What They're Saying - The Bulldogs Media Thread - Part 3

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I don't think as a supporter you can hold much against Dahl. Honest he went away from himself, takes accountability for his actions wants to move on to re connect with himself.

Good decision for him and the club. Hope he does well at the cats and we finish above them every year.
Oh and he will always be a premiership player for us
 

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Western Bulldogs’ slide after 2016 premiership was predictable as Luke Beveridge’s team reloads
SAM EDMUND, Herald Sun

They were the surprise premier who embarked on the surprise evolution.

The Western Bulldogs had an average age of 23 years 270 days — the fifth-youngest — when they stormed to the 2016 flag, leading some to believe they’d be sticking around.

But the fact they were the first team to win it from seventh, breaking a 62-year premiership drought, meant others haven’t been surprised by the drop off.
Regardless, the Dogs are the first side since Adelaide in 1998 to miss the finals in the two consecutive seasons after winning the flag.

It has made the kennel one of the most fascinating places in the competition.

Who are the Western Bulldogs? A club who has taken two steps back and is about to go forward? Or a side still on the slide?

Easton Wood and Marcus Bontempelli are two more-experienced Bulldogs who remain from the 2016 flag.

The 2016 flag was only two and a half years ago, but may as well be six and a half years ago.

Of the 22 players who won the Dogs the 2016 decider, Matthew Boyd (retired), Luke Dahlhaus (traded), Clay Smith (retired), Shane Biggs (retired), Jordan Roughead (traded), Jake Stringer (traded) and Joel Hamling (traded) have moved on, while Liam Picken (concussion) hasn’t played since 2017.

Another dozen senior-listed players have departed in the same period. So let’s park 2016.

Finishing 10th and 13th the last two seasons would suggest this is a group a long way from finals contention, but the Dogs may not be that far off.

Last year, they ran out younger than their opponent in every game.

Statistically, they also endured the worst run with injury in the competition, with their best 22 missing more games than any rival.

Picken and Tom Liberatore weren’t sighted, while Wood, Dale Morris, Luke Dahlhaus, Matthew Suckling and Bailey Dale missed large chunks of the campaign.

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has a young, emerging list.

So when critics suggest the seat Beveridge sits on may be getting a little warm (he’s contracted til the end of 2020), he has an alibi or two.

Jason Johannisen (ankle), Lukas Webb (neck) and Dale (foot) will miss Round 1, while Tom Boyd (back) won’t be seen until the second half of the year.

Still, the medical room as quiet as it’s been for some time. Meanwhile, the Dogs have amassed some of the most exciting young talent in the league.

Defender Aaron Naughton finished fourth in the best and fairest after a brilliant debut season in which he stood the likes of Lance Franklin, Ben Brown, Jack Riewoldt and Jeremy Cameron. He is 19.

So is Ed Richards, who was as eye-catching as his shock of red hair off half-back and up forward.

Toby McLean is 23, Caleb Daniel 22, Bailey Williams is 21 and so is ruckman Tim English, who has won rave reviews over summer.

Rookie Billy Gowers kicked 26.20 in year one and has a decade ahead of him, while Brad Lynch, 21, averaged 19 possessions in his first three games and looked at home playing the last nine matches of the season.

Even the top two in last year’s best and fairest — Lachie Hunter and Jack Macrae — are 24.

Marcus Bontempelli has put last year’s injury niggles behind him and is, frighteningly, still 23.

Toby McLean is on the up.
Ed Richards is exciting.

The nucleus is there. The forward line and scoring loom as the ongoing challenge, however.

The Dogs ranked second for clearance differential last year, but couldn’t take maximum advantage, ranking only 12th in scores from clearances. The Bulldogs averaged 71.6 points per game — ranked 15th.

Since Barry Hall left in 2011, just two players have kicked more than 50 goals or more in a season - Jake Stringer and Tory Dickson, both in 2016.

Gowers was the most targeted player inside 50m last year, Josh Schache is still developing, Sam Lloyd has joined from Richmond, Jackson Trengove will play a ruck-forward role and Bontempelli and Mitch Wallis will spend time in attack. But there’s no standout forward in the group.

But ultimately, getting the pill inside 50m hasn’t been the problem, it’s the efficiency once it gets in there that’s been the bugbear.

At their best the Dogs are a grunt and territory unit with a battery of swarming midfielders. This is still their strength and the last month of last season proved it.

They climbed the summit in 2016 and while the path back to the top remains somewhat clouded, there’s some handy climbers assembling at base camp.


DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL CHRIS GRANT ON …

Aaron Naughton:
“Added size and looks more comfortable and confident playing what is a very hard position for a teenager.”

Tim English:
“We’ve been pleased with his ability to roll forward and catch the ball inside 50m.”

Ed Richards:
“Always had the speed but has improved his endurance so he’s going to play a bit more off a wing.”

Bailey Dale:
“Unfortunately had a setback and going to miss the start of the year. Got some good sessions in after the navicular problem last year, but he got some soreness in a different spot.”

Bailey Williams:
“He’s one of the guys Bevo sees becoming permanent midfielder in future.”

Brad Lynch:
“We’re excited because he’s come from a long way back. His attributes — speed and a good kick on both sides — are only becoming more important.”

Billy Gowers:
“Instead of it being a makeshift forward line, we’re hopeful players like Billy don’t have to be the go-to person and can play to their strengths more.”
 

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https://sen.lu/2EAobiV Article on bont and bob thinking he should play chf all next season.

Not sure how I feel about it but it is true that we’re very deep through the midfield with such a fit list and he adds more up forward then just about anyone on our list.

I think a 50/50 split would suffice and he can play where he’s needed.
 

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https://sen.lu/2EAobiV Article on bont and bob thinking he should play chf all next season.

Not sure how I feel about it but it is true that we’re very deep through the midfield with such a fit list and he adds more up forward then just about anyone on our list.

I think a 50/50 split would suffice and he can play where he’s needed.
Bont should be in the midfield.

Try Zaine Cordy at CHF, at least if he doesn't mark the ball the people around him will feel his presence in one way or another.

Zaine is a premiership CHF after not even 20 games. His knee was a huge reason we won the Prelim.
 

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https://sen.lu/2EAobiV Article on bont and bob thinking he should play chf all next season.

Not sure how I feel about it but it is true that we’re very deep through the midfield with such a fit list and he adds more up forward then just about anyone on our list.

I think a 50/50 split would suffice and he can play where he’s needed.
There is a bit of Brad Johnson about that theory. If we had a decent forward line in BJ's career he could have been a great midfielder. He was.most needed forward which if our other mids can step up then i like the idea of bont forward. Maybe 70/30 to keep opposition on thier toes.
 

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Bont should be in the midfield.

Try Zaine Cordy at CHF, at least if he doesn't mark the ball the people around him will feel his presence in one way or another.

Zaine is a premiership CHF after not even 20 games. His knee was a huge reason we won the Prelim.
I really struggle with why we haven't tried him back in the forward.l line. We have a few backs at the moment and as a forward he is a campaigner for opposition backs when the ball hits the deck.

#GET CORDY FORWARD

note: i am not sure what the has tag does but apparently the youngens love it.
 

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That's a terrific encapsulation of what the great EJ was all about. I hadn't read it before.

It's no doubt re-published as a salute to the author who died two days ago. He was a great journo, author, observer of the people (and their sports) and a historian. RIP Les Carlyon.
I know its just me but i have never warmed to EJ being a great of the club and i have been following the dogs since late 60's.
 

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He had some flaws, there no doubting that.
I know of his off field and off screen flaws but even back to the world of sport days i just thought he was a knob.

Then onto the sunday footy show he was a caricature of himself.

His brother had a good pub a Tocumwal though.
 

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I know of his off field and off screen flaws but even back to the world of sport days i just thought he was a knob.

Then onto the sunday footy show he was a caricature of himself.

His brother had a good pub a Tocumwal though.
I'm not sure the media brings out the best in people, to be honest.
 
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I really struggle with why we haven't tried him back in the forward.l line. We have a few backs at the moment and as a forward he is a campaigner for opposition backs when the ball hits the deck.

#GET CORDY FORWARD

note: i am not sure what the has tag does but apparently the youngens love it.
We've tried it a few more times. The Geelong and first North games last year he spent the whole time forward, and maybe some of the Hawthorn game as well? I think he has a lot more impact as a defender.
 
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