Western Bulldogs

Bulldogs pick up pace as excitement builds

New Dog Tom Boyd at the training track at Whitten Oval.

Jon Pierik   As Bob Murphy succinctly reminded us, it is that time of year when "fool's gold" is freely available. No team has lost, everyone is "flying on the track" and optimism – whether that be of premiership or finals aspirations, emerging as a solid team or simply jumping from the bottom of the ladder – is palpable.

Bombers focus on fitness as court cases swirl

Water torture: Jobe Watson (centre) and Brendan Goddard (left) lead the Bombers to dry land.

Jon Pierik   As ongoing court dramas leave Essendon's players facing an uncertain start to the season, the Bombers on Saturday continued to concentrate on the only thing they can - improving their fitness.

Garlick gone but Gordon declares Bulldogs can be a 'real power'

Upbeat: Bulldogs chairman Peter Gordon.

Jon Pierik   The sudden departure of Western Bulldogs chief executive Simon Garlick came after a management review late in 2014 and with the club on its way to becoming what president Peter Gordon has declared will be a "real power".

Bulldogs part ways with Garlick

Simon Garlick.

Jon Pierik   Western Bulldogs chief executive Simon Garlick has resigned, ending his four-year term with the club.

Son of a gun joins Bulldogs' leadership group

Bulldogs young gun Tom Liberatore.

Jon Pierik   Tom Liberatore's growing maturity on and off the field has culminated in the elevation of the tough midfielder into the Western Bulldogs' leadership group.

Cats to remain in premiership mix, data suggests

Jackson Thurlow.

Jon Pierik   While there have been predictions of doom for Geelong, official analysis of the Cats' list suggests they should remain firmly in the premiership mix this season.

Can your team's AFL veterans keep on kicking?

Dustin Fletcher (right), preparing for a remarkable 23rd season, is still seen as a vital piece in defence, while the clever Jason Winderlich (left) had a strong 2014 and made the right call to play on.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane   As the pre-season summer slog resumes and the intensity of training rises, many of the game's elder statesmen may be beginning to wonder whether this is their last campaign - either through receiving the dreaded post-season nudge from their coaches, or through their own volition.

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Bulldogs recruit Boyd injured during training

Injured: Tom Boyd.

Matt Murnane   Star Western Bulldogs recruit Tom Boyd has dislocated his finger in a training mishap.

Chris Maple heads up development at Bulldogs

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Timna Jacks   The coaching structure at the Western Bulldogs is starting to take shape, as the club announces a slew of new appointments, including  former VFL development manager Chris Maple as head of development at the club. 

Hrovat gets Giansiracusa's old number and hopes it's a lucky 13

Daniel Giansiracusa passes on his number 13 jumper to Nathan Hrovat.

Daniel Cherny   It was during a cab ride home on Mad Monday of all places that Nathan Hrovat told Daniel Giansiracusa he wouldn’t mind moving from jumper number 24.

An opportunity too good to pass up, says Boyd

Western Bulldogs new recruit Tom Boyd.

Emma Quayle   New Western Bulldog reflects on his road to the Western Bulldogs, and what he wants to do for his new team.

Bulldogs launched last-ditch bid to keep Tutt

Jason Tutt.

David Polkinghorne   Jason Tutt already had the Blues when the Western Bulldogs made a final play for the Canberra product.

Number is right for new Bulldog Boyd

Favourite number: Tom Boyd sports the No. 17.

Emma Quayle   Tom Boyd had no idea when he left on an Indonesian surf trip in October that he would be a Western Bulldog before his holiday was over. Nor had he ever contemplated the thought of Adam Cooney wearing anything but blue, red and white.

Dogs youngster happy to step out of uncles' shadow

New Western Bulldogs draftees (left to right): Lukas Webb, Zaine Cordy, Bailey Dale, Toby McLean, Caleb Daniel and Declan Hamilton at Whitten Oval on Tuesday.

Matt Murnane   Few draftees forced to travel to interstate to start their AFL careers complain, but even fewer consider it to be better than staying at home.

Murphy quick to play down Boyd expectations

Robert Murphy

Jon Pierik   While the Western Bulldogs ultimately hope Tom Boyd will be their power forward panacea, new skipper Bob Murphy has moved to ensure expectations, at least for the time being, remain reserved.

Murphy felt 'compelled' to be new top Dog

Robert Murphy leads his team onto the field for his 250th game against the West Coast Eagles in March 2014.

Jon Pierik   Bob Murphy says he felt "compelled" to accept the Western Bulldogs captaincy.

Robert Murphy to lead Western Bulldogs

Robert Murphy leads his team onto the field for his 250th game against the West Coast Eagles in March 2014.

Peter Hanlon   Bob Murphy will enter his 16th season as a Western Bulldog with the captaincy of a club he has served with great distinction and loyalty.

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Bulldogs players break ranks in ASADA case

Bulldog Stewart Crameri gets stuck into pre-season training.

Jon Pierik   A stunning split has emerged among the ranks of the 34 former and current Essendon players charged with being administered a banned peptide.

New Bulldogs coach Beveridge starts with search for a skipper

Former Hawks assistant coach and new Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge.

Rohan Connolly   The Western Bulldogs finally have a coach for 2015. And one of Luke Beveridge’s first tasks in his new job will be to appoint a new captain.

Beveridge the new Bulldogs coach

Luke Beveridge

Jon Pierik   New Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says it is with a sense of nostalgia that he has returned to the Whitten Oval.