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    Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

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    Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge plans to send out a fresh-looking team for their season-opening grand final rematch with Melbourne as he urges his players to “move on”.

    Beveridge has kept a low profile since the Demons snatched last year’s premiership cup from his Bulldogs with an extraordinary 12-goal, second-half burst.

    But his disappointment at a narrow practice match loss to Essendon on Wednesday illustrated his lofty expectations this year.

    “We expected to win the game. We were three goals up and got beaten by a goal,” Beveridge said.

    “What I said to the players was we got some things out of it we liked, but ultimately, whether it’s a practice match or not, it’s a winning culture (we are after).

    “We want to win every game, and that was the disappointment coming out of it. It was a very turnover-heavy game ... we just need to do a little more right.”

    Beveridge didn’t drop any hints as to what would be “different” about his squad for the March 16 date with the Demons, but was pleased to give time to the likes of Robbie McComb and Arthur Jones on Wednesday.

    Much was made of the Bulldogs’ 74-point grand final defeat, as well as the spiteful aftermath between the clubs, and the AFL fixture bosses made sure fans wouldn’t have to wait long for their next clash.

    “I haven’t spoken too much post the grand final, but in victory or defeat, you have to move on,” he said.

    “There is change taking place all the time. It’s a new season, new opportunity and it will be a different team, subtly, when we bowl out onto the MCG on that Wednesday night.

    “That freshness at this time of year is important, because that can really mean you can play some of your most creative and fluent football, so we’re looking forward to seeing what that looks like.”

    Beveridge is pleased with the health of his playing list, with Bailey Smith (groin) and Alex Keath (back) set to return for Friday night’s Community Series clash with Brisbane.

    Anthony Scott (eye) is on track for Round 1 but recruit Tim O’Brien (hamstring) is in doubt, while Riley Garcia (syndesmosis) and Louis Butler (hamstring) are aiming to return early in the season.

    Sam Darcy (foot) and Toby McLean and Josh Bruce (both ACL) are the longer-term injuries.

    “Today’s a really good sign. We’ve got probably three dozen players out here training,” Beveridge said.
    “Usually at the end of January, we’ve had 38 to 40 players who were fit and healthy playing match practice.

    “But nowadays, with the three weeks off over New Year’s and with what’s happened with Covid, we’ve had a bit of an interrupted progression, which every club would have, so it seems to be coming good all at the right time.

    “It will (hopefully) be timed perfectly into the Melbourne game. We’ll field a strong side against Brisbane next Friday night.

    “There are one or two boys who have had some injures in recent times and will be back in about a month but, by and large, we’re in pretty good order.”

    The Dogs have crashed through 40,000 members in February for the first time in their history, and Beveridge said the goal was to one day have double as many to compete with the AFL’s powerhouse clubs.
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    Re: Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

    Bevo should keep the Chopper look during the season.
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    Re: Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by Dry Rot View Post
    Bevo should keep the Chopper look during the season.
    Bevo should play on Fritsch
    We pass it to Charlie, Charlie onto Jones, Arthur to Jamarra and Marra puts it through. Aren't we good, Aren't we good....

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    Re: Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

    Will be interesting to see what actual changes will happen.
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    Re: Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by bornadog View Post
    Will be interesting to see what actual changes will happen.
    Any guesses?
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    Re: Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by Dry Rot View Post
    Any guesses?
    Richards and maybe Schache to the back line might be in the mix.
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    Re: Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

    Wood has retired so that's one change.
    On current form, Richards has to play.
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    Re: Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by Dry Rot View Post
    Bevo should keep the Chopper look during the season.
    Every second coach back in the noughties in the SANFL sported that look.

    Come to think of it, every second adult male in Adelaide still sports that look! Ha Ha.

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    Re: Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

    Bevo is definitely channelling White Goodman.

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    Re: Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by Dry Rot View Post
    Any guesses?
    JUH, Richards, Jones are my picks to come into the team.

    A bit more pace, we’ve just got to get the development and continuity into a few players who can be difference makers at the pointy end.
    Woof.

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    Re: Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

    I went through this exercise recently, the only changes I have from the GF team are Richards and Gardner for Cordy and Wood.

    Hard to find a place for JUH and Jones in rd 1.
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    Re: Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

    Quote Originally Posted by Grantysghost View Post
    I went through this exercise recently, the only changes I have from the GF team are Richards and Gardner for Cordy and Wood.

    Hard to find a place for JUH and Jones in rd 1.
    I just tried the The Best 22 here: https://tb.westernbulldogs.com.au/thank_you/472314

    I found it very difficult.
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    Re: Beveridge forecasts changes for Round 1 grand final rematch with Melbourne

    Ins and Outs from GF team - pre practice match Friday?

    GF team
    B: Easton Wood, Alex Keath, Bailey Williams
    HB: Caleb Daniel, Zaine Cordy, Bailey Dale
    C: Bailey Smith, Tom Liberatore, Lachie Hunter
    HF: Cody Weightman, Aaron Naughton, Adam Treloar
    F: Josh Schache, Tim English, Mitch Hannan
    R: Stefan Martin, Jack Macrae, Marcus Bontempelli


    Int: Jason Johannisen, Josh Dunkley, Taylor Duryea, Roarke Smith


    Emg: Laitham Vandermeer, Ed Richards, Anthony Scott, Ryan Gardner

    Out Wood, Cordy, Schache

    In: Gardner, Richards, Jones as a smoky
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