The Western Bulldogs pulled through for a remarkable win over North Melbourne in what was a very spiteful clash on Saturday night, but with that game now behind us, the Dogs look towards another Friday night game, this time against Collingwood. There's a bit of news going on around the kennel this week.
Dunkley A Rising Star
First-year player Josh Dunkley has been rewarded for a consistent month of football by being the round 20 Rising Star nomination, averaging just over 20 disposals and five tackles a game in the past month of footy. Dunkley, who is the son of former Swan Andrew, was selected by the Bulldogs in last years draft at pick 25 after Sydney Swans opted not to match the Dogs bid for the father/son prospect.
The Injury Report
Only one small injury last week that saw Clay Smith sit out for nearly the whole game due to concussion symptoms, after he was tackled by North's Aaron Mullett midway through the first term, but coach Luke Beveridge said post-game that he was a strong chance to retain his spot in the side for Friday night.
Also a strong chance to return for the match against Collingwood is Matt Suckling, who has missed the last couple of games with an ankle complaint. Both men will have to get through training this week if they're to be selected, but the chances are pretty good, whilst another one who is available for selection is Mitch Honeychurch, who had missed the last couple of weeks with a hamstring strain he sustained in the VFL.
The VFL Report
Footscray Bulldogs: 12.9.81
In what was another exciting instalment into the local rivalry between Footscray and Williamstown, it was the 'Scray that hung on to clinch another stunning win, pipping the reigning premiers by four points at Burbank Oval on Sunday afternoon.
The Bulldogs led at every change. Five points at quarter time extended out to a 15-point buffer at half time, before the Williamstown mounted a fightback to eventually take the lead late in the last quarter, before a goal on the run from VFL listed player Andrew Tashevski-Beckwith gave the Dogs back the lead at the death.
With only eight AFL-listed players in the side, it was more of the VFL players that stood up. Captain Jordan Russell was terrific and Mitch Hannan led the 'Scrays with four goals, but out of the AFL-listed players, Jed Adcock was one of their best players on the day, recording 25 disposals, seven tackles and a goal from the midfield, whilst rookie-listed player Brad Lynch was also busy with 25 disposals, five marks and a goal.
On The Chopping Block
With only Matt Suckling a near certainty to come back into the team, it's hard to see anyone get axed, as most of them did their job well. It wouldn't surprise me if they rested Clay Smith just for this week. If they opt to play Smith, then it could be Joel Hamling or Lukas Webb who may have to give away their spot, very harsh considering they were both good on the weekend.
Bulldogs Centre's Inaugural MVP Award
Bulldogs Centre awards two sets of 5-4-3-2-1 votes at the end of every game. These votes are awarded for great performances and efforts and at the end of the season, the player with the most votes will be awarded as Bulldogs Centre's first-ever Most Valuable Player.
Round 20 Votes
9 Votes – Marcus Bontempelli
9 Votes – Matthew Boyd
4 Votes – Dale Morris
3 Votes – Jason Johannisen
2 Votes – Luke Dahlhaus
2 Votes – Easton Wood
1 Vote – Fletcher Roberts
1st: Marcus Bontempelli – 90 Votes
2nd: Lachie Hunter – 83 Votes
3rd: Matthew Boyd – 41 Votes
4th: Luke Dahlhaus – 38 Votes
5th: Jack Macrae – 33 Votes
6th: Koby Stevens – 28 Votes
6th: Caleb Daniel – 28 Votes
8th: Jake Stringer – 27 Votes
9th: Dale Morris – 26 Votes
10th: Jason Johannisen – 25 Votes
11th: Tom Liberatore – 23 Votes
12th: Mitch Wallis – 19 Votes
13th: Matthew Suckling – 18 Votes
14th: Shane Biggs – 17 Votes
15th: Easton Wood – 16 Votes
16th: Marcus Adams – 12 Votes
17th: Liam Picken – 11 Votes
18th: Robert Murphy – 9 Votes
19th: Tom Boyd – 8 Votes
20th: Toby McLean – 6 Votes
21st: Mitch Honeychurch – 3 Votes
21st: Josh Dunkley – 3 Votes
21st: Fletcher Roberts – 3 Votes
23rd: Clay Smith – 2 Votes