The Western Bulldogs have had their final training session before Saturday’s AFL Grand Final. About ten thousand fans turned up at Whitten Oval to cheer on ‘the doggies’.

Jake Ten reports.


Doggies fans are already painting the town red.

They’ve waited fifty five years for this … some turned up before six this morning to secure a place on the fence.

Others took a cheeky day off work.

Doggies Fan: “This is the best feeling ever. We didn’t think we’d ever get to see the day, but we’re here. We can’t believe it. It’s like a dream come true.”

The Bulldogs were putting final touches on their grand final preparations.

The team arrived half an hour late, but even that didn’t dampen spirits.

Doggies Fan: “Go bulldogs!”

Having kept their fans waiting, the Bulldogs were greeted by the biggest crowd ever at a training session.

They were treated to an hour of jogging, drills and kicks.

Jordan Roughead trained with the main group.

The ruckman appears to have overcome a bleeding eye in time to play against the Swans.

It wasn’t all smiles at Whitten Oval though …Matt Suckling limited to walking laps while the team trained.

Regardless of who lines up for the Bulldogs, it’s bound to be an exciting conclusion to the season.

Gillon McLachlan: “Enjoy rounding out what’s going to be one of the great grand finals, we believe. We’ve got the best lineup of artists we’ve ever had and we’re thrilled.”

Tomorrow’s grand final parade is expected to draw an even larger crowd, with four-legged fans also welcome.

Jake Ten, QUT News