arrives, each is special to me.

EF2: 8 Sep: Domain: From a football perspective this was as good a game of football as we played all year and reinforced in my mind what a tactical and man management genius Luke Beveridge truly is. Watching a dumfounded Adam Simpson flounder about trying to counter our run out of half back and straight through the middle of the ground was a sight to behold. However the abiding memory I'll take out of that game is Libba in the most Libba of ways excitingly proclaiming that "we can win the whole ******* lot" immediately post game when asked how good was that? By Luke Dahlhaus(?). I was all in from that point.

SF2: 16 Sep. MCG: There was a special satisfaction to be had being surrounded by their smug supporters as we of all clubs banged the final nail into their dynasty. One of the purest and most joyous football following experiences that Ive ever had. With Perth being so remote this was the first time that our fans got a glimps of what was possible and the outpouring of emotions from the what for us is a huge crowd was palpable and something that would only be topped in a couple of weeks later.

PF1: 24 Sep: Spotless: Watched the game on TV with my dad. Historically there was so much riding on the game and in my view wasn't as pure a game as the previous two, but was as grinding and tough a roller coaster ride as you would ever want to see. When it was all over as dad and I sat there dumbfounded by what we had just witnessed, I held out my hand and said "we're going to the grand final mate" and as he grabbed mine and shook it he said "yes we are, yes we are." I will be forever envious of those that made the journey up to Sydney, I really wish I had.

GF: 1 Oct: MCG. Its hard to top this moment and other than some Kennedy heroics, I never really felt that this game was beyond our grasp. However this never lessoned the pent up tension that I felt sitting in my seat, something only released when the game was truly in our keeping as Liam Picken sent the ball 100 rows deep and Bulldogs fans into a blubbering frenzy of celebrations. After the game Dad and I did something we've never done and hugged it out, we then went our seperate ways as I went off to catch up with friends seated elsewhere and get into a long planned night of debauched celebrations. That we soon agreed that we were all too drained to do so and that we would convene at a later time speaks volumes for what a ride that series was and why its impossible for me to find a single greatest moment.

Take me now lord. I've had my moment and Im ready!
 
Last edited:

Dogs_R_Us

Space Traveller
Joined
May 3, 2001
Posts
10,429
Likes
9,887
Location
Sirius - the Dogstar
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
#58
For me its almost impossible to seperate any of our games from our storied 2016 finals campaign and distill it into a single moment that I would proclaim as our single greatest. Even though I only got to witness two of the games in the flesh, something that I will regret until the rapture gratefully arrives, each is special to me.

EF2: 8 Sep: Domain: From a football perspective this was as good a game of football as we played all year and reinforced in my mind what a tactical and man management genius Luke Beveridge truly is. Watching a dumfounded Adam Simpson flounder about trying to counter our run out of half back and straight through the middle of the ground was a sight to behold. However the abiding memory I'll take out of that game is Libba in the most Libba of ways excitingly proclaiming that "we can win the whole ******* lot" immediately post game when asked how good was that? By Luke Dahlhaus(?). I was all in from that point.

SF2: 16 Sep. MCG: There was a special satisfaction to be had being surrounded by their smug supporters as we of all clubs banged the final nail into their dynasty. One of the purest and most joyous football following experiences that Ive ever had. With Perth being so remote this was the first time that our fans got a glimps of what was possible and the outpouring of emotions from the what for us is a huge crowd was palpable and something that would only be topped a couple of weeks later.

PF1: 24 Sep: Spotless: Watched the game on TV with my dad. Historically there was so much riding on the game and in my view wasn't as pure a game as the previous two, but was as grinding and tough a roller coaster ride as you would ever want to see. When it was all over as dad and I sat there dumbfounded by what we had just witnessed, I held out my hand and said "we're going to the grand final mate" and as he grabbed mine and shook it he said "yes we are, yes we are." I will be forever envious of those that made the journey up to Sydney, I really wish I had.

GF: 1 Oct: MCG. Its hard to top this moment and other than some Kennedy heroics, I never really felt that this game was beyond our grasp. However this never lessoned the pent up tension that I felt sitting in my seat, something only released when the game was truly in our keeping as Liam Picken sent the ball 100 rows deep and Bulldogs fans into a blubbering frenzy of celebrations. After the game Dad and I did something we've never done and hugged it out, we then went our seperate ways as I went off to catch up with friends seated elsewhere and get into a long planned night of debauched celebrations. That we soon agreed that we were all too drained to do so and that we would convene at a later time speaks volumes for what a ride that series was and why its impossible for me to find a single greatest moment.

Take me now lord. I've had my moment and Im ready!
I think it might have been Matt Suckling.
 

(Log in to remove this ad.)

Joined
Mar 2, 2007
Posts
9,359
Likes
7,454
Location
Bellarine Peninsular
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Melb Victory
#63
I remember the Hawks game well, they came out with these satin flags, looks like one each for their premierships. Son and I joked it looked like a Hitler youth rally. Anyway glanced over to our cheer squad and our flags, and of course there was a hole on one of our big flags which made me smile wryly.

Hawks supporters a little tense in the beginning, and then when they jumped to an early lead, the smugness resumed normal programming.

Easton’s goal, Bont’s Mark over Hodge, Libra trapping them in our forward line, it was wonderful. Afterwards I became a bit of a bogan with Pugz89 chanting “ straight sets,”up on the dais. I have at that time never seen such a jubilant Bulldogs crowd.
We stuck it right up ‘em.
 
Last edited:

Leon

Norm Smith Medallist
Joined
Jan 13, 2004
Posts
5,681
Likes
5,633
Location
Bound for Germany 2006!
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Harry's Heroes
#68
Clay Smith deserves a gold statue alongside Teddy, a bay in the Whitten Stand with his name above it, keys to city of Footscray, life membership, an international airport named after him and a Time Man of the Year title on this very game alone.
 

Pugz89

Norm Smith Medallist
Joined
Jun 29, 2015
Posts
8,371
Likes
8,349
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
#72
I remember the Hawks game well, they came out with these satin flags, looks like one each for their premierships. Son and I joked it looked like a Hitler youth rally. Anyway glanced over to our cheer squad and our flags, and of course there was a hole on one of our big flags which made me smile wryly.

Hawks supporters a little tense in the beginning, and then when they jumped to an early lead, the smugness resumed normal programming.

Easton’s goal, Bont’s Mark over Hodge, Libra trapping them in our forward line, it was wonderful. Afterwards I became a bit of a bogan with Pugz89 chanting “ straight sets,”up on the dais. I have at that time never seen such a jubilant Bulldogs crowd.
We stuck it right up ‘em.
Then I rocked up to work the next day with no voice just for good measure. Haha
 

Mofra

Moderator
Joined
Dec 6, 2005
Posts
39,481
Likes
97,534
Location
Footscray
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Footscray, The Exers
Moderator #73
Got a kick in the last quarter and inspired us to beat them by being a smart Arse the whole game.
A few of the GWS guys went the knuckle early and it cost them. Cameron broke Fletch's nose or was damn near close to it. They were mentally off for periods in the first half. I actually think Bevo's strict on-field discipline mantra all year had more effect on the prelim than it did in every other game that year combined.
 
Top Bottom