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Beginnings: The Western Bulldogs, (Footscray Football Club) are an AFL (Australian Football League) club based at the Whitten Oval in West Footscray, an inner-western suburb of Melbourne. The club draws its supporter base from this traditionally working class area and plays its home matches at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne Docklands, also in the city's inner-west. Established 1883.

Records:
  • * Record Attendance: 42,354 at Western Oval on 9 July 1955
  • * Most Games: 329 by Doug Hawkins 1978-1994
  • * Largest Finals Crowd: 107,935 for 1961 grand final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
7 Western Bulldogs (P) 22 15 7 0 1857 1609 115.4 60

Tim’s towering ambition

English: "Really looking forward to this year" BulldogsTV spoke to Tim English about his first week back, and his memories from last year's draft.

Standing at a towering 205cm, 20-year-old Tim English has all of the attributes desired of a ruckman in the modern game –  he is mobile, and clean with his hands, with the ability to cover the ground and rack up possessions.

Rewind 12 months and the West Australian was preparing for the NAB AFL Draft, with his playing destiny out of his hands.

“I remember being really, really nervous. That was one thing that sort of got me,” English told westernbulldogs.com.au.

“Being in Sydney for the Draft I remember sitting there with Mum and Dad.

“It’s such a weird situation because you have no idea what’s happening and you have no control over it.  

“Being able to play football as a job is something I’ve wanted to do since I was quite...


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AFLX details confirmed

AFL 2017 Rd 12 - Sydney Swans v Western Bulldogs

Western Bulldogs are scheduled to play in Sydney against GWS, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Richmond and the Sydney Swans. (Photo: AFL Media)

The AFL has confirmed its shortened version of the game, AFLX, will be launched in February next year, a week before the JLT Community Series.

AFL teams have been split into three groups, with the Western Bulldogs scheduled to play in Sydney on Saturday, February 17 in a tournament which also contains GWS, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Richmond and the Sydney Swans.

Adelaide (February 15) and Melbourne (February 16) will host the other two tournaments. 

AFLX, a fast and exciting version of Australian Football, is to be played on a rectangular field and aims to showcase the unique and most thrilling aspects of the game to attract new fans.

AFL General Manager of Game Development Andrew Dillon said the confirmation of AFLX was the first step in the launch of the...


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Cal Twomey's Phantom form guide: November edition

AFTER all those games, all that athletic testing and all of the club interviews, we are finally a week away from the NAB AFL Draft.

It is crunch time for recruiters to finalise their lists of prospects, and the same applies to us at AFL.com.au as we reveal our final Phantom Form Guide for 2017. 

This is our rating of the best 30 players in this year's pool. It is not a mock draft or necessarily an indication of where the players will get selected or where bids may come for father-son or academy players.

1 Cameron Rayner

POS: Half-forward/midfielder, Ht 187cm, Wt 88kg, DOB 21/10/1999
From Western Jets/Vic Metro
October ranking: 1

Rayner is the most exciting, game-changing prospect in the pool and for that reason is the No.1 player in the Phantom Form Guide. It was rare for Rayner to play a game this year without showing at least a couple of his tricks – whether it be an explosive burst from a stoppage,...


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Cult Figures: Peter Street

AFL 2006 Rd 4 - Western Bulldogs v Geelong

Peter Street of the Bulldogs in action during the round four AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Geelong Cats at the Telstra Dome April 22, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia.

Peter Street doesn’t go unnoticed. At 211cm, he is the equal-tallest AFL player ever recorded, leading him to be easily identifiable while roaming the streets of Footscray as a detective since finishing his playing days in 2008. The 37-year-old chats to AFLPlayers.com.au about his AFL and Victorian Police career.

It was reported a few years ago that you joined Victoria Police, are you still there now?

Yeah, except I’m a detective now and have been for just over three years while being a police officer for around eight years. I’m based out at Footscray.

When did the passion to become a police officer begin to surface for you?

Towards the end of my career and more specifically in my last year, I was able to...


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The best no. 79 picks

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Draft Combine Day 3

westernbulldogs.com.au takes a looks at the best players drafted at pick 79.

The Western Bulldogs hold picks #9, #16 and #79 heading into the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

westernbulldogs.com.au takes a look at two very handy #79 draft picks.

1990 AFL National Draft – James Hird

James Hird was taken at pick #79 in the 1990 National Draft. Hird took home ‘Charlie’ in the 1996 Brownlow count and by the time his career ended in 2008, after 253 games and 343 goals, Hird had claimed the 2000 Norm Smith medal, was a two-time Premiership player, won five Essendon best and fairest awards, was named All Australian five times and captained the Bombers for eight seasons.

The Hird Files:

2x AFL premierships: 1993, 2000 (captain)
Brownlow Medal: 1996
All-Australian team: 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003
Essendon best and fairest: 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2007
Norm Smith Medal: 2000
Essendon leading goalkicker:...


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The best no. 79 picks

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Draft Combine Day 3

westernbulldogs.com.au takes a looks at the best players drafted at pick 79.

The Western Bulldogs hold picks #9, #16 and #79 heading into the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

westernbulldogs.com.au takes a look at two very handy #79 draft picks.

1990 AFL National Draft – James Hird

James Hird was taken at pick #79 in the 1990 National Draft. Hird took home ‘Charlie’ in the 1996 Brownlow count and by the time his career ended in 2008, after 253 games and 343 goals, Hird had claimed the 2000 Norm Smith medal, was a two-time Premiership player, won five Essendon best and fairest awards, was named All Australian five times and captained the Bombers for eight seasons.

The Hird Files:

2x AFL premierships: 1993, 2000 (captain)
Brownlow Medal: 1996
All-Australian team: 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003
Essendon best and fairest: 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2007
Norm Smith Medal: 2000
Essendon leading goalkicker:...


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Bargain Hunters

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Daniel Cross played 210 games across 11 seasons after being drafted at Pick 56 in 2000. (Photo: AFL Media)

With the 2018 season looming, the eyes of the footy world will be on Sydney next Friday for the NAB AFL Draft, where eager young footballers across the country will hope to hear their name called and begin their AFL journeys.

The Bulldogs will take picks 9, 16 and 79 to the Sydney Convention Centre next week, and fans will no doubt be keen to see who the Dogs can pluck with two top 20 picks. 

But what of 79? While names like Bevan Smillie and Daniel Donati may not be familiar, there’s a good chance that Aaron Hamill and James Hird are.

The message?  Bargains are out there to be found, and in that spirit here are the top five Bulldogs bargains since the draft’s first year back in 1986.

1. Chris Grant

Pick 105, 1988.

Simply one of the greatest Bulldogs to ever pull on the...


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Cult Figures: Peter Street

AFL 2006 Rd 4 - Western Bulldogs v Geelong

Peter Street of the Bulldogs in action during the round four AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the Geelong Cats at the Telstra Dome April 22, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia.

Peter Street doesn’t go unnoticed. At 211cm, he is the equal-tallest AFL player ever recorded, leading him to be easily identifiable while roaming the streets of Footscray as a detective since finishing his playing days in 2008. The 37-year-old chats to AFLPlayers.com.au about his AFL and Victorian Police career.

It was reported a few years ago that you joined Victoria Police, are you still there now?

Yeah, except I’m a detective now and have been for just over three years while being a police officer for around eight years. I’m based out at Footscray.

When did the passion to become a police officer begin to surface for you?

Towards the end of my career and more specifically in my last year, I was able to...


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Bargain Hunters

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Daniel Cross played 210 games across 11 seasons after being drafted at Pick 56 in 2000. (Photo: AFL Media)

With the 2018 season looming, the eyes of the footy world will be on Sydney next Friday for the NAB AFL Draft, where eager young footballers across the country will hope to hear their name called and begin their AFL journeys.

The Bulldogs will take picks 9, 16 and 79 to the Sydney Convention Centre next week, and fans will no doubt be keen to see who the Dogs can pluck with two top 20 picks. 

But what of 79? While names like Bevan Smillie and Daniel Donati may not be familiar, there’s a good chance that Aaron Hamill and James Hird are.

The message?  Bargains are out there to be found, and in that spirit here are the top five Bulldogs bargains since the draft’s first year back in 1986.

1. Chris Grant

Pick 105, 1988.

Simply one of the greatest Bulldogs to ever pull on the...


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Honeychurch stepping up

Honeychurch: "Looking forward to the season ahead" BulldogsTV spoke to Mitch Honeychurch to see how his first week of pre-season is tracking.

Patience has become a key part of Mitch Honeychurch’s game. 

Not one to waste an opportunity at AFL level, Honeychurch bided his time in the VFL early in 2017. He played six straight AFL matches from Round 13 before his hopes of landing more senior game time were dashed when injury struck and he was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

But the 22-year-old is optimistic he can add to his 22-game career tally in 2018.

“I definitely take confidence from the six games I played in the AFL side,” Honeychurch told westernbulldogs.com.au.

Honeychurch finished the season averaging 15 disposals per match, including six score involvements, and his 5.7 tackles per game placed him fourth at the club.

“I thought I was playing pretty good footy when...


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Join us at the Bulldogs Shop relaunch

'Outsiders' - Coming Soon Take a look at the trailer for Outsiders - a behind-the-scenes look at the Western Bulldogs' ground-breaking journey to the 2016 AFL Premiership. Showing at Sun Theatre 28 September - 4 October, or pre-order the DVD today.

The Bulldogs Shop at VU Whitten Oval will relaunch later this month ahead of the 2018 season.

The new-look shop front will showcase the latest Bulldogs’ Asics merchandise range, with 2016 Premiership players Tom Boyd and Caleb Daniel on hand to sign autographs.

2018 memberships will also be available at the store, with subscribers entered into a draw to win great prizes. 

To celebrate the relaunch, all members will receive 10% off their purchases, and a free gift bag will be given to the first 200 customers. 

Barkers Café will also be open, they’ll be offering a Regular coffee and Barkers Homemade Muffin for just...


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Final draft order locked in

AFL 2016 Media - NAB AFL Draft

Western Bulldogs will selections 9, 16 and 79 into the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

The AFL has released the final draft order ahead of next Friday’s NAB AFL National Draft in Sydney.

All clubs were required to submit their post-trade period lists last Thursday, informing the final ordering.

Changes to the order will only occur if a player is signed during the second delisted free agency period which will end on November 17.

The Bulldogs currently hold selections 9, 16 and 79.

ROUND ONE

1. Brisbane Lions
2. Fremantle
3. Carlton
4. North Melbourne
5. Fremantle
6. Collingwood
7. St Kilda
8. St Kilda
9. Western Bulldogs
10. Carlton
11. GWS Giants
12. Adelaide
13. West Coast Eagles
14. Sydney Swans
15. Brisbane Lions
16. Western Bulldogs
17. Richmond
18. Brisbane Lions
19. Gold Coast Suns

ROUND TWO

20. Richmond
21.West Coast Eagles
22. Geelong
23. North Melbourne
24. Geelong
25. Richmond
26. West Coast Eagles
27. GWS...


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The best no.9 picks

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Draft Combine Day 3

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 06: Players compete in the 2km time trial during the AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium on October 6, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

The Western Bulldogs hold picks #9, #16 and #79 heading into the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

There have been some pretty handy #16 draftees in AFL history, westernbulldogs.com.au takes a look at the best.

1992 AFL National Draft – Martin Pike

After previous stints at Melbourne, Fitzroy, and North Melbourne, Martin Pike proved that his best was still to come.

He went on to play 106 matches in five seasons with the Brisbane Lions to take his career tally to 247.

After playing in North Melbourne’s 1998 Premiership winning team, Pike’s recruitment directly coincided with the Lions’ historic hat-trick of premierships and the South Australian played a key role in each of them.

The Pike...


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The best no. 16 picks

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Draft Combine Day 3

Fraser Gehrig was drafted to West Coast, but it was his time at St Kilda where Gehrig went on to become one of the best forwards of the modern era. (Photo: AFL Media)

The Western Bulldogs hold picks #9, #16 and #79 heading into the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

westernbulldogs.com.au takes a look at some of the best pick #16s in draft history.

1993 AFL National Draft - Fraser Gehrig

Fraser Gehrig was drafted to West Coast in 1993 but it was his time at St Kilda where Gehrig went on to become one of the best forwards of the modern era.

Gehrig was given All Australian honours on two occasions (1997, 2004) and led St Kilda’s goal kicking for five seasons between 2003-2007. He won the Coleman Medal twice in 2004 and 2005.

Gehrig at one time held the bench press record at both West Coast and St Kilda.

The Gehrig Files:

All-Australian 1997, 2004
West Coast leading goalkicker 1998
St Kilda leading...


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Fit, healthy and excited: Dunks eyes off 2018

The boys are back BulldogsTV caught all the action as the Bulldog boys returned to VU Whitten Oval for their first day of pre-season training.

After a year restricted by injury, Josh Dunkley is seeking some of the good fortune that saw him become a premiership player in his debut season.

The 20-year-old was a part of the Bulldogs' 2016 flag triumph just 10 months after being drafted, but since then ankle and shoulder issues have seen the midfielder spend long periods in the rehab group.

Those injuries saw Dunkley play just seven senior games this year, but they gave him perspective and drive to make his own luck in 2018. 

"I've seen the best and worst of footy, so hopefully there's a bit more luck coming back my way," Dunkley told AFL.com.au. 

"It was pretty traumatic doing my shoulder last year, even though I ended up getting back towards the end of the season. 

"But I've come...


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Shock GPS stats reveal real running machines

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AFL 2017 Round 19 - North Melbourne v Melbourne

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: A boundary umpire wears orange wristbands to celebrate multicultural round during the 2017 AFL round 19 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Melbourne Demons at Blundstone Arena on July 29, 2017 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

HAVE you ever wondered who runs further – the umpires or the players?

As it turns out, boundary umpires typically cover more ground than the players during a game.

The gurus at Sports Performance Tracking put GPS technology on boundary umpires 20 times this year, and did the same with field umpires. 

They found boundary umpires covered 16.02km per game. Meanwhile, field umpires did 14.04km per game.

To see how that compared to the players, Sports Performance Tracking analysed different matches.

In one played at the MCG, the most ground a player covered was 17km. Two boundary umpires who wore...


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Macrae commits to the Kennel

Four More For Macrae BulldogsTV spoke with Jack Macrae after extending his contract for another 4 years

AFL 2017 Round 23 - Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs

Western Bulldogs have secured midfielder Jackson Macrae until the end of 2022. (Photo: AFL Media)

The Western Bulldogs have secured midfielder Jackson Macrae until at least the end of the 2022 season.

Macrae, who was already contracted until the end of 2018, moved early to sign a four-year contract extension.

The 23-year-old was selected with pick six in the 2012 National Draft, and has played 99 games for the Bulldogs since his debut in Round 4, 2013.

“Jackson took his game to another level in 2017, and has become one of our most consistent performers,” said Bulldogs’ List Manager Jason McCartney.

“While he is already an important member of our midfield, he still has massive upside, and it’s fantastic to see him recommit for the long term.”

Macrae, a member of the Bulldogs’ 2016 AFL...


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Macrae commits to the Kennel

Four More For Macrae BulldogsTV spoke with Jack Macrae after extending his contract for another 4 years

AFL 2017 Round 23 - Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs

Western Bulldogs have secured midfielder Jackson Macrae until the end of 2022. (Photo: AFL Media)

The Western Bulldogs have secured midfielder Jackson Macrae until at least the end of the 2022 season.

Macrae, who was already contracted until the end of 2018, moved early to sign a four-year contract extension.

The 23-year-old was selected with pick six in the 2012 National Draft, and has played 99 games for the Bulldogs since his debut in Round 4, 2013.

“Jackson took his game to another level in 2017, and has become one of our most consistent performers,” said Bulldogs’ List Manager Jason McCartney.

“While he is already an important member of our midfield, he still has massive upside, and it’s fantastic to see him recommit for the long term.”

Macrae, a member of the Bulldogs’ 2016 AFL...


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Big Dogs quick to pair up in training return

The boys are back BulldogsTV caught all the action as the Bulldog boys returned to VU Whitten Oval for their first day of pre-season training.

THE WESTERN Bulldogs have wasted no time paring Tom Boyd and Josh Schache in attack, with the young key forwards combining well on day one of pre-season training.

The first-to-fourth year players were put through paces, impressing the assistant coaches in the absence of Luke Beveridge.

Development manager Rohan Smith told AFL.com.au he was pleased with the immediate understanding Boyd and Schache formed.

Schache, who was the No.2 pick in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft, was traded to the Dogs from the Brisbane Lions for picks No.25 and 40 in this year's draft.

"We put them both together, they worked in conjunction really well and Tommy was helping Josh out with his movement," Smith said.

"They looked really good together, so it's pretty...


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Big Dogs quick to pair up in training return

The boys are back BulldogsTV caught all the action as the Bulldog boys returned to VU Whitten Oval for their first day of pre-season training.

THE WESTERN Bulldogs have wasted no time paring Tom Boyd and Josh Schache in attack, with the young key forwards combining well on day one of pre-season training.

The first-to-fourth year players were put through paces, impressing the assistant coaches in the absence of Luke Beveridge.

Development manager Rohan Smith told AFL.com.au he was pleased with the immediate understanding Boyd and Schache formed.

Schache, who was the No.2 pick in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft, was traded to the Dogs from the Brisbane Lions for picks No.25 and 40 in this year's draft.

"We put them both together, they worked in conjunction really well and Tommy was helping Josh out with his movement," Smith said.

"They looked really good together, so it's pretty...


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