The Western Bulldogs will be looking to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they host Gold Coast at MARS Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Macca’s Kick 2 Kick is back for the 2022 AFL season! Fans are encouraged to bring their own footballs to enjoy the Macca’s Kick 2 Kick experience on Saturday, approximately 15 minutes after the final siren. Please wait for stadium instructions before accessing the field.
Western Bulldogs 5th: 15-7 132.8%
Gold Coast 16th: 7-15 76.8%
Gold Coast 11.13 (79) defeated by Western Bulldogs 14.6 (90)
The Bulldogs kept their undefeated interstate streak intact with an 11-point win over the Suns at Metricon Stadium last season. After a slow start which saw the Dogs concede the first three goals of the match, the visitors found their groove after quarter-time. The two sides wrestled throughout the second half, but it was ultimately the Bulldogs’ class and finish which proved the difference in the end. Bailey Smith (33 disposals, seven inside 50s, nine clearances), Jack Macrae (31 disposals, eight clearances) were impactful in the middle, while Alex Keath (10 intercepts, seven marks) stood tall in defence.
THE TALKING POINTS
Celebrating Sir Doug Nicholls Round
Sir Doug Nicholls Round will be held across rounds 10 and 11, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and contributions to the game. As part of the round, the Bulldogs will once again – and for the first time in front of fans - wear the Indigenous guernseys designed by former player Lindsay Gilbee. The match-worn jumpers will be auctioned off following the game, with proceeds of sale going towards the Bulldogs’ Indigenous programs and Indigenous community programming.
Past and current participants from the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation’s Nallei Jerring Indigenous program will also be celebrated, forming part of the pre-match guard of honour and enjoying a lap of honour at quarter-time. For the first time too, the Nallei Jerring program will be launched in Ballarat this July. Registrations are open now – click here for more information.
200 for Treloar
Star midfielder Adam Treloar will notch up his 200th AFL match on Saturday afternoon, having played 79 games at GWS, 94 at Collingwood and 26 thus far at the Bulldogs. The 29-year-old is enjoying a run of form this season, averaging 26.6 disposals, 4.2 marks, 3.9 clearances and has contributed nine goals. He’ll celebrate the milestone by running through the banner with two-year-old daughter Georgie, which he said would be the “proudest moment of his career”.
Back at Ballarat
The Bulldogs will return to their second home, Mars Stadium this weekend. Despite going down to Adelaide by a point in their clash at the venue earlier this season, the Bulldogs’ recent form falls in their favour. The Dogs have won four of their past five games at Mars, and have been triumphant in their last three games against the Suns.