AFL 2019 – Beveridge and his Dogs in the Doghouse again…
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Our third team we analyse for the AFL tips and betting in the AFL 2019 season is the Western Bulldogs.
2016 seems like two lifetimes ago for the Dogs and the fairytale AFL 2016 season has turned to a nightmare in the subsequent two years missing the finals and there seems no respite in sight.
Yes injuries were some excuse for AFL 2018
Luke Beveridge and what he was able to do with an injury riddled side in 2016 to take them to the ultimate glory was one of the great AFL/VFL achievements but as they say its one thing to get to the top and its another to stay there. They have fallen off a cliff badly and a lot of it seems to be the attitude of senior players with some key stars departing and others falling so foul of leadership groups/coaching staff that they failed to come into consideration for selection.
There is no question the Dogs will be looking for a better run with injuries than they had in 2018 as they used 38 players and lost 8 regular top 22 players to season ending injuries so a bit of luck in this department will go some way to an improved performance.
One of the feel good stories of the off season was the father son recruitment of Rhylee West the son of 7 time B&F winner Scott West whilst he wont come in and dominate he may give fans something to get excited about for the year.
Coach and Player disconnect at the Dogs
To us there seems to be some cultural issues festering at the Dogs that was ignited on the back of the premiership. It seems there is a big disconnect between a few senior players and the senior coach and it saw Jake Stringer move on last year and Luke Daulhaus this year. It also saw premiership players Mitch Wallis, Jordan Roughhead, Shane Biggs, Caleb Daniel and Fletcher Roberts left out of the team more often than they would like.
The success or otherwise in AFL 2019 depends on how the playing and coaching groups can unite to one common goal with true belief they are on the right path. This is a very delicate job for Beveridge and may even surpass his coaching effort of 2016 if he can push the Dogs back into the finals.
The forward line is another big concern for the Bulldogs as they simply couldn’t kick scores last year and from what we can see the offseason recruiting hasn’t done a lot to address this issue.
We see it being another lean year for the boys from the west. Champion Data have the Bulldogs ranked the fourth worst side in the comp and we tend to agree and it is hard to find where the upside will come from on a consistent basis. A better run with injuries would be a plus but the elephant in the room is for the players to be onside with the coach again and this isn’t a one year fix if at all.
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