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Western Bulldogs

Father Time ... slam dunked

BOB MURPHY 4:41pm I'll never forget the moment when I realised my dad was throwing games of tennis.

Season over early for Bulldogs Mitch Wallis and Clay Smith

The Western Bulldogs have lost two young midfielders for the rest of the AFL season with Mitch Wallis and Clay Smith both needing surgery.

AFL

Western Bulldogs midfield suffers double blow

Mitch Wallis.

The Western Bulldogs have lost two young midfielders for the rest of the AFL season with Mitch Wallis and Clay Smith both needing surgery.

The unusual suspects helping the Western Bulldogs get better

Bob Murphy and Brendan McCartney at a media conference last week.

EMMA QUAYLE Brendan McCartney knew why his Western Bulldogs had lost to Brisbane Lions, but he didn’t want to tell the players where and why they had gone wrong. And as it turned out, he didn’t need to.

Carlisle's eight-goal haul gets Bombers over the line against Bulldogs

Courtenay Dempsey and Jake Carlisle celebrate Essendon's victory.

EMMA QUAYLE An eight-goal Jake Carlisle game helps Essendon come from behind to beat the Western Bulldogs.

Carlisle kicks on as a forward while sparing a thought for the backs

Jake Carlisle greets Essendon fans after the game.

PETER HANLON The debate over where Jake Carlisle best serves his team reached a resounding denouement at Etihad Stadium on Sunday night, but even after another dozen marks and eight goals Essendon's rejuvenated young star couldn't help but think like a backman.

Jake Carlisle to the fore again as Essendon gets past Bulldogs

Lachlan Hunter of the Bulldogs leaps for a mark across Essendon's Michael Hibberd at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

PETER HANLON Western Bulldogs' up-and-comers give Essendon's surge up the ladder a shake.

ACL fears for emerging Western Bulldog Clay Smith

Bulldogs development coach Chris Maple is hopeful Clay Smith has copped a tweak to his knee.

Brent Diamond The Western Bulldogs are hopeful that talented youngster Clay Smith has avoided a second anterior cruciate ligament injury in Footscray’s 53-point thrashing of Essendon at Whitten Oval on Sunday.

Wests Tigers smash Canterbury Bulldogs as Keith Lulia equals four-try record

Up with the best: Keith Lulia scores his first try for the Tigers on Sunday.

MICHAEL CHAMMAS Keith Lulia equalled the club record four tries but it was the stars of generation next who helped the Wests Tigers stun the Bulldogs 46-18 in one of the joint venture's greatest victories on Sunday afternoon.

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After eight years, Bulldog Mark Austin powers on

Mark Austin is one of the AFL's true survivors.

DANIEL CHERNY Carlton acquired three teenagers from South Australia to bolster its playing list ahead of the 2007 season. All three are still on an AFL list.

Western Bulldogs re-sign Bob Murphy

Bulldog Bob Murphy kicks ahead as Demon Jay Kennedy-Harris gives chase in round eight.

DANIEL CHERNY Despite having just experienced a ''changing of the guard'' victory, the Western Bulldogs have ensured that they will maintain at least some veteran presence in 2015.

Changing of the guard among sons of the west?

Bob Murphy.

BOB MURPHY Our club theme song sounded different this week. It sounded louder and came from deeper in our bellies.

AFL

Western Bulldog Nathan Hrovat earns Rising Star nomination

The Western Bulldogs' Nathan Hrovat is the round 17 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.

Match review panel suspends Fremantle's Hayden Ballantyne

Hayden Ballantyne has been offered a one-match ban.

JESSE HOGAN Fremantle's Hayden Ballantyne and Gold Coast's Tom Murphy each offered one-match bans by the match review panel, while Port Adelaide veteran Kane Cornes can escape with a reprimand.

AFL

Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney praises Jackson Macrae for record game

Jackson Macrae celebrates a goal against the Suns.

Roy Ward Brendan McCartney calls Macrae's record day a "brilliant response".

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Jack Macrae heeds Brendan McCartney's advice, digging deep for Bulldogs

Jack Macrae celebrates after kicking a goal.

ANDREW STAFFORD Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney started Jack Macrae as the substitute last week with a very pointed - and public - message for the young star to lift his game. Against the Suns he responded in outstanding style, with 43 possessions and two goals.

Bulldogs deal Gold Coast's finals hopes a blow

Will Minson of the Bulldogs and Zac Smith of the Suns vie for possession.

ANDREW STAFFORD This was a significant win for the Dogs, and it dealt the staggering Suns' September prospects a real blow.

Gary Ablett surgery decision sound, says Suns coach Guy McKenna

Surgery was the right call for Gary Ablett, says Guy McKenna.

ANDREW STAFFORD Gold Coast's decision to rule Gary Ablett out for the rest of the season is a sound one, according to coach Guy McKenna, after the captain had surgery on his injured left shoulder on Thursday.

AFL

McCartney regrets criticism of young Bulldog Macrae as 'probably too honest'

Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney

Daniel Cherny Having declared only three days ago that Jack Macrae was 'letting us down', Brendan McCartney has conceded he 'was probably too honest'.

AFL

Bulldogs big man Tom Williams retires from AFL

Tom Williams.

Injury-plagued Western Bulldogs defender Tom Williams has announced his immediate retirement from the AFL.

Comments

Bulldog Tom Williams retires amidst tears and laughter

Bob Murphy.

BOB MURPHY This week my teammates and I paused for a little while to sit and listen to one of our own tell us that he could go no further

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Cats excited about what lies ahead, with top four spot in sight

Hamish McIntosh of the Cats and Will Minson of the Bulldogs compete in the ruck.

EMMA QUAYLE Chris Scott will not argue with the people who keep telling him his Geelong side is no good, but is optimistic and excited about what lies ahead for the team that kept a top four spot in sight with a tough win over the Western Bulldogs on Sunday, believing the Cats’ best football is still to come.

Geelong grinds out an important win in the wet

Cat and Dog fight:  Geelong skipper Joel Selwood and Bulldog Koby Stevens come to grips.

EMMA QUAYLE It was wet, windy and cold, but Geelong has a habit of not letting the weather conditions change how it goes about things.

AFL

Frustrated Melbourne coach Paul Roos says he doesn't know rules of the game any more

Melbourne coach Paul Roos:

Jason Phelan Melbourne coach Paul Roos is baffled by the umpiring in the AFL this season but makes no excuse for his team's poor start on Sunday against the Western Bulldogs, who eventually prevailed by six points at Etihad Stadium..

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Marcus Bontempelli boots Western Bulldogs to win over Melbourne

Marcus Bontempelli celebrates kicking the match-winner.

Jason Phelan Bulldogs youngster Marcus Bontempelli was the hero as the Western Bulldogs held off a surging Melbourne to claim a stunning six-point win at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Bulldogs no match for Dees in AFL women's match

Tayla Harris flies for a mark.

ALANA SCHETZER The Demons have demolished the Western Bulldogs in the second women’s exhibition match on Sunday.

AFL

Three players facing AFL suspensions

Daniel Giansiracusa.

Western Bulldogs veteran Daniel Giansiracusa has been offered a two-match AFL ban for rough conduct.

Dangerfield ok, Griffen and Maxwell not

Patrick Dangerfield, seen here getting a handball away against Essendon, is expected to be fit to play against Port Adelaide.

MATT MURNANE Adelaide is confident star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield will recover in time for Sunday’s showdown against Port Adelaide, but there is far less optimism surrounding injured Western Bulldogs captain Ryan Griffen, and former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell.

Daniel Giansiracusa may face ban

Daniel Giansiracusa of the Bulldogs wins the ball on the ground during the round 14 match against Port Adelaide.

ASHLEY PORTER Western Bulldogs forward Daniel Giansiracusa was reported for rough conduct against Jared Polec during the disappointing 72-point loss to Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

Jay Schulz stars in Port's AFL win

Jay Schulz kicked eight goals for the Power.

ASHLEY PORTER Jay Schulz kicked a club record-equalling eight goals in Port Adelaide's 72-point AFL belting of the Western Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval.

2014 Home and Away

Round 1
Fri, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
COL 46 vs FRE 116 Report Stats
Sat, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
GWS 99 vs SYD 67 Report Report Stats
GCF 87 vs RIC 69 Report Stats
Sun, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
CAR 87 vs PTA 120 Report Stats
Thu, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
GEE 119 vs ADE 81 Report Stats
Fri, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
NTH 60 vs ESS 99 Report Stats
Sat, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
HAW 139 vs BRI 91 Report Stats
STK 68 vs MEL 51 Report Stats
Sun, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
WCE 134 vs WBU 69 Report Stats
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Round 2
Thu, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
RIC 98 vs CAR 86 Report Stats
Fri, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
ESS 86 vs HAW 90 Report Stats
Sat, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
STK 95 vs GWS 88 Report Stats
PTA 127 vs ADE 73 Report Stats
FRE 87 vs GCF 39 Report Stats
SYD 69 vs COL 89 Report Stats
Sun, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
BRI 68 vs GEE 93 Report Stats
MEL 30 vs WCE 123 Report Stats
WBU 54 vs NTH 83 Report Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
HAW 137 vs FRE 79 Report Stats
Sat, 05 AprTimes shown AEDT
WBU 100 vs RIC 98 Report Stats
ADE 71 vs SYD 134 Report Stats
GCF 114 vs BRI 61 Report Stats
WCE 83 vs STK 58 Report Stats
COL 76 vs GEE 87 Report Stats
Sun, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
GWS 79 vs MEL 47 Report Stats
NTH 97 vs PTA 90 Report Stats
ESS 138 vs CAR 57 Report Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 72 vs COL 110 Report Stats
Sat, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 58 vs MEL 81 Report Stats
PTA 159 vs BRI 46 Report Stats
GWS 83 vs WBU 110 Report Stats
GEE 107 vs WCE 32 Report Stats
GCF 49 vs HAW 148 Report Stats
Sun, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD 48 vs NTH 91 Report Stats
STK 50 vs ADE 136 Report Stats
FRE 113 vs ESS 60 Report Stats
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Round 5
Thu, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 63 vs RIC 106 Report Stats
Sat, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 93 vs NTH 58 Report Stats
SYD 92 vs FRE 75 Report Stats
WCE 56 vs PTA 70 Report Stats
ESS 65 vs STK 81 Report Stats
Sun, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
ADE 137 vs GWS 72 Report Stats
MEL 78 vs GCF 86 Report Stats
WBU 91 vs CAR 119 Report Stats
Mon, 21 AprTimes shown AEST
GEE 106 vs HAW 87 Report Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 83 vs ESS 60 Report Stats
STK 79 vs BRI 82 Report Stats
FRE 61 vs NTH 74 Report Stats
Sat, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
GCF 134 vs GWS 94 Report Stats
CAR 92 vs WCE 89 Report Stats
MEL 38 vs SYD 69 Report Stats
Sun, 27 AprTimes shown AEST
WBU 83 vs ADE 92 Report Stats
RIC 52 vs HAW 118 Report Stats
PTA 107 vs GEE 67 Report Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 70 vs COL 104 Report Stats
Sat, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW 175 vs STK 30 Report Stats
GWS 97 vs PTA 132 Report Stats
ADE 67 vs MEL 70 Report Stats
BRI 44 vs SYD 123 Report Stats
ESS 73 vs WBU 65 Report Stats
Sun, 04 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH 77 vs GCF 120 Report Stats
GEE 81 vs RIC 76 Report Stats
WCE 54 vs FRE 73 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD 107 vs HAW 88 Report Stats
Sat, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
PTA 94 vs FRE 76 Report Stats
BRI 57 vs ESS 65 Report Stats
MEL 83 vs WBU 99 Report Stats
Sun, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
WCE 188 vs GWS 77 Report Stats
Mon, 12 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 69 vs CAR 101 Report Stats
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Round 9
Thu, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE 76 vs COL 55 Report Stats
Fri, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 64 vs SYD 114 Report Stats
Sat, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC 74 vs MEL 91 Report Stats
NTH 125 vs BRI 38 Report Stats
FRE 96 vs GEE 64 Report Stats
Sun, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 87 vs GCF 125 Report Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
GEE 111 vs NTH 91 Report Stats
Sat, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
GWS 41 vs RIC 154 Report Stats
COL 109 vs WCE 101 Report Stats
PTA 100 vs HAW 86 Report Stats
Sun, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
GCF 119 vs WBU 74 Report Stats
CAR 81 vs ADE 76 Report Stats
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Round 11
Thu, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD 148 vs GEE 38 Report Stats
Fri, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 54 vs COL 140 Report Stats
Sat, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL 75 vs PTA 95 Report Stats
BRI 98 vs CAR 91 Report Stats
ESS 104 vs RIC 54 Report Stats
Sun, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE 109 vs GCF 77 Report Stats
WBU 51 vs FRE 89 Report Stats
HAW 94 vs GWS 87 Report Stats
WCE 44 vs NTH 82 Report Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 107 vs CAR 102 Report Stats
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW 123 vs WCE 79 Report Stats
PTA 129 vs STK 59 Report Stats
WBU 87 vs BRI 95 Report Stats
GWS 66 vs ESS 81 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
GCF 74 vs SYD 109 Report Stats
FRE 90 vs ADE 50 Report Stats
NTH 116 vs RIC 88 Report Stats
Mon, 09 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL 28 vs COL 61 Report Stats
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Round 13
Fri, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 90 vs HAW 118 Report Stats
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC 85 vs FRE 105 Report Stats
SYD 98 vs PTA 94 Report Stats
WCE 103 vs GCF 100 Report Stats
BRI 80 vs GWS 125 Report Stats
ADE 109 vs NTH 73 Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 133 vs STK 37 Report Stats
COL 98 vs WBU 106 Report Stats
ESS 77 vs MEL 78 Report Stats
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Round 14
Fri, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC 51 vs SYD 62 Report Stats
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA 128 vs WBU 56 Report Stats
HAW 115 vs COL 86 Report Stats
GCF 118 vs GEE 78 Report Stats
FRE 105 vs BRI 22 Report Stats
ESS 101 vs ADE 92 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
GWS 100 vs CAR 92 Report Stats
STK 70 vs WCE 103 Report Stats
MEL 66 vs NTH 107 Report Stats
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Round 15
Fri, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 89 vs ESS 80 Report Stats
Sat, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW 116 vs GCF 63 Report Stats
STK 73 vs RIC 117 Report Stats
FRE 88 vs WCE 81 Report Stats
SYD 106 vs GWS 60 Stats
BRI 70 vs NTH 66 Report Stats
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
WBU 91 vs MEL 85 Report Stats
ADE 99 vs PTA 76 Report Stats
COL 91 vs CAR 76 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
NTH 108 vs HAW 88 Report Stats
Sat, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 79 vs BRI 54 Report Stats
GWS 72 vs ADE 140 Report Stats
GCF 80 vs COL 75 Report Stats
MEL 34 vs FRE 97 Report Stats
PTA 60 vs ESS 62 Report Stats
Sun, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR 151 vs STK 66 Report Stats
WCE 51 vs SYD 79 Report Stats
GEE 69 vs WBU 56 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ADE 92 vs HAW 104 Report Stats
Sat, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL 36 vs GEE 102 Report Stats
NTH 92 vs STK 33 Report Stats
WBU 94 vs GCF 66 Report Stats
BRI 64 vs WCE 76 Report Stats
SYD 122 vs CAR 51 Report Stats
Sun, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 126 vs PTA 106 Report Stats
ESS 103 vs COL 39 Report Stats
FRE 136 vs GWS 60 Report Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR 109 vs NTH 86 Report Stats
Sat, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
STK 118 vs FRE 60 Report Stats
GWS 87 vs GEE 94 Report Stats
Sun, 20 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA 72 vs MEL 69 Report Stats
WBU 94 vs ESS 101 Report Stats
Fri, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
WCE vs RIC 20:40PS
Sat, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
BRI vs GCF 16:40G
HAW vs SYD 19:40MCG
Sun, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
COL vs ADE 16:40MCG
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Round 19
Thu, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
FRE vs CAR 20:10PS
Fri, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD vs ESS 19:50SCG
Sat, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE vs WCE 13:40Adelaide Oval
RIC vs GWS 16:40MCG
GCF vs STK 19:40MS
NTH vs GEE 19:40ES
Sun, 03 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL vs BRI 13:10ES
HAW vs WBU 15:20AS
COL vs PTA 16:40MCG
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Round 20
Fri, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC vs ESS 19:50MCG
Sat, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS vs NTH 13:45SO
CAR vs GCF 14:10ES
HAW vs MEL 16:40MCG
PTA vs SYD 19:40Adelaide Oval
GEE vs FRE 19:40SS
Sun, 10 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI vs ADE 13:10G
STK vs WBU 15:20ES
WCE vs COL 16:40PS
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Round 21
Fri, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
CAR vs GEE 19:50ES
Sat, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD vs STK 13:45SCG
GCF vs PTA 14:10MS
ESS vs WCE 16:40ES
COL vs BRI 19:40MCG
ADE vs RIC 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH vs WBU 13:10ES
MEL vs GWS 15:20MCG
FRE vs HAW 16:40PS
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Round 22
Fri, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA vs CAR 19:50Adelaide Oval
Sat, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH vs ADE 13:45BA
ESS vs GCF 14:10ES
GWS vs COL 16:40Spotless Stadium
WCE vs MEL 19:40PS
HAW vs GEE 19:40MCG
Sun, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI vs FRE 13:10G
WBU vs SYD 15:20ES
RIC vs STK 16:40MCG
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Round 23
Fri, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD vs RIC 00:00ANZ
NTH vs MEL 00:00ES
WBU vs GWS 00:00ES
CAR vs ESS 00:00MCG
COL vs HAW 00:00MCG
GCF vs WCE 00:00MS
GEE vs BRI 00:00SS
ADE vs STK 00:30Adelaide Oval
FRE vs PTA 02:00PS
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AFL Home and Away
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Sydney Swans 16 13 3 0 143.51 52
Geelong Cats 17 13 4 0 112.12 52
Hawthorn 16 12 4 0 139.92 48
Fremantle 17 12 5 0 133.16 48
Port Adelaide 17 12 5 0 132.36 48
North Melbourne 17 10 7 0 112.49 40
Essendon 17 10 7 0 109.83 40
Collingwood 16 9 7 0 106.61 36
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