Western Bulldogs report card

Midfielder Adam Cooney endured an injury-ravaged 2011, robbing the Dogs of his on-field talents.

 

2011 RECORD

Won 9, Draw 0, Lost 13: Finished 10th

THE LIST

FINDS OF 2011

Jordan Roughead, Tom Liberatore, Liam Jones, Easton Wood, Lukas Markovic

TRADE POTENTIAL

Brian Lake, Josh Hill, Dylan Addison

GOING, GOING

Sam Reid

GONE

Mitch Hahn (retired), Barry Hall (retired), Ben Hudson (retired), Callan Ward (GWS)

WHAT THEY NEED

With the sudden retirement of Barry Hall, the Dogs will need to recruit a key forward to assist the development of Liam Jones and Jarrad Grant. More depth in the midfield would also be handy.

COOPS’ VERDICT

The Bulldogs were disappointing in 2011, missing the finals for the first time since 2007 and Rodney Eade was sacked after 7 years at the helm. To further dint their woes, Callan Ward accepted a big offer from Greater Western Sydney at the end of the year as well. Their bookends – Brian Lake and Barry Hall – missed a majority of the first half of the year through injury, Adam Cooney’s persistent knee injury left the Bulldogs without their most explosive midfielder and Ryan Hargrave also missed most of the year due to injury. First year skipper Matthew Boyd was outstanding in the midfield, while Robert Murphy was used in a defensive role where he played his best football. The Dogs introduced talented youngsters as a result of injuries to key players and the likes of Jordan Roughead, Tom Liberatore, Mitch Wallis, Luke Dahlhaus, Andrew Hooper, Christian Howard, James Mulligan, Lukas Markovic and Ayce Cordy injects energy into the side that will continue to develop. A new coach will take the reins in 2012 and a return to finals isn’t out of the question, especially if the Dogs can  remain injury-free and get their bookends secure.

TOMORROW: NORTH MELBOURNE

 

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