Game Chat – Dogs v Dees

Written by Motts on March 14 2015

PUPPY school will open to the public with the Western Bulldogs set to unveil their five fit draftees in today’s debut Ballarat game against Melbourne.

And while the Dogs’ summer headlines have focused on monster recruit Tom Boyd, Dale Morris says the smallest player in the AFL is one to watch out for.

Caleb Daniel, the 168cm ball winner who was rated by Champion Data as the fourth biggest draft steal, has carried his extraordinary work ethic into his maiden AFL summer.

Daniel — who will wear a helmet — played senior SANFL games last year, won under-18 All-Australian status and ran a 16.1 beep test but some clubs ruled him out because of his size.

“In training he’s the one that’s always last off the track, always working hardest already in his first year,” Morris said yesterday.

We let him know he’s the shortest player, too. I spoke about energy before and he’s got tons of it.

“I’m excited to see how he goes and I’m sure he’s going to do some nice things for this football club.”

But while Boyd is no certainty to play despite being named in the squad, Dogs fans will also get their first look at top pick Toby McLean, who has been handed Ryan Griffen’s No. 16 jumper.

Morris will captain the club with fellow vice-captain Jordan Roughead and skipper Bob Murphy taking a rest.

He said without himself, Matthew Boyd and Brett Goodes the average age would be about 20 but it presented an opportunity for the club’s emerging stars to help lead the way.

Morris nominated unseen inside midfielder Josh Prudden, Mitch Honeychurch and powerhouse Jake Stringer as three who could help fill Liberatore’s hole, while after an impressive summer Lin Jong is also in line for more opportunities as a clearance-winner.

Demons defender Tom McDonald said his side would treat the clash like a Round 1 game.

Jack Watts and Jack Viney have been included while exciting youngster Jesse Hogan was named after scans cleared him of a foot injury.

Melbourne NAB Challenge 2 injury list
Jeremy Howe (hamstring) – 2-3 weeks
Dean Kent (heel) – test
Alex Neal-Bullen (knee) 3-4 weeks
Christian Petracca (knee) – season
Jack Trengove (foot) – indefinite
Bernie Vince (hamstring) – 2-3 weeks

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10 thoughts on “Game Chat – Dogs v Dees”

  1. Christian Salem 132

    Nathan Jones 126

    Daniel Cross 123

    Jay Kennedy-Harris 120

    Jeff Garlett 118

    Heritier Lumumba 110

    Jimmy Toumpas 108

    Tom McDonald 108

    Matthew Boyd 106

    Lynden Dunn 97

    Dom Tyson 97

    Neville Jetta 90

    Colin Garland 88

    Jake Stringer 86

    Jack Viney 84

    Ben Newton 84

    Mitch Honeychurch 80

    Brett Goodes 79

    Jack Grimes 78

    Lin Jong 76

    Max Gawn 76

    Ayce Cordy 75

    Chris Dawes 68

    Marcus Bontempelli 62

    Caleb Daniel 62

    Matt Jones 60

    Lukas Webb 59

    Joel Hamling 53

    Jarrad Grant 51

    Sam Darley 49

    Jordan Kelly 47

    Dale Morris 45

    Daniel Pearce 45

    Will Minson 45

    Mark Jamar 44

    Tory Dickson 43

    Jesse Hogan 42

    Bailey Dale 37

    Jack Redpath 37

    Viv Michie 35

    Tom Campbell 35

    Sam Frost 34

    Jack Watts 34

    Toby McLean 31

    Jason Johannisen 26

    Declan Hamilton 26

    Rohan Bail 26

    Jordie McKenzie 25

    Michael Talia 22

    Aaron Vandenberg 8

    Josh Prudden 6

    Roarke Smith 3

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  2. Been watching him closely, in and out of my side. The one I’m getting keen on is Ben Newton don’t know much about him but might be alright. Both might be good gets.

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