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    Western Bulldogs eye 'total players used' in a premiership season record

    Western Bulldogs eye 'total players used' in a premiership season record



    THE WESTERN Bulldogs are eyeing a 77-year first as they chase premiership glory in 2021.

    Should the Dogs salute this year, only the Fitzroy side of 1944 - that tasted success during World War II using 44 players across the season - will have used more individuals en route to a flag.

    Luke Beveridge has rotated 41 players from his entire list of 43 to date in what would instantly become the second most for a flag side in the history of the AFL/VFL.

    By comparison, the Dogs (2016) and three Richmond sides (1943, 1969, 2019) currently sit equal second with 39 players in a premiership campaign.

    Beveridge has dug deep into his list this year which has included blooding six AFL debutants with key players including Adam Treloar, Josh Dunkley, Stefan Martin and Easton Wood missing large periods through injury.

    An injured Josh Dunkley and Adam Treloar after the round nine win over Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on May 15, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

    Only five Dogs Jack Macrae, Marcus Bontempelli, Bailey Dale, Bailey Smith and Josh Bruce have played all 19 games.

    The addition of the medical substitute has also allowed more players to be used with Louis Butler and Ben Cavarra each playing their sole game this year as the starting sub.

    The only two players yet to feature at AFL level for the Dogs this season draftee Dom Bedendo and rookie Will Hayes were among Footscray's best as they extended their VFL unbeaten run to 10 on Saturday.

    Other than the Dogs, the remaining top-four sides occupy three of the lowest five positions in the competition.

    Collingwood, Fremantle and Greater Western Sydney each share second with 39 players. The Pies (nine) have used the most AFL debutants this year ahead of Hawthorn (eight).

    Irish recruit Anton Tohill made his debut for Collingwood in round 19. Picture: AFL Photos

    In each of his six previous seasons in charge, Beveridge has used 40, 39, 37, 38, 34 and 40 players per season respectively starting from 2015.

    Bontempelli was one of only four players alongside Shane Biggs, Lachie Hunter and Liam Picken to play all 26 games in the club's 2016 premiership year.

    The Collingwood premiership sides of 1919 and 1929 both used just 26 players the fewest in history.

    Collingwood's famous 'Machine Team' during a team photo in 1929. Picture: Supplied

    TOTAL PLAYERS USED AHEAD OF R21 IN 2021

    Western Bulldogs 41 players
    Collingwood 39
    Fremantle 39
    Greater Western Sydney 39
    Hawthorn 38
    Richmond 38
    St Kilda 38
    Carlton 37
    Essendon 37
    Sydney 37
    West Coast 37
    Gold Coast 36
    North Melbourne 36
    Geelong 35
    Port Adelaide 35
    Adelaide 34
    Melbourne 33
    Brisbane 32

    AFL DEBUTS AHEAD OF R21 IN 2021

    Collingwood 9 players
    Hawthorn 8
    Adelaide 7
    Essendon 7
    Greater Western Sydney 6
    Western Bulldogs 6
    Fremantle 5
    Port Adelaide 5
    Richmond 5
    St Kilda 5
    Geelong 4
    North Melbourne 4
    Brisbane 3
    Sydney 3
    West Coast 3
    Gold Coast 2
    Melbourne 2
    Carlton 1

    MOST PLAYERS USED IN PREMIERSHIP SEASONS

    1944 Fitzroy 44 players
    1943 Richmond 39
    1969 Richmond 39
    2016 Western Bulldogs 39
    2019 Richmond 39
    1974 Richmond 38
    1977 North Melbourne 38
    1998 Adelaide Crows 38
    2017 Richmond 38
    1970 Carlton 37
    1981 Carlton 37
    1992 West Coast 37

    FEWEST PLAYERS USED IN PREMIERSHIP SEASONS

    1919 Collingwood 26
    1929 Collingwood 26
    1904 Fitzroy 27
    1905 Fitzroy 27
    1917 Collingwood 27
    1927 Collingwood 27
    1956 Melbourne 27
    1959 Melbourne 27

    PLAYERS USED IN RECENT PREMIERSHIP SEASONS

    2020 Richmond 33 players
    2019 Richmond 39
    2018 West Coast 33
    2017 Richmond 38
    2016 Western Bulldogs 39
    2015 Hawthorn 33
    2014 Hawthorn 35
    2013 Hawthorn 34
    2012 Sydney 31
    2011 Geelong 35
    2010 Collingwood 33
    2009 Geelong 33
    2008 Hawthorn 31
    2007 Geelong 31
    2006 West Coast 34
    2005 Sydney 32
    2004 Port Adelaide 32
    2003 Brisbane 32
    2002 Brisbane 30
    2001 Brisbane 35
    2000 Essendon 31

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    Re: Western Bulldogs eye 'total players used' in a premiership season record

    6 debuts and on top is pretty special stuff from the team.

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    Re: Western Bulldogs eye 'total players used' in a premiership season record

    And all by choice too!
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    Re: Western Bulldogs eye 'total players used' in a premiership season record

    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Days View Post
    And all by choice too!
    All going exactly to plan, now.

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    Re: Western Bulldogs eye 'total players used' in a premiership season record

    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Days View Post
    And all by choice too!
    Bevo throwing round the magnets, just coz.
    Our 1954 premiership players are our heroes, and it has to be said that Charlie was their hero.

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    Re: Western Bulldogs eye 'total players used' in a premiership season record

    Quote Originally Posted by comrade View Post
    Bevo throwing round the magnets, just coz.
    Step 1 Injure.
    Step 2 Prosper.

    It's on the obfuscated signage in the lecture theatre.

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    Re: Western Bulldogs eye 'total players used' in a premiership season record

    Quote Originally Posted by Grantysghost View Post
    Step 1 Injure.
    Step 2 Prosper.

    It's on the obfuscated signage in the lecture theatre.
    Clearly a debut for Bedendo is imminent - Perhaps Hawks in Launceston.

    Hayes due to be medi sub against the Bombers.
    Life is to be Enjoyed not Endured

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    Re: Western Bulldogs eye 'total players used' in a premiership season record

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog Joe View Post
    Clearly a debut for Bedendo is imminent - Perhaps Hawks in Launceston.

    Hayes due to be medi sub against the Bombers.
    Hayes has been unlucky as he is playing very well at VFL level. The trouble is who does he replace?
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    Re: Western Bulldogs eye 'total players used' in a premiership season record

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog Joe View Post
    Clearly a debut for Bedendo is imminent - Perhaps Hawks in Launceston.

    Hayes due to be medi sub against the Bombers.
    I can see at least 1 of these 2 things happening!
    Our 1954 premiership players are our heroes, and it has to be said that Charlie was their hero.

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    Re: Western Bulldogs eye 'total players used' in a premiership season record

    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    Hayes has been unlucky as he is playing very well at VFL level. The trouble is who does he replace?
    We are talking Bevo. His DNA says it will be done even if not quite in the predicted games.
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