Sunday Territorian : 2018-12-16

SPORT : 51 : 51


SPORT 51 SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 2018 Buoyant Beveridge has high hopes for Dogs SAM EDMUND son after their 2016 premiershi­p and finishing with a disappoint­ing 8-14 record. But three wins from the last four matches, with the only loss by three points to Richmond, has Beveridge buoyant. “Expectatio­n is an interestin­g and important word. At different times we’ve heightened our expectatio­ns and created expectatio­n among our fans and supporters and sometimes that leads to disappoint­ment, which we understand,” Beveridge said. “We felt we got some real momentum late in the season and that all occurs because there’s a strong belief and re- solve among our group in what we do and where it can take us again.” Beveridge, speaking at a Western Bulldogs family day at Whitten Oval, said his playing list was now better balanced after bringing in 10 new players through the trade and draft periods. “(Recruiting manager) Nick Austin and (list manager) Sam Power and the recruiting staff have done a terrific job,” he said. “The important thing is to indoctrina­te them into the Bulldog way, teach them how we want to play. “We had all the parents in yesterday and they spent some time with our staff. With 10 new players and our existing 34 we’re really optimistic.” The Dogs’ first draft pick, Bailey Smith, is yet to train fully as he recovers from an achilles injury, but captain Easton Wood said the new arrivals had injected enthusiasm. WESTERN Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge is “really optimistic” his side’s late-season momentum can be carried into next year. The Dogs endured a tough 2018 campaign, missing finals for the second consecutiv­e sea- Lloyd comes a gutser on crook tucker SAM EDMUND Lloyd, who made Swans fans sick with his famous afterthe-siren winner for Richmond in 2016, wasn’t in a good way. “I got pretty crook over there so I wouldn’t rush back. It was the guts,” Lloyd said. “I went over with a mate from back home (Deniliquin). It was a really good holiday and I’d recommend the sightseein­g to anyone. Just don’t eat the raw fish. “I had a parasite. So I was just watching Netflix for about five days. But I’m all good now, the docs fixed me up.” With his stomach now settled, Lloyd has been settling in at the kennel after he was traded by the Tigers in exchange for pick 64. Lloyd, 28, crosses after 57 games in five seasons at Punt Rd Oval. “If I’m being honest, it was a bit weird. I’ve spent a bit of time at Richmond … made some really close friends and then coming into a new environmen­t as that new kid on the block was like starting school again,” he said. SAM Lloyd is eating up the pre-season. Just don’t ask him to go back to raw fish. The Western Bulldogs’ recruit was enjoying an offseason holiday trekking Machu Picchu in Peru when his choice of food saw things take a turn for the worse. V1 - NTNE01Z01M­A PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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