Dog’s life for former Docker

Great Southern Herald - - News - Liam Croy

It has been two years since Paul Duffield left the big smoke to re­turn to his farm­ing roots, but he has not lost his com­pet­i­tive streak.

The former Fre­man­tle Dock­ers defender is putting his mate Blue through his paces ahead of the 2017 Cob­ber Chal­lenge.

Blue is one of 12 con­tes­tants in the run­ning to be crowned Aus­tralia’s hard­est-work­ing dog.

The seven-year-old kelpie cross will wear a GPS col­lar for three weeks from Mon­day to record the speed, dis­tance and du­ra­tion of his work on his Darkan farm.

Duffield, 32, re­tired from football at the end of the 2015 sea­son af­ter 171 games at Fre­man­tle.

There were op­por­tu­ni­ties for him to stay in Perth but he wanted to try his hand at farm­ing.

Now, his mind is made up.

“I thought it would be bet­ter to go back, get away from the city . . . get back to my roots a lit­tle bit,” Duffield said.

Blue helps him man­age more than 10,000 sheep on 4000ha.

Pic­ture: Si­mon Santi

Paul Duffield, former Docker now farmer, back on his fam­ily's Darkan farm, with seven-year-old kelpie cross Blue.

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