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Reminiscing 2016 AFL Western Bulldogs Achievement

Updated on January 23, 2020
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Can you still remember the Western Bulldogs’ towering wave of strength and power that led them towards a groundbreaking premiership against Sydney?

With injuries threatening to derail the teams’ season and robbing them of a genuine tilt at a flag, no one would ever think that they would be able to come through with flying colors.

It was like a dream that swept and carried everyone in a tidal wave of emotion and goodwill. At last, Western Bulldogs finally bagged their premiership in Australian Football League after 62 years.

Stumbling Blocks in the Course

Like any other sport, no player is safe from accidents and injuries when playing football. Mitch Wallis, one of the key ingredients in the Bulldogs midfield along with the skipper Robert Murphy and forward Jack Redpath suffered season-ending injuries.

On the other hand, Luke Dahlhaus, Jason Johannisen, Tom Liberatore, Jack Macrae, and Easton Wood missed significant chunks. These incidents threatened to expose the inexperienced depth of the Bulldogs over the duration of the season.

Fans have watched Western Bulldogs through interminable dreary seasons, such as winning only just one game and being the butt of jokes and ridicule. They have gone through tough times, ratting tins, knocking on doors, and digging deep just to keep the team out on the field.

Rainbow after the Storm

It may be regarded as certain that the Bulldogs peaked at the right time. It took them 60 years to win a premiership, and the years of waiting are all worth it. Most of the players enjoyed season-best form during a dream finals series.

There were unanticipated injuries, but the next wave stood firm when called upon, as the head coach, Luke Beveridge, abided by the motto:

“One soldier down, another comes in.”

Two years into Luke’s tenure, he was voted twice as the coach of the year. Because of what he has been able to build in such a short amount of time, Luke Beveridge has won the hearts of many admirers and has a youthful list as his disposal capable of becoming a powerhouse of the competition.

That season, the Western Bulldogs used 39 players on their list. Many in the football world were polarised during the pre-finals, but it couldn’t have come at a better time for them. The Bulldogs were able to recall Tom Liberatore, Easton Wood, Jack Macrae, and Jordan Roughead from injury, with extra week crucial to the recovery of the quartet.

From Jason Johannisen, Easton Wood, and Liam Picken to Marcus Bontempelli and Joel Hamling, everybody in the team was outstanding, overshadowing the more experienced opponent to claim the historic flag. They claimed all the spoils of a fairytale story with their second-ever premiership.



Championship Aftermath

After winning their second premiership, thousands of fans of the Western Bulldogs flocked to the club’s Whitten Oval headquarters to help the team keep the celebrations going. After standing by the Bulldogs through many dark years, they have finally seen their favorite superstars waving the flag after 62 long years. Fans couldn’t be more ecstatic.

The widespread support from all AFL fans for the Western Bulldogs during the finals was a big win for the league’s competitive balance.

For die-hard fans, the club has become their life. Some fans passed on their love for Bulldogs to generations and generations.

Some exclaimed that they had so many good players, it’s just that they haven’t had them all together in one team. But in 2016, they have come good (really good).

Western Bulldogs Memorabilia

Following the victory of Western Bulldogs, AFL sports memorabilia flooded all-over Australia, including AFL premiership superframe memorabilia, lithographs, AFL premiers destiny sportsprint, and dog nation signed and framed sportsprint.

Enthusiastic fans sought after Western Bulldogs memorabilia with a direct connection to their favorite Bulldog star or to the team itself. For them, collecting sports memorabilia is the best way to keep the memories of that huge premiership.

Some might look at their limited edition sports memorabilia as a childhood memory that they carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Memorabilia are more than just status symbols or display. These collections are ultimate proof of their undying love for our Bulldogs.


It’s Not Too Late to Start a Bulldogs Collection!

We all know that collectables speak loudly of great moments in the history of Western Bulldogs. And you will only preserve a piece of history if you secure yourselves some memorabilia. Well, it’s never too late to gather and make a collection.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jessa Nova Camacho

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