Key defender Lauren Spark is hoping to see the Bulldogs faithful fill the stands at VU Whitten Oval once again, when they meet Carlton in their annual Pride Game on Saturday afternoon.
While Friday night’s Hampson-Hardeman Cup match against Melbourne didn’t go to plan, Spark said the group won’t let it dampen their spirits ahead of another huge clash.
“It was our first loss as a team, but we’re not going to sit on it and we’re not going to dwell on it,” Spark said following the 20-point defeat.
“We probably came out a little too slow at the start – we came home strong, but that start probably let us down.
“(Melbourne) is a great team and always have been – it was always going to be tough, and unfortunately this time they just got on top of us.”
Despite the loss, Spark thanked the club’s members and fans for braving the wet and windy conditions to show their support.
“I’m a bit biased, but I believe (VU Whitten Oval) is the best ground for women’s football, and the fans prove that week in and week out.
“I hope (our supporters) come back next week – and to all our home games this season – and we’ll put on a show.
“The ponchos looked great too!”
The AFLW Bulldogs will look to bounce back when they host Carlton at 3.10pm on Saturday.
Both teams will wear specially designed rainbow-themed guernseys for the Pride Game.