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Western Bulldogs

WA's Demi Okely is tackled by Bulldogs Katie Brennan and Lauren Arnell during an exhibition match

Bidding warfare begins in women's league

Australia's most in-demand female footballers have won rare licence: the power to hand-pick the AFL club they want to call home and reject even the most compelling of suitors.

Several dogs barking to get back in

Jason Johannisen injured his hamstring against the Blues.

The Western Bulldogs could be buoyed by the return of star defenders Easton Wood and Jason Johannisen, while three others remain in the mix for senior selection ahead of Saturday night's Blockbuster against Sydney.

Injuries don't worry Dogs, says Boyd

No worries: Matthew Boyd celebrates a goal with Jake Stringer.

Having a stand-alone VFL side means the Western Bulldogs have not fretted about their tough run with injuries this season, says veteran Matthew Boyd.

Dogs won't risk Boyd until ready: Beveridge

Luke Beveridge speaks to his players during the loss to the Cats.

Despite his side kicking just five goals on Saturday night, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says the club won't risk playing Tom Boyd in the seniors until the key forward is ready.

Cats cream the Bulldogs

Bulldog Fletcher Roberts and Geelong's Tom Hawkins tussle at Etihad Stadium.

Geelong does it very efficiently against the Western Bulldogs, taking top spot on the ladder with a thumping 57-point win at Etihad Stadium.

Live: Cats v Dogs

Pivotal: Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats.

Top spot is up for grabs as the Western Bulldogs square off with Geelong at Etihad Stadium.

'The Bont' starting to get that Brownlow look

Running hot: The Bulldogs' Marcus Bontempelli gets a handball away in the match against Brisbane.

Marcus Bontempelli played his debut AFL season against a backdrop of superlatives about his talent and potential. Two years down the track, on the eve of his 50th game, it’s happening again.

Dahlhaus relieved despite injury

Dogged: Luke Dahlhaus on Saturday.

Luke Dahlhaus is upbeat despite the prospect of around a month on the sidelines with a medial ligament issue in his knee, having initially feared his injury was much worse.

Bulldogs pip the Power in a thriller

Bulldogs v Port Adelaide

Truck loads of plaudits have covered the Western Bulldogs in recent years so it is difficult to name new ones for their gripping three-point win over Port Adelaide Oval.

Dogs' Smith stars on return

Clay Smith

Western Bulldogs midfielder Clay Smith was typically best on ground with 36 disposals and five tackles on return from a third anterior cruciate ligament injury in Footscray's seven-point win over Geelong at Whitten Oval on Saturday.

Free to air squeeze on games

Mike Fitzpatrick, Rupert Murdoch and News Corp's Robert Thompson last August.

The AFL's rich new broadcasting deal looks likely to come at a further cost to supporters without Foxtel with the prospect of just three games in half of the home-and-away rounds next season being televised on free-to-air.

Captaincy roulette for Bulldogs

Stand-in skipper: Marcus Bontempelli gets off a handpass.

An "outstanding" performance by Marcus Bontempelli helped steer the Western Bulldogs into the top four with win over West Coast.