Wednesday, 12 June 2013
31-year old Daniel Giansiracusa says he is still undecided about retirement.
"I'm enjoying trying to get my body right each week," Giansiracusa said.
"We'll deal with that when it happens at the end of the year, but I'll definitely stay involved in footy. I love the game, and it's given so much to me, and hopefully I can give a bit back as my life goes on."
Friday, 7 June 2013
Tom Williams will undergo a shoulder reconstruction, ruling him out for the rest of the year.
"While it's a disappointing outcome for Tom, we know he will treat his recovery with the professionalism and dedication we have seen from him since he arrived at the club," Bulldogs CEO Simon Garlick said in a statement.
"Tom is a highly valued Western Bulldogs person and we look forward to seeing him ready for the commencement of pre-season training."
Saturday, 1 June 2013
Tom Williams is facing yet another stint on the sidelines after suffering a shoulder injury in the Dogs' nine-point win over Port Adelaide at TIO Stadium in Darwin on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old dislocated his troublesome right shoulder when reaching for a mark in the second quarter, and was quickly subbed out of the game.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Adam Cooney will miss two weeks due to bleeding in his hamstring.
"Adam felt tightness in his right hamstring towards the end of the game on Saturday," medical services manager Andrew McKenzie said.
"An MRI revealed a small bleed within the muscle, which will keep him sidelined for two weeks."
Monday, 20 May 2013
Jackson Macrae is the round eight NAB AFL Rising Star nominee after notching 25 disposals and 4 tackles against Gold Coast.
"It was obviously my best game so far, so I was pleased with that," Macrae said.
"Its very humbling to be acknowledged for my performance, but it also drives me to reach the standards of the great players who have been nominated before me."
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Ayce Cordy will be sidelined for four weeks after scans revealed a stress fracture in his fibula.
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Sam Kerridge says playing a run-with role on Bulldog Ryan Griffen in just his second game was an invaluable learning experience.
"It was good, it was something that allowed me to chase around a very good player for four quarters, or three and a half, just to see how they go about it," Kerridge said.
"Just to see where they run, when they run and how they go about it, the decisions they make. [It] was obviously great for my development and something I'll put in the memory bank."
Ryan Griffen will undergo scans to determine th extent of his shoulder injury sustained during the Dogs' 52-point loss to Adelaide.
Friday, 19 April 2013
The Bulldogs are fined $10,000 for bringing in Tom Campbell to replace Ayce Cordy as a late change despite Campbell not being on their emergency list.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Jordan Roughead has been thrown in the deep end this season for the Dogs at full back.
"We haven't spared him," Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney admits.
"Every time we've played him, he's been on a high-quality opponent, and you probably get that as a young full-back. There's no easy way to do it.
"He's progressing well. He's a good young fella. He's just knuckled down and he's training. [With] the confidence that comes with it, he's in for a good career."
Monday, 1 April 2013
Dale Morris says he was excited to finally play again in round one of 2013 after returning from a broken leg he suffered in 2011.
"To get up and play round one this year, I was just rapt to be out there. (I was) nervous, probably more nervous than my first game," Morris said.
"The last time I played we had Lake, Hargrave, Gilbee, and I played all my games with them.
"To come in with guys that I hadn't played much, if any footy with, it's just fantastic to see the growth over the last year and the off-season."
Thursday, 28 March 2013
Daniel Giansiracusa says the Bulldogs are hopeful of Adam Cooney getting back to his best in 2013.
"It was exciting with those bursts from the stoppages and he felt great after it," Giansiracusa said about Cooney's performance in their final practice match.
"Unfortunately there was a little hiccup with his knee but he trained like he played against Richmond on Wednesday. We were buoyed by that and he's excited to be playing some footy again."
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Ayce Cordy has the luxury of being mentored by two greats in Cameron Mooney and Chris Grant.
"He's got me in the ring a couple of times, and smacked me around the head just to teach me a bit of sense," Cordy said about Mooney.
"He's really big on trying to keep your confidence up and just doing the right things, always, one after the other, and good things will happen."
"He's definitely a legend at this football club and definitely a legend throughout the AFL," Cordy then said about Grant.
"You look at blokes like him, but you're not going to try and be Chris Grant, because you know everyone wants to be Chris Grant. You take bits and pieces from them."
Adam Cooney is determined to play in round one despite having spent time in hospital due to an infected knee.
"I got a little bit of an infection on Tuesday last week – it might have been from a cut, but I'm not 100 per cent sure what caused it," Cooney said.
"So I went into hospital and had antibiotics for 48 hours. From then it settled down pretty quickly.
"I'll be desperate to play this week, as in any week. You want to play, and particularly in round one because you want to start the year well."
Monday, 25 March 2013
Robert Murphy will captain the Bulldogs after Matthew Boyd is ruled out for two to three weeks with a calf complaint.
Bulldogs skipper Matthew Boyd will miss his side's round one clash after suffering a calf strain.
"Although it's unfortunate that Matthew has suffered an injury on the eve of the season, it will provide some of our talented, emerging midfielders an opportunity to take another step in their development," General Manager of Football, James Fantasia said.
Thursday, 21 March 2013
After leaving Ballarat for Darwin to work for the AFL's indigenous programs, Brett Goodes thought his career was over but is now set to become one of the oldest players to debut in recent history after being given a lifeline by the Bulldogs.
"The dream was probably over when he decided to take a position in Darwin," older brother and Sydney champion Adam said.
"That was a big decision for Brett - does he stay in Ballarat or get his career going and put footy on the backburner?
"I'm really proud of Brett. It's a great story of determination, hard work and not giving up."
Saturday, 2 March 2013
Jake Stringer will be out of action for a month after scans reveal ankle damage suffered against Hawthorn during the NAB Cup.
Thursday, 28 February 2013
Western Bulldogs part-time assistant coach Brad Johnson says a fit Adam Cooney is crucial to the club's chances of success.
"They need an Adam Cooney in there to get that pace going around the contest and help generate that outside run that they do lack," Johnson said.
"They've got a lot of guys that love winning the contested footy, but they need to retain possession when it gets on the outside."
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Bulldogs midfielder Daniel Cross says teammate Liam Jones is set to have a big impact in 2013.
"In our match simulation he's really dominating our backs at times," Cross told Crocmedia's Sportsday.
"He doesn't win the time trials, but he's such a powerful speed freak. He loves a contest, he's great overhead.
"Without putting a lot of pressure on him, he's really one we need to step up and go to that next level."
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Bulldog defender Dale Morris says he feared his career was over as he battled ongoing leg injuries.
"There were times when you really start doubting yourself, if the leg wasn't progressing as much as I'd like, especially with that setback I suffered," Morris said.
"You start to really question things. But the people around the footy club have that much confidence in myself, and I have that much confidence in them – all the medical staff and fitness staff – that (after) talking to them I knew everything was going to be fine."
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson says the AFL should consult the players more before trialling or implementing rule changes.
"It would be nice if there weren't so many rule changes, but the NAB Cup is there to experiment with rules. They've done that in the past," Minson said.
"The players' association will be meeting with the AFL next week to discuss some other rule changes. Ultimately, we'd like to be engaged in the conversation and form part of any decision-making."
Thursday, 10 January 2013
Jason Akermanis' appointment as senior coach of the North Albury Hoppers has rejuvenated the club, according to president Paul Spencer.
"We've had more than 50 blokes on the track every night before Christmas, whereas in previous years we would have been lucky to get 25," Spencer said.
"At the end of the day we finished on the bottom last season. But I think with the recruits we've managed to attract and the enthusiasm in the place I'd say finals would be our least expectation."
Sunday, 30 December 2012
Brent Prismall will use Western Bulldogs' VFL affiliate, the Williamstown Seagulls, as a platform to try to relaunch his AFL career.
"He still sees himself as someone who can get picked up in the future, so it was important for him to come into a good environment," Seagulls football manager Chris Dixon said.
"He's going to be a very good player at VFL level and who knows, in 12 months you'd like to think the door is still open for him, especially with more mature-age players getting picked up."
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Robert Murphy signs a new contract with the Bulldogs until the end of 2014 and says he has no interest in joining a premiership contender to close out his career.
"I've been asked a few times, 'Would you ever consider going to a side in that premiership window?'," Murphy said.
"And it just didn't sit well with me to do that.
"I'm not going to judge people who have done it - good luck to them. But it's just not for me. The Bulldogs are my footy club and part of who I am and it means more to me to help the Bulldogs."
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Brad Johnson is back working with best mate Rohan Smith after accepting a role as a part-time assistant coach with the Bulldogs.
"He's a great friend of a lot of us and it's good to have his smiling face back," midfielder Daniel Cross said.
"He'll be working with younger players that are transitioning into senior footy and need to know what it takes to become a professional league player.
"Brad did it brilliantly for 16 or 17 years, so he knows exactly what it takes."
Monday, 17 December 2012
Tom Liberatore is working hard to win back the trust of his teammates after serving a season-ending, club-imposed four-week suspension.
"Obviously it was a bit of a wake-up call for him. He went through some pretty tough times in that four-week period and then over the break, but he's back, he's training really well and he's fitted back into the group fantastically well," teammate Daniel Giansiracusa said.
"He's seems really committed to sort of getting the respect back of the group. He's a great player and he's going to come through it well."
Sunday, 9 December 2012
Ex-Magpie and Bulldogs recruit Tom Young says he hopes to fill the void left by retired Bulldog defender Ryan Hargrave.
"I'd love to be able to play that kind of role," Young said.
"Beat my man, help out my teammates, give some run to the team. I've got a lot of work to do first, though.
"At Collingwood I was in between half-back and mid, but here they've just said, 'We want you to play half-back.' I reckon that clarity will really help me because I'll know what to work on and where I'm going to play. It's good to know that so early on."
Sunday, 2 December 2012
Former Geelong captain and NFL punter Ben Graham will return to Australia to work for the Western Bulldogs.
"Part of my role is to strategically design what the Western Bulldogs will look like in 2020," Graham told SEN radio.
"In my experience, it's the perfect role to be able to use what I've seen in the NFL and help develop the Bulldogs so that they're a powerhouse in years to come."
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Despite countless junior honours, Bulldogs draftee Nathan Hrovat says he still has plenty of room for improvement.
Hrovat's honours include All Australian selection, the MVP award for Vic Metro, third place in the TAC Cup's Morrish Medal (despite playing just eight games), the rover's spot in the TAC Cup Team of the Year, along with the Northern Knights' captaincy and best and fairest award.
"There are so many things I want to develop and get better at," Hrovat said.
"I need to work on my spread away from contests, trying to get the overlap handball, breaking some lines with my running, helping out my teammates, putting on some blocks, getting to the fall of the ball, getting to the right spots, reading the game a bit better, kicking a few more goals ..."
Friday, 30 November 2012
Adam Cooney is enjoying his best pre-season in years after having his dodgy knee treated in Germany.
"I haven't had a day one of pre-season out on the track in a long time, so I am certainly a lot further ahead than I was this time last year and even in previous years," Cooney said.
"I played predominantly forward last year, probably because I didn't have that base fitness going through the pre-season.
"I was cross training 'til about … mid-January to Feb, so hopefully this year I can build up a much bigger base."
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Melbourne forward Matthew Bate is hoping to resurrect his career at the Western Bulldogs after being granted permission to train with them along with former Fremantle defender Nick Lower.
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Ex-Geelong stars Matthew Scarlett and Cameron Mooney have joined the Western Bulldogs as specialist coaches.
"The younger players, in particular, are so excited to have (Scarlett and Mooney) here ... the one thing you can't have is too many good people in a footy club," Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney said.
"Both Matt and Cam are good friends of mine ... and are probably putting their toe in the water (to see) if coaching interests them."
Western Bulldogs forward Zephaniah Skinner will return home to WA after quitting the AFL.
"Zephi, this morning, told his teammates that he will be retiring from AFL football and returning home to be with his family and community, where he feels a strong sense of responsibility," Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney said.
"We really didn't want to lose Zephi, as he is a well-liked person here, but we respect his decision to return home to his family."
Monday, 12 November 2012
New Dogs development coach Ashley Hansen says he can't wait to work with Liam Jones and Ayce Cordy.
"I'm going to be as enthusiastic as they are to watch them improve, so hopefully we can work together and really drive each other," Hansen said.
"I'm looking forward to working with them and seeing how they develop over the course of the year and making sure their skill-set is one that will hopefully win finals one day."
Saturday, 10 November 2012
The Western Bulldogs have secured a second former West Coast player Ashley Hansen as a development coach for season 2013.
"Ashley is another person we've brought into the club, who possesses some terrific characteristics which we believe will be beneficial to our developing group of players," Bulldogs football manager James Fantasia said.
"We know Ashley is a terrific club person, and his AFL experience along with a Master's degree in Exercise Science make him another quality acquisition to our football department."
Friday, 26 October 2012
Justin Sherman will try to find a new club via the pre-season draft after the Bulldogs failed to find a suitable trade for him.
"It wasn't a shock when it was decided it would be best to cut ties," Sherman's manager Liam Pickering said.
"It was then a case of, 'Where do we go from here?' The club was thinking along the same lines as we were, that the partnership's probably at an end, so let's work out an agreement and see if Justin can find a new home in the pre-season draft."
Thursday, 25 October 2012
The Western Bulldogs have let Justin Sherman go, despite the forward having one more year left on his contract.
"Justin and the club agreed that there were limited on-field opportunities for him next season and that it was best to part ways," Bulldogs football manager James Fantasia said.
"We wish Justin the best in his future endeavours."
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Collingwood utility Tom Young has been traded to the Bulldogs after nine matches with the Magpies.
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Jason Akermanis starts his coaching career with North Albury announcing that he will take over as captain-coach in 2013, and possibly 2014.
"Over a long time I saw how the Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs went about things and what made them successful," Akermanis said.
"So you'd think that means I might know something about the game and what it takes to help a team achieve a bit of on-field success.
"Despite what some people might think, and my good friends will tell you about this, I've always thought a lot about the game and had firm ideas on how it should be played. I'm looking forward to putting some of those ideas into practice."
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Paul Dimattina has backed new Bulldogs president Peter Gordon and says he will chase a board position.
"I will probably catch up with Peter and have discussions with him," he said.
"My hand is up for a position and I will chat with Peter in the next week or so and see where he stands with it. If he's happy to have me on board I'd love to be on board with him."
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Despite months of practice, former Bulldog Lindsay Gilbee has decided not to pursue an NFL punting career.
"It gets a bit annoying when people think you can just go over there and do it, and make a seamless transition from AFL to NFL," Gilbee said.
"But people don't understand how bloody hard it is. You can't just pick up a (gridiron) ball and start kicking it like an NFL punter. You need to dedicate a lot of time to it. It's probably no different to a golfer in terms of how often they practise their swing and refine it.
Monday, 8 October 2012
Brian Lake has reported taken a $200,000 pay cut to be part of Hawthorn's premiership contending list.
Hawthorn recruit Brian Lake says he has plenty of good football after dealing with injuries for the last 3 years.
"I'm looking forward to a full pre-season, which I haven't had in a couple of years," Lake said.
"I'm very confident in my body. I've got a contract for the next two years, but I can see myself playing for a lot longer than that.
Lake says he looks forward to playing a part in Hawthorn's premiership charge in 2013.
"I went to the Grand Final this year, and the atmosphere and the build-up to the game, you just want to be part of it," he said.
Ruckman Will Minson signs a new two-year deal with the Western Bulldogs.
"I love it here and support the direction Brendan is taking this group wholeheartedly," Minson said.
"I've built my career at the Western Bulldogs and look forward to being part of the future success this club will undoubtedly have."
The Western Bulldogs say they are confident Will Minson will sign a two-year contract extension with the club.
"He hasn't signed yet but he's been overseas and we put together an offer that went to his management and they were very comfortable with that," Bulldogs football manager James Fantasia said.
"I don't think there's any issues; it's just a waiting game."
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Hawthorn has pulled off a Trade Period coup, securing star defender Brian Lake from the Western Bulldogs in a trade also involving the exchange of draft picks.
"Pretty happy for Brian and Brian's pretty excited," Lake's manager Marty Pask said.
"Brian's a free agent next year, so it was a chance for the Western Bulldogs to have some control over what compensation pick they're going to get.
"He's put in 197 games, played in three preliminary finals, won a best-and-fairest, All Australian, and he's going to allow the club now to consolidate itself in the national draft."
Saturday, 6 October 2012
Matthew Boyd wins his third Chalie Sutton medal as the Western Bulldogs' best and fairest award ahead of Ryan Griffen.
Thursday, 4 October 2012
The Bulldogs hope revolutionary sensor technology will resurrect the career of veteran defender Dale Morris.
Using Melbourne company dorsaVi's 'ViPerform' product, four wireless sensors are usually placed on the player's lower back to measure muscle movement during training, providing data that can identify weaknesses and be used to modify training techniques and programs.
Saturday, 29 September 2012
Emerging Bulldogs star Luke Dahlhaus will wear the famous No.6 previously worn by Bulldogs legends Charlie Sutton, Brad Johnson and George Bissett.
"You've just got to look at the locker and you see the names [of players who have played at least 100 games] on it - Charlie Sutton, George Bissett and obviously Brad Johnson - and hopefully by the end of my career it's got my name up there in gold with a premiership medal next to it," Dahlhaus said.
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney says the club must be patient when it comes to managing Dale Morris' return from a broken leg that robbed him of his 2012 season.
"He was making good steps towards the end of the year but we thought it was probably better to wait until next year," McCartney told SEN.
"There's still a little bit of work to do with him being able to run at a good speed on a harder surface and being able to deal with it, but we've been patient."
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Western Bulldogs captain Matthew Boyd has signed an extension that will keep him at the club until the end of 2014.
"It was a great show of faith from them really - they didn't have to extend my contract but they have," Boyd told the Herald Sun.
"It gives me a great opportunity to keep playing for the football club that I love, but also to help bring the next group of young leaders up and try and teach them a little bit and help them on the journey through AFL."
Friday, 14 September 2012
Western Bulldogs small forward Nathan Djerrkura quits AFL football at the age of 23 to return home.
"My decision to retire from AFL football and return home after ten years away was a difficult one but one I feel comfortable with," he said.
"I have given the best part of my life, wholeheartedly, to playing AFL football and have had some terrific experiences. But being away from my family, community and the cultural responsibilities I hold, are reasons enough to head home."
Thursday, 13 September 2012
The Western Bulldogs have delisted midfielder Brodie Moles along with fellow former rookies Andrew Hooper and James Mulligan.
"We would like to thank these players for the contribution to the club, and wish them all the very best for the future," Bulldogs football manager James Fantasia said.
Monday, 3 September 2012
Western Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson remains one of the key players still unsigned, as free agency looms over the AFL.
The Bulldogs have delisted Andrew Hooper, the man who made history by being the only player in the past 27 years to debut in an AFL final.
"It's never easy when you get the arse. It's unfortunate news - you don't want to know it, don't want to hear it - but life goes on and we're hopeful 'Hoops' will get another opportunity," Hooper's manager Marty Pask said.
"As a teenager he broke into a top-four side for a cut-throat final, and he's just got to recapture that. It's certainly still there. Unfortunately he just had an unlucky trot with injury this year."
Thursday, 30 August 2012
Lin Jong, of East Timorese descent, receives a letter from East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.
"Your achievement is an impressive one that I am sure is the result of many years of focus, determination and commitment," Gusmao wrote.
"The Timorese are a resilient and courageous people and I am confident that you will take this spirit with you on to the football field …
"I hope you play well for yourself, your club and the Timorese people."
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Young gun Mitch Wallis signs a three-year deal with the Dogs and flags his captaincy aspirations.
"It is a dream," Wallis admitted about the prospect of captaincy.
"But you don't think about that. You think of small steps first … Just bringing the group closer together so we play as mates is the direction I'm trying to take the club.
"I think leadership's a part of my game and how I play and how I prepare. But I've got to learn a lot before I start demanding of others. But it is part and parcel of who I am, so hopefully it'll be ingrained in me for years to come."
Monday, 27 August 2012
Adam Cooney impresses against Geelong with a season-high 28 disposals in a possible sign that he could defy his degenerative knee problem.
"We had a plan, and we outlined that plan about eight weeks ago, and we said that at no stage were we finishing the year for Adam. We wanted to give him an opportunity to maybe train a little differently and do things a little differently, with the aim to get him back and play," he said.
"He's pulled up really well from the weekend, so we're hoping for a good performance again this week."
Sunday, 26 August 2012
Former AFL star Jason Akermanis finishes 14th in maiden Aussie Racing Cars start for Erebus Motorsport.
"The racing was just sensational right throughout the weekend. It was an amazing amount of fun," he said.
"I learned so much from that first session and then just continued improving as the weekend went on.
"The fellow racers were so helpful in assisting me to improve, and to get into the top 15 at weekend's end was a pretty good achievement, I thought."
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson escapes with a reprimand following an appeal after being seen to apparently stomp on Swan Kieren Jack.
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Bulldog Ryan Griffen tallies a club-record 47 possessions in a loss to the Swans at Etihad Stadium.
"Statistically it was extraordinary, but just to see a person give so much," Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney said of Griffen's effort.
"He has been carrying a sore body around for a while, and he's been playing in a midfield where he gets tagged heavily and he's only got a couple of young boys and 'Boydy' (Matthew Boyd) to help him. We have lost some troops in that part of the ground. It was an extraordinary effort."
Saturday, 18 August 2012
Bulldogs assistant coach Steven King youngster Clay Smith has set the standard at the club with his attack on the ball.
"We just love his tenacity so much that we show clips of him every week to his peers, showing how ferociously he attacks the ball and the man," King said.
"For him to already be setting the benchmark for us in that area ... as a first-year player, is a pretty special effort.
"You know what you're going to get with him. He's a seriously competitive beast. He's certainly got areas to work on, but the things he can do for his age are quite extraordinary."
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Daniel Giansiracusa says he still has the drive to continue playing next year.
"You take one game and one season at a time, and probably one pre-season more than anything because they're quite demanding. But if the body feels good and there's a role for me, maybe I could," he said.
"I still love the game, still love training, and still love running out there with my teammates. It still gives me a real buzz. That's never left me, and hopefully it never does."
Monday, 13 August 2012
Bulldog Adam Cooney is determined to play again this season rather than get an early start on 2013.
"I think Adam himself just wanted to get to the stage where he knew, going into next year, he's set himself up to even continue a solid leg-weight program and rehab program during the break," Bulldogs assistant coach Steven King said.
"I think it's just for his own peace of mind, just to get back to that level. Whether he plays or not, just to know, 'Yep, I'm back in full training, I'm ready to go, and this is where I've got to go to move forward'."
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Lin Jong says he is reasonably happy with his debut for the Bulldogs in a 70-point loss to Richmond.
"I tried my hardest. I just cracked in, which is all they wanted from me," Jong said.
"I was quietly happy. It wasn't great, but it wasn't that bad. I was just happy to make my debut. I wasn't too fussed about how I went. I was just happy to be out there playing with my teammates."
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney defends the character of Tom Liberatore following the young midfielder's suspension after a big night out.
"I will say it right here now, he is not only a fantastic player, he is a very, very good person," McCartney said.
"And he is a young player who got himself into strife through an error of judgement. He is not the first that has ever done it and he won't be the last."
The Western Bulldogs have elevated rookie Lin Jong to the senior list in place of Daniel Cross.
"Lin is a great competitor and a terrific young person who works extremely hard at his craft," Peter German, the Bulldogs development coach and Williamstown coach, said.
"He can play in a variety of positions and has been a consistent performer in the VFL this season."
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
The Western Bulldogs will follow through strongly on their decision to send Tom Liberatore to work for the next six weeks where he will be involved in a physically and mentally challenging job.
Luke Dahlhaus is unlikely to play again this season after MRI scans reveal a torn ligament caused by a twisted ankle from training.
"Luke has had another terrific season, emerging as a very important member of our team," Dogs football manager James Fantasia said.
"While it is disappointing for both Luke and the club, we are confident he will rehabilitate his injury with great attention to detail ahead of the 2013 pre-season campaign."
Monday, 6 August 2012
The AFL confirms Tom Liberatore will receive a strike under the League's illicit drugs policy.
Sunday, 5 August 2012
The Western Bulldogs suspend Tom Liberatore for the rest of the year after the midfielder was found in possession of illicit substances while unconscious by police.
"The Bulldogs leadership group imposed the four-week sanction after Tom was located by Victoria Police early Sunday morning heavily intoxicated and in possession of a small amount of a recreational, illicit substance," a statement from the Bulldogs said.
"Despite this grave error of judgment, we continue to believe that Tom is a young man that has the brightest of futures and we are 100 per cent behind him during this time."
Saturday, 4 August 2012
Drew Petrie takes the lead in the race for the Coleman Medal with 52 goals after a five-goal haul against the Bulldogs.
"He's still got four games to go so if he ends up on top it'd be great for our football club and great for Drew," teammate Brent Harvey said.
"But if he doesn't, I don't think Drew plays for the individual awards. His goal is to get us into the finals and he's doing an exceptional job at the minute."
Friday, 3 August 2012
Tom Williams says a friendly discussion with coach Brendan McCartney was productive as he continues his rehabilitation from injury.
"I was living at home by myself and when I got home (that night), 'Macca' brought around a coffee and some cake and had a bit of a chat with me," Williams said.
"He was really supportive of where I was at, and he let me know a few things I could do around the club in the meantime to stay involved and help out my teammates, especially the young guys.
"Rehab is a lonely place and if you don't get around the boys you can feel even more detached from the group. It's probably necessary to do that stuff just to stay sane, and Macca reinforced that to me."
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Defender Mark Austin will miss the rest of the season after breaking his wrist against Carlton last weekend.
"Mark has impressed many around the club with his attitude towards his football," Bulldogs football manager James Fantasia said.
"He is a resilient character and will no doubt throw himself into his rehabilitation with professionalism and purpose ahead of the 2013 pre-season campaign."
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
He once dreamed of playing for the Springboks but South African born Dogs' rookie Jason Johannisen is now set to play in the AFL after being elevated to the senior list.
"My pace is my number one asset so I'd like to think I would use that and hopefully good ball use coming off the back line," Johannisen said.
"I would like to play half-back but I can also push up onto the wing and use the run going forward."
Sunday, 22 July 2012
Veteran Daniel Giansiracusa sees a little bit of Cyril Rioli in Western Bulldogs goalsneak Luke Dahlhaus.
"I reckon he's similar to Cyril in the way he hits the deck and bounces up to be involved in the next contest or put pressure on," Giansiracusa said.
"Obviously Cyril's been in the game a lot longer and is probably a little bit silkier than Dal, but there's no reason he can't get to that level. I don't want to put too much pressure on him, though."
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Lukas Markovic is desperate to make up for lost time after his return to the Bulldogs line-up was delayed by a hamstring tendon problem that initially went undetected.
"I'd never had anything like it before so I didn't know how it was meant to feel," he said.
"We couldn't do anything about it, though - we trusted the scan and it showed nothing, so we just treated it by the symptoms."
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Port's Danyle Pearce says there's more to Will Minson's sledge than was reported in the media.
"I've read the reports that everyone's been writing; you guys haven't written down everything that was said," Pearce said.
"I've read a report, it had half of what was said written down and in the report it was left at that was the only thing and that's not true, it's not the case."
Monday, 2 July 2012
Dylan Addison is expected to miss the next month of football after breaking his jaw during the Bulldogs' loss to Essendon.
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Mick Malthouse suggests that Barry Hall's stint at the Bulldogs may have stunted the development of the club's forward line.
"The choice of having Barry Hall may well have set the Dogs back a couple of years in trying to set up a forward-line structure that wasn't and isn't based on one person," Malthouse told 3AW radio.
Barry Hall responds by saying the Dogs were in a position to contend for a premiership during his time there.
"I reckon they thought they had two years where they were a premiership chance," he said.
"I'm quite comfortable in saying that they're better for me being at the club. Key position is a hard position to play. It just takes time. I certainly didn't get the hang of it until I was 24."
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Western Bulldogs legend and director of football Chris Grant says overlooking long-time friend and former teammate Leon Cameron for the club's senior coaching job was the hardest decision he's ever made.
"To get into the situation where you're not going to give him the job that he's chased, longed for and dreamt about, was the most difficult thing I've ever been a part of," Grant said.
"The hardest 15 minutes of my life was to drive to Leon's place, but I hope he respects us for it and understands that we were trying to do was the best thing for the footy club.
"Clearly, we've made a really good choice. He'll never agree with it, because he was a great candidate. But he'll get his opportunity."
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
The Western Bulldogs have a ready-made replacement for suspended ruckman Will Minson in Jordan Roughead.
"For me, it's about trying to put on weight and learning to carry it," said Roughead, who now weighs 100 kilograms, about 15kgs more than when he was drafted.
"It might take a few more years yet because I still need to get stronger and fitter, but I feel a lot better on the field than I did previously."