BIG TEST: Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge during the round 11 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles.
BIG TEST: Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge during the round 11 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles. JULIAN SMITH

Dogs not planning to tag Dangerfield

THE Western Bulldogs have only beaten Geelong once since 2007 but coach Luke Beveridge is hoping to change that statistic this weekend.

The Dogs take on the Cats looking to consolidate a top-four spot as they hunt a first AFL/VFL title since 1954.

Beveridge said his team was ready for the huge clash against Geelong, which could move to the top of the ladder with a win, and hoped for a first success over counterpart Chris Scott.

“It has been (a problem) – hopefully it isn’t this weekend,” Beveridge said with a smile.

“We try to talk about recent history (that) the core of our group have been involved in, so we haven’t spoken about it and it doesn’t really matter to us too much.

“It’s been a Geelong dominance over the Bulldogs over the course of time, (so) from here on in we’re looking to change that and it would be a nice way to start it on Saturday night.”

Beveridge also said there were no plans to tag Patrick Dangerfield despite the former Crow’s stellar performance in the Cats’ win over North Melbourne last week.

Dangerfield picked up a career-best 48 possessions but the Bulldogs coach backed his top-class midfield, including the likes of Marcus Bontempelli, Tom Liberatore, Lachie Hunter and Mitch Wallis, to do the job on the in-form Geelong star.

However, he said that could change if the midfielder did have another top game.

“When you look at the spread of contribution of our midfield we’ve established a formidable group that have had the upper hand most week and we’ll be looking to do the same,” Beveridge said.

“Patrick is an exceptional player and he’ll be one of their mids we’ll look to overcome with our method,” Beveridge said.

“If we need to make any adjustments throughout the course of the night we will.

“The plan is to not be in that position.”


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