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Where does the Dogs’ list rank?

December 1, 2017 3:09 PM

AFL 2017 Round 19 - Western Bulldogs v Essendon

Western Bulldogs will go into the 2018 season with the fifth youngest list in the competition. (Photo: AFL Media)

The Western Bulldogs will go into the 2018 season with the fifth youngest list in the competition it’s been revealed after final playing lists were finalised this week.

With veterans Robert Murphy, Matthew Boyd and Travis Cloke retiring, the Dogs average age in Round 1 will be 23.72, with only St.Kilda (23.55), North Melbourne (23.42), Brisbane (23.28) and Gold Coast younger.

And when the Dogs run out to face the Giants in Canberra in Round 1 next season, the average number of games played will be just 56, with only three teams boasting a lower number.

This despite only seven teams having a list that has played more finals.

The Dogs do, however, boast the competition’s third-oldest player in evergreen defender Dale Morris.  The former Rookie will be 35 in December and is set to break through the 250 game barrier next season, the 12th Bulldog in history to do so.

Summary of 2018 AFL club lists

 CLUB AVERAGE AGE (YEARS, DAYS) AVERAGE GAMES FINALS 100+ GAMES YET TO DEBUT FROM OTHER AFL CLUBS
ADEL Adelaide 24 192 68 165 14 13  10
BL Brisbane Lions 23 128 54 65  11 12
CARL Carlton 23 244 56 56 7 8 19
COLL Collingwood 24 98 68 116 13 10 12
ESS Essendon 23 355 58 63 9 9 11
FRE Fremantle 23 292 63 144 13 12 8
GEEL Geelong 24 95 65 209 13  12 10
GCFC Gold Coast  23 22 60 31 7 9 10
GWS Greater Western Sydney 24 16 64 143 10 11 11
HAW Hawthorn 24 179 74 265 17 9 11
MELB Melbourne 23 335 57 44 8 9 12
NMFC North Melbourne 23 117  52 107 10 11 9
PORT Port Adelaide 24 50 73 109 17 10 13
RICH Richmond 23 255 62 114 11  8 8
STK St Kilda 23 201 53 32 10 10  13
SYD Sydney  23 343  66 303 11 12 4
WCE West Coast 23 282 64 169 15 16 8
WB Western Bulldogs 23 259 56 129 9 7 6
AVERAGE 23 338 62 126 11 10 10