2021 AFL preview: Western Bulldogs team guide

Can the Bulldogs show more bark and break into the AFL’s top 4 in 2021?

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The Bulldogs were central to the off-season's biggest trade story when they picked up Adam Treloar from Collingwood. They also took centre stage during the 2020 draft, landing the promising Jamarra Ugle-Hagan at number 1.

It all points to a bountiful year for the Bulldogs. Their hard-running midfielders had few troubles with Melbourne in their AAMI Community Series match. Former Lion Stefan Martin could also play a critical role as the experienced guide for Tim English.

The top four beckons for the Bulldogs if they can stay fit and injury-free. In a dream draw, they don't leave Victoria until round six when they clash with GWS in Canberra.

How to watch Western Bulldogs AFL matches

Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are all showing AFL games in 2021. We have put together a complete AFL viewing guide for you which breaks down all the details.

Channel 7 uses its main and 7mate channels for games, but only shows between three and five matches per round depending on the region. So for round one in Melbourne, if you want to watch Geelong, the Demons or North Melbourne's clash with Port Adelaide, you need a subscription.


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Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports have every game of the home and away season live and Kayo is the most affordable. A Basic subscription starts from $25 a month for use on two devices. For $35 a month you get a Premium subscription and the option of a third screen.

On top of all the AFL action, you get access to more than 50 sports on Kayo. It also has a 14-day free trial for new users and comes with a number of special features. SplitView, No Spoilers and Interactive Stats are just some of the options.

Watch Western Bulldogs matches overseas

If you are out of Australia during the season, you can still catch all of the AFL action. The Watch AFL app allows you to stream matches with an Internet connection. You can see a guide here on how to stream the 2021 AFL season from overseas.

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When do Western Bulldogs play next?

The Bulldogs' first match of the season is a Friday night blockbuster against Collingwood. The opening bounce is at 7:50pm AEDT on Friday 19 March. The complete AFL draw is here.

Round Date Match Stadium Kick-off How to watch
Round 1 Friday, 19 March Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs MCG, VIC 7:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 2 Sunday, 28 March Western Bulldogs vs West Coast Eagles Marvel Stadium, VIC 3:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 3 Friday, 2 April North Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs Marvel Stadium, VIC 4:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 4 Saturday, 10 April Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions Mars Stadium, VIC 2:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 5 Saturday, 17 April Western Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Suns Marvel Stadium, VIC 4:15 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 6 Friday, 23 April GWS Giants vs Western Bulldogs Manuka Oval, ACT 8:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 8 Saturday, 8 May Western Bulldogs vs Carlton Marvel Stadium, VIC 1:00 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 9 Saturday, 15 May Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs Adelaide Oval, SA 7:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 10 Saturday, 22 May Western Bulldogs vs St Kilda Marvel Stadium, VIC 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 12 Sunday, 6 June Fremantle vs Western Bulldogs Optus Stadium, WA 6:00 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 14 Friday ,18 June Geelong vs Western Bulldogs GMHBA Stadium, VIC 7:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 15 Sunday ,27 June West Coast Eagles v Western Bulldogs Optus Stadium, WA 3:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 17 Sunday ,11 July Western Bulldogs vs Sydney Swans Marvel Stadium, VIC 3:00 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel

Western Bulldogs squad

Player Number Name Position Career Games
4 Marcus Bontempelli Midfield 127
17 Josh Bruce Forward 113
18 Louis Butler Defender, Midfield 0
25 Ben Cavarra Forward 0
12 Zaine Cordy Defender 71
9 Hayden Crozier Defender 108
31 Bailey Dale Forward 50
35 Caleb Daniel Defender 91
29 Tory Dickson Forward 113
5 Josh Dunkley Midfield 66
15 Taylor Duryea Defender 132
44 Timothy English Ruck 29
38 Riley Garcia Midfield 0
43 Ryan Gardner Forward 2
26 Billy Gowers Forward 30
30 Fergus Greene Forward 5
32 Will Hayes Midfield 9
7 Lachlan Hunter Midfield 128
39 Jason Johannisen Defender 126
46 Lin Jong Midfield 61
42 Alex Keath Defender 30
24 Buku Khamis Defender 0
21 Thomas Liberatore Midfield 132
27 Patrick Lipinski Forward, Midfield 32
22 Sam Lloyd Forward 80
36 Bradley Lynch Defender 9
11 Jackson Macrae Midfield 141
16 Toby McLean Forward 79
33 Aaron Naughton Forward 41
28 Callum Porter Midfield 0
20 Ed Richards Forward, Midfield 41
13 Josh Schache Forward 54
6 Bailey Smith Forward, Midfield 23
37 Roarke Smith Forward, Midfield 17
1 Matthew Suckling Defender 171
41 Jordon Sweet Ruck 0
8 Jackson Trengove Defender 185
23 Laitham Vandermeer Forward, Midfield 0
3 Mitchell Wallis Forward, Midfield 133
19 Cody Weightman Forward 0
14 Rhylee West Forward 3
34 Bailey Williams Defender 41
10 Easton Wood Defender 160
40 Lachie Young Defender 6
2 Lewis Young Defender 14

Western Bulldogs history

Since their inception in 1877, the Dogs were traditionally one of the true battlers in VFL/AFL history, with just the lone flag in 1954 to their name. But a lot of that has changed in recent years.

They were the darlings of the AFL world with their march from seventh on the ladder all the way to a stunning victory over the Sydney Swans in the 2016 grand final. Last season they finished in seventh position and were ousted in the first week of the finals by St Kilda.

Image source: Western Bulldogs team website

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