The Western Bulldogs will keep believing that a finals spot is in reach, despite back-to-back AFLW losses.

The Dogs face a season-defining clash with Fremantle on the road next week, in a bid to keep their 2019 campaign alive.

Amid the disappointment of the 32-point defeat at the hands of Brisbane, coach Paul Groves urged his players to keep the faith.

“That was the message to the girls after the game.  We want nothing more than the girls to achieve and have success,” Groves told the media post-game.

“Can we still make it?  Of course we can.  We probably can’t have any many more slip-ups.


“We look to have a pretty clean bill of health for next week, which is pretty exciting.  We’ll review it, and go to work.”

Groves said the Bulldogs were on the back foot after squandering their opportunities while kicking with the breeze in the first quarter.

“We managed to lock it in there for the first five minutes, but when you don’t score, especially here, we know it well that you have to take your opportunities,” he said.


“Then they were able to get out through the middle from the far side in the first quarter a couple of times, and took their chances.

“They’re quick.  They’ve got some really fast players that are good footballers.

“But I can’t question the effort of the girls, and their want.”