Western Bulldogs senior coach Luke Beveridge is proud of how resilient his team has been this season, particularly when faced with travel and extended periods away.
The Bulldogs have won six of their seven games outside of Victoria this year – including Sunday’s elimination final triumph over Essendon in Launceston.
Beveridge said the group will continue to channel that resilience when they face Brisbane in their semi-final at the Gabba on Saturday night.
“When you go away – and this year we’ve (learnt) that your lead-up is compromised as far as your accommodation and your freedoms – but you can turn that into a real positive,” Beveridge told media via Zoom on Thursday morning.
“You can play the victim card or the victor card, and I think we’ve been able to stay positive and galvanise a little bit on the road.
“This is another opportunity – that resilience that I speak about, we’re not going to put that card back in the pack.
“It has been a strong part of our suit - we hope that there’s another couple on-the-road challenges ahead if we can get another win.”
Beveridge confirmed the decision to play the semi-final at night - rather than early afternoon as was being discussed – was one his group was more than happy with.
“We had a bit to do with that (decision) as well – when you consider we’re coming off a six-day break as well, a little bit of extra time probably suits us also,” Beveridge said.
“There’s arguments either way whether you’d play midday or later on – it’s pretty warm up in Brisbane at the moment, and we haven’t experienced too much heat in the climates we’ve been exposed to in recent times.
“It makes sense for us to be playing at night.”
The Bulldogs will release their team of 22 and four emergencies tonight at 6.20pm.