Every week during the season, AFL senior coach Luke Beveridge provides a member-exclusive update on the weekend’s match.
Here’s this week’s message, to the entire Bulldogs family.
Hi to all our Bulldogs fans, all our supporters out there who remain absolutely stoic and committed to our football club.
Normally this message provides a little bit of detail with regards to the game and my thinking.
All I’m going to say is Friday night was disappointing, extremely.
Hopefully it’s an aberration and it’s only going to take some small tweaks to make sure we’re a hell of a lot better than we were on Friday night.
In these absolutely trying and insidious times, it’s so important that we’re here to support each other.
Behind me, the backdrop is a picture of the lighthouse, that we use as a symbol for our coaches and the support that we provide to our players.
The lighthouse symbolises a guiding light in stormy seas, in challenging times.
We’ve always been here for our players, we’re here for each other, we’re here for you as much as we can be.
It’s such a difficult concept to think that you can have an attitude of compassion and care for others in these times, when it’s so hard for yourselves financially and from a welfare point of view.
But we can make that choice.
This here, our club, has always been really important to you in your life – almost like a second home, and it will always be that way. We’re here for you.
We’re obviously all hopeful that Round 2 will be at some point in the not too distant future.
But between now and then, we’re not going to be here for a little while. We’re going to ask our players to keep their training up and prepare as best they can in these uncertain times.
We obviously care a hell of a lot for you and deep down there’s a lot of love that’s happening both ways.
I do ask you to show that compassion, to be someone else’s lighthouse as best you can and hopefully footy starts and returns and you can get that hit you get from us when we actually play our best footy.
Take care, we look forward to reconvening and restarting the 2020 season.