Ins: Stewart Crameri from Essendon, Sam Darley from GWS.
Outs: Daniel Cross to Melbourne.
2013 Record – 15th on ladder – 32 points – 8 wins, 14 losses.
Stat Rankings –
Positive: 1st in handballs, 4th in tackles, 5th in hitouts.
Negative: 17th in marks, 15th in kicks, 13th in points scored.
The Bulldogs finished 2013 strongly winning 3 of their last 4 matches including a 28 point win over Carlton in round 20 and a 17 point victory over Adelaide the following week.
Bulldogs supporters will be hoping that their star trio of Matthew Boyd, Ryan Griffen and all – Australian ruckman Will Minson can stay fit through the season.
I’ll be hoping my Doggies ‘man crush’ Luke Dahlhaus improves in this his 4th AFL season which would see him get more TV air time. Who can resist those flowing dreadlocks powering through the 50 metre line? OK, just me then…
The draw has been kind with 8 of their 23 matches against last season’s finalists. They will, however, still start as underdog in the majority of their matches.
If they can get off to a good start – they play West Coast, North Melbourne and Richmond in their first 3 matches – then they could build on that and surprise a few people in 2014.
Brendan McCartney has this team really playing for him and with a favourable draw they could really be challenging for the 8 come the end of August. They are $4 to make the 8 with SPORTINGBET or CENTREBET