There’s something special about the AFLW Bulldogs this season.
Not only have they now recorded three consecutive wins thanks to Sunday’s 13-point upset over Melbourne, but they’ve managed to keep their opposition goal-less in each of the last quarters of those wins.
Western Bulldogs coach Nathan Burke says it all comes down to how badly his group wants to win.
“There’s an intangible quality that really good teams have – when it’s needed to dig deep, they just do it,” he told media post-match.
“For three weeks in a row now, the game has been in the balance in the last quarter. We haven’t let the opposition kick a goal in the last quarter, and we’ve come over the top.
“I can get up and give as many speeches about the importance of that, but it’s having that deep down, inside your gut that you want to do it – that’s what this group has got.
“It makes my job easy.”
The second-year coach’s win-loss ratio is slowly improving, now sitting at four wins and six losses from his 10 games at the helm.
While other teams may decide to keep their post-match celebrations muted, Burke said he encourages his side to enjoy themselves and take it all in.
“They’re loving it – my message after the game was ‘isn’t winning fun?’”, he said.
“(We) just need to make sure we work harder, we train even harder, we rehab even better, so that we get to come back and do it all again next week.”
“I want them to really get wrapped up in the win – there’s none of this ‘keep a lid on it’ sort of stuff.
“For me it’s go nuts (and) really enjoy yourselves, but understand that if you want to do it again, you’ve got to work harder.
“I have no concerns they’ll take their foot off the pedal or rest on their laurels at all. It’s just not in this group.”
The Western Bulldogs will host GWS in the inaugural Indigenous Round at VU Whitten Oval this Saturday from 3.10pm.
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