Western Bulldogs

Murphy plagued by new groin issue

Daniel Cherny 3:23 PM   Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has flagged concerns about the availability of the club's captain Bob Murphy for the start of the club's finals campaign next week.

Murphy tells his young Dogs they've earned their place

Bob Murphy tells his young teammates: "You're ready."

Peter Hanlon   The Western Bulldogs are on the cusp of something few saw coming, but the message captain Bob Murphy will give his young teammates is they are ready and good enough to play finals.

Cross to retire just shy of 250 AFL matches

Retiring Demon Daniel Cross.

Veteran Daniel Cross has opted to retire after Melbourne decided not to offer the 249-game player a new contract.

Was this a sign the Bulldogs will win the flag?

Inspirational? Luke Beveridge had a moment with his team and the premiership cup.

Matt Murnane   Coach Luke Beveridge took a chance encounter with the AFL premiership cup last week as a potential sign that greatness was somewhere in his team's future.

Results say bottom half of eight have runs on board

Better believe it: Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker could very well lead his team to a flag this season.

Rohan Connolly   This looks like the season when a team could really win the premiership from the bottom half of the eight. And that's not just observation, the numbers back it up.

Brad Scott blames defeat on midfielders

Liam Picken of the Bulldogs and Sam Gibson of the Kangaroos wrestle for possession.

Larissa Nicholson   North Melbourne's midfielders were flat in their loss to the Western Bulldogs on Saturday evening, coach Brad Scott said.

Bulldogs find their feet when it matters

Jackson Macrae of the Bulldogs handballs away from Brent Harvey (left) and Shaun Atley of the Kangaroos.

Peter Hanlon   After three listless quarters, the game opened up and the Bulldogs triumphed in a battle between foes who may meet again soon.

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Daniel Cherny   It's the standout match of round 22. Sixth versus seventh on the ladder. They might meet again in week one of the AFL finals.

Minson at Dogs for 'long-term', says Beveridge

Will Minson has been in and out of the Dogs side this year.

Daniel Cherny and Samantha Lane   The future of 2013 All-Australian ruckman Will Minson remains "secure" at the Whitten Oval despite the veteran again being overlooked at Western Bulldogs selection, according to Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge.

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Crows untroubled by 'drop' in membership

Unfazed: Adelaide Crows chief executive Andrew Fagan.

Larissa Nicholson   Adelaide's membership tally dropped by 2.5 per cent this year – but if you want to sign up, join the queue.

Bulldogs must rebound quickly after Eagles loss

The Bulldogs must bounce back quickly.

Brad Elborough   The Western Bulldogs need to rebound quickly from their 77-point loss to West Coast on Sunday to remain any chance of finishing in the top four.

AFL 2015: Maybe it really is anyone's flag

Threatening: The Kangaroos celebrate their victory over the top-placed Dockers on Sunday.

Rohan Connolly   Never has the rule of thumb about how finals series are played out looked shakier than right now.

West Coast zero in on top-two spot

Nic Naitanui of the Eagles celebrates a goal against the Western Bulldogs and acknowledges his mother who recently passed away.

Brad Elborough   West Coast have given themselves a sniff at claiming the minor premiership after running away to 77-point win over a plucky Western Bulldogs at Domain Stadium on Sunday.

Question marks over Naitanui's fitness

Nic Naitanui's preparation for the game against the Bulldogs has been severely interrupted.

Brad Elborough   West Coast coach Adam Simpson is not quite sure what physical or mental state Nic Naitanui will be in on Sunday when the Eagles clash with the Western Bulldogs at Domain Stadium.

Dogged 'Macca' should take a bow

Former Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney.

Gareth Andrews   Brendan McCartney must be sitting back and wondering what happened. 

Clash of two football philosophies one to savour

Even the young Bulldogs, the skinny kids, play to the utterly audacious plan Luke Beveridge (above) brought to the club less than a year ago.

Martin Flanagan   Two philosophies of the game were on display last weekend.

Bulldogs face their first test for a long time

Bulldogs captain Robert Murphy takes a mark during a training session at Whitten Oval on Thursday.

Garry Lyon   The Western Bulldogs are the best story of the year, for me.

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Earning back respect must be Essendon's first goal

Siren sounds: James Hird on Tuesday.

Matthew Lloyd   The day when a new $2.5 billion broadcast deal wasn't the main story.

Dahlhaus no longer a baby Bulldog

Western Bulldogs footballer Luke Dahlhaus.

Emma Quayle   Once upon a time, Luke Dahlhaus was the young Western Bulldog. He was energetic, enthusiastic and he kicked clever goals, though he has another theory on why he so quickly became a favourite.

Bulldogs Matthew Boyd and Liam Picken miss, Roarke Smith to debut

New pup: Roarke Smith is set to debut for the Western Bulldogs

Larissa Nicholson   Matthew Boyd and Liam Picken will not play when the Western Bulldogs team take on West Coast on Sunday.