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    Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge confident team well placed for 2019

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    Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge is “really optimistic” his side’s late-season momentum can be carried into next year.

    The Dogs endured a tough 2018 campaign, missing finals for the second consecutive season after their 2016 premiership and finishing with a disappointing 8-14 record.

    But three wins from the last four matches, with the only loss by three points to Richmond, has Beveridge buoyant.

    “Expectation is an interesting and important word. At different times we’ve heightened our expectations and created expectation among our fans and supporters and sometimes that leads to disappointment, which we understand,” Beveridge said.


    We felt we got some real momentum late in the season and that all occurs because there’s a strong belief and resolve among our group in what we do and where it can take us again.”

    Beveridge, speaking at a Western Bulldogs family day at Whitten Oval, said his playing list was now better balanced after bringing in 10 new players through the trade and draft periods.

    “(recruiting manager) Nick Austin and (list manager) Sam Power and the recruiting staff have done a terrific job. Ten new players, just under a quarter of our squad, have entered our club,” he said.

    “The important thing is to indoctrinate them into the Bulldog way, teach them how we want to play and connect with them in a strong manner from a relationship point of view.

    “We had all the parents in yesterday (Friday) and they spent some time with our staff. With new 10 players and our existing 34 we’re really optimistic about what we can do in 2019.”

    The Dogs’ first draft pick, Bailey Smith, is yet to train fully as he recovers from an achilles injury, but captain Easton Wood said the new arrivals had injected enthusiasm.


    “It’s been a really different feel with 10 new boys in. We’re younger again and that brings exciting opportunities and enormous amounts of energy which has been great to see,” Wood said.

    “You can see the excitement and energy and the boys are really going after it at the moment. There’s a lot of speed and agility that’s come in.”

    The Bulldogs on Saturday trained on a lush and green Whitten Oval surface, which hasn’t been in the case in recent years.

    Beveridge channelled his inner green thumb to explain.

    “The curators have done a terrific job. We changed tack this year; normally we kill off the rye and let the couch come through and this year we decided to keep the rye and it’s very green and the boys are enjoying it,” Beveridge said.

    “It’s probably a bit softer than what it has been and it’s held up a treat.”
    But the Dogs will swap the grass for the sand on Monday when they leave for a Torquay training camp.
    Premierships: AFL 1954, 2016 VFA - 1898,99,1900, 1908, 1913, 1919-20, 1923-24, VFL: 2014, 2016 . Champions of Victoria 1924. AFLW - 2018.

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    Re: Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge confident team well placed for 2019

    There was some comment here last year about the state of the Whitten oval's surface. Good to know WOOF is informing the club and the players can catch in the rye.
    The emphasis on forming strong family relationships with a quarter of playing personnel being young and new is critical and it must be a very dynamic place to be this preseason.
    Bailey Smith's achillies is being managed conservatively so we will have to wait to see our Cuchulainn let ļoose.
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    Re: Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge confident team well placed for 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by BornInDroopSt'54 View Post
    There was some comment here last year about the state of the Whitten oval's surface. Good to know WOOF is informing the club and the players can catch in the rye.
    The emphasis on forming strong family relationships with a quarter of playing personnel being young and new is critical and it must be a very dynamic place to be this preseason.
    Bailey Smith's achillies is being managed conservatively so we will have to wait to see our Cuchullain let ļoose.
    You're doing what now?
    AFLW Premiers 2018

    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.
    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed.
    And I said "Obie, I don't think I can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. "
    "He said, "Shut up, kid. Get in the back of the patrol car. "


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    Re: Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge confident team well placed for 2019

    Cuchulainn, legendary Irish warrior, now a Marvel hero with the wrong spelling of Cuchulain.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cú_Chulainn

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    Quote Originally Posted by BornInDroopSt'54 View Post
    Cuchulainn, legendary Irish warrior, now a Marvel hero with the wrong spelling of Cuchulain.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cú_Chulainn

    Cool, thanks.

    He was called Setanta originally.
    AFLW Premiers 2018

    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.
    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed.
    And I said "Obie, I don't think I can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. "
    "He said, "Shut up, kid. Get in the back of the patrol car. "


    Arlo Guthrie

    WOOF NUMBER 6

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    Re: Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge confident team well placed for 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by BornInDroopSt'54 View Post
    There was some comment here last year about the state of the Whitten oval's surface. Good to know WOOF is informing the club and the players can catch in the rye.
    The emphasis on forming strong family relationships with a quarter of playing personnel being young and new is critical and it must be a very dynamic place to be this preseason.
    Bailey Smith's achillies is being managed conservatively so we will have to wait to see our Cuchulainn let ļoose.
    I like what you did there
    One of the great moments in life is the sense of space and time you feel between taking a hanger and touching back down.

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    Re: Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge confident team well placed for 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by BornInDroopSt'54 View Post
    Cuchulainn, legendary Irish warrior, now a Marvel hero with the wrong spelling of Cuchulain.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cú_Chulainn
    Also the hound of Ulster so it's still a dog motif

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