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

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OPINION THE AGE
Fierce and proud: Being the Bulldogs’ runner has helped me get women’s footy by Bob Murphy

February 11, 2021

“Fierce as f--k!” That was the line I heard bellowed from amongst the Western Bulldogs’ AFLW pack last Friday night.
I still don’t know who said it, but it had a guttural brilliance to it. Last week, the young women of the Bulldogs gathered in a small room within the changerooms away from everyone else, took their jumpers off (so I’m told), turned on some late ’90s pop and turned it up to 10 (I could hear) and then danced (I assume).
Football clubs are circles within circles, I used to inhabit that inner core, but not anymore. My role these days is working closely with the leadership group during the week and runner on match days. It’s a fascinating perspective. Once the song ended, I learned that the players each took their jumpers in their hands and ceremonially put them back on. The jumper, footy’s great symbol of camaraderie and history. The dancing was complete and the battle against Carlton was about to begin.
As the players emerged from the disco, the anticipation was palpable, it was then that I heard the war cry, “fierce as f--k!” It sent a shiver up my spine, in the best possible way. Bursting out onto the ground to the applause only a home crowd can give, but a quick photo with the opposition team (arm in arm of course) saves the intensity from bubbling over. From there, a quick warm-up of run throughs and handballs is all completed with rainbow flags dotted in the outer, amongst the team colours, waving high in the evening breeze. It was Pride round and there’s not a whiff of tokenism. Diversity, inclusion and the fight to be who they want to be, sexually or otherwise, is something the players have lived. The bruises are just under the surface, the pride splashed across their faces. If you can’t change emotional gears quickly in the world of women’s footy at the elite level, you could be left flailing.

As the siren sounded to commence play, I found myself wondering whether my brief involvement with a charity football match, the Community Cup, had better prepared me for a role in women’s
footy than 18 years in the AFL system.
It took me two full years as assistant coach of the Rockdogs to fully grasp what was happening in those teams. In the first year, the coach (singer, Paul Kelly) gave a speech that traversed far and wide, but included thanking Elvis Presley and the opposition. I’d never heard anything like it.
Male and female players laughed and joked as they stretched old or weary limbs, some were enjoying a pre-game beer and a few others passed a rolled cigarette to one another. It seemed to relax their nerves a bit. I’d never seen that before a game of footy, either. It certainly felt like a throwaway game of footy at that point, to me at least, but that was until the jumpers were presented to each of the players and the feeling in the room dipped like a seagull.
Tears were shed, hugs were shared and you got the hint that for some, life had been a hard road. Maybe footy hadn’t always been open to them in one way or another. They clung on to their team jumper as if they would never let their jumper go. It took a little while, but I began to understand that for them, the build-up to a game can be both frivolous and desperately serious from one moment to the next.
I now look back on the bulk of my career at the top level and shake my head at the wasted energy in the build-up to a game. A lot of faux scowling.
Some people don’t get women’s footy, which is fair enough, but I don’t understand why some people seem scared of it. When turning the channel is an option, why do some people feel the need to turn up the volume of hate on social media?
‘Women’s footy only adds to the great quilt of Australian Rules football, it doesn’t take a thing.’
My close-up vantage point is a privilege. They just try so damn hard. My emotions dip and swing like that seagull all the time. Last season one of our players was dusting themselves off from a heavy hit to the face and calmly asked me, “are my teeth knocked out?” There was not a hint of panic in her voice. These girls are tough. Every year the skills improve, like a thread count, and eventually it’ll be silk. Women’s footy only adds to the great quilt of Australian Rules football, it doesn’t take a thing.
What’s that you say? It’s draining funds from the league’s coffers? Give it time, friend. There’s a chasm between cost and investment. $10 entry this season has deterred few. I have often wondered, having observed the visceral passion from the reborn suburban grounds, just how much money the competition would bring in if it was a $10 minimum?
Those that get the deeper meaning of women’s footy really get it and if they had the means, might pay more than a tenner. If you’re still on the fence, just take a look at the players’ faces when a goal is scored this week. There’s nothing professional or blase about the reactions. It’s a primal roar of euphoria and defiance against the doubters. Every single time.
At this year’s season launch for the BulldogsW, the players walked a red carpet with a family member before receiving their jumpers. Again, there was pop music, more dancing and a sense of aching pride from everyone in the room. This game wasn’t always open to them. Long after the official ceremony, I was struck by how the majority of the players held onto their jumpers. Two hands, clenched fists, but careful not to crease the fabric and held close to their hearts. It seemed to be an unconscious thing, but it spoke volumes about what it means to them. Fierce young women. Very, very … fierce.

Bob Murphy Former Western Bulldogs captain and Age columnist
 

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OPINION THE AGE
Fierce and proud: Being the Bulldogs’ runner has helped me get women’s footy by Bob Murphy

February 11, 2021

“Fierce as f--k!” That was the line I heard bellowed from amongst the Western Bulldogs’ AFLW pack last Friday night.
I still don’t know who said it, but it had a guttural brilliance to it. Last week, the young women of the Bulldogs gathered in a small room within the changerooms away from everyone else, took their jumpers off (so I’m told), turned on some late ’90s pop and turned it up to 10 (I could hear) and then danced (I assume).
Football clubs are circles within circles, I used to inhabit that inner core, but not anymore. My role these days is working closely with the leadership group during the week and runner on match days. It’s a fascinating perspective. Once the song ended, I learned that the players each took their jumpers in their hands and ceremonially put them back on. The jumper, footy’s great symbol of camaraderie and history. The dancing was complete and the battle against Carlton was about to begin.
As the players emerged from the disco, the anticipation was palpable, it was then that I heard the war cry, “fierce as f--k!” It sent a shiver up my spine, in the best possible way. Bursting out onto the ground to the applause only a home crowd can give, but a quick photo with the opposition team (arm in arm of course) saves the intensity from bubbling over. From there, a quick warm-up of run throughs and handballs is all completed with rainbow flags dotted in the outer, amongst the team colours, waving high in the evening breeze. It was Pride round and there’s not a whiff of tokenism. Diversity, inclusion and the fight to be who they want to be, sexually or otherwise, is something the players have lived. The bruises are just under the surface, the pride splashed across their faces. If you can’t change emotional gears quickly in the world of women’s footy at the elite level, you could be left flailing.

As the siren sounded to commence play, I found myself wondering whether my brief involvement with a charity football match, the Community Cup, had better prepared me for a role in women’s
footy than 18 years in the AFL system.
It took me two full years as assistant coach of the Rockdogs to fully grasp what was happening in those teams. In the first year, the coach (singer, Paul Kelly) gave a speech that traversed far and wide, but included thanking Elvis Presley and the opposition. I’d never heard anything like it.
Male and female players laughed and joked as they stretched old or weary limbs, some were enjoying a pre-game beer and a few others passed a rolled cigarette to one another. It seemed to relax their nerves a bit. I’d never seen that before a game of footy, either. It certainly felt like a throwaway game of footy at that point, to me at least, but that was until the jumpers were presented to each of the players and the feeling in the room dipped like a seagull.
Tears were shed, hugs were shared and you got the hint that for some, life had been a hard road. Maybe footy hadn’t always been open to them in one way or another. They clung on to their team jumper as if they would never let their jumper go. It took a little while, but I began to understand that for them, the build-up to a game can be both frivolous and desperately serious from one moment to the next.
I now look back on the bulk of my career at the top level and shake my head at the wasted energy in the build-up to a game. A lot of faux scowling.
Some people don’t get women’s footy, which is fair enough, but I don’t understand why some people seem scared of it. When turning the channel is an option, why do some people feel the need to turn up the volume of hate on social media?
‘Women’s footy only adds to the great quilt of Australian Rules football, it doesn’t take a thing.’
My close-up vantage point is a privilege. They just try so damn hard. My emotions dip and swing like that seagull all the time. Last season one of our players was dusting themselves off from a heavy hit to the face and calmly asked me, “are my teeth knocked out?” There was not a hint of panic in her voice. These girls are tough. Every year the skills improve, like a thread count, and eventually it’ll be silk. Women’s footy only adds to the great quilt of Australian Rules football, it doesn’t take a thing.
What’s that you say? It’s draining funds from the league’s coffers? Give it time, friend. There’s a chasm between cost and investment. $10 entry this season has deterred few. I have often wondered, having observed the visceral passion from the reborn suburban grounds, just how much money the competition would bring in if it was a $10 minimum?
Those that get the deeper meaning of women’s footy really get it and if they had the means, might pay more than a tenner. If you’re still on the fence, just take a look at the players’ faces when a goal is scored this week. There’s nothing professional or blase about the reactions. It’s a primal roar of euphoria and defiance against the doubters. Every single time.
At this year’s season launch for the BulldogsW, the players walked a red carpet with a family member before receiving their jumpers. Again, there was pop music, more dancing and a sense of aching pride from everyone in the room. This game wasn’t always open to them. Long after the official ceremony, I was struck by how the majority of the players held onto their jumpers. Two hands, clenched fists, but careful not to crease the fabric and held close to their hearts. It seemed to be an unconscious thing, but it spoke volumes about what it means to them. Fierce young women. Very, very … fierce.

Bob Murphy Former Western Bulldogs captain and Age columnist
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The man can write
When he first started off post-career, I'll be honest in saying he really came across as pretty cringe. His writing just had an air of pretentiousness and his interviews were awkward.

Lately though, he's become one of my favourite "journalists" to read. This latest article is great
 

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yes we do need to post more articles about Our AFLW team girls do play for and represent our club
What amazes me is how fast the game is improving. The girls are part-timers and show so much toughness, determination and grit. Plus the girls skills levels are improving enormously and in such a short time. also the kicks are getting longer. keep it up girls, and don't listen to the knockers. I doubt they would ever play against you because you will we deservedly smash them, both footy wise and not to mention physically. Some people... GO GIRLS YOU MAKE US PROUD!!!
 

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At least one life-long fan (who may also be a BF-sometime poster) has been doing some detective work from that video, and identified the great man's house. I imagine Granty can deal with stalkers though - maybe position Liber Snr, Jose and Dima outside as security. Or Southern, Kretiuk and Clay.
 

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Will Collingwood follow suit? Treloar’s situation could get messy
If I were Treloar, I'd take a larger % cut at the Dogs, then refuse to take one on the money owed by the Pies, just to dig the knife in a little further....

He'd still end up at the same point, we'd be better off and the Pies can b*tch about it all they want....
 

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If I were Treloar, I'd take a larger % cut at the Dogs, then refuse to take one on the money owed by the Pies, just to dig the knife in a little further....

He'd still end up at the same point, we'd be better off and the Pies can b*tch about it all they want....
I would laugh at Collingwood if Treloar did that
 

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Marcus Bontempelli insists Western Bulldogs fans have nothing to be nervous about despite the out-of-contract star entering his second season as captain with questions hanging over his future.

Bontempelli is one of a host of big names in a bumper 2021 AFL free agency pool, along with Carlton skipper Patrick Cripps, Greater Western Sydney ball magnet Josh Kelly and Essendon midfielder Zach Merrett.

The 145-game Bulldogs star on Wednesday said he is comfortable with where ongoing talks sit between his management and the club.

It comes after the AFL and Players Association paved the way for the game's highest-profile players to properly assess their value when they finalised a reworked collective bargaining agreement in November.

"We've just sort of probably only recently understood the lay of the land in terms of what the TPP (total player payments) and salary stuff looks like," Bontempelli said.

"So that will form part of the discussion now as we move forward, but there's no real hesitation.

"It's just a matter of basically understanding what the lay of the land is now and then just working through it in time."

Drafted in 2013, Bontempelli is due to qualify as a restricted free agent at the end of this season after eight years' service at the Bulldogs, who will have the right to match any offer for their marquee star.

Bontempelli signed a two-year extension in November 2018, one year before his existing contract was due to end.

But the versatile midfielder said neither party is in any rush to finalise a new deal this time around.

"I probably don't put time frames on things at the best of times because you just need to sort of let it evolve naturally," Bontempelli said.

"There's no real pressure from my end, there's no real pressure from the club's end to get something done tomorrow.

"I think we're both pretty good in that respect that we'll just work through it and give it the time that it needs."

The Bulldogs on Wednesday announced Bontempelli will retain the captaincy for 2021, with Mitch Wallis elevated to vice-captain in a streamlined two-man leadership group.
 

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