Close game lifts team
The reigning premiers were given a massive jolt early in 2019 when they were suffered a 27-point loss against the Harvey Bulls in the Brooke Fiore Hair and Tanning pre-season competition.
Facing the Bulls in round one of the home and away season a week later, the Bulldogs were belted 7.12 (54) to 1.1 (7) at the Harvey Recreation Ground, which put them in unfamiliar territory at the bottom end of the table.
A quirk in the fixture meant the Bulldogs sat out the next two rounds with byes, before returning to action in round four with a 94-point victory over the Eaton Boomers.
With goalsneak Casara Hill unavailable at times during the season due to WAFLW matches with Peel Thunder, the Bulldogs needed to tinker with their forward line in order to boot winning scores on a regular basis.
Unlike South Bunbury who enjoyed success with key forwards Claudia Elward and Bethany Bond, the Bulldogs had a bigger mix of attacking options, including Sophie Proudfoot and Georgia Mahony, who had excellent seasons.
However it was not all good times for the Bulldogs, who had a dark day at Payne Park in round seven against the Tigers.
Held scoreless for three quarters, the home side eventually lost by 75 points in their worst performance since the competition’s inception.
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