Old Dogs show pups new tricks

Written By Unknown on Senin, 29 Juli 2013 | 23.40

Bulldog Robert Murphy in action against West Coast. Picture: Getty Source: Michael Dodge / Getty Images

BRENDAN McCartney has stood firm as Western Bulldogs coach despite a lack of obvious success since he took over in 2012.

He has always said it will be a long journey for the yelpers but every now and then we see a genuine glimpse of a rosy future and McCartney takes his place in this week's Team of the Round.

Joining him are some of his pupils in Robert Murphy, Adam Cooney and Luke Dahlhaus in a rare week where the Dogs have four inclusions.

And then there are some new faces in Cameron O'Shea and Marley Williams, two young men who have put together highly impressive seasons.


Run and carry ... Marley Williams provided plenty of dash off half-back Source: Getty Images

B: Cameron O'Shea (Port Adelaide): The quiet achiever in the success story team of the season.
Michael Johnson (Fremantle): Where is his name when All Australian selection is mentioned?
Marley Williams (Collingwood): Just another example of how productive the rookie draft can be.

HB: Andrew Mackie (Geelong): Another sublime display of rebound defence.
Lachlan Hansen (North Melbourne): Become a different player since returning to defence.
Robert Murphy (Western Bulldogs): The old bloke has a bit of run left.

Hawk Sam Mitchell on his way to 31 disposals. Picture: George Salpigtidis Source:

C: Kieren Jack (Sydney): Hard midfielders who can kick goals are valuable commodities.
Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn): In terms of in and unders they don't come any better.
Adam Cooney (Western Bulldogs): When his body allows him, a rare talent.

HF: Ryan O'Keefe (Sydney): Arguably in career best form despite his 32 years.
Jeremy Cameron (Greater Western Sydney): The comparisons with Royce Hart are fully justified.
Nathan Fyfe (Fremantle): As it stands is arguably Freo's best player.

Lance Franklin celebrates one of his eight goals. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source:

F: Steven Motlop (Geelong): Is he the most improved player in the AFL?
Buddy Franklin (Hawthorn): A handy time for Bud to start strutting.
Luke Dahlhaus (Western Bulldogs): A busy bee small forward that every team would love.

R: Matthew Kreuzer (Carlton): Big Humphrey is making a few eat their words.
Tom Liberatore (Western Bulldogs): Maybe he is the most improved in the game.
Travis Boak (Port Adelaide): You can see why Geelong sent a posse to Port for him.

Joel Selwood runs away from the pack as Lenny Hayes watches on. Source: News Limited

I: Joel Selwood (Geelong): Has had some very big games so expect to hear his name on Brownlow night.
Dane Swan (Collingwood): The tattooed man lifted when disaster threatened.
Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn): If Buddy doesn't get you, Roughy must.
Substitute: Billie Smedts (Geelong): As the pressure heats up for spots so do the performances from those on the edge.
Coach: Brendan McCartney (Western Bulldogs): With apologies to Alastair

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