Western Bulldogs

New-look Dogs, by design and necessity

Michael Gleeson   They lost their captain, they lost a Brownlow medallist and now they have lost their best and fairest player.

Knee injuries spark knee-jerk responses

Tom Liberatore is one of a handful of pre-season casualties.

Rohan Connolly   A painful pun perhaps, but it sure hasn't taken long for the knee-jerk reactions to start after a couple of serious injuries on the first weekend of the NAB Challenge.

Young Dog hospitalised after collision

Nathan Hrovat.

Michael Gleeson and Daniel Cherny   Young midfielder Nathan Hrovat spent Saturday night in hospital with breathing difficulties after breaking a rib in the Dogs' opening NAB Challenge game.

Redpath buoyed by prospect of Boyd tandem

Bulldog Jack Redpath in action against Richmond Tigers at Whitten Oval on Saturday.

Daniel Cherny   Jack Redpath looms as an early favourite to join Tom Boyd in the Bulldogs forward line come round one.

Massive blow for Libba as scans confirm ACL tear

Tom Liberatore is helped off the ground by trainers.

Matt Murnane   The career of Tom Liberatore, and the Western Bulldogs' hopes of a resurgence this season, have suffered a major setback after scans confirmed the rising star has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

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Members forced to wait at Whitten Oval

Whitten Oval queue

Daniel Cherny   The decision to take AFL football back to the Whitten Oval produced a tremendous atmosphere, but the demand for February football led to disappointment for fans who turned up to the Western Bulldogs-Richmond game on Saturday afternoon without a ticket.

Libba hurts knee as Dogs edge past Tigers

Hot Dog: Tom Boyd played a solid game at the Dogs’ traditional home ground.

Daniel Cherny   A left knee injury to one noteworthy Bulldog Tom overshadowed the debut of another Tom in the tricolours at the Whitten Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Liberatore likely to be out for the season

Tom Liberatore hobbles off after injuring his knee on Saturday.

Daniel Cherny   One reigning club best and fairest has already had his season ended, and another faces the same grim news.

New-look Bulldogs ready to get off the leash

New Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge.

Jon Pierik   The new-look Western Bulldogs will go on show for the first time in Saturday's NAB Challenge opener against Richmond, with players young and old revitalised by rookie coach Luke Beveridge.

Western Bulldogs forward Tom Boyd trims down to improve mobility

Tom Boyd can expect to spend time in the ruck

Daniel Cherny   There’s not a lot small about Tom Boyd: be that his stature, the hype surrounding him, or his pay packet.

Academies must benefit all clubs, say Bulldogs

Peter Gordon.

Jon Pierik   Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has backed the AFL's ratings plan for father-son and academy players, but declared academies must benefit the sport as a whole.

Stringer 'important' to Bulldogs' plans

Jake Stringer

Jon Pierik   While the public focus on the Western Bulldogs' forward line has largely been on Tom Boyd through the off-season, there is another marking target the Dogs hope can create trouble.

Beveridge ready to forge his own new chapter

Luke Beveridge as coach.

Jon Pierik   When he is not consumed by the day-to-day dealings of coaching, or spending time with his wife Dana and two children, Luke Beveridge likes to pick up a book.

Dogs coach looks to buzzing 'mosquito fleet'

Tom Boyd can expect to spend time in the ruck

Jon Pierik   Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has backed his "mosquito fleet" to lead a Dogs uprising this season, and has revealed Tom Boyd can expect to spend time in the ruck to help ease the expected focus on the high-priced recruit.

Finals a realistic aim for Bulldogs, says Libba

Tom Liberatore says the Bulldogs have good reason to believe they can build on the seven wins of last season.

Jon Pierik   Emerging Western Bulldogs leader Tom Liberatore has revealed matching opponents in pressure acts is a "non-negotiable" for the Dogs this year and says returning to the finals for the first time in five years is a realistic aim.

Why Ryan Griffen left the Bulldogs

All smiles: Ryan Griffen at Greater Western Sydney.

Jake Niall   Ryan Griffen was unhappy in his final year with the Western Bulldogs. He had lost the enjoyment of ‘‘all parts’’ of playing football.

Libba takes a caring and sharing approach

Tom Liberatore trains with team members at Whitten Oval.

Jon Pierik   It takes a special mindset to crash and bash into some of the league's toughest warriors on a weekly basis, but Tom Liberatore offers a simple explanation for his determination.

Crameri likely to sit out pre-season matches, say Bulldogs

Stewart Crameri.

Jon Pierik   Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says the club has worked diligently to ensure Stewart Crameri's "emotional and physical well-being" has remained strong amid the stress of dealing with the Essendon supplements saga.

Bulldogs consider shelving Crameri

No regrets: Stewart Crameri is glad he moved on.

Jake Niall   The Western Bulldogs are seriously considering removing Stewart Crameri from the NAB Challenge to avoid losing the opportunity of an undisputed backdated penalty.

Northern exposure: locals cold on stadium makeover

No-one doubts North Ballarat is a successful club but many question it as the sight for AFL games.

Paul Daffey   It was a bolt from the blue, or red as the case may be, when Labor's putative premier Daniel Andrews and Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon made a joint announcement at Ballarat's Eureka Stadium before the election in November.