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

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Adam Treloar’s burning ambition after Magpies dumping
Adam Treloar is desperate to show why he is an elite AFL player, starting against Collingwood in Round 1. Get the latest on his progress plus news on Josh Dunkley and Lachie Hunter.

Jon Ralph

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February 7, 2021 - 3:01PM
News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom

Adam Treloar has a “point to prove” and is ready to regain the football world’s respect starting from Round 1 against former side Collingwood, according to Dogs assistant Steven King.
And senior Western Bulldogs assistant King says Lachie Hunter and Josh Dunkley have both wowed their teammates with their dedication this summer after difficult journeys through the 2020 season.

As midfield coach King is the man who will have to juggle the midfield time of a Dogs side that kept want-away midfielder Dunkley but also acquired Treloar from Collingwood.

Few players have ever been turfed out of a club in such a public and torturous manner, and King says Treloar’s summer had reflected that brutal reality.

“I am so glad we don’t have to play against him. He has a history of bursting through traffic against us and it’s so exciting to have someone of his experience and competitiveness,” he told the Herald Sun.

“He is super diligent and wants to fit in, and with the way he has worked you can see he has got a point to prove. He wants to show the boys what he has got.

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[PLAYERCARD]Adam Treloar[/PLAYERCARD] is doing everything to impress his new Bulldogs teammates.

Adam Treloar is doing everything to impress his new Bulldogs teammates.
“He is a bit more uncomfortable in a new environment and internally you want to prove yourself to the new coaches and fan base, and any player who does that can reignite their career.

“He has been pretty resilient. We backed him off a bit early for our medical team to get across everything, but he’s been really good to date and building up to be available for the first praccy game.”

Coach Luke Beveridge said November Lachie Hunter faced “some challenges in the future” after a torrid year that saw him suspended by the club and losing his vice captaincy after crashing his vehicle into some parked cars.

But King said the elite midfielder, who also missed time for personal reasons later in the season, had set the scene for a bounce-back year.

“There is a different feel about Lachie this year. He was pretty disappointed in some of the things that happened last year and the way it panned out.

“He is a very important leader to the club on the field with the way he sees the game, he’s almost another coach, and the standard he has set has been really high since he got back. He has primed himself for a big year.”

[PLAYERCARD]Adam Treloar[/PLAYERCARD] and [PLAYERCARD]Josh Dunkley[/PLAYERCARD] run laps at Whitten Oval.

Adam Treloar and Josh Dunkley run laps at Whitten Oval.
Dunkley played only 12 games due to an ankle injury and despite a public trade request the Dogs held firm, setting the scene for a year of intrigue about how much midfield time he will be handed.

“He has been unbelievable,” said King.

“Even going through the process, Dunks is a pro and it’s amazing how 20 years ago how big a deal it could have been. But the professionalism now is so high. The players are so welcoming and they have made it as comfortable as they can. He has led by example from day one and presented himself well and is working so hard at training.

“Reflecting on his year, he had that bad syndesmosis and we asked him to fill a role in the ruck and he was so team-oriented that he accepted it, but we won’t do it this year.

“We will share the load with all our mids and with his forward craft and ability to cover ground he will play multiple positions for us and he will be accepting of that.”


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Why Marcus Bontempelli will spend more time forward this year:

“Bonty and Jack Macrae are excited about challenging themselves when they aren’t in the middle. Even exploring 75 interchanges, guys will come up for longer but also go forward.

“He is excited about hitting the scoreboard more and has put a mountain of time into his game and forward craft. We know about his front-half connections and finishing but if he adds to that firepower he can take his game to a new level.”

[PLAYERCARD]Marcus Bontempelli[/PLAYERCARD] and [PLAYERCARD]Bailey Smith[/PLAYERCARD] are part of the Dogs’ deep midfield.

Marcus Bontempelli and Bailey Smith are part of the Dogs’ deep midfield.
Why the Dogs plan to play two rucks for most of the year:

“I think we can do it most of the time. Stef Martin has taken Tim (English) under his wing with what he does in the gym and how he watches vision. They can share the load. Tim was really good in patches but got worn down a bit. What Tim is doing forward of the ball is quite exciting. He can run and launch at the footy and he’s a really viable long-term option forward of the ball. Him and Stef can share that load but we will wait and see how it goes.”

The club’s injuries:

Toby McLean is coming back from an ACL and Riley Garcia is building back up (after knee surgery). Mitch Hannan had some groin issues, so we are resetting him after some groin soreness he carried in the past and Taylor Duryea had a quad injury, but he was back in training (on Friday), so touch wood we are going well.”

Not rushing No.1 draft pick Jamar Ugle-Hagan:

“Like all boys drafted this year he hasn’t played a game for over a year and he is seeing the way elite athletes train and it’s been an eye-opener how demanding the sessions are. He is the No.1 pick, but he is still absorbing the volumes and load of sessions. He is leading how to back up and recover and finding his feet, but he’s doing the little things that make you sit up and notice. He needs to keep putting on weight and learning.”

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan flies high.

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan flies high.
Why the new man-on-the-mark rule which forces the defender to stand still could be a game-changer:

“We haven’t had the umpires in yet, but we are trying to coach it ourselves and it’s going to be interesting to see how it flushes out. We are going to see a fair few 50m penalties early but also we will see players exploring opportunities with the ball and with handball receives and overlap run. It will open up the ground a fair bit and give players chances to take the ball back through the corridor. It’s certainly going to be interesting.”
 

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“Obviously we’re really grateful to keep Josh. In terms of him fitting back into the group, he’s in the leadership group, he’s a high calibre player and he’s settled in extremely well.

When is this year's leadership group voted on? Does Bruce mentioning Dunks being in the leadership group mean they're still running under the assumption he'll continue to be in it this year too?
 

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“We haven’t had the umpires in yet, but we are trying to coach it ourselves and it’s going to be interesting to see how it flushes out. We are going to see a fair few 50m penalties early but also we will see players exploring opportunities with the ball and with handball receives and overlap run. It will open up the ground a fair bit and give players chances to take the ball back through the corridor. It’s certainly going to be interesting.”
Umpires boss on SEN last week said they had done over 190 club visits helping clubs understand new rule changes. Hard to believe we havent had any.
 

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Steven King said it in the article above.

"We haven’t had the umpires in yet, but we are trying to coach it ourselves and it’s going to be interesting to see how it flushes out."
Well that’s weird hopefully they come in this week
 

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Let's not rush to the most sinister conclusion we can.

Yes I guess it's remotely possible the umps haven't been anywhere near VUWO yet, but the way I read it was that the umpires are doing two distinct things (probably many things in fact, but let's start with these two):

(1) Club visits - doing talks to explain the way the rules will be interpreted and the directions that they'll be giving on field (190 visits so far, which means over 10 per club on average).
(2) Umpiring mini-games at clubs so that both players and umps get familiar with the new rules in practice.

We probably just haven't had them in to umpire any of our games yet.
 

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Let's not rush to the most sinister conclusion we can.

Yes I guess it's remotely possible the umps haven't been anywhere near VUWO yet, but the way I read it was that the umpires are doing two distinct things (probably many things in fact, but let's start with these two):

(1) Club visits - doing talks to explain the way the rules will be interpreted and the directions that they'll be giving on field (190 visits so far, which means over 10 per club on average).
(2) Umpiring mini-games at clubs so that both players and umps get familiar with the new rules in practice.

We probably just haven't had them in to umpire any of our games yet.


 

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