Beveridge wants to play victor card, not victim card
Melbourne: The Western Bulldogs have been given permission to train at the Gabba today in a boost to their preparations for tomorrow night’s suddendeath final against the Brisbane Lions.
The Bulldogs had requested a daytime final so they could avoid being locked in their Brisbane hotel rooms all day tomorrow.
While that was denied, coach Luke Beveridge said his team had some small wins as they targeted a preliminary final berth against Port Adelaide.
The Bulldogs will arrive from Tasmania early this afternoon and head to the Gabba for a captain’s run.
While confined to their hotel, players will be permitted to eat lunch together and also move between the two floors they will be located on. “It’s important, especially with a longer haul trip – it’s going to take us between two and a half to three hours to get to Brisbane,” Beveridge said yesterday.
“To be able to stretch the legs and have a bit of a shuffle and maybe get the Sherrins out for 10 minutes (is great).”
Beveridge said that they wanted to play the “victor card” as they dealt with the ongoing challenges of being out of Victoria.
“You can play the victim card or you can play the victor card,” Beveridge said.
“I think we’ve been able to stay positive and galvanise a little bit on the road as well.”
Beveridge felt that with the expected heat in Brisbane, a night game probably suited his team. “It’s pretty warm in Brisbane and we haven’t experienced too much heat in the climates we’ve been exposed to in recent times, so it makes sense for us to be playing at night as well,” he said.