Coach – Luke Beveridge
Points For – 2nd
Points Against – 4th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Marcus Bontempelli
- Jack Macrae
- Tom Liberatore
- Bailey Dale
- Caleb Daniel
2021 Rising Star Noms
Cody Weightman (Round 10)
Ins – Tom O’Brien, Sam Darcy, Arthur Jones, Luke Cleary, Charlie Parker, Robbie McComb
Outs – Ben Cavarra, Will Hayes, Lin Jong, Patrick Lipinski, Easton Wood, Lewis Young
I remember a time when I didn’t care about the Western Bulldogs, I was even mildly happy for their fans when they won their premiership. I mean it was nice that a team with no money, no fans and a mediocre history did something worthwhile. I don’t feel that way anymore, their arrogance and sense of belonging with the big boys annoys me now and I enjoyed their missing out last year with a list that should probably have won a premiership.
The backline is working class but will get the job done. Cordy and Keath don’t feel good enough to build a back line around but their system supports them and they drop back when needed to make it very difficult for their opponents, Dale and Daniel are as good off half back as anyone.
The midfield is the best in the competition. Its embarassing how much talent they have up there. Smith, Libba, Hunter, the Bont, Macrae, Treloar and Dunkley. They have everything and they work both ways. Stopping their midfield is almost impossible.
The forwardline should be ready to do something special this year. They are kissed on the proverbial by the umpires with their squib, Weightman (I would kill to have him in Bombers colours). JUH will see more time this year. Naughton is a serious talent who may even head back where I hear he is more comfortable. English will still spend plenty of time up foward but should also increase his ruck minutes this year.
The rucks are probably still a slight weak spot. English needs to put on some weight and use some of his tricks, Martin goes around again but at times last year looked finished so will be interesting. The coach has plenty of runs on the board and escaped scrutiny last year, should have finished in the top four with the list quality and depth they have.
I think the Bulldogs are a top two team. They were patchy during the year last year and struggled at times with injury and chemistry. Everything came together in the finals and I think that they will be even better this year. They should finish top four and should finish top two.