Dog not gone: Roughead cleared for grand final

Sep 30, 2016, 12:30
Dog not gone: Roughead cleared for grand final

"For generations of Bulldogs supporters who have never seen a team in a grand final, there's no real rational reason to follow the club unless you live the dream and you love the struggle."
"There's always risks but we've had players play with this injury before", he said.

Meanwhile, Swans co-captain Jarrad McVeigh also said at Friday's pre-game media conference that he would definitely play.

"We're really happy with the 22 that we've got".

In 1989 he addressed numerous same fans as the club fought for its own survival with the receivers brought in but the supporter spirit shown then echoes the feeling permeating through Melbourne's western suburbs today.

But following a strong performance at the Bulldogs' final training session on Thursday evening, Roughead was cleared by a doctor on Friday.

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"There might have been some slight fears but I've got some great experts and great doctors around me", he said.

For the fourth consecutive week, the Bulldogs will enter a match as underdogs, despite seeing off last year's grand finalists, West Coast Eagles and Hawthorn, in consecutive do-or-die finals prior to their win over the highly fancied Giants.

"Bulldogs fans, on the other hand, are more likely than Swans supporters (and the average Aussie) to say they "don't trust the current Australian Government"...which would probably please former PM Julia Gillard, one of the team's highest-profile fans", he said. Suckling has been nursing a sore achilles this month and missed the Bulldogs' preliminary final, although he's been named as an emergency for the grand final.

Saturday's season finale be the Swans' third grand final since 2012.

"We'll be here next year".

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The Bulldogs will be the first AFL grand final team since St Kilda in 1997 with no prior experience in the big game. That's the excitement of it, being at this time of have that in front of us tomorrow.

"If we have a win this week I don't think I'll be thinking much about what's going on next week or next year", Boyd told radio station RSN927.

Having already broken their 55-year grand final drought, the Bulldogs are now aiming to win their first premiership since 1954 and end the league's longest active premiership drought.

Bulldogs fans around Stawell will have their chance to experience the adrenaline of grand final day and some have expressed what the historic moment means for them and their beloved club.

He said he was most looking forward to taking his son Thomas, who today celebrated his 14th birthday, to the game tomorrow.

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