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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

Bulldogs students shine at Ballarat Youth Awards

Western Bulldogs Community Foundation Leadership Project students have been rewarded for their impressive work at the 2017 City of Ballarat Youth Awards.

The Leadership Project Care Drive group – made up of Ballarat students Hannah, Riley, Daen, Amy and Leeann – took home the Group Project Award for their homeless care and advocacy initiative.

The students donated 1500 pairs of socks and developed care packages that were distributed around Ballarat via the Soup and Shower Bus services.

Leadership Project student Amy Zuell spoke to the Ballarat Courier about the idea behind group’s project.

“People are always quick to donate coats and blankets to the homeless, but no-one really looks at socks,” she said.

“We’re looking at how to do that now...homelessness is a big issue. We can’t fix the whole issue, but we can make a change.”

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Roarke's road to recovery

Roarke's Renewed Focus BulldogsTV spoke to Roarke Smith after he was re-rookied to the Western Bulldogs.

Roarke Smith has endured more than the average league footballer.

The promising 21-year-old, recruited as a Rookie in 2014, has ruptured his ACL twice during his time at VU Whitten Oval - once in August 2015, and again in the JLT Community Series in March this year.

At season’s end Smith was given an AFL lifeline. He was delisted in October after two senior appearances in three seasons, but the Club committed to re-drafting the former Calder Cannon, selecting him with pick 26 in Monday’s NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

“Obviously I’ve had a few knee problems, but they (the club) see something in me and hopefully I can stay injury free and play a few games,” Smith told westernbulldogs.com.au.

The right ACL injury sustained during the Bulldogs' match against Brisbane cruelled Smith’s 2017...


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Roarke's road to recovery

Roarke's Renewed Focus BulldogsTV spoke to Roarke Smith after he was re-rookied to the Western Bulldogs.

Roarke Smith has endured more than the average league footballer.

The promising 21-year-old, recruited as a Rookie in 2014, has ruptured his ACL twice during his time at VU Whitten Oval - once in August 2015, and again in the JLT Community Series in March this year.

At season’s end Smith was given an AFL lifeline. He was delisted in October after two senior appearances in three seasons, but the Club committed to re-drafting the former Calder Cannon, selecting him with pick 26 in Monday’s NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

“Obviously I’ve had a few knee problems, but they (the club) see something in me and hopefully I can stay injury free and play a few games,” Smith told westernbulldogs.com.au.

The right ACL injury sustained during the Bulldogs' match against Brisbane cruelled Smith’s 2017...


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Read more: Roarke's road to recovery

Roarke's road to recovery

Roarke's Renewed Focus BulldogsTV spoke to Roarke Smith after he was re-rookied to the Western Bulldogs.

Roarke Smith has endured more than the average league footballer.

The promising 21-year-old, recruited as a Rookie in 2014, has ruptured his ACL twice during his time at VU Whitten Oval - once in August 2015, and again in the JLT Community Series in March this year.

At season’s end Smith was given an AFL lifeline. He was delisted in October after two senior appearances in three seasons, but the Club committed to re-drafting the former Calder Cannon, selecting him with pick 26 in Monday’s NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

“Obviously I’ve had a few knee problems, but they (the club) see something in me and hopefully I can stay injury free and play a few games,” Smith told westernbulldogs.com.au.

The right ACL injury sustained during the Bulldogs' match against Brisbane cruelled Smith’s 2017...


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McCartney departs Kennel

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List Manager Jason McCartney has departed the Club to take up an opportunity at the GWS Giants.

Western Bulldogs List Manager Jason McCartney has departed the Club to take up an opportunity at the GWS Giants.

McCartney leaves after six years at the Club, having accepted a role overseeing the Giants’ recruiting and list management team.

“I would like to sincerely thank everyone at the Western Bulldogs for their support during my time at the Club,” McCartney said.

“It has been a great experience, and I’ve made some strong friendships over the last six years.

“An exciting opportunity has presented at Greater Western Sydney for my family and I, and I’m now looking forward to the next chapter of my career.”

McCartney helped piece together the list structure which led to the Bulldogs’ 2016 premiership, and has played a key role in navigating the Club through the AFL free agency and trade...


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McCartney departs Kennel

AFL 2017 Media - NAB Trade Period 191017

List Manager Jason McCartney has departed the Club to take up an opportunity at the GWS Giants.

Western Bulldogs List Manager Jason McCartney has departed the Club to take up an opportunity at the GWS Giants.

McCartney leaves after six years at the Club, having accepted a role overseeing the Giants’ recruiting and list management team.

“I would like to sincerely thank everyone at the Western Bulldogs for their support during my time at the Club,” McCartney said.

“It has been a great experience, and I’ve made some strong friendships over the last six years.

“An exciting opportunity has presented at Greater Western Sydney for my family and I, and I’m now looking forward to the next chapter of my career.”

McCartney helped piece together the list structure which led to the Bulldogs’ 2016 premiership, and has played a key role in navigating the Club through the AFL free agency and trade...


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McCartney departs Kennel

AFL 2017 Media - NAB Trade Period 191017

List Manager Jason McCartney has departed the Club to take up an opportunity at the GWS Giants.

Western Bulldogs List Manager Jason McCartney has departed the Club to take up an opportunity at the GWS Giants.

McCartney leaves after six years at the Club, having accepted a role overseeing the Giants’ recruiting and list management team.

“I would like to sincerely thank everyone at the Western Bulldogs for their support during my time at the Club,” McCartney said.

“It has been a great experience, and I’ve made some strong friendships over the last six years.

“An exciting opportunity has presented at Greater Western Sydney for my family and I, and I’m now looking forward to the next chapter of my career.”

McCartney helped piece together the list structure which led to the Bulldogs’ 2016 premiership, and has played a key role in navigating the Club through the AFL free agency and trade...


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Redpath relishing new leadership role

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Responsibility sits well with hulking Western Bulldogs forward Jack Redpath. (Photo: AFL Media)

Responsibility sits well with hulking Western Bulldogs forward Jack Redpath.

Despite just playing 34 games in five seasons at Whitten Oval, Redpath is a highly respected figure, and the admiration from his peers has seen the 26-year-old unanimously voted into the Bulldogs' leadership group for the first time.

A self-confessed country boy, the former carpenter believes his honest approach and an ability to relate to all walks of life have been central to his elevated standing at the Dogs.

"I had a chat with the club at the end of last year on whether I'd be willing to do it if the boys threw up my name, and my name kept coming up, which was good," Redpath told AFL.com.au.

"I don't think I've ever tried to be part of the leadership group, I've just had good relationships within the group, I...


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Redpath relishing new leadership role

AFL 2017 Media - Western Bulldogs Announcement 201117

Responsibility sits well with hulking Western Bulldogs forward Jack Redpath. (Photo: AFL Media)

Responsibility sits well with hulking Western Bulldogs forward Jack Redpath.

Despite just playing 34 games in five seasons at Whitten Oval, Redpath is a highly respected figure, and the admiration from his peers has seen the 26-year-old unanimously voted into the Bulldogs' leadership group for the first time.

A self-confessed country boy, the former carpenter believes his honest approach and an ability to relate to all walks of life have been central to his elevated standing at the Dogs.

"I had a chat with the club at the end of last year on whether I'd be willing to do it if the boys threw up my name, and my name kept coming up, which was good," Redpath told AFL.com.au.

"I don't think I've ever tried to be part of the leadership group, I've just had good relationships within the group, I...


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Redpath relishing new leadership role

AFL 2017 Media - Western Bulldogs Announcement 201117

Responsibility sits well with hulking Western Bulldogs forward Jack Redpath. (Photo: AFL Media)

Responsibility sits well with hulking Western Bulldogs forward Jack Redpath.

Despite just playing 34 games in five seasons at Whitten Oval, Redpath is a highly respected figure, and the admiration from his peers has seen the 26-year-old unanimously voted into the Bulldogs' leadership group for the first time.

A self-confessed country boy, the former carpenter believes his honest approach and an ability to relate to all walks of life have been central to his elevated standing at the Dogs.

"I had a chat with the club at the end of last year on whether I'd be willing to do it if the boys threw up my name, and my name kept coming up, which was good," Redpath told AFL.com.au.

"I don't think I've ever tried to be part of the leadership group, I've just had good relationships within the group, I...


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Bulldogs Wishing Tree

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Help spread the Christmas cheer through the Bulldogs Wishing Tree.

This Christmas, help spread the Christmas cheer through the Bulldogs Wishing Tree. The Western Bulldogs will be collecting gifts to be donated to the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation’s Ready, Settle, Go! Program. All items will be given to young people (5-12 years old) from a migrant and refugee background currently supported by the Ready SETTLE Go programs.

The Ready SETTLE Go program offers a range of community focused health education, leadership, youth and employability programs through meaningful partnerships and referral pathways with organisations and services in the West. Participants develop a strong connectedness to the Australian culture, through participation in recreational sports. Their settlement journey is facilitated by understanding and using the English language and jargon of Australian...


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Clubs shift focus to 2018 'super' draft

AFL 2017 NAB Under 18s All Stars Match - Team Enright V Team Harvey

AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan at the U18 All-Stars match on Grand Final day

WITH this year's AFL drafts done and dusted, clubs will quickly turn their focus to the 2018 'super' draft.  

The quality of next year's talent pool has seen it compared favourably to the AFL's famous 2001 super draft headed by Luke Hodge, Luke Ball and Chris Judd.  

That's high praise, but AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan says it's justified.  

"We're really optimistic it could be the second of the real super drafts," Sheehan said.  

"We're pretty excited ... in the top 10 or 12 you'd find a player from each state or territory, which is pretty rare.  

"The way the boys performed at under-18 level as 17-year-olds was very exciting. We've got some points of reference that tell us that next year's draft looks pretty special.  

"There will be a combination of players as well - midfielders, some taller...


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Clubs shift focus to 2018 'super' draft

AFL 2017 NAB Under 18s All Stars Match - Team Enright V Team Harvey

AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan at the U18 All-Stars match on Grand Final day

WITH this year's AFL drafts done and dusted, clubs will quickly turn their focus to the 2018 'super' draft.  

The quality of next year's talent pool has seen it compared favourably to the AFL's famous 2001 super draft headed by Luke Hodge, Luke Ball and Chris Judd.  

That's high praise, but AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan says it's justified.  

"We're really optimistic it could be the second of the real super drafts," Sheehan said.  

"We're pretty excited ... in the top 10 or 12 you'd find a player from each state or territory, which is pretty rare.  

"The way the boys performed at under-18 level as 17-year-olds was very exciting. We've got some points of reference that tell us that next year's draft looks pretty special.  

"There will be a combination of players as well - midfielders, some taller...


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Corey inducted into WA Football HOF

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Joel Corey has been inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Joel Corey has been inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame.

The Western Bulldogs midfield coach joined a new group of Hall of Fame inductees on Sunday night, including Simon Black, Peter Bosustow, Charles Doig, Alan Johnson, Bob Shields, Frank “Dick” Walker, Derek Kickett, Keith Narkle and umpire Mike Ball.

Corey started his career at East Perth, playing 11 games before he was drafted to Geelong in the 1999 National Draft. He achieved the ultimate success as a Geelong triple premiership player (2007, 2009, 2011).

He received Geelong’s Carji Greeves Medal for the Fairest and Best player on two occasions (2005,2008) and All Australian honours in 2007 and 2008.

“You’ve got a mixture of emotions leaving your family and your place of birth, with the adventure and the journey that might lay...


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Draft notes: Hard work starts now

Dalrymple: "We have a really good mix of players" BulldogsTV spoke to Simon Dalrymple after the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

As the newest crop of AFL players and their families mingled with coaches, recruiters and other club officials on the floor of the Sydney Showgrounds on Friday night, the optimism in the air was palpable.

And why wouldn’t it be, kids who not long ago were kicking the ball around the backyard were now on AFL lists. 

In the case of the Western Bulldogs, the look on young Ed Richards’ face when Recruitment Manager Simon Dalrymple introduces him to Chris Grant is in many ways what the draft is all about.

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Draft notes: Hard work starts now

Dalrymple: "We have a really good mix of players" BulldogsTV spoke to Simon Dalrymple after the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

As the newest crop of AFL players and their families mingled with coaches, recruiters and other club officials on the floor of the Sydney Showgrounds on Friday night, the optimism in the air was palpable.

And why wouldn’t it be, kids who not long ago were kicking the ball around the backyard were now on AFL lists. 

In the case of the Western Bulldogs, the look on young Ed Richards’ face when Recruitment Manager Simon Dalrymple introduces him to Chris Grant is in many ways what the draft is all about.

When Ed met Chris Grant Read more: Draft notes: Hard work starts now

Move over Magpies; Richards’ Bulldogs links

Richards: "I'm over the moon" BulldogsTV spoke to Ed Richards after he was announced as pick 16 for the Western Bulldogs at the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

Imagine sitting in class as a 17-year-old and your English teacher calls you aside to say they were expecting a call from the Western Bulldogs about you. 

That was the lot of Ed Richards, the 16th pick in Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft, and the person on the end of the phone was the Bulldogs’ Recruiting Manager Simon Dalrymple. 

In a twist of fate, it wasn’t the first time Dalrymple had placed this call either, Richard’s shared the same English teacher as Jack Macrae, so the omens are good so far.

In all the of pre-draft analysis, Richard’s family tree was the lead, which was understandable in that he counts Collingwood greats Ron and Lou Richards among his relatives, but it’ll be the former Oakleigh Chargers’ football that should do the...


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Move over Magpies; Richards’ Bulldogs links

Richards: "I'm over the moon" BulldogsTV spoke to Ed Richards after he was announced as pick 16 for the Western Bulldogs at the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

Imagine sitting in class as a 17-year-old and your English teacher calls you aside to say they were expecting a call from the Western Bulldogs about you. 

That was the lot of Ed Richards, the 16th pick in Friday night’s NAB AFL Draft, and the person on the end of the phone was the Bulldogs’ Recruiting Manager Simon Dalrymple. 

In a twist of fate, it wasn’t the first time Dalrymple had placed this call either, Richard’s shared the same English teacher as Jack Macrae, so the omens are good so far.

In all the of pre-draft analysis, Richard’s family tree was the lead, which was understandable in that he counts Collingwood greats Ron and Lou Richards among his relatives, but it’ll be the former Oakleigh Chargers’ football that should do the...


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The next batch: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft

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With the draft over, Cal Twomey reveals the new young guns to watch. (Photo: AFL Media)

THE SHOW rolls on for clubs and recruiters, who will quickly turn their attention to the 2018 pool of draft prospects.

We're going to do the same. If you're already looking forward to studying the under-18 landscape next year, here are 10 prospects worth following.

Jack Lukosius
Key forward
194cm/82kg
Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia
9/8/2000

Lukosius showed why many consider him the early favourite to be next year's No.1 pick when he kicked four goals in his SANFL debut for Woodville-West Torrens in a preliminary final earlier this year. It was a performance that showed why so many are excited about him: he's tall, athletic, smart on the lead and a beautiful, long kick. He also had a standout game for South Australia against the Allies during the under-18 carnival. 

Sam...


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The next batch: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft

AFL 2017 U18 Championships - Vic C v SA

With the draft over, Cal Twomey reveals the new young guns to watch. (Photo: AFL Media)

THE SHOW rolls on for clubs and recruiters, who will quickly turn their attention to the 2018 pool of draft prospects.

We're going to do the same. If you're already looking forward to studying the under-18 landscape next year, here are 10 prospects worth following.

Jack Lukosius
Key forward
194cm/82kg
Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia
9/8/2000

Lukosius showed why many consider him the early favourite to be next year's No.1 pick when he kicked four goals in his SANFL debut for Woodville-West Torrens in a preliminary final earlier this year. It was a performance that showed why so many are excited about him: he's tall, athletic, smart on the lead and a beautiful, long kick. He also had a standout game for South Australia against the Allies during the under-18 carnival. 

Sam...


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Read more: The next batch: Looking ahead to the 2018 draft


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