Western Bulldogs 2019 – Five Fearless Predictions

What does 2019 hold in store for the Sons of the West?

What will we get from the dogs? We really never seem to know with this team, who one week can be up and about, but more often than not are poor and scrappy. After the might of the 2016 season, the Dogs capitulated and haven’t been the same since. Will we see them bounce back in 2019? Or will it be another disappointing one for the Bulldogs?

Playing List

Senior List:

Matthew Suckling, Toby McLean, Bailey Dale, Lewis Young, Tom Boyd, Will Hayes, Mitch Wallis, Fletcher Roberts, Aaron Naughton, Marcus Bontempelli, Lukas Webb, Bailey Williams, Josh Dunkley, Ed Richards, Caleb Daniel, Bailey Smith, Tom Liberatore, Brad Lynch, Lachie Hunter, Sam Lloyd, Jackson Trengove, Laitham Vandermeer , Dale Morris, Hayden Crozier, Jason Johannisen, Easton Wood, Ben Cavarra, Jackson Macrae, Billy Gowers, Jordon Sweet, Zaine Cordy, Pat Lipinski, Liam Picken, Josh Schache  , Callum Porter, Tim English, Rhylee West, Tory Dickson, Lin Jong, Taylor Duryea, Fergus Greene


Roarke Smith, Buku Khamis, Lachie Young

Ins and Outs

Ins: Taylor Duryea, Sam Lloyd, Bailey Smith, Rhylee West, Laitham Vandermeer, Ben Cavarra, Will Hayes, Lachie Young, Jordon Sweet

Outs: Jordan Roughead, Marcus Adams, Luke Dahlhaus, Tom Campbell, Kieran Collins, Mitch Honeychurch, Nathan Mullenger-McHugh, Clay Smith, Jack Redpath, Shane Biggs

Five Big Points for the 2019 Season

Unknowns to stand up

The Bulldogs are one team that seems to lack some punch. Marcus Bontempelli really is the Dog’s X-factor player and out and out star, with not a lot of help around him. At least one of the Bulldog’s midfield brigade need to step up and join Bontempelli at his level if they want to beat teams through the centre of the ground. Guys like Lachie Hunter, Jackson Macrae and Josh Dunkley look likely candidates to give that role a red-hot crack.

Wood to lead by example

Easton Wood is one of the least appreciated captains in the AFL, very undeservingly so too. Wood not only has a Premiership under his belt, but is also a strong willed and competent leader, with excellent skills and a high level of football intelligence, making him and all-around terrific leader, especially after having to follow Robert ‘Bob’ Murphy, a favourite Son of the West.

Lost middle tier will bite

If you weren’t up to speed with the Dogs over the offseason you could be forgiven, but one thing that is important to note is the amount of really handy players they’ve lost either to other clubs or retirement. This includes, but isn’t limited to, Clay Smith, Jordan Roughead, Luke Dahlhaus, Marcus Adams and Jack Redpath. With losses of guys like these who are consistent contributors, the Dogs will have to find ways to plug a number of holes that weren’t there in 2018.

It will take time to find their best 22

This side will be hard to get a game in. I had a real hard time picking the Best 22 for the season because there are so many players that are at around the same level of skill. The players on the Dog’s list this year won’t just be playing for wins, they’ll be playing for their own spots, as realistically Easton Wood and Marcus Bontempelli are the only men I see as being irreplaceable.

First half of the season will be telling

Before their bye in Round 12 the Bulldogs only leave Victoria twice, granted both times are to Perth, but the Dogs will still need to capitalise on their chances in their home state if they are to push up towards the top eight and some September action. Home games against Gold Coast, Carlton, North Melbourne and Brisbane are must wins for the Bulldogs, they cannot afford to miss out on wins in any of those games this year.


Round Team Venue
Round 1 Sydney Marvel Stadium
Round 2 Hawthorn MCG
Round 3 Gold Coast Marvel Stadium
Round 4 Collingwood MCG
Round 5 Carlton Marvel Stadium
Round 6 Fremantle Optus Oval
Round 7 Richmond Marvel Stadium
Round 8 Brisbane Lions Mars Stadium
Round 9 Geelong GMHBA Stadium
Round 10 North Melbourne Marvel Stadium
Round 11 West Coast Optus Oval
Round 12 Bye
Round 13 Carlton Marvel Stadium
Round 14 Collingwood Marvel Stadium
Round 15 Port Adelaide Adelaide Oval
Round 16 Geelong Marvel Stadium
Round 17 Melbourne Marvel Stadium
Round 18 St Kilda Marvel Stadium
Round 19 Fremantle Marvel Stadium
Round 20 Brisbane Lions The Gabba
Round 21 Essendon Marvel Stadium
Round 22 GWS Giants Sydney Showground Stadium
Round 23 Adelaide Mars Stadium

Best 22

B: Hayden Crozier, Dale Morris, Zane Cordy

HB: Aaron Naughton, Easton Wood, Jason Johannisen

C: Lachie Hunter, Josh Dunkley, Tom Liberatore

HF: Tim English, Tom Boyd, Toby McLean

F: Billy Gowers, Josh Schache, Caleb Daniel

FOL: Jackson Trengove, Jackson Macrae, Marcus Bontempelli

INT: Mitch Wallis, Taylor Duryea, Matthew Suckling, Liam Picken

EMG: Sam Lloyd, Lin Jong, Ed Richards


Best Brownlow Chance: Marcus Bontempelli

All Australian Contenders: Marcus Bontempelli, Toby McLean, Lachie Hunter, Jackson Macrae

Best Coleman Chance: Billy Gowers

Breakout Star: Tim English

Best Rising Star Chance: Aaron Naughton

Predicted Finish

Although there’s a bit to like about the Dog’s list, it seems a bit same old same old again from the Bullies. There’s no real spark here and they’ll need to find something exciting to get back to that 2016 form and glorious run to the Premiership. I can’t seem them climbing too high this year though. I have the Bulldogs sitting between 13th and 15th.

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